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Take me to your breeder

zeg aliens smallIt is well known among UFO enthusiasts that space aliens come from light years away to abduct humans on lonely country roads and probe their bodily cavities. Why they do this is a mystery but, whatever the reason, those little green men, er, persons had better go to warp drive quick smart.

As Zeg observes via the link below, with all these new and non-fecund genders sprouting from every second Queer Studies PhD dissertation, there might soon be few subjects available for examination.

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Too important to delay

quadrant bannerQuadrant gets ahead of itself, so to speak, having now published  four essays dealing with same-sex marriage that will appear in our October issue. We're normally reluctant to take  content from behind the paywall until well into the month, the thinking being that early online publication will erode sales of the magazine. As Quadrant no longer receives even the former pittance once awarded by the Australia Council, those sales are vital. Indeed, they are a matter of life and death. To release October content even before the issue has left the printer is extraordinary.

But so is the same sex-marriage debate, which has been extraordinarily one-sided.

'Yes' supporters have the mainstream media in their corner, most particularly the ABC. No surprise there, of course, but a one-sided debate is no debate at all -- especially when the national broadcaster has been so keen to stack its coverage against a 'No' vote that even Kath & Kim were presented as cogent advocates for changing the Marriage Act.

Yesterday, the thoughts of  Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle and legal academic Greg Walsh appear to the left.

Today, and also from the October edition, two more essays from Shimon Cowen and Michael Kowalik have been released online.

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Ms Bogus

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Cathy Young in Commentary:

In July, a case that had become a rallying cry for campus activism against sexual assault came to a conclusion of sorts—with a victory for the accused man. Columbia University settled a lawsuit brought by 2015 graduate Paul Nungesser. It stemmed from an accusation of rape hurled at Nungesser by fellow Columbia undergraduate Emma Sulkowicz (above), who famously carried a mattress around campus to protest the school’s alleged mishandling of her complaint....

As the "rape culture" scare washes across Australian campuses, it is worth reading Young's account of the case and her history of the mother of all false accusers. For that, follow the link below.

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