It is not too much of a stretch to suggest that 2020 has been an interesting year (in the sense of “May you live in interesting times”). Fires, plagues, floods, Presidential impeachment, global economic meltdown, lockdowns: this year has seen them all. And we’re only in September. Thank goodness there isn’t a major election coming […]
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Why are the Yogyakarta Principles so influential? Russian feminist Anna Zobnina’s excellent summary of the Yogyakarta Principles at a recent seminar. The reasons for the rapid conquest by transgender activists of the media, universities, government departments and woke corporations are mysterious. Is it cultural? Psychological? Philosophical? Legal? Without being a complete explanation, one reason is […]
Families across the globe have been affected by the ever-changing and uncertain working environment wrought by government responses to Covid-19. For many families both jobs and childcare have become less certain. For families that finely balance time with their children, work, childcare and everything else, lockdown periods are highly stressful. My experience is that many […]
Have the benefits of marriage become a middle-class secret? Why should only the middle and upper classes enjoy the advantages of marriage as opposed to cohabitation? This is among questions posed by a recent Centre of Social Justice UK report called “Family Structure Still Matters.” With married parents twice as likely to stay together than cohabiting ones, […]
Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Sean Reed, George Floyd, Trayford Pellerin. The list of African-Americans killed by police in 2020 is long and dismal. And now Kenosha, Wisconsin, is burning after a police officer shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back four times earlier this week. It seems that everything that the Black Lives […]
White majority Protestant Christians on the way to becoming a minority For decades now, one of the favourite talking points of America’s political analysts and pundits has been about the political and electoral transformation in the United States favouring the Democrats from an unstoppable diversification of the electorate due to immigration. Due to this trend, it is argued, the white […]
Facts once assumed true by everyone are quickly becoming controversial. This is a trend we have all become aware of. There is, for example, increasing pressure to suggest that pregnancy can happen to women and men. People who wish to express that “all lives matter” may now choose to self-censor for fear of reprisal. You […]
Hard-core true believers didn’t go away. Some of them became university lecturers. One of the advantages of aging is that you actually can witness history “rhyming,” see the same ideas and events recycle through culture and, sometimes, witness the same consequences. When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, there were two kinds […]
“False Alarm: How Climate Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet” is the new book by the Danish political scientist and author, Bjørn Lomborg. In it, Lomborg hones in on the subject which is rapidly becoming the most consequential area of political and social debate: climate change. […]
How many times have you read that transgender individuals need surgery to keep them from slipping into bad mental health or even from committing suicide? “For many trans folks, existing daily in a body that doesn’t match your sense of self isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s traumatic,” Laura A. Jacobs, an LGBT counsellor in New York told […]
Covidism is considered enlightened and progressive, while skepticism is considered conservative or even reactionary. The campaign against Covid-19 has had three disturbing features: the presumption of “guilt,” the suppression of deviant scientific, and the anti-religious animus exhibited by many civil authorities. Churches have been closed while liquor stores, abortion clinics, and gun shops have stayed open, and […]
Sexologist Debra Soh pens an incisive tome examining the claims of the transgender movement. Most authors dedicate their books to loved ones or inspirational teachers. Debra Soh, sexologist and neuroscientist, dedicates her new book, The End of Gender: Debunking the myths about sex and identity in our society to “everyone who blocked me on Twitter.” It’s a […]
A drama about the Holodomor, the 1930s genocide in Ukraine, is also a warning about fake news. One of the great, universal truths is that everybody lies. From tiny white lies to great big whoppers, everyone does it, even babies. Don’t believe me? “Sorry I’m late, traffic was terrible.” “It’s so great to see you!” “Doing […]
A marriage and relationship coach encourages young women to follow their hearts, prioritizing marriage and family. In the last week alone, I’ve spoken with three millennial women (who reached out for coaching) who are all in the same boat: they’re up to their eyeballs in debt, having gotten degree upon degree due to the pressure they […]
Director Lulu Wang reflects on family ties, caring for an ageing population, and the clash between East and West The other night my husband and I watched the movie The Farewell. We picked it out randomly, but it turns out we are a little behind. Upon further research, the 2019 film comes highly recommended by a […]