Professor: Small Chairs in Preschools Are Sexist, ‘Problematic,’ and ‘Disempowering’
According to an academic article written by an Australian professor, small chairs in preschools are “problematic” because they’re “disempowering” for teachers.
“In my first intra-active encounter with the small chair, I felt that it talked back to me about …
Feminists Are Ditching ‘Pussyhats’ Because They’re Racist and Transphobic
More and more feminists are now ditching those pink, anti-Trump “pussyhats” on the grounds that they’re actually racist and transphobic.
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, many activists have concerns that the hat “excludes and is …
Long, Adorned Nails Are Deemed Cultural Appropriation
Vogue has been accused of cultural appropriation for an online piece about “Manicure Sculptures” — because basically, long, adorned nails belong to “black culture.”
“Mainstream culture has whitewashed black culture and now Vogue has gentrified ’hood nails,’” Ntianu Obiora writes in …
‘Mindfulness’: Corporate America’s Strange New Gospel
Andy Lee has an interesting job title: He is his company’s “chief mindfulness officer,” and he is not employed at some voguish Silicon Valley start-up or by a chain of organic-food co-ops — he works for Aetna, as old-fashioned …
Constant Hysterics Damage Our Democracy
Late last night, while reading a stream of apocalyptic rhetoric about the repeal of net neutrality and the “end of the internet as we know it,” I reached the shattering conclusion that one of my favorite lines from one of …
In 2009, we published a piece called “My Kingdom for a Safe Zone.” I was talking about the intrusion of politics into places where it really didn’t belong: concerts, sports events, and the like. Was there no refuge from politics …
Student Protesters: Defending the First Amendment Is ‘Violent’
A group of students at Western Washington University used their own right to free speech to disrupt a pro–free-speech lecture — calling the idea of complete free speech “violent” — and apparently, they don’t understand the irony.
My alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, is having a “discussion” about whether to abandon the Crusader as its mascot. Alumni who want to keep the Crusader can only hope that the process will be characterized by open-minded …
Professor: Add ‘Weight-Based Microaggressions’ to School Diversity Curriculum
A sociology professor at the University of Alabama has called for “weight-based microaggressions” to be added to the school’s diversity curriculum.
The professor, Andrea Hunt, surveyed 13 overweight college administrators and found that many of them reported having experienced “fat …
Lehigh County, Pa., Fights the Courts to Keep the Cross in Its Seal
In 1944, Lehigh County established its seal, which includes a large yellow cross to honor “Christianity and the God-fearing people” who founded the county, according to Harry Hertzog, a commissioner at the time. Now, in 2017, a federal court is demanding that …
Friends Declared Highly Problematic
They promised they’d be there for us. Instead they betrayed us. Our friends at Friends sat on a sofa of lies. They sipped lattes of hate. Knowing what we know now, the Central Perk logo was the swastika of …
The Progressive Art of Shaming Mormons
In an apparent attempt to shame a recently deceased Mormon leader in the name of social progress, the New York Times weakened the moral authority of the very causes it so eagerly seeks to advance. In the Times’ obituary of …
The Eleven Most Ridiculously PC Moments of 2017
A lot of things happened in 2017 — including a lot of being offended. It was hard to narrow it down, but here — in no particular order — are the eleven most politically correct moments of 2017:
1. It was declared “cultural …
Apparently, Snapchat Filters Are ‘Problematic’
According to a column on PopSugar, the fact that some Snapchat filters can make you look more attractive is “problematic.”
In the piece, entitled “Why Snapchat Filters Are More Problematic Than Pretty,” Aimee Simeon writes that she liked Snapchat before …
Creating Conflict Isn’t Going to Win Converts to Conservatism
Conservatives face enough issues on college campuses without creating conflicts.
Late last week, conservative writer Kassy Dillon, of Campus Reform, reported that an employee at a Fordham University coffee shop asked students to leave because they were conservatives. The facts …
UC–Irvine: Have ‘Fall, Winter, or Spring’ Parties Instead of Christmas Parties to Be ‘Inclusive’
Guidelines from the University of California–Irvine advise the campus to avoid Christmas celebrations — and to celebrate “seasonal themes such as Fall, Winter, or Spring” instead.
“Focus on celebrating a special occasion, instead of a specific holiday,” states a …
Social-Justice Blog Asks if Asian Americans Can ‘Appropriate Their Own Culture’
According to an essay in the social-justice blog Everyday Feminism, it actually “might be” possible for Asian Americans to appropriate Asian culture — yes, even though it’s their own culture.
“There are two main reasons why we might be …
Beware of Running with the Al Franken Story — Consider Where That Leads
‘And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” Who could suppress at least a smirk of pleasure at the news of Senator Al Franken’s being caught up in the sexual-harassment scandals that have been breaking ever since …
Last summer, National Review published the following little editorial:
Announcements on London’s Tube have always referred to riders as “ladies and gentlemen.” No more: The phrase is being scrapped because authorities believe that it makes some people feel excluded. …
The Tangled Message of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The speech that is likely to earn Frances McDormand an Oscar nomination next winter for her showy turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is set up when her character, Mildred, a grieving mom whose daughter has been raped and …