The opposite of free speech is compelled speech, which last year was enshrined in the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to ensure transgendered folks get the pronouns they deserve. Compelled speech is a totalitarian cousin of forbidden speech, lately asserted in various skirmishes over “cultural appropriation”. All this bickering over words – who can use them and what they mean – strikes Barbara Kay as rather surreal and menacing, and reminds her of Humpty Dumpty, the pompous egg-head who lectured young Alice on language, the Catholic Church at its most Inquisitive, and the Arab word for coerced language and behaviour called “Ketman”. What it does not remind her of is anything resembling reason and tolerance.
Author: Barbara Kay
Toronto police laid three more charges against alleged Yonge Street van-attack killer Alek Minassian, bringing the total to 10 counts of murder and 16 of attempted murder. Eight of the 10 people killed in the April 23 attack were women. Media reports have linked Minassian to a bizarre subculture of men who hate women because their sexual unattractiveness has rendered them “involuntary celibates” or “incels”. Barbara Kay explores this new social pathology and its origins in the confused gender roles and toxic gender relations in our post-modern feminist world.
Like all major human belief systems, secularism produces prophets. The modern environmental movement, for example, is full of them, from Al Gore to David Suzuki. But prognosticating the-end-is-nigh is not every prophet’s schtick. Sometimes their gift is simply to identify a social pathology, diagnose its cause, and prescribe a remedy. Of course, lots of people – from street preachers to sociologists – do this all the time. It only becomes prophecy when masses of people embrace the diagnosis and prescription and make it their own. And by this measure, writes Barbara Kay, the world’s newest and hottest prophet is Canada’s own Jordan Peterson.
Human genetic engineering of dogs has produced all kinds of unfortunate results, from the repulsive Mexican Hairless to the ditzy Afghan Hound to the gasping Pug. But the most ill-bred of the pack, according to Barbara Kay, is the Pit Bull. She doesn’t buy the argument that that the only difference between a safe pit bull and a lethal one is the temperament of their owners, or that banning them amounts to doggie discrimination. The pits and their hyper-aggressive ilk are a public menace that should be phased out, she writes.
In this essay Barbara Kay traces the impulse behind “Sex Week” on university campuses, including U of Toronto, with its emphasis on pornography, voyeurism and moral vacancy. The theorists taught have served to create a false morality based in genital apocalypticism. The result is a “hook-up culture”, pandemic pornography, erosion of ability to experience intimacy, self-sacrifice of girls and women to unnatural behavioural “norms”, and the subversion of the pillars on which civilized societies rest.