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Provocative Commentary

July 19, 2006

  • Summer Camp Is Home To The New Drug War by Tony Zizza
    Tony Zizza takes a hard line with parents who are medicating their children with 'psych' drugs. He writes, "by agreeing with a subjective and consensus-driven psychiatric label for your child such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and subsequent drugging for an unknown period of time, you have really failed as a parent."

July 12, 2006

  • Protect Children from Alienation by Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks comment on the backlash developing as the concept of Parental Alienation Syndrome is increasingly accepted in society and by courts. [Editor's Note: I am a skeptic of PAS as a Syndrome to be used in court myself.]

February 8, 2006

  • The Slattern Single Mother by by Sartre
    Although the backlash expressed by Sartre against gender feminism is understandable, the positions he attacks are not held by individualist feminists (ifeminists) . Indeed, such positions run counter to ifeminism which views motherhood and the traditional family as valid and salutary choices. They are simply not the only valid or salutary choices. The key words are 'choice,' and 'true equality' (not privilege) under the law, which used to be what feminism stood for...without the adjectives and qualifiers.

September 14, 2005

June 15, 2005

  • Do Kids Celebrate "Family Diversity?" by by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
    Jennifer Roback Morse asks, "Do children really enjoy being part of 'alternative families'?" Many of our public opinion-making elites don't even want us to ask this question.

April 27, 2005

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis of Andrea Dworkin by David A. Roberts
    David A. Roberts submits this highly-critical analysis of the recently-deceased radical feminist Andrea Dworkin with the hope that "it might help some people avoid falling into the same wasted life as Dworkin did."

March 30, 2005

February 23, 2005

  • What Straight Divorce Has To Do With Gay Marriage by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
    Arguing for traditional marriage, classical liberal Jennifer Roback Morse writes, "The current demand for homosexual marriage and the sad prevalence of heterosexual divorce are part and parcel of the same trend toward reducing marriage to a loose association of sexual partners."

January 5, 2005

  • Is the High Street Really a Liberating Arena for Women? by Diana Goss & Ian Pace
    The ever provocative Diana Goss co-authors a thought-provoking piece with Ian Pace, which looks askance at the claims that women's new consumerism is liberation. Do you agree? If so, if not, write in and tell us why.

December 15, 2004

  • Majority Rule...Destroyed By Minority Fools by Resa LaRu Kirkland
    Always provocative, Resa LaRu Kirkland outdoes herself as she argues that the representation of the majority has been destroyed by minorities. Please send counter-arguments and reactions to wendy@ifeminists.net.

November 17, 2004

  • Dr. Alfred Kinsey: Just Another Subject For Some Juicy Media Conflict by Marty Klein, Ph.D
    The biographical movie "Kinsey" has inspired a ferocious backlash from conservatives who accuse the Dr. Alfred Kinsey of everything from sloppy research to advocating pedophilia. Marty Klein offers a defense of the movie which focuses on the character of its critics.

October 20, 2004

  • The Vagina Makes a Come-Back! by Bettina Arndt
    With flare and respect for the science, Bettina Arendt updates us all on the state of current research into women's orgasms.

October 13, 2004

  • What Straight Divorce Has To Do With Gay Marriage by Jennifer Roback Morse
    Jennifer Roback Morse makes an intriguing and controversial -- tho' arguably false -- link between gay marriage and no-fault divorce. Letters of response to ifeminists.net are welcome.

August 25, 2004

  • Lady..or the Tramp? by Carey Roberts
    Feminism has had a deleterious effect on women's fashions, according to Carey Roberts, who asks "Why are we allowing a growing number of sexually-precocious women to degrade our public morality?"

August 18, 2004

  • Letter to America by George Rolph
    From his perspective in the UK, George Rolph writes, "Every father and mother who loves their family throughout the western world and who knows anything about politics, will be watching these [U.S.] elections closely."

August 11, 2004

July 14, 2004

May 26, 2004

  • Not a Social Contract by Jennifer Roback Morse
    Jennifer Roback Morse argues, "Making gay nuptials legal may itself be wrong, but institutionalizing a poisonous view of marriage for everyone -- gay or straight -- is where the most harm is wrought." In short, she disagrees with the current legal view of marriage.

May 19, 2004

  • The Right to Choose Common Sense by Jennifer Roback Morse
    Writing from a pro-life perspective, Jennifer Roback "breaks the mirrors that are so essential in creating the illusion of reproductive freedom."

April 7, 2004

  • Letter to the Editor: On Gloria Steinem by Pat Taylor
    A reader responds to last week's retrospective on Steinem...and she was irritated by it. Well, hey, that's why it ran in the Provocation Department. Let the opinions roll.

March 31, 2004

  • Meeting Gloria Steinem: first encounters and initial impressions by Dana Cook
    Gloria Steinem's 70th birthday was last week. Love or hate her -- and an ifeminist she's not! -- one reader compiled an interesting "literary commentary" on this influential woman. I invite other readers to compile their own quotes/commentaries on the feminist of their choice, including a "rebuttal" Steinem.

March 10, 2004

  • A Personal Hell by Lori Cutshall
    Lori Cutshall tells a tale that is "every parent's nightmare" -- a daughter (or son) is being stalked. Is more law the answer? Cutshall argues "yes." What remedy would you suggest?

March 3, 2004

  • Anarchism and American Traditions by Voltairine de Cleyre
    Voltairine de Cleyre is one of the "founding mothers" of individualist feminism in America. Although not a feminist piece per se, "Anarchism and American Traditions," is de Cleyre's best-known work and a sure way to start an argument.

February 25, 2004

February 18, 2004

February 10, 2004

December 23, 2003

  • Against Opting Out by Katie Allison Granju
    Katie Allison Granju looks at the women opting out of the workforce and wonders, "Ten years from now, I suspect that we may be hearing from a new group of suddenly single, 50-year-old, college-educated women who haven't held a paying job in a decade about a new and fascinating trend: the 'I-was-only-kidding-and-I-really-need-to-opt-back-in Revolution'."

December 2, 2003

November 18, 2003

  • Home Office Gender Neutral Studies by anonymous
    This document is highly confidential and was leaked to the men's rights organization man2man by an unknown whistle blower in the British Home Office. Please disseminate widely. [Warning -- spoof]

November 11, 2003

  • The American sense of freedom is shifting from rights to choices by Barbara Curtis
    Barbara Curtis warns, "The more options Americans have, the more our need for self-determination is sated by ridiculous choices like stamps and mustard and rings - the less fire we have for the choices our government continues to withhold (school vouchers) or begins to take away (gun ownership, religious expression)."

October 28, 2003

  • Political Harassment by Cat Farmer
    Cat Farmer asks, "Sexual harassment occurs when an aggressor pushes unwanted sexual attentions upon unwilling recipients. Any guesses as to what "political harassment" refers to?"

September 30, 2003

  • Against Woman Suffrage by Lysander Spooner
    Spooner's 1877 classic in which he argues that women "have just as good a right to make laws as men have, and no better; AND THAT IS JUST NO RIGHT AT ALL."

September 23, 2003

  • Hitting the POW jackpot by Resa LaRu Kirkland
    The rescue of Pfc. Jennifer Lynch made Resa LaRu Kirkland think about the hypocrisy of "preferential rescuing" regarding females over males. And that's Resa's topic of the day.

September 16, 2003

September 9, 2003

September 2, 2003

  • California Dreaming by David A. White
    Dave White reviews the controversial book Mexifornia by Victor Davis Hanson. Comments?

August 26, 2003

  • We've Gone the Wrong Way, Baby: Time For Women To Go Home by Resa LaRu Kirkland
    In her "take no prisoners!" fashion Resa LaRu Kirkland offers a contrarian view of whether women currently deserve respect. [Please note: this column should have been Part I of Resa's contribution of last week.]

August 19, 2003

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