Racial Trouble on Starbucks Island

March 19, 2015–This week, Starbucks Coffee Company announced its “Race Together” initiative, which encourages employees to strike up conversations with customers about race relations in America. Yes, you read that right. Baristas will be encouraged to write “Race Together” on cups, offering a gentle psychological nudge and suggesting it’s a good idea to discuss hot-button […]

Hillary Clinton’s Over-Played Woman Card

March 12, 2015–Last week, the Wall Street Journal featured “A Better World, Run By Women,” a rather hilarious essay penned by Emory anthropology professor Melvin Konner. As more women gain power around the world, Konner argued, the better our lives will be. “Research has found,” he wrote, “that women are superior to men in most […]

Chelsea Clinton’s Second Fake Job: Saving the World

March 9, 2015–I’m going to start by giving Chelsea Clinton, the lone offspring of two of the shadiest, nonstop hustlers on this whirling galactic casino, a little bit of credit: She doesn’t seem like she’s completely crazy. That’s saying something, considering all she went through in the ’90s. Those of us who shared our teen […]

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.

Emma Watson and the Chamber of Feminist Conundrums

September 25, 2014 — Just when you thought 2014 couldn’t get any more colorful, this crazy old year went out over the weekend and upped the ante. The starting venue was the United Nations. The topic, you won’t be surprised to hear, was feminism. The speaker, meanwhile, was Emma Watson, a lovely young woman with […]

The Electric Kool-Aid Birth Control Hormone Test

September 25, 2014 – A few weeks ago, I overheard an interesting—and somewhat disturbing—conversation about birth control. I wasn’t eavesdropping, I promise. This was one of those epic, volcano-decibel cell phone calls easily heard by everyone, including deaf people in earmuffs, within a five-mile radius. (The mystery of why most of humanity, myself included, feels the […]

Deliver Us From Wimpiness

August 21, 2014–“Truth,” Albert Einstein once said, “is what stands the test of experience.”  This week, the website BuzzFeed decided to give five fervent anti-gun liberals an experience they would never forget: shooting guns. The resulting video is amazing in more ways than one. No one, you’ll be pleased to learn, was shot, despite the […]

Can Feminists Do Anything On Their Own?

 August 15, 2014 – Sometimes I wonder if modern feminists are really a bunch of fun-loving, hyper-aware  pranksters, conspiring to hoist an elaborate hoax upon the world. “Oh, Amanda, be real,” someone might type in a  secret feminist chat room, chortling over a Diet Coke. “Isn’t this piece calling babies ‘time-sucking monsters’ that  should die so […]

What Ebola Says About Us

 August 7, 2014–If you’ve ever spent significant time in Africa—and I mean real, gritty Africa, not the gauzy, Abercrombie  & Kent-guided, cocktails-on-the-Serengeti Africa that many moneyed Americans know—you might understand why the  current Ebola outbreak is so scary.  In many parts of the continent, sanitation is sporadic; in some, it is practically nonexistent. In the […]

Date Night At the Abortion Movie

  June 20, 2014 – Earlier this week, I did something terrible: I talked my husband into going to a screening of an “abortion romantic comedy” with me. It was his birthday. To my credit, we went to a manly steak dinner beforehand. Also to my credit, I usually have decent taste in movies. But […]

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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, RealClearPolitics.com, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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