Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Jenner affair

The idea that Jenner is taking a stand and refusing to bow to social norms is ridiculous. This isn't David standing up to Goliath. The entire Establishment--the entertainment world, the mainstream media, corporate America, academia--is behind him. It's the small mom-and-pop bakeries, the ordinary middle Americans who dare to object to a deviation from the heterosexual norm, who are being browbeaten into accepting social mores they don't agree with.

Vercingetorix, leader of Gaulish confederation that was laid low by Julius Caesar, was kept in a Roman dungeon in solitary confinement for several years before being force-marched, in chains, through the streets of the city in a triumph. His fingernails were yellow and curled, his shoes frayed and falling apart. When he dropped to a knee in exhaustion, he was whipped, kicked, and ordered to shamble on. Spectators hurled rotten fruit, manure, and insults at him. His spirit utterly broken, he was finally lowered into a pit and ritually strangled.

The Jenner spectacle isn't the battle of Alesia, it's the triumph of the Caesarian victors and the subsequent mopping up of the defeated resistance. Jenner's cause may or may not be noble, but the idea that he is standing up for the little guy against impossible odds is laughable. All the organs of power support him, and they are sure to eviscerate anyone of even minor note who takes issue with his decision and the publicity he's garnered in the process. This is an enormous boon for him personally--his new twitter account set new records in rates of followers, he is being splashed all over media, and he's going to be the focus of an upcoming 'docu-series' (whatever the hell that is). Not bad for a guy who thought he'd hit his high mark four decades ago. Jack Cashill joked that he is the first open Republican to be on the cover of Vanity Fair in a long time.

All that said, the most interesting aspect of Jenner affair is what it sets up--an interesting intersection between America's obsession with sports and the emerging unquestionable right for people to pick their own genders.

Looking at Jenner's Wikipedia page, the pronouns have all been changed from "him" and "he" to "her" and "she", yet his sports accomplishments are still listed as being in Men's Athletics.

See where I'm going with this? Because of Title IX, universities have to dole out a lot more money on women's athletics than they'd like to, and scholarships naturally accompany that. Well, if you're a pretty good high school basketball player who isn't quite good enough to get a scholarship on a men's NCAA tournament team, here's another way to get college paid for--identify as a female and go earn a full ride by being the star player on the women's side. Or go win an Olympic gold medal playing for the women's soccer team, or start collecting the prize purses at women's UFC tournaments on the weekends.

This isn't idle trolling. It's already happening. Familiarize yourself with the story of Fallon Fox if you haven't already done so. Whatever gender is, sex is most emphatically NOT a social construction, it's a biological one.

What happens when the next Jenner comes along at, say, the 2016 Olympics? Granting for the sake of argument that what he identifies as now is what he has always felt himself to be, this next Jenner decides to compete in women's track competitions. He wins golds in everything he competes in, and sets several world records (for women) in the process. This new Jenner single-handedly has the capacity to destroy women's sports as the world knows it, at least in the parts of the world where World War T has been won. There is, of course, no reason that he'd be acting alone in this regard. Lots of biological men newly minted as women would flock after him, and the Ladybugs phenomenon would come to dominate everything.

How do, um, 'traditional' female athletes and their supporters combat this? Not in the way Tamikka Brents did in her fight against Fallon:
During Fox's fight against Tamikka Brents, Brents suffered a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and seven staples to the head. After her loss, Brents took to social media to fuel the controversy surrounding Fox's unfair advantage. She stated that "I've fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right,” she stated. “Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch."
This is where opportunity presents itself. Here is the 'teachable moment'. This is where human biodiversity, or anti-egalitarianism, or whatever you want to package the perspective that individuals--and by extension, groups of individuals--vary in all sorts of attributes, traits, and characteristics as, provides an obvious answer. The most numerically significant supergroup in the Fringe Coalition--(biological) women--equip themselves with the arguments of HBD and launch a counterattack against the gender benders and their elite votaries. The carnage from such internecine fighting would be spectacular.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or perchance we don't hope our women do our fighting for us and be men again.

And stop asking The Left to commit suicide, that's our gig. That's our thing.

vxxc

JayMan said...

There's a nice little online exchange between myself and a few ladies that says most everything on this matter.

As I said, those who believe that Bruce Jenner is now a woman must also believe Michael Jackson was White. I'll go out on a limb and wager those most who agree with the former will not agree with the latter.

Readers, some required material on the topic:

Transsexuals | West Hunter

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;' Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

Dan said...

Epigone, good post.

@Jayman, thanks for that second link. I feel like most scientists have utterly fallen down on the job of countering all the BS in the socio-sexual sphere with simple truth-telling. It is nice to see someone bucking that. But aside from such exceptions, it seems like on more and more scientific topics, the man on the street is far more likely to be correct than a university professor.

When men claiming to be women fill the role of the diverse woman in male dominated professions, feminists are failing at their prime directive. Dierdre McClosky as the rare woman economist. Brianna Wu as the spokes"woman" for women in gaming. Can you imagine if a white man in blackface was represented this or that profession claiming, "we" blacks are oppressed and we aren't gonna take it anymore? They would be driven out of polite society.

But the feminist movement's earlier screw-up was trying essentially to out "man" men in a male frame rather than celebrate motherhood and things that define womanhood. The mother really is at the center of the family. By operating in a male frame, women set themselves up for failure.

And now for something light...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFBOQzSk14c

JayMan said...

Dan, that video is brilliant! Tweeted!

Audacious Epigone said...

Jayman,

That conversation with the two harpies is almost beyond parody. There are so many contradictions, double-standards, and utter nonsense offered in the course of a few paragraphs worth of words that it's hard to even know where to start.

Dan,

Ditto the video. Monty Python was a little before my time and the only thing I've ever watched is the holy grail, probably when I was 10 or so and consequently I didn't understand the humor much at all. Would you recommend I clear out some time for it? If so, can you give a rough rank ordering of the 5 (?) movies in terms of contemporary relevance?

Audacious Epigone said...

Also, here for something similarly light (if a little more lengthy).

BehindTheLines said...

If so, can you give a rough rank ordering of the 5 (?) movies in terms of contemporary relevance?

I don't know about relevance, but in decreasing order of humor, I'd pick

1. Holy Grail
2. Life of Brian
3. A Fish Called Wanda (technically not the whole Python gang, but close enough)
4. Live at the Hollywood Bowl
5. Meaning of Life

namae nanka said...

The World War T wages on, but in sports the women are already doped up so they are meeting these freaks in the middle.

Dan said...

Epigone,

Since the topic is World War T, here is another fun Monty Python Sketch...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZa26_esLBE

It goes to show how a large part of comedy would be out of bounds today.

I recommend Monty Python's Flying Circus which was a sketch comedy program. Lots of shorts you can find on YouTube.

If movies are your thing, you may also want to check out BlackAdder. Not Monty Python but Rowan Atkinson before he was Mister Bean. Similar historical British humor comedy though. Gay and tranny humor was an ordinary staple of comedy until recently. Now we have massively funded anti-humor organizations such as GLAAD. Which only increases the value of mast work.

Dan said...

mast = past

Dan said...

One of my favorite Python sketches...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oeSFAIKaX4

Dain said...


"The idea that Jenner is taking a stand and refusing to bow to social norms is ridiculous."

It's the social norms of middle America that the left is against, not the elite professional class. The "little platoons" of community church elders and parents are who they seek to shame on this matter. I'm not certain they'd deny this if you were to ask them. For Salon readers et al., the modal All-American dad is a bigger threat to freedom than Facebook and the NSA.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to point out that Women's Tennis is wide open.

"During the 1998 Australian Open, sisters Serena and Venus Williams boasted that they could beat any man ranked outside the world's top 200. The challenge was accepted by Karsten Braasch, a German player ranked No 203 (his highest ranking was No 38). Before the matches, Braasch played a round of golf in the morning, drank a couple of beers, smoked a few cigarettes, and then played the Williams sisters for a set each, one after the other. He defeated Serena, 6-1, and Venus, 6-2. Serena said afterwards "I didn't know it would be that hard. I hit shots that would have been winners on the women's tour and he got to them easily.""