Word-herder, idea-spreader, pun-maker, game-player, story-teller, [noun]-[verb]er. Portrait by @wavingpeople. (cis/male/bi he/him)
9833 stories
·
9 followers

Believe the evidence, ignore the cranks

1 Comment

Isn’t this a fairly obvious strategy? To set transgender policy, look to the evidence. It’s what I would recommend. Unfortunately, that’s not how policy is established.

The current spate of anti-trans positions has little to do with evidence-based research, science or data.

Here’s one example. Anti-trans campaigners often argue that allowing trans women to use women’s toilets and changing rooms will increase sexual assaults. In fact, research has shown the opposite. One study tallied criminal incidents related to assault, sex crimes or voyeurism in public toilets, locker rooms and changing areas in parts of Massachusetts that had laws against trans discrimination, and compared them with those that hadn’t. It found no evidence that these laws put women at risk, and concluded that “fears of increased safety and privacy violations as a result of nondiscrimination laws are not empirically grounded” (A. Hasenbush et al. Sex. Res. Soc. Pol. 16, 70–83; 2019). Furthermore, there is evidence that transgender children who cannot use toilets and locker rooms that match their gender identity are at increased risk of assault (G. R. Murchison et al. Pediatrics 143, e20182902; 2019).

Nevertheless, a false ‘protection’ argument has been used to justify anti-trans ‘bathroom bills’ in Alabama, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and to buttress trans discrimination in the United Kingdom.

Politicians’ claims also have little to do with empirical evidence when it comes to gender-affirming care. Alabama’s law banning provision of such care to minors described the use of puberty blockers and hormone therapies as “experimental”. It did not mention that 22 US medical associations endorse these medications as well-established treatment for gender dysphoria in young people.

Case in point: Graham Linehan. He says we literally don’t know who to believe.

He’s against trans rights, and now he’s doubting the existence of COVID (citing Bret Weinstein!) and climate change, all because he’d rather listen to hucksters lying about the evidence than accept something contrary to his biases. He is getting sucked right down into the conspiracy theory pipeline, and you can trust that he’s going to get worse and worse. He is actively demonstrating crank magnetism.

That Nature article has a good suggestion on where to start. There’s plenty of research and evidence on these matters…the problem is that it all says Linehan is WRONG, so he won’t look at it.

Much evidence-based research is already available. More is still needed, but it is either a lie or a cop-out to say that there’s not enough research to make informed policy decisions. Instead of whipping up arguments to churn culture wars, elected officials and those around them should look to the evidence.

You could also start by unsubscribing from Weinstein’s podcast.

Read the whole story
DexX
1 hour ago
reply
Glinner has found a new deeper end beyond the deep end he already went off.
Melbourne, Australia
Share this story
Delete

Peter FitzSimons to step down as ARM chair as Abetz attacks republic campaign’s ‘elitism’

1 Comment

The author and journalist says his exit will pave the way for younger, more diverse voices

The chairman of the Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons, has announced he will step down from the role, paving the way for younger, more diverse voices to take the reins.

But the Australian Monarchist League says a change of leadership won’t revive the campaign or change how “elite” it is.

Continue reading...
Read the whole story
DexX
7 hours ago
reply
Abetz got voted out of parliament. Nobody gives a flying fuck what he thinks about anything.
Melbourne, Australia
Share this story
Delete

open verse challenge

1 Share
From: ProZD
Duration: 0:42

Read the whole story
DexX
9 hours ago
reply
Melbourne, Australia
Share this story
Delete

Party Dog ft. Ernie thee Corgi (Music Video) - Tom Cardy

1 Comment
From: tom cardy
Duration: 2:47

Show me a musical comedian who invokes the national census more than me and I'll show you a nerd who has nothing better to do then try and prove others wrong on the internet. Ft. Ernie the corgie. Art by Simon Greiner

Me Profile on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/0hQBk...

Itunes/Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/au/artist/tom...

Bandcamp - https://tomcardy.bandcamp.com/album/a...

Merch - https://tomcardy.bandtshirts.com.au

Read the whole story
DexX
9 hours ago
reply
It is me.
Melbourne, Australia
Share this story
Delete

Liz. Can’t. Read.

1 Share

Here comes that peculiar political blindness again. Conservatives idolize Ronald Reagan, the greatest political disaster of my lifetime, to the point that they can’t even read criticisms of his policies without stupidly translating them into praise. Here’s Liz Truss failing to comprehend a book that she thinks was wonderful.

As I reported this summer, Liz Truss’s favourite historian is Rick Perlstein, the great chronicler of the rise of the new right in its Nixonian and Reaganite forms between 1960 and 1980.

She told journalists that she read ‘anything’ he wrote. Interviewers noticed Perlstein’s books on her shelves. In a strange compliment to the American historian, Truss or sources close to her briefed The Spectator’s Katy Balls with precise (if unacknowledged) quotes from his account of the rise of Ronald Reagan.

I sent Perlstein my piece and asked for his thoughts. Let me put it like this: he may be her favourite historian, but she is not his favourite politician. Not even close. Not even in the top 1,000.

‘Liz. Can’t. Read.’ he replied, and began a long – and for British readers frightening – account of how and why our new government of wannabe Reaganites have crashed the economy.

Perlstein said that, if she read his books with the attentiveness she claimed, she would not have risked our pensions and mortgages with a naïve belief that tax cuts would stimulate economic growth and raise revenue for the Treasury. Far from paying for themselves, Reagan’s income and capital gains taxes in the early 1980s sent public debt from 26 per cent GDP in 1980 to 41 per cent GDP by 1988.

I wonder if Truss will continue to cite Perstein as “her favourite historian” after that comment.

Read the whole story
DexX
9 hours ago
reply
Melbourne, Australia
Share this story
Delete

Quantified Self

1 Comment and 3 Shares
It's made me way more excited about ferris wheels, subways, car washes, waterslides, and store entrances that have double doors with a divider in the middle.
Read the whole story
DexX
9 hours ago
reply
Melbourne, Australia
Share this story
Delete
1 public comment
deezil
22 hours ago
reply
The modern family circus dotted line comic!
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Next Page of Stories