On this Thursday’s reading list we start with the National Review, where Heather Wilhelm explains the Growing Attack on Boys.
Boys are increasingly being seen as defective girls, indeed some sections of society seek to ‘pathologise boyhood’. Considering that the overwhelming focus continues to be on what more can be done for girls and women, this is an important read.
The second item is Dan Hodges’s excellent piece in the Mail on Sunday on anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
In this damning piece Hodges lays the charge that ‘Labour – and the army of racists that now call Labour their home – successfully achieved the normalisation of anti-Semitism within the UK.’
He continues: ‘For how much longer are we meant to suspend disbelief? Corbyn’s ten-year association with Holocaust denier Paul Eisen? “I didn’t know,” he claimed, his office saying he opposed Eisen’s views. His association with anti-Semite Sheikh Raed Salah? “I didn’t know.” His association with anti-Semite Reverend Stephen Sizer? “I didn’t know.” His association with anti-Semites within Palestine Live? “I didn’t know.”
‘I’ll tell you how long – for ever. Because there is no going back from here. The line that has been crossed cannot now be redrawn. The anti-Semites – with the help of Corbyn and the other useful idiots within Labour’s ranks – have won. They have reset the moral compass of a nation. In fact, they have snapped it in two.’
Finally, we have the excellent Joanna Williams at Spiked and her damning verdict on the media silence over the alleged abuse of perhaps thousands of girls over 40 years in Telford.
These girls are, Williams suspects, the wrong kind of girls, so they don’t get their own hashtag or front page news story. And the alleged attackers are certainly the wrong kind of attackers.
Williams: ‘Perhaps the women of Telford are simply the wrong kind of victim. #MeToo prefers its victims to be posh. Jane Merrick was lunching in an expensive Westminster restaurant when Fallon attempted to kiss her. Kate Maltby’s wealthy and well-connected family has not held her career back.’ And: ‘Or perhaps the Asian men accused of grooming, rape, drug-dealing, murder and paedophilia are simply the wrong kind of perpetrator. #MeToo prefers the accused to be powerful white men: think Harvey Weinstein or Conservative cabinet ministers. That abuse might have been carried out by Muslim men disturbs the carefully constructed intersectional hierarchy and disrupts the narrative of patriarchy. Writers and campaigners are more concerned with potential racism and Islamophobia than with actual sexual assault.’
I am so glad that Williams has pointed out these hypocrisies. It needs to be said.
A depressing news week.