Toxic femininity and publishing

If we classify the extremes of maleness as toxic masculinity it is worth asking what form the extremes of female behaviour or toxic femininity might take? This matter has been discussed in two previous blog posts. First, when Jordan Peterson waded into the subject see Jordan Peterson and Toxic Femininity. Second, following an article in… Continue reading Toxic femininity and publishing

The Death of the English Literature Degree

“Long before any ideas of “woke” had entered the mainstream, university English departments had decided what was, and wasn’t, acceptable. Woe betide you, student or tutor alike, if you deviated from the new orthodoxy” Alexander Larman writing in The Critic It might seem odd to take pleasure in the decline and possible death of English… Continue reading The Death of the English Literature Degree

Laura Bates – the missing chapter

Laura Bates is the author of a toxic and divisive book “Men Who Hate Women’. The book tells us much about Laura, her love of confirmation bias, and her disregard for nuance and normal standards of fact-checking. The book told us nothing useful about relations between men and women but received favourable reviews in The… Continue reading Laura Bates – the missing chapter

Lived Experience

One of the more toxic concepts of Critical Theory is the overriding importance of ‘lived experience’ and the disqualification of empirical data and statistical reasoning. The latter are seen as tools of the western white male patriarchy and not to be trusted. There are several problems with an approach that centres unverified ‘lived experience’ and… Continue reading Lived Experience

Meghan Markle and the missing 49 million men

Covid-19 has brought out the worst in some feminists. One common theme is that that the pandemic is affecting women more than men; no surprise then that Meghan Markle, who speaks fluent feminist cliché, has jumped on this bandwagon and no surprise either that her comments have been uncritically reported across a range of news… Continue reading Meghan Markle and the missing 49 million men

Laura Bates and pervasive misogyny

Laura Bates appears to believe that misogyny permeates society and the framework in which this operates is an invisible one – the patriarchy. The evidence for this is unverified ‘lived experience’ of women and even then, only ‘lived experience’ that conforms with feminist liturgy. The problems with ‘lived experience’ rather than empirical evidence will be… Continue reading Laura Bates and pervasive misogyny