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Death of the West redux

In the most basic ways, “Western Civilization” no longer works. Some illustrations: More Englishwomen staying childless to advance their careers, while Sweden looks for social policies to boost the birthrate while keeping female labor fully and equally available as an economic resource. The policies just don’t work—after a brief rise Sweden’s birthrate is back in the cellar as in other advanced countries. How, after all, can self-seeking manipulation solve the basic problems of life and death? And what kind of world is it in which men’s concern for a 25-year-old pregnant women subjecting herself to the demands of a national political career is seen as something intolerable that must be rooted out?

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Gleichschaltung rolls on

Gleichschaltung rolls on: Catholic institutions to be forced to cover contraceptives in their health plans even though the drugs often work as abortificiants. The reporter’s presentation, which deals with the controversy by emphasizing other features of the bill and other uses for contraceptive drugs, is typical.

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Extended family benefits

The president signs the Michal Judge Act, which has the effect of paying federal death benefits to “partners” of unmarried policemen and firemen, while New York City considers giving effect to homosexual unions registered in Vermont and California. It’s “simply the right thing to do,” says the City Council speaker.

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Catholic scandals

Worth noting: LifeSite Canada has a comprehensive collection of articles on the current clerical homosexuality scandals. Their front page, by the way, has a good listing of current news items relating to their areas of concern, including PC suppression of traditionalists in Canada.

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Feminism and universal tyranny

British feminists call for continued Western occupation of Afghanistan, and Nicholas Kristof takes time out from abusing anyone with doubts about CEDAW to speak of “the half of the globe where to be female is to be persecuted until, often, death.” Is there a certain pattern here?

Meanwhile, closer to home, all decent people are convinced that in a country in which radical sex equality is incontestable dogma basic fairness for girls and women requires comprehensive federal regulation of all significant social activities. No matter how much “progress” is made, there’s still a lot more to be done and you need the feds involved to make it happen. Is this all just a manifestation of the natural tendency of managerial liberalism toward comprehensive control, or is there also a specific sex-linked element, Mom’s eternal difficulty seeing where she leaves off and her children begin?

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Kristof on CEDAW

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist, provides a textbook example of human rights advocacy: Women’s Rights: Why Not?. He details particular horrendous abuses, claims that’s all “human rights” is about, and attacks people for even raising questions. It annoys him that the Justice Department is examining the legal effect of American adherence to a comprehensive international treaty intended to be a standard for domestic law, because “frankly, the treaty has almost nothing to do with American women … it has everything to do with the half of the globe where to be female is to be persecuted until, often, death.” If so it’s odd the treaty was drafted in such a comprehensive and open-ended way, and it’s odd it’s so important that we sign a series of commitments as to what we’ll do internally when we’ve already done it all anyway. For details about the treaty and its effect, see the text of the treaty and analyses linked elsewhere.

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Definition of homophobia

There’s no reason the logic shouldn’t play out, so I imagine the researcher’s interpretation would be the normal one among social scientists today: Study Examines Homophobia In The Workplace. The “homophobia” was a tendency among both men and women to view an unwanted sexual advance from a man to a man as more serious than one from a man to a woman.

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Feminism as usual

View from the mainstream: Group Says Course Training Still Breaks Along Sex Lines. If girls choose cosmetology and boys plumbing it’s plain common sense that something’s got to be done. And the law by and large backs that up.

And to find out what “diversity” means among those accepted as spokesmen for women, look at the intro page for the 2002 National NOW Conference. No white people at all. You’ll be happy to know though that “the 2002 National NOW Conference is a scent-free event. Participants are asked to use unscented products in lieu of scented toiletries and detergents, and to refrain from wearing perfumes and colognes.”

Political life today is extraordinary. In settled prosperous self-satisfied times we find law and policy determined by obvious crackpots. What can it mean?

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Sex ed doesn’t work

No big surprise: Sex-Ed Programs Not Cutting Risky Behavior. Sex is a matter of what life is and what we are as men and women, not “giving young people the information they need to make responsible choices.” Sex education is an attempted techno-fix for a basic human condition. As such the only surprise is that anyone ever thought it would work.

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Money, the Internet and homosexuality

Money, the Internet and homosexuality: it all comes together in the electronic world market of everything. Untapped Webizens: Seeking Out the Gay and Lesbian Market deals with the personal importance of the internet to homosexuals, and the importance of both to sellers of expensive cutting-edge consumer goods.

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NY Times on abortion as baby killing

The New York Times refers to a program in North Korea mostly involving compulsory termination of pregnancy as “prison baby killings”. It’s true some of the infants are killed a few seconds after they would have been candidates for death by intact dilation and evacuation—that is, immediately after birth—but the emphasis in the article and in the program is on abortion.

What’s going on here? It seems odd that the mother’s choice or in some cases the passage of a few seconds should change something the Times views as an absolutely fundamental human right into “baby killing.” They could have protested the procedure as a violation of the women’s right to choose or (except in the case of the slightly delayed ID&Es) to control her own body, but they didn’t. Why?

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Mainstreaming as usual

It’s coming thick and fast: Maryland state board of education proposes treating homosexuality as “cultural group” in multicultural programs, and Nickelodeon to present “issue” program on homosexuality so 8-13 year-olds, with the aid of Rosie O’Donnell and Linda Ellerbe, “can have some information and make up their own minds.” Even an 8-year-old, it seems, is a detached liberal ego accumulating information and making decisions on all subjects whatever in accordance with its own self-posited values. Or at least that’s the line taken when the issues and information are “appropriately” presented.

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Feminism as usual

In spite of Scientific American’s confirmation of the obvious, that men and women are quite different, the presumption remains that the government should manange the differences out of existence. Witness these stories: “French Politics Finds Little Room for Women” (some male incumbants won’t stand down to make room for women) and Earnings of British women still lag by 18%.

Is it possible to ignore the irrationality of feminist policies? Claims go unchallenged that pushing women into the workforce means they can choose whether to stay home, and that any difference whatever in salaries or line of work constitutes a problem that must be dealt with. Obvious questions never get asked. Any suggestion that the sexes differ and the differences have consequences is simply part of the problem and proof that more re-education is needed.

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Amazing discovery: men and women different

Scientific American bites the bullet: in spite of their generally left-wing orientation, they’re chosen Sex Differences in the Brain as a feature article. The article plays it straight summarizing the findings of recent research, even reporting as a possibility Richard Lynn’s suggestion that female IQs are lower.

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Mainstreaming unlimited

I’d prefer other topics too, but mainstreaming homosexuality seems to be what’s happening: children’s book features gay boy. The book has a 10-year-old protagonist, and “[w]hile it contains some sex, it is not graphic and is not a dominant theme.” Like I said, mainstreaming—it’s no big deal. In theory a sequel could include a priest, but that would confuse the issue; for some reason otherwise innocent activities become very bad when priests are involved.

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The EU and women in science

Gallagher on “gay marriage”

A sensible discussion by Maggie Gallagher of what is at stake with “gay marriage”. Nothing new or dazzling, but why are so many people so oblivious to these points? (My own anwer, of course, is that their metaphysics doesn’t let the issues arise no matter what the facts.)

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The death of feminism

I keep seeing references to this sort of thing, but it never seems to amount to anything: Second and Third Wave Feminists Clash Over the Future. All those luminaries come together for a conference and only 100 people show up.

The problem is that once feminism achieved its glorious victories there was nowhere to go, because the movement was fundamentally destructive. It didn’t point to a way of organizing things that anyone could build on, so it has ended in an eternal search for the next great thing that never arrives and a bunch of aging geezerettes talking about how great it was in the old days and complaining about the present. The same could be said for other left-wing movements, socialism and liberal Catholicism for example. Their victories are still with us, in the form of bureaucracies and frozen pieties, but as movements they no longer exist.

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Spies, priests and shadowy networks

A rather interesting comparison of priestly pederasts and treasonous Englishmen: James Hitchcock on Subversion through the Old Boy Network. One point he touches on, referring to C. S. Forster, is the tendency of homosexuality to dissolve social loyalties into personal relations. It’s a persuasive point—the homosexual’s most intense connections to others do not point beyond themselves in any way, and that must have consequences. Hitchcock also says that homosexuality is subversive because homosexuals are despised.

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Abortion–a dirty word

It may not be right to point out unusually disgusting things about the opposition, but still, what’s thought worth publishing in what passes for a high-toned publication must reveal something: Julie Burchill in The Guardian on Abortion: still a dirty word.

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