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  • CJNEWS Kay: The cesspool of anti-Semitism on the left Thursday January 31st, 2019
    Bernie Farber devoted his latest column to concerns that a few Jews may have voted for Faith Goldy in Toronto’s recent mayoral election. Goldy is the former reporter for the Rebel Media, whose sympathies for the white supremacists at the August 2017 Charlottesville, Va., rally annihilated her journalism career. Some Goldy-supporting Jews may have voted for her because she is anti-Muslim, just a...
  • National Post Svend Robinson’s return set to boost Israel hate in the NDP Tuesday January 29th, 2019
    He’s back! Svend Robinson will be the NDP candidate for Burnaby North-Seymour in this fall’s federal election. He looks good at 66, brimming with comeback vigour. His ostensible motivation for returning to politics is concern over climate change and the affordable housing crisis. But he has not denied that his real ambition — a realistic one considering Jagmeet Singh’...
  • The Post Millennial “Toxic masculinity” in advertising: keeping women scared and men shamed Friday January 25th, 2019
    Some students of human nature believe that, because our ancestors could only survive as a species human through a constant awareness of danger, we are endowed with an inherent need to be in a “state of fear” about something or other, even if the objective danger is neither existential nor widespread. It’s certainly true that political movements often encourage a state of fear to enhance their i...
  • The Post Millennial Gillette has a problem with men, and now consumers have a problem with Gillette Wednesday January 16th, 2019
    In the last few days, the tables have been turned on Gillette, the world’s most famous name in razors. The company has been getting a very close shave from its customers. There isn’t a styptic pen in the world big enough to stanch the blood flowing from the myriad nicks they’re suffering as punishment for a short film ad they thought would capitalize on the #MeToo zeitgeist to good corporate ef...
  • The Post Millennial Endocrinologists warn against hormone treatment for childhood gender dysphoria Wednesday January 16th, 2019
    I have a transgender friend. She is now in her 50s, so has been taking the relevant hormones for more than 30 years to maintain her female appearance. What I like about Monica (not her real name) is that she is as disapproving as I am of the bullish trans activism that makes light of lifetime hormone usage, and the risks posed by such long-term usage.Monica made her decision as an adult with op...
  • National Post Don’t ever question mass immigration or you’ll be instantly racist Wednesday January 16th, 2019
    Immigration is likely to be the hot-button issue in the next federal election.The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is eroding public confidence in immigration.One can understand why. Because of his Kumbaya, “post-nationalist” susceptibility to the blandishments of one-worldist idea...
  • The Post Millennial The American Psychological Association goes to war against boys and men Thursday January 10th, 2019
    The American Psychological Association (APA) has, for the first time in its history, come out with Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. One does not have to have read the entire 30,000 word document to appreciate its thrust: “traditional masculinity” is bad for society as well as to boys and men themselves. Stoicism, competitiveness and risk-taking, the qualitie...
  • The Post Millennial Maclean’s magazine encourages women to regret having children Monday January 7th, 2019
    The article’s headline was meant to grab women’s attention, and I am sure it did: “‘I Regret Having Children’,” a feature article in the February issue of Maclean’s mag, throws a positive light on what the author, veteran journalist Anne Kingston, seems to believe is the opening salvo in a brave new epoch of female liberation, the desanctification of mo...
  • National Post The year I needed a Jewish institutional renewal Thursday January 3rd, 2019
    As a new year dawned, six National Post contributors shared something new they tried in 2018. Below, Barbara Kay takes a spiritual journey.For 46 years our family belonged to a synagogue aligned with the Reconstructionist movement, the only indigenously American branch of Judaism, and decidedly liberal in its tenets. The attraction for me was its combination of intellectual dynamism, gender ...
  • National Post Sorry, Jews (especially ladies). The progressives just aren’t into you Wednesday January 2nd, 2019
    Half the population of the United States was disgusted when Donald Trump became America’s president, and half of that half — women — were beyond disgusted. Before you could say Grab Them By the Pussy Hat, the largest single day protest in American history had been organized, with about one per cent of the entire U.S. population participating in demonstrations around America (...
  • CJNEWS Kay: ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and the Song of Songs Tuesday December 25th, 2018
    Shir ha-Shirim (the Song of Songs) has lately been the focus of a weekly study group I attend at my shul. Most of the Shir is an explicitly sexual dialogue between two lovers. A few minutes into last week’s steamy reading, the woman next to me quipped, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” We all laughed knowingly. This Christmas season favourite, written in 1944 by Frank Loesser as a duet to be performed...
  • National Post SNL could never smear another group like it does fathers Tuesday December 18th, 2018
    Saturday Night Live usually hits the mark, humour-wise, but when it misses, it can miss big time. On Dec. 1, SNL mounted a skit called “Dad Christmas.” One blogger commented on it, “I don’t remember SNL ever sinking to this depth to disparage divorced dads in an attempt to provoke a laugh.” I agree. It was an act of vile misandry. The skit begins with two adolesc...
  • The Post Millennial KAY: The debate over “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is tone deaf Monday December 17th, 2018
    Baby, it’s cold outside. Seriously. I live in Montreal and it’s extremely cold outside. We’re also deeply into pre-Christmas festivating, which naturally involves multiple inescapable encounters with the eponymous holiday earworm, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” an allegedly rapey song so widely discussed it has its own recognizable acronym, BICO (as in “Bro...
  • National Post Trudeau signs another feel-good agreement while Yazidis suffer alone Tuesday December 11th, 2018
    Oslo, Norway and Marrakech, Morocco were more than geographical miles apart on Dec 10. In Oslo, Nadia Murad, a courageous Yazidi survivor of genocide, accepted her Nobel prize, alongside Congolese recipient Denis Mukwabe, for efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Nobody has objected to the legitimacy of this award. In Marrakech, Prime Minister Trudeau...
  • The Post Millennial KAY: Can conservatives and liberals really be friends in 2018? Monday December 10th, 2018
    A dialogue between two former enemies, “Can You Love the Person You Love to Hate?” published by the New York Times, has attracted a lot of attention. The protagonists are female writers who used to spar angrily on Twitter, then found, when they met in person at a conference, that they actually liked each other. Are there lessons here for those of us who find Twitter combat with hat...
  • National Post There’s no shame in looking after your family’s interests Tuesday December 4th, 2018
    The Late George Apley, John P. Marquand’s 1937 novel, chronicles the life of a “Boston Brahmin,” whose encounters with a fast-changing world trace the decline and fall of America’s WASP establishment. In the novel’s most famous anecdote, the protagonist’s ultra-conservative grandfather, observing a nouveau-riche neighbour retrieving his morning newspaper from...
  • National Post Zionism vs the Tikkun Olam Movement: Scorpions in a Jewish Bottle Tuesday December 4th, 2018
    Edited version of a talk delivered at Beth Emet Synagogue in Toronto Nov 18, 2018 At the prestigious Munk Debate in Toronto in early November between pundit David Frum and controversial right-winger Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Bannon asked a legitimate question: “Why is the nation-state so scorned and demonized [by the post-nationalists]?” This is...
  • National Post There’s no shame in looking after your family’s interest Tuesday December 4th, 2018
    The Late George Apley, John P. Marquand’s 1937 novel, chronicles the life of a “Boston Brahmin,” whose encounters with a fast-changing world trace the decline and fall of America’s WASP establishment. In the novel’s most famous anecdote, the protagonist’s ultra-conservative grandfather, observing a nouveau-riche neighbour retrieving his morning newspaper from...
  • The Post Millennial KAY: Women are not “womxn” no matter what activists say Sunday December 2nd, 2018
    Activists at some British universities have decreed that the words “woman” and “women” are not inclusive enough in today’s gender-fluid world, so have introduced “womxn”—pronounced the same as “woman” and “women”—as a replacement. Some cultural groups immediately jumped on the bandwagon: Her Stories, a feminist organ...
  • CJNEWS Kay: Finding parallels to the Nazis where there aren’t any Thursday November 29th, 2018
    On Nov. 1, the illustrious historian Simon Schama was the honoured guest of Montreal’s Jewish Public Library, as the keynote speaker for Jewish Book Month. His topic was his latest book, Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900, the second instalment of a trilogy covering the entire history of the Jewish people. The auditorium was packed with hundreds of Montreal Jews who anticipated a riveti...
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