by baldilocks

I’m reading many pieces written by those who explain things much better than I can. So, I’m just going to pass one of these essays along. This one, Why I No Longer Identify as a Feminist, demonstrates the Coconut Treatment in action.

People are often confused about what postmodernism is and what it has to do with feminism. Very simplistically, it was an academic shift pioneered by Jean-Francois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard which denied that reliable knowledge could ever be attained and claimed that meaning and reality themselves had broken down. It rejected large, overarching explanations (meta-narratives) which included religion but also science, and replaced them with subjective, relative accounts (mini-narratives) of the experiences of an individual or sub-cultural group. These ideas gained great currency in the humanities and social sciences and so became both an artistic movement and a social “theory.” They rejected the values of universal liberalism, the methods of science and the use of reason and critical thinking as the way to determine truth and form ethics. Individuals could now have not only their own moral truths but their own epistemological ones. The expression “It’s true for me” encapsulates the ethos of postmodernism. To claim to know anything to be objectively true (no matter how well-evidenced) is to assert a meta-narrative and to “disrespect” the contrary views of others which is oppressive (even if those views are clearly nonsense.) The word “scientism” was created for the view that evidence and testing are the best way to establish truths.

At its height, postmodernism as an artistic movement produced non-chronological, plotless literature and presented urinals as art. In social theory, postmodernists “deconstructed” everything considered true and presented all as meaningless. However, having done this, there was nowhere else to go and nothing more to say. In the realm of social justice, nothing can be accomplished unless we accept that certain people in a certain place experience certain disadvantages. For this, a system of reality needs to exist, and so new theories of gender and race and sexuality began to emerge comprised of mini-narratives. These categories were held to be culturally constructed and constructed hierarchically to the detriment of women, people of color and LGBTs. Identity was paramount.

Read the whole thing and realize that this treatment–this hollowing out of objective truth–is a long game and can be likened to building a tower, one constructed of lies. We are all the pawns.

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Old friend Tom Bowler from Libertarian leanings who was once a regular on my old radio show sent over this post a few days ago that got to the heart of the Russia/Special prosecutor line of the left:

Democrats would once again like to execute from the Comey-Fitzgerald playbook. As with the case of I. Lewis Libby, there is no underlying crime to investigate, only a lot of partisan hyperventilation about ordinary and proper contacts, such as those between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador. The element of intrigue is introduced only by the ridiculous and farfetched story that Russia interfered in the November election in order to help Donald Trump become president, and that the Trump campaign colluded with them. That fantasy hangs on because without it there is no rationale for conducting an investigation, and Democrats are desperate to investigate.

They are not really after Attorney General Sessions, though they would welcome his forced resignation if they could get it. They want Trump.

After debunking the Russia hacking story Tom talks about the real reason why the left is so zealous here.

I thought of Thomas’ post when I saw the ending of Robert Stacy McCain’s latest:

…feminists spent a couple of years insisting that every college boy who so much as hinted at an interest in heterosexual activity on campus was a potential rapist. “Consent training” became a mandatory part of freshman orientation, and “affirmative consent” laws were imposed, shifting the burden of proof from the accuser to the accused.

Here in 2017, however, when campus rape cases make headlines, we await the feminist reaction and . . . Nothing. Silence. Crickets chirping.

For some reason, feminists haven’t said a word about Jonathan Henry-Walker or Kishawn Holmes. Nor have I noticed feminists commenting on the brutal attack against Priyanka Kumari, or the rape and kidnapping charges against Evan Xavier Little, or Oliver Funes-Machado, who decapitated his own mother, or Henry Jose Garcia who allegedly raped a girl from the time she was 11 until she was 15. All this violence against women, and yet feminists don’t seem to notice these crimes.

It’s almost as if there’s a pattern or something . . .

And both of these stories brought to mind this piece at of all places the Hollywood in toto about a documentary concerning race:

“People in the film business are afraid of it,” says Steele. ”I’m challenging the narrative at the table. It’s pissing people off.”

I Am, or How Jack Became Black” lets the filmmaker use his own biography to explore the impact racial politics are having on the nation. It’s a fair but withering look at a system that puts the emphasis on ethnicity, not the content of one’s character.

And Steele should know. He’s part black, part Jewish and deaf. His two children also have Latina ancestry from his ex-wife.

The film opens with Steele trying to figure out which box, or boxes, to check on his children’s school forms. Sound easy? Not so fast. How should he identify his own mixed-race children? And why can’t he simply opt out and let them simply be … Jack and June?

It’s a starting point for a serious, and seriously personal, examination of race in America.

What is the tie that binds these three stories together?  The secret comes from the final lines of the Hollywood in toto piece:

“Racism will never go away … that’s part of the human condition,” he says. “What makes today different … is that people make a living off of it. That’s a huge issue. Once you make a living off of race, what’s your motivation for it to go away?”

And that’s the key to the lock of this puzzle, as Tom put it when talking Trump’s goals

If he is successful, he will also have stripped much of the power from the party of big government

And big money from the Government for the left’s interest groups was the big reward of the Obama years as well as the potential reward if Hillary was elected.  And not just from taxpayers alone, after all what do you think the Justice department’s “settlements” that sent corporate cash to groups providing foot soldiers of the left was all about.  That’s why as Stacy put it the “rape epidemic” story was big during the end of the Obama years and in anticipation of a Clinton White house, but once both were over a different tack was made.

Readers will recall that feminists recently spent many months decrying an alleged “epidemic” of sexual assault at colleges and universities…Since last November’s election, however, we see that the focus of feminist activism shifted from the “campus rape epidemic” to organizing mass protests against the Trump administration. Does this mean that campus rape has ceased to be a priority for feminists? 

As we’ve already learned there is big money to be made in fighting Trump, the groups supporting a day without women for example had $246 million reasons to march and cry out.  It’s not about changing the world or social justice it’s to keep the checks coming that would explain this difference in attitude spotted by our filmmaker

You might think shooting “I Am” would leave Steele embittered about the state of American culture. Not even close.

“It made me much more positive, gave me more faith in the people,” he says. The strangers he met during the filmmaking journey proved more open-minded and fair than those showcased in press reports.

That’s because those strangers away from the camera who aren’t on the gravy train have no incentive to keep the scare up.  I’ll give Stacy the last word

Go check the Twitter feeds of Jessica Valenti, Laurie Penny, Amanda Marcotte and other prominent feminists and see if you get any sense of concern about the alleged “epidemic” of college girls being sexual assaulted. It’s as if the whole thing instantly evaporated just about the time the networks called Pennsylvania for Trump on Election Night.

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Pro-LifeA bit of a hint to the Marxist Feminist groups.  When your philosophy looks like this as described by major feminist writers used in Woman’s studies textbooks nationwide as quoted by Robert Stacy McCain:

The biggest problem with feminism, however, is that its ideology discourages marriage and motherhood (see “Anti-Marriage and Anti-Motherhood: Feminism’s War Against the Family”). All feminism is ultimately anti-male, viewing men as enemies who perpetrate oppression against women and benefit from unjust “privilege.” This makes it difficult, if not impossible, for feminists to reconcile their ideology with heterosexual relationships. Declaring that “marriage constitutes slavery for women” (Sheila Cronan, 1970), feminists have vowed “to destroy patriarchal power at its source, the family” (Andrea Dworkin, 1974), condemning heterosexuality as the “subjugation of women by means of a phallocentric sexuality” (Denise Thompson, 1980) because heterosexuality is “a socially constructed institution which structures and maintains male domination” (Diane Richardson, 2000).  The feminist belief that marriage is “slavery,” that male-female relationships are characterized by women’s “subjugation” under “male domination,” leads feminists to eschew such relationships, and thereby forego any benefit they might derive from having husbands and families.

The end result is a larger population of the young women who grow up raised by parents who eschew your philosophy and make classic videos like this

and become “Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare

Autumn, a 16-year-old girl who recently released a video commentary on abortion, is eloquent, direct, unafraid, involved, informed and smart.

She is, as the activist organization Students for Life said, Planned Parenthood’s “worst nightmare.”

Students for Life explains.

“Autumn is in high school. She’s passionately pro-life. … This is what the next generation looks like on the issue of abortion – and the abortion industry is going to have real problems facing that down.”

The organization continued: “If we were Planned Parenthood, we’d be terrified of Autumn and the pro-life generation she represents: an educated, articulate and passionate one. A generation that cares deeply about human rights, and the equality of all people, which extends to the preborn. A generation that has successfully incorporated the mission to help women facing unplanned pregnancies into mainstream pro-life movement. … A generation that is truly fearless in the face of Planned parenthood and their allies.”

This is not a surprise it’s simple cause and effect, Stacy McCain again:

The more committed a woman is to feminism, the less likely she is to have children, and vice-versa, so that the feminist movement is at a distinct demographic disadvantage vis-a-vis feminism’s opponents.

Or as Weird Dave at Ace of Spades HQ (hat tip due) who called this video “nine minutes of pure, unadulterated, chrome wheeled, fuel injected, steppin’ out over the line awesome” put it

If children like this are our future, in a hundred years I really do believe that mankind will view abortion the way we view slavery today.

Or to put it another way, in twenty years there will be a lot more Autumns than Emma Watsons.

I suspect I will live just long enough to see it happen, and be glad.


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Yes that’s what the women of the View apparently believe and even more disturbing their audience is apparently excited about it.

These ladies are all well known and their celebrity is such that people who might normally know better have embraced this silliness as a reason to cheer.

I contrast this to something that happened at work yesterday. I was working with three young women between the ages of 21 and 30 all single, one married, another with an 8 year old daughter. The younger two were discussing their future and the older of the three was giving advice and perspectives, that, in my opinion, was excellent and insightful and to her credit far beyond her years and the other were, to their credit, were giving that excellent advice the attention it deserved.

There was no studio audience simply me but I was likely just as impressed as the viewers of the view were of their pussy hats although I was too busy to work to bother to applaud.

Now I should point out that politically I’m aware that at least one and maybe all three of these women of these women disagree with me, another was impressed by Meryl Streep’s speech and the third isn’t very big on Catholicism and I’m a VERY public catholic.

However despite these facts none of these ladies seem to have embraced the pussy hats of the View or any of the insanity that Robert Stacy McCain can demonstrated can be yours for $50,000+ a year tuition nor seem to believe that working a 3rd shift at a warehouse is either beneath them or a sign of oppression. Simply as a means to whatever end they have, either catching up on bills, supporting family or maybe earning the funds for a degree.

You won’t find any of these women on daytime TV talk shows, nor will you find any of them taking a day off to travel to Washington and appearing before reporters blaming any problems they may have on either Trump or heteronormative patriarchy. It is very likely none of you will ever know who they are and I’m certainly not going to repeat anything they said yesterday morning as we worked.

However I will say that from my conversations with them I suspect that they will in the long run turn out much better than those who are paying a fifth of a Million dollars on a woman’s studies degree who wouldn’t be caught dead working with us. Furthermore if I had my choice of any of these three women or any of the young ladies described by Stacy McCain or marching with pussy hats on Washington to be introduced to me by my sons as a potential future spouse there is no question which I would prefer to see standing there in that situation.

Nor do I have any doubt which set of ladies has a better future ahead of them.

Update:  Turns out the youngest is in fact married, wasn’t wearing her rings yesterday

The Conversion of St. Paul

“Almost all the great saints were great sinners or, like Saint Therese, knew that it was by sheer grace that they were not,”

Pope Francis

In his spectacular piece at Medium titled The Lesbian and Her Trophy Wife Stacy McCain talks about the Hustle and the grift that professional lesbianism and feminism have become.

Circa 1975, when I was a drug-addled adolescent, the Vietnam-era hippie mentality was fading like an old pair of blue jeans, replaced by a mood of cynical hedonism, as the “liberated” lifestyle became just another commercial marketing pitch.

Feminism quickly became nothing but a hustle, a scam, a way for Madison Avenue to promote commodities. “Sex sells,” and feminism is always about sex. Maybe you’re the kind of natural-born chump who believes all that jargon about the “gender binary” and women being “systematically limited,” but I know a hustle when I see one, and feminism is the biggest hustle ever.
Big Tobacco cashed in selling the Feminist™ brand, and so did all those women who parlayed their talk of “oppression” into book contracts and TV appearances and tenured professorships in Women’s Studies programs. Meanwhile, of course, there were millions of young women who, failing to recognize “liberation” as a phony scam, were trying to reconcile feminist ideology with the reality of their own unglamorous lives.

The bottom line of the piece in many ways is a favorite saying of my own: “There is nothing more dangerous than an excuse.” but more on that another day.

But today I want to talk about a single paragraph that is tangential to the piece but not to my argument here:

Some of my Christian friends say we should pray for women like Robyn Ochs to repent their sins, just as some of my non-Christian friends aren’t bothered by “bisexuality,” which they hope might lead to a ménage à trois. However, I’m not sure there’s any religious hope for feminists, because I don’t know how you can repent of sin while “celebrating” your sin as an “identity,” and how can you save Robyn Ochs’ soul, when she’s an atheist who doesn’t believe she even has a soul? Feminists do not believe that there is any eternal truth — no right and wrong, no good and evil — nor do feminists believe that human life has any intrinsic value, which is why feminists kill babies.

Feminism: We must kill more babies, because we haven’t killed them all yet!
If you want to spend time praying for soulless atheist baby-killers, go right ahead, but there are a lot of other people who probably could use God’s help, and would actually be grateful for it.

While it is true that there are many people we should remember in prayer I would remind Stacy who is a great lover of the old Testament,  of the story of Jonah and God’s admonition to him as he fuses about a dead plant that gave him shade.

Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor and which you did not raise; it came up in one night and in one night it perished.

And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left, not to mention the many cattle?”

Jonah 4:10-11

Of Christ’s words concerning the lost in Luke

Or what woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it?And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’

In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15:8-10

And how many people over the centuries might be burning today if God didn’t take an interest in this particular murderous sinner?

I myself once thought that I had to do many things against the name of Jesus the Nazorean, and I did so in Jerusalem. I imprisoned many of the holy ones with the authorization I received from the chief priests, and when they were to be put to death I cast my vote against them. Many times, in synagogue after synagogue, I punished them in an attempt to force them to blaspheme; I was so enraged against them that I pursued them even to foreign cities.

“On one such occasion I was traveling to Damascus with the authorization and commission of the chief priests. At midday, along the way, O king, I saw a light from the sky, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my traveling companions. We all fell to the ground and I heard a voice saying to me in Hebrew, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.’

And I said, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.

Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen (of me) and what you will be shown. I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.’

Acts 26:9-18

God obviously things such folk are wort the effort.  This is not a coincidence as C. S. Lewis reminds us through his infernal character Screwtape:

The great (and toothsome) sinners are made out of the very same material as those horrible phenomena the great Saints.

and gives this warning in that small story Screwtape Proposes a Toast.

The great sinners seem easier to catch. But then they are incalculable. After you have played them for seventy years, the Enemy may snatch them from your claws in the seventy-first. They are capable, you see, of real repentance. They are conscious of real guilt. They are, if things take the wrong turn, as ready to defy the social pressures around them for the Enemy’s sake as they were to defy them for ours.

And person familiar with the number of former abortion workers and advocates who are now tireless champions of the unborn know this to be true.

So I say yes it’s worth the time to pray for these women and I make the following suggestion to make it easier.

First lump all of the ladies that Stacy McCain writes about like Robyn Ochs into a single group called: Stacy McCain’s Women. This allows your prayers to be distributed to each new person Stacy adds to his list.

Then consider one of the two following prayers from my daily routine for them: the first invoking their guardian angel.

Angel of God their guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits them here, ever this day be at their side, the light and guard and rule and guide.

Finally offer a single decade of the Rosary (I suggest the Assumption) for them. Not specifically for their souls per say, but just for them and their needs, physical, temporal and spiritual. For who better to entrust these women to than Our Lady.

Of course you can use whatever prayer you like, what prayer is prayed is less important that it being done.

And what better day to begin the effort to produce rejoicing in heaven than the anniversary of the night where the angelic host celebrated the start of the great project of forgiveness with the words: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests”?

There are few people who are as good as Robert Stacy McCain as stating obvious truths that people ignore

Because it is easier to remain silent than to express unpopular truths, we find that liars are increasingly influential in academia — hello, Professor Lisa Wade — and common sense is now quite uncommon on campus.

We are expected to believe that college girls in the 21st century are afflicted with an extraordinary naïveté about how sex happens.

“Why are these boys furnishing me with free alcohol?” we must imagine the college girl asking herself, as she downs her ninth drink. “And why does this boy want me to go back to his dorm room at midnight?”

Gosh, honey, this is all a huge mystery to you, isn’t it? You graduated high school at the top of your class, and your parents are paying $60,000 a year to send you to this elite private liberal arts college, so maybe you could do a little arithmetic, add 2 + 2 and tell us what this is about.

Now think about this for a second.

If this was 1816 or even 1956 it’s just possible that a young lady might be sheltered enough that she may not realize what is going on.

But we have spent the last 25 years informing our children about sex to the point where it is all around them from youth, and that’s not even counting the effect of the internet and online porn so the idea that an 18 year old college girl doesn’t understand that drinking alcohol to excess at a college party might lead to an undesired sexual encounter, that’s just not credible.

Of course to our feminist friends if you suggest to a young lady that getting drunk with a young man at college might not be a good idea, you are some sort of misogynistic cad and given our culture of victimhood it might even be possible that a girl might covet the victim status that comes from later regret.

But for my money an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  I’ll give the last word to Screwtape

The Enemy described a married couple as “one flesh”. He did not lay “a happily married couple” or “a couple who married because they were in love”, but you can make the humans ignore that. You can also make them forget that the man they call Paul did not confine it to married couples. Mere copulation, for him, makes “one flesh”. You can thus get the humans to accept as rhetorical eulogies of “being in love” what were in fact plain descriptions of the real significance of sexual intercourse. The truth is that wherever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured.

Given that fact I’d suggest avoiding sex without a ring on the finger myself which is why I taught my sons what my father taught me:  If she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry.”

Closing thought:  This is another example of God’s rules being for our benefit rather than his.


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Sheldon:  Hello Penny. I realize you are currently in the mercy of your primitive biological urges. But, as you have an entire lifetime of poor decisions ahead of you, may I interrupt this one?

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As a general rule one tends to give young people some slack. Young inexperienced people make foolish decisions and hopefully said decision don’t destroy their lives.

But I draw the line at celebrating bad decisions that give one a social disease for the rest of one’s life:

A Google search for “Ella Dawson herpes” produces more than 50,000 results. Why would parents pay nearly $50,000 a year for their daughter to attend college when the result of her “education” is that she becomes notorious for having an incurable sexually transmitted virus?

Also one would think the editor of a campus sex magazine gender/feminist/sexuality studies major : ” Planned Parenthood volunteer, a sexuality studies major, and everyone’s go-to friend when they had questions about losing their virginity.”  would know that the only type of “careful” that prevents genital herpes is to not have sex with infected people.

Of course I tend not to give a pass for one who considers aiding and abetting  the deaths of children for profit as a virtue but be that as it may.

The decision to try and comfort people who have made the same bad decision you have and are paying for it, is in fact a good thing (although I think encouraging folks to publicly inform the world of their disease is only good in the sense of warning a potential sexual partner) since self-hatred leads to horrible things.

But all other things aside (including the censorship of those who don’t agree with her) I’m certainly not going to give her a pass on this:

I’ve been a Hillary Clinton supporter for years now, but the importance of her campaign for President didn’t hit home with me until I watched her speech last week in Reno. I know so many writers who are terrified to even mention Breitbart by name online because we so often pay for it. There Hillary was, literally reading Breitbart headlines from the podium as the audience gasped. She was unafraid of the Alt-Right’s vulgar, distorted conspiracy theories, their character assassinations, their sexist photoshopped memes. And despite her fearlessness, she was able to recognize their danger without validating their ideology.

Think for a second what that paragraph means:

 It suggests that liberals are afraid to talk about Breitbart.com because they are unwilling to defend their opinions in the public square.

 It suggests that the critiques of Hillary Clinton are a bunch of conspiracy theories

 It suggests that speaking to a friendly crowd attacking one of the few outlets not in the tank for her is courage.

This is ignorance and idiocy on a grand scale and deserves an answer more detailed than the standard Stacy McCain putdown since many young people will read it and unfortunately buy it.

First of all the market place of ideas is where we decide what things are worthwhile and what are not.  If your ideas.  If your opinions which are constantly validated by major media all over the nation can’t stand critique by the readers of a single web site without you collapsing in terror than the problem is with you and your ideas which apparently have never been challenged.

Life is full of challenges, and the sooner one realises the thing to do is to face them the better, even more important one learns the most by defending one’s opinions, by critique.  If you never have those opinions challenged than when decisions based on said opinions fail you can’t cope and an inability to cope leads to an unhappy life.

And seriously you want to talk being silenced or harassed over speaking up talk to my youngest son who is your age about being a conservative on facebook.


Second when it comes to “conspiracies” concerning Hillary Clinton, I’m almost tempted to give her a pass as she was barely born when Bill Clinton was playing with Monica and wasn’t born when Hillary was helping him enable his assaults on Juanita Broaddrick.  Odds are she’s been spoon fed the “conspiracy” stuff since she entered school so I will live her and her readers with these questions:

Are the parents of the Americans left to die at Benghazi pushers of conspiracy theories?

When the FBI part of a conspiracy theory when they said your choice for president, Hillary Clinton was “careless” with classified data?

Is the act of aids to the secretary of state smashing one’s cell phones and ipads with hammers, per the FBI report, consistent with the idea that suggesting she had something to hide is a “conspiracy”

As Mrs. Clinton’s asserted to the FBI that her inability to remember key information was due to her concussion, does that make her part of the “conspiracy” concerning her health?

And that’s not even comparing the video of what she was claiming a year ago to what is now known to be true per the FBI.


Finally the idea that Hillary is showing courage by critiquing her critics in front of a friendly crowd.

Seriously?

You have a woman who has not held a press conference in 2016 because she is afraid of facing questions from a press corps that overwhelmingly favors her election and you think she’s courageous for telling a group of people who love her that a group of people they mutually hate are bad?

Yeah that takes a lot of courage.

You want a brave woman try  Pam Geller.  She is constantly challenged, harassed and even deals with attempts to murder her, yet she doesn’t falter, doesn’t whine or even try to censor her foes.  No she stands up in the marketplace of ideas and fights.  She stands up to people trying to kill her even as the majority of the media blast her for it.

That is a strong woman.  Not a wealthy protected pol who has spent the last 20 years being affirmed by everyone in sight.


Now again Ms. Dawson is only 23 or 24 years old and I thought I knew a lot more than I actually did at her age so perhaps we can chalk it down to the ignorance of youth.

But if you are a young person may I submit and suggest that taking the advice of one displaying said ignorance, particularly one who is not able to handle being challenged on it, is a very bad idea.

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…is not that a cause does not make even a phony gay “marriage” successful:

I feel not only as though I have failed to realize my own hopes for my marriage and family, but also that I’ve failed to uphold the “happy, healthy lesbian family” image that has helped open the hearts and minds of the American public to LGBT people.

So, her family was all about “image” — a political public-relations stunt.

It’s that the intrinsic power of motherhood is so strong that it allows even a feminist to learn

when my son was being bullied by a girl . . . at school. . . . I knew she said mean things to him. I knew she had shoved him a couple times. But it wasn’t until I saw tears in my son’s eyes that I really got it: she was bullying him, he was asking teachers and playground supervisors for help, and no one was stepping up for him.
Why? Gender.

Or put simply the love for her son is so great that it was able to overcome decade of feminist indoctrination that she was a part and party to.

Of course Stacy McCain can see the origins of her son’s grief that still eludes Cheryl Dumesnil.

it is feminism that is responsible for the anti-male prejudice in our culture, and if you hadn’t spent all those years so distracted by your campaign to destroy the traditional family, perhaps this problem facing your sons would have been as obvious to you as it is to the rest of us. But when your “happy, healthy lesbian family” image is more important to you than anything else, it’s easy to overlook all the unhealthy and unhappy stuff hidden behind the public-relations façade.

The irony in all this, this, not gay marriage is a true example of what happens when love wins.

 

Over the last week we have seen the Federal Government by decree order that public school allow little boys who think they are (or claim they are) girls access to the toilet facilities of girls.

We have seen the justice department declare war on the state of North Carolina’s for its stubborn refusal to recognize in law any man’s claim to be a woman despite physical and biological evidence to the contrary to the point where the government is using the Civil rights acts designed to stop the murder and lynching of blacks in the Jim Crow south in effect equating a transgender person trauma in not using the bathroom of their choice to the repression of an entire race and an injustice equal to the murder of Emmett Till or the imprisonment of Martin Luther King.

Finally we have seen our media and cultural elites signaling loud and clear that any person who claims that the biological and or physical differences between men and woman are a reality and not just a concept are racists at the level of Bull Connor and Alexander Stephens and doing their best to generate fear in anyone who might dare claim otherwise.

However now that it’s becoming apparent that the law concerning the draft is now going to be applied equal to women and girls, suddenly we see women echoing Ted Cruz who attacked the idea as crazy during the primary campaign, arguing that there are differences between men and woman.

In the event of a draft, sending women off to war does not present an equal opportunity to women by nature of the fact that women are physically different from men. As much as we may work to try to level the playing field between men and women, the physical differences between us as created by nature make us inherently unequal and cannot be universally overcome.

And while quoting objective biological facts might get you called a bigot or a racist, now that war is much more likely (thanks incidentally to a foreign policy not based on facts)  suddenly the idea that woman might have to involuntarily share the risks of combat than have been the province of men have for centuries suddenly our author finds that there is such a thing as an objective fact.

Combat is not an equal opportunity situation for men and women, because the average woman does not have an equal opportunity to survive a combat situation. The Army’s own studies have shown that women have more than double the rate of injury of their male counterparts in combat training. I can only imagine that those numbers would be even more dramatic in actual combat. I can’t fathom sending my daughters off to fight in an already dangerous situation, where they are known to be at a physical disadvantage.

Funny when people were making those very same arguments on physical strength concerning transgender women in sports our feminist/liberal friends were having a fit.  Or as Glenn Reynolds put it:

Wait, when people used that as a reason to keep women out of combat, it was sexist, antediluvian stereotyping. But now that we’re talking about drafting women it’s a big deal?

I think one of the few pleasures of living in the delusion based cultural hell that the left would force upon us will be seeing people like this come to the realization that they will have to live in it too.

Of course the alternative is ordering one’s society based on truth and reality, but not only does such a society require positive self-sacrificing acts rather than “signaling” to prove virtue, such societies do not allow for the easy manipulation of the people thus decreasing the opportunities for graft and corruption.

And we can’t have that can we?

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A few days ago my eldest niece (who bears a striking resemblance to Maria Bartiromo) picked up my wife for a wedding shower for the soon to be spouse of my 2nd youngest nephew who gets married this month.

The bride to be is a beautiful, intelligent and gainfully employed young woman, the type of young lady I hope my own sons eventually find.  Her husband to be, my nephew is fit, handsome, intelligent and likewise gainfully employed.  They make an excellent match and I’m rather happy for both him and my brother his father.

The event did not garner any press, there will be no articles in the local or national papers and if you search for any gossip concerning it at the sites of Perez Hilton, Variety or Inside Edition you will likely be disappointed, although you just might find a picture of the quilt my wife made for them on her facebook page.

The reason for this is simple, My nephew and his bride to be are not people of great fame nor have they to my knowledge sought to be. In fact it’s very likely that this piece will be the closest thing to attention this blessed union achieves.

They are simply two young people who have worked very hard during their young lives and are now getting ready to begin a hopefully happy family life together and are content to be so.

Contrast that Ms. Cora Segal.

Unlike my nephew, his wife to be or even my niece who so resembles Ms. Bartiromo Ms Segal has not shunned the spotlight.  She has run workshops that have been covered by Vice, The Washington Free Beacon and The Daily Caller which wrote:

Sullivan and Segal also explored the notion that communism and socialism were superior economic systems to capitalism, because capitalism promotes the oppression of fat people and the tyranny of healthy eating.

and furthermore they were able to get sponsorship for this event:

The event was co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, History Department, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Interpretation Theory and the Worth Health Center.

As a fat person who clearly understands that I am overweight due to my own choices and acknowledges the risks involved thereof, I won’t comment on their argument or the groups that choose to sponsor it.  I will only note that scheduling such an event, getting sponsors and opening it to the public by its very nature requests attention.

Now Ms. Segal is in the news again, for her disruptive actions at a University of Massachusetts event featuring nationally and internationally  known writers Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Steven Crowder.

Given the nature of the event, the people who attended it, the filming of the event an the ubiquitous of the camera phone one must conclude that the very public actions of Ms. Segal were designed to get attention, to be seen and to be reported on. As Ms. Summers states the event video has gotten over 180K views That she has gotten national attention is not a bug, it’s a feature.

That’s why I’m perplexed when I saw this tweet from Christina Hoff Summers who was one of the objects of Ms. Segal’s wrath that evening.

The reason for my confusion is this:  being noted was the entire purpose of her actions, as Stacy McCain put it

We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities — “F–k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!” — her public activism is newsworthy.

I would submit it’s more than newsworthy for Ms. Segal it’s VITAL for the future she sees for herself!

Consider,  there are literally thousands of young western women whose parents are paying the more than the median income of an American household to be taught how oppressed they are in woman and/or gender” studies programs in the US alone.

However even if such a person manages to get an advanced degree there are in reality a limited number of actual paying jobs for such majors. as Andrea XX discovered  

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

How does one change such a situation?  Become noticed!

While I’m sure many on the left might not like the idea of Cora Segal being the face of feminist campus activism or might be repelled by the way the nickname #TrigglyPuff  (a takeoff on this Pokemon character Jigglypuff for those who do not know) Ms. Segal now finds herself in an enviable position compared to other obese marxist feminist lesbians.

 She now has a national profile

 She can now claim “oppression” for the mocking she has received from folks from Iowahawk  to Milo and more.

She is even getting cash offers from the opposition to make her case:

She has gone from being just another , as Steven Crowder put it, elephantine feminist in the room, instead she has achieved that most coveted status in the current western world victimhood!  With careful and  clever manipulation she will be able to parlay these events and her “victimhood” on the college speaking circuit and actually have universities pay her to travel to their locations to make the case not only for her victimhood but to present her beliefs before an admiring audience.

In other words she has actually been put in a position where her outrageous public behavior can give her a living as a professional marxist feminist lesbian.  That is no mean feat.

It’s certainly requires less time, study and effort than the sciences and healthcare path that my Nephew and his wife to be have chosen.

It’s rather amazing actually, if she had pulled her Enfant terrible routine at the wedding shower for my nephew’s betrothed she would have simply been a nut who likely would have been arrested and forgotten.

So cry no tears for Cora “TrigglyPuff” Segal Christina Hoff Summers she has gotten exactly what she wanted from her actions.  That was, in effect her shower and she has received the gift she wanted most of all.

May she be as happy with her chosen path as my Nephew and his bride to be.

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