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The Grave Injustice behind the Kagan Nomination

May 19, 2010


LISA BELKIN, of The New York Times, is to feminist propaganda what the H. J. Heinz Company is to ketchup. If you look at the enormous smokestacks of a Heinz factory, you get some idea of what goes on in there. Heinz keeps churning it out and people keep lapping it up. It’s the same thing with this one-woman factory of feminist lies and inanities. People apparently love it even though it sticks in the bottle. Now I know you will say that’s unfair. Ketchup is good and Heinz is the best. But it’s literally true and you’ll have to take your ketchup sensitivities elsewhere.

The latest Belkinism comes in the form of this article about the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Lisa is ever ready to launch into artlessly contorted logic to prove that women are oppressed despite outrageous favoritism and she doesn’t depart from her high standards here. She is skeptical about the correctness of Kagan as a nominee. Kagan is not a mother and thus her nomination gives the untutored masses the impression that a mommy cannot rise to the highest pinnacles of power. This is pernicious discrimination against mommies. (Like all feminists, Belkin can’t imagine that the welfare of children might be anywhere in the picture.) There are hockey moms and soccer moms and PTA moms. Why not Supreme Court moms? It’s true that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by some fluke of nature, is a mother and so is Sandra Day O’Connor, but Sonia Sotomayor and Kagan are not. That’s unfair. Look at all the daddy judges.

Here is what I propose. Let all the genetics labs and fertility clinics in the country devote themselves to this just cause. Let’s make Sotomayor and Kagan mommies. Even if we have to resort to cloning, let’s get the job done. It’s only fair.


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Employment Facts

May 19, 2010


SINCE 2000, the male employment rate has dropped by nine percentage points. The female employment rate has declined by less than five points. The difference will almost certainly be less extreme once the recession ends and traditionally male fields such as construction recover. Nevertheless, these differentials have changed radically in the past 60 years. The male employment rate was 57 percentage points higher in 1950, which explains some of what I noted about the fifties here. It is now about 11 points higher than the female employment rate. As of 2007, about 25 percent of women worked part-time while 10.5 percent of men did.

Here is a table illustrating the employment rates for men and women aged 25 to 54. The sources for these numbers can be found here and here. Read More »


Defending Literacy

May 19, 2010

Francesco Guardi's Venice Viewed from the Bacino

Francesco Guardi's Venice Viewed from the Bacino

IN ITS MISSION STATEMENT, the Center for Literate Values, which was recently vandalized by a computer hacker, states:

The literate individual is vanishing. We who teach have seen with our own eyes the decline of analytical finesse and expressiveness in our composition classes over the past two or three decades. We who have children have struggled to keep their moral acumen focused upon the small, persistent inner voice of conscience rather than upon what celebrities are doing or what passes for “cool” on Facebook. All of us have converged upon a basic realization, whether persuaded of it by theory or driven to it by hard experience: i.e., that the West has entered a post-literate stage. Read More »


The Fabulous and Not-So-Fabulous Fifties

May 19, 2010




I’m a student at Dekalb High School, Illinois, and I’m doing a project on women in the fifties for my U.S. History class. I came across The Thinking Housewife, and was wondering what you would have to say about women then — the education of, the roles of, etc. I kind of assume you draw inspiration for your ideas from that time period, and I think your opinions would be relevant. Of course I’ll cite you and your website. Read More »


An Act of Cultural Vandalism

May 19, 2010



Here is a story that points to the arrogance and destructiveness of the American Left. 

More than a decade ago, when I served for a year as executive director of then newly constituted Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, I came into contact with John Harris of Tyler, Texas, who already for some years had been issuing a print journal, called Arcturus, from his small press of that name. John sent me samples of Arcturus and asked whether I might mention it in the ALSC newsletter, which I did. Read More »

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