Second-Wave Feminism Hasn’t Been a Victory for Women
In her piece today on NRO, my colleague Tiana Lowe is dead-right about one thing: Modern feminists are bullies. And she’s certainly correct that today’s women often don’t want to identify as feminists because they think they’…
I Retract My Criticism of the Bechdel Test. Kidding.
A few days ago, after I contended that a feminist litmus test commonly called the Bechdel Test was utterly useless, feminists politely took exception on social media. The piece was picked up by Entertainment Weekly, Salon, the HuffPost, and other …
Trump’s Tweets and the Feminist Double Standard
Here we go again with feminist vapors over a childish Trump tweet. Trump lashed out at the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe yesterday, after Mika Brzezinski derided the president as “lying every day and destroying the country.” Trump asked …
Loving Them Both: Being Pro-Woman and Pro-Life
When the organizers of last January’s Women’s March opted to exclude the pro-life New Wave Feminists from the event’s official list of sponsors, they brought renewed attention to one of the strangest fault lines in American politics. …
What Our Grandmothers Knew That Their College-Grad Granddaughters Don’t
The number of foolish statements made by men and women who consider themselves feminists is essentially equal to the number of people who strongly identify as feminists.
I write “strongly identify” because, if asked, “Are you a feminist?” most women …
Guess who doesn’t care about “rape culture?”
In March 2017, a 15-year-old girl in Chicago was lured into a basement and gang-raped by five to six males. The girl was threatened with a pit bull if she tried to flee; …
The Political-Knowledge Gender Gap
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the June 17, 1996, issue of National Review magazine. We are bringing this piece out from the archives in remembrance of Kate O’Beirne, the former Washington Editor of National Review.
As the world knows, women’…
Christina Hoff Sommers on the Hijacking of Feminism
Just as the Civil Rights movement morphed into a toxic mutation that runs almost completely contrary to the ideals of the original, so has feminism. The Civil Rights movement used to stress the need for legal equality so each individual …
Perils of the Gender Trap
You see a pair of laughing eyes,
and suddenly you’re sighing sighs.
You’re thinking nothing’s wrong,
you string along, boy, then snap.
Those eyes, those sighs,
they’re part of the tender trap.
— “The Tender Trap,” sung …
The Women’s Strike Tests How Far Feminism Can Stretch
New York City — On Wednesday, Linda Sarsour and other activists were arrested for barring entry to the Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Their act of civil disobedience was part of the “A Day Without a Woman” strike …
Third-Wave Feminist Bullies Are Destroying Feminism
Third-wave feminism is suffering a crisis of credibility. On the one hand, interviewers consistently badger actresses and celebrities to declare themselves feminists and lambaste them if they decline to do so.
“When talking about feminism, there are a lot of …
If You Like Art, Don’t Take the Bechdel Test
Suppose your favorite film critic started sprinkling his reviews with references to the “Cowboy Test” and made it clear that he was factoring into his appraisal of a work of art whether it contained cowboys. La La Land? Manchester by …
The ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Smear
On Monday, the New York Post ran a story about Warrior Week, a boot camp for men run by Garrett J. White, “a 40-year-old blond with tattooed biceps who looked like a video-game soldier.” For the low, low cost of …
Student Group Sues School for Allowing a Social-Media App Where People Posted Mean Stuff
A feminist student group at the University of Mary Washington has filed a Title IX lawsuit with the school, claiming that it failed “to protect them from a sexually hostile school environment” because it didn’t block a social-media app …
‘Rape Culture’ in Baltimore
More actual rape culture that campus feminists will never recognize: At a Northwest Baltimore middle school on Friday, three boys grabbed a 13-year-old girl who was skipping class and shoved her into a janitor’s closet, reports the Baltimore Sun. …
The True Goal of Feminism
If statistics can accurately measure happiness, there’s a convincing case to be made that American women are increasingly unhappy. A new book out this month makes just that case, using social-science data to argue that women in the U….
Feminism Has a Ferocity Problem
Let’s imagine a person — let’s call this person “Pat” — with the following characteristics. Pat is extremely aggressive and extremely ambitious and doesn’t take crap from anybody. If somebody punches Pat, then Pat punches back twice …
The Radicalism of ‘Equal Pay Day’
Equal Pay Day, which publicizes the 80 cents earned by women for every dollar earned by men, lost some steam once critics began pointing out that even its promoters pay their female employees less than their male employees. Perhaps most effective …
Wonder Woman Absolutely Should Not Have Armpit Hair, Sorry
Wonder Woman doesn’t even come out until June, but people are already complaining that the movie is not feminist enough, because the superhero is conforming to unrealistic, patriarchal beauty standards by not having visible armpit hair.
The trailer for …
Those participating in yesterday’s “strike” — the international “Day without a Woman” — rode a wave of renewed feminist momentum that has swept the country in the wake of January’s women’s marches. In fact, the U.S. …