Feminism’s War on “Gendered” Toys

December 17, 2014–“Tis the season for anxious parenting,” writer Elissa Strauss announced last Friday in The Week. The cause of this parental stress may not be obvious at first glance. Rather, it is quiet, insidious, and, apparently, it lurks worldwide. It is—get ready, innocent holiday shoppers—an army of sexist, “gendered” toys, ready to oppress children around the […]

Lena Dunham’s Assault on Humanity

December 11, 2014–Ah, the holidays. ’Tis the season to be merry! Unfortunately, as media critic Howard Kurtz recently pointed out, ’tis also, apparently, “the season for disputed rape claims.” I’m sorry. It’s depressing, I know. First came Rolling Stone magazine’s explosive University of Virginia gang-rape story, which now, due to a significant dearth of actual […]

Why I Left Feminism (Or, How Feminism Left Me)

December 9, 2014–When I was a child—and through most of college, in fact—I always thought of myself as a feminist. Remember back in kindergarten, when they ask you to draw a picture of what you want to be when you grow up? Here’s mine… Read the rest at The Federalist here.

The UVA Rape Case and Feminist Confusion

December 4, 2014–Over the past two weeks, a horrific story, originally published in Rolling Stone, has rocked the University of Virginia. According to the article, a bubbly U-Va. freshman named Jackie attended a fraternity date party two years ago. There, she was lured into a dark room, pushed to the floor, beaten atop a shattered […]

How To Ruin Thanksgiving in a Few Easy Steps

November 26, 2014 – Don’t you love Thanksgiving? I sure do. Apparently, however, a lot of people kind of hate Thanksgiving—or, at the very least, they kind of hate their relatives. Here’s Henry Alford writing in Friday’s New York Times: “The hurt feelings and the culture of psychological entrapment. The long-dormant resentments that seem to redouble […]

Artificial Intelligence and “Scientific” Insanity

November 20, 2014–Worried about killer computers? So is billionaire technology guru Elon Musk. In August, Musk—the mind behind Tesla Motors, the CEO of SpaceX, and co-founder of PayPal—said that artificial intelligence, popularly known as AI, is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” In October, Musk warned an MIT audience that AI’s rapid rise could be mankind’s […]

When Comets and Shirts Collide

November 17, 2014–If you keep a close eye on the quatrains of Nostradamus—and I do not, although I once watched a terrifying History Channel “documentary” on the soothsayer’s “Lost Book,” which informed me that the world would almost certainly be blown up by a mysterious man wearing a sky-blue turban by the fall of 2010—you […]

What Women Really Want

November 6, 2014–If you follow the antics of modern “feminism”—or even if you desperately try to ignore them—you’ve probably witnessed the following sad and wacky spectacle: Every week or so, certain clusters of cloistered, college-educated, first-world women will dredge the darker realms of the Internet for some new form of oppression to call their own. […]

When “Bumpkins” Are Smarter Than Elites

October 30, 2014 – If you want a quick, potent illustration of the distance many coastal political insiders feel from the average American, you can’t do much better than Mark Leibovich’s piece in this week’s New York Times Magazine. Titled “The Bumpkinization of the Midterm Elections,” the article bemoans the “countless candidates” across the country—largely Republican, […]

“Potty-Mouthed Princesses” and the Feminist Rabbit Hole

October 23, 2014 – You’ve got to hand it to feminists: Just when you think they can’t get any crazier, they go ahead and up the ante. If I’ve written some version of this line before—and I’m sure I have, because today’s feminists are truly the unwanted gift that keeps on giving—please forgive me. My brain […]

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Heather Wilhelm is an Austin, Texas-based writer with experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communications, online news, web development, magazine editing, and print journalism. Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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