The Crying Game

Yesterday I had occasion to read the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. As you would expect it’s largely focused around climate change hysteria, but also warns of “large scale involuntary migration”. What is not mentioned is what I think is a far greater risk to the stability of whole nations: large scale voluntary migration. But what really made me laugh was this passage on page 14:

There has been a period of renewed politicization around gender, sexism and sexual assault in the United States. The #MeToo movement, which began in October 2017, continued in 2018 and has also drawn attention to—and in some cases amplified— similar campaigns against sexual violence.

That a middle class political protest movement, which was as much about who gets to set the Democrat party agenda as it was sexual assault, should appear in a report on global risks tells you much about the worldview of those who compiled it. Then again, they might have observed half a million screaming harpies in pussy hats and concluded humanity is doomed.

Beyond being directly targeted with violence and discrimination, women around the world are also disproportionately affected by many of the risks discussed in the Global Risks Report, often as a result of experiencing higher levels of poverty and being the primary providers of childcare, food and fuel. For example, climate change means women in many communities must walk farther to fetch water.

While the men are slaughtered on the front lines of bloody wars.

Women often do not have the same freedom or resources as men to reach safety after natural disasters—in parts of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India, men who survived the 2004 tsunami outnumbered women by almost three to one.

Okay, but:

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), women are also more likely than men to have their jobs displaced by automation.

We’re probably not talking about the same women here, are we? The paragraph lurches between the fate of wealthy western women pushing a political agenda and the genuine hardship of those living in badly-governed countries in the developing world. The two should be dealt with separately, but they’ve been lumped together in order to paint a picture of women being under serious threat globally. They’re using the image of desperate African women having to walk miles for water to drum up sympathy for American women who will soon be replaced by the Samsung Powerskirt 3000. And I seem to recall Laurie Penny cackling with glee at the prospect of automation taking all the men’s jobs.

On top of reports like this, we also have gender diversity being rammed down our throats using unsubstantiated claims it produces better outcomes. In addition, despite being thoroughly debunked, the gender pay gap is still routinely cited as real and a result of discrimination. This is why I’m really not too bothered about stories like this:

Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport.

And this:

Two male runners are continuing to dominate high school girls track in Connecticut.

High school juniors Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood took first and second place in the state open indoor track championships Feb. 16, The Associated Press noted in a report Sunday. Both Miller and Yearwood are biological males who identify as transgender girls.

Miller argued that female runners should work harder, rather than complaining about unfairness, when forced to compete against male athletes who identify as transgender.

On the face of it this is insane, and in a serious society this wouldn’t be happening. But this is just a continuation of what the hardcore feminists started when they launched a war on men. If a handful of politically-motivated extremist women can invent all sorts of garbage to justify upending society for their personal benefit, others will follow suit. Feminists now upset that strapping lads are cleaning up in girls’ high-school athletics can hardly complain about inconsistency, intellectual dishonesty, and hidden agendas, can they? That’s been their stock and trade for decades and it continues to this day backed by corporations, governments, and supranational organisations as part of an industry worth billions of dollars.

I feel a bit sorry for the non-lunatic women who carried no water for hardcore feminism and are looking on with horror at what the trans activists are doing, but it’s not really my fight. If and when I can go through a week without gender politics being rammed down my throat with men told they need to make sacrifices so that privileged women they don’t know can be relieved of imaginary problems while benefiting materially, I may pick up the cudgels on their behalf. Until then, I don’t see why I should care. Women created this mess; they can solve it. Maybe the World Economic Forum can help?

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16 thoughts on “The Crying Game

  1. Who’d a guessed it, #metoo is only a thing when its someone else’s son’s and husband’s in the firing line:

    What happens when the “believe-all-women” ethos collides with the urge to believe some men, particularly if those men are your loved ones? Perhaps a much needed return to respecting due process.

    A few days ago, Lisa Borders, the CEO of Time’s Up, a group affiliated with the #MeToo movement to fight for victims of sexual harassment and abuse, resigned from her position. The reason was startling. Her son, Garry “Dijon” Bowden Jr., had been accused of groping a woman during a “healing session” in Santa Monica.

    Borders didn’t step down as CEO because of embarrassment or proximity to someone accused. She stepped down because she is planning to vigorously defend her son, and this wouldn’t align well with the work of an organization that preaches zero tolerance for “discrimination, harassment or abuse.”

  2. I think the TERF vs Trans battle is one we should fight on the TERF side for good tactical reasons.
    The left’s biggest weakness is they are terrible at making alliances. The old saw is that leftists look for purity and the Right converts. This demand for purity alienates those who would support much of their programme while if you make common cause with an erstwhile enemy you may see some good in the rest of their point of view.
    The women who have been fighting the Trans Right Activists (TRA) are generally leftist feminists who wouldn’t piss on a right winger if they were on fire. BUT since they have violated the purity of leftist thought on this issue they are facing the full fury of the progressives with no platforming, threats to employment and physical violence that until now they supported against those they disagreed with. The only people who have been offering them support are right wingers. The Spectator has been giving lots of coverage to the excesses of the TRAs, the few MP who are the ones raising issues with the proposed Gender Recognition Act are Tories, Right-wing think tanks are giving the activists support. Look at the Feminist boards on Mumsnet. They are gradually becoming aware the only people sticking up for women in this fight are on the Right.
    Now my hope is that at least some of these women will see the world in more rounded terms and working with those on the right will break down their mental barriers so they will be more open to evidence based ideas that currently violate their leftist mindset. It’s hard to say “Tories are BASTARDS!” when the only people who helped in your hour of need were the bastard Tories.
    Of course I expect many of them to be totally ungrateful and revert to type if they win but if just some have their eyes opened a bit then it a win for civilisation.

  3. This is my thoughts exactly. Feminists created a playbook that the trans lobby are following: call anyone pointing out how bad your arguments are as sexist, throw cases at the courts hoping you’ll get an activist judge who will support you and government will cave in, attack corporations for their policies.

    On the matter of women getting replaced by technology, that’s because women don’t prepare for it. Men will jump on technology that improves the job. I see this all the time in software development. Men will push forward to try and learn the next funky thing. Women will say “I’m happy doing this”. The old mainframe systems that are still running in the UK are supported by women and old men. Old men are at a stage where the investment in learning new stuff isn’t worth it, but women are just doing the job they did 30 years earlier.

  4. “Now my hope is that at least some of these women will see the world in more rounded terms and working with those on the right will break down their mental barriers so they will be more open to evidence based ideas that currently violate their leftist mindset.”

    Good luck with that. The Left are utterly shameless and cognitively dissonant and are quite happy to declare black is white today, but when its advantageous to say its black again deny their previous assertions.

    Which incidentally is a very female trait, so expecting a load of Lefty feminists to have lightbulb moments based on hard principles is a triumph of hope over experience. A lefty man might ‘see the light’, a lefty woman will take the assistance of her political opponents when it suits her and then drop them like the proverbial when its all done and dusted.

  5. In the very poorest countries, women must walk long distances to fetch water. The climate agenda wants to keep those countries poor and undeveloped, so that women will continue to walk those long distances. BTW there’s no evidence of an increasing trend in drought.

    Point two: the violence against women narrative may be severely overblown in North Atlantic countries, but it is still very true in places like my own country where almost every woman has been, if not actually forcibly raped, then pressured into sex against her will. Men have rights and they may not be denied.

  6. The destruction of women’s pseudo-sports by transgenderism is a net positive. That transgenderism might also destroy feminism would be a wonderful side benefit.

  7. in parts of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India, men who survived the 2004 tsunami outnumbered women by almost three to one.

    There’s a few weasel words in there, but I’m still calling bullshit on this. I’d call bullshit if the ratio was flipped as well.

  8. DevonChap

    They are gradually becoming aware the only people sticking up for women in this fight are on the Right.

    Nah, fuck em. Stick up for the women you know and love and let the rest of them get what they wanted good and hard. Not to mention, if you want women to come around then being aloof to their bullshit is a pretty good tactic.

  9. “If and when I can go through a week without gender politics being rammed down my throat with men told they need to make sacrifices so that privileged women they don’t know can be relieved of imaginary problems while benefiting materially, I may pick up the cudgels on their behalf.”

    Amen to that, Tim.

  10. A M->F trans person has no more right to compete in a female athletic competition than I have as a 6’ 4” 225 pound ( on a good day) guy to demand that The Kentucky derby raise its assigned weight for horses to 225 pounds or more.

  11. “in parts of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India, men who survived the 2004 tsunami outnumbered women by almost three to one.”

    They probably just had some women’s events on the beach that day while the men were at work inland.

  12. David Moore,

    “The gender hours gap;”

    Another thing that happens in software is that men do a lot more extra work, pet projects, playing with funky stuff. Or if someone offers 6 days work, they take it.

    There are some serious effects of this beyond just earning some money – men get more experience, faster.

  13. “There are some serious effects of this beyond just earning some money – men get more experience, faster.”

    Yes, it has some profound benefits for career progression, some research shows 10% more hours results in 40% more pay over time, that experience stacking effect works.

  14. Miller argued that female runners should work harder, rather than complaining about unfairness

    Top class trolling, superb. To disagree is to suggest that there are differences between women and trans women, which will get you arrested.

    Suck it up, ladies. You brought this on.

  15. It’s hard to say “Tories are BASTARDS!” when the only people who helped in your hour of need were the bastard Tories.

    No, it’s easy, they do it all the time. The moment it is convenient they will memory hole any support and turn on you.

    The best tactic is to keep this battle going, even open new fronts. An enemy divided is an enemy distracted.

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