I thought it might be nice to have a check-up and see how Canada’s favourite plagiarist is getting on with her career. Regular readers will remember that after Globe & Mail columnist Margaret Wente was caught plagiarizing other journalists by an Ottawa blogger, Media Culpa. Sixth Estate has also published evidence of Wente plagiarism. Some journalists condemned it; others claimed that plagiarism was okay, even a shining example of freedom of the press. Shame on those twits.
Incidentally, it’s getting increasingly hard to read old articles on the Globe & Mail website. And new ones, too. Thanks to their paywall. That is, unless you’re one of those whiz kids who have managed to figure out where the Preferences tab is for their Web browser. After that it gets real, real simple. Keep your hand out of the cookie jar, boys and girls, and keep it on your credit card, so that you can make your Globe & Mail subscription payments on time! If Canada’s paper of record is deprived of its income, then we will be deprived of its journalism.
Anyhow, Wente is back in action, and is as edgy and insightful as ever. For instance, last weekend she argued that women aren’t charging enough for sex anymore, mainly because they’re now the majority on university campuses. Women need to be more whore-ish, says Wente, or else guys will start thinking that women actually want to have sex with them, which of course isn’t true. Proper women only have sex if they are given some food first. “Today people just hook up,” Wente complains.
Yes, those young ruffians, they do. Incidentally, here’s what Wente was doing when she was their age:
Sexual fraternization between students and faculty was fairly common. One friend wound up marrying her philosophy TA. Another friend eventually married her law professor. My poetry professor… wound up marrying one of his much younger students. As the Greeks and everyone else have always known, the relationship between teacher and student can be intensely erotic…
I met a guy who owned the campus bookstore. I wasn’t very interested in boys my age, but he was a worldly older man of 28 or 29. He asked me over to his place and read me poetry by candlelight. Naturally, I was completely hooked. To impress him, I told him all about my amazing roommate Trish. Soon after that, I got home early one day from class and discovered Trish and the bookstore owner in the bathtub.
Incidentally, here’s another Wente gem, this one from 1999, regarding a certain former Prime Minister with a certain reputation for, um, something slightly relevant to this topic:
Alas, Pierre never did ask me to slip up to his suite, or offer to read me passages from Teilhard de Chardin.
The gist of the argument from the people Wente is citing is as follows. Men want sex more than women. Therefore they will offer a price high enough to make women want sex, too. Women have an interest in making this price as high as possible. Historically, women collaborated, basically like a trade union or a cartel, to keep sex prices high. But today there are some situations, like university campuses, where there are too many women, not enough men, and instead of striking to raise the prices back up to their former levels, the sex cartel is breaking down as its members “defect” and take the minimal prices on offer.
It’s not just women who come out of this looking badly, mind you. One of the authors argues that men will only contribute to society insofar as it gets them laid, and after that, they’ll usually stop. Women aren’t forcing men to be good moral upstanding individuals before they give it up anymore, and consequently, men are becoming amoral, greedy, self-centered slobs.
And then there’s this gem, from the Baumeister article:
Men create most organizations and work hard to succeed in them. Indeed, an open-minded scholar can search through history mostly in vain to find large organizations created and run by women that have contributed anything beyond complaining about men and demanding a bigger share of the male pie.
Normally I follow up silly quotes with an angry insulting remark along the lines of “fuck you.” I don’t believe that will be necessary in this case.Tweet