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“Healthy Masculinities Week”: “Be a man” are the “three most destructive” words in English

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

The Terminator: He’s a robot, but his bulging biceps still make feminists run for cover

The College Fix reports:

“One event featured a screening of the limited-release documentary The Mask You Live In, which blames ‘America’s narrow definition of masculinity’ for the deteriorating mental health of boys and men.

“’The three most destructive words that every man receives when he’s a boy is when he’s told to “be a man,”’ former NFL player Joe Ehrmann says in the film. Now a minister, Ehrmann spoke on an all-male panel in 2013 titled ‘Breaking the Male Code,’ which was organized by Vagina Monologues writer Eve Ensler.”

Yes, you read that right. “Be a man” are the three most destructive words in the English language.

Second most destructive set of words: “Man up”:

“Bill Savage, IFC vice president of recruitment, said he hates the term ‘man up’ or a phrase he claims is closely related, ‘don’t be a pussy.’ In contrast to stereotypes, ‘being emotional is manly in my opinion,’ Savage said.”

Also very bad: working out with weights.

“As evidence, Katz noted that G.I. Joe’s biceps have gotten larger over the years and that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone use bigger guns for their iconic roles as the Terminator and Rambo than did Humphrey Bogart in his 1930s and 1940s film roles.”

I might note that the Terminator was actually a robot, and Stallone wasn’t playing a barkeep or a private detective in his iconic films. BTW, couldn’t this Katz guy have come up with a movie example that wasn’t from the 1980s?

Posted by Charlotte Allen

How to get kids to eat Michelle-mandated school veggies: pair them with something even worse

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

school lunch - michelle obama

Carrot sticks will look good compared to this

Here’s how to get kids to actually eat those hated carrot sticks and  bits of steamed broccoli that Michelle Obama’s school-lunch program forces them to put onto their trays:

Pair the veggies with something that kids like even less!

That’s what researchers at Texas A&M University are telling us, according to the Washington Post:

“Researchers at Texas A&M University, looking for patterns in food consumption among elementary school children, found an interesting quirk about when and why kids choose to eat their vegetables. After analyzing plate waste data from nearly 8,500 students, it seems there’s at least one variable that tends to affect whether kids eat their broccoli, spinach or green beans more than anything: what else is on the plate.

“Kids, in short, are much more likely to eat their vegetable portion when it’s paired with a food that isn’t so delicious it gets all the attention. When chicken nuggets and burgers, the most popular items among schoolchildren, are on the menu, for instance, vegetable waste tends to rise significantly.”


What a great idea! Don’t serve anything the kids actually like! Make the contents of the school cafeteria trays so revolting that even a carrot stick will look good. “Pair” some roasted turkey gizzards with that steamed cauliflower—and the cauliflower will vanish down the hatch.
Posted by Charlotte Allen

The New York Times’s “modern man”: has “no use for a gun” but owns his own melon baller

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage

At a “gun-free” campus operated by advanced-thinking “modern men”

Mmm, a man who knows my shoe size in every brand, prefers itsy-bitsy dainty “fillets” of beef to those crude 20-ounce T-bones, and owns his very own melon-baller! What more could a girl wish for?

And then, of course, there’s his softer side:

“20. On occasion, the modern man is the little spoon. Some nights, when he is feeling down or vulnerable, he needs an emotional and physical shield.”

“26. The modern man cries. He cries often.”

And he wouldn’t be writing for the New York Times if he didn’t possess this trait:

“25. The modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will.”

Bet those students at Umpqua Community College were thrilled that “modern men” were operating a “gun-free” campus for them so there was no one around to protect their classmates from slaughter.

But just because the “modern man” is a gun-free zone like Umpqua, that doesn’t mean he can’t be a knight in shining armor:

“16. The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.”

Well, at least he tries. Run, wife, run!

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Ethel Rosenberg, “labor leader”: the left’s latest effort to make saints out of Soviet spies

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are separated by a wire screen as they are transported to Sing Sing Prison following their conviction in New York City in March 1953.
The prison-bound Rosenbergs: holy martyrs despite overwhelming evidence of treason

The latest in nearly 60 years of canonization attempts since the pair were executed for treason in 1953 was the New York City Council’s “honoring” of Ethel Rosenberg on Sept. 29, what would have been her 100th birthday. The New York Post reports:

“Three council members joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in issuing two proclamations lauding Rosenberg, a Lower East Side resident, for ‘demonstrating great bravery’” in leading a 1935 strike against the National New York Packing and Supply Co., where she worked as a clerk.”

Leading a strike? That was a big deal? During the 1930s, a decade of ceaseless labor unrest, Wikipedia counts some 46 major strikes in the U.S. alone. That Packing and Supply Co. strike didn’t even make the list.

Of course, honoring Ethel Rosenberg’s pariticipation in an obscure labor dispute wasn’t the point. The point was to pretend one more time that she was an innocent victim of what liberals deem the most dreadful plague ever to have befallen America: opposition to communism:

“The proclamations also said she was ‘wrongfully’ executed for helping her husband, Julius, pass atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

“’A lot of hysteria was created around anti-communism and how we had to defend our country, and these two people were traitors and we rushed to judgment and they were executed,’ said Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens).”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Wesleyan’s frat-demise lesson: Don’t provoke PC administrators who already hate frats

My latest for Minding the Campus:

Wesleyan’s Beta house: When someone falls out the top-floor window, you’re through

In early August Psi Upsilon, the sole remaining residential fraternity house at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, was suspended for the 2015-2016 academic year over an investigation by law enforcement over alleged illegal drug activity inside its house.

Until the fall of 2014, there were three fraternity houses at Wesleyan, plus a single sorority that lacked a house of its own—a pathetic number compared with, say, with the 40-odd fraternities and sororities at the University of  Virginia. But one of the three, Delta Kappa Epsilon (“Deke”) received the suspension axe for refusing to abide by a September 2014 university decree.

The decree, endorsed by Wesleyan’s trustees, gave all campus-linked fraternities three years to either admit women into their membership or lose their status as “program housing.” (Wesleyan requires nearly all its undergraduates to live in either dormitories or university-approved off-campus residences.) Around the same time in 2014 the third fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, was suspended after an apparently intoxicated female sophomore at Wesleyan fell from a third-story window in the frat house and was seriously injured.

Psi U had already had problems—it had been barred from holding social events in its house during the 2014-2015 academic year in light of a pair of allegations of sexual assault (in only one of the cases had the accused student been found responsible).

The slow-motion demise of all-male fraternities at Wesleyan is the result of the fatal intersection of two phenomena. The first is a longstanding-old ideological war against fraternities conducted by progressive college faculty and administrators perturbed by Greek houses’ resistance to campus administrative control and their often politically incorrect culture. As soon as fraternities came into existence during the early 19th century, university administrators started trying to get rid of them.


[I]n 2010, a freshman woman known only as “Jane Doe” was violently raped in an upstairs room at the Beta House while attending a Halloween party. The assailant was not a Beta member, but rather, a former high-school buddy of a Beta brother who had wandered into the party. He was arrested, pleaded guilty to several assault charges, and went to prison. In 2012 Jane Doe sued Wesleyan and the fraternity for $10 million, alleging that Wesleyan had violated Title IX, the federal law forbidding sex discrimination in education, by refusing to issue warnings or take action that could have prevented the crime. She claimed that the Beta chapter had a reputation as a “rape factory.”  (Wesleyan settled that lawsuit for an undisclosed amount in 2013.)

After the Jane Doe incident Roth issued an edict barring Wesleyan students from so much as visiting organizations not officially recognized by Wesleyan. This led to “Free Beta” rallies on campus and a protest from the campus-free-speech organization FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Eventually there was a truce, with Beta agreeing to return to program housing and to accept Wesleyan oversight.

No sooner, it would seem, had Beta resolved its problems than another female student at Wesleyan sued Psi Upsilon for $1 million, in March 2014, alleging that she had been raped by a naked Psi U pledge during a drunken strip show that was part of a raucous, booze-filled party in the Psi U common room in May 2013. The alleged assailant was expelled from Wesleyan. Her lawsuit alleged that this was the second recent incident of sexual assault involving the fraternity. Then, with Psi U on suspension, came the accident at Beta. Roth promptly banned Wesleyan undergraduates from entering the Beta house.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Wesleyan students want to shut down newspaper over criticism of Black Lives Matter

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Black Lives Matter rally in Minnesota: “Fry [cops] like bacon!”

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

And shutting down the college newspaper is “equity and inclusion.”

That’s the attitude of a bunch of Wesleyan University students who are calling on their institution to defund the Argus, Wesleyan’s student paper, because it ran a staff-written opinion piece criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement in a way those students didn’t like. The offended students are also “boycotting” the Argus, which actually means, as Inside Higher Education explains, that means encouraging other students to “toss out copies of the newspaper that they find on campus.” In other words, to make the Argus disappear so that other students can’t read it.

And no, that’s not censorship:

“‘Don’t think of this as a way to silence free speech, but as an equity and inclusion issue,’ said Aidan Martinez, the student assembly’s vice president, according to the meeting’s minutes. ‘We need diversity across groups on campus.'”

Apparently, the 170 Wesleyan students who signed the “boycott” petition believe that the function of a newspaper isn’t to air differing views for its readers to  think about, but to provide a “safe space” for people who want to be sheltered from feeling offended:

“‘The undersigned agree to boycott the Argus, recognizing that the paper has historically failed to be an inclusive representation of the voices of the student body,’ the petition states. ‘Most specifically, it neglects to provide a safe space for the voices of students of color and we are doubtful that it will in the future.'”

The offending Sept. 14 opinion piece, by Argus reporter Bryan Stascavage, pointed out that the Black Lives Matter movement, founded in the wake of several police shootings of young black men, criticized the movement for fostering anti-police  sentiment that has led officers to fear for their safety in black neighborhoods, and in a few cases to outright violence against police:

“[T] that doesn’t explain Black Lives Matter rallies from cheering after an officer is killed, chanting that they want more pigs to fry like bacon. That wasn’t one or two people. The movement also doesn’t want to be associated with looters and rioters, calling them opportunistic. But it is plausible that Black Lives Matter has created the conditions for these individuals to exploit for their own personal gain.

“I warned in an article last semester that a movement that does not combat its own extremists will quickly run into trouble. The reasons why are now self-evident. If Black Lives Matter is going to be the one responsible for generating these conversations, then a significant portion of that conversation needs to be about peace. They need to stand with police units that lose a member, decrying it with as much passion as they do when a police officer kills an unarmed civilian.”

And interestingly, the first two comments on the online version of Stascavage’s piece came from readers who described themselves as black but agreed with many of Stascavage’s points.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

A victimological tree grows in Brooklyn: Hideous hipster mural attracts race-card activists

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

What’s worse–crochet “art” on the wall or complaining that it’s “white privilege”?

That’s the question raised in the story of London Kaye, a transplant from Malibu to Brooklyn who glue-gunned a 15-foot-high crochet “mural” to a building in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood that didn’t belong to her. Nor did she or anyone else ask permission from the owner, a Salvadoran lady who happened to live in the building as well. Bushwick is gentrifying, but not fast enough for some Brooklyn hipsters.

Kaye, 25, is a self-described “yarn bomber.” Yarn-bombing, to judge from Kaye’s productions, consists of festooning walls, chain-link fences, subway entrances, and anything else that looks like a public space with amateurish crochet work that looks like antimacasser rejects from your great-grandma’s sofa arms. A female specialty, it’s literally the distaff side of graffiti (a male-dominated metier) and just about as attractive.

Kaye’s 15-foot-high “Moonshine Kingdom,” evidently inspired by Wes Anderson’s 2012 flop, Moonrise Kingdom, depicted a Boy Scoutish-looking boy holding the hands of the twins from The Shining. The building to which Kaye glued it abuts a vacant lot on which Brooklyn resident Rob Abner, a transplant from Queens, runs a flea market. It was Abner who OK’d Kaye’s installation.

Now this was an obvious open-and-shut property-rights matter. You don’t glue-gun your art, no matter how arty and meaningful, onto other people’s property unless they give you the go-ahead. It’s called trespassing.

But enter the Salvadoran lady’s nephew, Will Giron, self-described “tenant advocate” who decided the actual issue was “privilege” and “entitlement.” He launched a Facebook tirade against Abner:

“After Giron spoke with Abner last month about taking it down, Giron said Abner was rude and yelled at him, displaying an attitude common to ‘hipster transplant’ gentrifiers in the neighborhood, according to a lengthy Facebook post Giron wrote about the situation Tuesday.

“Giron claimed Abner also responded by saying ‘we’ve just raised your property value’ and that he threatened to call police on Giron’s aunt for selling Salvadoran food from her front yard, ‘something she’s been doing for years and is well loved in the community for doing,’ the post said.

“‘Now consider the sense of entitlement, privilege, the blatant lack of self awareness, and condescending attitudes towards people of color,” Giron continued in the post. ‘Consider the fact that it’s art when white people put up murals on private property but when we create our own art in Bushwick it’s considered “vandalism.”‘”…

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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