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The Purity Paradox: How Tolerance and Intolerance Increase at the Same Time - Quillette

The Purity Paradox: How Tolerance and Intolerance Increase at the Same Time - Quillette

How can intolerance be increasing when Western democracies are demonstrably more tolerant of historically marginalised identities than at any point in their history? It is, according to Douglas Murray, “a curiosity of the age” that as racial and sexual tolerance “at the very least appears to be better than it ever was, it is presented as though it has never been worse.” This paradox occurs because, as we address and overcome problems of intolerance and discrimination, we also expand the concept of intolerance to stigmatise new attitudes and behaviours. This makes it appear as if we are...

June 19, 2020
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White Saviors Need to Leave the Room - Quillette

White Saviors Need to Leave the Room - Quillette

She called herself Kalamity, though that’s not her real name. She’s the white woman who called me a racist for noting that Indigenous children who live in communities where parents own their homes tend to have a higher standard of living and care than those who live in reserve communities where property is owned communally. This was the day after she schooled me, a Desi, together with a Kenyan woman—the only two non-white individuals in our class—on the proper use of people-of-colour nomenclature.“I’m not sure I like that phrase,” said the Kenyan woman.I agreed. Of all the ways to describe...

June 17, 2020
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How Britain’s Feminist Grass Roots Turned the Tide Against Gender Extremists - Quillette

How Britain’s Feminist Grass Roots Turned the Tide Against Gender Extremists - Quillette

In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and a series of massive protests over racist police brutality in the United States, one might find it hard to believe that an author’s common-sense views on human biology would make headlines. Yet everywhere you look, you’ll see coverage of Harry Potter author , who’s now being denounced as “transphobic” for speaking about the differences between men and women.In fact, so much attention has been focused on Rowling that some have missed the more significant British news in this area: The country’s Conservative government is distancing itself from proposed...

June 18, 2020
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