The Friendly Antinatalist: Thoughts on Adoption

Satire on anti-immigrants who are immersed in a culture built by immigration.

From The Out And Abouter: Anti-Immigration Protesters In Vancouver Can’t Decide Whether To Have Thai, Indian, Or Chinese For Lunch

“We’re here to promote Canadian Values,” said anti-immigration protest organizer John Munschies as he waved a flag emblazoned with an elderly couple flying south for the winter. “And I have to say it is making me more than a little peckish. What’ll it be boys? Chinese? Maybe just a kebab? Here Jimmy, hold my flag, I’m going to read the menu on this Indian joint.”

Local vendors said they would serve the men, despite their angry rhetoric.

“Yeah, their money’s good here. I don’t discriminate, not even against discriminators,” says Ahmed Moussani, owner/operator of an Ali-Baba’s take-out on Robson Street.

“And I feel like maybe if I make them a good kebab, I can reach them in a way words can’t. Sort of say, directly to their stomachs, ‘Hey. Asshole. You like that? You know where it comes from? Turkey. But you can get it right here in Canada because: Immigration.’”

What is personal freedom?

Purple Sage discusses the notion of “personal freedom” from the capitalist perspective and the communist perspective.

Personal freedom to me doesn’t mean freedom from the constraints of living in a society, it means freedom to be yourself within society. People should have the freedom to control how they use their own bodies, who they associate with, what they believe, and what they do with their free time. People should not be subject to being arbitrarily imprisoned or to cruel and unusual punishment. I agree with the basic freedoms given to citizens of a democracy.

Some people who hate socialism get really nutty about what they believe it is. I remember a guy years ago arguing on a comment thread that socialists wanted to steal his toothbrush and use it whenever they wanted. I don’t know where he got this idea from and I think he was a looney tune. No, I don’t think people are required to share their toothbrushes, or any of their personal belongings. I also agree that people have the right to own a small plot of land on which to build their house. The things that people should not be allowed to personally own are entire empires. A person should not be permitted to be the exclusive owner of the fruits of their whole community’s labor.

Quotes from Gender Hurts, by Sheila Jeffreys

“As Hausman observes, there was a heterosexist bias front the beginning in the medical construction of intersexuality and transsexualism, because the physicians were concerned to construct appropriately gendered persons who would act out in acceptably heterosexual ways. Through the study of the history of transsexualism, Hausman argues that the ‘production of the concept of gender in Western culture’ can be analysed (Hausman, 1995: 11). All of the medical interventions’, as Hausman refers to them, depended upon ‘the construction of a rhetorical system that posits a prior gendered self necessary to justify surgical interventions’ (Hausman, 1995: 71). She calls the doctors the ‘gender managers’, and stresses that opposition to homosexuality fuelled their work and justified the sterilisation that was a component part of the treatment, as they considered that it was ‘more important that the patient is not homosexual
than that the patient is fertile’ (Hausman, 1995: 74).”

“The excitement that the idea of being a woman, and the excitement that the accoutrements of womanhood hold when placed upon a man, result from the fact that womanhood represents a subordinate position. When a man is forcibly cross-dressed, or able to imagine himself as a woman, he experiences the delicious excitement of being unmanned, deprived of the superior status of manhood and demoted to the subordinate status of womanhood. It is an excitement derived from the hierarchy of gender, the caste system of male dominance and women’s subordination, and would not be imaginable outside that framework. Women’s clothing is not sought out because it is prettier or more delightful, but because of its symbolic meaning.”

“The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK admits that little research has been done on the long-term use of hormones in transgendered people, effectively admitting that this treatment is experimental. They write, ‘Hormone treatment for trans people at reasonable dosages is remarkably safe’ (NHS, 2007: 11) but then proceed to list the potential side effects. They point out that taking oestrogen is associated with thrombosis, stroke, pulmonary embolism and altered liver function, and that taking testosterone is associated with polycythaemia (overproduction of red blood cells) (NHS, 2007; Persson, 2009). The overproduction of red blood cells causes the blood to become thicker than normal and can cause breathlessness and phlebitis (inflammation of the veins), thus increasing the risk of heart disease and heart attack. For a practice that is ‘remarkably safe’, this is a surprisingly extensive list of serious side effects.”

“The majority of the literature on transgenderism represents the process of transition as an epic adventure in which individuals seek to find themselves (Lev, 2004). Unfortunately, the significant others, partners, wives and mothers of transgenders suffer the negative impact of these adventures. The transgenders may be the heroes of their own lives, but the women they leave behind may not feel so positive. Christine Benvenuto characterises the behaviour of her husband as resembling a heroic quest: ‘he sees his life as an epic tale of liberation akin to the Passover story’ (Benvenuto, 2012a: 22). Her memoir of life with her transgender husband, Sex Changes, was met by a campaign led by her ex-husband to traduce and silence her in 2012.”

“The advice and visual materials on ‘female body language secrets’ are useful indications of the transgender perspective on what ‘essential’ femininity consists of. The full ‘feminisation kit’ includes videos, expert interviews, ‘special reports’, ‘cheat sheets’, a ‘worksheet’, a ‘resource guide’, a ‘hypnosis program’, and advice on walking, make-up, clothes, hair, and voice feminisation. The idea of a ‘feminine essence’ is somewhat undermined by such an industry, however, since that which is ‘natural’ and biologically determined could not possibly require such detailed instruction.”

“The eugenic sexual surgeries and drug treatments of the past and the transgendering of children in the present share a number of similarities, which will be examined here. The most significant similarity lies in the fact that a project of social engineering lies behind both forms of practice. Both practices are based upon the idea that certain problematic behaviours have a biological basis and can be ‘cured’ by treatments that alter and affect sexual characteristics. In the first half of the last century, a project of social engineering took place in Europe and North America that was directed at the control or elimination of the economic underclass, ‘morons’ — prostituted women, criminals, those deemed to be ‘gypsies’, those seen as morally deficient, lesbians and gays, all considered to be the ‘unfit’ — through sterilisation (Dowbiggin, 1997; Lucassen, 2010). Presently a regime of transgendering children as well as adults has the effect of eliminating gender non-conformity through shoring up a correctly gendered and heterosexual state and citizenry. A similarity between these practices lies in the origin of the ideas for these treatments, which come in both cases from sexologists or scientists of sex, biologists, endocrinologists and psychiatrists. Another similarity lies in the targets of the sexual surgeries, as lesbians and gays were targeted by eugenicists, and those with same sex sexual orientations are, in practice, a principal target of the sexual surgeries of transgenderism today. The practices are connected too in that they were both supported by persons who had an otherwise progressive agenda, such as sexologists who were often socialists, and some feminists. This is certainly true of the practice of transgenderism today, which has been supported by many on the Left and many feminists, though the issue of transgendering children has not been much remarked upon by these constituencies as yet. ”

“The diagnostic criteria for ‘gender dysphoria’ in children, previously known as ‘gender identity disorder in childhood’, appear in the new edition, number 5, of the US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) in 2013. The criteria are based upon traditional gender stereotypes that have been constructed to confine and limit the behaviour of girls and justify their inferior status in different societies. Boys’ behaviour, on the other hand, is constructed to justify their superior status. Children with gender dysphoria must have ‘a strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that he or she is the other gender’. The indicators that they are of the ‘other gender’ are:

‘in boys, a strong preference for cross-dressing or simulating female attire; in girls, a strong preference for wearing only typical masculine clothing and a strong resistance to the wearing of typical feminine clothing; a strong preference for cross-gender roles in make-believe or fantasy play; a strong preference for the toys, games, or activities typical of the other gender; a strong preference for playmates of the other gender; in boys, a strong rejection of typically masculine toys, games, and activities and a strong avoidance of rough-and-tumble play; in girls, a strong rejection of typically feminine toys, games, and activities.’
(Winters, 2011)”

Alt-right supporters are not only racists, but they see their opponents as subhuman.

Not really a surprising conclusion, but perhaps surprising in the depth of their hatred, reported by Vox.

Purple Sage on why she loves being a lesbian

Pretty self-explanatory, but I love this entry by Purple Sage. It’s a very positive message in these lesbophobic times.

I love that I can go through my whole life not using any birth control. I don’t have to worry about the hormonal effects of the pill, or getting an I.U.D inserted, or being scared of pregnancy. I’m glad nobody is injecting me with semen and my vagina stays in its natural state all the time. I’m glad that sex is divorced from reproduction for me, and it’s just for fun and I don’t have to have babies.

I’m glad that my home is permanent female-only space. I can go home every day knowing that there are no men in my home, and I can display radical feminist books on my shelves and I can hold radical feminist meetings in safety and speak my mind and never have to explain or justify my beliefs to a dude.

I’m glad that my partner doesn’t think that certain tasks are my job to do because I’m a wife. We each do half the chores and what we decide to do reflects our interests and abilities rather than what sex we are. And speaking of household chores, I’d be really resentful if I had to do free labor in the home for a man. I’m glad that the time and energy that I put in around the house benefits another woman, rather than a man.

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The Onion on centrists

From The Onion: Man In Center Of Political Spectrum Under Impression He Less Obnoxious

MT. VERNON, OH—Loudly explaining to anyone within earshot that both the left and right were ruining the level of discourse in this country, Jesse Levin, a man firmly in the center of the political spectrum, is under the impression that he is less obnoxious than those with more partisan viewpoints, sources reported Friday. “We’re never going to get anywhere in this country if you lunatics keep foaming at the mouth about some one-sided fantasyland,” said Levin, 32, who despite characterizing those who do not stand precisely equidistant between two ideological extremes as “raving fanatics” and repeatedly interrupting people before they can fully explain their “nutjob” beliefs, reportedly seems to think he is, in fact, much more civil. “If you idiots stopped throwing temper tantrums every time some little thing doesn’t pass your precious purity test and came back down to the real, complicated world with the rest of us, we’d all be a lot better off.” At press time, Levin was butting in on a lively social media debate to tell two total strangers that they were “everything that’s wrong with this country.”