So embarrassing that it doesn't even rhyme.
Today, The Federalist published an article by Executive Editor Joy Pullman, all about how she thinks that Emily Drabinski, the very-awesome-seeming new president of the American Library Association, is a "groomer." Why? Is it because she has some evidence of this? Are there any complaining victims? Nope! She just made it up entirely because she's pretty sure you can't be a lesbian Marxist without also being a pedophile.
You may remember Joy Pullman from the time she was angry about Oreos being too sexy and also in cahoots with Common Core Education, or from the time she explained how awesome it is when Christians die of COVID. If not, well, you are in for a real treat.
A TREAT: SEX COOKIES.
LESS OF A TREAT: You Want A Death Cult? 'Federalist' Lady Will Give You A Death Cult!
In her excoriation of Drabinski, Pullman explains that in addition to being a lesbian and a Marxist she is also involved in other illegal activities, like supporting unions and making sex education and informational books available and easy to find at the library. Pullman believes this is the same thing as forcing pornography on people and also their children. She also cites several quotes from Drabinski that she clearly does not understand and repeatedly misinterprets as sinister.
“Queer theory provides a useful theoretical frame for rethinking the stable, fixed categories and systems of naming that characterize library organization schemes and strategies for helping users navigate them,” Drabinski wrote.
She essentially explained “queer theory” as the rejection of the existence of truth, either in language or in anything: “Viewing cataloging and classification from a queer perspective [is] — one that challenges the idea that classification and subject language can ever be corrected once and for all.” She argued that since gender identities are fluid, so must be library classification systems and stacks.
This is a rejection of Western thought and civilization, which is built on the search for truth. A search for truth presupposes that truth exists and can be at least partially known. This also implies the world has an intrinsic, natural order that can, and indeed must, be acknowledged (i.e., the natural law). So it’s no surprise that a woman who opposes truth, and instead deifies self-created and unnatural identities, calls herself a Marxist.
That is, of course, not what any of that means. Drabinski was writing about whether or not classification and cataloging decisions can be "objective and neutral," which is a reasonable thing for librarians to discuss.
But the real problem, for Pullman, is not just Drabinski herself but an ongoing secret plot by the ALA (which Pullman claims is "taxpayer-funded" because librarians are paid with taxes and so everything they personally spend money on is "taxpayer-funded") to turn everyone gay.
This is supported by her Google Scholar page, which ranks Drabinski’s 2013 article “Queering the Catalog” as her top-cited work. In that article, she notes “the first program of ALA’s Task Force on Gay Liberation was called Sex and the Single Cataloger, a session about the trouble with headings for gay and lesbian materials.”
That ALA task force was founded in 1970, and was the first formally organized professional U.S. organization to push LGBT preferences. That task force now annually presents the Stonewall Awards for LGBT-themed books. Such recommendations are essentially “buy list” excuses for public libraries that ensure major taxpayer subsidies for often obscene, and what would otherwise be mostly obscure, books that few people ever saw or requested from libraries.
Pullman also believes that Drabinski and the ALA are part of a secret evil Marxist feminist plot to overthrow America and indeed all of Western Civilization using ... SEXUAL CHAOS.
Whether in its predominantly economic or cultural forms (which, as they say, intersect), Marxists are committed to overthrowing the West, including all of its organizing ideas and accomplishments. In addition to lies and deception, Marxists use sexual chaos as a deliberate strategy of cultural destruction. The “queer theory” in which Drabinski specializes openly aims to destroy the West by destroying the natural family, natural sex, natural relationships between the sexes and the children those sexes produce only heterosexually, natural distinctions, natural hierarchies, and order itself.
The link in that paragraph takes you over to another Federalist article from this week, hilariously titled "Second-Wave Feminists Pushed The Sexual Revolution To End America, And It’s Working."
That article was informed by feminist Kate Willet's sister Mallory, who told author Carrie Gress the definitely true story of the consciousness-raising meeting her sister took her to in Greenwich Village, wherein they did the following extremely real sounding chant:
“Why are we here today?” the chairwoman asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American patriarch?” she probed.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”
“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution, abortion, and homosexuality!” they resounded.
Surely they were also all wearing velvet robes during all of this as well.
The gist of both of these articles is that people don't fight for equality because they don't like oppression, but rather because they are part of a nefarious plot to "destroy America" simply because they don't want people like Joy Pullman and Carrie Gress to be happy.
I do feel the need to point out here that we are not the ones doing a full-on insurrection at the Capitol or constantly talking about how the Second Amendment gives us the right to overthrow the government.
It's a dangerous playbook, but it's the only one they have left. They have no case against reality, so they have to create this other, secret fantasy world meant to dehumanize and villainize the LGBTQ community, feminists, and the entire Left by trying desperately to frame struggles for liberation and equality as Secret Evil Plans for World Domination Probably Involving Velvet Capes In Some Capacity. Historically, this has been how the Right goes about opposing nearly all advances in human rights, and while they never manage to make it last forever, a whole lot of people usually get hurt along the way.
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The hell is wrong with these people?
Over the past few months, the state of Florida has been leading the attack against transgender youth (see also: Black people, gay people, anyone who can get pregnant, anyone who likes not contracting COVID on planes). It's almost as if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is planning on running for president and so hopes to dazzle the Republican constituency with just how very efficiently he can restrict the rights of anyone who is not a heterosexual cisgender man whose understanding of epidemiology derives near-exclusively from QAnon message boards and rightwing media.
This week, in response to a Health and Human Services memo explaining gender affirmative care — which is the standard of care for gender dysphoria supported by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics — Florida state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo issued his own guidance on gender dysphoria, as supported by the personal instincts of Tucker Carlson's target audience.
Florida's guidance, more or less, is for parents, doctors, psychologists and school personnel to react to a young person telling them they are trans by placing their hands over their ears and loudly singing "LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU."
Due to the lack of conclusive evidence, and the potential for long-term, irreversible effects, the Department's guidelines are as follows:
- Social gender transition should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.
- Anyone under 18 should not be prescribed puberty blockers or hormone therapy.
- Gender reassignment surgery should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.
- Based on the currently available evidence, "encouraging mastectomy, ovariectomy, uterine extirpation, penile disablement, tracheal shave, the prescription of hormones which are out of line with the genetic make-up of the child, or puberty blockers, are all clinical practices which run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm."
- Children and adolescents should be provided social support by peers and family and seek counseling from a licensed provider.
This is quite a list. First it says children or adolescents shouldn't be allowed to identify as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth. This may be a "guidance," but it will likely severely limit the ability of gender-diverse children and adolescents to receive not only necessary treatment, but social support as well.
Curiously, the study Florida cites as backing up their opposition to "social transition" (names, clothes, pronouns) does not in fact do that. It says only that in some cases, it might be best to wait to socially transition until right before puberty — which is very different from saying adolescents should not transition at all.
Of the articles cited to back up their assertion that no one under 18 should be given puberty blockers (which makes literally no sense given that 18-year-olds are rarely still pre-pubescent), only one is an actual study of puberty blockers, which found that "Overall patient experience of changes on GnRHa treatment was positive. We identified no changes in psychological function. Changes in BMD were consistent with suppression of growth."
Puberty blockers, by the way, are entirely reversible. They are prescribed to give an adolescent more time to decide if they want to fully transition. Should they stop taking it, puberty will resume as normal.
For the articles meant to provide evidence that adolescents should not do hormone therapy, one article pretty much just says that there should be more research on hormone therapy, while the other actually just says that hormone therapy didn't have any effect on psychological comorbidities.
Results: Those who did well in terms of psychiatric symptoms and functioning before cross-sex hormones mainly did well during real-life. Those who had psychiatric treatment needs or problems in school, peer relationships and managing everyday matters outside of home continued to have problems during real-life.
Conclusion: Medical gender reassignment is not enough to improve functioning and relieve psychiatric comorbidities among adolescents with gender dysphoria. Appropriate interventions are warranted for psychiatric comorbidities and problems in adolescent development.
Do they not know what comorbidities are? It means more than one condition. Hormone therapy not treating comorbidities is hardly evidence that it should not be used.
As for surgical transition, and their meant-to-be-terrifying list of "encouraging mastectomy, ovariectomy, uterine extirpation, penile disablement, tracheal shave, the prescription of hormones which are out of line with the genetic make-up of the child, or puberty blockers," none of that is happening until you get to "hormones" and "puberty blockers," which, see above. If it does, it's a decision to be made by the adolescent and their doctor, not the adolescent and the state.
Perhaps the Florida Department of Health was not counting on anyone actually reading their citations. Either that or they didn't give a damn, because this has literally nothing to do with science or children's welfare. They don't care if this "guidance" ends up with kids killing themselves — clearly — because all they care about is reassuring bigot parents who are scared their kids will be trans or that they will interact with trans kids their own age and find out that they are fine and nice and not scary like Mommy and Daddy say.
Coincidentally, the details of Joseph Ladapo's background check for the Surgeon General position have come out recently. They reveal that his former boss at the University of California Los Angeles recommended against the appointment, saying, "In my opinion the people of Florida would be better served by a surgeon general who grounds his policy decisions and recommendations in the best scientific evidence rather than opinions."
Clearly, Ron DeSantis disagrees.
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Because we all know Ted Cruz cannot abide that filthy pornography.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slams Disney for opposing Florida\u2019s \u201cDon\u2019t Say Gay\u201d law:\n\n\u201cIn every episode now, they\u2019re gonna have Mickey and Pluto going at it \u2026 You can always shift to Cinemax if you want that.\u201dpic.twitter.com/iZX82OiyC2— The Recount (@The Recount) 1650391919
Before an audience of students at Yale University — because if there's anyone who hates elites, its this guy! — Cruz complained about Disney's opposition to Florida's filthy "Don't Say Gay" bill, which subjects teachers to parents' lawsuits if they so much as acknowledge that gay people exist.
"I think there are people who are misguided trying to drive — you know, Disney stepping in, saying, you know, 'In every episode now, they're going to have, you know, Mickey and Pluto going at it.' Really?"
Is that what they said? Really, Ted?
Because we read Disney CEO Bob Chapek's lukewarm statement of protest against the Florida law, offered up begrudgingly and only when it was too late to do any good, and it made exactly zero mention of cartoon mouse-on-dog sex. Seems like that was something that came out of your fevered imagination, Senator.
But go on!
"It's just like, come on guys! These are kids, and, you know, you could always shift to Cinemax if you want that."
Is that ... is that what he thinks is on Cinemax? Just night after night of starlets kitted out in Mickey Ears pegging a dude in a dog costume? Seems like it might get boring after a week or two, but, hey, whatever you're into, fella.
But then this comedian turned serious. Because it's about the children, of course. And we can't have them seeing families with two dads, which is exactly the same thing as hard core bestiality porn.
"Like, it used to be, look, I'm a dad. Like you used to be able to put your kids with the Disney Channel, and be like, all right, something innocuous will happen."
Unlike now when it's all "Ariel ditches that prince dick and finds her voice by exploring her lesbian sexuality." It was all downhill after they converted the Mickey Mouse Club into a BDSM Sex Dungeon. You have to be so careful these days, with woke corporations grooming kids to think interspecies fornication is totally cool and normal.
Anyway, thanks Ted Cruz! As a parent ourselves, we really appreciate the heads up ... that you have some sexual issues which you seem unable to work out in a healthy way and are projecting onto children. We'll be sure to keep our precious babies far, far away from you.
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Thankfully, she is pretty alone in that.
This week, Republican Rhode Island state Rep. Patricia Morgan introduced what has to be one of the absolute worst bills in the history of the state or anywhere. You may remember Rep. Morgan from the time last December when she announced on Twitter that she blamed "Critical Race Theory" for the the fact that she no longer has anyone she can refer to as her Black friend. Employing a #CRT hashtag, Rep. Morgan wrote, "I had a black friend. I liked her and I think she liked me, too. But now she is hostile and unpleasant. I am sure I didn't do anything to her, except be white. Is that what teachers and our political leaders want for our society? Divide us because of our skin color?"
I had a black friend. I liked her and I think she liked me, too. But now she is hostile and unpleasant. I am sure I didn't do anything to her, except be white. Is that what teachers and our political leaders really want for our society? Divide us because of our skin color? #CRT— Patricia Morgan (@Patricia Morgan) 1640703763
Given that Rep. Morgan is clearly the worst, it seems highly unlikely that the main reason this adult woman became "hostile and unpleasant" to her is because teachers were telling students that racism exists. But apparently she was so very scarred from this experience that, rather than working on becoming a more pleasant person herself, she chose to put forth a completely batshit "Don't Say Gay OR Racism" bill that has absolutely no chance of passing, being that she is only one of nine Republicans in the 75-person General Assembly.
Despite this, it's worth taking a look at some of the more bizarre components of this particular bill:
Racial slurs or terms that describe race, ethnicity, gender or religion in a pejorative context shall not be presented or used in schools. Examples of prohibited terms include "supremacy," "racial guilt," "racial fragility," and other racial slurs or terms used to cast negative opinions on individuals based upon race, ethnicity, gender, or religion.
Imagine thinking that talking about white supremacy and white supremacists is insulting to white people. Where does one even begin with that?
Ideological materials, worksheets, homework, texts or assigned reading, and/or mentored discussions that depict identity groups as oppressors and/or victims shall not be incorporated within the pedagogy or curricula of schools. Provided, historical, factual events shall be taught and presented as historical, factual events, as part of a high quality curricula.
And how exactly does Rep. Morgan imagine one would do that when "historical, factual events" involve certain identity groups acting as oppressors and others being oppressed?
History shall be taught using the standards, customs, and traditions in use at the time of the historical event.
It is hard to imagine that there is any context in which this would not be an entirely absurd idea, not just because it is deeply offensive, but because it would make the progression of history entirely confusing. If Rep. Morgan wants to present horrific things as "acceptable" simply because some people considered them "acceptable" at the time, then how would she explain why people then fought to end them?
"Slavery was totally fine and moral right up until the Civil War ended, at which point it became bad."
"Women were simply not capable of voting until 1919, due to their wandering wombs."
It's worth noting that this would actually make teaching much of the state's history rather awkward. Like most of New England, Rhode Island is not much for going along. It was founded by Roger Williams for the purpose of establishing religious freedom at a time when the "standards, customs and traditions in use at the time" dictated that everyone be a Protestant Christian. There were not witch trials in Rhode Island (though there were many suspected vampires). Hell, the state — frequently called "Rogue Island" — boycotted the Constitutional Convention on the grounds that the Constitution would not have permitted them to print paper money and that it, at the time, did not explicitly protect religious freedom (the good kind where people can be whatever they want, not the bad kind where they get to oppress gay people).
One Twitter user had, I believe, the perfect response to this, writing, "Bold of someone suggesting that we teach that Italians are subhuman when talking about the late 19th century in Rhode Island."
In case you are unaware, while it may be the smallest state, Rhode Island has the highest concentration of Italians (also the highest concentrations of Catholics, Portuguese people, and people who are related to me) in the nation, which is why this might not go over so well. Also why the state has the best food in the nation.
The sexualization of children shall not be permitted in educational or extracurricular activities. Sex education shall not explore sexual preference, gender dysphoria, or sexual lifestyles.
That's not the sexualization of children.
During discussion of the bill, when asked to cite specific things children were being taught that would be considered grooming for pedophilia, Rep. Morgan shared an example of something she thought might hypothetically happen.
When you can see two little girls who are best friends playing, seven years old, eight years old, playing on the playground and you say “You know someday — you like each other so much — someday you might marry one another!”
I mean, that would be okay, but it’s not okay for a teacher to set that expectation in an eight-year-old. They may get there on their own. They may! And that’s fine. But teachers shouldn’t be setting that expectation, and that’s what, I think, people are saying is the grooming part.
The scenario she just made up "is the grooming part." In case you were curious. Now, that would be a weird thing to say. It would be equally weird to say it about a boy and girl who are friends — although that's never stopped some people. This imagined scenario where teachers are explicitly telling children that they are gay or trans or pressuring them to identify as such is not happening outside of anyone's imagination. It's not a thing. Being told that gay and trans people exist, which kids know by these ages, is not the same thing as planning their future weddings in Provincetown or taking them down to the Providence Eagle for a leather show.
Again, it is unlikely that this nonsense is going to pass, but it's worth noting that there are even people in northern states trying to pull this nonsense. Rep. Morgan is not actually originally from Rhode Island, but Ohio. Given her output, it seems entirely likely that she moved to the state after hearing that George Lincoln Rockwell was born in Providence, assuming she'd find more fellow travelers in her worldview. Thankfully, this does not seem to have worked out particularly well for her.
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