Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Ghomeshi Verdict--Not as Good as It Seems

When I first heard that CBC television personality Jian Ghomeshi had been found not guilty on all sexual assault-related charges, I assumed that a significant push-back had been delivered to the feminist mantra that women do not lie about sexual assault and that strict cross-examination and analysis of their behavior amounts to an unjust re-victimization. Reading the judge's summation of the monumental inconsistencies, omissions, and fabrications in all of the complainants' testimony, I thought both that the verdict was correct and that it

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Women in Astronomy

Eight years ago, astronomers found a new gas giant exoplanet, named 2MASS, J2126-8140 which was believed to be a rogue planet floating freely through space. It has now been determined that 2MASS is actually part of the largest solar system ever discovered. This historic discovery was made by astronomical teams headed by Dr. Niall Deacon of the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K., Dr. Simon Murphy of the Australian National University, and Dr. Joshua Shlieder from the NASA Ames Research Centre in California. The collaborators believe that the new solar system did not originate, as ours did, from a disc of dust and gas, but was formed in some way not yet fully understood.  In a recent press conference, the researchers announced that they were bringing some female astronomers onto the team to help them theorize about the origins of this system; it is felt that a woman’s perspective, a perspective operating outside the rigid, exclusionary binarisms and linear logic of masculist conceptual structures, will be more likely to solve this astronomical enigma.

Okay—that last statement is not true. It’s true that a team of male researchers has discovered a new solar system. But the researchers are not, to my knowledge,

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Feminism as a Victim Mentality Disorder

I’ve been asked on more than one occasion to comment on how white western feminists typically focus intensively on what would seem to a reasonable person the most trivial cases of “sexism,” such as so-called workplace sexual harassment, while remaining silent about—or even justifying—overt  abuses if the victimizers are not white men, a case in point being the years-long complicity of many feminist officials and journalists in the cover-up of the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, England between 1997 and 2013, in which an estimated 1400 children were sexually abused, often with extreme violence, by gangs of British-Pakistani men, an abuse ignored and denied for years in the interests of multicultural harmony.

I’m not an expert on that or other similar incidents, but I do consider myself an expert on the western feminist mindset that