Link Dump

I just got back from the gym. In the locker room, I overheard a conversation that amused me. It was a few older women who were married to Korean War veterans. Their husbands, they related, say that despite getting shot at and having just enough money to live on, the years in the Army were the best time of their lives. Why? One of them summed it up: “No problems with women.” I was snickering into my locker.

Tough Love by Theodore Dalrymple (Everything this man has written is worth reading. Also seek out his essays under his real name, Anthony Daniels.)

Last week, a 17-year-old girl was admitted to my ward with such acute alcohol poisoning that she could scarcely breathe by her own unaided efforts, alcohol being a respiratory depressant. When finally she woke, 12 hours later, she told me that she had been a heavy drinker since the age of 12….

I asked her whether she thought a young and violent burglar would have proved much of a companion. She admitted that he wouldn’t, but said that he was the type she liked; besides which—in slight contradiction—all boys were the same.

I warned her as graphically as I could that she was already well down the slippery slope leading to poverty and misery—that, as I knew from the experience of untold patients, she would soon have a succession of possessive, exploitative, and violent boyfriends, unless she changed her life. I told her that in the past few days, I had seen two women patients who had had their heads rammed down the lavatory, one who had had her head smashed through a window and her throat cut on the shards of glass, one who had had her arm, jaw, and skull broken, and one who had been suspended by her ankles from a tenth-floor window to the tune of, “Die, you bitch!”

“I can look after myself,” said my 17-year-old.

“But men are stronger than women,” I said. “When it comes to violence, they are at an advantage.”

“That’s a sexist thing to say,” she replied.

A girl who had absorbed nothing at school had nevertheless absorbed the shibboleths of political correctness in general and of feminism in particular.

“But it’s a plain, straightforward, and inescapable fact,” I said.

“It’s sexist,” she reiterated firmly.

A stubborn refusal to face inconvenient facts, no matter how obvious, now pervades our attitude toward relations between the sexes. An ideological filter of wishful thinking strains out anything we’d prefer not to acknowledge about these eternally difficult and contested relations, with predictably disastrous results.

Evan shared this link with me, about a false rape accusation:

The story of prisoner F95488

Women tough on missteps of friends

Traditional views hold that women are more socially co-operative than men, but researchers from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Harvard University and Emmanuel College in Boston found female same-sex friendships are significantly less tolerant, more volatile, and likelier to degrade based on a single negative incident than male same-sex friendships.

Having had female friends, I can believe it. Hat tip: Davout.

Sacrificing our children

Regular readers will know that I disagree with a lot of this blogger’s beliefs, but this post is nonetheless valuable.

Some of my acquaintances seem to regard my concern as being alarmist, but look at this story about the fate of a young women with the typical high ideals.

The remarks of the young woman’s parents are also a textbook example of politically correct denial. Far better, apparently, to sacrifice your children than to think ill of anyone, at least, anyone from the world’s protected groups.

Another way in which many people deal with this kind of news story is to proclaim that it’s an anomaly; that most such young women don’t come to a violent end, or that in any case, it might just as easily have happened right here at home. The latter is the rationalization of the bereaved parents in the above story.

But her fate was not exactly a freakish, one-in-a-million occurrence, as similar stories show.
And if the comments following the above-linked article are still there (they may not necessarily be), you will see that a few other young women state that they were assaulted during their volunteer stints in such countries.

I have a lot more links that I’ve accumulated, but I don’t want to overwhelm you guys, so I’ll keep posting a few a day until they’re all posted.

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4 Responses to “Link Dump”

  1. John Says:

    Here's another link for you.

    http://www.kval.com/news/local/50436657.html

    Oregon's changing the law so that a woman who's gotten herself intoxicated is no longer seen as putting herself into a potentially dangerous situation.

  2. John Says:

    Here's another link for you.

    http://www.kval.com/news/local/50436657.html

    Oregon's changing the law so that a woman who's gotten herself intoxicated is no longer seen as putting herself into a potentially dangerous situation.

  3. John Says:

    Here's another link for you.

    http://www.kval.com/news/local/50436657.html

    Oregon's changing the law so that a woman who's gotten herself intoxicated is no longer seen as putting herself into a potentially dangerous situation.

  4. Poester99 Says:

    Do we have to post all our comments three times?

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