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Prison turns people into career criminals.

From The Onion: 15 Years In Environment Of Constant Fear Somehow Fails To Rehabilitate Prisoner

“WOODBOURNE, NY—Reportedly left dumbfounded by the news that recent parolee Terry Raney had been reincarcerated on charges of assault and battery, officials at Woodbourne Correctional Facility struggled Tuesday to make sense of how the prisoner had not been rehabilitated by 15 years of constant threats, physical abuse, and periodic isolation. “It just doesn’t seem possible that an inmate could live for a decade and a half in a completely dehumanizing environment in which violent felons were constantly on the verge of attacking or even killing him and not emerge an emotionally stable, productive member of society,” said chief warden Albert Gunderson, who noted that, as hard as it was to believe, Raney’s recidivism proved that his criminal impulses had not in fact been corrected by the sense of grave distrust he felt toward every other person in the facility, including both fellow inmates and prison authorities, every day since 1999. “We surrounded him with a combustible mix of rival gangs and made sure that he was consumed by a round-the-clock sense of terror that the slightest misstep on his part could result in a sharpened piece of scrap metal being shoved into his neck, and yet he still leaves this facility with the same criminal thoughts and violent mindset as before? I’m truly at a loss for how this could have happened.” Gunderson then noted his additional confusion at how the man’s criminal record and the social stigma of his prison sentence had somehow failed to land him a steady job immediately upon his release.”

Gender roles change in space and time… so how can gender be innate?

If “cisgender” means that you’re comfortable with the gender roles you are assigned and gender roles vary depending on culture, religion, etc. then is it possible for someone to be “cis” in one country and trans in another? Like are there people out here with regional genders? Does their gender have a jurisdiction?

Let’s say a guy is fine with the western gender roles but takes a trip to a “primitive” village in the deepest, darkest corner of the Tundra and is not cool with their expectations for men, would he then fall under the trans/non binary umbrella? Does he have to check boundary lines before he can be sure about his gender? If he straddles the boundary line, is he then bigender?

What if he’s cool with Baptist gender roles but can’t get down with Catholicism? Does his gender change every time someone mentions the pope?

Inquiring minds would like to know”

Therapy doesn’t fix social problems, it only eliminates the symptoms in the individuals affected.

Divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the oppressor’s book, and it is working against us. In her 1975 book, Psychotherapy: The Hazardous Cure, Dorothy Tennov detailed what therapy truly is, in terms of a profession and study, demonstrating how difficult it is to prove that it’s helpful at all, at a time when psychology was gaining traction. Many of her concerns for the continued normalization of psychotherapy have come true, as it has become more and more socially accepted for women to see therapists, and become therapists themselves. But the destigmatization of therapy is not a positive for the feminist movement. As Tennov concluded:

“There is no question that the person who goes to a psychotherapist and learns to adapt to a situation, to adjust herself, is less likely to apply pressure outward in an attempt to bring about change in society. Psychotherapy is a distraction from other pressures.”

We have been taught, through the normalization of therapy, to individualize our struggles and look inward, rather than outward. Therapy works to prevent us from connecting with one another. It isolates us — each of us is appointed our own therapist, who teaches us how to cope with our “issues” privately. We learn we must take care of ourselves, and work on our personalities in order to better cope with the world around us, before we can act. What therapy doesn’t teach us is that women’s anger is justified, that our suffering is real, and that what we often describe as “mental health issues” are mostly caused — or greatly exacerbated — by structural oppression. Psychology pretends that the solution to — or “treatment” for — our problems is in improving our attitudes and ability to cope, instead of tackling the problems together.”

Free will in gaming

From PointandClickbait: “It’s My Choice To Buy Loot Boxes,” Says Walking Mess Of Barely Understood Impulses And Meat

“The gaming industry’s new focus on a loot box model for monetisation may have many gamers up in arms – but one dopamine-addicted meat golem is taking a stand against the critics.

“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using weaponised addictive psychology tricks to sell products,” explained the existentially fraught collection of cells powered by a biochemical consciousness engine which defied scientific explanation.

“If people want to buy loot boxes, that’s their personal choice and they should be allowed to do so,” the creature added, smiling as a nearby aroma uncontrollably triggered the pleasure centres of its brain.

“I personally make decisions of my own free will all the time,” the creature added. “For example, whenever I feel embarrassed, I choose to activate my fight-or-flight response as if I was facing down a predator in combat. That’s a choice I make, much like buying a loot box.”

The lurching biomatter clump is unlikely to convince other outraged gamers, with a massive consumer pushback already sending many AAA publishers back to the drawing board. However, the creature says it “can’t be held responsible if other, more easily manipulated people overreact”.

“I personally don’t see the problem,” it added. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve just made the choice — of my own free will — to send blood flowing to my reproductive organs after witnessing something that reminded me of a previous sexual encounter, and I must leave.””

Apathy is a good alternative.

Success is a form of abuse we’ve become conditioned to enjoy. It’s not my responsibility to perpetuate that perpetuation. And that strident belief that hard work will help you escape the modern subservience we’ve created for ourselves?

No. What if I want to escape another way? By not trying? The other option, the ‘right’ one, seems so Sisyphean to me. If I begin to put in nine hours, ten becomes expected. How is eight not enough? How are five days not okay? Really, how is it possible that all we do is create for each other more and more and more work?

It’s like we live in a world that breaks its own physics.

I don’t get how everyone thinks spinning their wheels faster than everyone else will solve anything. All I see is more spinning. More and more and more. To what end? Leave a mark? If you don’t, someone else will. So why bother?”

A teen desister tells her story

“Lots” of the kids were trans? How can that be, when trans make up a miniscule proportion of the population?

I wonder how accurate the data is that tells us only a “miniscule proportion of the population” is trans, because most teens I know identify as anything other than “cis.”

In my homeschool group, there were only two girls who didn’t have trans identities. Talking about gender identity and sexuality was very popular with my friends and also some of the parents. There was a parent who identified as pansexual and “demi gender” or something like that. She came and talked to all of us about using preferred pronouns and sexuality stuff. She was a facilitator there but not for my group. It was just a bad time even though I had a few really good friends there. There were some kids who were always talking about how oppressed they were and they weren’t. At all. They thought disability and mental illness were cool. They’re not. It was hard for me to hear them talk about all their self-diagnosed issues when I had to give myself insulin every day (I’m diabetic) and I hated my body. Also, my grandfather had just died. My mom started not wanting me to go there because I would get really anxious and have panic attacks and she would come pick me up early.

Trans activists and some gender therapists insist that some people are “born in the wrong body” and that causes terrible dysphoria. They claim this is very different from not just conforming to gender stereotypes (even though many published accounts of dysphoric people also include stereotypes). Is dysphoria real?

It is definitely a real feeling! But being uncomfortable is part of being human. If you can’t cope with those feelings, then you need help learning better ways to cope. My psychologist understood I had dysphoria and we worked through the trauma that caused it.

Feelings are feelings. Feeling something doesn’t mean it is true or real. I didn’t understand that at first.

And I thought that I would feel better as a boy. I wanted to stop my natal puberty because I didn’t want to be female. I thought taking testosterone would make me male. But now, I don’t think it’s healthy to be hurting yourself with hormones. Taking T is a very harmful thing to do to your body. There are YouTube channels where they’re talking about how great T is. But I wonder what they’re going to say in a few years? I wonder what’s going to happen to their bodies? If they say it’s totally safe, they’re wrong. I wanted to medically transition, so I looked up a lot about it. All I found was, “oh this is safe for you, you’re gonna feel better.” But then I found some other articles, that talked about heart disease; things like needing a complete hysterectomy in 5 years if you’re on testosterone because of what it does to your uterus and ovaries. My mom found other things for me to read. But you know what? At first, I didn’t want to believe that it was dangerous. I even thought I could block puberty forever and when my mom said that wasn’t true, I argued with her.

I talked to our friend who is a scientist and she told me more things about blockers and my brain development. I trusted her and I trusted my mom so I knew they were telling the truth but I didn’t want to believe them.

In my homeschool program, I tried to talk to my friends about this stuff but they said it was transphobic and I was wrong.”

Pornography is the hatred of women.

“Not only can consumers watch women being destroyed, they can comment and share their feelings on these disturbing videos. Haters rarely hate alone. They feel compelled, almost driven, to entreat others to hate as they do. Peer validation bolsters a sense of self-worth and, at the same time, prevents introspection, which reveals personal insecurities. Individuals who are otherwise ineffective become empowered when they join groups, which also provide anonymity and diminished accountability. Hate is the glue that binds haters to one another and to a common cause. By visually and verbally debasing the object of their hate, haters enhance their self-image, as well as their group status.

And what better place to exact revenge than through pornography, and the more pornography they consume..the more hateful they become.

Most of these misogynists do not torture, rape and murder women in real life, so what’s the next best thing..

To masturbate to these violent fantasies of degradation, humiliation, defeminisation, sexual assault and torture..even murder.

This ‘Sexually driven’ anger and hate from males against females, often manifests into perversions, depravity and sexual sadism. Of which humiliation, suffering and degradation plays a crucial part in the arousal reward system. These men also feel avenged and are regaining their power and control through the violation of women.”

Pro-Porn Bingo

From Anti-Porn Feminists