Some Synthetic Hormones are More Equal Than Others

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Some Synthetic Hormones are More Equal Than Others

Sharpe: What’ve you got there Harper?
Harper: Just a wee wild bird.
Sharpe: Won’t it fly away?
Harper: No. It trusts me.
Sharpe: But you’re gonna put it in a cage.
Harper: It knows it’ll get a few crumbs in a cage.
Sharpe: I thought wild things like their free­dom.
Harper: Free­dom to starve is no freedom.

Sharpe’s Rifle 1993

If you are shop­ping for food you can’t help but notice labels tot­ing that var­i­ous foods are pro­duced with­out genetic mod­i­fi­ca­tions or hor­mones. Sell­ing to peo­ple the idea that GMO foods are either dan­ger­ous or worse than reg­u­lar food has made a good liv­ing for peo­ple and our friends on the left have been quick to embrace it, even to the point of try­ing to keep such food out of coun­tries that are with hun­gry and or poor pop­u­la­tions.

So why are so many places in the devel­op­ing world duk­ing it out over the health and eco­log­i­cal reper­cus­sions of GMOs? Third-​world coun­tries are step­ping up and say­ing no to Franken­food, and biotech giants like Mon­santo have started pay­ing very close atten­tion to nations like Kenya, Bolivia and Thai­land, all of which have leg­is­lated tighter con­trols on the pro­duc­tion, import and label­ing of genet­i­cally engi­neered food.

No mat­ter how small their col­lec­tive GDPs may be, it’s clear that the stakes in these coun­tries are high. They under­stand what larger, more pow­er­ful nations refuse to accept: Genet­i­cally engi­neered food pro­duc­tion cre­ates a ten­u­ous depen­dency on the multi­na­tion­als that own the seeds of that pro­duc­tion. These often poor and pow­er­less coun­tries would rather risk the short-​term loss of for­eign invest­ment than irrev­o­ca­ble loss of food sov­er­eignty and bio­di­ver­sity in their homelands.

It’s a topic that reminds me of the Alfie Evans case in that they argue it’s bet­ter for Alfie to starve than to give him even the slight­est chance of life, but that’s not what prompted this post.

No what prompted this post was this story at Robert Stacy McCain’s site about a les­bian mar­ried to a a trans­gen­der woman who are try­ing to have a baby the old fash­ioned way. ”

Not long after we met, Lara, who tran­si­tioned at the wise old age of 30, told me that with each year she takes estro­gen injec­tions, her fer­til­ity declines. Like many trans peo­ple, Lara wasn’t inter­ested in hav­ing chil­dren when she tran­si­tioned. We got together in May 2015; last fall, she told me it was, essen­tially, now or never, as she wanted her tran­si­tion to con­tinue mov­ing for­ward. By then, the thought of not being able to have my own bio­log­i­cal child could make me tear up in front of my hap­pily child­less friends, who encour­aged me to try if it was some­thing I really wanted.

Since Ms. Spataro’s “wife” has a Penis one might think this would not be a prob­lem but the first step in hav­ing a child is being fer­tile and that involved an impor­tant change. (empha­sis mine)

It is no sur­prise that Ms. Spataro’s attempts to become preg­nant — “try­ing to have a baby the old-​fashioned way” — are “com­pli­cated.” To begin with, both she and her, uh, part­ner had to stop tak­ing syn­thetic hor­mones. Yes, in case you didn’t real­ize it, birth-​control pills are syn­thetic hor­mones which pre­vent preg­nancy by obstruct­ing a woman’s nor­mal hor­mone pro­duc­tion. It is a well-​known sci­en­tific fact that hor­mones influ­ence mood and behav­ior, and it is there­fore per­haps no coin­ci­dence that Queer Fem­i­nism flour­ishes among a gen­er­a­tion of young women raised on “safe sex” ide­ol­ogy, many of whom began tak­ing con­tra­cep­tive pills as teenagers.

This raises sev­eral ques­tions, the first being of course why a les­bian would need to reg­u­larly take birth con­trol pills, Stacy McCain asks a more sig­nif­i­cant one

What are the pos­si­ble long-​term con­se­quences of delib­er­ately caus­ing an abnor­mal hormone-​induced state of steril­ity in ado­les­cent girls and young women?

That’s a pretty good ques­tion but I have one better:

How many young lib­eral women who would never dream of eat­ing meats or grains with either syn­thetic hor­mones or con­tain­ing GMO’s or meat have been tak­ing syn­thetic hor­mones daily with­out a 2nd thought or even a first?

I think that’s an excel­lent ques­tion and seri­ous ques­tion that I think young women should be asked of them.

If you want to have more fun with said ques­tion ask it of women or bet­ter yet a trans­gen­der at a protest against GMO’s why syn­thetic hor­mones or GMO to pro­duce food to feed peo­ple who are hun­gry in the 3rd world are an abom­i­na­tion to be aban­doned while the syn­thetic hor­mones used by 1st world peo­ple to pre­vent preg­nancy or sup­press one’s bio­log­i­cal sex are sacrosanct?

Sharpe: What’ve you got there Harper?
Harper: Just a wee wild bird.
Sharpe: Won’t it fly away?
Harper: No. It trusts me.
Sharpe: But you’re gonna put it in a cage.
Harper: It knows it’ll get a few crumbs in a cage.
Sharpe: I thought wild things like their freedom.
Harper: Freedom to starve is no freedom.

Sharpe’s Rifle 1993

If you are shopping for food you can’t help but notice labels toting that various foods are produced without genetic modifications or hormones. Selling to people the idea that GMO foods are either dangerous or worse than regular food has made a good living for people and our friends on the left have been quick to embrace it, even to the point of trying to keep such food out of countries that are with hungry and or poor populations.

So why are so many places in the developing world duking it out over the health and ecological repercussions of GMOs? Third-world countries are stepping up and saying no to Frankenfood, and biotech giants like Monsanto have started paying very close attention to nations like Kenya, Bolivia and Thailand, all of which have legislated tighter controls on the production, import and labeling of genetically engineered food.

No matter how small their collective GDPs may be, it’s clear that the stakes in these countries are high. They understand what larger, more powerful nations refuse to accept: Genetically engineered food production creates a tenuous dependency on the multinationals that own the seeds of that production. These often poor and powerless countries would rather risk the short-term loss of foreign investment than irrevocable loss of food sovereignty and biodiversity in their homelands.

It’s a topic that reminds me of the Alfie Evans case in that they argue it’s better for Alfie to starve than to give him even the slightest chance of life, but that’s not what prompted this post.

No what prompted this post was this story at Robert Stacy McCain’s site about a lesbian married to a a transgender woman who are trying to have a baby the old fashioned way. ”

Not long after we met, Lara, who transitioned at the wise old age of 30, told me that with each year she takes estrogen injections, her fertility declines. Like many trans people, Lara wasn’t interested in having children when she transitioned. We got together in May 2015; last fall, she told me it was, essentially, now or never, as she wanted her transition to continue moving forward. By then, the thought of not being able to have my own biological child could make me tear up in front of my happily childless friends, who encouraged me to try if it was something I really wanted.

Since Ms. Spataro’s “wife” has a Penis one might think this would not be a problem but the first step in having a child is being fertile and that involved an important change. (emphasis mine)

It is no surprise that Ms. Spataro’s attempts to become pregnant — “trying to have a baby the old-fashioned way” — are “complicated.” To begin with, both she and her, uh, partner had to stop taking synthetic hormones. Yes, in case you didn’t realize it, birth-control pills are synthetic hormones which prevent pregnancy by obstructing a woman’s normal hormone production. It is a well-known scientific fact that hormones influence mood and behavior, and it is therefore perhaps no coincidence that Queer Feminism flourishes among a generation of young women raised on “safe sex” ideology, many of whom began taking contraceptive pills as teenagers.

This raises several questions, the first being of course why a lesbian would need to regularly take birth control pills, Stacy McCain asks a more significant one

What are the possible long-term consequences of deliberately causing an abnormal hormone-induced state of sterility in adolescent girls and young women?

That’s a pretty good question but I have one better:

How many young liberal women who would never dream of eating meats or grains with either synthetic hormones or containing GMO’s or meat have been taking synthetic hormones daily without a 2nd thought or even a first?

I think that’s an excellent question and serious question that I think young women should be asked of them.

If you want to have more fun with said question ask it of women or better yet a transgender at a protest against GMO’s why synthetic hormones or GMO to produce food to feed people who are hungry in the 3rd world are an abomination to be abandoned while the synthetic hormones used by 1st world people to prevent pregnancy or suppress one’s biological sex are sacrosanct?