Self-described "dissident feminist" Camille Paglia recently took feminists and women's studies programs to task for failing to acknowledge biological gender differences. She also criticized the American education system for failing to recognize the unique needs of boys and girls, and suggested there could be a conservative backlash against the cultural message that gender is socially, rather than biologically, constructed.
Paglia, professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts, was at a debate with Jane Flax, scholar in residence in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University, on Oct. 8 at American University in Washington, D.C.
In a blog post for American Enterprise Institute, Christina Hoff Sommers, an AEI resident scholar who studies feminism, described Paglia as "that rare intellectual who knows and loves high culture but also appreciates rock stars, drag queens, and soap operas. She has written brilliantly on art history, poetry, film, as well as sex and pop culture. ... She describes herself as a pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-beauty feminist. She is also an openly gay woman who loves men and who deems women's studies intellectually bankrupt." more >>
An ex-gay organization has demanded that public universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that have LGBTQ resource offices provide a more balanced view on homosexuality.
Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) has stated that several universities must provide resources for homosexuals seeking to change their sexual orientation or face possible legal action.
A notable Welsh singer who first broke through the international music scene while still in her early teens has joined others in denouncing the music industry as "sexist."
Charlotte Church, now 27, stated during the BBC 6 Music's John Peel Lecture that the music industry is a "culture of demeaning women."
A woman is suing a national Christian ministry nonprofit group for wrongful termination, alleging she was fired from her position in 2011 because she was going through a divorce. The woman, Alyce Conlon, claims that two men at the ministry were allowed to keep their jobs after divorces and subsequent remarriages, but she was fired.
Conlon filed a federal lawsuit for wrongful termination in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids late last week, alleging that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship [IVCF] wrongfully terminated her after she told her supervisors she and her husband were going through the process of divorce. Conlon had reportedly worked for the nonprofit since the late 1980's, and worked as a spiritual director for the ministry group at its Grand Rapids, Mich. office from 2004 to 2011, where she was then let go. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a nonprofit national Christian ministry group that establishes student-led ministries at hundreds of college campuses across the country.
According to the lawsuit, Conlon alleges that in 2011, she told one of her supervisors that she and her husband were planning on getting a divorce. She was then reportedly put on paid leave so she could try to reconcile her marriage. During this time, the lawsuit claims that the nonprofit's supervisors became "heavily involved" in Conlon's marriage, including contacting her estranged husband without the plaintiff's knowledge and suggesting she go to the marriage counselor of her husband's choice. more >>
A Mennonite couple that owns an art gallery in Iowa has filed suit against the state's Civil Rights Commission over being threatened with punitive action for refusing to host a same-sex wedding on their property.
Görtz Haus Gallery, a former church turned art gallery facility, filed a lawsuit Monday against the commission in Polk County District Court.
"The Odgaards welcome all customers into the Gallery, regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability," reads the suit in part. more >>
Nathan Verhelst, a transgender man who was born a girl, called Nancy, decided to end his own life through euthanasia after a botched sex change surgery. The 44-year-old Belgian had been undergoing hormone therapy since 2009, but the gender assignment surgeries in 2012 did not meet his expectations, and he opted to die by a state-sanctioned lethal injection on Monday.
Nathan Verhelst had several surgeries to alter his appearance from that of a woman's to a man's. He underwent a mastectomy and had operations to construct a penis last year. However, when Nathan saw the results, he was left unsatisfied. "I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself," he told Het Laatse Nieuws in Belgium. "My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be … a monster."
Before Verhelst could die by euthanasia, he had to abide by Belgian law, which states consultations with doctors and months of counseling. Belgium and the Netherlands are the only countries that allow voluntary euthanasia, while Switzerland and two states in the U.S. allow assisted suicide. Verhelst died by lethal injection Monday at the hands of Wim Distelmans, a cancer specialist. more >>