Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: LOL Gender wuts dat!!1!
First, a little bit of mood music:
Who, ultimately, is to decide about the future of “gender”?
To the Left, it is obviously the brainwashed ninnies they created!
“Columbia University students recently voted against a proposal that would make all restrooms on a dorm-floor ‘gender inclusive.’
“Students living in at least five of the elite school’s residence halls voted floor-by-floor to determine whether their male- and female-designed restrooms would be made ‘gender inclusive,’ a practice made possible under a new Columbia University Residence Life Policy.
“According to The Columbia Spectator, the new policy mandates that the implementation of gender-neutral bathrooms be decided upon by a ‘majority vote’ among residents within at least five of the the university’s dorms.”
The City of Los Angeles is planning to provide homeless people in the city with some income for helping pick up trash. Oh, not directly, of course. They money will be filtered, though, in an oh-so-woke graft:
“The motion … says daily trash clean up should be subcontracted to local social justice groups that could hire homeless people.”
In other words, undefined “social justice groups” are being paid to put together a hobo army of “community activism” along the Alinsky model…
It is an established tenet of the broader Left that you do not have children—the state does. Your only “right” it to raise Leviathan‘s children as Leviathandirects. Particularly with subsidized school lunches, state directed education, welfare on behalf of minors, the role of the parent is to be a babysitter.
“A legal group is speaking out after learning that a school facilitated an 11-year-old girl’s ‘gender transition’ behind her family’s back, and only informed them when she had become suicidal.
“The girl told her teachers at age 11 she wanted to be a boy but didn’t want her parents to know. She became suicidal after a year of living a double life as a boy at school and a girl at home.
“Only when she told her guidance counsellor she was depressed and wanted to kill herself did the school inform her parents, says lawyer John Carpay, director of the Calgary-based Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).
“The parents knew their daughter, who is moderately autistic, was struggling, but had no idea the school was facilitating her ‘transition’ to a ‘boy,’ Carpay said.”
It is not surprising to learn that the girl in question had autism. Children with autism can often struggle with who they are and more so with identifying as someone who can get along with others, who can be so unfathomable to them. This is especially true of the less common cases where girls have autism. This makes them perfect targets for manipulation and even bodily mutilation and hormonal manipulation.
That such persistence of a child’s fancy for being the opposite sex is atypical only compounds the damage of schools intentionally pushing children towards such fantasies.
This Thanksgiving, between expressing our thanks that Hillary Clinton will never be President, and enjoying some tasty turkey, let us eschew politics for at least one day while we enjoy the company of kith & kin.
An initiative proposal in California would, if it were to be verified for the ballot and pass, abolish the direct election of members of the state Assembly and state Senate, to replace them with delegates from “working committees”. According to Ballotpedia: “Election officials reported that 794,204 unverified signatures were submitted, as of November 8, 2017. A total of 585,407 valid signatures is required.”
Instead of direct election of legislative representatives, the state would be divided into two sets of “neighborhood representatives”, of 10,000 persons for electing a delegate from amongst themselves to the “Senate Working Committee”, and of 5,000 for electing a delegate from amongst themselves to the “Assembly Working Committee”. The “neighborhood representatives” can, upon the call of 25% of them, meet to replace the delegate or to write up instructions for said delegate.
At first this would seem to be more “democratic” in a Leftist view in that one couldn’t directly “buy” a legislator, especially when the delegate to the “Working Committee” must be chosen from amongst the “neighborhood representatives”, who presumably being so much closer to their communities, are magically immune from machine politics and financial influence of entrenched political parties and interests.
However, all this does is protect those parties and interests who have entrenched themselves not only from “outside influences” but from dissenters from within who dare to stand up against the political machines. Indeed, this would help insure that no legislature can run an insurgent campaign against interests, and instead are slaves to those interests who, through the control of the “neighborhood representatives” could replace them on a whim at any time, which would be easier to achieve than with a current recall of legislators via collecting enough signatures of voters
Once upon a time, pronouns like “he” and “her” once referred to individuals identifiable as “men” and “women” based on (unusually) obvious and objective criteria, much in the same way a person can point at a tree and know it is a tree and bay so saying state an objective truth that another person can agree is so.
But in this brave new world of ours, it is impossible to refer to someone as a “he” or “she” without “assuming their gender”, and such assumptions are now cause for punishment.
“A teacher has been suspended and could face the sack after he ‘accidentally’ called a transgender pupil a ‘girl’ in class when the student identifies as a boy.
“Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, who teaches maths at a state secondary school in Oxfordshire, said ‘Well done girls’ to the teenager and a friend when he spotted them working hard.
“He apologised when corrected by the pupil, but six weeks later he was suspended from teaching after the pupil’s mother lodged a complaint.
“Following an investigation, he has been summoned to a formal disciplinary hearing this week to face misconduct charges for ‘misgendering’.”
In a world were people were tolerant, this teacher would be kindly informed that “he” and “her” do not refer to males and females, as it used to and still for the vast majority of the English speaking world still does, but to some subjective feelz that has appropriated the English language for totalitarian and insidious reasons that put Newspeak to shame.