Language

The Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Campaign to Present American Populism as Fascism

The Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Campaign to Present American Populism as Fascism

Earlier this year, the Society of Cultural Anthropology (SCA)—a subdivision of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)—published a series of essays exploring the topic of American Fascism. The project was run under the SCA’s “Hot Spots” category, which editors at the SCA’s journal, Cultural Anthropology, dedicate to

Matthew Porter
Matthew Porter
Anthropology
The Incoherence of Gender Ideology

The Incoherence of Gender Ideology

Diamonds still cut glass regardless of your word for “diamond,” and “cut,” and “glass.” ~Ken Wilber Truth matters. Words matter. What is objectively the case matters. And insofar as our words and concepts can be about the objective world at all, then the shared set of words and meanings that

Michael Robillard
Michael Robillard
Identity
Rescuing the Radicalized Discourse on Sex and Gender: Part Two of a Three-Part Series

Rescuing the Radicalized Discourse on Sex and Gender: Part Two of a Three-Part Series

Our choice of words affects the way we think. That’s why we spend so much time fighting over which terms to use, whether it’s “undocumented immigrants” versus “illegal aliens,” “foetuses” versus “unborn babies,” or “militants” versus “terrorists.” In recent years, the question of word choice has figured prominently

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
Activism
Sorry, Demi Lovato: You Can't Fight Sexism by Opting Out of Womanhood

Sorry, Demi Lovato: You Can't Fight Sexism by Opting Out of Womanhood

In the first episode of her new podcast, 4D, actress and singer Demi Lovato announced that she now identifies as “non-binary,” and that she would be “changing my pronouns to they/them.” In a half-hour interview with guest Alok Vaid-Menon, a non-binary influencer best known for an apparent inability to

Mary Kate Fain
Mary Kate Fain
Identity
The Misguided Campaign Against Journalistic Objectivity

The Misguided Campaign Against Journalistic Objectivity

Locked down in a northern Ontario cottage over the summer, I found myself listening to CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition, an eclectic three-hour weekly morning show hosted, until his recent retirement, by veteran journalist and broadcaster Michael Enright. On this particular Sunday in July, guest host Anthony Germain interviewed Candis

Lorraine Clark
Lorraine Clark
Activism
At the NHS and BBC, Important Steps Toward Restoring Balance in the Gender Debate

At the NHS and BBC, Important Steps Toward Restoring Balance in the Gender Debate

In recent months, a sense has emerged that the tide might finally be starting to turn in the gender debate: Things that most everyone believes to be true, but that no one has been allowed to say, are now increasingly being said by writers, lawmakers, and litigants. Certainly, the battle

Julian Vigo
Julian Vigo
Activism
Publicly Shaming a Musician for Calling a Composition by Its Name

Publicly Shaming a Musician for Calling a Composition by Its Name

Over the long weekend of May 30 to June 2, my wife and I attended the eclectic OBEY music convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which I was covering for the British magazine The Wire. After the first two days passed without incident, the final day featured a set of distressing

Kurt Gottschalk
Kurt Gottschalk
Art
How the 'Underground Grammarian' Taught Me to Tell Reason from Rubbish

How the 'Underground Grammarian' Taught Me to Tell Reason from Rubbish

Thought control, like birth control, is best undertaken as long as possible before the fact. Many grown-ups will obstinately persist, if only now and then, in composing small strings of sentences in their heads and achieving at least a momentary logic. This probably cannot be prevented, but we have learned

Mark Andre Alexander
Mark Andre Alexander
Education