Category Culture

My sheltered life

Stories of sexual harassment and abuse keep coming out of Hollywood, Washington, and the media. I should not be so bewildered: I have seen a case of sexual harassment while working in a boarding school. I have been in an atmosphere where I could possibly have been a victim – a roving Jesuit with a […]

Roy Moore, loyalty test

Just a thought or two on the Roy Moore debacle: While fake accusations of sexual assault do happen, fake ones are usually quite vague and come out of nowhere. Moore has several detailed accusations against him showing a pattern of predatory behavior. You might not be able to prove him guilty of statutory rape in […]

Shift the Blame

Ace of Spades makes a point about how we tend to excuse sex crimes: This is a crime, but the criminal isn’t actually the criminal — you’re the criminal. This obviously demented psychopath actually represents your Male Gaze and your Toxic Masculinity. You better fix your wagon, fella, before we fix it for you. It’s […]

Could I be wrong?

A little while ago I posted on how I fail to understand the mentality of these serial sexual harassers / abusers, and I thought I’d follow up: Useful statistics on sexual harassment and abuse are hard to come by. The term “sexual assault” is used to cover everything from a clumsy pass to Weisnteinesque behavior […]

The root of identity politics?

Mary Eberstat has in interesting take on the rise of identity politics on both the right and the left: In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of how democratic governance shapes familial relations, rendering fathers and sons more equal and closer and less hierarchical than they are in its aristocratic counterparts. If it’s obvious that […]

Harvey Weinstein, Alpha Male

Anyone who peruses the manosphere is familiar with the notion of the “alpha male” who is defined as the man who has sex with the most women. There may be something to it: some guys, being good looking and smooth talkers, are good at picking up random women while other guys are good at masturbating […]

Who creates truth?

A hypothesis: since humans always know things in a human way, and humans are by nature social animals, then humans always know things in a social way. That is, our knowledge has a communal element: we think in words, which are a community-building tool. We hand on our wisdom to the next generation, who in […]