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♪ Gen’rals gathered in their masses,
♫ Just like witches at black masses ♪
Evil minds that plot destruction,♫
♫ Sorcerer of death’s construction ♫

:)

Or maybe dystopia…

The profession can change, the venue can change, but the gender-woo methodology remains the same.  Personally attack the person who dares to speak about biological reality, libel and defame their character while poisoning the well as to prevent discussion of an import issue facing women.

The bullshit doesn’t change.  It is especially disheartening to see professionals whose business is to be thoughtful and charitable completely abandon those principles in order to defend normative patriarchal values.

 

“A debate has arisen among philosophers concerning a couple of papers published recently in the prestigious journal Philosophical Studies. The first paper, “Are women adult human females?” by Alex Byrne (January, 2020) attempts to refute what Byrne identifies as “the orthodox view among philosophers,” that “the category woman is a social category, like the categories, wife, firefighter, and shoplifter,” rather than a biological category, like the categories vertebrate, mammal, or adult human female.” Byrne argues woman is a biological category, that to be a woman is to be an adult adult human female. The second paper, “Escaping the Natural Attitude About Gender,” by Robin Dembroff (forthcoming, but available already online), attempts to discredit Byrne’s argument.

The controversy surrounding the two articles does not concern the arguments themselves but the fact that Dembroff’s article includes an ad hominem against Byrne in which Dembroff effectively accuses Byrne of bigotry against transsexuals despite the fact that there is nothing in Byrne’s paper to support such a charge. The editor of the journal, Stewart Cohen, resigned in protest because he wanted to publish an apology for printing an article that included defamatory rhetoric, rhetoric which should never have made it past the journal’s referees, but the publisher of the journal, Springer, refused to allow him to do that.

Philosophers are not generally known for being warm and fuzzy. But Dembroff’s paper represents a new low in levels of civility. Usually, philosophers aim their barbs at an opponent’s cognitive abilities. Even then they aspire to some subtlety. They’ll intimate that an opponent is feebleminded, but they rarely say so directly. It’s not simply that it’s rude. It’s unprofessional. It’s rare, for the same reason, for a philosopher to directly accuse another of being a “shoddy scholar.” It’s rarer still, again, for the same reason, for a philosopher to accuse another of being immoral. Yet Robin Dembroff has advanced both charges against Byrne.

The debate amongst philosophers surrounding what Byrne has dubbed GenderGate, focuses on a brief passage at the end of Dembroff’s article. The line is:

Byrne’s paper fundamentally is an unscholarly attempt to vindicate a political slogan [“women are adult human females”] that is currently being used to undermine civic rights and respect for trans persons. And it is here that I return to Byrne’s advice to question the motivations behind this debate.”If someone is personally heavily invested in the truth of [some proposition] p,” Byrne writes, “it is prudent to treat [their] claim that p is true with some initial caution.” I agree. So we may ask: What are the motivations of someone who would so confidently insert themself into this high-stakes discourse while so ill-informed?

That is, Dembroff is insinuating here that Byrne has an anti-trans agenda that he is trying to advance in an scholarly paper published in an academic journal even though, again, there is nothing in Byrne’s paper to support such a charge.”

The Gender-woo really needs to stop. :/

 

Catch the rest of the essay on Counterpunch.

 

 

 

Douglas Murray writing in Unherd describes the penalty and betrayal foisted on J.K. Rowling for having the audacity to speak about verifiable facts.

“This is because on that issue of minimal importance but maximal rage – the Trans debate – Rowling has taken the same view that the majority of the British public holds. Which is that while trans people should be afforded the same rights and dignity as everybody else, they do not have the right to redefine biological reality. Specifically, in the case of Rowling and many others, they do not have the right to redefine what a woman is.

Last week the author took exception to the use of the phrase “people who menstruate” in a news report — the headline writer clearly trying to get around having to use the increasingly triggering word “woman”. As Rowling wittily put it:

This brought the ire of trans Twitter down upon her. That whole army of people who used to be men who tell women to shut up, and the people who think they are helping trans people by pretending that biological sex doesn’t exist and that the clownfish is a suggestive comparison for the biological make-up of human beings.”

The offended feelings crew needs to f*ck off, and the sooner the better.

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Coro I/II: S A T B

 

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Chorus I [S, A, T, B], Chorus II [S, A, T, B]

 

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,
Die Gemeine der Heiligen sollen ihn loben.
Israel freue sich des, der ihn gemacht hat.
Die Kinder Zion sei’n fröhlich
über ihrem Könige,
Sie sollen loben seinen Namen im Reihen;
mit Pauken und mit Harfen sollen sie ihm spielen.

 

Sing to the Lord a new song,
The congregation of the saints should praise him.
Israel rejoices in the one who made him.
Let the children of Sion be joyful about their king,
They should praise his name in their dances
With drums and harps they should play for him.

 

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Coro I/II: S A T B

 

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Aria [Chorus I] & Chorale [Chorus de II]

 

Coro I:
Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet
Über seine junge Kinderlein,
So tut der Herr uns allen,
So wir ihn kindlich fürchten rein.

 

Chorus I:
As a father feels compassion
For his young little child,
So does the Lord for all of us,
If we feel pure childlike awe,

 

Er kennt das arm Gemächte,
Gott weiß, wir sind nur Staub,
Gleichwie das Gras vom Rechen,
Ein Blum und fallend Laub.

 

He knows how weak is our strength,
God is aware that we are only dust.
Like grass before the rake,
A flower or falling leaf.

 

Der Wind nur drüber wehet,
So ist es nicht mehr da,
Also der Mensch vergehet,
Sein End, das ist ihm nah.

 

The wind has only to blow over it
and it is there no more.
And so man passes away,
His end is near him.

 

Coro II:
Gott, nimm dich ferner unser an,
Denn ohne dich ist nichts getan
Mit allen unsern Sachen.

 

Chorus II:
God, in future take us to yourself
for without you nothing is accomplished
In all our affairs.

Drum sei du unser Schirm und Licht,
Und trügt uns unsre Hoffnung nicht,
So wirst du’s ferner machen.

 

Therefore be yourself our protection and light,
And if our hope does not deceive us,
Then in future you will do this.

Wohl dem, der sich nur steif und fest
Auf dich und deine Huld verlässt.

 

Happy are those who firmly and fastly
Depend on you and your grace.

 

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Coro I/II: S A T B

 

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Chorus I [S, A, T, B], Chorus II [S, A, T, B]

 

Lobet den Herrn in seinen Taten,
lobet ihn in seiner großen Herrlichkeit!

 

Praise God in his works,
Praise him in his great glory!

 

Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn Halleluja!

 

Let all that has breath praise the Lord, Hallelujah !

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