There’s an obvious answer to the question, ‘Why would Jussie Smollett do something like that?’
Michael ShermerWhy would anyone fake a hate crime? @MrAndyNgo nails it: "Because of the mainstreaming of academia’s victimhood culture, we are now in a place where we place more value on being a victim than on being heroic, charitable, or even kind."
Andy NgoOrchestrating a hoax hate attack. Paying others to beat him up. Scratching his own face. Why might Jussie Smollett do something like this? To me, it’s all but clear. Why would he not when we worship & elevate victims? Read my new piece in @NRO
It shows a peculiar aspect of 21st-century America: victimhood chic.
John McWhorterWe are at a peculiar sociohistorical stage, where someone could think being black and jumped by white thugs makes them more interesting than being a star on a hit TV show. And sadly he’s right. (Did he not lie? I’m open, but ...)
Alex GriswoldA very good Atlantic piece on the "victimhood chic" culture that drives things like the Smollett hoax
Camila worked for Ristretto Roasters, my husband Din’s coffee roasting company in Portland, Oregon, for five years. She received regular promotions and by 2016 was earning a mid-five figure salary. In October of last year, Camila resigned. The end....
Quillette.@NancyRomm hosts a YouTube series where she is critical of the excesses of #MeToo & those who seek to exploit it for personal gain. Social justice activists in Portland have now mobbed her husband's coffee business, determined to put him out of business
Quillette"The career-destroying potential of the internet mob immediately snapped into action. Articles appeared in at least four newspapers & on innumerable websites. People on social media hurried to declare that they would never again spend a penny at Ristretto"
QuilletteA Portland-based critic of #MeToo voiced her opinions online. Activists have now gone after her husband's local coffee business in retaliation. @NancyRomm chronicles what is happening to her family in the latest social justice mobbing in Portland
The administration is responding in part to a reported hanging of a young gay man in Iran, Trump’s top geopolitical foe.
NBC NewsNEW: Exclusive: Trump admin. launches global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay, US officials tell @NBCNews, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.
Yashar Ali 🐘Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality
In this article from the New York Times, they claim that there is extreme sex discrimination in tech:
Steve Stewart-WilliamsRemember that study showing that gender-blind orchestra auditions increased the number of women selected? Looks like it didn't show that at all. If anything, gender-blinding slightly increased the number of men; probably, though, it had no effect.
Lee JussimNYTimes article on supposed massive sex bias in coding not only included UFS*, a bona fide study that it reported has no data showing bias against women.
UFS: Unidentified Flying Study (i.e., one claimed to exist but for which no record can be found).
Having gestated in academia, Intersectionality has escaped into the broader world. It’s a foundational doctrine of third-wave feminism. It’s long had its own study group—the section on race, gender, and class—within the American Sociological...
Lee JussimThe always-thoughtful @NickWolfinger, empirically-oriented sociologist, critiques intersectionality.
"Intersectionality may undermine any activism that truly embraces it, because it highlights division rather than unity of purpose."
One of Aesop’s fables is about a shepherd boy who, out of boredom, repeatedly cries “Wolf!” when no wolf is present. As a result, the villagers lose faith in his testimony, and no one listens to his warnings when a real wolf shows up to devour his...
Bradley Campbell"Effective communication requires truthfulness, which is more than not telling lies. Speakers must also say, or at least be willing to say, what they really mean."—@SpencerJayCase in @Quillette
Zetetic AdvocateExcellent article on the inflation of language, which always leads to the corruption of language. We live in an age of hyperbolic nonsense that hallows words of their true meaning, blunting the truly obscene, & elevating pettiness.
Claire Lehmann"Just as printing too much paper currency diminishes the value of the currency, concept inflation degrades the rhetorical effect of inflated words and phrases." [email protected]
Here's why we shouldn't be cheering the Trump administration.
Titania McGrathIn some countries, being gay is a criminal offence punishable by death.
Why can’t Trump respect these cultural differences? Because he’s a RACIST.
Out Magazine"Rather than actually being about helping queer people around the world, Trump's campaign looks more like another instance of the right using queer people as a pawn to amass power and enact its own agenda," writes @mathewrodriguez.
Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’
Claire LehmannCriticised for being transphobic, Martina Navratilova went away & researched the subject; she now says her prior view is strengthened -- sex differences in bone & muscle density and VO2 max build up over a lifetime
On February 13, after almost a two month delay due to the U.S. government shutdown, the National Endowment for the Arts finally announced its recipients for the 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry. For most of the winners, this was an...
Claire LehmannAn award-winning poetess who is part of the LGBTI community experiences prolonged online harassment and poetry editors subsequently pull her poems from their journals.
Why? She's a conservative Christian & one of her poems 'humanised' Donald Trump
Clint MargraveHonored to publish my first piece in @Quillette ! Big thank you to editors @clairlemon and @j4mi3p and to all who lent their voice to this article in a time in which too many people are trying to stifle others' voices!
Quillette"It used to be that the people who wanted to censor artists were members of powerful institutions like the church or the government, but these days, they are more likely to be artists and professors and publishers themselves," writes @clintmargrave.
Katie HerzogI’m quoted in this piece by @robynkanner on cancel culture. I was initially declined to talk to Robyn because frankly she’d been kind of a dick about me and my work in the past.
Bari WeissTo see me now — a trans woman living in Brooklyn — it’s hard to imagine me campaigning for George W. Bush, writes @robynkanner. But growing up in Maine, it couldn't have been more natural. That's just one of the reasons I feel for the Esquire cover boy.