Guest post: Think about it, Noam

May 21st, 2022 4:08 pm | By

Originally a comment by James Garnett on Trying to reason with Chomsky.

Plus, Chomsky is just boring a lot of the time. The man has literally put me to sleep.

Also, too:

the fact remains that Putin doesn’t own other countries even if they are right next to Russia.

In 1991, Estonia declared independence from Russia, and shortly thereafter made the Estonian language the official language for all governmental purposes. It had formerly been Russian. When I visited eight years later, the bulk of the Russian immigrants still refused to learn or speak Estonian because even though they composed less than a quarter of the population they considered themselves to be the “owners” of the country. I will never forget asking the price of a sweater at the market in Tallinn (in my stumbling Estonian) and being angrily berated and sworn-at by the Russian-speaking woman who ran it, simply for speaking that language.

Chomsky has never had to live in that kind of environment, and cannot possibly imagine the absolutely fierce intensity of peoples trying to escape Russian influence and make stronger ties with NATO and the west. To him it is just some kind of abstract chess game.

Estonia went from being a backwards SSR to a fully modern western country and member of NATO just three years after they regained independence, and they enjoy one of the most modern constitutions in the world with equal rights for women enshrined therein. Think about that, Noam. Think about how motivated a people have to be to go from stone age to space age in three years. We Americans have had nearly 250 years to do the same, and we’re still behind the game as compared to those Estonians.



Calm your whats?

May 21st, 2022 3:27 pm | By
Calm your whats?

Chase Strangio is now playing forlorn helpless victim, wounded by the cruel baying mob.

But women have to see Strangio cheering the ACLU on as it removes women from the fight to keep abortion rights. Strangio isn’t a fragile vulnerable bystander, Strangio isn’t a girl in her last year of school, Strangio is an important person at the ACLU, who is working hard to destroy women’s rights.

Also, Strangio retweeted this.



Trying to reason with Chomsky

May 21st, 2022 11:09 am | By

Some Ukrainian academics write an open letter to Noam Chomsky that points out some recurring fallacies/patterns:

Pattern #2: Treating Ukraine as an American pawn on a geo-political chessboard

Whether willingly or unwillingly, your interviews insinuate that Ukrainians are fighting with Russians because the U.S. instigated them to do so, that Euromaidan happened because the U.S. tried to detach Ukraine from the Russian sphere of influence, etc. Such an attitude denies the agency of Ukraine and is a slap in the face to millions of Ukrainians who are risking their lives for the desire to live in a free country. Simply put, have you considered the possibility that Ukrainians would like to detach from the Russian sphere of influence due to a history of genocide, cultural oppression, and constant denial of the right to self-determination?

The history of genocide is a pretty big thing to ignore, if you ask me, especially for someone as vocal about global political issues as Chomsky is. Stalinists ignored it and tried to bully others into ignoring it (sound familiar?) but surely Chomsky doesn’t consider Stalin a comrade.

Then there’s the NATO issue. We get it: Putin doesn’t want NATO expanding right next to Russia…but the fact remains that Putin doesn’t own other countries even if they are right next to Russia.

The premise is that NATO’s eastward expansion left Putin with no other choice but to attack. But the reality is different. Eastern European states joined, and Ukraine and Georgia aspired to join NATO, in order to defend themselves from Russian imperialism. They were right in their aspirations, given that Russia did attack Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Moreover, current requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO came in direct response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, consistent with NATO expansion being a consequence of Russian imperialism, and not vice versa.

In addition, we disagree with the notion that sovereign nations shouldn’t be making alliances based on the will of their people because of disputed verbal promises made by James Baker and George H.W. Bush to Gorbachev.

Wait, you mean US politicians don’t get to determine Ukraine’s fate for all time? Who knew?!

Then there’s Chomsky’s whataboutery. What about the US?!!! Nothing; it’s not about the US.

Item 5 is downright shocking.

Pattern #5. Whitewashing Putin’s goals for invading Ukraine

In your interviews, you go to great lengths to rationalize Putin’s goals of “demilitarization” and “neutralization” of Ukraine. Please note that, in his TV address from February 24, 2022, marking the beginning of the war, the verbatim goal declared by Putin for this “military operation” is to “denazify” Ukraine. This concept builds on his long pseudo-historical article from July 2021, denying Ukraine’s existence and claiming that Ukrainians were not a nation. As elaborated in the ‘denazification manual’ published by the Russian official press agency RIA Novosti, a “Nazi” is simply a human being who self-identifies as Ukrainian, the establishment of a Ukrainian state thirty years ago was the “Nazification of Ukraine,” and any attempt to build such a state has to be a “Nazi” act. According to this genocide handbook, denazification implies a military defeat, purging, and population-level “re-education”. ‘Demilitarization’ and ‘neutralization’ imply the same goal – without weapons Ukraine will not be able to defend itself, and Russia will reach its long-term goal of destroying Ukraine.

We’ve seen that kind of “denazification” before.



How to get it wrong

May 21st, 2022 9:56 am | By

A teacher at That School tells us more about the bullying of the sixth form question-asker:

Every so often an event occurs that reveals the stranglehold of transgender ideology on our schools and society. One such event happened recently at the girls’ secondary where I teach.

Every so often or multiple times every day, depending on who you are and where you’re looking. I pay a lot of attention to that stranglehold, so I see a lot of those revelations.

It was probably naïve of the girl not to realise that to disagree, however respectfully, with transgender ideology is not allowed in much of our education system today. To question its basic tenets is heresy and heretics need to be exposed, attacked and got rid of. Even if they are such notable figures as J.K.Rowling. These tenets sometimes include the trans language that women are ‘uterus havers’, ‘people with vaginas’, or ‘chest-feeders’. And the concept that the birth sex of male and female is a myth.

Maybe, but she’s 18 – being naïve about a lot of things goes with the territory. 18s may think they know everything, but they don’t.

Otherwise perfectly nice and agreeable sixth formers had colluded and congregated to show they were on the moral high ground, the ‘right side of history’. Any waverers got the clearest message about what would happen to them if they didn’t conform.

And what for, I wonder. It’s not as if this is a struggle for racial justice or an end to the subordination of women. It’s a very luxury version of Impassioned Activism, the kind you have when all the really important injustices have been corrected. Are we in that situation? Cue hollow laughter.

The girl, who after the incident had been asked to work alone in the library (for her own safety), says she was later told by the [sixth form] head: ‘How can the testimony of an entire group of other students be wrong? I have to support them, too.’

Not support them in bullying another student she doesn’t. Also, they are wrong. How can they be wrong? In this climate, all too easily – their own behavior is an illustration of how. Ferocious bullying is the response to the slightest skepticism about Magic Gender, so that’s how the testimony of a whole group can be wrong.



Iss primogeniture innit

May 21st, 2022 9:01 am | By

Hoo-boy. Talk about having it both ways. Guy claims to be a trans woman BUT don’t go thinking he doesn’t get to inherit that title. No no. There’s a “loophole” you see.

The House of Lords could shortly welcome its first trans peer and only female hereditary member.

Why only female? You know why. That stuff is reserved for men. “Hereditary”=in the male line.

Matilda Simon was this week given permission to contest the next by-election for one of the upper chamber’s remaining 92 hereditary seats.

If she wins, she will doubtless become the envy of peers’ daughters across the country, because the vast majority of titles may only be passed to a male heir.

However, because of a legal loophole, the candidate, born Matthew Simon in 1955, has inherited and retains the Barony of Wythenshawe, despite being in all other legal respects a woman.

A “legal loophole” aka having it both ways. When property or a title or other valuable privilege is involved, suddenly the actual sex becomes real again – just for a second, while official check his papers – and then reverts when no one is looking.

The Gender Recognition Act 2014 includes a provision stating that a person changing gender “does not affect the descent of any peerage or dignity or title of honour”.

When it really counts, suddenly the pretend gender is swept aside. When it’s just trivia, like women’s rights and opportunities and safety, it’s Holy Writ.

“Matilda” Simon has an older sister. It’s still “Matilda” who gets to inherit the title.

The House of Lords told The Telegraph that Lady Simon may have to petition the Queen to change the form of address to avoid being referred to formally as “Lord Simon”.

However, an independent expert said this may be unnecessary, pointing out that members would naturally refer to the potential member as “Lady” as a matter of courtesy.

Head he wins, tails women lose.

Don’t call it a loophole though. It’s not! It’s a considered exception! Nothing loopholish about it.



Gibb and Switzer

May 21st, 2022 8:23 am | By

Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer:

One is a neuroscientist-turned-sculptor, the other an activist and organizer. Taking different paths to the same goal, Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer outran Boston Marathon tradition and trampled the notion that women were too frail for a 26.2-mile race.

“I was hacking through the jungle. There was no path at all,” said Gibb, who actually hid in the bushes before becoming the first woman to run Boston, a year before Switzer strutted up to the starting line as the first official female entrant. “But I think we need all kinds of people. She’s an extrovert, I’m an introvert. Everybody has a gift to give.”

Told she was too pretty for medical school — “the boys in the lab,” and all that — Gibb trained for the race in solitude while on a cross-country road trip in her Volkswagen Microbus , then persuaded her mother to drive her to the starting line by saying: “This is going to help set women free.” Jumping out of the forsythia bushes after the gun, she joined a field of 415 men and began what has only recently been recognized as the “unofficial era of women’s participation.”

A year later, Switzer told her coach at Syracuse, Arnie Briggs, about Gibb and said she also wanted to run Boston.

His response: “No dame ever ran no marathon.”

But Briggs struck a deal with her: If Switzer could complete the distance on a training run, he would bring her himself. They ran 26.2 miles together three weeks before the race, and Switzer suggested they go five more — just to be sure.

He passed out.

“And when he came to, he was so impressed,” she said. “He was like an evangelist and helped me sign up.”

Although Gibb was also in the race for the second year in a row, it was Switzer in official Bib No. 261 that so offended race director Jock Semple that he ran after her, in his blazer and slacks, and tried to pull her off the course.

But he didn’t succeed, and she ran.

Switzer went to work in PR and helped create the Avon International Running Circuit of 400 women’s races that showed the IOC there were enough women to fill out an Olympic field. When the women’s marathon was added to the Summer Games in 1984, the qualifiers at the U.S. Olympic trials were given trophies of a girl running.

It was sculpted by Gibb.

So there you go.



No assuming needed

May 21st, 2022 7:11 am | By

Gee I don’t know, that’s a real puzzler.

Kidding. He “assumes” that because Strangio is not a man, gay or straight. A woman, no matter how butch, is not a man.

The real question is why do adults do this crap? And why do other adults encourage them?



Swift as Athena

May 20th, 2022 11:49 am | By

This story is all over Facebook and I can’t find an original author so I’ll just credit it to Facebook.

When she applied to run in the Boston Marathon in 1966 they rejected her, saying: “Women are not physiologically able to run a marathon, and we can’t take the liability.”

Then exactly 50 years ago today, on the day of the marathon, Bobbi Gibb hid in the bushes and waited for the race to begin. When about half of the runners had gone past she jumped in.

She wore her brother’s Bermuda shorts, a pair of boy’s sneakers, a bathing suit, and a sweatshirt. As she took off into the swarm of runners, Gibb started to feel overheated, but she didn’t remove her hoodie. “I knew if they saw me, they were going to try to stop me,” she said. “I even thought I might be arrested.”

It didn’t take long for male runners in Gibb’s vicinity to realize that she was not another man. Gibb expected them to shoulder her off the road, or call out to the police. Instead, the other runners told her that if anyone tried to interfere with her race, they would put a stop to it. Finally feeling secure and assured, Gibb took off her sweatshirt.

As soon as it became clear that there was a woman running in the marathon, the crowd erupted—not with anger or righteousness, but with pure joy, she recalled. Men cheered. Women cried.

By the time she reached Wellesley College, the news of her run had spread, and the female students were waiting for her, jumping and screaming. The governor of Massachusetts met her at the finish line and shook her hand. The first woman to ever run the marathon had finished in the top third.



Is privilege like gendered souls?

May 20th, 2022 11:00 am | By

Content notes aren’t automatically a bad thing [see previous post] but they do have to be…you know, accurate. Truthy. Andrew Doyle continues:

But it’s not simply a matter of race; books aimed at toddlers which advance the idea that they each have a gendered soul are also being promoted by activist teachers and authors. For instance, Who Are You? The Kid’s Guide To Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee is marketed for children as young as three, and introduces them to identity categories well beyond the comprehension of most adults, including “genderqueer, non-binary, bigender and two-spirit”.

If there’s anything the world doesn’t need it’s a children’s guide to gender bullshit. It’s all made up, by excited delusional adults, and should never be forced on children.

And yet it would be wrongheaded to call for such books to be censored or banned. The vast majority of educators understand how ridiculous it is to teach infants that they have a gendered soul, or that they are guilty of white privilege.

Bzzzzzz! Two different things there.

Call me crazy but I do think there’s such a thing as white privilege (in the US and UK). I don’t think people are “guilty” of it, I just think we have it. Hierarchies exist, and privilege is woven into them – how could it not be? There are also, at least sometimes, responsibilities along with the privilege. “Nobility” came about, as I understand it, as the price of protection from violence in lawless societies – we’ll keep the baddies off your little patch of land and you’ll treat us as superior and pay us a hefty percentage in exchange. In a lawless society it may be the only alternative to being flattened, but once there are laws and enforcement of them…the nobles don’t go away and they don’t lose all their privileges. White people continue to have privilege in societies that haven’t magically become non-hierarchical over the past generation or two.

That said, teaching about it, and writing textbooks about it, can be done well or badly.

Gendered souls on the other hand are bullshit all the way down.



Content notes

May 20th, 2022 10:30 am | By

How much attention to what children read is too much? Andrew Doyle writes:

Yet perhaps it is unsurprising that activists who are convinced that language causes real-world “harm” should be troubled by the reading habits of children. After all, it’s hardly a fringe view: the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Cambridge this month suggested that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series ought to come with “content notes” (a substitute phrase for “trigger warnings” given that the word “trigger” connotes violence and might therefore induce trauma).

Ok hang on. It’s clear that Doyle disapproves, but lots of books include content notes, including novels written 50 or 100 or 200 years ago. It can be good to know what a barouche landau is, or how entailment worked, or the background of the Reform Act. I feel this somewhat sharply in the case of Wilder, because I loved her novels as a child, and read them over and over, and as an adult I’m aware that there are things that need explaining. The one that sticks out is the fact that Pa tried to steal a piece of land in an area set aside for Native Americans who had already been brutally expelled from the eastern part of the country. Needless to say that’s not how Wilder puts it, and children don’t just naturally know the facts. That kind of thing forms how and what people think, so yes, it should be annotated. Why not? (Don’t get me started on Gone With the Wind, which should be thrown out rather than annotated.)

Doyle doesn’t agree but I think he skates over the “children don’t just naturally know the facts” problem.

This fear that children might be morally corrupted by “problematic” literature might explain the sudden deluge of progressive children’s books on the market: just as children are deemed so malleable that they might transform into bigots if they read outdated work, it is assumed that they can be indoctrinated in the “correct” way if their reading materials are layered with messaging that reinforces the creed of social justice.

It’s not necessarily a fear that children might be morally corrupted by “problematic” literature though: it can be an awareness that children might learn factually false or incomplete history.



Anyone with ovaries

May 20th, 2022 9:14 am | By

The NHS is getting busy with the erasers.

Official NHS advice about ovarian, [uterine] and cervix cancers have quietly removed the word ‘women’ from their webpages, MailOnline can reveal. 

The original version of the ovarian NHS cancer page featured the line: ‘Ovarian cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, is one of the most common types of cancer in women.’

It also highlights the women who may be particularly at risk, saying: ‘Ovarian cancer mainly affects women who have been through the menopause (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women.’

However, in an update sneaked out in January — which campaigners only uncovered this week — both lines were removed. Instead, another line was added: ‘Anyone with ovaries can get ovarian cancer, but it mostly affects those over 50.’

“With ovaries” is the new “woman.” Will it be contracted to wovaries?

…the NHS has defended the update, stating it seeks to make the pages ‘as helpful as possible to everyone who needs them’. 

No, that’s not true. The way to do that is to be as explicit as possible. Omitting the fact that it’s women (and only women) who get ovarian or uterine or cervical cancer is not explicit, it’s the opposite of explicit.

Similar changes have also been made to the NHS’s womb cancer page, which used to open with: ‘Cancer of the womb (uterine or endometrial cancer) is a common cancer that affects the female reproductive system. It’s more common in women who have been through the menopause.’ But the page was changed in October last year to omit these lines, with no other mention of women on the main page. 

Professor Jenny Gamble, a midwifery expert from Coventry University, told MailOnline the change in language risked women missing out on health information.

‘The trend to avoid using the terms woman and women is unhelpful,’ she said. ‘It is a well-established principle of communication that the sex of individuals should be made visible when relevant and should not be made visible when not. This ensures that sex-related needs and issues are not overlooked.’

Yes but what about validation? What about validating everyone’s magic gender? Focus.



Vaycay

May 20th, 2022 4:49 am | By

The gender playfuls get extra paid time off so haha suckers!

Coles supermarket has announced that team members undergoing gender affirmation will now be entitled to up to 10 days paid gender affirmation leave.

Gender affirmation? Is that what we’re calling it now? It’s not transition any more? No, of course not, it wouldn’t be, would it, because that would imply change, when the gender is eternal. But why does one need time off for affirmation of what one already is? Can everyone get affirmation? So everyone gets 10 days off with pay, i.e. an extra two week vacation?

The retail giant said the policy change was an important step in its commitment to champion inclusion in the workplace.

Inclusion of what?

Why does “inclusion” always mean gender-special people and not, say, women?

“We know that we have at least 900 team members who identify as transgender or gender diverse,” Coles Chief Legal and Safety Officer and chair of the Coles Pride Steering Committee David Brewster said.

And they’re all desperately in need of two weeks off? More in need than all the other “team members” aka workers?

“We need to have proper policy and education in this area so there is clear guidance around taking leave for this important transition in their life.”

Transition? What happened to affirmation?



Wrong answer

May 20th, 2022 3:53 am | By

You’re Not Helping.

Aimee Arrambide works for an abortion advocacy group. She’s not helping.

H/t The Dude Diogenes.



A historic victory

May 19th, 2022 5:02 pm | By

Another man gets historic win in women’s sport!!! Rejoice!!

West Australian longboarder Sasha Jane Lowerson, the first transgender woman to compete in surfing, has claimed a historic victory in the West Coast Suspensions Longboard and Logger State Championships on the weekend.

It’s so historic. Because he’s a man, see, and he did better than the women, on account of how he’s bigger and has broader shoulders and all that useful stuff.

The 43-year-old, who was crowned the men’s champion three years earlier, won both the Open Women’s and Open Logger divisions on her home beach at Avalon, putting together a dominant performance in the left hand waves.

Dominant is right.

“To be the first transgender woman competing in surfing hasn’t been an easy ride emotionally, but the amount of support I’ve been showed has been phenomenal and I’m so grateful to be involved, welcomed and embraced within the longboard community in Australia,” Lowerson said, as reported by The Australian.

So sad that it hasn’t been an easy ride emotionally. Really really sad. I bet it hasn’t been an easy ride for the women either, though. Not easy at all. Quite difficult and stressful, the way rank injustice and insult always is.



Escort to where?

May 19th, 2022 4:44 pm | By

Aw, sexy.

Ireland’s largest escort website offered men the opportunity to live out their “war-inspired fantasies” with Ukrainian women, a webinar has heard on Thursday.

By “escort website” they must mean “female human to fuck website.” I don’t think it has a whole lot to do with anyone “escorting” anyone. Anyway, how adorable, that men fantasize about fucking Ukrainian women along with…what, committing war crimes against them? Blowing up their children and then fucking them? Torturing them while fucking them? Hawt.

Escorts Ireland reported a 250 per cent increase in interest for Ukrainian women, Valiant Richey from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said.

That’s the ticket. When people are losing everything they love that’s the time to move in for the sexy fun times.

Mr Richey, a former US prosecutor, told the webinar organised by the Beyond Exploitation that war could be exploited by human traffickers, and Europe had already seen a rise in online searches relating to buying sex from Ukrainian women.

He said it’s up 600 percent in some places. Aren’t humans amazing.

A recent operation in Sweden proved this trend is translating into real life, Mr Richey said. Out of 38 buyers who were arrested, 30 of them were attempting to access Ukrainian women specifically.

Because they’ve lost everything, been terrorized, made homeless, seen their children killed – what better time to fuck them for a little cash?



Statistics what now?

May 19th, 2022 12:00 pm | By

Statistics Canada tells us:

Below you will find the proposed statistical standards for three variables: gender of person, sexual orientation of person and LGBTQ2+ status of person. These include classifications for the main components of sexual orientation – sexual identity, sexual attraction, and sexual behaviour, which can be measured separately.

Yay, clarity at last.

Gender refers to a person’s social or personal identity as a man, woman or non-binary person (a person who is not exclusively male or female). Conceptions of gender are influenced by several factors, including biological characteristics, cultural and behavioural norms, and self-identity.

Um. There are persons who are not exclusively male or female? According to Statistics Canada?

I guess not Yay clarity after all.

Gender includes the concepts of:

gender identity (felt gender), which is the gender that a person feels internally

gender expression (lived gender), which is the gender a person expresses publicly in their daily life, including at work, at home or in the broader community.

A person’s current gender may differ from the sex they were assigned at birth (male or female), and may differ from what is indicated on their current legal documents. A person’s gender may change over time. Some people may not identify with a specific gender or with the concept of gender as a whole.

So it means everything and nothing, which for most purposes translates to nothing. If it describes everything it describes nothing, it’s just a bunch of slop thrown at a wall. It’s hard to see what a bureau of statistics can do with it. I suppose you can collect stats on what people say about themselves, but really, who cares?

Usage

Sex and gender refer to two different concepts, but are interrelated. While sex is understood in terms of biological features, gender is a multidimensional concept that is influenced by several additional factors, including biological characteristics, cultural and behavioural norms, and self-identity. Caution should be exercised when comparing counts for sex with those for gender. For example, female sex is not exactly the same as female gender.

I love that “for example,” as if they’d chosen “female” at random. Pff. Female is the sex that everybody gets to redefine, whether the “females” like it or not. “Male” has to be left alone, because males have important shit to do, but women are just an extra, a frill, a bit of trivia, so redefine what they are for statistical purposes.

The variable ‘Gender of person’ and the ‘Classification of gender’ are expected to be used by default in most social statistics programs at Statistics Canada. The variable ‘Sex of person’ and the ‘Classification of sex’ are to be used in conjunction with the variable ‘Gender of person’ and the ‘Classification of gender’, where information on sex at birth is needed, for example, for some demographic and health programs and to estimate the transgender or LGBTQ2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit or another non-binary gender or minority sexual identity) population. In statistical programs, gender may be reported in terms of a person’s felt or lived gender, as well as how one is perceived by others, depending on whether information on gender is based on self-reported data or done by proxy.

Very statistic. Much precise.



Fully grown adult male

May 19th, 2022 11:28 am | By

“Katy” Montgomerie is a sadistic bully of women and girls.



Erase the wicked woman

May 19th, 2022 10:36 am | By

Filia in January 2021:

After a frustratingly painful year of violence against women, it seems only fitting that we draw attention to an activist whose relentless dedication to feminist action has made waves across the internet, resonating with women all over the globe.

Agence France Presse reported 116 femicides in France during 2019; however, this number is disputed by Femicides by Companions or Ex, an advocacy group who argue that the figure is closer to 138: an average of one woman murdered every three days. Marguerite responded by catalysing a movement of guerilla-style street art entitled Collages Féminicides, for which she installed white collages featuring condensed but powerful messages written in black lettering on the streets of Marseilles and Paris,  the first of which was installed to honour Julie Douib, a woman murdered in March 2019 by her ex-spouse. Since then, collages have been appearing everywhere, including London.

Marguerite is a controversial figure even in feminist movements, having been excluded from posting via the Paris chapter of Collages Féminicides on Instagram following a series of tweets she made discussing her opinion that transactivism is taking up too much space within feminism, admitting that she has experienced threats for expressing such sentiments. 

Fast-forward to today:

Naturellement.



The right side of history

May 19th, 2022 9:22 am | By

Meta meta – the Times reporting on JKR’s response to the Times report on the bullied student who had to leave her school.

JK Rowling has condemned the “utterly shameful” treatment of a teenage girl who felt forced to leave her school after pupils hounded her for challenging the views of a visiting speaker.

Writing on Twitter to her 14 million followers, Rowling shared the Times article and described her treatment as “utterly shameful”. “Add this to the tottering pile of evidence that people in education and academia who’ve supposed to have a duty of care towards the young have succumbed to an outbreak of quasi-religious fanaticism,” she added. “The girl’s crime? Saying ‘sex exists’.”

Rowling has repeatedly come under fire for defending public figures against accusations of transphobia. On Sunday she criticised balaclava-wearing activists involved in a stand-off around the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, Manchester.

She said: “I never expected the right side of history to include so many people in masks intimidating and assaulting women, did you?”

Now the girl is under even more stress.

Owen Jones is a horror.



With considerable dedication and preparation

May 19th, 2022 6:25 am | By

The Mayo Clinic answers this question:

I’m adopting a newborn, and I’d like to breastfeed the baby when I bring him home. Can I produce breast milk if I haven’t been pregnant?

Neither the question nor the answer mentions “woman” but perhaps we can assume it’s assumed.

With considerable dedication and preparation, breastfeeding without pregnancy (induced lactation) might be possible.

Normally, the natural production of breast milk (lactation) is triggered by a complex interaction between three hormones — estrogen, progesterone and human placental lactogen — during the final months of pregnancy. At delivery, levels of estrogen and progesterone fall, allowing the hormone prolactin to increase and initiate milk production.

Induced lactation depends on the successful replication of this process. If you have months to prepare, your health care provider might prescribe hormone therapy — such as supplemental estrogen or progesterone — to mimic the effects of pregnancy. Hormone therapy may last for months.

About two months before you expect to start breastfeeding, you’ll likely stop hormone therapy and begin pumping your breasts with a hospital-grade electric breast pump. This encourages the production and release of prolactin. At first, pump for five minutes three times a day. Work up to pumping for 10 minutes every four hours, including at least once during the night. Then increase pumping time to 15 to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. Continue the routine until the baby arrives.

In the absence of pregnancy it’s iffy, and a lot of trouble. I think it’s safe to conclude that in the absence of female breasts it’s a lot more iffy. A lot more.