Katherine Baker

Katherine is a freelance writer who lives in Western Pennsylvania. 

Recent blog posts by this author

Is Meryl Streep Right in Saying That Women Can Be Pretty Toxic?

Meryl Streep, highly acclaimed actress and outspoken progressive, said in a public interview recently: “We hurt our boys by calling something toxic masculinity... because women can be pretty [expletive] toxic."   "It’s toxic people,”...

The New Moralism of Female Leaders

March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to recognize women and celebrate their presence and contribution in society. This year it would seem that women have more than ever to celebrate, particularly considering the female surge into the...

Nine Ways to Actually Help a Friend Through Tragedy

Life is suffering. Tragedy awaits us all.   I know from personal experience. Four years ago, my 37-year-old husband was killed in a car accident on a snowy road. Our children, aged 12 to two, were with him but were unharmed.  ...

How #BelieveAllWomen Could End Up Hurting Women

Feminists often argue that women are inherently subjugated to men due to men’s average larger strength and size. The ##MeToo movement (with its other hash tags #believewomen #believevictims) seems to imply that the presumption of innocence should be...

Teaching Children 'No' in the Era of #MeToo

Children aren’t born knowing what no means. You have to teach them. But how? For starters, you have to know what it means yourself. Most people seem to think no means something such as: “I say no and the other person will obey me because they...

What Every Young Man Needs to Know

In this Art of Manliness Podcast, Brett McKay interviews Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, who gives his theory on why he is so popular with young men: …the problem with the narrative that grips our culture at the moment is that we fail to make a...

Feminism and the Burden of Freedom

In her book on home organization, Marie Kondo helps people divest themselves of the “things that do not spark joy.” She seems to be somewhat suggesting that the ongoing burden of possessing things is more than we really want to pay. If rights =...

What is "Toxic Masculinity"?

The failure of current culture to define the term “toxic masculinity” (as mentioned in the recent Gillette ad) is a serious problem. Does it mean a subset of masculinity is toxic? Or, does it mean masculinity itself is toxic? If masculinity...

No, People Aren't Fine Just the Way They Are

I remember being amused in my college philosophy classes that ancient philosophers like Plato considered the sphere the shape of perfection. I had spent a lot of time (and still do today) trying not to be spherical.   Throughout years of...