The culture wars have officially reached the next level. First, Wall Street has been segregated for all intents and purposes as men refuse to have private meetings with women out of fear they will get caught in a #metoo situation; then Tumblr decided to ban porn from its platform in an effort to make their platform safer; and perhaps most interesting of all, Penthouse released its culture wars issue featuring Jordan Peterson, Dr. Debra Soh, and Quillette founder Claire Lehmann on its cover.
Bloomberg reports that the new rules for the men of Wall Street are as follows: “No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings.” In fact, there is a widespread fear of false accusations that is sweeping across all of our industries. An unintended consequence of the weaponized #metoo movement is that women are now finding it hard to get ahead in industries that are historically male-dominated. Men have started to protect their careers by reverting back to the old boys’ clubs that equity feminism fought so hard to get rid of. It’s clear that North America is still in the grips of a powerful and destructive sex panic.
And then there’s Tumblr, a platform that is well known for two things: empty social justice activism and porn. Of course, this was always an unhappy marriage, and earlier this week, Tumblr announced, much to the disappointment of horny millennials, that porn had to go. No more porn as of December 17th. According to Verge, “Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity.” So, the silver lining for those of you who simply must show your junk on Tumblr is that you still may be able to if you are doing it for a specific cause. You can bare it all as you rail against misgendering, you can share some crotch shots to protest the misogyny of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” or you can reveal your female-presenting nipples as you rally against the violent cultural appropriation of unsafe taco trucks.
Penthouse’s new culture wars issue is intriguing to say the least. It seems like an odd place for members of the Intellectual Dark Web to congregate, but it’s also worth considering that in these censorious times, while so-called mainstream outlets like The Huffington Post or The New Yorker are too cowed by fear of the Twitter mob to feature the words of formidable public intellectuals like Peterson or Soh, Penthouse has risen to the challenge, and provided a platform for free thinkers and open inquiry.
So, these are the new developments—fear reigns in our workplace culture (and larger culture) with men and women scared to death of each other, if you’re looking for some sort of pornographic release don’t bother with the old standby, Tumblr, and if you’re interested in a rational, reasonable, centrist debate, then you must, of course, turn to the pages of Penthouse.
I’m comforted by the fact that people will always rebel. Recently, a friend of mine who is in her 20s told me about a close call she recently had on a bus while on her way to work. She was fumbling around in her bag and accidentally activated her phone. A “problematic” podcast she was listening to started blaring very loud for all of the bus to hear. The podcast in question was Joe Rogan interviewing Dr. Debra Soh. It’s not that she thinks the podcast is problematic, it’s that she feared that she would be judged by woke people her age who hold this preposterous view.
Another friend told me about how he went to some burger joint near his local university. He and his friend had lunch, and she spotted some writing in pen on the wall near their table: “I listen to Jordan Peterson. Call me!” followed by a phone number. Under that scrawl was another one: “#metoo” with an arrow pointing to Peterson’s name, and another phone number.
This is what happens when the entire world has been switched to safe mode. Think about it: Young people around the globe are rebelling these days by attending lectures by Peterson, a middle-aged university professor who talks about Alexander Solzhenitsyn and tells them to clean their rooms. High school kids have to hide the fact that they read his books and enjoy his podcasts the way the previous generation had to hide their Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks albums.
A quintessentially 2018 domestic scenario comes to mind:
Mom: “Astrid! Are you reading Quillette in there?”
Kid: “No. I swear.”
Kid: “No. I swear, Mom!”
Mom: “You had better not be reading about biological essentialism in the academy again!”
Kid: “I’m not, Mom! I swear. I’m reading Teen Vogue’s guide to anal sex!”
Mom: “Oh thank God! Carry on, sweetie.”
For many people, The Intellectual Dark Web has become the new punk rock—a transformative movement that unifies those on the fringes, those who have been cast out by polite and elite society. The IDW is the cultural movement that is using logic, reason, and freedom of expression to try to switch off the safe mode the world is currently stuck in. I’m very thankful for the work they do and I am confident that, as a result, we will soon be living in more coherent, saner times. I, for one, can’t wait. Call me old fashioned or conservative, but I preferred when being punk rock meant drinking, smoking, yelling, having sex, and shoving safety pins through your nose.
A raccoon was spotted on a city bus in London, Ontario last night around 8 pm. One passenger was able to snap a picture of the along route 19 in the Masonville area, tweeting.
The LTC replied to the tweet saying,
No one quite knows how the little guy managed to board the bus and the LTC has yet to comment.
Word on the street is after failing to present a valid ticket he was asked to leave, begrudgingly he waddled off muttering something about the LTC.
Multiple charges were laid against Andrij Olesiuk after he claimed to have handed over $4,100 to a door-to-door canvasser to give to the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, according to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Olesiuk claimed that he did not know the name of the woman he gave the money to. He also said that the receipt she gave him was burned in a house fire.
Over a year ago, Olesiuk had multiple charges laid against him involved with using the Humboldt Broncos’ fundraiser for his own benefit.
According to evidence and documents from the case, close to $3,700 was deposited into 33-year-old Olesiuk’s account. Prosecutor Darren Howarth told the court that the money was never sent to the Saskatchewan hockey team. The money was raised using the #PrayForHumboldt GoFundMe page.
The trial took place at the Saskatoon provincial court on Wednesday. When Olesiuk testified he said, “My intention was to raise funds for the families affected by the tragedy.”
According to the Olesiuk, he gave away the money on April 24, 2018. He claimed in court that the money totaled $4,100.
Olesiuk claimed that he gave away the money in $100 bills and that his family donated about $700 to the cause themselves.
He was charged and arrested in November 2018.
Olesiuk claimed that he sent the money with the canvasser because it would be easier than traveling to Humboldt. He also said that she seemed to be legitimate.
The GoFundMe page specified that Olesiuk was supposed to give the money directly to the team. He was unsure where the money he handed over to the woman had ended up.
His prosecutor said, “You gave it to someone you didn’t know… You didn’t even know if she was representing the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.”
Olesiuk responded, “I don’t know for sure.”
He also said that the house fire took place three months after the incident destroying his receipt which was delivered to him a couple of days after handing over the money.
According to the police, there were 35 people who contributed to the GoFundMe page before it was closed a few weeks after the accident.
Olesiuk was charges included:
- Fraud over $5,000
- Fraud under $5,000
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
- Laundering proceeds of crime
According to RCMP Cpl. Craig Hall, most of the money was spent at Canadian Tire, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants.
Closing arguments are taking place Thursday morning.
A former government employee told HuffPost Canada she was punished for giving comment to the news outlet on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of blackface when it became an international story during the 2019 federal election.
39-year-old Manjot Bains told HuffPo she was reprimanded and commanded to not speak about racism publicly after she spoke to a HuffPo reporter in a September story where she wasn’t identified as a federal employee. Bains faced a lot of backlash at work where she was a senior program adviser, which led to her quitting her job at the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives program that’s part of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
“The prime minister is the one who performed blackface, not me. But somehow I faced repercussions for his actions,” Bains said to HuffPost.
Bains was hired last May and was cleared by her new employer to still continue contributing to her media website, Jugni Style, that covers South Asian culture, so she thought it wouldn’t be a problem to comment on Trudeau’s history of blackface.
Bains told HuffPo she passed along the story to her manager when it was published and was swiftly told she shouldn’t have spoken to the media and had lost her manager’s trust.
Bains then had a meeting with her superiors and was told that public servants aren’t allowed to speak critically of Trudeau publicly, and would have to do “loyalty training” and redo ethics training.
Bains cited her union actually promotes political activity and her contract stated, “the right to engage in political activities while maintaining the principles of political impartiality in the public service.”
Public servants are expected to show a “duty of loyalty” to the Canadian government.
In a much more clear cut case of political activism, a federal public servant was put on leave from his job after releasing an anti-Harper folk song during the 2015 election.
Bains also wrote her own personal account of the ordeal she faced after speaking about her thoughts on Trudeau’s blackface incidents publicly, published by HuffPo as well on Thursday.
The leader of the Conservative party of Canada has resigned after a disappointing election loss where he took the popular vote but lost the path to victory, allowing another Trudeau government.
Andrew Scheer will be resigning from the Conservative leadership role after intense internal party division largely made his position impossible, according to sources that have spoken to the Globe and Mail.
According to Global News, the resignation also came after it was revealed that party funds were used to send Andrew Scheer’s children to private school.
Mr. Scheer announced the decision at a special caucus meeting on Thursday morning.
The decision comes after former Conservative cabinet minister John Baird published his autopsy of the election which was highly critical.
According to Sun Journalist Brian Lilley, the decision will become public once a new leader is selected by the party.
With Scheer out, many have begun to wonder who will be the interim leader and who will run in the following leadership race.
With interim leaders normally staying out of leadership races, multiple high ranking officials will have to weigh their options and decide if they would rather keep the party united, or choose to run as Andrew’s potential replacement. Some pundits believe Conservative insiders such as Erin O’Toole or Peter Mackay could be gunning for that position, due to their brand power and instances which have occurred since the election of Trudeau.
For example, Peter Mackay has harshly criticized the party’s campaign, comparing it to missing on an open net, while O’Toole has voiced his disappointment with results in Ontario, especially with the loss of key figures such as Lisa Raitt.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.