You what?

They can’t possibly believe this. Can they?

As Helen Joyce recently noted in Quillette, it has become an article of faith in progressive circles that our sexual attraction follows the abstraction of gender, not the reality of biological sex.

Whut?

Well, yes, but societally

There’s a certain truth to this:

More than a third of all pornography watched in New Zealand depicts non-consensual sexual activity, a study by the chief censor has found, in the first report of its kind into the country’s sexual viewing habits.

Censor David Shanks said the findings were important because, increasingly, young people were using the internet as their first and primary tool to learn about sex – and many applied what they had seen to their own sex lives. And while adults usually had the experience to treat porn for what it was – fantasy – younger viewers did not.

He said: “For young people, or people inclined to coercion, the repeated theme of ‘no’ becoming ‘yes’ could very easily be problematic.”

“Often the videos with this content would start with a reluctant partner, usually the female, who starts out saying ‘no’ to sex but whose initial resistance is overcome through insistence and subtle pressure by the male. The actress is then portrayed as enjoying the sexual contact – female pleasure was notable in 99% of the videos,” Shanks said.

Obviously, not the she said no but if she’s raped she’ll enjoy it idea.

But that it’s women who make the choice of sex or not, with whom or not. That it’s men having to do the impressing to get into that bed. That’s pretty much how it does work, yes.

It’s an obvious outcome of the basic biology here, that pig and chicken deciding what to have for breakfast. The chicken’s interested in eggs but the pigs committed to the ham idea. So with human fertility and thus the general difference in the who gets to decide and when.

As usual, the underlying problem here is that the people trying to define these rules don’t seem to have met many humans.

How comforting, The Guardian still employs nutters

I know what that thing is. We should ban nude scenes for anyone under the age of 50.

Sigh.

Humans tend to be interested in nekkid fertile flesh. If you don’t grasp that you’re not getting the most basic thing about sex, sexuality and, well, humans actually.

But then that seems to be a requirement for writing for the Guardian really.

Human trafficking, eh?

Seventeen people have been arrested in early morning raids as part of a joint operation by British and Romanian police targeting an international human trafficking gang.

The raids in London also led to the rescue of 29 women, aged 20 to 40, who were believed to be victims of trafficking and have been taken to a place of safety, according to the Metropolitan police.

Those detained, who are aged between 17 and 50 and include three women, were held on suspicion of modern slavery, controlling prostitution, class A drug offences and firearm offences relating to a stun gun.

So, the allegation is that the 29 women were forcibly moved to the UK and forced into prostitution. That’s what trafficking means. That the movement was involuntary, that the job being done was involuntary.

And how does this work? Any Romanian can just walk out of any door in the UK and is legal to take on any job anyone would like to hire them for. There’s no problem with papers or licences of visas or…….

Perhaps a little more likely is that working girls were aided in their travel to a richer country to voluntarily be working girls. In return for a cut of the action. This could be all sorts of things, including brothel keeping and living off immoral earnings. But it ain’t human trafficking.

We’ll have to wait and see what charges are brought, won’t we?

Are giraffes gay?

Seems like an odd claim:

Senior Labour figures have become embroiled in a bizarre gender policy row over whether male giraffes are naturally gay.

The controversy began when Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow secretary for women and equalities, gave a speech at the Pink News awards defending the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in schools.

She cited giraffes’ gay behaviour as evidence of how ridiculous the concept was that children could be taught to be gay through lessons on LGBT issues.

I grasp the various arguments about how any why gay exists. The gene, just as one example of such an argument, is beneficial in other formats or circumstances, thus it persists generation to generation even if it is not beneficial to the generation of descendants of the individual. And all that.

But I really do struggle to see how an entire population can be 90% gay from generation to generation. Seems most unlikely as an evolutionary outcome.

This is fun

Hull:

Transgender woman Ria Cooper, 25, says she has contacted police after a series of messages were sent to her over Whatsapp by a photographer who promised to help promote her career.

The west Hull woman, who became Britain’s youngest transgender woman at the age of 15, claims the man suddenly stopped all contact after discovering she was trans.

She says the man made contact after she began sending links to her fans on social media of her new glamour modelling portfolio.

During the conversation, the man said the glamour industry was small and “everyone was family” after bluntly proclaiming he couldn’t work with her because she “had a c***”.

“This is absolutely f****** disgusting behaviour,” said Ria.

There are times when discriminating between those who have had the chop and those who haven’t would seem reasonable. Having sex, making porn, would appear to be one of them.

Even in Hull.

Insane

The maker of Always sanitary pads has given in to claims of discrimination by transgender men and removed the ‘Venus’ symbol of the female sex from the wrapping.

Menstruation is – as with the inverse, pregnancy – rather the definition of the feminine.

A trans activist using the pseudonym ‘Melly Boom’ had tweeted in July asking Always why it was ‘imperative’ to have the sign on their sanitary products.

The tweet said: ‘There are non-binary and trans folks who still need to use your products too you know!’

Time to end care in the community, no?

We’ve got your problem right here Emma

Sgt Emma Slade, who has responsibility for policing prostitution in Avon and Somerset, said: “Vulnerable women are being enslaved and exploited for sex within pop-up brothels. They are isolated and suffer terrible abuse. Many of the women are recruited and trafficked on false promises of legitimate work but find themselves in a very different circumstance.”

Slade said that when police carried out safeguarding visits to brothels, they often found women from the far east and eastern Europe who spoke no English and did not know the emergency services phone number.

That someone is from the Far East or Eastern Europe does not mean they’re enslaved. It simply means they’ve moved from there to here to rent out their gonads.

Sex slavery is appalling, a vile crime, repeated rape. Migration to be a tart in a higher paying market might be something that you disapprove of but it’s not even a crime.

Pecunia non olet

Michael Jackson songs have been pulled from primary school teaching materials in the wake of child abuse allegations.

A company that supplies music lesson resources to around half the primary schools in England removed all mentions of the late pop star from its teaching material.

Charanga took the decision earlier this year, following the release of the Netflix documentary Leaving Neverland, which detailed claims from Wade Robson and James Safechuck that they were abused by him as young boys.

Mark Burke, director of Charanga, said: “In light of the allegations made against Michael Jackson in March, we felt it inappropriate to promote or share his content with our users.

Sigh.

The music stands or falls as music. The sexual behaviour as sexual behaviour. One does not infect the other, either way around.

Still, be interesting to see the BBC subtitles of a show arguing this point. They’re still using Gill Sans aren’t they?

Well, I suppose so, yes

The flippantly named NoFap community has gained a strange prominence since it was founded in 2011 by Pittsburgh web developer Alexander Rhodes. Inspired by a small study that suggested that male testosterone levels rose after seven days of abstinence from ejaculation, followers avoid masturbation in order to “reboot” their brains.

Not quite sure what the end result of the rebooting will be but reasonably certain it will happen.

Even among noodle armed snowflakes a week’s entire abstinence will have the average 18 year old male leaking testosterone through the eyeballs. Might not be an entirely happy rebooting……

That first law of the social sciences

All stereotypes have some truth in them:

As the first member of the Royal Family to marry someone of the same sex, it is perhaps fortuitous that Lord Ivar Mountbatten likes to shock.

The 56-year-old cousin of the Queen is preparing to celebrate his first wedding anniversary with James Coyle, who works as senior cabin crew for an airline.

Also “member of the Royal family” is doing some work there. Pretty extended family….

But what will be the effect on the children?

A school will be built with obscured ground-floor windows to prevent paedophiles from looking at the children, plans have revealed.

Concerns have been raised over the opening of a large school next door to a probation centre frequented by convicted paedophiles.

The new Livingstone Academy will take over a closed magistrates’ court building in Bournemouth, Dorset.

But the site is just a short walk from a probation office that is used by “people known to offend with children”.

Sigh.

And what will be the effect upon children of no natural light on that first floor? Greater or lesser than the ill effect of being perved at?

‘Avin’ A Giraffe

This is such unusual behaviour in the Third Sector, isn’t it?

The founder of Britain’s leading charity for survivors of child sexual abuse had a sexual encounter with a woman he knew had allegedly been abused, it emerged yesterday.

Peter Saunders stepped down from the Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse, the investigation into sexual abuse in schools, churches and other institutions, after failing to declare the incident, The Mail on Sunday reported.

The former teacher, who founded the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, first saw the woman in 2008 after she gave an interview talking about the abuse she endured as a child.

Mr Saunders, 61, joined her and her female friend for lunch at a restaurant later that year. After drinking three bottles of wine between them, he went upstairs to use the lavatory where he admitted a “sex act” took place.

After the encounter, which he insists was entirely consensual, the woman complained to police that Mr Saunders had forced her to carry out the act. He was questioned by officers and denied the allegation. The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed due to “insufficient evidence”.

Mr Saunders, who is married with five children between him and his wife, told the newspaper that he was “deeply sorry” and would carry the shame of the incident for the rest of his life. He also expressed regret for paying the restaurant bill on the charity’s credit card.

That last line rather grates, doesn’t it.

Just how unusual is this?

Zahia Dehar: from teenage escort to the summer star of French cinema

Hmm, that path from lady of negotiable virtue to actress is just such a rarely taken one, isn’t it?

Today, the 27-year-old model, lingerie designer and muse to the late couturier Karl Lagerfeld is celebrating her first film role and has found herself compared to a young Brigitte Bardot.

In Une Fille Facile (An Easy Girl), released in France on Wednesday, Dehar plays the liberated Sofia, who sleeps with rich men who buy her gifts; it is set in a steamy summer in the south of France, featuring sun, sea, sand and sex, with luxury yachts and jewels thrown in. One reviewer said the film had a “classically Gallic nonchalance when it comes to sex”.

I thought it was novels where you’re supposed to do what you already know about?

That’s that then

A transgender woman made redundant by the Times has lost an employment tribunal in which she claimed to have experienced discrimination and unfair dismissal.

The background – not the legal allegation so much, the background – was really that since The Times does not uncritically support the varied trans agendas then therefore it’s antitrans in its working environment. Bit of a stretch that claim really.

A newspaper that allows a columnist to refer to “bumboys” may or may not be anti-gay, anti-LGBT or whatever, but the use of the word bumboys by a columnist isn’t evidence either way.

Jeez, this is getting ridiculous about trans

In The Guardian, a reminder:

On the issue of gender bias, Oliver cited numerous studies in which women were statistically misdiagnosed; a 2017 study found that women were less likely than men to be referred for knee replacements; another found that women over 50 and critically ill were less likely to receive life-saving interventions. This can be attributed, Oliver said, in part to dismissal of women’s pain as hormonal emotions, and a long history of studying male (as in assigned male at birth) bodies as a stand-in for all bodies.

Sigh.

We know this already

Morgan-Richards said the research presented several avenues for further study – including why sex remained useful for species at all, when from an evolutionary perspective females save time and energy by reproducing alone.

Because variation is important over the longer term.

Jeez, we’ve got evolution pretty much sorted out, we don’t need to wonder and ponder on such basics any more.