This is a time for black humor, aka gallows humor. In the face of despair, one must look for the bright side.
Or at least the side that one can laugh at. The four years ahead of us should be filled with tragicomic moments, giving us cause for both laughter and tears.
If you’ve been reading this blog of late, you’ll know that I’m keeping my expectations for the Biden administration low. Very low. If Joe Biden manages to stay alive and not turn the USA into Venezuela by 2024, I’ll be happy.
Just remember: it could be worse. It could always be worse.
Joe Biden, to be blunt, is an old white dude leading a party obsessed with identity politics. Joe Biden is 78 years old, and he grew up in the 1950s. He really has no idea what all this “wokeness” stuff means, beyond the superficial aspects. He is reading words in a foreign language that he does not speak.
As a result, we have some tragicomic days ahead of us. Biden has already nominated Kristen Clarke—a believer in “race science”— to head up the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Clarke believes that there is a master race in America. Read my essay from earlier this week to find out which one.
Biden has also announced that he will tackle transgenderism. On his campaign website he made the following promise:
“Guaranteeing transgender students have access to facilities based on their gender identity. On his first day in office, Biden will reinstate the Obama-Biden guidance revoked by the Trump-Pence Administration, which will restore transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. He will direct his Department of Education to vigorously enforce and investigate violations of transgender students’ civil rights.”
I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. If someone wants me to refer to them by a pronoun that isn’t obvious, based on their physical appearance and birth gender, I’m more than happy to comply. Why ruffle feathers unnecessarily? If I were to meet Caitlyn Jenner tomorrow, I wouldn’t even mention that I grew up with this Wheaties box:
Nor would I ask how a woman manages to father six kids with two different women. I’m Catholic, and I grew up with the concept of the Immaculate Conception. I’m therefore willing to suspend my sense of disbelief on biological matters if dogma forces me to. And the Catholic priests and nuns of my childhood were a whole lot more forgiving than the Stasi of transgender orthodoxy.
I absolutely think its reasonable that Caitlyn Jenner could father six children, win two gold medals in the men’s Olympic decathlon, be a featured male Playgirl cover model, and still be a woman. I absolutely believe all that, so please don’t send the pitchfork mob to burn my hedges and call me a Nazi.
Likewise, I can compromise on restrooms and changing facilities. That’s what individual, genderless restrooms and changing facilities are for. Problem solved!
The problem arises when biological males wish to compete in women’s sports as women.
“Whatever you believe about gender identity in general, the simple fact is that biology is what matters in athletics, not a person’s identity. Gender identity can be changed. Sex is embedded in our DNA and cannot be changed. It is reflected in realities like lung capacity and bone density. Sex is not gender.
Women’s sports were created to give girls a fair chance at competition. That includes fair victories and fair defeats. Girls deserve the same opportunity as boys to excel, to advance to the next level of competition, to win, and to stand on that podium. But allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports shatters girls’ dreams and denies our daughters equal opportunities.”
I’ll have to sift through that later, to see if it contains coded neo-Nazi transphobic elements that reinforce the patriarchal biases of the gender binary paradigm. But it doesn’t seem like hate speech to me. It sounds strangely like what common sense was, before half the world took leave of that quality.
Back to Caitlyn Jenner. In various interviews, Jenner has said that (he/she) always identified as a woman, even back in his/her (men’s) decathlon days.
Back then (the mid-1970s), of course, we were living in the Dark Ages. Simple fools that we were, we assumed that the winner of a gold medal in the men’s decathlon was an actual man. We probably believed that the world was flat, too! Did doctors attempt to cure patients with leeches in 1976? Probably so!
Now look at the above photo: Bruce Jenner, 1975. (The dual-named party still went by “Bruce” in 1975, so please don’t report me for hate crimes!)I don’t think there’s a feminist on the Internet who would disagree with my assertion that Bruce Jenner, age 26 in 1975, would have had a sex-based advantage over female athletes of similar accomplishments in women’s sports.
To force girls and women to compete with biological males, who have all the advantages of male physiology and testosterone, is simply unfair. Does that assertion make me a feminist, a Nazi, or the child in that old story, who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes? I’m not sure.
But don’t bother Joe Biden with all that. He’s fallen asleep by the window in the Oval Office again, and it’s time for his afternoon nap. Just do what his people tell you to do, and count the days until 2024. Silence and compliance will keep you out of the reeducation camps. Maybe.
“With Democrats in control of Congress, Americans are looking forward to seeing their elected representatives put the needs of the American people first. Democrats have responded by pursuing the one thing every American affected by devastating lockdowns needs: another Trump impeachment.”
The Babylon Bee is satire, of course. But sometimes there is truth in satire.
This second impeachment farce, of a president who will leave office in less than a week, is Nancy Pelosi’s great vanity project.
It will not benefit ordinary Americans. Nor, for that matter, will it benefit President Biden. (Yes, I have finally forced myself to type those two words, though my fingers rebel.)
Hopefully Biden will prevail on his party to call an end to this charade once he takes office.
I doubt there’s too much testosterone in the corporate offices of Twitter; but it would have taken a big brass pair—or incredible tone-deafness—for Twitter to tweet a message like this one:
“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps. We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”
The management of Twitter, it seems, is all about free political speech…so long as that speech happens to involve politics and Internet users outside the United States.