Article:”The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys”


The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys

We never taught our kids any of this stuff. They just arrived at it on their own. Because—I understand that this is a radical concept—boys and girls are different….

…One of the oddities of modern life is that polite society currently insists that you are “born this way” if you are homosexual or misgendered. But when it comes to boys who like to play with swords and build fighter jets? For some reason, this is viewed as a societal construct that should be eradicated so that they’ll want to play with dolls.

As we’ve discovered at my house, this is a project that’s doomed to fail.

Contraceptives Tied to Risk of Depression? and other random resources

Why isn’t this receiving more attention in the media? Contraceptives Tied to Depression Risk (NY Times) Other Articles: Higher Rates of STDs and Teen Fertility linked to Public School condom distribution programs. (National Review) Book Review of Alvin Pantinga’s “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism” (By William Lane Craig) Videos: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s interesting story […]

Freedom and Climate Change

Watch video: Watch this five minute video. Patrick Moore, Co-Founder of Greenpeace, says, “All the information I’ve presented — the increases, decreases and plateaus in temperature over the ages and into the last centuries — is available to anyone who wants to seek it out. Yet to state these simple facts is to risk […]

The Empty Self

Definition of the “Empty Self”: “…By this I mean that our terrain has shaped a self that experiences a significant absence of community, tradition, and shared meaning. It experiences these social absences and their consequences “interiorly” as a lack of personal conviction and worth, and it embodies the absences as a chronic, undifferentiated emotional hunger….
…It is a self that seeks the experience of being continually filled up by consuming goods, calories, experiences, politicians, romantic partners, and empathic therapists in an attempt to combat the growing alienation and fragmentation of its era…” page 600
“…We are witnessing an important shift in the content of the bounded, masterful self of the 20th century, a shift from a sexually restricted to an empty self. At the same time there has been a shift from a savings to a debtor economy. The dual shift has not been a coincidence. It is a consequence of how the modern nation state must currently regulate its economy and control its populace: not through direct physical coercion, but rather through the construction of the empty self and the manipulation of its needs to consume and ingest. Three beneficiaries of this narcissistic dynamic are the modem state, the advertising industry, and the self-improvement industries (including psychotherapy). All three perpetuate the ideology of the empty self, and all three profit from it….” page 608

Found in:

Cushman, Philip (1990) Why the Self is Empty: Toward a Historically Situated Psychology. California School of Professional Psychology. Berkeley/Alameda

Response to ‘Salon’ Article: “We Created Islamic Extremism

Read Salon article: This article was very thought provoking and challenging to my worldview. I appreciate the person who suggested it to me because i think it is healthy to know what is out there in the marketplace of ideas and to not insulate ourselves from alternative points of view. I have several thoughts […]