The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.
“The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.” – Will Durant
“Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.” – Virginia Woolf
“Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness,/ Wherein the…enemy does much.” – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
This week’s winning essay,Bookworm Room’s The broken windows theory of public bathrooms and gender identity Is her look at the realities of the controversy over transgenders using women’s bathrooms. Here’s a slice:
The social justice warriors have been busy on my “real-me” Facebook page, ridiculing the concerns of ordinary Americans who cannot understand why, out of the blue, they are suddenly being told that gender isn’t a biological reality but is, instead, a mere social construct that a person can socially reconstruct on a daily basis — and, moreover, that this sudden gender fluidity means that it’s an act of gross discrimination to contend that public bathrooms should be limited to reflect a person’s basic biology (i.e., penis or no penis).
Despite disagreeing strongly with the whole “gender fluidity” claim, even I must admit that the social justice warriors have come up with what I consider are two good arguments to support their case. Conceding that these arguments have some validity, though, does not erase the fact that the SJWs are still completely wrong to demand that America abandon long-standing laws and practices respecting gender differences.
The first valid argument is that true transgender women (by which I mean people who completely identify as women but who are biologically men) are almost never violent towards others:
The second argument is that these true transgender women, the ones who dress and act like women, often to the point of being indistinguishable from women, are already using women’s restrooms and have been doing so forever, without anyone being the wiser:
I’ll add one more argument: Long before the bathroom wars heated up and women suddenly got concerned about men in their bathrooms and locker rooms, sexual perverts have been trolling women’s bathrooms:
So, if true transgenders aren’t violent, if this bathroom sharing has been existing sub rosa forever, and if perverts have been using women’s bathrooms long before transgender rights became an issue, why do I still believe that it’s important that we continue our current biologically-based gender segregation in bathrooms and changing rooms? It’s important because of what I think of as the “broken windows” theory of public bathrooms.
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Terra Incognita–Endemic Hatred of Jews submitted by Bookworm Room . Seth Franzman does a fine job here in exploring that age-old subject ‘Why the Jews?’
Here are this week’s full results. Only Fausta and The Daley Gator were unable to vote,but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 penalty for not voting. One of the Victor Davis Hanson pieces was submitted by two members under different titles (which yours truly didn’t catch). So I combined those votes:
- *First place with 3 votes!–Bookworm Room – The broken windows theory of public bathrooms and gender identity
- Second place with 1 2/3 votes – Joshuapundit–Indiana,The End Of The Beginning
- Third place with 1 1/3 votes –The Noisy Room – Trump’s Incoherent, Inconsistent, Russian-Loving Foreign Policy
- Fourth place with 1 vote –GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – North Korea’s EMP Threat
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –The Glittering Eye –The American Experience 2016
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Puma By Design – Black Trump Supporter Calls Out Racist Protesters As Propaganda Victims
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Nice Deb – Saturday Movie Matinee: The Triggering
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –VA Right! – Cruz Moving to Suspend His Campaign With Indiana Loss Today? Here’s Why
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Stately McDaniel Manor – The Freddie Gray Case, Update 33.7: The Ferguson Effect–Baltimore Version
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Fausta’s Blog – Cuba: The dotty old Brit and the NBC apologist
- First place with 2 1/3 votes! –Terra Incognita–Endemic Hatred of Jews submitted by Bookworm Room
- Third place *t* with 1 vote – Aaron M. Renn/City Journal – Black Residents Matter submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Third place *t* with 1 vote –War On The Rocks – The Catastrophic Success Of The U.S. Air force submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fourth place with 2/3 votes –Victor Davis Hanson – The Nihilism of Sanctuary Cities submitted by Puma By Design
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Richard Fernandez/PJ Media – The Death Of A Nation submitted by Fausta’s Blog
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Ilya Somin/WAPO –Victims of Communism Day submitted by Nice Deb
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Algeimeiner – 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Develops Satellite System for Producing Oxygen in Space submitted by The Watcher
Second place *t* with 2 votes –National Review –Something New Under The Political Sun submitted by Stately McDaniel Manor and The Noisy Room
Second place *t* with 2 votes –Thomas Lifeson/American Thinker – It’s Trump. Get over it submitted by The Watcher
See you next week!
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