Some Documents and Scenes From a Culture in Transition
This whole thing of parents admitting to being "educated" by their 6-year-olds is bonkers. The children aren't just a magically enlightened bunch; they are parroting what the adults at their schools are telling them. Every time I read this stuff it just strikes me as parents wanting to believe and desperate to demonstrate that their kids are the smartest, snowflakiest kids in the room.
I’m gay and admittedly fairly assimilationist (referring back to the old divide in gay rights movements between the more radical liberationists and the more conservative assimilationists). I’m married (been with my husband for 24 years). We have a kid who is in kindergarten. I’ve never been much of a “radical” so it’s possible my temperament is such that gender queer stuff will always be confusing to me. That said, I have a strong libertarian streak so for adults I’m very much in the camp of you do you.
But it’s the gender radical embrace of essentialism and catastrophism (meaning that failures to accord with exactly what a gender radical wants at a given moment amounts to an existential threat to their very person) which lose me. I in my mid 40s and I still have to navigate coming out every day. For example, because I have a child, people often assume I have a wife. No big deal. I correct them, or not, depending on the situation. But regardless, it is not a threat to my personhood or my ego or whatever.
I was wondering the other day why gender queerness has taken over to the extent that is has. Sexuality--gay vs straight or bisexual--seems now almost an afterthought.
To distill my thoughts into a single question: Why are people putting their pronouns after their names but not their sexuality?
If I were still in the dating pool, it seems like it would be far more helpful if people had taken up the habit of appending their sexuality to their names rather than their pronouns. 😜
Follow the money. The pritzkers make money from trans drugs. These kids will be hooked on big pharma for the rest of their lives. DIE makes us poorer, dumber, and less healthy: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-fire-a-commissar-part-2
Sure, some young kids just "get it" when gender ideology is explained to them. Just like some kids intuitively understand that Fido went to live on farm, or that a bearded fat man in a red suit drops off presents every Christmas.* Kids have no choice but to trust adults to explain things correctly. These adults are using their kids' naturally unquestioning naivety as proof that gender ideology is not a difficult concept to understand, when in fact, it is a concept that can really only be "understood" by those who don't have the ability or the interest to think it through.
*not hating on Santa; we're a very pro-whimsy household
Lack of critical analysis by parents and fear of social ostracism by the same are part of the problem. So disappointing.
These are ridiculous solutions. You can teach kids not to bully other kids that are different without lying to them about sex. And allowing little boys to invade little girls bathrooms just sets up little girls to lower their boundaries which will not serve them over a lifetime. Queer theory will break our society. And Queer theory has nothing on offer that replaces what it breaks.
Wes, there is a teacher-training video given by 4th and 5th grade Lab teachers that you must absolutely watch. I wrote a piece citing excerpts from that video showing how the BLM at School curriculum is incorporated at that school: https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/03/video-exposing-blm-at-school-a-deep-dive-into-the-indoctrination-of-fourth-graders/
Why are the wealthy and educated so obsessed with race and sexual grievance groups? I'm not sure what scares me more:
1) that they're using the sexualization of children and wrapping themselves in the rainbow flag to avoid talking about their obvious class privilege...
2) that they are sexualizing children simply because they want sexual access to children...
3) that they are regurgitating obvious lies simply to retain their social position.
I hope it's 1. I could at least understand that.
I suspect it might be 2. Power has always prized youth. Epstein was popular for a reason.
If it's 3, we're probably doomed. An elite that corrupt can not maintain a republic.
Thank you for a great read, as always. A lot of this confusion would be helped with some better understanding of how psychology and biology works, for instance, "There is "Biological Evidence for Gender Identity..." but it’s not what you think" https://everythingisbiology.substack.com/p/there-is-biological-evidence-for
Certainly, the schools don't understand the topics that they are foisting on their students, and the topics are much too complex to be understood by young children except the most superficial (and misleading) level. Aside from politics and money, however, a lot of this is being driven by the fact that it's much easier to teach this soft and fuzzy stuff that is to teach math, science, and history. And I'm saying this is a lifelong teacher, myself. Thank you again, Frederick
It's fascinating to see how the word "feeling" has displaced the word "thinking". Sharp way to attempt to displace empiricism. But reality isn't tamed so easy.
You can change signifiers, but much more difficult to change signifieds.
I coached middle school soccer at Lab in 2018 and 2019. In 1.5 years of coaching, I didn’t encounter any of this: no trans kids on the team, no documentation, no signs in the admin offices. Goes to show the speed of the transition.
The disease:Utopian ideological mass psychosis manipulated and controlled by malignant megalomaniacal narcissism.
The cure: A one person at a time re-awakening and re-connection to their own humanity and acceptance of responsibility and moral agency. It's an inside job. What has to change? Everything.
Sniveler's perish. It's not them-it's you.
I should not have to point this out. But sex is not 'assigned' at birth. It is observed. Of course, observed sex at birth is not always correct. For example, the runner Caster Semenya was thought to to be female at birth. In real life, he was/is a 46,XY male with male typical levels of testosterone and (of course) no uterus. In rural South Africa (where he was born), sex was determined by observation and was not (in this case) correct. For political reasons, he was allowed to compete with actual women in the Olympics.
I’m 48 years old. My mother had eight children, two of whom are gay. My oldest brother died of AIDS in 1991. My father occasionally beat up my mother. My siblings and I were beat with a belt when we misbehaved. As a teenager, I became involved in the underground punk scene in the Bay Area. My bands played at 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley on a regular basis in the mid to late nineties. The politics in that specific subculture are now mainstream. Just like skateboarding, marijuana use, tattoos, which at that time were illegal/ underground, now the rules posted on the wall at Gilman are mainstream. I really appreciate Wes’ amazing writing, but I find myself having to close this newsletter several times while reading for the feelings of revulsion and hate that course through my body due to the truths he and others are espousing.
I’ve often wondered why, if gender is different from sex (and I agree it is), WHY we didn’t leave the words for sex alone. Boy girl man woman mother father sister brother daughter son -- those have everything to do with biological reality and nothing to do with your personality, your self-expression, or your masculinity or femininity.
Why didn’t the brave new gender warriors make their own words for their purposes? Why did they co-opt the existing useful words for sex, and then change the meanings, and then tell everyone who still needs and wants words for sex that those words are wrong?
We know from the Swedish study, conducted over 30 years and with several thousands of participants, that those to transition to a different sex than what they born as are 19 times more likely to commit suicide than those who don't. It's all about the money, plus the destruction of any religious or traditional values.