The Scientific Experts Who Hate Science



Ben Shapiro, January 10, 2019



This week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. It has done it before -- in 2013, it reclassified "gender identity disorder" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, calling it "gender dysphoria" and then explaining that living with the delusion that you are a member of the opposite sex is not actually a mental disorder at all. That ruling was based on zero scientific evidence -- much like the original DSM-5 classification of pedophilia as a "sexual orientation" before it was renamed "pedophilic disorder" under public pressure.

The latest example of the APA's political hackery concerns the topic of "traditional masculinity." In the APA journal, it announced that it had released new guidelines to "help psychologists work with men and boys." Those guidelines suggest that "40 years of research" show that "traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly." The APA explains that "traditional masculinity -- marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression -- is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors."

Never mind that traditional masculinity -- a masculinity geared toward channeling masculine instincts of building and protecting, rather than tearing down -- built Western civilization and protected it from the brutalities of other civilizational forces. Never mind that traditional masculinity protected femininity and elevated women to equal status in public policy. Traditional masculinity is actually just men sitting around and eating burgers while grunting at one another about football, all the while crying on the inside because they have been prohibited by society from showing their feelings.

And it's worse than that. According to the APA, traditional masculinity bumps up "against issues of race, class and sexuality," maximizing both interior and exterior conflict. Dr. Ryon McDermott, a psychologist from the University of South Alabama who helped draft the new APA guidelines, suggested that gender is "no longer just this male-female binary." Rather, gender is a mere social construct that can be destroyed without consequence. Here's the APA making the extraordinarily dishonest statement that gender differences aren't biological at all, in contravention of all known social science research: "Indeed, when researchers strip away stereotypes and expectations, there isn't much difference in the basic behaviors of men and women."

Destroy masculinity in order to destroy discrimination and depression. Feminize men, and indoctrinate boys.

In order to reach this conclusion, the APA has to define traditional masculinity in the narrowest, most negative terms possible -- and then other those who disagree as part of the patriarchy. But as a political body, the APA has little problem doing this.

All of this is not only nonsense; it's wildly counterproductive nonsense. Buried beneath the reams of nonsense in the APA report is this rather telling gem: "It's also important to encourage pro-social aspects of masculinity. ... In certain circumstances, traits like stoicism and self-sacrifice can be absolutely crucial." But we must never suggest that such traits ought to be included as part of a "traditional masculinity," because that would make some people feel excluded.

Here's the truth: Men are looking for meaning in a world that tells them they are perpetuators of discrimination and rape culture; that they are beneficiaries of an overarching, nasty patriarchy; that they are, at best, disposable partners to women, rather than protectors of them. Giving men purpose requires us to give them purpose as men, not merely as genderless beings. There's a lot to be said for the idea that our culture has ignored the necessity for men to become gentlemen. But that's a result of a left-wing culture that denigrates men, not a traditional masculinity built on the idea that men were born to defend, protect and build.

One thing is certainly true, though: The APA has destroyed itself on the shoals of politics. And there's no reason for honest-thinking people to take its anti-scientific pronouncements seriously simply because it masquerades as scientists while ignoring facts in favor of political correctness.



Oh, Here We Go: Democrats Introduce Bill To Abolish Electoral College

Matt Vespa, January 10, 2019



Yes, we all knew this was probably going to come up, given how Democrats reacted to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss. House Democrats are taking their new majority for a spin, proposing an amendment to abolish the Electoral College. Oh, and they introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump as well. Forget bipartisanship. Forget all the niceties; we’re in a state of war with the Democratic Party. Congressional Democrats put forward these proposals last week (via Daily Wire):

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced two bills on Thursday, one to eliminate the electoral college and the other to prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.
A press release from Cohen's office stated that the "senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced two Constitutional Amendments today on the opening day of the new Congress. The first would eliminate the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States. The second would limit the presidential pardon power by prohibiting presidents from pardoning themselves, members of their families, members of their administrations and their campaign staff."
"In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College," Cohen said. "Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office. More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”
"Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff," Cohen continued. "This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power."



The Electoral College became a punching bag after Clinton’s loss. Democrats were engorged with entitlement that year, thinking they would win. Alas, white working-class voters torpedoed all hope of that—and thank God. The institution has arguably allowed us to abolish slavery, and it’s not like this happens often. There has been only five times where the winner of a presidential race clinched the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. And yet, we’re still here, aren’t we? It allows our system to choose a leader based on geographic diversity. A popular vote only contest could upset that, and lead to voter fraud. It already happens, yes. But it’ll be on a much, much larger scale. There are also arguments to change the system that are worth reading. Not saying it’s right, but it’s not ridiculous either. You decide. In the meantime, don’t bother with all the left-wing nonsense about the Electoral College

For now, the institution is safe, as is President Trump who isn’t going anywhere. But we’re off to a banging start to this Congress. Now, please pass the Advil and the multiple, multiple bottles of Maker’s Mark. 


 

Editors Corner

The N.C. Values Coalition has called for an investigation into the reported irregularities of absentee ballots in the North Carolina House District 103 where Democrat Rachel Hunt was declared winner over Republican Bill Brawley by 68 votes. The Values Coalition argues that more than 300 absentee by mail ballots were cast that had discrepancies between the date the voter signed the ballot envelope and one or both of the witnesses or notary public signed. It said that indicates the ballots were not signed in front of witnesses as required by law. N.C. Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin called the Coalition effort “a desperate, last minute attempt to deny a seat to a lawfully-elected representative.” Funny how the same absentee ballots are at the center of an investigation into irregularities in the 9th Congressional District counties of Bladen and Robeson. Republican Mark Harris leads Dan McCready by less than a thousand votes and the Democrats are screaming voter irregularites. Against that backdrop, the Coalition said it began to look for absentee irregularities in other counties in the district that stretches from Charlotte to Bladen County. The Institute for Faith & Family, described as a sister organization, conducted the research. “Whats good for the Gander is good for the Goose,” Democrats you can't have it both ways.