I’m So Old …

… I remember when it was students who were disciplined for crude speech. The College Fix reports that

Just before Christmas, a judge overturned the University of Southern California’s 2016 sexual-assault finding against an accused student, deeming him the victim of a process that was not “fair, thorough, reliabl[y] neutral and impartial.”

One of the errors made by the private institution? The Title IX coordinator and investigator repeatedly called the male student and his adviser “motherfuckers” after they forgot to hang up on a call with them.

Oh, and they called the female student accusing him “a catch.”

USC’s tuition and fees typically exceed $72,000 a year.

Well, Since You Asked …

Someone has posted a set of questions that an intersectional feminist should ask on a first date. Now that I’m a widower, I suppose I may ask a lady out for a date one of these days, but I doubt that I would find an intersectional feminist attractive. However, I’ve decided to post my answers to the questions.

Here goes—

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter? No more than any other lives.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation? Gender is a property of nouns and pronouns—but not living organisms. Proper sexual orientation is the acceptance of the fact one’s sex as determined by one’s DNA.

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life? I try to practice the good manners my mother taught me.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work? It’s sinful.

5. Are you a supporter of the BDS movement? Of course not. I’m a gentile Zionist.

6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights? I wonder if countries such as Zimbabwe might be more prosperous and have freer political systems in the colonial powers had spent another generation or two in transitioning colonies to self-sufficiency and had redrawn boundaries in harmony with the ethnicities of the indigenous peoples.

7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative? All human economic systems are exploitive, but market capitalism seems to provide the best long-term results for the largest number of folks.

8. Can any human be illegal? No, but a person’s acts may be.

9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries? Support them in what? Be more specific with your question.

10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?  Allyship? Ah, a new buzzword. Look, disabled folks need to be allowed to be as fully engaged in society as they are able. OTOH, they need to accept realistic limitations on what they can do. Or do you favor granting driver’s licenses to the blind?

Satire is dead. The humorless have killed it.

UPDATE—Sarah Hoyt explains why those questions are actually meaningless.

McCain On Masculinity

Stacy McCain has a thoughtful piece up that is nominally about one of the seminal (if I can use that word) feminist texts and how poorly written it is. In the course of his essay he digresses into an excellent commentary on the nature of real masculinity.

What do we mean by “masculine” and “feminine”? These words may conjure up many different mental images, but ever since I started my in-depth exploration radical feminism in 2014, I have repeatedly made reference to the classic Hollywood image of Tarzan and Jane.

Read the whole thing.