Todd Pettigrew

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Androphobia — and How to Address It - Areo

“Beware of an anti-male moral panic“ wrote Cathy Young shortly after the announcement that the Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein had settled at least …

Feminism

The Accidental Birth of Demogorgon

<b>C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image</b><p>“Before leaving Statius I cannot forbear adding a paragraph(which the incurious are invited to skip) on a mere …

C.S. Lewis

A Jane Austen Kind of Guy

I was sitting there at MLA, the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, interviewing for an academic job. This was about 10 years ago. …

Literature

The Case for Contrarianism

Another semester, another academic publishing scandal, complete with calls for penitence and punishment. This time the catalyst is “The Case for …

Philosophy

Misunderstanding a New Kind of Gender Dysphoria

A year ago, as a result of a blog post I wrote, I began offering consultations to parents of teens who had announced “out of the blue” that they were …

Mental Health

This college is taking drastic action against students who disrupt speakers

‘Commitment to Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression’<p>The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents passed a policy Friday (see Page 4 of this document) aimed at punishing students for disruptive protests at speaking events, which have become more common on campuses over the past …

Survey results confirm UK university staff's deep dissatisfaction

The final results of a major survey have confirmed deep dissatisfaction among UK university staff about the way their institutions are run.<p>Earlier …

Employee Engagement

Jagmeet Singh has ‘winner’ written all over him

<i>Gerald Caplan is a former New Democratic Party national director.</i><p>You can't deny that the NDP likes to make history by shattering old anachronistic traditions. It began way back in the early seventies in British Columbia when Rosemary Brown became the first black woman to be elected to a provincial …

Canada

Jagmeet Singh is Justin Trudeau’s worst nightmare

Sorry, Justin. You're not the fresh young face in town any more. You were hot, for a while. But Jagmeet Singh is hotter. You may have a huge Haida tattoo on your shoulder. But Jagmeet (also known as Jimmy) has a fuchsia turban on his head. You may know how to throw a punch. But he knows Brazilian …

Canada

The semiotics of Jagmeet Singh, the millennials’ dreamboat

Jagmeet Singh is not very good on live TV. Yet.<p>The newly and soundly elected Leader of the federal New Democratic Party looked a tad uncomfortable as the TV cameras focused on him and his family after his victory on Sunday. Just a teensy bit awkward. A confident man, he was, briefly, bashful. The …

Economic Justice

Areo Magazine on Twitter: "The Bleak View of Ta-Nehisi Coates https://t.co/LUV0pKxQV7… "

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The Telegram

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The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to ‘detransition’, surgeon says

By Joe Shute Five years ago, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, the world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon, received a patient at his Belgrade …

A Presidential Speech Steeped in Hypocrisy

Pre-presidential Trump was a man of many faults and vices, but one endearing quality: He was no hypocrite. He exaggerated his wealth, his success, …

What Canada Can Teach Spain About Secessionists

The Catalonia referendum has shown how violence inflames passions.<p><i>“Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.”</i><p>Heading into this weekend’s referendum on Catalan independence, the Spanish authorities had everything going for them. The Spanish Constitutional Court had pronounced the …

The Communist Party’s Party People

There was no better time or place to be a Communist than in San Francisco in the spring of 1945.<p>The world was poised to tip in a new direction and the start was the creation of the United Nations in San Francisco. As the delegates began taking their seats, the Red Army was battling to take Berlin. …

San Francisco

Globe Opinion on Twitter: "NDP opts for a leader who will shake things up with Jagmeet Singh https://t.co/6pT1RbzcX1… "

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The Dictionary Is Adding An Entry for 'Fake News'

Imagine that it is your job to explain what everyone else means when they use certain words, whether the term in question is <i>escalator</i> or <i>nationalism</i>. …

Snobbery against regional accents is hurting university teaching

Few organisations are as committed to policies encouraging diversity and inclusion as universities, but one form of discrimination remains silently …

Education

The 10 Most Enjoyable Guardian ‘Experience’ Columns

Despite the internet’s many horrors, there is one small corner where you can reliably find pleasant content: The <i>Guardian’s</i> “Experience” column. Take …

America's OJ Simpson obsession oppressed me as a child. It still does

The year after my mother’s murder was the year of the OJ Simpson trial. My mother, Crystal Perry, was killed one month and one day before Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, almost to the hour.<p>Nicole had a daughter, too, and a son. That long year, I kept thinking the daughter was 12, like me, but …

Crime

Swiss weigh Muslims' refusal to shake female teachers' hands

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss high school's decision to accept two Muslim boys' refusal for religious reasons to shake hands with their female teachers has triggered a debate in the small Alpine country, where handshake greetings have long been a gender-neutral tradition.<p>The public school in the northern …

Bangladeshi student who criticised radical Islamists is hacked to death

LONDON — A Bangladeshi law student who railed against Islamism on his Facebook page has been hacked to death in the capital Dhaka, the latest in a …

Islamists kill Somalia's former defence minister with car bomb | Reuters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Islamist militant group al Shabaab killed Somalia’s former defence minister with a car bomb in capital Mogadishu on Monday, officials said.<p>A man looks at a destroyed car after what authorities said was a car bomb attack which killed political advisor of Somali parliament …

Extremism

University Encourages Students to Report ‘Incidents of Discomfort’ to Campus Emergency Hotline

An Oregon university has launched a “Speak Up” webpage that encourages students to report “incidents of discomfort” to its public safety department.<p>“We ask members of our community to SPEAK UP and report alleged incidents of discrimination and incidents of discomfort regarding observed or …

Title IX

University of Oregon faculty are thrilled that an 'insulting' multimillion dollar ad campaign is getting shut down

The University of Oregon's decision to cut back its multimillion-dollar branding campaign has many faculty at the institution cheering.<p>The university has spent some $5 million in a campaign to rebrand itself, and until recently had the intention to spend another $15 million.<p>But officials announced …

No Extreme Too Extreme for Ted Cruz

January 13, 2016 by Ed Brayton<p>In his quest to secure the Christian right vote in the Republican presidential race, there is clearly no extreme too …

Florida Atlantic University Fires Professor Who Denies Mass Shootings

Florida Atlantic University has fired communications professor James Tracy, who publicly espouses that mass shootings since Sandy Hook have been …

Somali government bans Christmas celebrations | Reuters

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The government of Somalia has issued a ban on Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in the Muslim country, saying the festivities “have nothing to do with Islam.”<p>“We warn against celebration of Christmas, which is only for Christians,” Sheikh Mohamed Kheyrow, director of …

North Africa