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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Some Thoughts on the A.P.A. Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men

Dave Peterson

A response to the American Psychological Association's recent guidance for men and boys. 

CCSU Affirmative Action Plan Discriminates

Jay Bergman

One professor calls out Central Connecticut State University's practice of discriminating on the basis of race, ethnicity and gender.

From Suffrage to Suppression: Women Now Lead in Anti-Speech Sentiment

Keli Carender

Free speech advocates must figure out why women support restrictions on free speech at a higher rate than men.

Law Professors Celebrate Marriage and Work Ethic, Immediately Attacked as Racists

George W. Dent

Daring to defend the insitution of marriage and hard work will now get you in trouble with the thought police. 

What Damore's Memo Taught Google

Peter Wood

The recent attempts to include more women and racial minorities in STEM fields could have drawbacks. 

How College Bureaucrats Tyrannize a Professor Who Crosses Them

NAS

Peter Wood provides an update on an intellectual freedom case at Springfield College.

Rachelle Peterson Discusses Transgender Restrooms on American Family Radio

NAS

Rachelle Peterson defends Gail Heriot's testimony on the Department of Education's overreach in mandating transgender restrooms. 

The Feds Make a Mess of Sex and Gender

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood explains how the Office of Civil Rights is creating more problems for universities. 

'Challenging' Students Is Not Achieved with Sexual Pictures

Ashley Thorne

Ashley Thorne argues that college common readings need to challenge students intellectually - and that graphic novels don't do that.

Academic Social Science and Men

William H. Young

Wiliam Young examines the declining fortunes of working class men in light of academic social science skewed against them.

Title Nein: CUNY Eliminates Sex-Specific Salutations

Rachelle Peterson

The City University of New York has banned staff from referring to students as “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” or “Ms.,” calling this act of politeness sex discrimination

Prager U: War on Boys

Jason Fertig

Many boys don't need Ritalin. They need recess. 

Ask a Scholar: What Accounts for Wage Differentials Between Men and Women?

Jason Fertig

Professor Jason Fertig addresses common misconceptions about wage differentials between men and women.

Is There Any Justification for Women's Studies Courses?

George Leef

Jane Shaw examines a women's studies course at North Carolina State and finds that the analysis and intellectual integrity of early feminist studies is missing from modern courses.

Fixing Gender @ Bates

Rachelle Peterson

Bates College celebrates sexual experimentation...and conformity to tradition. 

Sociological Gender Classification Update: No Comment

Glenn Ricketts

The American Sociological Association labors mightily for clarity and precision in gender classification.

APSA Takes on Citation Discrimination

Glenn Ricketts

The American Political Science Association brings gender equity to scholarly citation.

Gender Inequity Among the Gender Equity Enforcers

Peter Wood

In a sample study, NAS found that 83% of Title IX Coordinators are female.

What's Wrong with English?

Glenn Ricketts

Mark Bauerlein thinks there isn't really anything left that resembles an academic discipline. No wonder there are fewer majors.

Political Correctness and the Bathroom

Daniel Asia

How far have we progressed into political correctness?

Capitalism and Western Civilization: STEM

William H. Young

William Young discusses the implications of the growing shortage of science and engineering graduates.

Masculinity and Mental Health - No Comment

Glenn Ricketts

A new course at UMass/ Amherst seeks to redirect masculinity away from itself, because it's unhealthy.

Ze Only Confuses Hir Students: Teaching Gender Neutral Pronouns

Ashley Thorne

If gender is pliable, why not grammar?

Introduction to 'Unbought Grace—Reading Elizabeth Fox-Genovese'

Robert L. Paquette

Scholar Elizabeth Fox-Genovese "believed in truth, that it was accessible by the human mind, and she relentlessly directed her scholarly prowess to distinguish it from cliché and slogan."

Women’s History, Gender Issues, Spark Student Journalists

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps regulars offer opinion and commentary on women, society and related issues.

STEM and Western Civilization

William H. Young

Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is indeed lagging badly. William Young argues that a misguided preoccupation with "gender parity" in the sciences can only obstruct the path to improvement.

The Chilly World of Campus Males

Warren Farrell

Warren Farrell describes the very hostile campus environment many college men encounter on arrival as freshmen. It doesn't abate, either.

Single-Sex School Can Help Students Be More Well-Rounded

Ashley Thorne

NAS Board of Advisors member Christina Hoff Sommers weighs in on the question, "Is single-sex education helpful or harmful?" 

What We Pay Academics to Do

George Leef

View the announcement distributed for a call for papers for "THE ART OF GENDER IN EVERYDAY LIFE IX" conference.

Marriage and Family in Western Civilization

William H. Young

William H. Young examines the present dysfunctional state of the family in light of its traditional role in Western Civilization.

More "Food For Thought" From Sociology (If Youre On A Starvation Diet)

John Rosenberg

Race relations among students are better outside the classroom, where political correctness keeps them from speaking honestly.

Boys and Girls: No Longer Together at Catholic U

Glenn Ricketts

The president of Catholic University announced yesterday in this Wall Street Journal piece that, starting next Fall, his school would begin a phased return to single-sex dorms for undergraduates.

Gender Engineering

Glenn Ricketts

They're apparently gung-ho about reducing the gender imbalance in engineering sciences at the University of Washington.

Think You've Got It Tough? Not As Bad As Female Academics

Glenn Ricketts

At least that's what you'd think if you didn't read anything besides the Chronicle of Higher Education or its online counterpart, Inside Higher Education. I've long lost count of the articles both of them regularly run about female college and university faculty members, who gripe endlessly about job circumstances lots of other folks would envy.

What Happened? Biased Course Rejection, Mann Investigation, La Raza Studies

Ashley Thorne

We revisited some of our articles to find out what happened after we wrote them. Here's what we learned.

‘Progressive’ Women’s Groups Ignore Admissions Favoritism for Men

Ashley Thorne

Cross posted from Phi Beta Cons. To boost declining male enrollment, colleges are giving admissions preferences to men.

Unearthing Matriarchy

Peter Wood

Peter Wood contrasts the university’s indulgence of the myth of matriarchal prehistory with its aversion to conservative Christianity.

"I Regret Taking Gender Studies Courses"...No Comment

Ashley Thorne

An NYU gender studies grad wishes she'd taken politics, history, and literature courses, and learned "more about the world in general, rather than one tiny little sliver of the world." She now realizes, "There

Science and Gender Equity, II

Glenn Ricketts

Today's New York Times features John Tierney's followup to his piece last week about attempts to legislate "gender equity," which he concludes will never work: a mixture of innate biological factors and individual career choices, rather than a "glass ceiling" or deliberate discrminination account for the statistical disparities between men and women in fields such as physics or mechanical engineering. Tierney cites a solid body of research to bolster his conclusion - including the stellar work of our friend Christina Sommers - but the comments thread indicates that, where this subject is concerned, ideology still reigns supreme for many others. The gap can be explained by "gender bias," case closed. Unfortunately, Congress seems to be listening to the ideologues at the moment.

More on Science and Gender Equity

Glenn Ricketts

John Tierney has an interesting piece in today's New York Times about the ongoing controversy over what an "equitable" proportion of female faculty in scientific fields such as physics, aeronautics or engineering might be. His title - "Daring to Discuss Women in Science" - indicates how politically radioactive that subject continues to be, although perhaps we can take heart from the fact that it's appearing in the Times. Given the ubiquitous presumption that male/female statistical disparities are attributable to entrenched "bias," Tierney asks whether the "gender equity" legislation just passed by the House of Representatives would be amenable to at least considering some pretty solid evidence that other factors may be at work as well. Echoing the seminal work of Christina Sommers which we noted here last week, he observes that in any case, we're talking about a relatively small number of people, since most of us, male or female, aren't especially talented in the hard sciences, and tend to fall in the middle of most statistical measurements. A small number of men, however, score both much lower AND much higher than the comparable number of women in mathematically oriented scientific fields such as those noted above. If this is true, then perhaps we cannot continue to assume that social factors alone account for differences in the ratios between men and women. In any case, it's striking that male/female disparities are much more pronounced in a number of other fields, such as English Literature, psychology, veterinary science and special education, but aren't attracting the solicitude of Congress or "gender equity" activists on campus. Go figure. Be that as it may, it's fine with us if you want to discuss "women in science" at this page, so feel free to let us know what you think. We won't try to prevent you from getting tenure or seek to have you sacked from your job as a college president.

Science Gets Gender Equity

Glenn Ricketts

As the House of Representatives approaches a vote on the America Competes Reathorization Act, our long-time friend Christina Sommers takes note of an obscure section tucked deeply within the bill which could have major consequences for academic searches in the sciences or engineering. On the face of it, the act seems like a good thing, intended to maintain an American competitive advantage in the burgeoning global economy. But take a look, Sommers tells us, at that unheralded little section the, "Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Science and Engineering Amendment." If that provision becomes law as seems likely, Sommers argues, we can expect to see an explosion of "gender bias" and "gender equity" workshops intended to redress the "underutilization" of women in aeronautics, physics and mathematics, under the aggressive leadership, no less, of the White House Office of Science and Technology. "Gender Equity" in the sciences, of course, has long been chief among the perpetual discontents of academic feminists, a remaining citadel of entrenched sexism and male domination. Now, it seems, they are about to add substantial federal clout to their arsenal.

Hetero Huh?

Ashley Thorne

What is 'heteronormativity' anyway?

Yes Minister and Foreign Students

Ashley Thorne

Carol Iannone, the Editor-at-Large of our journal Academic Questions, writes in:

Recently I just happened upon the DVDs of Yes, Minister, an absolutely superb British comedy series from the 1980s about a Cabinet Minister and his canny civil servant undersecretary.  Each episode is funny and amazingly intelligent and well written, satirizing some aspect of British government bureaucracy and its darkly comical failure to fulfill the public's needs. One episode concerned higher education, with lots of amusing details about the way it works in Britain.  (Oxford seems to be the alma mater of the greater part of the senior civil service, although not necessarily of the elected officials.)  One of the Oxford colleges is running out of money because the government has withdrawn the allowance for foreign students, a considerable 4000 pounds.  When asked why they don't take more British students, the dons express disdain at the mere 500 pounds that British natives get for attendance at Oxford. This reminded me that an interested friend informed me not long ago that American community colleges take foreign students.  He pointed out how irregular that is.  When you think about it, there is nothing in the stated aims and mission of the community college network, not to mention in the meaning of the word "community," that should entail accepting foreign students.  Could it also have something to do with the money, as in Yes, Minister?  Government money?  Or the money paid straight out by the foreign students themselves, or perhaps by their governments?

Old Sexual Morality Out, New Environmental Morality In

Candace de Russy

"Get ready for Gender-Neutral Housing, but Don't Poster about It" reads a headline at Bwog, the blog of the Blue and White, a student magazine at Columbia University. Winfield Myers's ironic commentary on this and other mutation of regulations on campuses concludes:

Some conservatives lament the disappearance of in loco parentis or a benevolent paternalism from the post-1960s American campus. In fact, both are strong as ever, but grossly misplaced. From odious speech codes to pc in the classroom to the confused new rules at Columbia, proof abounds that today’s administrators exert as much coercive power over their charges as their predecessors. But unlike those old fogies of yesteryear, contemporary bureaucrats enforce a morality based on a gnostic conception of human nature and creation. As is often the case with academic “reforms,” the youngest and most vulnerable members of the community will be the losers.

UNESCO-topia: Sustainability's Big Brother

Peter Wood

What does gender have to do with climate change?

Sexual Harassment Training and Collective Guilt

Glenn Ricketts

New AAUP General Secretary urges faculty to confront the "bad behavior of peers."

"Gender Identity" Restrooms at U Arizona

Catherine Pavlich

It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman; campus restrooms at UA are categorized by self-image and behavior.