This week, the University of Pittsburgh was under fire from State Rep. La’Tasha D. Mayes, who objected to conservative speakers, including competitive swimmer Riley Gaines, Daily Wire commentator Michael Knowles, and Daily Wire podcast host Cabot Phillips. Mayes’ objections reflect the growing anti-free speech movement, and its rationale of “speech-as-harm” that is sweeping the nation.
Mayes made her comments in a House Appropriations budget hearing, citing a petition titled “Hold the University Of Pittsburgh Accountable in Protecting LGBTQIA+ Individuals,” which had garnered thousands of signatures of people who seek to block opposing views from being heard at the university. The petition simply declares their views to be harmful and maintains that “this harassment and antagonism are not part of the exercise of free speech.”
Mayes objected that:
“It has come to my attention that three speakers who have crossed the line of free speech over into hate speech targeting transgender students and the transgender community, they’re coming to campus beginning this Friday. One of them saying essentially that transgender people should be eradicated
…So, Chancellor you’re allowing them to come on campus. How does this keep transgender students safe? ‘How does this keep LGBTQ+ students safe at my Alma Mater and how does this align with the values at the University of Pittsburgh and its commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, and you know, making sure that it’s an inclusive place for all students.”
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, however, responded that
“the university is a place of dialogue and in fact both constitutional and academic free speech are things that I am obligated to support. Which means that many of the rules governing, in this case extracurricular activities by registered student organizations has to be applied independent of the content of the events.”
He added “The one thing that makes this very challenging is there is a tendency to want to define what the university stands for by who’s allowed to speak on the campus and therein lies the problem.”
That only seemed to set off Mayes who declared:
“From here as the Representative and Pitt as part of my district I certainly echo my call for you to cancel the speakers who are coming to campus and I stand with the almost 11,000 students and supporters on campus who have asked you to do the same.”
So Mayes would have the university simply ban anyone like Gaines who questions the fairness of allowing transgender women to compete in sports with biological females. Gaines has been outspoken in her criticism of this trend since she tied with then-Penn swimmer Lia Thomas, who is transgender, at the NCAA championships last year.
The left has increasingly labeled anyone raising such views as hateful and has launched cancel campaigns against those who are declared “TERFs” for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists. The term is used for feminists who have voiced opposition to transgender policies and laws that they believe “erase” or “marginalize” biological women. The most famous such figure is author J.K. Rowling who has not only been the subject of a global cancel campaign but was listed by Buzzfeed with figures like cult leader Jim Jones, Benedict Arnold and O.J. Simpson as “villains.” Even a bar showing a Harry Potter game was recently targeted due to the association with Rowling.
On campus, the speech-as-harm rationale is used widely to curtail free speech, even in refusing to recognize free speech groups.
This dangerous trend in academia is discussed in my law review article, Jonathan Turley, “Harm and Hegemony: The Decline of Free Speech in the United States”, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
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Everything the left disagrees with is DANGEROUS! Click on Turley’s link to get a good look at the Representative and then imagine that she got herself elected by a community to represent them in DC. We are not a serious nation any longer and it is the left that is ruining us.
Climate is, of course, a DANGER, but it isn’t so dangerous as to demand that China stop building two coal plants A WEEK.
The trans movement, as highlighted on Tik Tok is being pushed on an APP that is owned by our enemy, China.
The Trans movement and the Climate scare are both being led by two groups, the grifters that make money off of each and the CCP, which weakens us through these two issues. Throw in the border and you have the hat trick of the weakening of America.
To most of us the sex confusion game seems to be a form of insanity. I believe there is a logic to it. It serves to distract us from real problems that are too scary to face: a national debt somewhere north of 31 trillion: inflation we can’t control; ghettos in our major cities that no one knows how to change; and China displacing us as the main world power. If we faced these problems, we might panic. Better to look at the drag show. The Left knows what is doing, even though dupes like this lady doesn’t.
If they can get you to believe that anatomical males should be competing with females and go right into there locker rooms and shower with them and that’s ok. Then they can get you to believe in anything.
“It serves to distract us “
I think all are part of the same. It is an attempt to destroy the fabric of the nation. These problems, however, are developing a life of their own.
Yep, “pissing off daddy” takes many forms, especially ripping up the fabric of the nation.
Like every human being on planet earth, those afflicted with transgenderism are children of God. Transgender minors and transgender adults do not deserve our mockery but our compassion and our help. In practical terms, as a start, we should outlaw all gender-affirming care from anyone with a license to work granted by the government, including but not limited to teachers, counselors, nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. We should also outlaw gender-affirming care from any organization that receives government funding or an exemption from taxation, including but not limited to physicians’ practices, hospitals, childcare organizations, k-12 schools, universities, and churches.
Gender dysphoria is a real medical condition.
There are ways to treat it, but ‘gender reassignment’ (cosmetic surgery) is not something you do for children. (Including hormone treatments )
Once a person is in their majority… and they have undergone psychiatric treatment, then they can make their own conscious decision.
That said, by allowing individuals to voice an opinion is not a hate crime as long as they are not advocating direct violence against someone.
The allegations where they are being asked to be blocked from speaking are overblown at best. Meaning that there is no argument that would justify in shutting this down.
You going off on ‘gender affirming care’ ignores the topic of this article. Free Speech.
Absolutely, gender dysphoria is a real medical condition. Something to mitigate and, perhaps, overcome.
Gender assignment surgery, hormone therapy, and the like for children should not be legal. Nor should gender assignment surgery, hormone therapy, and the like for adults be legal. Nor should extreme plastic surgery, such as that performed on Michaell Jackson, be legal for children or adults. The common thread in all of these is the corruption of the medical professions by allowing them to dramatically and permanently alter human bodies that have no defects while, at the same time, exposing patients to unnecessary risk. First, do no harm.
These two things go together, and are rising on the Left: pro-totalitarian, anti-human.
Just check out the World Economic Forum’s goals.
“Just check out the World Economic Forum’s goals.”
They’re peddling the three S’s of climate armageddon: Sacrifice, surrender, suffer. While, of course, they live high on the hog with $10k freezers stocked with $10/pint ice cream, and cruise in the comfort of a G5. Deprivation, after all, is just for the unwashed masses.
One of them saying essentially that transgender people should be eradicated
Essentially? This thing has a future in the Democratic party talking like that. Of course she hasn’t considered that Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has a responsibility to protect the rights of all of the population using that campus; not just the mentally ill that this thing is essentially feigning support for. She’s not essentially calling for the eradication of free speech on this campus, she’s explicitly demanding it. This thing needs to be tarred, feathered and run out on a rail.
She misrepresented Knowles’ statement. He said the ideology should be eradicated, which would actually be in the best interests of the people involved. He never said the people should be eradicated, just the opposite.
The lying liars at The Daily Beast purposely distorted that with an egregiously dishonest deadline, which they later corrected when they got blowback. True to their design, the original headline was picked up and became one of those lies that travels the world before the truth is finished putting on its boots.
When Muslims do it, it’s called Female Genital Mutilation and it’s rightly banned by Law. When we do it, it’s called Affirmative Therapy and the whole alphabet crowd and their enablers treat it as a human right, even though it is plainly mental illness. Our governments pay for the mutilation. How dare we condemn the Muslims. Transgenderism has made hypocrites and fools of us all.
It’s always biological guys who think their girls wanting to compete against biological women.
Why aren’t there any biological girls who think their guys wanting to compete against biological guys, like swimming, weightlifting?
One thing the leftists never tell us, how is allowing “conservatives” from speaking a threat to the alphabet++ company?
Defending women’s rights is now a threat?
Trigger this. A man in a dress is still a man. Follow the science, eh? It’s the chromosomes.
Richard Dawkins Evolutionary Biologist and Atheist. There are only two sexes male and female. He said the LGBTQ need to stop bullying people.
Never forget the 2nd Amendment protects the 1st Amendment. The 2nd Amendment is the remedy for tyranny. Very, very soon the National Socialist Democrat WOKE Party (today’s NAZIS) may need a refresher!
The only hate speech that I can see here is that voiced by the legislator, with every claim that she makes as quoted in the article. Anyone speaking in opposition to the right of the freedom of the speech is advocating hate speech of that freedom. No exceptions.
The actual name is gender dysphoria disorder and is in the realm of mental illness and with psychological counseling and psychiatric care virtually always is resolved by the end of puberty and young adulthood. It is not the same as homosexuality. The problem of late is that there are a lot of squishy adults out there that have no clue who they are and pass on their mental pathology to their offspring. It is not however an inherited trait.
It has become transformed into a social movement that is badly supported by minimal UNBIASED data. There is no proof that changing the gender improves or changes mental health or reduces suicide. The disorder is supported in so many cases by medical professionals and psychological advocates by the simple means of emphasizing the risk of suicide if the targeted individual does not change genders when there is no proof that suicide is reduced. Suicide in teens was already an issue before this movement appeared.
These children are impressionable and rash and the adults are supposed to guide and help them but instead they are pushed into medico-psychological complex making vast sums of money taking healthy bodies, filling them with puberty blockers and then surgery that will make them a medical cripple for life.
You want to get rid of this. Remove the secondary gain. Don’t pay the doctors and psychologists (stating this is unproven treatment or experimental), make everyone go to the appropriate sex bathroom, simply do not allow boys and men on hormones and blockers to compete in womens sports. Remove the incentives.
We, as a society, were aghast when we learned that certain terrorist organizations sought out troubled and depressed youth and convinced them that the way to salvation was to become a suicide bomber. If not enough children were around they used animals or the mentally impaired.
Who are we then to criticize those societies when we are doing virtually the same thing but we’re a little more slick and subtle and we can make a lot of money at the same time.
The above mentioned representative is also not self aware and contradicted herself in the 1st paragraph of her screed. Kudos to the Chancellor.
We’re at 40 genders and counting. Houston, we have a problem.
GEB– excellent analysis. I have had occasion to deal with a number of medical professionals on the subject of “gender affirming care.” I have been amazed at how many have bought into the trans movement, dismissing any discussion of gender dysphobia as nothing more than proof that the person is “anti-Trans.” The give-a-way I’ve noticed is the use of “preferred pronouns” in their signature blocks. I also have seen this in the signature blocks of some lawyers and judges who are located in woke places like Austin.
The explosion of transgenderism is just a symptom of broader mental health problems.
Most of those in the right are fixated on things like drag queen story hour,
But the huge explosion in transgender is with F2M trans – by an order of magnitude.
This completely aligns with rapidly increasing levels of anxiety and depression.
These are far worse on the left, among young adults, and among women.
Anxiety and depression are a viscious cycle with cognative distortion – they feed on each other.
It is unsurprising that we would see the greatest explosion in trans in the same groups
experiencing the largest explosion in anxiety and depression.
It’s not a mental health problem. Transgendered individuals have always been there. Just as it was with the homosexual community they once stayed hidden for fear of persecution and being ostracized. Now that they are more open and free to express themselves it seems that there are more of them. Homosexuality was also deemed a mental health problem by those who couldn’t accept the idea that they existed. The transgender community is experiencing the same thing. It’s not a mental health problem.
“It’s not a mental health problem.”
Of course it is.
“Transgendered individuals have always been there.”
That does not change whether it is a mental health problems – psychopaths have also always been there.
“Just as it was with the homosexual community they once stayed hidden for fear of persecution and being ostracized.”
No one is disagreeing. It is likely that the historic figure of 0.3% is low. It is also absolutely certaint hat the 10% of teens identifying as gender non conforming is WAY high and evidence of the spike in anxiety and depression not burried gender issues.
9 out of 10 or more teens who think they have gender dysphoria grow out of it. Most discover that they are gay, not trans.
“Now that they are more open and free to express themselves it seems that there are more of them.”
That would explain a small increase. Not what we see.
Regardless, Rising anxiety and depression correlates perfectly.,
I would not most allegedly trans teens are suffering from anxiety and depression.
I would further note that there is no evidence in any other species in nature of 10% of the population being trans.
If there was an actual biological cause – evolution would have bread it into near non-existence.
Logic is not your forte.
“Homosexuality was also deemed a mental health problem by those who couldn’t accept the idea that they existed.”
And we still have no idea what it is. But so long as Gay people do not sexualize children – we leave them alone.
“The transgender community is experiencing the same thing. It’s not a mental health problem.”
No it is actually not. There is no consequential predjudice against trans people that is distinct from that against gays.
I do not know a single person who says “Gay people are fine – but Trans people are dangerous”
We did not start Gay liberation in the 60’s and wait 60 years to start Trans liberation.
“The Crying game” was almost 40 years ago.
Boy George and Culture Club were formed in 1981.
All you are doing is proving your cognitive distortions.
Your terified of Judge Duncan and Micheal Knowles.
What are they going to do – verb you to death ?
My father went to Korea, my grandfather to Europe in WWI.
Those are things to actually be scared about.
If you are terrified that Ben Shapiro will say – regardless of how you dress you are a man – you are inordinately anxious and live in a cognative distortion.
Svelaz – keep posting. You are making my case.
You do not live in reality.
I have a problem with most of the “anti-LGBTQ” laws that republicans are passing.
They are not necescary.
If you are a teacher and you start talking about sex and sexuality and touching students, I am going to arrest you for child sexual abuse and send you to prison.
Those laws already exist.
I do not actually beleive that most trans or gay people are pedophiles.
But it is an absolute FACT that if you allow sexualization of kids – the Pedophiles will flock.
I would further note that the British tried this nonsense before we did.
They have shut it down – because they found out they were wrong.
The overwhelming majority of gener dysphoria – particularly among teenage girls,
is mental health issues.
The suicide rate among teenage girls has increased by a factor of 3.
That goes completely at odds to your claim that this is the result of society being more open.
The suicide rate among Trans teens INCREASES 30% after “gender affirming treatment”
This is part of the reaon the brits shut their programs down.
They followed the data and discovered they were creating not fixing problems.
The anxiety and depression comes from those who are actively persecuting and denigrating them for who they are. All you need to do is look at all those conservatives pushing anti-LGBTQ legislation effectively making their lifestyle something to be reviled and scorned. They are denying them their liberty and freedom to be who they choose to be. They are dictating what others shouldn’t be allowed to express their views and culture. It’s a an imposition of Christian beliefs on others.
Svelaz, my pronouns are cynical and skeptical.
I have no doubt that LGBTQIA+ people have been cruelly ridiculed. I also believe they are generally unstable, which makes the mistreatment even more unkind. Raising awareness about such mistreatment is laudable. Encouraging empathy is understandable.
However, I do not believe trans people are oppressed in any systematic way, and I do not believe they should be instructing the rest of us, per force, about gender and sexuality. I think they are ill-equipped for such moral authority.
Christians aren’t even allowed to minister in public schools. Christians are not the problem. The problem is the left, pushing a mental illness as some kind of moral crusade at the expense of women and children.
We no longer have women’s sports. We have men’s sports and trans’ sports. What happened??
It would be enough to ask for empathy or acceptance, but that is never the left’s actual agenda.
“However, I do not believe trans people are oppressed in any systematic way, and I do not believe they should be instructing the rest of us, per force, about gender and sexuality. I think they are ill-equipped for such moral authority.”
What you believe and what reality shows are two different things. They are educating others about their views. That’s no different than people from different cultures educating and expressing their views. Children learn about different cultures and their views. That’s not indoctrination as the Christian Right wants everyone to believe. They don’t want others to normalize their culture and views by demonizing their culture and views by falsely claiming they are forcing it on children or others.
It’s not a mental illness and more than Christian beliefs to be a mental illness. Because it can be described as such just as easily.
The LGBTQ are being systematically oppressed, and denigrated precisely because it’s a Christian goal. They want to force THEIR views upon everyone else. The hypocrisy is rich and thick.
The least empathy comes from Christians. The most is coming from the left. That’s the biggest irony here.
RE:Svelaz: “The LGBTQ are being systematically oppressed,…” Disagree. Now that they are out of their closet, they want to tear down and rebuild the house to suit their own design instead of living comfortably within the one the closet was in. One participant changing genders sends the entire world of women’s swimming to hell in a handbasket because the organization which sponsors it virtue-signals its support by divesting itself of its own cojones to say ‘No!” This and other examples of same in sport and other walks of life, such as now feeling free to incorporate as much ‘queer’ as one desires into one’s work product designed for children, are the reason for the push back. Get a grip!!
RE:Svelaz says:”The least empathy comes from Christians.” It is not only Christians who are bereft of moral, ethical and spiritual empathy for that lot whose cause you plead. There is an ‘ethic’ which is at the core of the founding of this nation and its culture, derived from teachings and practices which date back millennia preceding the time of the Christ, whose purposes were to decry and defy which were in those times and times forward, deemed pagan ideology. It is independent of any given faith. Those you defend do not yet constitute such a majority that they dare to exert and impose their will upon the rest to insist and cause that cloak of many colors to be cast aside.
Well articulated, Diogenes!
Thank you, Catherine 🙂
The anxiety and depression comes from those who are actively persecuting and denigrating them for who they are.
many commenters on here have been driven by your persecuting and denigrating them which seems to drive your anxiety and trolling exponentially knowing of course this is who ewe are
“The anxiety and depression comes from those who are actively persecuting and denigrating them for who they are.”
This is among your most ludicrously stupid claims – in oh so many ways – and just PROVES my argument.
Life is difficult – get over it. The things you claim are making you anxious and depressed are all OBVIOUSLY far less than they have ever been.
Young american adults today are the most pampered generationt hat has ever existed anywhere.
And yet YOU think you are massively persecuted and denegrated.
Anxiety and depression form a viscious circle with cognative distortion – and you have beautifully exemplified that.
You are terrified of what a Federal Judge might say ? That is your idea of persecution and denegration ?
As a Young adult – I had being sent to Vietnam, or dying in a global nuclear holocaust to worry about – yet I was neither depressed nor anxious.
Your terrified of Judge Duncan or Micheal Knowles ?
You prove my point – your drawing in nonsensical misperception of reality.
“All you need to do is look at all those conservatives pushing anti-LGBTQ legislation effectively making their lifestyle something to be reviled and scorned. ”
Again – perfect evidence of more cognitive distortion.
Do not sexualize Kids – is a million miles from “Anti-LGBTQ”
I have no interest in meddling in your life. Be gay, be trans, shoot Heroine.
But leave me and my kids alone.
If you will not do so voluntarily – you will do so through force.
Can you cite a single conservative “anti-LGBTQ law that interferes with the consensual relations between two ADULTS ?
No one is persecuting you – another massive cognative distortion. They are just rtrying to stop the stupid nonsense you are trying to impose on other peoples children.
I will happily concede that most parents are not very good at this. BUT That state is worse, and YOU idiots are worse still.
You want an end to bullying – we are all for that – no bullying for any reason.
But that is not what you ask for.
If there was a genetic test for homosexuality of Trans – there might be an argument. But there is not.
And we ACTUALLY know that the vast majority of those who think they are trans as teens grow out of it – and they do so faster when their anxiety and depression are addressed.
“They are denying them their liberty and freedom to be who they choose to be.”
No one is denying any adult anything except the ability to F#$K with children.
“They are dictating what others shouldn’t be allowed to express their views and culture. It’s a an imposition of Christian beliefs on others.”
Again you prove my point about cognative distortions.
What you describe is happening – only in your head.
Your rights end with other people.
You do not have the right to impose your will on other peoples children.
Have your own and screw them up if you wish.
Please identify the SPECIFIC liberties and freedoms of YOURS that are being restricted.
You live in a nightmare of your own making,
The only persecution you experience is for infringing on the rights of others.
The problem is that psychiatry and psychology have gone fully woke. Look at DSM-5. It’s full of woke ideology,
phraseology and treatment.
Children are being sexualized, e.g., taken to Drag Queen shows to watch men bump and grind, by adult groomers, told by teachers that they are not really the sex they were born with, but actually the opposite. Then, the groomers brag about it on TikTok.
Children who are incapable of signing a contract, let alone mature enough to make any life altering decision, are being encourage by third parties, without the consent or knowledge of their parents, to be mutilated. These actions have been rephrased as “gender affirming care,” rather than the child abuse that they are.
The groomers’ actions are now being affirmed and encouraged by the President/Dems/libs/progressives.
When parents stand up to it, they are called “Domestic Terrorist.”
The Dems are at war with reality. That puts them at war with children, which is possibly the most disgusting feature of their broader war.
The representative may call this hate speech. I call her denying women’s rights in favor of trans is hate speech. I am retired, I struggled in my career for getting women into places that were male dominated. Now women are expected to bow to men again. I am so angry about this topic.
“It has come to my attention that three speakers who have crossed the line of free speech over into hate speech targeting transgender students and the transgender community . . .”
So here’s the Left’s formula to satisfy its desire for control and censorship:
Pick some group that the Left regards as weak and incapable of reasoned debate. Then assert that in the name of protecting those weaklings, we must stifle and usurp the rights of those who are not weaklings.
When you lionize weaklings, while suffocating the efficacious, your culture is in trouble.
Sam, re: your comment, “When you lionize weaklings, while suffocating the efficacious, your culture is in trouble.”
I do believe this is the objective.
We are one of a few nations that have enacted anti-discriminatory legislation to protect minorities. But these groups do not want the burden of proving discrimination. Rather, they simply use big-tent tactics to unite and demand that their whims receive immediate affirmative preference.
I recently cited a student effort to impede and disrupt Governor Sarah Sanders’ educational LEARNS Act (the content of which I do not know, and I express no opinion of Sanders.) Instead, to make my point, I quote, “The walkout, organized by the school’s Young Leftists Club, in partnership with the Student Council, Black Student Union and Gay-Straight Alliance…voicing strong concerns with the legislation.” https://www.ksro.com/2023/03/03/little-rock-central-students-to-walk-out-in-protest-of-gov-sarah-sanders-education-bill/
It is hard for me to believe that this legislation was discriminatory to “Young Leftists, the Student Council, Black Student Union and Gay-Straight Alliance…
If she has to lie about her opposition and restrict their speech, then maybe the ideas she is trying so hard to protect are the wrong ones.
Transgenderism is a mental illness that is highly destructive to minors and to adults when accompanied by gender-affirming counseling and/or drugs and/or hormones and/or surgery.
The “representative” is engaging in “hate speech” herself. Maybe she should turn herself in and resign her seat
Whig08, fat chance.
What we are gleaning from the ‘Alphabet Community’ is that they can be as intolerant and narrow minded as those they rail against as their detractors. They best be cognizant of the fact that their support for anything which they believe will advance their DEI agenda and enable them to anchor their 7+% patch in the social quilt of the ‘conventional’ 93% in order to complete the whole, is going to be met with resistance. The tail shall not wag the dog!
If one believed the LGBTQIA++ crowd, you’d think half the people in the world are transgender and hiding in attics from rightwing lynch mobs.
I believe transgenderism is an illness, not a gender, but I accept that people disagree with that, but they can’t disagree with the fact that “trans” nation is actually a miniscule part of the country. Nor are trans people actually hiding in terror from anybody. They saturate America’s TV screens. The whole “oppression” thing is a victimhood meme intended for political leverage.
They are troubled perhaps. They are not suffering systemic oppression.
Where I find the trans movement most objectionable is that these people have been setup as a kind of religious totem. They can preach at us across the schools and airwaves about what morality and sexuality really are. They can even twerk in front of toddlers, and if we object, we’re “censoring” them. This is exactly the kind of decadent mindset I would expect from someone who is deeply troubled, regardless of what I say or do.
This isn’t about acceptance. It’s all about political dominance by the mentally-deranged radical left.
“I believe transgenderism is an illness, not a gender, but I accept that people disagree with that, but they can’t disagree with the fact that “trans” nation is actually a miniscule part of the country. Nor are trans people actually hiding in terror from anybody. They saturate America’s TV screens. The whole “oppression” thing is a victimhood meme intended for political leverage.” …
” It’s all about political dominance by the mentally-deranged radical left.”
“It’s all about political dominance by the mentally-deranged radical left.”
There’s a terrific book about how that mental derangement has infected the entire culture: _Madness And Modernism_, by Rutgers psych professor Louis Sass.
“A stunning revelation of the eerie likeness between schizophrenic insanity and the sensibility of modern art, literature, and thought [. . .] along with a provocative commentary on modernist and postmodernist culture.”
Sam, just bought the last hardcopy on Amazon. Thanks 🙂
D: Let me know what you think of it.
If you are 18 years of age and want to under go surgery, hormone treatment, that is your right.
But dont expect me to bow down to your choice.
I will respect you if you respect me.
While I tend to agree, I differ on emphasis.
I doubt that either transgender or homosexuality are very common.
Why ? Because evolution would highly disfavor them – obviously.
Further we have a massive cognative confrontation coming as dropping birth rates become a very real societal threat.
The more heavily inverted the demographic triangle the fewer people we have producing and the more people we have consuming.
That results in a collapse in standard of living.
China is now pressuring families to have 4 children – they are not responding and it would be too little too late for china if they did.
Who is it that does not think as the problem worsens that China will not resort to force.
Abortion, transsexuality. homosexuality even birth control could easily all become illegal in china as their demographic crisis worsens.
Europes has similar problems just not as advanced yet. It may be a decade or so, but the same shifts can happen in europe.
The US is in better shape that Europe, but we are still falling short of the number of people we need for economic stability.
Will the same people who forced us to wear masks for us to procreate ?
The left has never had a problem using the force of govenrment to respond to a problem – real or imagined.
Ever study rat populations?
The point is that yes, I agree with you that the homosexual / gender dysphoria should represent a small percentage of our population.
Yet w overpopulation … this percentage seems to increase. Still a huge minority.
That said, they are members of a protected class. White CISgendered males are not.
So we have less rights.
Yet, there are universal rights that all groups have. Even cisgendered males. One of them is the 1st Amendment.
As we watch anti-trans, anti-LGBQT, and racially-discriminatory Russia and China continue to command global domination, we suffer our own created freedoms as White/Caucasian, cisgendered, economically-productive, child-bearing-responsible populations decline.
All the vlaues of the left are Luxury goods, they are only possible because to the wealth creation that brings the high standard of living that enables the values of the left. The left actually seeks to comitt suicide trying to kill the system that makes their values possible.
That right there.
When a society becomes so advanced, and I use that term very loosely, it can then indulge in activities beyond the basics of what we all need to live life, like food, water, shelter etc.
In this case, American society has advanced to the point it can indulge in the most absurd of ideas like there are 97 sexes, pronouns, it is okay of biological men to compete in women’s sports, counter speech is free speech, etc.
As we have seen, the radical woke leftists do little to build but nearly everything to tear down. They call it progress, but it is anything but progress.
Maslow is not absolute, to a small extent when people are having trouble meeting more fundimental needs they still manage to acheive higher order ones.
But that is limited.
I would further note that Maslow did not note that economics factors into the hierarchy.
It is not just that needs are ranked hierarchically.
But that we must product MORE than enough to afford more fundamental needs before we can contemplate higher order ones.
The stupidest thing that socialists and those on the left do is try to suffocate the free market.
The left is correct – SOME quasi socialist countries do provide a better cradle to grave safetynet than the US.
Many things are “rights” that are not here.
But there are several things true of those few countries that SUCCESSFULLY do that.
There standard of living is lower than the US – even AFTER everything is factored in.
They actually have substantially greater economic freedom than the US – you can not have a strong safetynet, if the market is not productive enough to support it.
They have substantially higher taxes than the US – on EVERYONE, and EVERYONE pays far higher taxes – not just the rich.
They are mono-cultures – because you can not get these systems to work in diverse countries.
Nearly the whole country must share the same race the same church, the same ethnicity, the same tribe and the same core values.
They are far better than the US at dealing with Moral Hazard. In most instances that cradle to grave benefits system has LOTS of constraints.
Either mandatory copays, or long wait times, or limits on services. They have SOMETHING to prevent the over consumption of social safetynet services.
There are actually only a few countries in the world that meet this criteria. And those have lower stnadard of living than the US.
But they are not collapsing.
The preponderance of these “european social democracies” that have purported broad social safteynets – either do not actually if you look at their real systems.
Or there standard of living is significantly lower still.
The left in the US has done many stupid things over the past 60 years – trying to make this country into European countries that have either abandoned these systems, or severely constrained them, or ended up with low growth and lower standard of living.
While these left wing nut policies have been bad – the US has survied BECAUSE we have a higher standard of living.
Though I would note – in the US and elsewhere in the world groweth in standard of living directly correlates to govenrment spending.
The more spending – the less growth.
The 19th century average growth was about 7%/yr. The 20th was 3.5%, the 21st century is below 2%.
The negative effects of greater government spending are always larger than the benefits.
So growth slows.
White cisgenders males don’t have less rights. They just don’t have the privilege of being the only ones with rights.
The concept of a protected class is unconstitutional nonsense.
We are EACH entitled to the EQUAL protection of the law
If it is a right – everyone has that right equally.
“I doubt that either transgender or homosexuality are very common.”
It’s been quite common throughout history. It hasn’t always been accepted as widely as it is now, especially homosexuality. The transgendered are just now becoming more visible thanks in part to the greater acceptance of homosexuality. They’ve always been there. It’s the increasing openness of their lifestyles that are disturbing those who were more comfortable with the LGBTQ being hidden from society. It’s the inevitable March of progress.
“It’s been quite common throughout history.”
No it has existed, just as t has existed in other parts of the animal kingdom.
It has still been rare.
“It hasn’t always been accepted as widely as it is now, especially homosexuality.”
Correct, it has always been both rare and unaccepted.
“The transgendered are just now becoming more visible thanks in part to the greater acceptance of homosexuality. ”
We do not even know what Transgendered means today – and the left refuses to define anything.
Crossdressing has ALWAYS been moderately common. Both as adults and children.
Further there have been times that it has been more accepted and others less.
“They’ve always been there.”
Who has always been there – crossdressors – certainly.
There are myraids of sexual fetishes – they are not genders.
While I beleive that homosexualtiy and transgender are “real” – there is todate no objective means to verify either.
There is no genetic test, no hormonal test. There are some theories as to biological causes, but no conclusions.
Having an x and a Y chromosome is Objective fat.
Being Black or Asian, or hispanic is an objective fact.
Having blue eyes is an objective Fact.
There is no objective means to determine sexual orientation.
We BELEIVE it is not a choice – and I think I agree. But we do not actually know that.
Further it is highly unlikely that these are not Bell curve traits – which would also explain their rarity.
Each of us is a mix of masculine and feminine traits – regardless of our sex.
But it is near certain that these traits distribute on a bell curve.
That means as an example that only atiny portion of males will be “alpha” males – with virtually no feminine traits,
and only a tiny portion of males will be thoroghly dominated by feminine traits.
It also means that the Most “alpha” Females will at best be similar to a median mail.
And the most feminine males will at best be similar to a median female
An example of a related trait would be violence.
Men and Women are both violent, both criminal.
The difference between male and female criminality may be quite small – maybe 10%.
But criminal females are much more rare than criminal females.
Which is both reality and something you can work out mathematically.
Draw two bell curved centered about 10% apart.
Look at the rightmost tail of the left Bell curve – at about 2.5 stddev from the center.
The tail of that curve is still inside the median range of the right most curve.
“It’s the increasing openness of their lifestyles that are disturbing those who were more comfortable with the LGBTQ being hidden from society. ”
That is likely true of a tiny portion of people.
For the vast majority the issues are not the existance or openness of homosexuality or trans.
They are very specific factors – not even necescarily related to either homosexuality or heterosexuality.
I have addressed this with you before. Pedophiles are also REAL. We know they exist too. And they are incredibly damaging.
We have massive evidence that pedophiles will take advantage of anything that gives them an opportunity to prey on children.
While there is SOME more openness to sexuality today than 100 years ago, we do not sexualize children even today.
Drag queens do not belong in elementary school anymore than Strippers.
We have accepted societally – though with no evidence of benefit that certain aspects of sexuality should be taught to teens just before they are likely to become sexually active. That does not mean that Sex education is part of the entire K-12 education. Nor doe it mean that we need to teach teens fetishes.
The goal of sex education is responsible sex. We teach kids about drugs in school – in the hopes they will not use or atleast will be responsible.
We do not teach the best way to shoot fentayl.
Outside the WestBoro Baptist Church you will be hard pressed to find anyone that would prevent an adult from taking hormones or having plastic surgery.
The ACTUAL Issues are quite narrow.
1). Do not F$%K with our kids.
2). Do not F$%K with our kids.
3). Do not F$%K with our kids.
4). M2F Trans may not compete with Women in areas such as sports where Biological men have a pronounced advantage.
An average male athelte will dominate even the most exceptional women. I love to watch actions movies. I have no problem with the fact that we have an increasing even a majority of female action heros today. But like much of what we see in the movies – that is not reality. a 5’4″ 110lb asian woman is not beating the crap out of 5 6’0 200lb men even if she is in incredible shape and they are all out of shape and older.
You have a Choice – where you have created a women only domain – Exclude MTF Trans, or eliminate the domain.
End women’s sports entirely or restrict it to biological women.
5). Do not socialize the cost of the sexuality of others. If you are into BDSM – Society, Government is not obligated to buy your gear. If you are trans, the government is not obligated to pay for surgery or hormones.
Most of us do not care if private insurance CHOOSES to do so, so long as they are not mandated to.
6). No Penises in Girls lockerrooms.
7). I do not give a F#$K how you identify. But you may not compel my speech.
“I’s the inevitable March of progress.”
Partly – but mostly No.
We have had the left rant about over population for decades. But Globally almost half the world is experiencing collapsing populations.
And we have no economic model that allows that to work without dropping standard of living.
The left seems to think that “the common good” Trump’s individual rights. Well very shortly the common good will be dramatically increased procreation
I would not hang my hat on “progress” – it may not lead where you want.
I would further note that just about all the things the left celebrates, such as sexual diversity are only POSSIBLE because of a high standard of living.
Lefftism is a luxury good. Worse it is a self destructive luxury good.
You Constantly argue that whatever your values – take precedence over the wealth creation that produces the standard of living that makes your values possible.
Undermine Maslow’s hierarchy at your peril.
The hat tells one all that is needed to know.
The perfect iconography for the clown world we live in.