After the last election, the far-left in our society became a laughing stock. The social justice warriors, the progressives, the regressive left; whatever you want to call them, they became a joke after Trump was elected. And it wasn’t because they lost the election. It was because of how they reacted to losing. We all witnessed what amounted to a nationwide temper tantrum on November 9th. And in the weeks that followed, it became apparent that these people aren’t just childish.
A member of YouTube’s skeptic community has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman, who has since been identified as his female YouTube co-host. Better known as “RDP” or Skeptic Feminist on social media, 29-year-old Aleksandr Kolpakov was arrested by police and is currently being held in Mesa County, Colorado jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.
The Colorado-based YouTuber, who published numerous rants against critics of feminism, and long-winded response videos towards YouTubers on the other side of the political spectrum, always stood beneath the shadow of more prominent male feminists in the community.
In a column last March, I described the radical progressive mind’s inability to see iniquities on the left and its fixation with right-wing evil as the ideological equivalent of a neurological syndrome called “hemispatial neglect.” Those afflicted with hemispatial neglect lose recognition of space on one entire side of the body. It isn’t that they have a desire to see what’s on the side that is lost to them, but simply cannot see it. Rather, it is that they have lost awareness that there is another side. Give them a plate of food, and they will only eat the food on the side they can see, but they will believe they have finished their meal. Ask them to draw a line down the middle of their body and they will draw the line through the middle of their perceptive side.
The birds and the bees have got it right. There’s a male, there’s a female, there’s progeny. And the social organism thrives. In our heavily (and increasingly) sexualized culture, this appears to be less and less the case.
On any reasonable scale of values, sex is merely one of many human needs and preoccupations, fundamental but not exclusive. However, instead of simply acknowledging the natural binary and getting on with life, the focus is now on sex-related phenomena in any of their multiple forms and aberrations: sexual politics, sexual performance, sex education, sex scandals, same-sex marriage, sexual coercion (the rape culture meme), and – perhaps most notably – sex changes, cosmetic, chemical, and surgical. To top it off, the male-female divide has been reconceived as a “social construct” that must be unlearned, a relic of the oppressive and unenlightened past.
The founders of a radical feminist website dedicated to social justice causes have announced that the site may be forced to shut down by the end of this month unless it receives a massive, immediate cash infusion.
Clinton referenced the terrifying world of the Handmaids, which Hulu adapted from a classic 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, while delivering a speech at Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday. In the speech, Clinton used Atwood’s story to highlight an important point about politicians working to cut Planned Parenthood funding and health care that provides access to birth control and abortions.
“In The Handmaid’s Tale women’s rights are gradually, slowly stripped away,” Clinton went on, urging people around the world to fight for the freedom of women. “It’s not too late for us, but we have to encourage the millions of women and men who support Planned Parenthood’s mission to keep fighting.” More.
Reality check: None of Atwood’s dystopian crap happened but sharia law in Canada will strip women of rights – and Cool people voted for the Liberals who outdid themselves making it possible. They and the Handmaids fans deserve it, but the rest of us don’t.
By the way, doesn’t it tell us something about the sheer out-of-touchness of progressives that they entertain themselves with this garbage in these times?
See also: Use for extra people: Jewelry. The main thing to see here is that in the age of euthanasia, we are all “the fetus” now. Keep voting with and for the Cool, and the Cool will end up wearing or eating you. With pride. And some justification.
The editors of an influential feminist philosophy journal have denounced an academic research paper that argues racial identity can be just as fluid as gender, castigating its Canadian author for causing “harm” and ignoring “violence upon actual persons.”
Curiously, these editors run the journal that published the paper in the first place.
The “profound” and grovelling apology from associate editors of the journal Hypatia stops short of formal retraction. But it indicates the editors are appalled that Hypatia peer-reviewed, edited, and published the article, titled In Defense of Transracialism.
Every week in America brings another spate of defeats for freedom of speech. This past week it was Ann Coulter’s turn (yet again) to be banned from speaking at Berkeley for what the university authorities purport to be “health and safety” reasons — meaning the health and safety of the speaker.
Each time this happens, there are similar responses. Those who broadly agree with the views of the speaker complain about the loss of one of the fundamental rights which the Founding Fathers bestowed on the American people. Those who may be on the same political side but find the speaker somewhat distasteful find a way to be slightly muted or silent. Those who disagree with the speaker’s views applaud the banning as an appropriate response to apparently imminent incitement.
The problem throughout all of this is that the reasons why people should be supporting freedom of speech (to correct themselves where they are in error, and strengthen their arguments where they are not) are actually becoming lost in America. No greater demonstration of this muddle exists than a letter put together by a group of students at Claremont McKenna College earlier this month to protest the appearance on their campus of a speaker with whom they disagreed.
Those aligned with the “party of science” have been, ironically, finding sillier and sillier ways to pretend that biology isn’t science.
For example, nature — not intellect — created breastfeeding, so by definition breastfeeding is natural. However, a major medical journal has just published a study arguing that calling nature “natural” is “unethical,” because truth is problematic or something…
The phenomenon of rich, privileged “snowflake” college students demanding “safe spaces” from “microagressions” rightly provokes derision and scorn from normal people. Those who live among the slings and arrows of the real world, where actions have consequences and one’s delicate self-esteem is a matter of indifference, can only shake their heads at such childish tantrums. But the roots of this degradation of the university’s traditional mission to cultivate critical reasoning rather than narcissism run deep in our therapeutic culture, and threaten the virtues and qualities of mind necessary for self-rule and political freedom.
The left-wing activists behind the anti-conservative riots at Berkeley have ties to one of the nation’s most prominent pro-pedophilia organizations.
The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary — more commonly referred to as By Any Means Necessary or BAMN — is one of the militant leftist groups waging a campaign against conservatives and Trump supporters in Berkeley. The group’s planned aggressive demonstrations against conservative commentator Ann Coulter and the students coming to hear her talk led to the cancellation of Coulter’s speech this week due to safety concerns.
Three women, who carried a giant plastic vagina through the streets of Seville as part of a feminist protest mimicking the Easter processions, face jail after the action was deemed a “religious hate crime”.
The women who staged the protest on May 1st, 2014, are facing charges of “crimes against religious sentiment” for parading “a plastic vagina a couple of metres high in the style of the Virgin Mary,” according to court papers.
In the May Day protest, organisors appealed for support for the protest on social media and took to the streets wearing hoods as the carried the vagina on a plinth, reminiscent of the penitents that solemnly parade the religious statues through the streets at Easter.
Writer and feminist Germaine Greer has been slammed by Q&A viewers after she claimed victims of child marriage are not forced to have sex.
Ms Greer joined the ABC program’s panel on Monday night, accompanied by Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, Shadow Environment Minister Tony Burke, Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch and Chido Govera from Zimbabwe – who was almost a child bride at age 10.
The group was discussing new additions to the Australian citizenship test, which will include questions about genital mutilation and child marriage as a way of gauging if an immigrant is ‘in step with core Australian values.’