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Weekly Commentary from 2001
from Wendy McElroy
ifeminists.com editor

  • December 25, 2001
    Random Acts of Kindness
    In the global cataclysm of war and terrorism, the small actions of individuals may seem insignificant. But in fact, they are what matter most.

  • December 18, 2001
    Good Will Toward Men
    Thoughtful women are fighting back against gender feminism's "war on men."

  • December 11, 2001
    "Boss Tweed" Feminism
    The ideal of equal representation for women in democratic governments around the globe sounds praiseworthy. But its implementation has little to do with "equality" or "democracy."

  • December 4, 2001
    Call Me "Anti-Woman"
    Some feminists are dissing Laura Bush and the Bush administration's recent support of the Afghan women. Is this jealousy over Republicans taking over their political turf or are such statements politically significant?

  • November 27, 2001
    Hang Male-Bashing Out to Dry
    Robert Rowan is proud of stealing 21 ceramic penises that were part of a domestic violence art show at the Boulder Public Library in Colorado.

  • November 20, 2001
    Arm the Afghan Women
    Afghan women need to exercise the right of self-defense, including gun ownership.

  • November 13, 2001
    U.N. Should Provide Aid — Not Impose Social Policy
    Refugees and the world's impoverished need food, clothing, medicine, and education — not feminist policy on sexual matters.

  • November 6, 2001
    Government Involvement Would Cost Charities Their Heart and Soul
    Apparent fundraising abuse has government officials threatening to increase their control of private charities, putting those bastions of volunteerism in danger of becoming an arm of the state.

  • October 30, 2001
    War Is Not a Vehicle for Social Agendas
    The proximate cause of the current conflict is the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 — not the oppression of Afghan women.

  • October 23, 2001
    Afghan Women's Group Raises More Questions Than Answers
    With fund-raising for Afghan relief running at a fever pitch, it behooves us to ask where all this money is going.

  • October 16, 2001
    Free Speech Protects All Speech
    Having once championed "hate speech" laws, feminists and the Left are now crying for freedom of speech.

  • October 9, 2001
    Defending Yourself Against Terror
    Terrorism is a diffuse threat that cries out for diffuse solutions.

  • October 2, 2001
    Michel Foucault and Pornography
    Why and how did Foucault influence feminism? And why are some feminists now finding fault with him?

  • September 26, 2001
    Individualism: A New View of Feminism
    The manner in which the word "equality" is defined is a litmus test by which different schools of feminism can be distinguished from each other.

  • September 18, 2001
    Afghan Women: The First Victims of Terrorism
    If the United States retaliates against last Tuesday’s terrorist attacks by bombing Afghan cities, among the main victims of a U.S. strike will be the innocent women who live in terror under the Taliban government.

  • September 12, 2001
    A Glimpse into the Mind of Terrorism
    People who call the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center towers an act of "cowardice" do not understand what happened. The act is far worse than that.

  • September 11, 2001
    Redefining Domestic Violence
    October is domestic violence awareness month, and nothing cries out for awareness so much as the misconceptions that have been constructed around this issue by politically correct feminists.

  • September 4, 2001
    Homeschooling, A Feminist Challenge
    In quiet mutiny against the quality and content of government education, a growing number of women are choosing to stay at home to teach their children one-on-one.

  • August 28, 2001
    Rallying Around a Baby-Killer
    The Houston Area branch of NOW has positioned itself politically to benefit from the expected trial of the child-killing mother Andrea Pia Yates.

  • August 21, 2001
    The Cost of Sexual Harassment
    Hundreds of thousands of parents are tightening their belts to write out huge tuition checks for a son or daughter going to university this September. Part of what they are paying for is the fiasco of sexual harassment policies.

  • August 14, 2001
    Don't Believe It: Not All Fathers Are Child Molesters
    Feminists should be applauded for shedding bright light on the sexual abuse of children. They should be deeply ashamed of how they have used it.

  • August 7, 2001
    Why Feminists Support Condit
    Adultery may be the only important aspect of marriage that PC feminists have not subjected to intense ideological analysis.

  • July 31, 2001
    Your Child is Worth Money to the State
    State agencies now have a financial incentive to separate children from their parents and put them up for adoption.

  • July 24, 2001
    Don't Do Us Any More Middle-Class Favors
    Most feminist policies harm the very women they should be protecting -- that is, the pink-collar worker.

  • July 17, 2001
    The Billion Mom March
    Where does a rights-hating organization go when it has collapsed in disgrace in its own country? If it is the Million Mom March, dedicated to destroying the right to bear arms, it goes to the United Nations.

  • July 10, 2001
    In Praise of Housewives
    In the 60's, a "Father Knows Best" image of the housewife stereotyped women who stayed at home. Today, PC feminism creates a stereotype that denigrates the housewife or, more accurately, views her as a paradigm of how men politically oppress women.

  • July 3, 2001
    Murder: A New Feminist View of Motherhood
    Andrea Pia Yates -- the Houston woman who drowned her five children -- has prompted stunned and public discussion of how a mother could possibly kill her own offspring. She has also inspired a particularly vicious new feminist line of reasoning.

  • June 26, 2001
    The New Mythology of Rape
    Rape has ceased to be an act of violence which criminals commit against individual women. It has been placed at the service of a larger political agenda.

  • June 19, 2001
    Bashing Boys
    A 1997 study that was instrumental in embedding PC feminist politics into the education of young children has been called a "farce" and "perhaps fraudulent."

  • June 19, 2001 (Guest editorial)
    The Abortion Conflict: A Libertarian Message to Both Sides
    "An admittedly unconventional view of the abortion issue" that "needs to be heard by both sides — because both sides are their own worst enemy." [PDF file]

  • June 12, 2001
    How to Ruin a Man's Life
    Last month, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. to pay $1.15 million to former student Ru Paster who had been accused of date rape.

  • June 5, 2001
    Second-Hand Harassment
    The meaning of sexual harassment has been expanding and may soon embrace "second-hand harassment" -- a notion similar to second-hand smoke.

  • May 29, 2001
    Battered Husbands
    Men as well as women are victims of domestic abuse but discussing that fact is a taboo in our society.

  • May 22, 2001
    The Myths of Rape
    The mother of all feminist myths on campuses today is that one in four female students has been the victim of rape or attempted rape.

  • May 15, 2001
    Homelessness and Prostitution
    Teen prostitution is an unintended consequence of child labor laws.

  • May 8, 2001
    America's Re-education Camps
    A major PC goal on American campuses is to enforce "sensitivity" through a re-education of students' values.

  • May 1, 2001
    A Sexual War within the United Nations
    The radical feminist agenda has gone global and the United Nations is leading an attack on both family values and the traditional role of women.

  • April 24, 2001
    The Abortion Debate that Wasn't
    By eschewing moral issues, feminism has allowed the hideous practical consequences of the pro-life position to stand without contradiction.

  • April 17, 2001
    E.R.A.: R.I.P.
    Why is mainstream feminism returning yet again to the scene of its greatest disaster?

  • April 10, 2001
    Dining with Pornographers
    My first dinner at the Winter '94 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a headlong dive into the hard core porn industry.

  • April 3, 2001
    Must I Use a Gun to be Moral?
    Defending gun-rights has not made me a fellow-traveler of the "gun culture."

  • March 27, 2001
    What Does Affirmative Action Affirm?
    Affirmative action has hindered the institution that has done the most to benefit women economically: the free market.

  • March 20, 2001
    Gender Madness on Columbia's Campus
    Columbia University's new Sexual Misconduct Policy sounds the death knell for due process on Columbia's campus -- at least, for male students.

  • March 13, 2001
    The MacKinnon-Dworkin Memory Hole
    Their "complete and accurate record" of the Pornography Civil Rights Hearings is neither complete nor accurate.

  • March 6, 2001
    Sex on the Brain: a review
    A look at two recent books about sex: Deborah Blum's Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and Women, and Charles Pickstone's The Divinity of Sex: The Search for Ecstasy in a Secular Age.

  • February 27, 2001
    True Feminism Needs a Revival
    Individual liberty and free enterprise are feminism's best friends. Guest editorial by Joe Goodson.

  • February 20, 2001
    Moses Harman: The Paradigm of a Male Feminist
    Moses Harman (1830-1910) was a social visionary often overlooked by feminist historians, perhaps because he is male.

  • February 13, 2001
    "Solutions" to Prostitution
    The individualist feminist approach to prostitution is to advocate decriminalization: that is, the abolition of all laws against selling sex.

  • February 6, 2001
    Angela Fiducia Tilton Heywood
    A profile of a forgotten individualist feminist.

  • January 30, 2001
    The Contagious Disease Acts
    These 1860s Acts occasioned "the western world's first feminine revolt of any stature."

  • January 23, 2001
    True Love Waits: a review
    What type of feminist is Wendy Kaminer? A look at her latest book.

  • January 16, 2001
    Victoria Woodhull: An Unacknowledged Individualist
    The first woman to run for president was an ifeminist.

  • January 9, 2001
    Where Feminist Theory Has Gone Wrong
    Contemporary feminism has forgotten its roots and has taken a disastrous turn away from the true interest of women.

  • August 3, 2000
    The 'Monologues' Ride Again
    Why are the organizers so determined to prevent the original version of "The Vagina Monologues" from being performed?

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