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November 11, 2019

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David

And in unexpected-penis-related news:

I’m having difficulty putting myself in to the shoes of a person who is so off put by genital configuration.

In the pages of Slate, a guide to woke dating etiquette.

David

The Passion Play of Jane Fonda.

David
The way we inoculate ourselves from continuing to burn up our planet… is by honouring indigenous wisdom and allowing it to guide our climate policy.

Speaking of unserious people.

Jen

In the pages of Slate, a guide to woke dating etiquette.

Sounds like 'conversion therapy'.

Novus

Speaking of unserious people.

"[The] way we inoculate ourselves from late-stage hyper-capitalistic concentration of wealth..."

It's always "late-stage" with these people. I can't decide whether they personally understand the fundamental foolishness of such historicist assumptions and are simply using them as dog-whistles for the mob whose votes they need, or whether they truly believe them themselves, because they once read ten pages of Das Kapital so they know what they're talking about. Well, in this case I think I know the answer. But in general.

David

Sounds like ‘conversion therapy’.

Well, it does have that air about it. And you do have to marvel at a supposedly right-on article implying, quite strongly, that if, say, a lesbian doesn’t want to go to bed with a person equipped with a penis - which is to say, a man - then she is something close to a bigot and should “self-interrogate” her preferences.

Captain Nemo

Broke: "When I was a child, I was bullied by fellow black children for not being black enough, and that bullying was the fault of those children."

Woke: "When I was a child, I was bullied by fellow black children for not being black enough, and that bullying was the fault of 'white supremacy'."

https://twitter.com/ProfessorCrunk/status/1108732732073369601

via

https://twitter.com/orwellandgoode

David

“When I was a child, I was bullied by fellow black children for not being black enough, and that bullying was the fault of ‘white supremacy’.”

An educator, of course. At Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her areas of expertise include “Hip Hop Feminisms.”

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And in unexpected-penis-related news:

I'll see your news and raise you (NPI) news...

"FOLKS! WE DID IT! WE WON THE DILDO FOR IRELAND!!!!!!!"

"The photos make it look massive, but something tells me it's going to be a lot smaller...when it gets here," she said.

Well, it is a litte chilly in Ireland right now, but for $900, even if it is smaller than expected, I imagine it will grow on her.

WTP

a lesbian doesn’t want to go to bed with a person equipped with a penis - which is to say, a man - then she is something close to a bigot and should “self-interrogate” her preferences.

Kinda like Woody Allen's The Kugelmass Episode, it's like we're all trapped in a joke book written by Chandler Bing. Well you lot anyway. I'm still trapped in The Truman Show.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

... honouring indigenous wisdom and allowing it to guide our climate policy.

Slash and burn agriculture, driving entire buffalo herds off cliffs, cutting the hearts out of children to appease Tlaloc*, yeah, that sort of thing should work.

Speaking of unserious people.

Colorado governor replaces actual engineer head of Department of Transportation with a history major.

*(Aztec god of rain and fertility)

Trevor

Her areas of expertise include “Hip Hop Feminisms.”

I'm pleased to see it's not just a singular feminism. The pluralisation of abstract nouns is usually the marker of a superior intellect.

Hector Drummond

I'd like to see Wile E. Coyote on that sled trying to turn around a corner.

David

I’m pleased to see it’s not just a singular feminism.

I’m pretty sure The Gratuitous Plurals has already been suggested as a possible band name.

Sam Duncan

His car is slower than that, but still faster than yours.

pst314

”Colorado governor replaces actual engineer head of Department of Transportation with a history major.”

But I was told that electing leftist politicians would reduce corruption. /sarcasm

Sam

WE WON THE DILDO FOR IRELAND!!!!!!!

Next time you're scolded for being "dehumanizing" and noticing some gal's lovely knockers remember that people were slaughtering elephants to create male body parts for ladies' pleasure before we discovered penicillin.

David

Speaking of gratuitous plurals.

PiperPaul

Shouldn't there be an 'Unexpected Penis' category here at the Guild of Evil?

David

Heh. It does sound like the kind of thing we ought to have.

Steve E

Larry Elder schools Michelle Obama on "White Flight."

Captain Nemo

It does sound like the kind of thing we ought to have.

Go for it. You do have a "Giant Vaginas" category, after all. Why not a male equivalent? And that said - Giant Vaginas and the Unexpected Penis - band or album name?

David

You do have a “Giant Vaginas” category, after all.

It’s surprising how much mileage we got out of that one.

Captain Nemo

Yes, and I suspect there's yet more mileage to be had.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Larry Elder schools Michelle Obama on "White Flight."

By “white flight,” she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black.

So I guess this means because she and Barry could have bought in any black community but instead have a house in an almost completely yte neighborhood in DC, and a brandy new one on a wypipo island, they are "acting white" ?

Steve E

Transgender writer for Slate: New gender-neutral Barbie dolls are too ‘playful,’ do not go far enough in ‘deconstructing the gender binary’

"The bodily blankness," he argues, "erases so much of what the discussions — personal and political — about gender focus on. These dolls do not have bodies that are like ours; these dolls do not have bodies that society reads in a gendered way at all. That sort of misses the entire point."

Uh yeah, thats because they're dolls.

Original Slate article here.

Steve E

You do have a “Giant Vaginas” category, after all.

Is a "Giant Vagina" the Vagina of a Giant or a very large Vagina? Asking for a friend.

TimT

Fascinating article by libertarian economist Deirdre McCloskey on her decision to change gender:

https://quillette.com/2019/11/10/reflections-on-my-decision-to-change-gender/

Daniel Ream

Fascinating article by libertarian economist Deirdre McCloskey on her decision to change gender:

I find it telling that his entire family by marriage, "out to cousins", wants absolutely nothing to do with him. Not a single one. That implies something more than just the writer being a victim of bigotry.

TimT

Guilt by implication? Maybe. It's a very well-written article anyway, and striking in that it doesn't attempt to argue anyone into our out of the current LGBT party line.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Original Slate article here.

These dolls, which come in a range of skin tones (though uniform body size)...

They won't be happy till there is a Brobdingnagian Barbie.

Next up, neon hair dye, bad tattoo and piercing kit, fun for girls and boys of all 7983 genders ! All new Barbies come with all body parts attached with military grade titanium frames so that they cannot be disarticulated and pointed like a gun by boys of all genders afflicted with toxic masulinity.

Steve E

They won't be happy till there is a Brobdingnagian Barbie.

Opening up the possibility of Giant Vaginas should they choose to give the dolls nasty bits.

NTSOG

My wife, an avid equestrienne, tells me that certain very large [endomorphic] people have started to complain that the current body type and size of professional jockeys, i.e. short and ectomorphic, is a blatant form of discrimination against very large [read: blobbish/obese and needing a crane to mount a horse] people who deserve equal opportunity to become professional jockeys. My immediate response was that PETA would surely be against such very large people sitting astride race horses and flogging them around a track - wouldn't they?

Jim

Farnsworth M Muldoon

My immediate response was that PETA would surely be against such very large people sitting astride race horses...

The Magic 8 Ball says Signs Point To Yes.

NTSOG

''They won't be happy till there is a Brobdingnagian Barbie.''

I assume that the process of moulding plastics has reached such a level of accuracy that such a monstrous Barbie would be accurately depicted and come with rolls of fat and wrinkly cellulite?

Jim

Darleen

striking in that it doesn't attempt to argue anyone into our out of the current LGBT party line.

Well, not the strident "T" line of "if you don't agree that men can menstruate, you're committing violence" ... but I noted more than once he used a well-worn passive-aggressive tactic "What? Why are you/they so angry?" This along with "I thought you all believed in freedom and that's all I'm doing, acting free."

More telling to me was this

Truth to tell, my surgery had left me without physical sexual feelings, which was no loss. It’s a relief, actually, to stop the biological yearning.
and
Without the change I would have become by now a quite horribly miserable old man
He wanted a gentile life of a celebrated dowager, free of all physical expectations of romance, the ability to be surrounded by girlfriends and to partake of women's social activities (save for those few male passions of sports).

He had the freedom to choose his life. He is smart enough to know there would be a trade-off for his response to his fear of ending up a "miserable old man". He shouldn't be trying to shame his "marriage family" for his own free choice.

Richard Cranium

Even better:

I also joke that I am the only person in most rooms who has been certified sane by psychiatrists four times.

Because someone who was born male but believes himself to be female is sane. Unlike someone who was born as Joseph Higgins but believes himself to be the Emperor of France, Napoleon I. (Feel free to describe a similar analog of someone born female but believes herself to be male.)

TimT

Heehee, if I'd shared the article with my leftist friends they would have been pissed off with it for entirely different reasons - McCloskey's robust support of markets and dismissal of the idea that the wealth of modern western nations occurred because it was 'stolen' from colonised peoples. Something in there for everyone to dislike!

David

a well-worn passive-aggressive tactic “What? Why are you/they so angry?” This along with “I thought you all believed in freedom and that’s all I’m doing, acting free.”

There is, I think, an air of self-involvement and self-justification. Maybe that’s to some extent inevitable, given the topic of the article, but still. There’s also something odd about referring to oneself, in the past, as a different entity, one whose unedifying behaviour is conveniently remote. As if it were something that The Other Guy should apologise for. And as anyone who’s experienced a fractious parental divorce can most likely attest, destroying the family, and the confidence and expectations built on it, isn’t easily forgiven. Even if it’s being destroyed in a rather unusual way.

David
“Activist” should be treated as a synonym for “bullying idiot,” because, well, it actually is a synonym for bullying idiot.

Our educated betters.

TimT

He does this better tha...

Oh.

Hm.

David

He does this better tha...

The brain freeze goes up to eleven, apparently.

TimT

And quite a jolly little soundtrack too!

pst314

I noted more than once he used a well-worn passive-aggressive tactic "What? Why are you/they so angry?"

Yes, I noticed that too. All who disagree/disapprove must be labeled (and thus dismissed) as "haters" or "phobic". An easy rhetorical technique for avoiding all the ugly inconvenient little facts that get in the way of the narrative.

pst314

There’s also something odd about referring to oneself, in the past, as a different entity, one whose unedifying behaviour is conveniently remote.

An excellent observation, David. It might be a lapse into academic-speak where all must be in the third person, but it seems more likely that this is a ploy to distance "her"self from what she prefers not to think about.

pst314

My wife soon remarried, and lives with her new husband and still enjoys the square dancing she and I loved in the last five years of our happy if sometimes tempestuous thirty years of marriage. Bless ‘em. She’s not spoken to me.

"Not spoken", as if that is something that only reflects badly upon his ex wife, with no hint of acknowledgement that she might legitimately have seen what he did as a betrayal. I knew a couple decades ago where the man decided he wanted to be a woman. She was devastated and furious. All her plans for a stable life with someone who had vowed to be with her forever were dashed. I moved away not long after and lost touch, so I don't know if she managed to fall in love with someone again (some don't) and to add to the difficulty she was no longer the slender cutie that she was when they had married; smart and interesting, but men do look for youth and beauty so she was at a disadvantage compared to when she first married. None of that matters (or even exists) to the trans fanatics.

pst314

Unlike someone who was born as Joseph Higgins but believes himself to be the Emperor of France, Napoleon I.

I have read that one member of the trans-nazi mob works at Google and identifies as a "yellow scaled wingless dragonkin".

WTP

I also joke that I am the only person in most rooms who has been certified sane by psychiatrists four times.

Heh...yeah, given the current state of the profession, that may not mean what xe thinks it means.

Pst314

I also joke that I am the only person in most rooms who has been certified sane by psychiatrists four times.

Sounds like Sheldon Cooper’s “my mother had me tested” followed by “well get tested again”.

WTP

Posted the above before getting to a well-worn passive-aggressive tactic “What? Why are you/they so angry?”. Where do you suppose some such people get those tactics? Similar to denial is one of the signs, you know. But hey, they decide what is rational. They've been to school. College even. Advanced degrees. PhD's. So...ipso facto, rational. And not at all agenda driven. Nope. Nope, nope, nope. To find yourself in opposition to that kind of thinking is simply anti-intellectual. It is, you know. You deny it? Well, that just shows how anti-intellectual you really are.

Tom

Fascinating article by libertarian economist Deirdre McCloskey on her decision to change gender:

Only two paragraphs in but I'm not convinced s/he's exactly as sane as s/he'd like us to believe.

Tom

I have read that one member of the trans-nazi mob works at Google and identifies as a "yellow scaled wingless dragonkin".

Must be a typo, most likely "yellow scaled witless dragonkin". Perhaps I'm being too harsh.

pst314

"yellow scaled wingless dragonkin"

It was a lot easier to get along with such people when all they asked for was courtesy and basic human kindness. The demands for approval and participation in public celebrations tend to wear away at any inclination toward kind feelings.

David

Being a feminist, Jill disapproves.

Via Neontaster.

Alice

Being a feminist, Jill disapproves.

By keeping her father's surname isn't *she* supporting a 'sexist system'?

Alex

Alice, triply so! The name Filipovic means "son of (the male name) Philip."

Spatz

The probability of me meeting another transgender person among any group of 25 people is not 25/400, say, which is merely 6.25%, but 50-50. It’s called The Birthday Paradox...

I don't think so. The birthday paradox is a paradox of self-centeredness - you think there's something special about your birthday, so you're thinking if I walk into the room, what are the chances of Alice and I or Bob and I or Ziggy and I having the same birthday, overlooking the possibilities for two people other than you to have the same birthday as each other.

But if you're a Deirdre who used to be a Donald, then there is something different about you, and you can't use the birthday paradox to pretend otherwise. Everyone has a birthday but not everyone has a birthday on Christmas Day, and the chances of there being two Christmas babies in a room aren't governed by the birthday paradox.

David

The potential complications of feminist-approved surnames have been noted previously.

pst314

The name Filipovic means "son of (the male name) Philip."

A radfem might "solve" that by changing her name to Filipowitch.

Sam

From Son Of Philip's tweet:

"[A] Thing I judge silently but extremely harshly..."

Everyone silently judges others of course but maybe then STFU about it like the rest of us? Because, honey, it's like retelling a dream: NOBODY CARES.

Baceseras

about referring to oneself, in the past, as a different entity, one whose unedifying behaviour is conveniently remote

... some lines by Robert Graves:

She is no liar, yet she will wash away
Honey from her lips, blood from her shadowy hand,
And, dressed at dawn in clean white robes will say,
Trusting the ignorant world to understand:
“Such things no longer are; this is today.”

Sam

Apparently the Nazgul on the US Supreme Court are swayed by emotion like the rest of us hairless apes.

This should be pretty damn simple:

Question: Did they advertise killing school children as a use for their product? Or committing a crime of any type for that matter?

Answer: No.

Case dismissed.

A money parade for the lawyers involved, otherwise a complete waste of time and court resources.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"The families' lawsuit contends that Remington glorified the gun in advertising aimed at young people, including in violent video games."

...the allegation that Remington Arms marketed the military-style rifle used in the mass shooting "for use in assaults against human beings."

A) Yep, all those ads in "Tiger Beat", "Teen Vogue", and "Highlights for Children", advertising Bushmaster™ brand AR-15s (Can't be a Colt, Wilson, or other brand, only a Bushmaster™ brand AR15 will do, ask for it by name at you local Woolworth's, Sears, or corner convenience store !) to shoot up schools and your classmates, I remember them well.

B) That is one thing that always impressed me about video games, the level of detail to put the Bushmaster logo and "This is an AR15" on a fully automatic M16/M4 looking weapon so that today's yoots will only go out and get a Bushmaster™ brand AR15.

Here is what Mother Jones was touting as one of these ads (from 1966)...

Jonathan

Au contraire:

Sam

Farnsworth

Even that shocking* ad from the 60's fails to mention how great it would be to shoot up a school, a point which I suppose one must have a legal degree and several centuries worth of experience in order to overlook.

*shocking because Black Rifle Bad. The only danger the ad poses is that my son might literally be willing to kill for that toy.

Hal

So the handiest solution when facing a bully is to stand up for one's self, to defend one's self, to make clear that----errr, Oh, Dear, butbutbut, Nooooooo!!!

Steve E

Here is what Mother Jones was touting as one of these ads (from 1966)...

Still couldn't compete with my Johnny 7 One Man Army...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-tz-9c-g4A

WTP

Oh, Dear, butbutbut, Nooooooo!!!

Democracy dies in darkness. This is why their articles sit behind a paywall.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Still couldn't compete with my Johnny 7 One Man Army...

Yeah, well wait till they find out about this easily concealable weapon of mass masculine toxicity.

Steve E

... easily concealable weapon of mass masculine toxicity.

Had one of those too.

This was my favourite. For future deep state operatives.

WTP

Spoiled. My Johnny 7 was a later model, a hand-me-down from the teenager next door. Top grenade launcher didn't work but that didn't matter because the proper grenade was lost. The RPG function did work kinda ok. If you took the pistol out of the gun configuration, you'd give a little blood trying to put it back in. The machine gun sound thingy on the side was barely functional. But I was happy with it. Because it didn't work. But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'.

David

this easily concealable weapon of mass masculine toxicity.

That doozy would make you king of the playground.

Sam

easily concealable weapon of mass masculine toxicity

Don't forget racist. How dare they only make it in one shade of white boy?

Hal

Democracy dies in darkness. This is why their articles sit behind a paywall.

Hmmm. No idea why one would see a paywall, my browser goes straight in, and I don't have any such account. Albeit with Democracy dies in . . . you're clearly reaching something. And one can fish about, and see also . . .

Hal

For future deep state operatives.

A later collectors item.

Steve E

Spoiled.

I was. My Uncle always bought me the best toys every Christmas. He lived next door with my Dad's mom and he never married, so he always used some his excess cash to buy me and my brother the toy of the season. He was also the milk man and treated us to the best ice cream at the local dairy. All those things are gone now including Uncle John.

TimT

Democracy dies in darkness.

The article worked for my phone but not my computer, weirdly.

Basically a gay kid beat his bully up a bit, and the WaPo are wringing their hands about it.

The video is easy to find. Just google the kids name - 'Jordan Steffy'.

No idea what the teacher was doing. Step in and break it up, idiot.

TimT

One might be moved to ask, why does she have to do this at the art gallery? It's not as if she couldn't make the same, um, point anywhere. Oh, she wanted all the excitement of a faux scandal and the attention of art gallery goers? I see.

TimT

A live reenactment of this painting might be amusing.

Steve E

Good God! Even cocktails are gendered.

Quick, hide the nudie napkins and curvey glassware.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Yet another bus incident.

Darleen

Good God! Even cocktails are gendered.

the stupidity...it burns

Half the fun of ordering some new concoction off the menu is the presentation of color as well as recipe. Personally, sweet drinks are not my first preference, but I enjoy trying something new.

... and the only drink I want to see crystal clear is my Tanqueray Ten martini, two olives, please.

Darleen

Yet another bus incident.

Reboot of Candid Camera?

Shaw Taylor's Glasses

Unrelated, but I just had a thought...

Who originally came up with the idea of cultural appropriation?

To pull an example out of... the air, Tiki themed bars etc. appear to have started as far back as the 1930's. If there were objections made at the time by Native Hawaiians to the trivialisation of their culture for decorative purposes, then they might have a claim to be the originators of the concept of cultural appropriation. In which case, white academics and other people of pallor are being shockingly racist if they try to appropriate cultural appropriation for their own ends.

As Euclid wrote after each of his geometric proofs, "Amiright?"

Tom

Question: Did they advertise killing school children as a use for their product? Or committing a crime of any type for that matter?

More to the point, can they prove that the execrable assailant in this case, who shall remain nameless, saw any advertising and that it was the advertising and not his obvious mental illness which caused him to commit the atrocity. Good luck with that one counselor.

While I feel nothing but sympathy for the parents involved here I can't believe they think that dragging the law through the mud to punish those not guilty will help them in any way.

pst314

"The families' lawsuit contends that Remington glorified the gun in advertising aimed at young people, including in violent video games."

So far I have not seen citations of any specific advertisements. It would be very helpful to see just what is being pointed to by the shysters bringing the lawsuit.

WTP

Who originally came up with the idea of cultural appropriation?

The problem lies not with the people who came up with it, but with 1) those who took it seriously and 2) those who were too "polite" to mock it into obscurity for the idiocy that it is. So now we simultaneously have "cultural appropriation" where wypipo are forbidden to engage in the enjoyable things about other cultures and "diversity training" where other cultures are shoved in wypipo's faces with the expectation that they must celebrate them. Again, I refer you to Calvera's First Principle. Stupid, stupid world.

Fred the Fourth

"Amiright?"
Damn, Shaw that made me literally spit coffee. You owe me for dry cleaning and a new keyboard (one of those kool steampunk jobs, you know).
I am still imagining the look on the face of my Geometry teacher, that formal bastard, if I said that.
(Actually, he probably would not have noticed. I found out later that he was more focused on bedding the 14 year old girls, than teaching us geek boys. As who wouldn't be? I mean, it's natural, amiright?)

Fred the Fourth

pst314,
This Federalist article

https://thefederalist.com/2019/03/15/court-rules-remington-can-be-sued-for-marketing-guns-for-combat/

has pics of some of the ads in question, and actually mentions the key issue: that the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that relevant federal law does not preempt a state law banning marketing "military-style" weapons to civilians.

pst314

Fred, thank you very much!

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