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Sing it, sister

Pasquin



Self-described 'dissident feminist' Paglia, 66, believes that attempts to deny the biological distinctions between men and women is to blame for the much that is wrong with modern society

She's talking about those gender ideologues who share more in common with early church fathers (Kill the heretic scientists!) than the right wingers they claim to be better than. What I like to call the anti-science Left.

Oh, they talk a good game. There's a gap in the data, they say. The studies have too few  people, haven't been replicated enough. It's nurture, dammit! Social roles! Or other things we can't quantify or prove. Yada yada. It's the poke a hole in the logical argument that holocaust deniers use all the time to make their points.

So let me be clear: Just because nobody has found a lamp shade made out of jews, doesn't mean there were no concentration camps.

Or the argument of climate deniers.

Let me be clear: Just because world temperatures haven't increased in a few years doesn't mean we're not all on a highway to hell.

Preponderance of evidence, people. Look it up.

What Camille Paglia is saying hurts the gender-is-irrelevant crowd's cause because she's one of them. A lefty. A lesbian. But a thinker. Someone who goes where the facts take her, rather than starting with a conclusion and working backwards like these 'politics uber alles' types. She's arguing against these views because they are beliefs not facts. And beliefs unsupported by evidence can lead to bad outcomes.

What I'm saying is that these ideologues are like that wife of the Bishop of Worcester who is said to have exclaimed, ‘My dear, descended from the apes! Let us hope it is not true, but if it is, let us pray that it will not become generally known.’

Let's call these magical thinkers what they are: gender denialists. Men and women may be equal, but they are NOT the same.

Comments

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_luaineach
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
pasquin
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
And here I thought there was nobody left to read this.

Thank *you.*
yamamanama
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
The only Camille worth listening to is Camille Saint-Saens. Camille Paglia is disgusting.
pasquin
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Opps, screwed up on her first name. Thanks for pointing that out. Will correct.
yamamanama
Dec. 30th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
You called her something else? Man, Paglia is so irrelevant that I didn't even notice.
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