New York Magazine: How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired

7 Feb

“If your child insists on dressing up as a girl every day” sigh.

Yet another weird amalgam of bullshit gender acceptance and glimmerings of understanding that this train wreck is, well, a train wreck.

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From Jesse Singal of NYMag:

“On paper, Dr. Kenneth Zucker isn’t the sort of person who gets suddenly and unceremoniously fired. For decades, the 65-year-old psychologist had led the Child Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), in Toronto, one of the most well-known clinics in the world for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria — that is, the feeling that the body they were born with doesn’t fit their true gender identity. Zucker had built up quite a CV during his time leading the clinic: In addition to being one of the most frequently cited names in the research literature on gender dysphoria and gender-identity development, and the editor of the prestigious journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, he took a leading role helping devise diagnostic and treatment guidelines for gender dysphoric and transgender individuals. He headed the group which developed the DSM-5’s criteria for its “gender dysphoria” entry, for…

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Former WPATH president pointedly fails to disclose

7 Feb

The truth about AUTOGYNEPHILIA

Unaffiliated? Unaffiliated?

The former president of WPATH, the biggest, craziest, crookedest transgender activist organization, recently commented on WHO’s draft ICD-11 disease classifications & billing codes. As you may know, a conflicted WPATH clique of trans-activist characters got together with some soft minds at WHO to cook up language for ICD-11 that completely removes “gender identity” and similar phony conditions from the realm of “mental health problems.” The draft ICD-11 language suggests that transgenderism is normal and fine, not delusional, not a fetish, not self-hatred, not arising from any other type of psychosocial or mental condition. And yet, doctors may still submit bills for giving hysterectomies and radical mastectomies to healthy but confused teenage girls, with parallel surgical debaucheries for healthy males.  If WPATH had its way, all “transgender” conditions would be seen as no big deal, and even desirable! If they are not insane, WPATH promoters are…

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Show me the money: Sexual misconduct after the headlines

4 Feb

Tenure, She Wrote

Jason Lieb. Christian Ott. Geoff Marcy. Timothy Slater.

Four well-respected scientists, recently outed as having had repeated sexual misconduct violations, often at multiple institutions. Four names that have come out in just a short time, and one wonders who’s next. Because we all know there will be another name. And another name. And another name.

And what about the names we don’t know? The missing stairs? Calling attention to these cases often comes at an incredible personal cost to the women filing reports. That cost — to personal health and safety, to careers, to well-being and livelihoods — is rarely if ever balanced by the repercussions for the person committed the misconduct in the first place. Can we blame women for not coming forward when coming forward is personally risky and has a low likelihood of making a difference?

I’d like to think that this is changing…

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QotD: “10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol”

4 Feb

Anti-Porn Feminists

Please note, this is the article I complained about yesterday, but I think the information is too important not to re-blog.

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the migrant crisis, Europol’s chief of staff told the Observer that thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities.

Brian Donald said 5,000 children had disappeared in Italy alone, while another 1,000 were unaccounted for in Sweden. He warned that a sophisticated pan-European “criminal infrastructure” was now targeting refugees. “It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family…

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Blogging and Fame

4 Feb

You never get famous about what you expect. That’s the whole joke about it, that you have no idea what is going to set people off so you go viral and shit. It’s always unexpected, it’s always in the moment, you did some nice work and you were in the right place at the right time.

And, that’s good! Maybe you get some writing contract out of it, maybe you meet some excellent people. Maybe you find new friends. Maybe they last.

That’s great!

But you never really expected it, did you? You just got up on your hind legs and Interneted and by golly, people liked you, they really liked you!

I love this shit. I love watching it happen. I heart everyone involved.

I also love how unpredictable it is. You really can’t just plot to become a viral blogger on the Internets. What you have to do is put yourself out there, throw your warts upon the water, let it burn.

I don’t fundamentally trust the Internet, but it has some good things going for it. Maps. The thing where you can ask questions and get sensible answers. Email. Buy and sell. Plant and animal identification groups. Amazon Prime!

Yes, many fine things that allow us to avoid addressing each other in the physical world. There is likely no end to it.

But sometimes, when I have been Interneting all night, and the birds that are still left are gossiping raucously in the trees outside my window, I think, just for a moment, before I sleep, what it might be like to have another person here. That’s about all I can imagine anymore. More than one other person is beyond my comprehension.

But just one, one other human? What would that be like?

Would we make sounds with our mouths? Would we type on each other? How would we do this? How quickly? How hard and how soft?

What would I do with the door? Could the other human pass it? Would we agree on food, on water, on anything?

Likely not. Sorry, Other Human. It’s just too hard, remembering what to do with you, remembering how it was, back before we had all this communication.

Zika Virus, Abortion Law, and Other Assorted Horrors

4 Feb

Here are some links about Zika virus, which is quite contagious and carried by mosquitos and you can get it from having sex with an exposed man and if you are pregnant at the time your fetus may turn out to have microencephaly, which is extremely horrible, and also a lot of countries where this virus is currently found have outlawed abortion. And with climate change this shit may well spread more.

I would write a blog post about this, with outrage and links embedded into anchor text and stuff if I was into that, but I am not so much, I just think this is a horrifying developing story and that women in south and central america are likely to wind up forced to give birth to microencephalic infants and that this is going to turn into a huge nightmare because rape and anti-abortion laws. And that we should pay attention to this, because sure it might seep up into Texas and even Little Texas (hi!) a bit but mostly the horrors are going to be down south where we USians tend to forget so I am just saying.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/01/climate-change-el-nino-zika-virus

Sex & Zika: On contraception and the coital imperative

I am here to breed a boy: On ‘Esperancita’ and death by penal code

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-caribbean

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/02/health/zika-virus-sexual-contact-texas/index.html

Omens

4 Feb

Men Ruin Everything

Lately, there has been a deeper evil hanging in the air. I sense it everywhere, and see its claws testing its new playground whenever I read of previously unthinkable onslaughts against women and womanhood. The Burning times are coming.

All living things weep for what is coming. They sense it too. Women, the rightful stewards of the earth, about to be crushed again. The rain is mournful, fruit stunted, cats snuggle up a little closer.

Something wicked.

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In Drug Epidemic, Resistance to Medication Costs Lives

4 Feb

 

This story has been updated. More people died from opioid overdoses than from homicides. Almost as many died from opioid overdoses as from auto accidents.

Dr. Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy.

The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was 19. As medical director of Minnesota’s fabled Hazelden clinic, he watched it work for patients.

He believed in it — and then he changed his mind.

In 2007, Seppala began working at Beyond Addictions, a now defunct treatment center in Beaverton, Oregon. Instead of relying solely on counseling, the center gave its patients a relatively new medication, buprenorphine, to relieve their drug cravings.

Back in Minnesota, his patients had been bailing out of treatment to use illicit drugs again. In Oregon his patients on buprenorphine weren’t relapsing or overdosing — they reported feeling “normal” again.

Nearly a decade later, doctors and brain researchers agree that medications such as buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone are the most effective anti-addiction weapons available. Nevertheless, more than two-thirds of U.S. clinics and treatment centers still do not offer the medicines. Many refuse to admit people who are taking them.

The result is that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans are dying unnecessarily, victims of an epidemic that killed more than 28,000 people in 2014 — more than homicides and almost as many as auto accidents.

The research is unassailable: Staying in recovery and avoiding relapse for at least a year is more than twice as likely with medications as without them. Medications also lower the risk of a fatal overdose.

Pew Trusts, link to article here.

H/t to Cathy Brennan.

Is the Refugee Crisis a Front for Child Trafficking?

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2nd February 2016

Letter written to Tim Farron MP by Mike Robinson of UK Column

“On Tuesday this week I had the pleasure of speaking to Mother Agnes Mariam about the situation in Syria. If you haven’t seen that interview yet, please do watch and share – she is an inspiration.
One of the questions I asked was about “unaccompanied” children – those orphaned by the conflict. She explained how so many are left in a desperate situation. In some cases they are effectively press-ganged into fighting with the so-called armed “opposition” including ISIS. Others end up being trafficked for sex.
So there is clearly some justification in calls for Britain to step in and assist. These children are, after all, left in this predicament through the geopolitical machinations of our own government.
One voice who quite quickly got behind these calls was Tim Farron MP, leader of the…

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