As the Lamborghini grade intellectual powerhouse of linguistic genius that I am, I rarely read the common literature which equates to mental junk food. The key word is “rarely” for at some point I see headlines which scathe my soul to its depth. “Pray what can scathe one so deeply?” you may ask. The answer is simple. The nigh on unforgivable sin of teaching erroneous grammar or warping meaning.
I speak of the article written for “Teen Vogue” which is entitled “All your Questions about Gender-Neutral Pronouns Answered” by Desmond Meagley. Fear not Desmond, I am a beneficent linguist and while I generally charge money to educate, I will be merciful upon your linguistically challenged soul by instructing you in the basics of the English language.
The first thing one should remember is that in any language the rules are governed not only by grammar or by a single word free of context but by semantics and morphology (I know they are big words but do try to keep up). In layman’s terms, there are principles of context and grammar which form rules so as to encode meaning which is subsequently decoded by the listener (oh dear was that very patriarchal of me? layman….). It means one can babble on and make all sorts of nonsensical assertions about language and how it is used and yet, the actual way that it is decoded will render one’s utterances invalid if the message is not understood.
To assist understanding, I will analyse the article and clearly display why when one wishes to dance the linguistic tango, that one must in fact know the steps or else risk looking like an uncoordinated and somewhat intoxicated grasshopper.
The aforementioned article is written in a format of question and answer format that even the dimmest of teenagers is likely to understand and reasonably so for the magazine “Teen Vogue” is not aimed at the sharpest tools in the shed. The context of this piece is that the author argued for the use of they /them as a singular personal pronoun.
“You look like a boy/girl. Why use they instead of he/she? I look like me. That’s all there is to it. If someone else looks at me and decides I am something or another based on the clothes I’m wearing, or whether or not I’m wearing make up, that assumption is on them: it has nothing to do with who or what I actually am.”
A mildly passive aggressive answer and yet somewhat of an oxymoron. I do wager to ask: “If indeed you are self-confident enough to not care what assumption others make about your personage, then why is it necessary to impose the usage of a predefined term of self-identification on others? Would that not rather suggest insecurity and immaturity?” Just asking for a friend.
The following was like watching a rocket blast off heavenward full of energy and power only to suddenly veer off at an angle strike the ground with excessive force and burst into flame. The design was flawed. So near and yet so far………..
“You’re only one person! How does that work?”
It’s really, really simple. In English, we already use singular “they” all the time when the gender of a person is unknown. Say you see fifty bucks on the ground and pick it up. You might say: “Oh, someone dropped their money here. I’ll set it aside for them, I bet they are looking everywhere!”
Alas, so near thee saileth, so near yon words thee spake rung true. Indeed, “they” and “them” are used as a singular plural within very strict semantic and morphological parameters defined by spoken situational context. “They” and “them” are used ONLY when the person is unknown and their gender, that is to say, their sex, is unknown. It is never used when the person is known to those communicating and only leaves possibility open that a member or members of either gender could carry out an action. (Fun biological fact, there are two genders.)
“When someone uses they/them pronouns, all you have to do is apply that same sentence construction: “Oh, Desmond dropped their money here. I’ll set it aside for them, I bet they are looking everywhere!”
The rocket has disintegrated. I take it that English was not your forté at school. The sentence is both semantically and morphologically incorrect and looks ridiculous. Perhaps it would be a kindness unto thyself to refrain from explaining any more of your pseudo-linguistic musings. Sadly, it continues….
“I’m fine with non-binary people, but I don’t believe in singular they pronouns. It makes no sense.”Not only are you on the wrong side of history, you’re also on the wrong side of English, my friend.”
Firstly, expressing an attitude of friendship when one has only just introduced oneself in an article could give the impression of a condescending attitude, we wouldn’t want that now would we?
Secondly, humans are dimorphic and hence we all belong to a binary.
Thirdly, I strongly recommend against attempting to pull out a dictionary and embarrassing oneself by spouting a poorly formed and linguistically unsound argument with below par reasoning. Especially, when historically it has been used only to refer to unknown individuals.
Alright then, it’s a free country.
“Major dictionaries have recognized singular they as grammatically correct for years, including the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, and dictionary.com. The word “they” has been used as a singular pronoun since at least the 16th century, and some argue it goes back even earlier. We’re not making up new words and grammar here. Clearly, it makes sense to a lot of people who know a lot about the English language, so I don’t know why everyone gets so hung up on this.”
No one, “gets hung up” on this point when it is used to refer to an unknown individual carrying out an action. People only object to the incorrect grammatical usage based on erroneous semantic and morphological structures. You are attempting to make new grammar by insinuating a form that violates the semantic structure. The dictionary definition only applies to the already explained reference of when one is talking about an unknown individual or individuals. It does make sense to those who know a lot about the English language that the proposed assertion of using they/them for a known individual is laughably inaccurate. This is starting to get painfully repetitive.
The arguments given are taken out of context and obviously lacks any depth or linguistic insight. The poor developed reasoning skills are aimed at the cognitively underdeveloped and is likely to further inhibit future growth of mental capabilities if teens consume this sort of faux linguistics.
Alas, to err is but human, in the future let us continue to use the English language as it is supposed to be used and not put too much thought into our own whimsical interpretations. Let us pass over this as the result of misguided youthful over exuberance and deficit of knowledge. It would be highly recommended that one invest in a grammar exercise book which would save one from this type of embarrassment in the future.
I have educated the throngs against this grammatical faux pas and extended my benevolent mercy upon the linguistically underdeveloped. May proper linguistics smile benignantly on your attempts to master the English language.
The train wreck original article : https://www.teenvogue.com/story/they-them-questions-answered
The Western world is undergoing an ideological war directed at science and reality itself. Scientific fact is now construed as “offensive” or “insulting”. Interestingly, the so called “progressive” minds which one would assume to be more accepting of scientific realities are in fact in total opposition to this. Normally, I remain silent on these issues and let insane people follow their course of insanity. However, this pseudoscience, this faux reality, this paradox of logic, has spread and is now infiltrating and corrupting the very fabric of society at its root. Its root? Yes. children, those who will continue to live and create, those who will be responsible for building this world to be something better or destroying it through their own greed or stupidity.
The Transcult is responsible for the dissemination of the worst forms of pseudoscientific dross, with certain doctors, keen on building a customer base and who are all too willing to defecate on the Hippocratic Oath they have taken, furthering medically unsound and downright harmful quackery.
Let us then consider the actual science that undermines the religious fervour of this Transcult.
Myth 1: I have a female brain in a male body (or vice versa).
Reality: Sorry, but that is a biologically disproven absurdity. Human bodies are governed by constraints. Each sex develops in the womb with their neurons being woven together based on the hormones present for their sex.
This means that a male body will have neurons that weave together with greater density from front to back (and opposite) within the same hemisphere, the mass of the brain will be greater, with more overall white matter volume and an adult brain mass of approximately 1,370 grams. The female brain will have a total mass of approximately 1,200 grams, (one should not construe mass with IQ) higher overall grey matter volume but significantly higher inter-hemispheric white matter than males.
That men and women behave differently is biologically encoded in the brain, female body = female brain and male body = male brain. No amount of pseudoscientific gymnastics can nullify these basic biological facts. A woman is a woman and a man is a man, physically, neurologically and genetically.
Myth 2: Helping children “transition” earlier helps them have better lives because they know what they are.
Reality: This argument is debased on many levels. Take the later half of the argument. It implies that children ( sometimes as young as three or four) have the cognitive ability to orientate themselves in the world to the mental level of an adult. This is in total opposition to well documented theories of children’s cognitive development such as Vygotsky and Piaget. Both of which argue that children’s cognitive development and self realisation happen in stages and that such young children are not fully cognizant as to themselves.
Being a tomboy does not make one a boy trapped in a girls body, neither does being a sensitive boy make one a girl trapped in a boys body.
The younger the child the less they are developed, children should not have any predefined “ideas” about gender because their behaviour at this stage is mostly compelled by their genetics. Baby girls are much more interested in people’s faces with baby boys being more interested in objects in their surroundings. This can in no way be argued to be anything other than a preprogrammed genetic default. It is impossible for a young child to “self identify” as anything because they lack the mental and cognitive ability (never mind the brain mass for computation) to physically do this.
Using this same arguments by ideologues, a young child should also be able to drive, work, pay tax, get married, become part of government, run for office and the like. If it is considered for such things to be an absurdity for young children, why is the concept of choosing one’s gender especially at that age, not equally laughable? Children transitioning earlier only assures damaging the developing body to a greater degree. Imagine a sapling tree which is contorted into an unnatural shape. As it is young and supple it can handle the twisting, however, as the tree ages any attempt to correct its shape or to improve its shape will likely cause the wood to split. The same is true of children, biologically corrupting children can have no long term benefits, on the contrary, long term health problems ranging from mental illness to drastically increased risk of cancer due to DNA and hormonal damage along with a plethora of other diseases and conditions are the inevitable results of this abuse.
Myth 3: “Transitioning” is safe and proven science.
Reality: Changing sex is technically impossible. Even when everything is chopped and inverted and that individual “believes” that they are now the sex they “identify” with, their body cannot accept the lie. Biologically their DNA will continue to scream their true gender, so to speak. The body will continue to reject the lie, the body will continue to fight to repair itself, the body will continue to attempt to revert to reality. What does that logically mean? A man is a man and a woman is a woman.
Biologically their DNA will continue to scream their true gender
From this DNA rejection of changes comes a massive challenge. The body considers the wound caused by surgery as just that, a wound, which needs to be repaired. The body and the entire immune system will then attack and try to correct this immune system breach. Massive doses of hormones will then be needed to stave off this reaction, essentially putting the body in a DNA-Immune stupor. If at any time the hormones are ceased, the body will attempt to aggressively revert.
Hormones also control the stability of the neural tissue. The brain is extremely sensitive, when hormones are used for extensive periods the neurological electro-chemical system is upset and starts to become damaged. This neurological instability leads to mental and emotionally unpredictable and often devastating results. It may increase aggression, depression and decrease the natural will to live. About 40% of males who undergo this procedure commit suicide and another larger percentage self harm. To put that into perspective, the Spanish flu killed about 20% of those who contracted it, the Ebola Virus (depending on the strain) kills about 50% of those who contract it. This means that the pseudo-medical procedure that kills 40% of those who undergo it is equitable to one of the most deadly viruses on the planet. Yet, little is said about this. Usually society is blamed for being “unaccepting” however this rate does not change regardless if the individual is in an accepting environment or not. This would then denote that the mortality rate is NOT affected by the wider society and rather that this is a mental illness ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition also known as DSM 5 refers to it being a Mental Disorder).
To present this in another manner, imagine that a drug company created a drug and then put out it out to market knowing that the drug had a 40% chance of giving fatal anaphylactic shock to its consumers. Two questions arise, would they not be held legally responsible for the deaths and secondly, would you be willing to use medication that has a 40% chance of ending your existence? Transcultists argue that this is a chance worth taking.
Far from being safe, this is untested, haphazard and slapdash pseudo-biology that is literally killing people, many times children.
Myth 4: They are real women.
Reality: No, they most certainly are not. The differences extend far beyond the brain and hormones. Males and females are structurally different. To put this in very politically incorrect terms, a female is not only a walking, talking individual just like a male, she is in fact more than that, she is a walking, talking life support system.
This is a significant biological axiom, as the design of the body is heavily impacted by this. Take for example the centre of gravity. Females who have to carry a significant weight while pregnant hence having a lower centre of gravity than men. This puts less pressure on the spine which is caused the additional frontal weight and assists in stability while walking or doing other activities while being pregnant. They also tend to have lower core abdominal muscle mass as the abdominal regions need to expand during pregnancy.
Males generally have higher overall muscle mass and a higher centre of gravity along with a smaller Q- Angle, making them less stable from a gravitational standpoint but faster and more powerful thereby giving males a enormous advantage especially in the upper body and when lifting weights. The larger Q-angle in women also puts them at significantly greater risk of severe knee injury when pressure is exerted on the anterior surface, hence the significantly greater amount of knee injuries in professional female athletes (this is one reason than men are not permitted to compete with women).
Females have a lower set Sacrum, wider Pelvic Brim and wider Subpubic Angle than males, all of which are imperative to be able to give birth. This results in the stereotypical “child bearing hips” of women and the wider positioning of the legs.
The cervix and the ovaries are also immensely complex, as is the amniotic sac that acts as a supplementary immune system for the fetus. A real women is therefore and adult human female, one who possesses XX chromosomes or X / XXX chromosomal mutations.
Myth 5: You can be female by behaving female.
Reality: a large number of behaviour sets between men and women are identical. However, from a biological and physiological standpoint there are differences in certain common behaviours. Consider language and mannerisms. Women tended to use more agreeable language forms and less foul language in their interactions. Interestingly this would support the understanding that women have a better agreeableness rating in their general leaning, a point on which I concur.
Further, “women and men may have different paralinguistic system and move and gesture differently” a point that can be seen with general gestures being understood to be predominantly masculine or feminine.
Men tend to push the status quo considerably more and are often more blunt in their language forms and more likely to ignore social hierarchy or employ dialects in spoken language. Men are more likely to use physical cues to intimidate other men or to elevate their own status.
Interestingly, the men who claim to be women, retain male gestures and speech patterns. Even when they attempt to use feminine forms, masculine forms are triggered by emotion and they cannot but help reverting to their “natural state”. Take for example the debate between Mr. Tur and Ben Shapiro.
men who claim to be women, retain male gestures and speech patterns
During the debate, Robert continually used body language of intimidation used by males. A hand on the shoulder (a masculine form used to try and signal physical superiority) and strong eye contact as commonly used by males in conflict. He then threatened Ben when he felt offended (by scientific fact) and told him that he would be leaving in an ambulance if he repeated his comments. Females rarely react like this, their conflict management tends to work by verbally communicating their offense and not with threats of violence toward unknown males(a pattern which is also based on a physically weaker physiology). Later Mr. Tur threatened to “curb stomp” (a very violent stepping on the back of the skull) Ben Shapiro.
Another example is Bruce Jenner who aggressively stated no one should ever question whether a man, who claims to be a woman, is an actual woman and that they can never judge until they are in that position. He was apparently upset that some would question why a man had won a woman’s prize. He was essentially saying that science and discussion should be censored to further his pseudoscientific views. A common tactic of the Trancult is to attack any free thought that may question the validity of their carefully constructed pseudoscientific and baseless safe space.
Myth 6: Acceptance is the kind thing to do.
Reality: Here we have a severe case of conflating the two words acceptance and tolerance. Acceptance means that one condones certain actions and does not find anything wrong with a persons course of behaviour. Tolerance on the other hand, recognises the right of that individual to choose their life course but does not mean that one agrees with nor condones the actions of that individual. Hence, no conflict occurs when the other party does not impose their ideology on someone else.
The Transcult however, is confused about not only acceptance and tolerance but also the meaning of kindness. Kindness is empathy and compassion. One can have a difference of opinion and still be empathetic and compassionate.
Imagine a doctor who has to set a broken bone. The doctor will make a concerted effort to cause as little pain as possible, however there may still be considerable pain involved. The positive result of setting the bone outweighs the pain caused. No one would view a doctor who refuses to set a broken bone as being kind.
In like manner, drawing attention to the pseudoscientific arguments of the Transcult, while seemingly painful to that individual is actually the real kindness. Imagine for a moment a schizophrenic patient. No good comes from indulging the audio-visual disturbances that a schizophrenic experiences as a reality. Schizophrenic persons have a severe mental disorder that than be a danger to not only those around them but also to themselves. They receive help and medication to enable them to live as normal and fulfilling lives as possible.
The same should be true for those who believe a fallacy, that they are born in the wrong body. Research should be done not into how to further mutilate their bodies but how to correct the imbalances that make them delusional in the first place. An argument that angers many proponents of the transcult who are satisfied with their own delusion and encourage viewing as “normal” that which is not.
It should be noted that those who so loudly espouse “tolerance” are the least tolerant of all. Any difference at all in opinion, even highlighting the scientific facts are deemed hate speech or offensive. An example is the so called Dr. Harrop (for some reason I hear the sound of a duck whenever that name is mentioned) who led a campaign against a certain Mrs. Posie Parker who dared to put up a sign saying that “women (noun) = adult human female”. She was subject to an online campaign of harassment and her children and husband were targeted. I do not personally know her and am opposed to feminism, yet, regardless of what one personally thinks of her, it seems highly unethical for “tolerant” and “accepting” people to target those who were not part of the argument, particularly her children. Regardless of my opinion on feminism, the fact remains that her statements are not scientifically inaccurate as the rest of this article has already demonstrated and that she was stating widely held mainstream medical belief. Sadly, rather than the harassers, it was Mrs. Parker who was deplatformed by those very “tolerant” and “large hearted individuals”.
Espousing the lie that gender and sex can be chosen is the opposite of kindness, it is encouraging a mentally unstable individual to self harm and is devoid of all ethics and morals.
I could write on and on about the evidence that shows how harmful the mutilations of sex change surgery are to the body and mind, as to how children are condemned to a lifetime of hormones and depression, as to non-feminine behaviour of these who “transition”, as to the violent criminals, rapists and paedophiles that want to be imprisoned as females such as Stephen Terence Wood (now Karen White), Paul Banfield, David Aryton, Craig Hauxwell and many others. I could write about the campaigns by the Transcult to silence any dialogue and remove free speech as well as label anything they find mildly annoying to be hate speech. I could but I will not, as I do not desire to write an encyclopaedic length book on the subject, merely state a few of the blinding facts.
Normalising the abnormal does not mean that reality will bend and that biology will obey ideology.
Normalising the abnormal does not mean that reality will bend and that biology will obey ideology. One can manipulate biology into abnormalities but the results will never be beneficial, it will simply create other problems that add to human misery. Those with mental problems and disabilities should be assisted to live as normally as possible to add quality to their life, not make their disabilities and problems worse. This ideology of faux science continues to spread by brute force, will you accept the lie as truth?
Angry Tweets, angry television interviews and angry debates. It seems that the argument over pronoun use is becoming louder and angrier by the day. Now you may be wondering “Why is any of this even important?” A fair question to ask and before I attempt to answer in a step by step presentation of the facts, there are some things about me, that you the reader should understand.
I am really no one of interest, simply a lone voice presenting facts. I am a linguist as well as a social scientist, the last of a rare breed of apolitical (politically neutral) social scientists. To be objective it is necessary in order have no horse in the race so to speak. As part of linguistics I study early childhood language development which encompasses neurolinguistics along with sociolinguistics. Another point that the reader should grasp is that I believe in the greater good of all mankind, regardless of race and regardless of whether you are a male or female. I am also not particularly liked by anyone because I draw attention to faults of various Ideals. When I see untruth I must however speak out.
The last sentences have probably already triggered some individuals.
Do try to hear the arguments before you decide.
A pronoun is defined as :any member of a small class of words found in many languages that are used as replacements or substitutes for nouns and noun phrases, and that have very general reference, as I, you, he, this, who, what. Pronouns are sometimes formally distinguished from nouns, as in English by the existence of special objective forms, as him for he or me for I, and by non-occurrence with an article or adjective.
A simple definition, yet far too simple to comprehend the how pronouns are used. Pronouns interact with surrounding grammatical structures and form complex patterns that validate the semantic expression and clarify its pragmatics within the given context.
The pronoun therefore confirms the state of being in which the individual spoken of exists in regard to the context of the communication taking place.
Consider the sample sentence “She took her dog for a walk.”
It is assumed that you and I are already familiar with the person in question, hence, instead of referring to the individuals name a simple “she” is sufficient to act as in identifier of the person in question.
“Her” denotes either the state of possession of a noun or close relationship in connection with the noun, which in this case is a dog.
Take another example of “be” verbs into consideration.
These verbs are represented in English by “ am, are , is” for present tense and “was, were” for past tense. It must be clearly stated that the rules of “be” verbs are fairly complex in English and that other languages make do with fewer forms and some have more than English.
“Be” verbs interact under strict grammatical rules with pronouns. To illustrate, “She are very happy”. The native speaker of English will very quickly see an inaccuracy as the sentence is grammatically incorrect, but why is it incorrect?
It does not follow the grammatical rules which have formed over the centuries of language usage.
Here lies a conundrum in the use of alternative pronouns, they don’t follow proper grammar.
Another point that bears mentioning, is the whole “they” as a singular personal pronoun. Whoever made this argument or posed this idea in the first place is bereft of the least amount of linguistic knowledge.
Are “they, them, their” used as a singular? Yes. Are these used as singular for when the person we are speaking of is known to us? No.
“If someone comes while I am out, tell them I will be back after lunch”, clearly the person speaking does not know who is coming and therefore uses an gender neutral term.
Basically, “they, them, their” refers to an unknown category and this is the only time when it is proper to use “they, them, their” for an individual. The parameters of “they, them, their” are constant and at no time has it been used to refer to someone in first person. To imply otherwise is an outright fallacy. This recent reinvention of “they, them, their” is a clumsy attempt by non-linguists to push a certain ideology, but more on that later.
THE IDEOLOGY OF COMPELLED SPEECH
The ideology of compelled speech is extremely dangerous and often precedes catastrophes in history. Compelled speech is essentially the opposite of free speech.
Note should be taken to understand exactly what the nature of free speech is. It includes the ability to express controversial ideas freely and to debate issues that may be contentious. This gives ample space for a diverse range of opinions.
Most governments have regulations in place to prevent so called “hate speech”. The context of hate speech is designed to to prevent radicals inciting the population to violence or committing other such vile crimes. In the case of Germany, denying the Holocaust is rightly defined as hate speech and brings with it heavy penalties. The necessity of this legislation stemmed from the strong anti Semitic propaganda that had polluted the minds of the population. This propaganda as one should clearly note, was based not on a mere dislike or aversion to Jewish culture but called for the extermination of the entire group. Hate speech should therefore NOT be confused with simple disagreement or difference of opinion.
What is the point of this?
Compelled speech draws no distinction between free speech and hate speech. It classifies anything deemed controversial or potentially offensive under the same umbrella term.
Compelled speech also has a powerful propagandist effect on the population becoming a self policing totalitarian mind-set. Where plurality of opinion does not exist, those not associated with the “hive mind” are quickly identified and ostracised or worse singled out for eradication.
This type of propaganda and legislation quickly produces the atmosphere under which language can be weaponised. This was effectively introduced by Joseph Goebbels the head of propaganda in the National Socialist German Worker’s party (NAZI Party) who was instrumental in silencing all other opinions along with installing the rabid campaign against all undesirables but especially the Jews. Failure to used compelled speech in refusing to say “Heil Hitler” immediately singled one out as a free thinker that is to say, an enemy of the German race. The death toll as most would know, exceeded 8 million.
Humans are very slow in learning from history. This compelled speech was further implemented under the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics and its many children. The death toll that resulted from such propaganda campaigns is estimated at well over 40 million.
The key to the implementation of this ideology is the insidious nature by which it is introduced. Hitler did not start out by claiming that he would exterminate the Jews, rather he sought to paint them as the villains and enemies of not only the German people but all mankind which also led to the ideology of the “superior and pure” race that would be the saviour of the world. This perfect race was to be superior not only in mind-set but also in genetics. One form of propaganda led to another and supported by pseudoscience as well as lacking any counter opinion, the flames of demented bloodthirsty fervour spread like a cancer, turning previously peaceful people into murders.
Compelled speech is deadly.
What on earth, does all that have to do with pronouns?
It is ingenuously a battle for the control of your mind, the creation of a mindless spoon fed and unquestioning drone. The substitution of science and fact with pseudoscience and interpretations of self-declared moral outrage. The declaration that what is abnormal is normal.
Pronouns are grammatical constants and have never been used as a term of insult or abuse, to infer therefore that they are “offensive” is the greatest act of insult to those who truly suffer from verbal abuse on a daily basis. Any stable minded person would not equate a refusal to use a certain pronoun with hate speech, death threats or incitement to violence.
Pronouns are merely the start however. Think for a moment how one is viewed who refuses to use a pronoun out of personal belief, conscience or conviction.
Such individuals are portrayed as various types of “phobic”, extremist, small-minded or wholly ignorant simply for having a difference of opinion.
Pronoun usage is therefore a new method of classifying undesirables based on their opinions. Individuals who are adamant about alternative pronouns are often (not always) closed to any thought of debate or respectful conversation on differences in opinion. This lack of openness to dialog and demand about what others must say coincides with the compelled speech movement.
ON LINGUISTICS & GENETICS
Linguistics can however be somewhat beastly when it comes to classifications due to retaining a sense or feeling of the original word, even when a new term is coined.
Take the “trans” prefix for example. By its very use it implies that the person is not biologically a man or woman acting as a paradox for claiming that they are “real” men or women. Further pushing the agenda that this mental condition of confusion about ones gender is “natural”. Be aware that this is a play on words. “Natural” to many people equates to “normal “in that it is found in nature. Yet, natural can also be undesirable or cause abnormalities, as is the case of “naturally occurring” viruses, bacteria, parasites and genetic diseases.
“Trans” activists also often equate themselves to those who have chromosomal mutations and that they are therefore “natural” alternative forms of our species. In a television debate on the subject, Robert Tur claimed that Ben Shapiro was uneducated, however then went on to cite Klinefelter Syndrome as a defence as well as threaten violence. The scientific reality is completely different to the statements made.
People who suffer from chromosomal mutations are suffering from a very real physical ailment and are not confused as to whether they are male or female at all. In many cases, individuals only become aware of their mutation by means of tests due to the symptoms of their syndrome such as infertility. The types of chromosomal mutations are listed below.
Female (♀): 45,X (Turner’s syndrome) multiple health problems, may need human growth hormone to develop more normally.
Male (♂): 47 XXY (Klinefelter syndrome) or (KS), also known as 47 XXY or XXY. It is the set of symptoms that result from two or more X chromosomes in males.
Male (♂): 47 XYY (XYY syndrome): XYY syndrome is a genetic condition in which a male has an extra Y chromosome. Symptoms are usually few.
Female (♀): 47 XXX (XXX syndrome). Triple X syndrome, also known as trisomy X and 47 XXX, is characterized by the presence of an extra X chromosome in each cell of a female.
Male (♂): 48 XXYY (XXYY syndrome). XXYY syndrome is a sex chromosome anomaly in which males have an extra X and Y chromosome.
True intersex is extremely rare and can be life threatening especially when there is interaction between the different hormones produced in the opposing gonadal tissue. There are different types of intersex conditions with mosaic tissue usually being confined to a certain part of the body.
Female (♀) or Male (♂) dependant on disorder type: 46 XX/XY mosaic. Different types of mosaicism exist, such as gonadal mosaicism (restricted to the gametes) or tissue or somatic mosaicism.
It should be noted that the gametes are only male or female and that androgen hormones effect the way in which male and female brains form in the womb. At the time of birth sexual dimorphism is already set in accordance with chromosome sets.
The physiological differences between genders are undeniable biological facts. Attempting to pretend that such differences do not exist is merely childish
Further differences arise in the structure and mass of the brain the average weight being about 1370 g in men and about 1200 g in women (Harrison 2003, 25–34). Size does not however effect intelligence as one can note from how the structures interact and the neural connectivity in different brain regions.
It is impossible to have a female body with a male brain or visa versa.
In one Oxford study, it was shown that several sexually dimorphic characteristics are notable in the human brain.
Females were found to have “relative to cerebrum size, greater cortical grey matter volume, larger volumes of regions associated with language functions (e.g. Broca’s area) (…) and white matter involved in interhemispheric connectivity. The number of neurons per unit volume, in the planum temporal, was also greater in women than men”. The same research reported that “compared to women, men have been found to have larger volumes, relative to cerebrum size, or differences in neuronal densities in other limbic and paralimbic regions (i.e. amygdala) (…) and overall white matter volume.” (Goldstein 2001, 490- 497).
Hence, the actual predisposition for aptitude in certain skills may be greater within a certain gender based on brain structure, however, this would not define the gender as being restricted to any particular activity set, only potentially having physiological ad- vantages.
Examples of sexual dimorphism can be seen across human anatomy even as far as the mandibular ramus flexure which differs among males and females, sexual dimorphism is an undebatable fact (Loth & Henneberg 1996, 473–485). It cannot, however, be stated that any of the physiological attributes which are common to a particular gender completely define it.
Some girls for example are tomboyish and enjoy playing in mud and running around, climbing and jumping everywhere. Are these then males trapped in female bodies?
Some would argue that they are, and yet, these same people would argue a feminist point that behaviour is completely a social construct. Unfortunately one cannot argue that something is completely biological or completely socially constructed and then continue to conflate the two. Either they are linked or they are not.
Given that the sequence of DNA will continue to scream out ones real gender/sex and that stable languages structures define male or female pronouns, it cannot be considered offensive to refuse the use of a particular pronoun.
The suicide rate for “trans” people taking hormones stands at a disastrous 40% regardless of whether or not they are in an accepting environment or not. Those who have this tenancy and get proper counselling to work through their confusion have considerably lower rates of suicide.
One can liken this to a schizophrenic patient who hears voices. With the help of family and proper medication, the patient can receive the attention they need and correct or control the problem leading to a better quality of life. Telling a patient that you hear the voices too will only have a detrimental effect of mentally destabilising them further. The result on their mental and physical health can only be adverse.
Normalising the abnormal leads to this mental turmoil not being recognised as something that needs to be addressed and means that these individuals do not have support to recover. Using hormones as a first reaction is will only serve to damage already damaged brain chemistry.
The modern trend is to start hormone therapy early without sufficient research even having gone into this problem. Pertinent research is also actively being obstructed by ideologues as is the case with Professor Lisa Littman being blocked from and harassed out of fundamental research at Brown University. Children are not Guinea pigs and yet that is how these ideological groups are treating them.
Regrettably, the physiatrists who disagree with this new ideological craze such as Jordan Peterson and Gad Saad are branded as heretics of the scientific world. This labelling of “undesirables” leads to a greater vacuum of free thinking and academic freedom. In essence, squelching free speech.
Regardless of what radical ideologues may wish, biology does not bow to ideology.
ON CHILDREN AND INDOCTRINATION
Education plays a pivotal role in how children develop their understanding of the world and in what type of people they will become. Educational policies are therefore paramount to creating a generation that is of benefit to society.
Sadly, children are the main target of many radical ideologues because they have easily malleable minds and can be convinced that morally questionable or even reprehensible behaviour is normal. An example of this can be seen in children being encouraged while being sexualised in drag.
The slow process of indoctrination is being introduced into the classroom. “Boy” and “girl” are now micro-aggressions and make students feel “left out”. Now, “gender neutral” terms should be used just in case someone is “gender fluid”. If this were not preposterous enough, children are actively being taught that all matter of things are equally acceptable. Men can be women if they want to and all things are acceptable when people love one another.
This kind of indoctrination is extremely damaging to children, as they do not have the mental faculties to even take in half of the information presented to them. It further degrades their understanding of what is acceptable and puts them in greater danger of exploitation and rape by paedophiles. Even today, there are individuals actively presenting paedophilia as a genuine sexual inclination. The breakdown of social morals leads to a festering of debased ideas such as these.
There is a difference in teaching children not to do harm to others, playing nice, not bullying and indoctrinating them. These are lessons that can be applied to any situation in life. In addition, inclusion of curriculum that teaches that the basic biological family unit is non-binding is a travesty of the greatest proportions.
The overuse of gender neutral pronouns is now finding its way into the teaching of English as a second language. As if learning English was not a challenge in of itself, children now have to take in this ideology along with their language lessons.
Children are the target of ideologues for various reasons. Firstly, they lack reasoning skill as and are much influenced or coerced with greater speed than adults. They are also easier to control (Beber).
Indoctrination programs can be highly effective as is seen in the cases of the Hitler Youth program in Germany and The Youth Cult in USSR.
Both these programs were instrumental in brainwashing the next generation into unquestionably following the desired ideology.
Today is no different.
Indoctrination always has an innocent starting point.
Children are being prepared, the question is for what? Another question that begs answering is whether or not parents will wake up as to what is happening before history begins repeating itself in the vicious circle of previous generations.
Parent, do you know who is teaching your children? Do you know what your children are learning? Get to know your children, spend time with them, be patient with them, let them open their heart to you, do not let the internet or television be their teachers or moral guides.
Any teacher with even a slight degree of skill can be more than inclusive of anyone in their class regardless of race or gender and does not need policy to dictate what pronouns or ideology should be pushed in the classroom, especially with easily impressionable preteens.
All groups and individuals who are willing to use violence to further their ideals or ideologies are repulsive. All violence is deplorable, repugnant and abominable.
Using violence to counter ideas one opposes is like using Ebola to cure the plague.
Incitement to violence is equally disgusting and encouraging others to hurt fellow humans is beyond vile. Incitement to violence for mere difference in outlook, all the more reprehensible.
Today a pronoun, tomorrow a lesson on an infinity of genders and in a fortnight there is no way of knowing what will be acceptable. I speak in hyperbole yet the seriousness of this conversation is by no means less dire. Education systems are slowly being assimilated into an ideology that will produce a terrible effect on society, not just locally but globally. Education lays the groundwork for advancement or great evil when misused. This pervasive ideology is by its own structure self-destructive and merciless. It is an ideology that opposes thought, reason or understanding as espoused through free speech. It is totalitarian and fractures society by polarising it into combatant forces.
The battle for the control of your mind, the creation of a mindless spoon fed and unquestioning drone has begun. The substitution of science and fact with pseudoscience and interpretations of self-declared moral outrage. The declaration that what is abnormal is normal.
Up is down and down is up… will you accept it?
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It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword and indeed, for the sword may end a life but the pen through its propaganda power, has spread ideologies that have exterminated millions over the 20th and 21st centuries. Long in our history has there been a desire by certain groups, fuelled by their own sense of infallibility, to dominate those deemed to be morally inferior souls.
Alas, for the greatest foe to this totalitarian barbarism is wisdom borne from knowledge. Yet, not “knowledge” as harboured by those of self-righteous worth but knowledge which devours untruth by its sureness and its factual illumination. This is the knowledge that is so despised, for like a mirror it holds a clear reflection of what one really is, whether beneficent or evil and they cannot bear to look upon their own faces.
Axioms in time and space cannot be overturned with arguments based on emotions or feelings and hence the scholar who would indulge in these is sure to become a target for those of ill will. Those who have enslaved their mind in cult of ideology, walk around blindly but loudly preach their own clear vision. To them, axioms of universal truth are heretical, a smirch on the name of their mindless ideological fervour.
Like in the days of old, their rallying cry is merely to destroy by force and their hoarse calls are only to burn the unbeliever. In reality what more can they do? Their claims cannot be proven and they are shown to be whisperers of empty mist rather than the sages of knowledge they think themselves to be.
Some who have original thoughts and some who like Galileo may seem like true heretics in their rejection of the established radical ideology cult of academic doctrine.
There have been calls by the faux scholars, those in fields that cannot rightfully be called subjects, nor schools, but rather echo chambers of ideological offal and the dross of true academia to wage a war, nay a crusade on all who dare to think freely. This self-appointed and intellectually deficient Academic Inquisition would dictate by its own terms, that which is sanctioned and that which is not. Not unlike the judges of the Salem Witch Trials they have deemed guilty, without evidence or forethought, all those who would dare partake in the Heresy of Free Thought.
Ironically their techniques are not new and are not particularly surprising as they have been used by dictatorships and the worst of human rights abusers in history. On May 10th , 1933 the NAZI Party had a grand bonfire called the burning of the books ( Bücherverbrennung) where all ideas contrary to the diseased NAZI ideology were offered to the sacrificial flames of the NAZI cult. It was not long before they started burning people too.
Infected by the plague of radical ideology, student groups regularly protested and rallied against professors not deemed to uphold the NAZI ideology in order to force them out of office. Universities were annexed by the government and academics were scrutinized and blacklists were made. Professors who refused to stand behind the dictated “racially pure science” were turned upon by the then existing Academic Inquistion and were rewarded with indefinite stays at their local death camp.
It was the end of open discourse because nothing that could hurt NAZI feelings were permitted to be discussed. The end of free speech meant the end of academia and about 15% of academics who would not submit to this demonic evil were purged.
Does one not see a parallel today?
The Soviet Union spurred the rabid dogma of Lenin and Stalin eradicated any free thinker who dared to even the slightest disagreement to their radical ideologies. During the Great Purge intelligentsia were tightly monitored and the lists of the dead, great minds and vast intellects can easily be found. Name upon name upon name. Murdered for refusing to bow to the ideological cult.
Need one continue? Are the millions of corpses in the USSR and NAZI Germany not sufficient proof that the worst of ideologies are the ones that want freedom of speech curtailed so that they may indulge themselves in mindless slaughter for their own envisioned greater good?
Shall we mention the Khmer Rouge who executed almost every intellectual in the country? No intellectuals, meant that no one could offend the feelings of the Khmer Rouge. How very convenient. The Khmer Rouge were so enthusiastic in eliminating anything potentially offensive that they literally ran out of graves and soil with which to cover their victims.
In Cuba, intelligentsia were either quick to flee, or else executed or imprisoned.
The examples here are by no means exhaustive. There is a undeniable and irrefutable historical pattern where academics are among the first primary targets of totalitarian ideological dictatorships.
Blacklisting can only be described as academic terrorism by the Academic Inquisition in their academic right-speak crusade. It is cowardice and admission that one does not posses the mental fortitude with which to counter the viewpoints of others. It is infantile and petty by its very nature.
Contrary to the affect desired by the Academic Inquisition, there are more and more professors who refuse to kowtow to this and are in fact more willing to publish with their thoughts after the call to blacklist those who do so. Ironically, various experts in their fields with many authors being in disagreement with each other find this to be a point of agreement, the difference however is in the openness to discuss these differences of opinion in dialogue.
Individual academics have been hounded by this Academic Inquisition. Consider only a few….
Professor Jordan Peterson was called a bigot for refusing to follow the totalitarian legislation that sought to impose compelled speech on the population.
Professor Gad Saad, an Arab Jew who narrowly escaped the murder of Jews during the Lebanese War and yet, he is called Nazi (which is really a very distasteful thing to call a Jew and a refugee) and bigot because he dares to use his brain and speak out against the current foolishness.
Professor Janice Fiamengo, a woman who left feminism after realising it was not all that it was cracked up to be. In many senses she is one of the ultimate heretics because she was once part of the ideology that now wishes to silence all dissenters.
Professor Dennis Gouws, faces continued harassment from feminist faculty and radical ideologues for daring to state that not all problems are related to the mythical patriarchy.
Doctor Debra Soh, a researcher extraordinaire who has been critical of many of the ideological motivations that run contrary to biological science in regard to “gender” and “sex”.
The so called “Intellectual Dark Web” is really a misnomer, because it allows freedom of expression and interchange of academic concepts between individuals who are often in strong disagreement with each other, much like the Heterodox Academy.
My sincere advice to any academic who disagrees with another is this, form a logical argument and present ones views as to why any particular academic is “incorrect”. Do not stoop to petty ad hominem attacks. Do not act like a cognitively underdeveloped intellectual infant who throws a tantrum every time someone dares to oppose the views of their ideological echo chamber. Adults are able to have serious conversations because they are mature, how much more so should academics?
Where academic free speech falls, logical thinking stops. Where logical thinking stops, ideology prevails. Where ideology prevails, the intelligentsia are lost and we all suffer. History does not need to be repeated nor should it. Safeguard freedom of Speech. Reject the teachings of the Academic Inquisition.
Disclaimer: This article is designed to describe what some originally well intentioned organizations have become or groups that have formed due to unbalanced ideologies. It is not written to describe groups that formed as a self-protection entity and historical groups of such a nature should be further researched and considered within the historical context of their creation.
It seems that every time the subject of racism is addressed that many people, filled with righteous indignation or otherwise just indignation, end up talking over each others heads and don’t take a moment to listen to the other side of the argument. A dangerous trend in society is following the path of pre-World War II sentiments with social tendencies becoming extensively polarised. Rarely do those in debates of this type have anything intelligent to say, and even more scarce is the ability of debaters to find a common ground on anything. Hate blinds and stupefies many.
Come on a journey with me, the linguist and the last of the critically endangered apolitical social scientists to consider some very important myths and realities of racism. Each point will be broken down into its own subheading for ease of understanding.
Sociology is Wrong
Sociology defines Racism as the combination of Prejudice and power Power. Therefore, by extension it is impossible for those in the “oppressed” classes, that is to say, those without political or social power, to be racist. This very statement is in fact, in of itself, racist.
In a linguistic sense, it seems to suggest a lack of need for accountability on the part of the “oppressed” either because their level of humanity is lesser or greater than the “oppressor”. It removes the freedom of consciousness and degrades the freedom of the person as an individual. Sociology defines people according to their own predefined ideological concepts and structures society into unchangeable castes. Hence, those who are often so outspoken about the evils of social hierarchies are actually responsible for entrapping people in their own form of mental hierarchical prison. Sociological definitions demonize one set group and view any divergence to this rule as a great heresy against the grand school of the Social Justice Warrior.
The redefinition of existing vocabulary is far from a new phenomenon, it has been effectively used by the Nazi regime, the USSR and other Soviet systems. Redefining vocabulary is an important step in propaganda because it enables the propagandist to blind their followers, even when the truth is in plain sight. When an indoctrinated person reads words, their “mental vision” is blurred and unable to register reality.
It makes sense that language engineering of this type is a central point to any totalitarian ideology as it ensures that the indoctrinated remain indoctrinated, and view every difficulty in life as the result of some universal struggle aimed against them or their group.
Racism is not a Monopoly
Now that we have seen that sociology has created an erroneous definition, we can come to realise the ultimate, terrifyingly depressing and sad reality, that racism is not a monopoly. Nay, anyone, from any background and any tone of skin ,can in fact, be racist.
The proper definition of racism is hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Another more detailed explanation would be a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
Racism develops in three steps as it mutates from one form to another. It is comparable to a disease (it is in fact a disease of the mind), which produces symptoms that can be identified depending on its severity.
Symptom One: Prejudice
Prejudice is defined as an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. In reality most people have some degree of prejudice but most people also auto-correct these tendencies and do not allow them to grow. The more an individual digests certain ideologies by means of the company he/she keeps (yes, there are 2 genders) or by means of the types of media he/she consumes the more likely that the individual will build stronger prejudices in line with those ideologies.
Prejudice can be very insidious with entire communities taking on the same hive mind regardless of what facts may be.
Symptom Two: Tribalism
Tribalism is defined as strong loyalty to one’s own tribe, party, or group. This loyalty is often irrational and can take on radical or extreme properties. Fully developed tribalism can be considered a disease in of its own, with the effects being equally as deadly as racism.
Two modern genocides include tribalistic genocide patterns. The Rwandan genocide saw civilians and military personnel of the Hutu and Tutsi slaughter each other in unbridled barbarity, with no mercy for the weak, elderly, women or children. This is an undeniable example where tribalism lead to indescribable atrocities by which a million people were murdered.
The Cambodian genocide while including racial extermination also eradicated political and social “tribes” deemed counter to the Khmer Rouge ideology. Approximately 1.9 million people were exterminated.
Symptom 3: Racism
Racism is something far more profound than mere prejudice shown in social interactions. It is a deep seated resentment and loathing of a person based on their race, it does not change even when the individual is kind or caring. It is like a mental rabies that does not allow a person to behave with any proper reasoning or cognitive function. This form of racism is found globally in all types of people be they White, Black, Asian or any other phenotype.
The racist believes that the other person is inherently inferior or deficient in some manner and therefore not fit for treatment at the same level as themselves. Many racists do not believe themselves to be racist and may even believe themselves to be anti-racist, this type of projected racism is especially dangerous as the person becomes increasingly convinced of their own righteous infallibility.
The 20th and 21st centuries saw the rise of heavily racist civil and political movements which fed off historical injustices and in turn off of each other. Interestingly, fitting with the theme of self justification and self conviction of their own superiority and righteousness these groups view themselves as liberation or enlightenment movements, rather than what they are, hate groups.
Aryan Nations, Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Skinheads, Phineas Priesthood, Rise Above Movement
Nation of Islam, The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, Sicarii 1715, Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge (ISUPK), New Black Panthers
Asia and Middle East
The unique nature of the Asia and the Middle East means that most racist movements are highly organised, well funded and legally based political entities. Genocides such as the Armenian Genocide used religion as an excuse for what was in essence ethnic cleansing of Armenians and Assyrians.
While almost all people have some degree of prejudice, there is a great difference between those who have a mild prejudice inclination and those who practice unbridled racism. Fringe groups are an important part of indoctrinating the “prejudice group” (who may simply be sitting on the fence so to speak as bystanders) and getting them to become part of the “tribalism group”.
While these fringe groups may or may not be proponents of hateful rhetoric (often more subtle and insidious) they become fertile recruiting grounds for actual hate groups who prey on the disenfranchised and vulnerable. (It is interesting to note that a majority of terrorist attacks are carried out by brainwashed individuals through the guidance of an extremist “handler” making those in the top ranks difficult to prosecute via lack of explicit evidence).
Anti-reactionary rallies become the recruitment grounds for the Klan and other groups sympathetic to Neo-Nazi ideals. BLM rallies become the recruitment grounds for Nation of Islam and other black supremacy groups although the group itself has shown itself to be radical enough in of itself. Women’s marches become the recruitment grounds of radical feminists and their kin. This pattern continues and there is little done to prevent it, logistically little can be done due to the large number of people attending such rallies.
Propaganda outlets publish this hate for impressionable youngsters or those suffering from economic or other woes. They blame everything on the invisible enemy. The first step is highly polarised news channels which lean strongly towards a specific argument such as FOX News or the CNN (this happens during the prejudice and tribalism stages) . Once an individual no longer feels the same moral outrage at watching these channels they may move on to consume more hard-line “news” from such sources as Stormfront or The Root (happens during the racist stage).
Why Racist Groups Need Each Other
Racist groups need each other. They are a validating factor in the twisted, hate-filled, pseudoscientific and debased propaganda with which they indoctrinate their followers. The deplorable actions of their enemies helps to validate the “superiority and righteousness” of their own deplorable actions. It strengthens the power of their propagandist rhetoric in recruiting individuals that may previously been “unconvinced” as to the “validity” of their position. This is a vicious circle that feeds off anger, hatred and disproportionate pride in oneself and one’s people.
It is essential that parents start to train their children to understand the concepts presented in the media and that they may hear at school are invalid and that the “oppressed/oppressor” narratives of these groups is entirely self serving. This is all the more important where the individual lives in areas where these sentiments are more prevalent. Children are not born racist, they learn racism and care should be taken by parents that the sentiments that they themselves display are validating to members of all races and that individuals are judged as individuals not on their “tribal” or “racial” background. If you do not teach your children, you can be sure that someone else will and not positively.
All people are in some ways prejudiced but control those thoughts and reject them. As such, all people regardless of race have the potential to be racist, but that does not by nature make them racist. We all do well to examine ourselves and look in the mirror to see what we really are. After self reflection, are you satisfied with who you really are?
Radical Ideologies are numerous and it appears that as time continues such ideologies only continue to multiply. Sadly, one aspect of modern society, namely the internet, has been the catalyst for the proliferation of violent, debased and mentally damaging ideologies rooted in either dogma or sections of the humanities that are both pseudoscientific and devoid of academic rigor.
Of course “pseudoscientific and devoid of academic rigor” may be understood as a mere opinion, however proof of this fact will be shown. This article will focus feminist LGBT indoctrination.
The analysis will cover the work of s the creator of a Youtube channel aimed at children called “Queer Kid Stuff”. The creator claims that the channel is aimed at everyone “from 3 year old’s to your grandma”. An underlying theme of the channel is that even very young children are mature enough to understand the complexities of behavior and that they understand human sexuality. As disturbing as this may appear from the outset, the argument is also scientifically void. (This will be discussed in further detail.
The Subject of Analysis also has a personal Youtube channel which is more reflective of her personal thoughts. In a 5.32 minute video entitled “Are all Kids Queer” (published on July 9th, 2015) she makes the statement that “I think that all kids are actually just real queer”. She backs up this claim with “evidence” given from a branch of Feminist Theory called Queer Theory/Studies specifically the “Theory of the Queer Child” which was enunciated by Kathryn Bond Stockton in her book “The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century”.
This “Theory” is in scientific terms not a theory. The actual definition of a theory is “a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena”. This means that a hypothesis which is essentially conjecture can only become a theory, that is to say, a potentially credible point of further experimentation, once it has enough supporting evidence based on testing. To be considered a theory, it must therefore be coherent, tested and commonly accepted. “The Theory of the Queer Child” lacks this foundation and is at best a pseudo-theory.
A Lack of Scientific FoundationFurther understanding of the concepts in “The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century” show a self-undermining logic. This book draws heavily on Freudian concepts which have been disproved and are no longer accepted in the psychological profession as being valid in any capacity for understanding the human mind nor in therapy. The book “Psychology: An Introduction” states:
“Independent studies have begun to converge toward a verdict that was once considered a sign of extremism or even of neurosis: that there is literally nothing to be said, scientifically or therapeutically, to the advantage of the entire Freudian system or any of its component dogmas…………………… the more outlandish ideas we will discuss in coming pages: the childhood psychosexual stages, the “family drama” of sexual jealousy between small children and their parents, and Freud’s theories about causes of adult neurosis. None is supported by evidence-based research.”- (Dewey)
Freudian ideas are so riddled with outright falsehoods and fabrications (Hall) that they hold no benefit in attempting to understand behavior and it should be interesting to note that Freud never published a comprehensive model of child cognitive behavioral development. Freud can be argued to not only be pseudoscientific but actually anti-scientific.
Lindsay Amer mirrors Freudian concepts by claims that “innocence is an adult concept that is kinda put on children” she also agrees with the now debunked Freudian concept that “all children are sexual”. She further makes comments such as “Most kids relationship with money is the weekly allowance and I think that makes kids really queer”. This is pure conjecture and speculation because there are no interacting variables that link access to money or lack thereof to sexual preferences.
Recognised Cognitive Development TheoriesWhat does the academic evidence point to? Cognitive development hypotheses have continued to evolve through the ability to understand and quantify behaviors more clearly through scientific method based empirical evidence. Children should not be considered miniature versions of adults (WHO). They are anabolic and in the process of building a body. The brain is actively growing and various motor sensory and cognitive regions of the brain are actively being shaped at this time. The growth continues from prenatal to until about 10 years of age which is the general point where brain maturation begins (Arian et al). The process of maturation is very gradual and they brain can be considered mature or adult at about 24 to 25 years of age. This would therefore debunk the idea that children are capable of understanding sexual concepts.
While the idea of sex; male and female is understood by ages 4 or 5, there is no evidence to suggest any abstract understanding of “gender” as proposed by feminist theories. The computational power of the brain is simply not sufficient for the decoding of such abstract ideas, the younger the child the less this capability will be. This would mean in a natural state, behaviours can be imprinted on children making them especially susceptible to long term damage as a result of exposure to sexual content or abuse which they are psychologically unable to process. Contrary to the faux science theories proposed by Linsday Amer namely that innocence is an “adult construct”, the Luring Communication Theory (Loreen et al) clearly demonstrates that children are in fact “innocent” and that this trait is taken advantage of by pedophiles who “communicatively groom and entrap the child into accepting sexual advances” often through attempting to normalize such deviant behaviour. The concept of normalization of sexual behavior through “grooming” which is essentially the exposure to sexual concepts and ideas that children are not cognitively capable of understanding is one that is clearly used on “Queer Kids Stuff”. In essence, online sources such as “Queer Kids Stuff” are a form of digital predation and grooming. It serves only to confuse children into thinking of themselves as being “gay” for “loving” a member of the same sex when in actual fact the coded meaning of “love” is understood by children only as “affection” and not as the intended meaning of “a desire for sexual intercourse”. Children then believe that they must feel a certain way because the like or “love” their friends, such confusion can lead to long term harm and put children at increased risk of being predated upon by pedophiles.
The biology of the brain in accord with age has also been noted in a number of cognitive development models which only serve to highlight the inability of children to understand abstract concepts such as sexuality.
Piaget’s stages of cognitive development:
Shows that early childhood thinking is nonlogical and irreversible. Imagination develops at this stage and children are not stable in a constant reality. In the childhood stage children start to become familiar with concepts such as size and volume. (Huitt & Hummel)
The video below shows a child of normal cognitive ability as per his age. Note the as yet undeveloped sense of volume and space. (Please watch at least part of the video to fully understand before continuing your reading).
It is illogical to think that a child who is unable to understand a basic concept such as volume would be able to understand sexuality or gender theories.
Erickson’s psychosocial stages:
Using this model it has been demonstrated that early childhood experiences can have a strong effect on later developmental stages. (Christiansen & Palkovitz) This means that exposure to elements for which children are psychologically unready have the potential for long term damaging effects.
Vygotsky’s Cognitive model:
The concept of scaffolded learning to avoid over exposure of children to concepts for which they are not cognitively ready and to build knowledge in increments are both derived from Vygotsy’s model. (Berk & Winsler). This model give emphasis to proper teaching as opposed to brainwashing.
None of the cognitive development models incorporate that children understand sexuality from a young age nor do they allow for the processing of highly abstract ideas. This further demonstrates the complete lack of scientific basis and the great potential hazard of content like “Queer Kids Stuff” on young and growing minds that are unable to separate fantasy from reality.
Youtube’s Child Protection Policy Flaws and RecommendationsYoutube’s Child Protection Policy seems to be a simple legal façade. As of the 12th of February 2020 the channel “Queer Kids Stuff” is still operational. Although Lindsay Amer has deceased from creating content, she made it known that she would continue from 2020 and went as far as suing Youtube for “discrimination”. Unfortunately, the content on the channel is still accessible to children regardless of strong backlash as to the inappropriateness of the channel from those using the platform including a majority of individuals who self-identified as homosexual.
The Youtube Child Protection policy states:
“What this policy means for you
If you’re posting content: Don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions below.
• Sexualization of minors: Sexually explicit content featuring minors and content that sexually exploits minors. We report content containing child sexual abuse imagery to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who work with global law enforcement agencies.
• Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors: Content showing a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities. Never put minors in harmful situations that may lead to injury, including dangerous stunts, dares, or pranks.
• Infliction of emotional distress on minors: Content that could cause minor participants or viewers emotional distress, including:
• Exposing minors to mature themes
• Simulating parental abuse
• Coercing minors
• Misleading family content: Content that targets young minors and families, but contains:
• Sexual themes
• Obscenity or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences
• Family friendly cartoons that target young minors and contain adult or age-inappropriate themes such as violence, sex, death, drugs etc. Make sure your titles, descriptions, and tags match the audience you are targeting. You can also age restrict your content upon upload if it’s intended for mature audiences.”
There is no question that “Queer Kids Stuff” is a violation of Youtubes terms. All parts of the channel can be accessed by children even though the themes are clearly adult.
Some of said themes include:
UNICORNS are QUEER HORSES!! — Queer: QUEER KID STUFF
B is for BISEXUAL! — LGBT: QUEER KID STUFF
HE, SHE, and THEY?!? — Gender: QUEER KID STUFF #2
T is for TRANS! — Transgender: QUEER KID STUFF #12
NO MORE GENDER ROLES!! — QUEER KID STUFF #29
CALLING ALL EDUCATORS! — Just 4 Grown Ups: QUEER KID STUFF
5 TIPS for making your classroom QUEER-INCLUSIVE! — Just 4 Grown Ups: QUEER KID STUFF
The show is designed in a manner to appeal to children which violates Youtube’s terms on adult and sexual content aimed at minors. It is unclear why these videos have not yet been investigated by authorities and removed from Youtube.
Further violations of policy include homosexual story animations which fall under the category of “Family friendly cartoons that target young minors and contain adult or age-inappropriate themes”.
The channel also feature what should be considered child exploitation material in the form of publicizing “Desmond is Amazing” a child drag “star”. As Drag is the sexualization of a male into a female form, as such the sexualized connotation of such behavior, while the choice of an adult, is inappropriate for children. Featuring and encouraging a child such as this, who has other mental health issues, can only be considered a form of child sexual exploitation* for the purpose of money. There is also a risk that other children will attempt to imitate this harmful behavior which exposes them to a higher risk of predation. Failure to regulate this channel in accord with its own child protection policies means that Youtube is compliant with such behavior.
*“Desmond is Amazing” has already been the victim of child exploitation where he danced in a gay bar and had money thrown at him. Needless to say this is borderline child prostitution.
Part of the weak response on the part of Youtube may come as a result of poor vocabulary choice in the construction of its child protection policy. The policy requires the exploitation to be “explicit” and as such is inadequate for protecting vulnerable children. It is highly recommended that the policy be revised and redrafted to avoid loopholes in the language which can be used by child predators to continue to “legally” post harmful content. To do so it is important to seek professional advice from policy makers and child psychologists of a wide background to avoid ideological bias or the formation of clichés that can influence and blindside effective policy creation (Silander).
In the meantime Youtube moderators should urgently review and remove the contents of “Queer Kids Stuff” but also other related child exploitation material.
Law Enforcement RecommendationsGiven the nature of the contents and the views of its creators it is recommended that their potential risk to children be thoroughly evaluated. The behavior, speech patterns and logic share common traits that have been linked to pedophilia.
Do they have access to vulnerable minors?
Are they in a position where they are able to exploit minors?
Are they limited from interaction with minors?
Recommendations for ParentsChildren should not be left unmonitored on even “trusted” platforms such as Youtube. The risk of potential exposure to damaging material continues to increase and parents are encouraged to train their children to tell them if they feel something is strange. It is recommended that the younger the child the more care parents take in filtering content. Electronic devices are not a substitute for communication and limiting the time that children spend on electronic devices is desirable.
YOUTUBE has to date not removed the channel.
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The title question is likely to trigger the automatic the response that you as an individual do not support the genocide of anyone especially racial minorities.
The very idea of genocide is both repulsive to anyone who believes that an individual should be judged on personal merit as well as the concept of “ethnic cleansing” being offensive to every person in their right mind with even the most basic moral virtue.
Yet, another question can be asked that will show what you really feel about genocide.
Do you support abortion?
The answer of “yes” displays that you as an individual support not only the basic concepts of genocide and the machine that created the events leading up to the Holocaust, including the massacre of “undesirable and inferior races” during the Third Reich, but also of the subjugation and destruction of native peoples globally.
In reality the programme of the mass extermination of coloured races was pushed by the proponents of Eugenics.
While it may be true that certain races have biological advantages due to particular phenotypic traits, it cannot be said that any race shows overall genetic superiority to another. Advantages of a certain phenotype have application only within the natural developmental zone of the said phenotype. For example, the melanin in dark skin enables the person to be more resistant to various types of damaging solar radiation as is commonly found at the equator and arid regions. In the extreme North and South, light skin becomes advantageous due to the more efficient conversion of vitamin D as it reacts with solar radiation and transforms into the organic molecule of vitamin D3. Dark skin is a biological disadvantage in these zones as it inhibits the reaction of vitamin D and thus can lead to vitamin D deficiency. The advantage is therefore only applicable to the region in question and does not affect the persons value as an individual.
Eugenics takes this interpretation of regional phenotypes to an extreme, claiming that certain phenotypic genetic expressions make a person either inferior or superior as a whole. This naturally produces a concept of an elite or “master” race which is “fit” to rule over the “inferior” and “subhuman races”. If indeed then, these “lesser” races are subhuman it would stand to reason that they would be on par with animals, and thus, could be eradicated in much the way that a feral animal is disposed of if it cannot serve some purpose to the one whom captures it.
Eugenics became the demonic tool used by true racists, elite slave owners who despised not only the coloured races but also the poor who they thought to be an affront to their own superior genetics. This merciless view that degraded people to the level of an animal, meant that any cruelty was permissible because the “feebleminded morons ” were only of value when they could be used by these elitists.
The American Eugenics Society worked in close association with various racist groups and was fed with a large dose of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Little beknown to the modern public, Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species” had a significantly different title during its first printing, but which was removed in following editions. The original title was “On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”.
Darwin stated “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world…. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state…and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla”. (1890)
Keen to use Charles Darwin’s ideas of genetic superiority was his cousin, Francis Galton. The idea of steering “human evolution” by means of eugenics was greatly appealing to Galton and this can be seen from his views of anything other than his own race. In an article he wrote entitled “Negroes and the Slave Trade” he clearly outlined is views “I do not join in the belief that the African is equal in brain or in heart ………and I believe we have an equal right to utilize them to our advantage”.
To Galton, the Black race was to be permitted to exist only to the extent to which they could be used as labour, once they outlived their usefulness, they became obsolete and expendable, after all as he expressed in his own view “…average Negroes possess too little intellect for self-reliance”.
At first, eugenicists wished that the white population would create so many children that they would simply overwhelm the “coloured” population by sheer numbers, however that plan failed.
The eugenicists knew that they could not possibly round up all the Blacks in America at that time and that trying to do so would likely lead to massive revolts, so instead they created a plan for mass extermination which the Blacks could voluntarily submit to, this was done in the guise of healthcare, essentially an experimental mass racial self-extermination programme.
To convince the Black population to depopulate themselves, a feminine touch was needed, someone who had enough hatred for the Black race to wish for their extermination but with skills to market that extermination as something that was for the public good. The person for that job was with a coal hearted, manipulating old hag called Margaret Sanger.
In her 1921 article “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda” Margret Sanger wrote: “The eugenic and civilization value of birth control is becoming apparent to the enlightened and the intelligent…. The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical in ideal with the final aim of eugenics”.
She went on to espouse her ideas at a Ku Klux Klan rally at Silverlake in New Jersey in 1926, in her autobiography she bragged that her speech was so moving to the Klan that she was invited to speak at 12 following rallies across the country.
Her view of the poor and the Black race was unmistakable, “We are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”
In 1927 Margaret Sanger organized the World Population Conference in Geneva, Switzerland which features guests such as Eugene Fischer an American doctor and eugenicist who was later in charge of sterilization and eradication of Black populations in all territories that fell to the NAZIs.
Harry Laughlin, an official in the American Eugenics Society and the American Birth Control League attempted to distribute an English version of a NAZI eugenics film that he had received from the Race Policy Office of the NAZI party. For his efforts he was praised and received an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg.
Frederick Osborn a founding member of the American Eugenics Society, later wrote “Eugenics goals are most likely attained under a name other than eugenics”.
The NAZI affiliation had caused the idea of eugenics to become something abhorrent to every individual with moral sense. Undeterred and in line with the propaganda techniques used in Hitler’s Third Reich, the American Birth Control League underwent a metamorphosis in name only….. words like population “control” were replaced with less threatening terms like “planning” and the organization changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942.
Planned Parenthood attempts to hide these historical facts in order to mask their real agenda of genocide in the 21st century. Margaret Sanger is defended as not being a racist child murdering eugenicist hag, but rather, as a woman who merely wanted to help other women. The reality is that she is listed as a member in the American Eugenics Society list of supporters until 1956.
When the contraceptive pill was first released in America, Planned Parenthood jumped at the idea of using it as a means to cut the Black population, however, to their dismay the Black population did not take to the idea, which became more popular among Whites.
In 1970 a Louisiana State Judge by the name of Leander Perez made the statement that would become the essential motto for abortionists, “The best way to hate a nigger (sic) is to hate him before he’s born”.
In line with these vile words, the tool that Planned Parenthood and the eugenics movement would latch onto would prove the most successful in their attempts to eradicate the Black race, Abortion. Since 1973, not including illegal abortions, only those deemed legal, abortions have resulted in the death of more Black Americans than the combined totals of HIV, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and violent crime. Black women account for 37 percent of abortions in America although they make up only 12 percent of the total population.
The aforementioned Frederick Osborn (Founding member of the American Eugenics Society started celebrating in 1973 by stating that “Birth control and abortion are turning out to be the great eugenic advances of our time”.
Abortion has become what the Ku Klux Klan can only dream of, killing the same amount of Black people in four days as what the Ku Klux Klan have killed in 150 years, and doing so of their own free will. It should come as no surprise that Planned Parthood and other child murdering clinics are concentrated in locales with minority populations.
These facts have been carefully hidden from the public, Margaret Sanger knew what would happen if the general population were to become wise to the real genocidal reasons for Planned Parenthoods existence, she confided in a fellow eugenicist Clarence Gamble, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members”.
Ironically, Clarence Gamble was an heir to the Procter and Gamble fortune and it comes as no surprise that this company which owns Gillette would take advantage of their products and advertising propaganda to further radical feminist ideologies of misandry, which continue to fuel a hatred of men but more importantly an ideology that fuels abortions. Gamble was a strong supporter of forced sterilization of the “feeble minded” Black population and went as far as saying that they would only continue to pollute future generations with their defective genes. This same ideology is used today in targeting people with Down’s Syndrome and other genetic anomalies for eradication.
Due to the religious nature of many Black communities, Planned Parenthood planted pastors who has been bribed into giving sermons on the wonders of eugenics to their communities and even offered prizes for the best pro-eugenics sermons. This was an effort to remove the conscience of the Black people and convince them to submit to this genocidal self-extermination.
The aims of this programme were extended to other minority groups too. Secretary of the state, Henry Kissinger personally helped set up abortion counseling for Vietnamese refugees in Camp Pendleton even though the majority of the refugee population vigorously opposed abortion.
Today, this genocide continues to run and extend globally based on the American model of pro-NAZI eugenics supporters like Margaret Sanger and her collaborators. Spurred on by feminist movements that sugar coat the issue as a women’s rights matter, this socially destructive and murderous movement has resulted in the slaughter of minorities with unrivalled barbarity. Women have been brainwashed into thinking that abortions are painless for the child being killed and blinded to the health risks that they themselves face. Apart from the murder of a child there are numerous common complications that endanger the life of the mother who undergoes an abortion. Uterine and cervical damage, breast cancer, placenta previa, pelvic inflammatory disease, Post-Abortion syndrome, depression, ectopic pregnancy to name but a few, and in some cases death.
Feminism and abortion clinics have become an insult to every female on the planet, using them as human meat farms so that companies like Planned Parthood can harvest the body parts and stem cells of aborted children. Stem Express, an affiliate of Planned Parthood has already been indicated as having committed felony level crimes in the dealing of fetal body parts and organs. Naïve women are paying for the butchery of their own children, while money hungry companies make double profits off their corpses.
This ideology has proven successful far beyond its original scope. Corrupt doctors are keen to cash in on this potential change in law, willing to defecate on the Hippocratic Oath they have taken and willing to destroy life instead of preserve it. This violent and abhorrent ideology will pollute Korean society and undermine its very social fabric.
To support abortion is to support genocide. To support abortion is to support the ideology of Hitler’s Third Reich. To support abortion is to support eugenics. To support abortion is to support the denial of human rights to the world’s most vulnerable people. To support abortion is to support murder.
Do you support genocide? Only you know the answer to that question.
(Disclaimer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: The follow article contains images of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders)
Colourful clothes, exotic dishes, unique hairstyles and ethnic jewellery. What do all of these have in common? Well, for one thing most of them are beautiful, interesting and give a feeling of satisfaction to many people. However, given the right (or should I say wrong) circumstances, they can also land one in considerable hot water. Yes, you are the vile individual who has “stolen” from another culture by your “cultural appropriation”. Just so you know, you are a terrible person….
Yet, the question begs asking; “What is cultural appropriation?”
The actual term was apparently coined by Kenneth Coutts‐Smith in 1976 and the original use was somewhat more limited than today’s concept. To understand this concept consider several points, the history of cultural interactions, what cultural appropriation is and what cultural appropriation is not.
A Brief History of Cultural Interactions
Cultures have been interacting for as far back as linguists can trace recorded languages. A sterling example of this being the Rosetta Stone which lead to a deep understanding of many cultures in the Near East, Middle East and Mediterranean. Even today, much of the technology you take for granted is likely borrowed from another culture. For those in rural areas, the horse is often an essential part of farming and agriculture, yet the modern design of the saddle along with the stirrup was readily borrowed from the Mongolians and revolutionised the way these animals were utilised.
Go back further to an invention that no modern day race or culture is likely to be able to lay claim to. The humble wheel. Simple, and yet, none of our civilisations could continue to exist without it….
New technologies have been traded and blatantly copied for millennia. Copper became all the rage and was superior to stone or flint, then iron was adopted and spread readily through multiple civilisations, those who weren’t quick to take up its use were speedily subjugated.
Assimilation of the strong points of another culture was not only something that better equipped one’s own culture but became a prerequisite for survival. Time and again civilisations that became “culturally stagnant” or in other words, too proud to adopt from “lesser cultures” were overthrow and all but razed by those deemed inferior.
Rome, festering in its own illustrious power, wealth and debauchery did nothing as the outskirts of its territory slowly but surely fell to “barbarians”. Instead of learning from and utilising the Gothic tactics, Rome stuck to its “superior” methods as well as resorting to wanton cruelty only to fall to Alaric I on August 24th of 410.
Similarly, the Qing dynasty was slow to adopt modernisation and its people suffered greatly from the then undesirable influences brought by the British Empire and Meiji era Imperial Japan.
Interchange of cultures and ideas mean adaptation and continued survival when those adaptations are made in the correct direction.
What is Cultural Appropriation and what isn’t?
In recent times almost any use of emblems, designs, traditional features, music or anything else designated as part of a culture to which one does not belong can be construed as “cultural appropriation”.
While the stated intention by vigilantes is to “protect” minorities, the reality is that psychologically the effect of playing “the cultural appropriation card” can be far more damaging than beneficial.
Take into consideration a little girl who wants to have a Hawaiian themed party during the summer holidays. Her mother prepares some very cliché grass skirts and other stereotypically Hawaiian themed items. She may or may not include something educational related to Hawaii and its people.
To call this cultural appropriation would not only be absurd it could be damaging to the child. How so?
Imagine that the party continues, everything goes smoothly, but then this girls enjoyment and immersion in faux Hawaii leads her to become mesmerized by it. She starts to watch more shows and documentaries as well as read books on the subject. She learns the sad truths about its history and the damage to its environment. As she grows she decides to help not only the people there but also develops a way to help reduce coral bleaching. All started by a cliché Hawaiian party that a child could understand at her age.
Now consider another scenario. Another mother loudly complains about how this is cultural appropriation, makes a huge scene and ruins the party. That same young girl’s memory of Hawaii becomes anything but positive. She loses interest in the subject all together, does not do anything in the previous scenario and lives an uneventful life working in a dead end job.
Sometimes well intentioned individuals are more of an annoyance to minorities than regular folk who just get on with life. Most of my friends do not enjoy being “defended” from compliments based on ethnic features or clothes nor genuine questions of interest about their cultures even if they are pretty stereotypical sometimes. Stereotypical questions can serve as a lever to explaining more about a culture and correcting inaccurate or downright erroneous ideas. The moral of the story is to treat people as people regardless of their race, ethnicity or culture.
I have literally lost count of times when people ask about my accent and where I am from, when I reply “Africa” the common response is “…but you’re white” which then allows me to explain about my background. Yes, I am a minority too.
Therefore, the cultural appropriation that Social Justice Warriors insist on, does not really exist, it is a fallacy and a polarising force fuelled by virtue signalling rather than an actual sincere concern for the people.
So, if cultural appropriation does not exist then everything is fine and rosy and we can all just get on with our lives, right?
Not really, because something far worse than cultural appropriation exists, cultural exploitation.
Take for example the art created by the Australian Aboriginals. This form of art is usually passed on by one generation to another and the recipes for making different colours from natural materials and pigments are often a closely guarded secret . For these reasons, genuine works of Australian Aboriginal art can be worth many thousands of dollars. This art form provides individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with an income but also affects the communities that they live in.
Sadly, cheap imitations which hold no cultural value have flooded the marketplace. One could be forgiven for purchasing these, of course, when they are marketed as imitations. When marketed as “Aboriginal Art” though, consumers are often deceived into thinking of the item as something genuine, this acts to damage the marketplace where Aboriginal individuals can actually sell their art works. This is an example of cultural exploitation which is often done by large conglomerates which market low quality souvenirs as “genuine” . Another way in which they can be exploited is by signing art contracts which take advantage of their vulnerable situation and pay them far below what is reasonable or even legal.
Then we have the example of remote tribes which welcome guests to experience their way of life. No problem there, very educational and potentially good for the tribes’ people. However, many companies that organise tours to such locations charge exorbitant prices while providing an unfairly small portion of the profits to the communities where they run their operations or to individuals that they hire as guides, etc.
Braiding your hair, wearing an ethnic necklace or sporting a rather stereotypical look does not damage minority communities and are expressions of interest in another’s culture, however, paying unfair prices to indigenous peoples or purchasing items marketed as “genuine” when they are not, is a very damaging form of cultural exploitation
Fair trade often helps to create better working environments for indigenous peoples and improves their conditions of living. Therefore, when looking for a “proper” or “authentic” experience, it would be good to consider purchasing free trade items than can guarantee that an ethical price has been paid.
So what should you do?
Enjoy all cultures just as you would enjoy different food which adds a sense of satisfaction to your life. Ask many questions, read books, watch documentaries and why not go the extra mile and learn another language if you really want to immerse yourself.
Try to support companies that really support their indigenous workers by free trade programs. See people as people and treat them accordingly.
I speak multiple languages and have enjoyed what many would call “cultural appropriation” for a long, long time. I have only ever experienced positive reactions from people when they noticed me wearing something from their culture, reading a book in their language or being able to eat strongly flavoured delicacies. Go ahead, immerse yourself!
Universities are dying and Covid19 may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but is by no means the cause. Further (higher) education is a multi-billion dollar industry that globally either produces highly intelligent graduates or highly educated fools.
The reasons for this anomaly is down to the fundamental building blocks of education and begins far earlier than the time of so called Higher Education. From primary (elementary for you folks across the pond) education system is the beginning point of teaching a human how to think for themselves and hopefully how to become a valuable and productive member of society. This is often easier said than done due to a lack of funding, limited resources and the constraints put on teachers to teach a set curriculum.
Of course, setting a mandated curriculum can be advantageous and does ensure that at the basic skills for communication in both oral and written form are instilled into the student population. The issue can arise however, that teachers are hampered from being flexible in dealing with their students needs. Sadly, this is not sufficient to provide suitable literacy to all.
The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (1992, 2003 USA) found that of the total American population a shocking 14% were found to have “below basic” literacy with an additional 29% classified as “basic” in reading ability. It should come as no surprise that 70% of the American prison population registers as having a “fourth grade” level of literacy.
In Australia the situation is less dire with a 99% literacy rate (the UK also stands at 99%). This may come down to a greater and more prolific “book culture” whereby people find reading to be an enjoyable pastime along with the great abundance of libraries as well as bookshops around the country ( and also Melbourne’s terrible weather which makes staying inside and reading a book a pretty good option).
One cannot hope to build a society of thinking and clear minded individuals without training children from a young age on how to read and write. That is the foundation of all education. When children have these skills they can be taught to interact with their world and explore in manners appropriate to their age and level of cognitive function.
There is state education, which in many counties is free of charge and mandatory until at least a primary level if not secondary level. Students mature and challenge their understanding of the world by forming beliefs through interactions, trial and error as well as experimentation. When they have reached secondary level (high school) they should be beginning to approach some level of adult cognitive function and perception although lacking experience in “real world application” of the theoretical knowledge they have learned through 12 years of formal education.
Giving students at this university entrance age the benefit of the doubt, we can safely assume that most have a level of perceptive power that will allow them to digest a variety of viewpoints and therefore take the next step in the theoretical and practical exploration of not only the world around them but also their own existence.
Here is where universities play a role. Many young people, filled with passion, desire to enter university in order to expand their educational horizons. University education is expensive even at a bachelors level (although wise choices can mean that it doesn’t have to be). This is a massive financial investment which is aimed at creating an “educational nest egg” for the future and an attempt at being more competitive in the job market especially for higher end career paths. That was what university was for……..but that is seemingly in the past.
The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) released statistics gathered from the periods :1993–94 and 2006–07 with the results for 2018–19 being projected using available data for expected graduations.
Counter to many radical ideologue notions of patriarchal dominance and oppression, evidence shows that females are graduating at greater rates than males. This clearly shows that for females at least, the education system has been successful (it does make one wonder whether or not those who desire “equality of outcome” would be concerned that the proportion is not 50/50, the question is rhetorical of course).
The high price and steadily decomposing quality of university higher education means that many young people are simply starting to become weary of paying exorbitant prices to institutions who do not fulfil their professed duty of providing an array of educational opportunities. While many subjects such as the hard sciences are still attracting the same core individual personality types, the Liberal Arts have practically eviscerated themselves in their ritualistic preening to radical ideological vitriol. As a social scientist, I find it greatly disturbing that Liberal Arts, the home of critique in the past, has now become the home of generation snowflake with the cognitive maturity and stamina of a land-bound blob-fish (Psychrolutes Marcidus).
Universities in Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA have become havens for radical ideologues wishing to spread their pseudo-academic drivel and essentially defrauding and indoctrinating their students with not only fallacies but also emotionally and mentally self destructive ideas. These so called academics pander to a crowd by stating what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear, or worse simply feed them enough propaganda to stay in line and then mark them down or harass them if they show the slightest dissent( we can see the Canadian example of Lindsay Shepherd).
Hence, more and more young people are turning to Technical Colleges / Polytechnics (TAFE as we call them in Australia which stands for Technical And Further Education). TAFE provides significantly lower tuition fees, give practical skills and many offer university level degrees with an integrated practical or apprenticeship as part of the course and for the majority of courses contain none of the radical ideologue drivel that would be found in a similar university course.
Thus, the phenomenon takes place where TAFE students are more competitive, less in debt and generally more content with their education than many university students. Technical Colleges often provide courses in accord with the market demand as can be seen from the graph of apprenticeships below.
This expansion of technical education is likely to continue to grow as numerous industries see the advantage of taking in new workers with demonstrated practical skills.
In Korea, there has been a significant increase in the desirability of technical college courses with many students focusing on studying shorter periods (2 or 3 years) or otherwise taking on bachelors courses in technical colleges such as nursing with a highly practical core that involves industry workplace assessment. This would naturally mean that an engineering student or computer programming student would have a more favourable chance of obtaining concrete and long-term work positions than the student who chose to study interpretive feminist crochet.
As the gangrene of university censorship continues to spread globally, one should expect that universities will start haemorrhaging students with intelligence, as these students come to see the growing futility and inflation of university education. This along with the counter-productive safe spaces and DIE policies (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity …….PS: Thanks Dr. Gad Saad for the acronym) which fail, in gargantuan manner, to provide a safer environment but serve only to coddle the intellectually infantile who should never have entered university in the first place.
If this were not enough, the potential death blow to universities comes with the enforcement of Orwellian “diversity statements” for all professors and lecturers. Previously, criteria such as these were limited to the already corrupted schools of Liberal Arts and their kin but had expanded to include the hard sciences, from biology to physics. This is the beginning of a sustained crusade on science and scientific method by removing funding from professors and scientists who do not “conform”. Professors who dare voice their opinions are not safe, as we can see from the example of Dr. Gad Saad (himself a minority) who was recently denied researching funding because in essence he would not bow to the totalitarian “diversity” policies. This merely illustrates that even those in tenure positions are far from being protected. In another example Dr. Jordan Peterson had his invitation to Cambridge rescinded because of the clamouring of radical ideologues. Such pettiness continues daily.
yet another Canadian example, in one fell swoop, not only are universities emasculated of their academic powers but colleges are also being encouraged to self-destruct through the implementation of this diversity policy. In reality, the covered factors have no impact on an individuals ability to do a job or to study a subject and lowering the bar or bending rules for the sake of inclusive rhetoric will have negative effects.
This “everyone is a winner” and “everyone gets a prize for participation” attitude may work to motivate young children but is seriously out of place in academia, especially where graduates will perform potentially dangerous work. Would you like an “almost good enough neurosurgeon”? Or perhaps “barely qualified nuclear engineer”? The only qualifying factors for these jobs should be competence and skills, not a diversity badge given out like savoury snacks at a party.
As this anti-science discourse becomes louder, and more and more professors are penalized for having an original thought, the greater and steadier the “academic migration” from universities to technical colleges will become. If rapid action is not taken to protect lecturers’, professors’ and students’ freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry, then the age of the university will truly end and free speech will be extinguished.
Alaric Naudé is a professor specialising in education, linguistics and social science. He is widely recognised as having a great face for radio.