What was “common” sense?

There are so many really stupid ideas promulgated by the perfection progressives (what I call “leftists”, “cultural Marxists”, “social justice” panderers, and their allies, because they demand perfection–by their definition–in our culture and institutions, and define truth as anything that’s new and untested), I hardly know where to begin, so I will zero in on a few of the more egregious or hypocritical. Most of the really, really bad ones concern the mutant children of the “sexual revolution“: gender bending dysphoria; sexual confusion-orientation; porn. But before I get to that mess, lets consider culture/ancestry dysphoria. Multiculturalism is celebrating other cultures, as long as you don’t step over the invisible line intocultural appropriation. Elizabeth Warren, a white on rice (or mayonnaise on white bread, if you prefer) Senator from the formerly great state (you’d have to go back before the Kennedy clan) of Massachusetts is the butt of jokes for claiming native American victim hood by virtue of a smidgen of Cherokee and Delaware ancestral genes. DNA testing, hardly a precise science, has pegged her as 1024th Indian. I would imagine that many Americans have that much Indian heritage. The Cherokee Nation has also weighed in on the matter. Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement: “A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

Then there’s the “sexual revolution.” Unlike our forerunners in 1968, we of 2018 have access to something they didn’t: 50 years of sociological, psychological, medical, and other evidence about the sexual revolution and its fallout. Thanks to the #MeToo movement, the time has come to examine some of that evidence. After all, at the root of all these stories of harassment and abuse is this: men forcing themselves upon women who did not want their attentions; men who have insisted, sometimes plaintively in their public apologies, that in their own minds, the acts were consensual. Even former president Bill Clinton had the temerity to tell PBS NewsHour in early June, “I think the norms have really changed in terms of what you can do to somebody against their will.” Where do otherwise sophisticated and knowledgeable men learn such obtuseness? Surely the credit belongs in part to pornography, which, like the revolution of which it is a mutated child, has become ubiquitous. Abuse of the first amendment probably started with defenders of pornography. Pornography deforms individual relationships and works its way like invisible ink into the scripts and expectations of our time. Finally, the #MeToo movement offers an opportunity to bridge ideological divides as the traditional cheerleaders of the sexual revolution reckon with the empirical record. The recent scandals have produced powerful new evidence for everyone to weigh. What are the two common denominators among the alleged offenses? One was the assumption that all women are sexually available at all times—what might be called the sexual revolution’s first commandment. The other is that many exploitative men have taken cover in venues closely identified with pro-revolutionary politics: Hollywood, corporate print, radio, and television journalism, Silicon Valley—and even the New York attorney general’s office.

Yes, cads and brutes have always been with us; yes, accusations shouldn’t be lodged cavalierly and need to be assessed carefully; and yes, as the examples of Fox News and other workplaces have revealed, harassment and accusations of harassment aren’t just a progressive thing. Even so, it is undeniable that a disproportionate number of the prominent men brought down by these scandals have been identified with—and sometimes indistinguishable from—a political worldview that enthusiastically embraces the tenets of the sexual revolution. Indeed, many proudly wore their feminist credentials on their sleeves. These men infiltrated important cultural precincts under the false flag of being “pro-woman” and succeeded because they were seen to be on “the right side” of the abortion debate. Wolves in Planned Parenthood clothing, they used pro-abortion politics as protective cover for harassment and exploitation, just as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who advocated for legal abortion many years before Roe v. Wade, also did in his lifetime. Just as castration to produce eunuchs as harem servants was disgusting until it became a cure for male gender dysphoria, thus defended and even promoted by the PP set, so was pornography disgusting until it became a “first amendment issue.” Except that it never was, because the First Amendment was addressed to Congress only, not individuals and groups who recognized the blight that porn has become.

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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