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The “Paycheck Fairness Act” failed because it was basically a bonanza for trial lawyers

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

Right, the Paycheck Fairness Act failed because the White House graphic featured a drawing of a couple of women wearing dresses (one pink — oh my!) and high heels instead of pants and sneakers. Grim socialist realism is the only permissible artistic style in the feminist polity.

Actually, that graphic was the best thing about the Paycheck Fairness Act. It had a pleasing retro look to it, with its two women silhouetted in elegant Jackie Kennedy period attire. It was a subtle reminder that the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which the Paycheck Fairness Act purported to amend, was passed with the enthusiastic support of Jackie’s soon-to-be-assassinated husband (and, I might add for the record, every single Republican in Congress at the time).

As for the Paycheck Fairness Act itself, it was a turkey of a bill about which I hope someone will finally say, “Three’s a charm — time for the chopping block.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Pot calling kettle black: Female sexting app developer denounces sex-obsessed tech men

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

The New York Times ran a sob story last weekend about a woman who quit tech because she was shocked, shocked by the gross behavior of men in tech:

“Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged.

“She was at a friend’s house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon on her laptop and iPhone. Entrepreneurs were showing off their products, and two young Australian men, David Boulton and Jethro Batts, stood behind the podium to give their presentation. ‘Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits,’ Mr. Boulton began, as photographs of women’s chests on a cellphone flashed on the screen behind him….

“Then things got worse. The next day, Pax Dickinson, who was her business partner in a start-up called Glimpse Labs, as well as the chief technology officer of the news site Business Insider, took to Twitter to defend the Titstare pair against accusations of misogyny….

“A few days after Mr. Dickinson’s ‘It is not misogyny’ tweet, she quit Glimpse.”

Well, well, it turns out, as conservative blogger Steve Sailer points out, that Shevinsky was scarcely the naive tech nerd that she presented herself as. Glimpse is a Snapchat-like app whose main function (granted, it must have some other functions) is to facilitate sexting.

The Glimpse app assures women who would like to send guys photographs of their chests (or other bodily regions) that those photos won’t be passed around.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

 

Eich defenestration: “Anti-bullying” gay rights activists are the biggest bullies around

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

Hey, gay rights activists: Why are you doing your best to make everyone hate you?

I’m talking about the forced resignation of Mozilla Corp. CEO Brendan Eich. Because six years ago as a private citizen — I repeat, six years ago as a private citizen — he contributed $1,000 — I repeat, $1,000 — to the campaign for Proposition 8, the approved ballot measure that changed the California Constitution to say that marriage between a man and a woman would be the only kind of marriage that the state would recognize as legal. (The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals later ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, and the state of California, under Gov. Jerry Brown, refused to defend the measure, so the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 let the 9th Circuit decision stand.)

Who cares that Eich happened to be a co-founder of Mozilla and was also the inventor of JavaScript, the most popular programming language on the Internet? Who cares that Eich, after assuming his new role as CEO in March (he was promoted from his position as chief technology officer), wrote a heartfelt statement on his personal blog affirming his commitment to “ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion”?

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Judge: Lady lawyers, no Ally McBeal-wear in the courtroom. Feminists: That’s slut-shaming!

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

How the sparks flew! Poor [U.S. District Judge Richard] Kopf — he probably thought he had plenty of feminist street cred because, years earlier, he’d ruled unconstitutional both a Nebraska law and a federal law outlawing partial-birth abortion.

Here’s s.e smith of xoJane reading Kopf the riot act:

“Uhm, gross? It certainly wouldn’t make me want to appear in his courtroom, even wearing what he seems to deem acceptably conservative dress. The thought that the judge would be paying more attention to my breasts and legs than what’s coming out of my mouth is super upsetting.”

And here’s Phoenix Tso of Jezebel:

“It’s embarrassing that this guy is a [expletive] federal judge. Is the gender double-standard in law so pronounced that a man of Judge Kopf’s supposed stature can write [expletive] like this without feeling any shame? Without being in danger of others ‘seething and sneering’ behind his back for his good ol’ boy sexism? I feel bad for any woman who has had to work with this guy.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Not Rosie the Riveter again! How many “Women’s Museums” do we have to have?

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

Visit the exhibit pages on the National Women’s History Museums already elaborate website and you’ll see what I mean. Here they all are, like boxes on a checklist: Rosie the Riveter, Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, suffragettes, immigrants, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Equal Rights Amendment demonstrators — yawn. A panel of outside women scholars recently parted ways with the museum, citing historical inaccuracies in one of the exhibits. But perhaps they were just bored silly.

The National Women’s History Museum is one of the latest ventures in what New York Times critic Edward Rothstein has called “identity museums.” An identity museum is a museum whose purpose isn’t to show off art or artifacts but “to affirm a particular group’s claims, outline its accomplishments, boost its pride and proclaim, ‘We must tell our own story!’

Posted by Charlotte Allen

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-womens-history-museum-washington-dc-20140330,0,5393296.story#ixzz2xcfXrGjs

0ld “rape culture”: rape; new “rape culture”: middle-school ban on girls’ leggings

My latest post for the Los Angeles Times:

A middle school in Evanston, Ill., has issued a new dress code barring girls from wearing shorts, leggings and yoga pants to school, on the grounds that the leg-displaying garments are “distracting” to boys.

Well, yeah. Google “leggings images” or, especially, “yoga pants images,” and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Especially if you have ever been — or been around — a boy between the ages of 11 and 14, the usual age range for middle school.

But judging from the reaction of the feminist media — and here’s what’s really surprising, some parents of the kids in question — you’d think that the school, Haven Middle School, had decided to require head-to-toe burkas.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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Professor charged with battery of anti-abortion protester: “I was ‘triggered’ into doing it”

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

But what’s interesting is — no, it’s not the fact that California taxpayers are underwriting a Department of Feminist Studies” at UCSB where [alleged batterer and vandal Mireille] Miller-Young is an associate professor teaching courses bearing such titles as “Sexualities” and “Sexual Cultures Special Topics.”

It’s Miller-Young’s excuse for her deed: that she was “triggered” by images in the [anti-abortion] protesters’ materials, which reportedly included graphic pictures of aborted fetuses. Here’s what the [investigating] officer said she told him:

“In essence, Miller-Young told me she felt ‘triggered’ by the images on the posters. Miller-Young stated that she had been walking through the Arbor to get back to South Hall. Miller-Young said she was approached by people who gave her literature about abortion. Miller-Young said that she found this literature and pictures disturbing. Miller-Young said that she found this material offensive because she teaches about women’s ‘reproductive rights’ and is pregnant.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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