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    Gamergate: A Consumer Revolt or Feminist Challenge?

    Gamergate: A Consumer Revolt or Feminist Challenge?

    The scales tipping in the #Gamergate controversy, the consumer revolt against misconduct in the video-games press, are between freedom and control. Gamers want to maintain their creative rights; so-called third-wave feminists, like those following Anita Sarkeesian, are challenging them. At its heart, this is a battle about artistic freedom. Click here to go to Spiked-Online […]

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    Video: Why I Oppose Assisted Suicide

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    Is Online Life Real?

    Is Online Life Real?

    Apparently Tauriq Moosa, over at Daily Beast, supports censorship. His take on the Twitter trial unfolding in Toronto is tilted in favour of the plaintiffs, three young women who are attempting to get a 53-year-old man convicted of criminal harassment for criticising them online. Moosa says of the accused, Greg Elliott: ‘Regardless of being blocked, […]

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    Lying: How to Win at Life, Death and Real Estate

    Lying: How to Win at Life, Death and Real Estate

    After my mother’s stroke, I often asked for advice. My queries were about how to navigate the hospital system, manage my mother’s assets and find good help. I always found well-informed people at a rural park I belong to, one that requires a membership and allows dogs to roam freely. A story from one walk […]

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    Free Speech? The Twitter Scandal in Canada

    Free Speech? The Twitter Scandal in Canada

    I remember a popular saying from my childhood: “She can dish it out, but she can’t take it.” A court case unfolding in Toronto has dishing as its main theme: Steph Guthrie, a 30 year old feminist activist, has accused Greg Elliott, a 54 year old father of four, of criminal harassment via Twitter. Go […]

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    Social Justice Warriors: A War on Truth?

    Social Justice Warriors: A War on Truth?

    This is an essay of mine that was published in The Rebel. I’m publishing an excerpt with a link. Being a social justice warrior comes with perks. For young men there’s the romance of rebellion, making them cooler than their less engaged peers. For young women, there’s the scintillating company of rebels and a clear […]

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    Dying to get in: Free Universities in Canada

    Dying to get in: Free Universities in Canada

    This article touches on the issue of assisted suicide, hence the word “dying” in the title.  Imagine this: your teenager has just come home from school, eyes red from crying. The problem? She has just been told she does not qualify for university–at all. How did this happen? A few years ago, the province you […]

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    The Death Treatment and Dalhousie Students

    The Death Treatment and Dalhousie Students

    A recent New Yorker article, written by Rachel Aviv, has reinvigorated debates around euthanasia and assisted suicide. “The Death Treatment” is about Tom Mortier and his mother, 64 year-old Godelieva De Troyer. Events unfolded in Belgium, where euthanasia is legal. The story is well known to those of us who follow healthcare. De Troyer suffered […]

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    Why Liberal Students are Terrifying

    Why Liberal Students are Terrifying

    Why Liberal Students are Terrifying Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied. –Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Edward Schlosser’s* article on Vox, “I’m a liberal professor and my liberal students terrify me,” has been shared on social media close to 200,000 times. What Schlosser […]

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    Oversexed Campuses and Other Tragedies

    Oversexed Campuses and Other Tragedies

    In case you haven’t heard, Laura Kipnis’ article on campus sex, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe,” is candid. She offers both a personal and professor’s-eye-view of campus sexuality, starting with her experiences in the hippyish 70s and ending with the puitanical present. She’s right, of course, when she says power relations among professors, students and institutions […]

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    Clean Up Your Mess!

    Clean Up Your Mess!

    For those of you who don’t live in Montreal, there is a tradition that takes place here every July 1st: it’s moving day. Leases start and end on that date, although of course over the years, it’s become less predictable. The cost of renting a van or hiring a moving company has soared enough that […]

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    Top Gear, Political Correctness and You

    Top Gear, Political Correctness and You: Much is being made of the bullying behaviour of Jeremy Clarkson, a presenter on the BBC’s wildly successful Top Gear. Pundits are applauding the Beeb for firing him. Canada’s Jian Ghomeshi scandal, soon to be reprised in court, is similar to Clarkson’s in that the emerging template is of an […]

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    What Monica Lewinsky tells us about shame

    What Monica Lewinsky tells us about shame

    What Monica Lewinsky tells us about shame: Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk about shame is deeply moving. She discusses some obvious instances of shaming, but there are other, more subtle ways of making individuals turn against themselves. Identity politics, long the darling of the political left, is generally associated with a supportive, open-minded attitude. But when does […]