Wednesday Reads: Kuchisabishii

Good morning…

Fucking Republicans….

A few things on the abortion front:

And one last thought on yesterday…

This is an open thread.

23 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Kuchisabishii”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Have a good and safe day today…

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

  3. Enheduanna says:

    Powerful stuff – so many critical things are going on it’s overwhelming.

    Anyway. When you’ve lost Cavuto, right?

    Looking at the hearings yesterday I was struck that what happened to Dump was he turned off just enough GOPer voters with his Twitter tirades to lose. I doubt he has even “gone there” in his brain yet. Maybe it’d be a good thing to let him back on Twitter.

  4. Enheduanna says:

    Another thing I just have to get off my chest. Whether the classroom door in Uvalde was locked from the inside or not (it wasn’t), you can usually take the pins out of door hinges and open it that way. Not sure about those doors of course, but was it even considered? Why didn’t they know anything about how those doors worked?

    • bostonboomer says:

      They had a tool to break down the door. Or they could just have turned the door knob.

    • quixote says:

      And maybe this is purely in the movies (?? I think not) but there were kids and shots on the other side WHY COULDN’T THEY BREAK DOWN THE DOOR? ??

    • NW Luna says:

      Apparently more school classroom doors are being made now so they can’t be taken off their hinges, but don’t need to do that to get in when the door’s already unlocked.

  5. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Those are LGBTQXYZ+ flags, not Queen’s Jubilee flags. AKA T leeching onto LGB despite no connection with same-sex orientation, which plenty of trans-identified people — the ones not demanding to get into women’s changing rooms — agree with. Flag also misappropriates “intersex” which is not actually intersex but DSDs which are congenital medical conditions akin to birth defects. People w/DSDs are either male or female, not both or neither nor spectrum-y and have repeatedly and politely asked to be left out of the alphabet mess. Funny how the arrow-shapped T graphic (in stereotypical baby blue and pink; how progressive) is shown stabbing into the LGB rainbow colors. It’s not agitating for trans rights but for men’s supremacy.

  6. dakinikat says:

  7. dakinikat says:

    Love the South Park!!!! And thanks for sharing John’s cartoons! He’s so great! I hope he can get syndciated!

  8. dakinikat says:

    • quixote says:

      Yowser!!!! That’s going to kill most everything in there. Except for a few catfish and some algal slime. That’s awful.

  9. NW Luna says:

    Megan, you’re wrong. Trans-identified people can indeed play sports and win. They play on the team for their own sex class. Simple.

    As for “no evidence “for unfairness of men in women’s sports, let’s start with this:

    Thus, with regard to transgender women athletes, we question whether current circulating testosterone level cut-off can be a meaningful decisive factor, when in fact not even suppression down to around 1 nmol/L removes the anthropometric and muscle mass/strength advantage in any significant way.
    In terms of duration of testosterone suppression, it may be argued that although 12 months of treatment is not sufficient to remove the male advantage, perhaps extending the time frame of suppression would generate greater parity with female metrics. However, based on the studies reviewed here, evidence is lacking that this would diminish the male advantage to a tolerable degree. On the contrary, it appears that the net loss of lean mass and grip strength is not substantially decreased at year 2 or 3 of cross-hormone treatment (Table 4), nor evident in cohorts after an average 8 years after transition.

    Transgender Women in the Female Category of Sport: Perspectives on Testosterone Suppression and Performance Advantage. Emma N. Hilton & Tommy R. Lundberg 
    Sports Medicine (2020) Cite this article

    Then there’s this article with the first author being a trans-identified person:

    How does hormone transition in transgender women change body composition, muscle strength and haemoglobin? Systematic review with a focus on the implications for sport participation. “….values for strength, LBM and muscle area in transwomen remain above those of cisgender [sic] women, even after 36 months of hormone therapy.”

    Joanna Harper, Emma O’Donnell, Behzad Sorouri Khorashad, Hilary McDermott, Gemma L Witcomb.

    Getting tired of evidence yet, Megan? Here’s some facts on the myths about kids’ suicide and QoL:

    Puberty blockers do not alleviate negative thoughts in children with gender dysphoria, finds study. Puberty blockers used to treat children aged 12 to 15 who have severe and persistent gender dysphoria had no significant effect on their psychological function, thoughts of self-harm, or body image, a study has found. However, as expected, the children experienced reduced growth in height and bone strength by the time they finished their treatment at age 16.

    BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 08 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n356

    Estrogen is associated with greater suicidality among transgender males, and puberty suppression is not associated with better mental health outcomes for either sex” Michael Biggs MD.

    • quixote says:

      I love Megan Rapinoe to bits, so it really hurts to see her have her head up her ass on this. All she’s really saying is I haven’t lost any championships to transwomen yet, so what’s the big deal. Kind of like the Republicans don’t see what’s wrong with government not providing aid until they need it.

      It’s pretty much the human condition not to see past the end of your own nose, especially when keeping your friends depends on it. Still, very sad. And I doubt very much she could have avoided all of the evidence, such as you mention, without a lot of motivated reasoning. It’s known at this point. Too many people just don’t care because it’s only women. You wouldn’t get this insanity if it was, say, high school football being taken over by college athletes.

  10. Ronstill4Hills says:

    This will push someone’s buttons, but I say this without any malice toward anyone.

    I don’t understand the denial of reality concerning the subject of transgender.

    People get in their feelings and refuse to hear what people of good will are telling them in good faith.

    There are men and women, and no matter how many super-heroines kick mens asses in fiction, they are not the same in terms of strength, speed and size.

    It is not fair for men and women to complete against one another in sports.

    Trans people deserve to compete, so create a “trans” or “intersex” competition class.

    It is no more of a stigma than a men’s class or a women’s class.

    Pretending it is fair is willful denial of reality.

    • quixote says:

      It’s the denial of reality part that has so many of us flummoxed about the whole thing. Thing is, there are trans people who immediately come across as totally normal who *don’t* deny it. They’re perfectly clear on the biology, and it’s implications for medicine, sport, genetics, and anything else with a biological component.

      It’s just one wing of the trans movement who’s decided that jumping into gender stereotypes to the exclusion of all else is the way to go. And they’re the ones who’ve taken over all the institutions and the media and the creatives/art world, and, and, and. Puzzled me for the longest time why that would be. But then it hit me like a ton of bricks: you get to totally buy into all the gender BS the patriarchy peddles, you don’t have to fight it anymore, you don’t have to change anything difficult like people’s attitudes to sex or women or who does the dishes in the family, AND you get to be “progressive” after giving up.

      The enforcement if anyone dares notice it’s not true is the same enforcement the patriarchy always has: ridicule, humiliation, ostracism, loss of livings. (Well, in the good old days, also death, but so far they’re only threatening that.)

      That’s the whole cloud of consequences following a simple recognition of reality in sport. No wonder people are sticking their fingers in their ears and singing la-la-la-la.