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September 26, 2021

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David

What else is likely to trigger the spam filter, aside from multiple links?

The spam filter is capricious, to say the least, so it’s hard to tell. Multiple links can be a factor, it seems, or posting a bald link with no text at all. Or just being Julia.

pst314

The spam filter is capricious

Sort of like a Greek god? Perhaps an occasional animal sacrifice would appease it, or should we just pour a bit of each drink on the ground while murmuring the proper words?

 WTP

In other news, new governor of NY, the one who replaced Cuomo, confuses Donald Trump with God...

He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers – he made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God. Thank you. And I wear my ‘vaccinated’ necklace all the time to say I’m vaccinated.

pst314

It's spider time.

aelfheld

Forced compliance with lies is an attribute of totalitarianism.

pst314

Dolphins from Anime universe. :-|

pst314

Forced compliance with lies is an attribute of totalitarianism.

I would like to see objective, honest data on the fraction of trans people who support all this pronouns-and-bathrooms nonsense: My woke acquaintances insist that it is a very tiny fraction, but I am skeptical.

David

the fraction of trans people who support all this pronouns-and-bathrooms nonsense

Well, it’s worth bearing in mind that what’s bundled together as transgenderism includes several phenomena with different causes, or likely causes, and not all trans individuals feel the same way about shouty activism.

As seen here recently.

pst314

...what’s bundled together as transgenderism includes several phenomena with different causes, or likely causes, and not all trans individuals feel the same way about shouty activism.

Yes. I'd just like to see solid data. I've known some transgenders and transvestites, and a large fraction (but by no means all) were "difficult" personalities, but I remain aware that my sample set might not be truly representative--and what's more there seems to be a current trend towards increased obnoxiousness in all the left's favorite causes.

David

a large fraction (but by no means all) were “difficult” personalities,

I didn’t keep links to the studies I’ve seen, but the number of transgender individuals with Cluster B personality disorders, especially narcissistic personality disorders, is very high, way above that of the wider population.

But again, we shouldn’t conflate, say, Sinead Watson, in the video linked above, with, for instance, this creature here.

LurkerNoLonger

A long time ago I worked with the subject of these links. He was invariably overpoweringly enthusiastic about almost everything, particularly technology. A colleague described him as a very large puppy. I’ve not been in touch with him for many years.

From a link in a blog I came across the account of the assault and, looking around, found the others. I think these are in chronological order…

A data scientist confronts his own mortality

Black fists shatter

Some wonder whether Nick’s forgiving response to being randomly attacked and beaten unconscious without provocation is really very helpful

Despite all that, he’s currently still around and still interested in all matters techie

Sam Duncan

“In other news, new governor of NY...“

I see she's using the new political definition of “voluntary”, too:

“I would have much rather just been voluntary, but if I have to take steps...”

If your intention is to “take steps” should people fail to volunteer (and we've seen this attitude all over the place, even before the damnpanic), then it was never voluntary.

pst314

Many such cases, I’m afraid.

I was once personally acquainted with such a case. :-(

David

Many such cases, I’m afraid.

I don’t think I understand the... grooming choice.

ccscientist

A common thread of not just trans but especially women on twitter is to pile on the adjectives'
" polyamorous, pansexual, lesbian and nonbinary transwoman"
in an effort perhaps to gain woke points. If you are nonbinary, you are not trans. If lesbian you are not nonbinary. A male XY cannot be lesbian. Pansexual is a nonsense term unless it means you have sex with cars and couches (who am I to judge?). And we are supposed to take these people seriously? And then they list among their pronouns "ally". An ally is not a pronouns, you can't refer to someone with that term, and an ally implies you are NOT trans (or whatever) but are supportive. They do not even hear themselves talking and just spew nonsense.

Geezer

Catch it while it's hot.

Too late:
"Sorry, this page was recently deleted (within the last 24 hours)."

Dr. Chaotica

Pansexual is a nonsense term unless it means you have sex with cars and couches (who am I to judge?).

You're limiting your examples to solid, physical objects. "Pan" means everything. Pansexual is a nonsense term unless it means you have sex with clouds and lightning. With sunsets and constellations. If you're pansexual, you should be open to having sex with spreadsheets and IP addresses. With Bayes's Theorem and Avagadro's Number. With the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event and the Holy Roman Empire. If it exists, even in the most abstract and theoretical way, you should be willing to have sex with it.

pst314

"Pansexual": David, didn't you have an item here about eco-sexuals who have sex with trees, or something similar?

pst314

Alternate interpretation of "Pansexual": has sex with men dressed as the great god Pan. That sort of paraphilia really gets my goat.

pst314

The NHS that can do no wrong: tens of thousands of cancer patients had their treatments suspended due to COVID. Some have died.

David

David, didn’t you have an item here about eco-sexuals who have sex with trees, or something similar?

[ Rummages. ]

I did indeed.

pst314

I did indeed.

"Sex with trees" sounds suspiciously like a LARPing of that parody of Treebeard in Bored of the Rings.

PiperPaul

having sex with spreadsheets and IP addresses

LOL. Any USB port in a storm.

Daniel Ream

A common thread of not just trans but especially women on twitter is to pile on the adjectives

Woke posturing is women jockeying for status within the herd, men imitating women jockeying for status in the herd because they think it will get them laid, or men who have realized they can sell woke posturing as if it were this year's hemlines.

David

Woke posturing is women jockeying for status within the herd, men imitating women jockeying for status in the herd because they think it will get them laid, or men who have realized they can sell woke posturing as if it were this year’s hemlines.

For no reason whatsoever, the first item here came to mind.

WTP

So this question just occurred to me...If Air Force One is traveling between Delaware and Scranton with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer on board and crashes somewhere between New York and California, where do we bury the survivors?

pst314

The nearest landfill, same as the corpses.

pst314

Evidence that girls will buy anything. :-) My first guess is that Zara expected this would probably not sell well but that it would garner lots of free publicity. (Caution: I once bought a shirt from Zara. It shrank a great deal, in spite of always washing it in cold water.)

pst314

Roy Greenslade, Alan Rusbridger, and how the Guardian smeared a rape victim because the rapist was an IRA enforcer.

Darleen

I cringed so hard, I pulled something. Need both a hot pad and a hot toddy now.

pst314

"Heterosexuality is more of a fetish than an orientation", says deeply confused boy.

pst314

I cringed so hard, I pulled something

Hypothesis: Somebody blackmailed him into doing that. Maybe there was a video of him in a threesome with a llama and a leather-clad dwarf. :-D

pst314

Side effects include a propensity to spit.

sonny wayz

@WTP

"The Rapture Rendezvous"

Due to those &^(% masks, I recently had a discussion about "real cars", you know, drum brakes, breaker point ignition, and so on.

The discussion hadn't gone on for very long when it became clear the other guy was talking about REO cars.

My hearing is fine, thankyouverymuch.

ComputerLabRat

"She struggled with identifying my gender and it’s like… what? I wear low-cut tops to work."

WTF? What self-respecting woman wears low-cut tops to work? It's not professional. True, even after metoo and all that crap, there are still women who sleep their way to the top (the US VP for one) and who dress the part, even in a professional setting. Why do these deluded men pick THAT version of woman to cosplay as? How come you never see them LARPING as Burqa Barbie? Why is it usually Hooker Barbie?

Well, of course - low-cut tops define a woman.
You didn't get the memo? /sarc

Which is to say, trans activism often includes a belief that the rest of us should pretend that the physical reality we can see is somehow not the case. And unsurprisingly, people may object to being told that they should lie on demand.

This, a million times over. Which is why they need and are demanding the force of government to enforce the lie.

Lancet, 2021: Bodies with vaginas that menstruate
Mr. All the Discord Roles, 2021: I wear low-cut tops to work, therefore I am a woman.

David

Mr. All the Discord Roles, 2021: I wear low-cut tops to work, therefore I am a woman.

Mr Zoa also thinks that employers shouldn’t object to him going backless at work, on account of his non-binary fabulousness. Which, it has to be said, doesn’t suggest an encouraging set of priorities, or a mind focussed on the task for which said person is being employed. The imagined right to parade around the workplace in a cloud of self-absorption, forever on the cusp of voguing, in some backless, strapless ensemble, is a strange hill to die on. For a high-school teacher.

Somewhat related.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

Apparently, “cis people should not be having conversations about trans issues.”

Then shut up and don't talk to us about trans issues.

Horace Dunn

Then shut up and don't talk to us about trans issues.

Ha ha. Precisely.

But could you just imagine how crestfallen these people would be if we did stop talking about them?

WTP

OT, but as there has been discussion here of movies with William Shatner that aren't Star Trek...watched The Outrage last night. Shatner was kinda meh, playing a religious man again, the story was good, a well made film, great acting by Edward G. Robinson and Paul Newman, but the ending was pretty lame.

pst314

movies with William Shatner that aren't Star Trek

Thanks, I'll check it out. Off-hand, the only non-Star Trek movie that I've seen Shatner in was The Andersonville Trial. Pretty good, as I recall.

ComputerLabRat

Somewhat related.

Yes! I remember that one. It really is as if they are cosplaying or LARPing some warped stereotype of a woman. I always thought drag queens over-exaggerated the stereotypes, and didn't seem to like women very much, but they were only putting on a show, or adopting a persona like an actor, and I don't think they ever claimed to be women. I'm ok with that - dress up and spackle on the face paint - you do you, let me be me. But these cosplaying trans-LARPers are taking it many steps further and actually claiming that playing dress-up makes them women, and anyone who disagrees is a hate-filled phobe who is committing violence. And ironically if you actually ARE an adult human female being called a woman somehow endangers the lives of all the trans-LARPers.

I need a drink.

pst314

I need a drink.

I'd share, but I've already guzzled all the free gin that the Spectator sent me. It was the only way to cope with the trauma of reading the news.

Rich Rostrom

There's some confusion here about transgenderism.

Gender dysphoria is a mental disorder. More precisely, it is a neurological disorder. Gender identity is wired in the brain, and this neural wiring develops independently from the development of the rest of the body.

In a very small number of people, that wiring develops wrongly, so that the person's internal gender identity does not match the person's body. The person literally feels like a female in a male body or vice versa. In most of these cases, that feeling goes away after a while. Possibly the neural misdevelopment is corrected somehow.

In the remainder, the person will be intensely uncomfortable with his or her physical gender (gender dysphoria). Some just live with it. Others resort to hormonal and surgical intervention to achieve a bodily simulacrum of their neural gender (sometimes after just living with it for many years).

Such changes have been widely regarded with mockery and disgust, especially by the culturally traditional - even in some cases with violence. This has made transgender status desirable to those who want to be transgressive.

Like, for instance, the fellow in the linked video. I don't believe for a moment that he is actually gender dysphoric. His pose enables him to reject any effort to function as a normal male (which I'm pretty sure he fails at), while allowing him to blame others for being insufficiently supportive. When he gets "misgendered", he equates himself to (for example) a genuinely dysphoric child whose traditionalist parents try to "beat it out of him".

There are other kernels in the nut. It's gratifying to "diagnose" impressionable young people who are discontented with their current lot and may have gender-atypical interests as "transgendered". Such youngsters are easily sold on "magic bullets" that will relieve their angst. Anyone who is skeptical about the necessity of irreversible hormonal and surgical mutilation is a mean old denier.

There's also a pervert element: "autogynophile" males who fetishize female sexual attributes so much that they want to embody them. (A lot of these are quite aware of what they are, e.g extreme drag queens.)

Most genuine transsexuals (IMO; I've known two personally) just want to change enough to pass as the other gender and get on with their lives. They understand that what they're asking is awkward, and don't want to get into anyone's face.

But many have been co-opted by the cultural-radical element, who push them to be as demanding (and transgressive) as possible. As these people often encounter fierce opposition, they are easily manipulated by such "allies". That's where the maximalism is coming from. It's presented as a response to outright denial.

So... the issue is not that transgenderism is a "mass psychosis". It's a real neurological problem exploited by the cultural Left to épater les normales and let their freak flags fly. Outright rejection plays into the hands of the latter.

pst314

Gender dysphoria is a mental disorder.

Yes. I only wish that liberals would not attempt to punish those who say so. It is now extremely dangerous, both to one's career and to one's entire personal life, to say what you wrote.

So... the issue is not that transgenderism is a "mass psychosis".

You make good points. However, I believe that in addition to the elements that you point out, there is indeed an element of mass psychosis/mass hysteria involved, somewhat akin to, for example, the satanic day care child sex abuse panic of the 1980's.

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