August 8th 2009


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COVER STORY: Economic bounce masks deep structural crisis

ENERGY: What can Australia do when the fuel runs out?

EDITORIAL: Overseas lesson in energy conservation

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Turnbull's judgement under a cloud

SCHOOLS: The choice so few parents can afford to make

MARRIAGE: The personal and social costs of cohabitation

OPINION: Keeping marriage between a man and a woman

CHINA: Cracks appear in China's detested one-child policy

POLITICAL IDEAS: Distributist responses to the global economic crisis

WAR ON TERROR: What will we learn from the Jakarta bombings?

EUROPE: Obama told: don't abandon central and eastern Europe

OBITUARY: Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski dies at 81

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Protest at News Weekly article on East Timor

Tony Abbott on divorce (letter)

Time for a people's bank? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Genderless child-rearing experiment / Hostility towards masculinity / Dear baby-boomers ... / Shopkeepers honoured

BOOK REVIEW: POMPEII: The Life of a Roman Town, by Mary Beard

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Genderless child-rearing experiment / Hostility towards masculinity / Dear baby-boomers ... / Shopkeepers honoured




News Weekly, August 8, 2009
Genderless child-rearing experiment

In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, a Swedish couple said they are refusing to disclose whether their two-and-a-half-year-old child, called "Pop" in the media, is a boy or a girl. They said that their decision, made at the time of the child's birth, was based on the feminist theory that "gender" is a "cruel" "social construct" that forces children into artificial roles.

"We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mould from the outset," Pop's mother said. "It's cruel to bring a child into the world with a blue or pink stamp on their forehead." The parents say they never use personal pronouns, referring to him or her only as Pop.

But critics say that similar experiments with children have had tragic consequences. In 2004, David Reimer, a man who had been raised as a girl in childhood, committed suicide at the age of 38. Reimer's parents had been convinced by Dr John Money, a gender studies specialist at Johns Hopkins University, to impose "gender reassignment therapy" on their son after a botched circumcision.

Reimer became widely known after the publication of a book about his life titled, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in order to prevent other such experiments.

Extract from Hilary White, "Child victim of feminist gender theory", LifeSiteNews.com, June 29, 2009.
URL: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jun/09062906.html

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Hostility towards masculinity

We are already seeing huge social gaps between educated women and the uneducated, immature and/or irresponsible men that constitute the marriage prospects available to them. That gap is showing up in the declining marriage rates as well as in the divorce rates.

As Christina Hoff Sommers said in her book, The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming our Young Men, the fact that "women are significantly more literate, significantly more educated than their male counterparts" is likely to create a "lot of social problems"; the lack of well-educated men does not "bode well" for anyone.

Is it any wonder that men are avoiding today's college campuses? Hostility toward men and masculinity begins in day-care and increases each year thereafter. Sexual harassment training and policies have created an uncertain environment, if not a hostile one, where men have to watch their every word and action lest it be misunderstood or misinterpreted. Some experts criticise a campus "worldview that sees things only in terms of oppressors and the oppressed".

Actually, the solution is much simpler: create an environment starting in kindergarten that teaches children to respect masculine traits. To do otherwise is to discriminate against our sons and brothers.

Extract from Janice Shaw Crowse, "The crisis of the disappearing educated male", Concerned Women for America (Beverley LeHaye Institute, Washington DC), June 2, 2009.
URL: http://www.cwfa.org/articledisplay.asp?id=17092

 
Dear baby-boomers ...

Thanks a lot for preparing to bankrupt our nation by collecting massive pensions and benefits that you never paid for. We are paying for them, but we will never collect our money because the system will be broken long before then.

Thanks a lot for telling us that kids are a burden. You only had a few because they'd mess up your plans. We don't know who will look after you in your old age but we don't really care, because we think that you are a burden too.

Thanks a lot for telling us that autonomy is the greatest good and no one else should set our rules. You made it easy for us to destroy our bodies, minds, and spirits with indulgence, greed and lust. After all, we're not hurting anybody else.

Thanks a lot for showing us that marriage doesn't matter. We divorce our partners quickly and shatter our kids' lives. Little eyes ask us when Daddy is coming home; they don't know how to understand "never". Till death do us part? We start to laugh, but it becomes a cry.

Thanks a lot for telling us abortion was a right, leaving broken-hearted girls to smother their guilty feelings in silence because what they did was the best option. Wasn't it?

Extract from 20-year-old Rebekah Hebbert, "So long, and thanks for all the mess", MercatorNet.com, July 24, 2009.
URL: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/so_long_and_thanks_for_all_the_mess/

 
Shopkeepers honoured

Considerable courage and perseverance are required to start and keep a good shop running. Especially is this so today, when real estate rental is expensive, taxes on profits high, and the prospect of being clobbered by a national chain store moving in discourage the initiative needed to open a useful shop.

Running a good shop is a service to one's community, of much greater value, in my view, than the work of 200 social workers, 500 psychotherapists, and a 1,000 second-rate poets - and more honourable than the efforts of the vast majority of the members of Congress.

Extract from Joseph Epstein, "In praise of shopkeepers", The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2009.
URL: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124770241303048557.html
 




























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