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August 2017

"Why I No Longer Identify as a Feminist"

"Liberal feminism had shifted from the universality of equal human rights to identity politics. No longer were ideas valued on their merit but on the identity of the speaker and this was multifaceted, incorporating sex, gender identity, race, religion, sexuality and physical ability. The value of an identity in social justice terms is dependent on its degree of marginalization, and these stack up and vie for primacy. This is where liberal feminism went so badly wrong."

BONUS: "A Lifelong Leftist’s Cri De Coeur".

But, increasingly, I find myself at odds with the left because of other aspects of my political and ethical convictions. I am a firm believer in free speech, including speech which might be deemed offensive or hateful. I believe in equal opportunities for men and women, but I see no reason why this should necessarily lead to equal representation of men and women in all spheres of life.

I believe in equality between people of all races and skin colors, but I think we should strive to achieve that by making skin color and ethnic origin as irrelevant as possible in every important social and professional situation. No one should be either praised or blamed for the color of their skin or the content of their knickers.

"Harvard Thinks It’s Found the Next Einstein — and She’s 23"

Big Al's are some sizable shoes to fill, but it sounds like this young woman has a decent chance.

Pasterski had first flown a plane at age 9, an experience she casually relayed to a teacher at her public high school, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. The teacher replied: “That’s nice, but what have you done lately?”

“That’s become my mantra ever since,” Pasterski told the Chicago Tribune in a 2016 interview. “That’s nice, but what have you done lately?”