Friday, September 22, 2023

Transition care or consumer fraud? Gender-affirming care should be viewed the same as “lobotomies or eugenics — it’s a bad medical fad”

One of the most eye-opening instances of the utter insanity that America and the rest of the world are going through is when Meet the Press host Chuck Todd challenged (ca. 4:00) Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy in the Spring:

The NBC News host asked, "Are you confident that you know that gender is as binary as you're describing it? Are you confident that it isn't a spectrum?"

Ramaswamy said he was confident, but Todd still didn’t buy it. 

Todd asked, "Do you know this as a scientist?"

"Well, there’s two X chromosomes if you're a woman, and an X and a Y, that means you’re a man," Ramaswamy said as Todd tried to speak over him. 

"There is a lot of scientific research that says gender is a spectrum," Todd said. 

In any normal and reasonable society, an MSM reporter would instead be interviewing one of these New Age types and turning the question the other way around: 

"Are you confident that you know that gender is a spectrum? Are you confident that it isn't binary as conservatives have been describing it?" When, and if, the New Age type insisted that it is a spectrum with a dozen or 72 or God knows how many genders, the reporter would then go "Do you know this as a scientist?" and  strike back and point out that "There is a lot of scientific research" — actually, that is all the scientific research in the world, scientific research which used to be so uncontroversial that it would not be up for debate — "that says gender is either two X chromosomes for a woman, and an X and a Y for a man" 

But the world is turned up side down.

Strange as it may seem, you can head to the a New York Times article for one of the best conservative defenses against gender treatment.

Needless to say, this is not visible until the final third of Many States Are Trying to Restrict Gender Treatments for Adults, Too.  And to be sure, the piece is full of the typical weasel words, expressions, and sentences as well as euphemisms that we have become used to from the left's Drama Queens (the "onerous restrictions" and "severely restrict gender treatments" — onerous and severely — "Missouri has imposed sweeping rules to limit health care for trans adults" — sweeping rules —"a series of quieter moves across the country that have been chipping away at transgender adults’ access to medical care" — i.e., access to all medical care is suggested — for "transgender adults, many studies have shown that transition care can improve psychological well-being and quality of life", etc etc etc)
Only later in the article do we learn that 

When asked why [Missouri state attorney general Andrew Bailey's emergency rule] includes adults, Madeline Sieren, a spokeswoman for Mr. Bailey, said, “We have serious concerns about how children are being treated throughout the state, but we believe everyone is entitled to evidence-based medicine and adequate mental health care.”

And only in the last third of the article do we hear a conservative — whom the New York Times's does not seem to have interviewed or even met herself — give the coup de grâce:

Terry Schilling, the president of the American Principles Project, a right-wing advocacy group pushing for restrictions on transgender rights, said in an interview earlier this year that focusing on minors had been a short-term political calculation. His organization’s long-term goal, he said, was to eliminate transition care altogether.

I view this whole issue the same as I view lobotomies or eugenics — it’s a bad medical fad,” he said.

Mr. Schilling said policies might include outright bans for people of all ages, or bills to make it easier for people to sue medical providers if they regret transitioning. He also raised the possibility of classifying transition care as “consumer fraud” — the same approach put forward by Mr. Bailey — because he contends that it is impossible to change genders.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The Important Russell Brand Detail that “Innocent Until Proven Guilty“ People Are Missing

As Utah's Jim Ballard joins the conservatives accused by — anonymous — women of sexual harassment, an important detail with regards to Russell (@rustyrockets) Brand that at least some “innocent until proven guilty“ people seem to be missing:

The extreme sexualization that we have gone through since the Left came to power in the 1960s along with — this is much rarely mentioned — the Left’s concurrent weaponization of its (unarguably pleasurable) consequences

Society has become highly sexualized, including in high school, and now, even at a younger age (drag queen shows, anyone?), and then we wonder that women and men alike, not to mention boys and girls alike (as mentioned, below the age of 16), start engaging in this pursuit of pleasure

Then, the height of hypocrisy:
The left's Drama Queens for whom it used to be a melodrama that sex wasn't open and free, now start using the loosening of morals as another melodrama, although of course only or mainly against conservatives 

In the Left's worldview, Deserving Dreamers (male or female) constantly need to be defended against or join the fight against Despicable Deplorables. (Update: Cheers for the Instalinks, Ed Driscoll and Sarah Hoyt…)

Thus, #metoo was basically a weapon against Donald Trump — even though the #left knew it would invariably have to sacrifice some foot soldiers (a movie producer, a senator, etc) in the process. Later, it was Judge Kavanaugh…

Insofar as none of these females filed any accusations within a year — or even within 10 years — of the occurrences, I consider Russell Brand nothing but innocent.

Or, if you prefer, I consider @rustyrockets as guilty as the (unarmed) January 6 protesters who got 20+ years for exercising their right to protest, and that in spite of the fact that some of them weren’t even in Washington DC that day, let alone at the… protest (!)

Let it be known that I consider the Italian janitor's (brief) touching of a female student as well as the more recent (brief) kiss by Spain’s football honcho entirely over-blown. (Compare with the Times Square kiss of 1945’s VJ-Day…)

If you don’t agree, I will remind you that just about every single one of the “victims” deemed to be a rape victim during the decade or so of the universities’ “rape culture” hysteria (Duke’s Lacrosse team, Mattress Girl, etc, etc, etc) turned out to have been involved in consensual sex. In other words, just about every single one of these scandals touted by the usual Drama Queens turned out to be a hoax and just about every single one of these Drama Queen victims turned out to be a liar (or, if you prefer, to be delusional).

First, it is Let women be as open as men. Do not judge. They are adults, they can behave as they want. Then, it’s Well it ain’t consensual if she’s been drinking/if she hasn’t given “verbal” consent to the peck on her lips or every time he moves to removing a novel piece of clothing or to a different sexual position/etc etc etc. How convenient: Back to the Victorian age’s swooning virgins. Finally, it’s Look at all the pigs; they need to be shamed/cancelled/bankrupted/imprisoned/etc

Conservatives, like liberals, are always ready to fall for the innocent doe-eyed girl narratives.

But mainly the men. The women, who know themselves (!), do not fall for this BS (unless they are liberals touting the left’s ideology).

This explains the (often vilified for being stringent) rape laws of the past. The use of Chaperones in the past was not for the young men alone; they were there as much for the young women, a number of them more than willing to offer themselves to their beaus…

Related: • Witch Hunts in Contemporary America: Is the United States Turning Into a Fascist Country?

The Sexual Revolution’s promise of a new age of freedom is already manifesting itself as a new form of tyranny

The witch hunts generated by the radical sexual lobby: we have adopted the justice of the mob, into which the Sexual Revolution, like every revolution, must inevitably degenerate

• The perspective of a feminist veteran of the 1980s fight for the rights of a woman to be believed (which brought about a culture of “women don’t lie”) changed somewhat when her… own son was falsely accused decades later of attempted sexual assault: If you think that women don’t lie to get back at men, how naive can you be? And who is going to protect our sons?
(Related: "More than 30 percent of [Baltimore's rape] cases investigated by detectives each year are deemed unfounded")