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“Transgenderism” or “gender identity disorder” is based on an actual, rare, psychological condition known as Gender Dysphoria. No one is sure how many individuals are actually afflicted with the condition. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) — the Bible for psychiatry — estimates that about 0.005% to 0.014% of people assigned male at birth and 0.002% to 0.003% of people assigned female at birth are diagnosable with gender dysphoria.

That’s an extraordinarily small number of people, but you wouldn’t know that judging from the way the trans movement has exploded in recent years. Not only that but the movement have their own stats: according to a 2014 survey, 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender. And that survey did not include the parents who are being railroaded into believing their child is transgender by incompetent or politically active teachers, therapists, and psychologists and then allowing the administration of drugs and hormones.

Although there have been recent signs that the Transgender movement is starting to encounter serious grassroots opposition, there’s also no doubt that it is very embedded within the US education system where – thanks to the overwhelming support of the Democrat Party by teachers unions – it’s now part of the political wars in the USA. But there are signs on that front that it may be getting the Democrats in trouble, starting with their loss of the Virginia governorship a few months ago.

You can see why the Washington Post was so keen on trying to destroy the Libs of TikTok account by doxxing the woman behind it, but that’s a story for another day.

This has caused a few – so far only a very few – Democrat activists to start warning about the election losses that may hit the party as a result of jumping on the trans bandwagon. The following Tweet (or rather a Tweet thread) is one such, although to be fair she sounds like she’s also genuinely concerned about what the trans movement is doing to vulnerable children.

Laura Wiley Haynes @haynes_wiley
Attn: Democrats!
We are not in reality about “trans kids.”I am a CASA (Leftie/ Dem/atheist). I am neck deep in the population who is declaring this ID. And I know too much!

1. It is important to know that as recently as 15 years ago, all kids claiming to be in wrong body were given therapeutic support and time, to address the more likely issues that often underlie a child feeling miserable/ out of place in their body.

2. 90% of kids given this approach outgrew their Gender Dysphoria with no meds. 2/3 of them were gay in adulthood. Rapid ‘affirmation’ tells youth they *need* hormones and surgery because they *are* trans. Given the above, ‘affirming’ is basically gay conversion therapy.

3. 80% of trans IDd also have **two or more** mental health disorders, on top of GD. Common: ASD, PTSD, Depression & Anxiety….& these conditions precede the idea of “being trans.” Kids who have these disorders are very unhappy, impulsive & seeking relief. Some are abused and abandoned. Foster youth ID as trans at fifteen times the % of kids at large. This demands we do not reify the presenting ‘gender’ problem but look at the whole child and their mental health needs prior to labeling them/medicalizing them.

4. “Affirmation” supposes that kids are never Wrong about their ‘gender identity.’ That’s opposite of reality! Kids make mistakes!

5. Affirmation = “You’re actually a boy! ok!” = Step 1 in cementing this as ‘reality.’ Step 2 is puberty blockers, and Step 3 is cross-sex hormones. 1+2+3 = a sterile child. One who may never orgasm! With ruined physical health! UNJUSTIFIABLE, when 90% **outgrow** this!

6. The suicide fears used to browbeat parents into unquestioning support are lies. When control group has as many MH disorders as the ‘trans ID ‘ group, the suicide risks are identical, e.g. the risk is from the depression/PTSD/Trauma history not the Trans ID. The moment Trans is affirmed, these other issues (which do cause suicidal thoughts) get ignored. They get attributed to ‘how hard it is to be trans.’ BS!! This is rank dereliction of duty of care to struggling kids. It is indefensible and negligent.

7. Puberty blockers + cross sex hormones not only sterilize child. They leave boys with micro penis. They often cause girls to need hysterectomies in 20’s. Bones do not get stronger, brain development is affected. Cancer and heart risks rise. They need hormones for life.

8. Long term effects are not well-known, but in the countries in Europe who have begun to track them, they have pulled back from medicalizing children due to significant issues, such as osteopenia in 11 year olds! This is experimental and unproved Tx! Not benign!

Democrats: We cannot defend confusing/ sterilizing/ maiming kids who would have outgrown TG if simply supported emotionally. It is indefensible!! We must course correct… Yes, respect and support all kids, without diagnosing or reifying transient claimed identities.

“Trans kids rights” must include:
– The right to be protected from impulsive and dumb permanent choices.
– The right to appropriate trauma care.
– The right to fertility and orgasm in adulthood.
– The right not to be wedged away from parents by well-meaning activists

A few added thoughts. I think most people, left and right, have thought about this issue *barely at all*. T was force-teamed with LBG. T has nothing to do with sexual orientation but by making it “LGBT” many people have assumed it is like sexual orientation and innate. Ppl think, “well, if kid was born that way, if the parents & doctors approve it…” not realizing “affirmation” is dogmatic/immediate/little scrutiny. They think “don’t attack kids for being different.” This describes virtually everyone who is not an activist on this issue.

JK Rowling – author of the Harry Potter wizarding books who has been a target of really nasty threats from trans – shared a video of this clinical psychiatrist talking about the perils of “affirming” kids’ momentary identification with a faddish identity.

That post immediately got the trans attack team, with all the standard bullet points, starting with the classic “Trans woman are women” claim. As well as more of attacks like the one shown here, although it’s nice to see Rowling taking it in stride and with a sense of humour.

Of course Rowling is so wealthy and accomplished that she cannot be intimidated successfully by these maniacs: I doubt the same could be said about an author just getting started in the industry.

BTW Twitter has taken no action against this toxically male psychotic, even as The Babylon Bee gets locked out of their accounts for their satirical take on Rachel Levine being Man of The Year.

If the video above of an Old, White Male clinical psychiatrist is too easily dismissed you might be interested in what Erica Anderson, a transgender doctor, who until recently led the US professional society at the forefront of transgender care, recently told the Los Angeles Times:

“I think it’s gone too far. For a while, we were all happy that society was becoming more accepting and more families than ever were embracing children that were gender variant. Now it’s got to the point where there are kids presenting at clinics whose parents say, ‘This just doesn’t make sense,‘”

It is not a coincidence that the number of young adults who identify as transgender has increased more than twentyfold over the past several years as transgenderism has become more mainstream, but that tells you that it’s a social phenomena rather than a psychological one.

Similarly the Swedish medical community, famous for their pioneering work on transgender surgery decades ago, are now having second thoughts about whether they’re actually helping:

An extensive study conducted in Sweden found that 10 to 15 years after sex-reassignment surgeries, the suicide rate of those who underwent the procedure rose to 20 times that of their peers. Another review  of more than 100 follow-up studies of transgender individuals who underwent sex changes, undertaken by Birmingham University’s Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, found that none of the studies provided conclusive evidence that gender reassignment benefited the patients. And just a couple of years ago, U.S. researchers were forced  to issue a correction to a major 2019 study that claimed transgender individuals who underwent reassignment surgeries showed significantly improved mental health. The study now states, “The results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts.”

Having worked with a couple of trannies back in the 90’s (both trans-woman and BTW that word is now a No No according to the trans community) I can say that they seemed happy with what they’d done. But they didn’t make the transition until they were in the twenties and forties respectively. I don’t accept that this crap is helping teenagers, let alone younger kids.

I’ll leave this with the following interview of a woman who got subjected to all this and is now de-transitioning back to being a woman. It’s a sad tale.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

Two takes on China – and what it says about The West.

At present there are quite a few people in the West wittering on about how the 21st century will be China’s century.

A decade or more ago such comments seemed to be coming from the mouths of Right-wingers who fully supported Free Trade with China and who had no problems with the idea of the West shipping all its manufacturing jobs off shore to China. There were also some long-time Lefty haters of the West – haters of the USA in particular – who got off on such visions and the associated decline and fall of Pax Americana.

But in recent times they’ve been joined by a new group on the Right; people utterly disgusted by what they see as a decadent, declining West, spiralling down into gender-fluid militaries and the like. Unlike the previous two groups this crowd are not particularly impressed by Communist China or even Vlad’s Russia when it comes to individual freedoms. They just think that the “freedoms” now being pushed by tiny, extremist groups in the West are not freedoms worth having or worse, ones that include any amount of anti-free, coercive behaviour enlisted and demanded by these groups from corporations like FaceTwit to the government itself.

Thou shalt not misuse thy personal pronouns.

So I thought that two recent articles were of interest as they looked at the influence of these Western ideas on China.

First up is Can Feminism Destroy China?:

The deficit of 40 million female babies is now the specter stalking Communist China.

China’s aggressive military moves against Taiwan and India are a desperate gambit by a corrupt Communist elite facing domestic social instability and millions of men who can never marry.

But while the focus has been on too many Chinese men, it’s the too few women whom the regime is starting to fear. The Communist society is being forced to reckon with the social problem of supply and demand in the marriage market. Women, formerly despised, are now in the driver’s seat, with the bride’s family demanding tens of thousands from prospective grooms.

Oh no. Central planning fucks up yet another nation in yet another way. As recently as the 1980’s there were Westerners, particularly environmentalists, who praised China’s One Child policy. The article gives a potted history of how China seemed to avoid the perils of the USSR, taking in only those Western ideas that would help them build a thriving economy. But it also points out that things are not working quite the way they’re supposed to:

Despite the outward allegiance to Xi and the Communists, the country’s rising middle class is westernized, individualistic rather than collectivist, intent on having fun and stocking up on all the latest consumer gadgets, instead of sacrificing and laboring in the cause of Communism.

The falling marriage and birth rates are the obvious symptom of China’s new social feminism.

Marriage licenses have fallen to a 13-year low and the birth rate has hit a 43-year low. With only 12 million babies born in 2020, the old mathematical joke about the Marching Chinese now falls flat. Like the rest of Asia, China is aging, and its workforce is falling by 0.5% a year.

Second is an article in The New Statesman that asks some rather depressing questions, despite the triumphal headline of, The West isn’t dying – its ideas live on in China:

Western ideologies continue to rule the world. In China Xi Jinping has embraced a variant of integral nationalism not unlike those that emerged in interwar Europe, while Vladimir Putin has skilfully deployed Leninist methods to resurrect an enfeebled Russia as a global power. Ideas and projects originating in the illiberal West continue to shape global politics.

It’s often been pointed out that you don’t get much more Western than having Communism imposed on an Asian society, despite the best efforts of Mao and Pol Pot to pretend otherwise. As the article points out, even the concept of the nation-state itself is a Western conception.

Unfortunately, as the article traces out the path of the West – with specific examples being noted around the retreat of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus Germany’s pitiful reliance on Russian fossil fuels and the supply chain ties between the West and China – we’re declining, even as some Western ideas come to globally predominate. Unfortunately they’re some of the worst Western ideas:

Ideas and projects originating in the illiberal West continue to shape global politics. At the same time, in an intriguing synchronicity, Western liberalism has itself become illiberal.

No better example has been supplied than how the West reacted to the Chinese Lung Rot virus by copying the Chinese strategy of locking down a healthy population, for “only two weeks” to “flatten the curve”. Who in the West can now doubt what our governments are capable of should another “crisis” be declared? Then there are the ideas themselves:

The decomposition of the West is not only a geopolitical fact; it is also cultural and intellectual. Leading Western countries contain powerful bodies of opinion that regard their own civilisation as a uniquely pernicious force. In this hyper-liberal view, which is heavily represented in higher education, Western values of freedom and toleration mean little more than racial domination. If it still exists as a civilisational bloc, the West must be dismantled.

The upshot is that the liberal West is more a subject of historical investigation than a contemporary reality. Those who believe humankind is converging on liberal values overlook the fact that Western societies are fast discarding them. The “arc of history” points to a model that no longer exists.

Take a look at our universities for a start, or the recent, disgusting work of the Royal Society in trying to crush the voices of scientists speaking out against the mythology and creationism inherent in Mātauranga Māori.

Which brings me to this even more depressing note from the article:

Hyper-liberalism is the ideology of an aspirant ruling class that aims to hoard wealth and position while flaunting its immaculate progressive credentials. Intractable culture wars and an epistemic crisis in which key factual and scientific questions have been politicised are a part of a bid for power by these counter-elites. But except in New Zealand and English-speaking Canada, there is no sign of them achieving hegemony.

Do they have hegemony here? Yes, the Royal Society Inquisition has finally been cancelled itself, but the “thinkers” who drove it, like the execrable Dr Siouxsie Wiles, remain, as do the ideas.

When it comes to ideas the Chinese appear to be studying the Western past even as we discard it:

The study of Western classics is actively promoted in Chinese universities. The texts are often taught in their original Latin or Greek (a practice no longer required at Princeton, where some consider it racist). China’s meritocratic intelligentsia is also notable for having a grasp of Western political thought that exceeds that of many in Western universities. The works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Edmund Burke and Thomas Hobbes, as well as 20th-century thinkers such as Michel Foucault, have been closely studied. The German jurist Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) has been accepted as having the most to teach regarding China’s political development.

But that last is a warning of what China wants. Schmitt was the key intellectual driver of the legal mechanisms of the Nazi state. He endorsed the burning of books by Jewish authors and although eventually booted from the Nazi Party he never recanted his illiberal theories, which are perfectly suited to Xi Jin Ping’s ambitions.

Mixed in with all of this is the fact that people in the 1990’s – and I’m one of them – who imagined good Western ideas triumphantly rolling forward around the world, have been sorely disappointed by what has transpired in Russia and China. Over at Kiwiblog, DPF sums it up with, Do we need a new international order?, (based on an article by one of the more prominent neo-liberal, globalist journalists, Eli Lake):

I was a huge supporter of the strategy. I was wrong. It has failed. We should start to move with speed to delink our economy from China, so that when it does move on Taiwan, we are not compromised.

But I think DPF is merely thinking of the technical failure of Free Trade to modify China and Russia into being more “liberal”. What these two articles point out is that the failure lies deeper than that, and that the West is staring into the same failures, since they are, after all, our ideas:

Whether Western elites are capable of strategic reasoning at this point is unclear. Many of their key policies are performative in nature. 

A world-view that gripped sections of the Western intelligentsia throughout the modern period and dominated the post-Cold War world is disintegrating. Stories showing humankind evolving towards liberal values are parodies of monotheism in which a mythical logic in history replaces a redemptive providence. Knock away this myth, and the liberal way of life can be seen to have been an historical accident. In time the regimes created by Xi and Putin will crumble. But if the long drift of history is any guide, they will be succeeded by anarchy and new despotisms.

While Western liberalism may be largely defunct, illiberal Western ideas are shaping the future. The West is not dying but alive in the tyrannies that now threaten it. Unable to grasp this paradoxical reality, our elites are left looking on blankly as the world they have taken for granted slips into the shadows.

The article on feminism in China is more concise and blunt:

The Cold Warriors of the eighties were wrong in believing that economic success was impossible without freedom and democracy. But they were generally right in believing that any country that wanted to economically defeat us would have to become us. They just failed to properly understand what becoming “us” really meant. It’s not democracy or freedom.

America, like its other first world counterparts, is becoming less free, and more political. When people say that our politics is downstream of our culture, what it really means is that much of our politics is about a culture rationalizing the way that it wants to live. The abandonment of religion, family, character, and all traditional values, is not just a Marxist conspiracy, it’s the self-indulgent behavior of overgrown children who decided that they never want to grow up.

In the Communist heartland, under a Marxist system built to reinforce the opposite qualities, a surprisingly similar revolution is taking place. The Communist regime, which believed it had total control over the lives of its people, has gone from mandating abortions to offering families the opportunity to have three children. 

Written by Tom Hunter

March 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm

Hot Girl Rules

Ewwwwwww…..

No, not him, although we’ll get back to The Covid Rules and Boris in a bit.

No, the Hot Girl Rules are the unspoken set of protocols across the Western world that mean that if you’re a hot girl you can get away with a lot of stuff that nobody else can.

Like being the Prime Minister of a country, going clubbing until 4am and leaving your phone at home so you can’t be contacted. Which then proves awkward when your Foreign Minister tests positive with Chinese Lung Rot and your officials try calling to say that you need to quarantine because you’ve been exposed.

That’s the women we’re talking about. Sanna Marin, PM of Finland at 36 years of age. She said she didn’t get the message, which I frankly think is a lie, what Millennial would be found without a phone on them. I think she just wanted to keep on clubbing. Good on her too!

Oh, she’s apologised but that’s a formality to keep the press off her back. I’m sure that she’s not sorry at all, and again, good on her.

So perhaps I’m applying Hot Girl Rules when I say that I can laugh off this incident while also being pissed off at the number of rulers around the world who have clearly ignored the C-19 lockdown rules they’ve imposed on their populations. I’ve covered this before with the numerous and ongoing incidents, starting with Britain’s very own fear-monger, Neil Ferguson and his booty calls, as well as the stunts pulled by SF Mayor, London Breed, CA Governor Newsom, and fundraisers and parties thrown by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, as well as the Met Ball: all unmasked Democrats, all servants were masked.

The latest to be outed is the British Tory PM, Boris Johnson, who had a very nice Christmas Party last year at the PM’s residence, No. 10 Downing Street: 40 to 50 people gathered, cheek-by-jowl with no masks. While at the same time:

… the law banned all indoor gatherings of two or more people. And though exceptions could be made for business meetings, the government’s guidance made clear that it was forbidden to hold a work Christmas party. While it is true that the Covid regulations were so fiendishly complex that at times even the authorities struggled to understand them, the no-Christmas-party rule was helpfully shared by the government’s Twitter account on the day before the Downing Street gathering.

There were a whole lot of other harsh government rules about what you could not do, that left people feeling more isolated and oppressed than they had in The Blitz. You can read the details at that link.

There was no area of life too important or trivial to escape the health minister’s glare. This was, as Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Hickinbottom put it, ‘possibly the most restrictive regime on the public life of persons and businesses ever’.

But what’s worse is video recently leaked to ITV, of another little meeting that occurred a few days after the Christmas event, which that Spike article above correctly titles:

They’re laughing at us. Literally. The PM’s former spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, has been caught red-handed and red-faced on camera, joking about how best to deceive the public about the alleged Christmas party in Downing Street last year.

Perhaps they could call it a ‘business meeting’, she muses in the now infamous video leaked to ITV, filmed just days after the denied gathering took place. Another Downing Street aide offers: ‘It wasn’t a party, it was cheese and wine.’ ‘This is recorded’, Stratton reminds the room, before laughing again. Oh, how they laugh.

Moreover, they’re laughing at us while smashing us over the head with cudgels:

A day before Downing Street’s Christmas party, police broke up a wedding of 40 or so people in Barking. The Met Police are currently prosecuting a gathering in Ilford held on the exact same day as the Downing Street bash. The fine for larger gatherings was, at this point, a life-ruining £10,000.

Johnson has “apologised” for the video and says he’s “furious” about it. Politicians usually are when their minions so thoroughly show them up. I regard all politicians as being useful in the same way that toilet facilities are; you use them and move on. Boris was useful for winning an election and thereby executing Brexit. But that’s it. He has the same depth of belief in civil liberties and freedom that Jacinda Ardern, Joe Biden, Dan Andrews, and a host of others have. That is to say, freedom for them and their friends, not us. There’s also been press outrage but:

Now that the Downing Street party has been exposed, there has been an orgy of misplaced self-righteousness. The media cannot hide their glee at the scandal. But we know that some lobby journalists were at that party. And we know journalists have been caught out on past occasions, too. Often it has been the same journalists who spent every Covid press conference baying for harsher measures, tighter restrictions and ever-longer lockdown. They never raised any issue with the life-denying rules. They are laughing at us now, too.

Are our rulers really so certain that we live in such rarefied times that they face no prospect of being hung from a gibbet, guillotined, or just lined up against a wall and shot by the angry mob they’ve incited? Perhaps they’re that confident in their surveillance systems and informers (especially the C-19 ones), combined with the rich, lazy apathy that modern capitalism has created?

There’s one thing that they’ve certainly got in their back-pocket, at least in Britain (and likely in New Zealand as well) and that is the very public that’s now angry with Boris and company:

A ComRes poll found that 69% support vaccine passports, compared to just 10% who oppose the scheme, despite the fact that the UK government’s own study found that vaccine passports don’t won’t.

Co-dependency I think it’s called? Battered wife syndrome? Or perhaps there are more subjects among us than we know who crave the sting and control of a Madame Lash.

I’ll leave you with another photo of the rather lovely Ms Marin, because beauty assuages anger. Perhaps that’s why Hot Girls Rule?

A Feminism Fail?

Feminism is getting into quite a lot of hot water these days from an unexpected source, being the Leftie side of society that has supported it for decades. You have to go some way back in time to find Leftists who were patriarchal dismissers of woman stepping outside the areas of motherhood and such. Since at least the 1960’s the Left has claimed the movement as its own.

But now the Trans movement is all the rage and feminists who object to men intruding into what are regarded as traditional aspects of feminism – like female sports – are finding themselves the targets of all that emotional invective, abuse and dialectical style that they dished out for years.

But there’s also the problem that feminism has not quite turned out to fulfill its promises in changing society and making woman feel more fulfilled, satisfied and happier with their lives. In fact they seem to have become less happy. It may well be that this is due to men not really taking on board feminist messages, and that’s the standard argument in response. It certainly is the case with the following story.

It’s not “the Internet” that lied to her, although she is correct that the men are lying when they say they don’t care about her past as a prostitute. The only thing they’ve absorbed from feminism is that that word is not to be used, Ms Sex Worker. Their brains have not been re-wired and probably never will be on that basic level. Still, history is replete with men who married former prostitutes so maybe she’s just unlucky?

Written by Tom Hunter

February 13, 2021 at 8:59 am

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The Moment I Found Out

I published this piece on September 12, 2019 but it’s just too perfect not to post it again today in light of this incredible bullshit from the Labour-led government:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is quite rightly “incredibly angry” at her officials for pushing out incorrect Covid-19 testing information.

My original post was simply a full re-production and link to a brutal piece from the satirical website, The Civilian, that likely will never make the MSM but which deserves much wider coverage, so re-produced in full here.

The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly

By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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I am every bit as angry as you are.

I am every bit as disappointed as you must be.

The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I am running out of patience with them, and the way they continually let us down, while helpless people like you and me stand by and can only watch failure after failure.

I can assure you, earnestly, that the moment I found out about the fact that you had found out about the facts, I acted immediately to see what the situation was.

I would never sit on my hands if it ever became apparent to me that something had become apparent to you, and that’s my promise.

I was immensely disappointed to learn that our party president, Nigel Haworth, had conducted himself this way. Again.

If I had foreseen that he could do something like this (again), then I would never have let him get away with it in the first place again.

Some of you are still not satisfied with the extent of my involvement in this, and that’s okay (legally).

But it was only on Monday that I learned that you had learned that Paula Bennett had learned that others had learned, and the moment I heard that others had heard, and that Grant had heard, and that Mike had heard and Rob had heard, then I acted swiftly to wait for Nigel to resign.

I was fixing myself a coffee on Monday night and Clarke said to me “What’s all this about? Didn’t you know about this five weeks ago?”
And I said “I didn’t know the extent of it! I thought it was just bullying!”

I never promised that our party would be free of bullying. Government is about compromise, and we are in a coalition with New Zealand First.

I know that many of you are sceptical of us now, in large part because this has happened not once, but twice. But if you can find it in yourself to put your trust in me once again, then I promise you there will not be a fourth time.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 31, 2020 at 9:18 am

The Patriarchy Must Be Smashed

And it looks like it’s well on the way to being so, given these interesting stats out of the USA. I’d love to know how New Zealand compares in many of these categories.

One more generation should see large numbers of these well-educated female graduates rising to high levels of private and public sector power. Not to mention the ever-increasing rise of service industries that reward so-called inherent female capabilities in language and social skills. It’s hard to see these numbers being defeated for much longer by the much-discussed glass ceiling.
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But there are two other big issues about all this.
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First is the data in the bottom half of the table, which show incredibly disproportionate numbers of men with learning disabilities, plus other terrible numbers showing the likely links to resulting poor or failed education outcomes.
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Not Hypergamy
The data also suggests how this, in-turn, leads to the worlds of unemployment or low-skill/low-wage jobs, together with alcohol and drug problems and suicide. And of course prison. It also seems to show the results of men doing very dangerous things, including physically dangerous jobs.

I’ve seen arguments that this is also a result of the patriarchy.

Second, what does this mean for the future as the effects of hypergamy kick in – woman seeking as a permanent mate only those males that match or exceed her status – whether measured by social standing, wealth, simple income or some combination thereof.

Kathy Ireland in the 80’s

It’s an old joke that one does not see Supermodels dating plumbers.

Looks clean enough!

 

But you don’t see many high-powered, corporate lawyers dating plumbers either – yes, the implied male/female gap in each profession itself is also reality – and this “dating gap” is becoming more obvious with time and seeming to grow, as the proportion of “high status” woman increases.

Naturally the Grundian dismisses this and looks forward to a future where superior humans overcome evolutionary wiring, along with some very sweet anecdotes that don’t really seem to deny the statistical trends or the complaints of both men and women who are single:

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Kathy Ireland today – $350 million est. worth

“In the US, among people aged 22-29 who do not have a college degree, there are 9.4 million single men, versus 7.1 million single women. So the dating world is just as hard for those blue collar guys. But the reality is that we don’t talk about their dating challenges the same way we talk about the challenges faced by educated women. One of my bits of advice in the book is that I think we all need to open our hearts and minds to dating across socioeconomic lines.”

Ummmm – I hate to “mansplain” this, but outside of royalty and the snotty families of the richest 1%, men have never had any problems with dating scross socioeconomic lines because all they cared about was having sex with good looking woman who could bear them children (evolution again). Woman have always had different goals in seeking a suitable mate and while that’s always been tough the increased education/wealth/income status of woman has begun to crash into those primeval goals and “dating down“. There’s also the advent of Tinder and the like, which enable men to have almost as much sex as they want without even the ties of a steady relationship, let alone partnership, marriage and kids.

Still, this evolving situation may resolve a number of issues with our societies, including those physical jobs that are killing men by the bucket load compared to women, as described by “feminist killjoy” Josefin Hedlund:

In the West there is strong belief in the idea of ‘free love’ and people ‘marrying for love’, as opposed to for any other reason. But when you start examining class, privilege, gender, sexual, and other identities in relationships they look remarkably like ‘arranged marriages’.

If you are only attracted to able, ‘mentally well’, successful (by society’s standards), cisgender, normatively beautiful, slim people, from class privileged backgrounds, then you are also upholding violent norms. This means that you cannot just declare that who you are attracted to is a personal preference. You can’t just get away with saying ‘that’s not my type’ (unless your non-type is cis-white-hetero-male, they receive enough admiration in society anyway, so lets de-centre that!)

Love can be a revolutionary force to challenge norms, promote feminist practice, and to reject capitalism.

And you thought the likes of Josefin were just misandrists.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm

O Ariel, Ariel, wherefore art thou Ariel?

Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

If you’ve had kids in the past 30 years then at some stage you almost certainly will have sat down with them to watch The Little Mermaid. It’s the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel who dreams of becoming human, after falling in love with a human prince named Eric.

The movie is regarded as a landmark for Disney in that, together with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it revived their animated feature films after over a decade of failure. It was a massive commercial and critical success, and even though it came out in 1989 my kids were all keen to watch (and re-watch) it over a decade later. Famous Chicago movie critic Roger Ebert praised Ariel as:

“a fully realized female character who thinks and acts independently, even rebelliously, instead of hanging around passively while the fates decide her destiny.”

Or you could have gone with the LA Time’s Movie critic take:

“Mermaid’s” saucy heroine, Ariel, isn’t much like Andersen’s sad, noble sea-maid. She’s a sexy little honey-bunch with a double-scallop-shell bra and a mane of red hair tossed in tumble-out-of-bed Southern California salon style. She has no gills, but, when she smiles, she shows an acre of Farrah Fawcett teeth.

Yeah, baby!

But that was then and this is now, and Ebert was just another Old White Male trying to pretend he was a feminist. Which is how we get articles like I Regret The Day I Let My Daughter Watch ‘The Little Mermaid’:

I just want my child to have room for plenty of other things in her life that don’t involve being totally immersed in a story about a princess who sets a piss-poor example for little girls everywhere. I wanted to remain blissfully unaware of this princess obsession I kept hearing about but I can only blame myself that it reared its ugly head in my household.

Reading this, I imagined the mother thusly:

Anyway, with all this shite going on I figured you all might get a laugh out of the little ditty in that first clip, which is based on the famous song from The Little Mermaid.

Maybe you’ll even show it and the original movie to your grandkids, assuming you’re not in jail and that Amazon/Netflix/Hulu are still willing to screen the original.

Actually when you think about it, there’s no reason why The Little Mermaid could not find a second life as trans-hero/heroine story. After all, she dreams of becoming human: she’s cool with the idea of losing the fish tail, gaining legs and getting married.

And all it takes is a kiss!

Written by Tom Hunter

May 25, 2019 at 5:55 am

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And They Ran Out of Someone Else’s Food

Absolutely priceless (hattip Instapundit)

Subtitle:     How The Left Couldn’t Organise a Crap at a Sewerage Farm.

The organiser reports on a feminist picnic:

‘I brought a communal picnic hamper for us to all throw in the food we’d brought. I was expecting the usual picnic fare: sandwiches, crisps, a nice fruit salad, and so on – but no-one else brought a single thing. Not so much as a sausage. I was even more furious about my lot in life than usual. I ended up storming off and shame eating three Big Macs from the nearest McDonalds. I’m a vegetarian so it was particularly galling for me to have to do that.’

Written by adolffinkensen

March 25, 2016 at 12:40 am

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