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A few days ago, Susan wrote Normalizing Pedophilia, in which she drew attention to efforts by the United Nations to, among other things, promote international guidelines that blur the concept of “age of consent.”
An objection was raised in the comments that “pedophilia” wasn’t the right word for this, since that term apparently refers, clinically, to an attraction to pre-pubescent children, and the UN wasn’t specifically advocating tolerance for such attraction. Of course that’s true. All the UN was doing was removing one more hurdle, one clear line, protecting young people from sexually perverse adults.
“Trans Visibility Day.” “March for Queer and Trans Youth Autonomy.” “Trans Day of Vengeance.” “Trans rights, or else.” Trans in your schools, trans in your government, trans in the corporations, trans in the military, trans in sports, trans in commercials, trans in the church, trans in the streets, trans taking over state capitols, trans in your face. Trans, trans, trans!
Trans people have clearly demonstrated that they are – to varying degrees – insane. Insane people should not be in positions of trust (looking at you Dr. Mr. “Rachel” Levine), and should lose their right to buy and posses firearms, and other deadly weapons. By the act of declaring yourself Trans, you should be red-flagged. […]
Happy Women’s History Month! Yep, here we are again in the midst of an entire month devoted to another . . . What, aggrieved or neglected group? Women? Seriously? They’re half the population of the planet! Are they really getting short shrift in this country, in this day and age? Well, actually they are, but […]
Phoenix Children’s Hospital has now confirmed on their Twitter feed that their standard treatment for gender dysphoria is “gender-affirming care.” This is strictly bad news for Arizona’s troubled or gender-curious adolescents.
The wildly expanding world of transgender services has generated its own euphemisms, so a translation is in order. “Gender-affirming care” means that when any adolescent professes doubt or confusion about their gender, the only acceptable response is to agree that the child’s feelings are reality-based and immutable. Therefore, they must be encouraged to advance into treatment (more on that later).
Critics of this approach, even those simply urging caution, are ridiculed and threatened with professional sanctions.
If I had a dollar for every article I’ve seen lately about the eye-popping excesses of transgender ideology, I could comfortably retire right now, even in this time of runaway, Biden-caused inflation. I mean, really, just peruse the headlines on a conservative news website – come to think of it, include left-wing sites as well because they’re proud of what’s being done – and you will see things you simply can’t believe, particularly as it pertains to children. It’s as if the powers-that-be are demonically possessed with the desire to surgically and chemically alter as many innocent children as they can get in their grasp while calling it “gender-affirming” healthcare.
Neither George Orwell nor any other great writer of dystopian literature could have ever dreamed up what has now become an actual reality. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating: There’s never been anything like this in the history of the world and it is pure evil on an unprecedented scale given that virtually every institution in the country is promoting it.
Is everyone having themselves a fabulous “Pride” Month? Isn’t it fantastic how the entire country has come together for a month-long celebration of sexual and moral depravity, debauchery, debasement and degradation? And all in the name of “Pride” and tolerance! Hey, how about that gay bar in Dallas that hosted a “Drag the Kids to […]
Earlier this week, @barfly wrote a post reporting on the rules adopted by the international governing authority in swimming, FINA, on so-called transgender athletes. Specifically, the rules addressed the issue of biologically male swimmers who wished to engage in so-called transition, and then compete as females.
Barfly’s post includes the specific text of the rule, the essence of which is to prohibit anyone from competing in swimming as a woman if he has “experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later.” There is also a requirement for demonstrating the continued maintenance of a low testosterone level.
Wait. No, not bald. Bold. I meant to say that he’s a bold conservative. Shoot, I probably just earned a slap from the Chromed One.
Klavan is another of those online people for whom I have a lot of respect. I don’t agree with him about everything; he’s a man of faith and I am not, for example. But my impression of him is that he’s a deeply humane, thoughtful, and even wise man, and I very much appreciate his perspective.
Since 1987, America has recognized March as Women’s History Month. In this year’s proclamation, President Biden wrote that the event “provides an opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people.”
Truly a noble effort. But in 2022, nothing can be so simple. We can’t even agree what a “woman” is, let alone “history” or “month.”
The latest example occurred during the hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R–Tenn.) asked the nominee, “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman?'”
I’ve written elsewhere about this fellow, the guy who poses as a woman and crushes the hopes and dreams of real female college athletes. Finally one woman has come out publicly to complain about it, as reported in this blunt but excellent piece in the Spectator:
Reka Gyorgy showed commendable courage this weekend for finally speaking out against the National College Athletic Association’s rules regarding trans competitors. The Virginia Tech swimmer and Olympian was bumped out of a finals spot in the 500 free due to transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas’s participation.
I’ve written before about how much I appreciate Bari Weiss’s reporting, including her Honestly podcast. Hers is currently the only Substack publication for which I am a paying subscriber. I think she is important, a loud voice — albeit from the left — for free speech and open discussion of topics the left would generally like to have censored.
Her podcast today is about Lia Thomas, the man who swims on the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team. This is obviously a sensitive topic: Say the wrong thing and, if you’re a public figure, you can expect to be canceled; if you’re just a regular person, anticipate abuse directed at you and, in this case, your daughter if she happens to swim on the team with Mr. Thomas.
Others have already commented on this book on Ricochet. In particular, Susan Quinn wrote this very nice post that drew heavily from it. I commented on a Bari Weiss interview with Abigail Shrier here. I’m sure other members have mentioned it, and several Ricochet podcasters have interviewed Ms. Shrier.
I spent a couple of the past few days in planes and airports and had an opportunity to finish a book and read two others, one of which was Ms. Shrier’s “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.”
I’m once again recommending a podcast from Bari Weiss. This one is an interview with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze, her piece of investigative journalism (remember when that used to happen?) on the topic of the exploding “trans” movement afflicting young girls.
I have purchased the book but not yet read it. I’ll undoubtedly write about it after I do.
In my continuing effort to track cultural weirdness, I had another eye opening exposure I thought I’d drop it in here: The growing use of the term “birthing person.” I didn’t quite get what it was for, and found a counseling practice that explained it. They are willing to use “mother” if that is what […]
This passed by me so fast when I first saw it, that I wasn’t sure I really saw what I thought it could have been so I looked it up. And it was “indeed” what I thought: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/OC90/indeed-new-beginning Preview Open
June is widely recognized as “Pride Month,” and I’m sure we’ll see lots of reminders of that over the next few weeks. Most people aren’t aware that the Pride movement was inspired by, and is in part to commemorate, a specific series of events, the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969.
Like members of many other minority groups in American history, homosexual men and women faced discrimination, both legal and cultural, that was overcome only slowly and often at great personal cost. But it was overcome: today people who experience same-sex attraction have the same rights as heterosexuals and enjoy widespread public acceptance.
The whole gender identity movement, the so-called “trans” thing, the idea that sex is not biologically determined, the idea that it’s really more complicated than two overlapping bell curves of masculine and feminine traits — all of that seems pretty absurd to me. It also seems important, in that it’s the first time we Americans have been told that we have to profess belief in something patently absurd or face censure in the workplace and society — and possible prosecution in New York City.
I comment on it more often than something as ridiculous as the “trans” movement would seem to deserve. I usually comment about it on Facebook, rather than here, because I assume most people here are broadly in agreement that the whole thing is silly.
We know we’re in Heinlein’s crazy years. Yes, the same Andrew Sullivan who was obsessed with Sarah Palin’s pregnancy has written a remarkably insightful piece on how intersectionality is a religion that children are being indoctrinated into. Preview Open