The “Equality Act”

In May, 236 Democrats and 8 Republicans in the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, updating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Title II and Title VII.

Among other consequences, should this Bill ever pass the Senate and somehow survive a veto, it’s likely to require females who practice Brazilian Bikini waxing (removal of all pubic hair from the pelvic region, vulva, labia, perineum, and anus) to apply their skills to persons possessing a scrotum and a penis. I.e., trans-women. And, for that matter, cis-males.

See Consequences: logically absurd conclusions where it is noted that the British Columbia Human Rights Commission is already taking similar demands seriously.

As to other consequences, it seems to me that if this had been law a few years ago Dr. Larry Nassar could have avoided a 175 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting hundreds of young female gymnasts simply by identifying as a ‘woman.’

Would have saved Michigan State University half a billion dollars, too.

More on Gillette

Image Update 3:30PM:

Gillette girlsLet me guess. Those skin-tight jump suits didn’t sell enough blades.
H/T Sausagelink from the Althouse comments, originally at Powerline.

I’m seeing defenses – mostly by women – of Gillette’s “toxic masculinity” ad because about half of it consists of scenes where men behave well, as in stopping a fight between boys. It’s proposed that there’s an aspirational aspect to the ad that critics are missing.  Short version?  “Lighten up!”

Where the ad shows men in a good light they are doing things 98% of men would do as a matter of course, and which can be seen as appropriately socializing boys by modelling the present hierarchy of male competence. You need to recall, though, that the existence of a particular male hierarchy is exactly the thing the SJWs are complaining about. Socializing boys in a certain way, to be more like women, is their object. It’s about reconstructing the male hierarchy in a Feminist image.

The male hierarchy being denigrated is said to arise from, among other characteristics; stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression. All that is true, but every personality trait has two sides. Too little dominance means you’ll get walked on, as does too much agreeablenss. Ambition, daring, insight, protectiveness, and tenacity are also fair trait descriptions of the male hierarchy: And are simply other ways to fill out the full meaning of stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression. See also, Magnanimous millennial males.

So, do the scenes showing typical positive male behavior balance the scenes which feature the 2% of men who do behave badly? Perhaps. If the ad hadn’t abandoned the word “most” for the word “some” when describing the vast majority. And if it hadn’t started the way it did.

The tone for this ad was set at about the 5 second mark with the heavy, clear enunciation of “TOXIC MASCULINITY!”. Opening with SJW approved misandry colors the entire ad with every imprecation the SJWs have assigned the term. Some words are worth a thousand pictures. James Lileks said it well: “the phrase comes pre-loaded with a cargo-container’s worth of assumptions, preconceptions, and bilious ideas about the entire culture.

If you wanted to encourage men to be ‘better,’ you could easily imagine an ad that didn’t insist so clearly at the beginning that men can only be better if they do what Leftwing Feminists demand – behave like women. If you want men to listen, you don’t start with the definitive anti-male trope.

Sorry, given the amount of care that goes into such an ad, I do not believe this was a mistake. If it wasn’t a mistake, the ad is male bashing and virtue signaling.

“Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters.”
-Camille Paglia

That summarizes what’s implied by “toxic masculinity,” which this ad employed deliberately, knowing the baggage it drags with it.

Cutting yourself

Dear Procter & Gamble,

It’s good to see the Gillette Safety Razor Company has returned to its roots by becoming the Gillette Safe Space Razor Company.  Especially so at a time when I own no stock.

There must be a warm glow there in King Gillette’s corner of Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery as he observes your recent attempt to shed even more market share.

King was a man who really got the idea of planned obsolescence; selling rapidly consumed replacement parts at exorbitant margins. A tradition you’ve followed.  This predatory capitalist practice must have been weighing on his soul… since he was a Utopian Socialist.  Your commercial ridiculing male stereotypes as defined by a small number of Leftist identity group theorists, is a great start on redeeming his hypocrisy.  One thing he didn’t do though, is treat his customers as easily replaceable.

So, I’m not sure you’ve gone quite far enough to corner the #MeToo market, from whence you must expect your replacement customers to come. Pluralizing your time-tested slogan with “The Best Men Can Be!,” is strange when your point is that the natural tendency of men is to be ‘worst’?

Half the things you show as toxic masculinity (stopping bullying and fighting) are things 98% of men would do as a matter of course. Others (groping, speaking over/for women) are practiced by very few men (who already would get called out for it).  Besides, both sexes have their assholes.

Yet other male transgression you illustrate (ogling) is also practiced by women, if more subtly.  As is sabotage gossip, a type of bullying in which men generally do not engage (despite your use of that as one of men’s failings).  Women “do not use their fists, they use their mouths”. Still, no tampon manufacturer, for example, has called all women out for being vicious to each other. Or to men, for that matter.

I’m convinced you didn’t go as woke as you needed to. The slogan opportunity was staring you in the face.  To help get the virtue signaling juices flowing I offer the following suggestion for a truly woke motto: “The Pest Men Can Be!

Though maybe the word “men” should not be capitalized, or even used. “XY Homosapiens,” however, interrupts the pithiness so necessary to a slogan. Take “Our Blades are F**** Great,” from Dollar Shave Club, as a model.

In closing, I must thank you for interrupting my procrastination. I’ve choked on the price of your blades every time I’ve bought any, but I only shave about twice a week around the edges of my beard, so your outrageous pricing has been more irritating than enraging.

In the past, usually just after a Gillette purchase, I’ve visited Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s, who (horrors) don’t even target market women, though the gentler-sex is allowed to buy Harry’s products without being subject to charges of Feminine Toxicity.

I never pulled the trigger, if that’s not too masculine a cliche. Today, I did. I’m gonna be the best ex-customer I can be.

Sarsour on Sharia

Sarsour on Sharia

You can check out those details here: Brunei Adopts Islamic Sharia Law; Flogging, Amputation and Stoning to Death to be Brought in Gradually …and can decide if it’s reasonable and sensible yourself:

“Today… I place my faith in and am grateful to Allah the almighty to announce that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, 2014, will see the enforcement of Sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said in a speech.

In the first phase, fines and jail terms will be given for pregnancies outside marriage or failure to attend Friday prayers. During the second phase, which will come into effect later this year, whipping and amputation of limbs will be awarded for crimes such as theft and alcohol consumption.

Once the final phase is implemented, offenders will face the death penalty – most likely by stoning – if they insult Koran or Prophet Mohammad.

About 70 percent of the country’s 400,000-strong population is Muslim but most of the punishments under the sharia law are applicable to the non-Muslims as well.

Crimes such as adultery, propagation and practice of religions other than Islam and even failure to perform Friday prayers attract harsh punishments under the sharia law.

That’s “basics” in at least one jurisdiction, and since Islam is as much political as religious – the church and state cannot, by definition, be separated – there’s absolutely nothing to prevent these rules in ANY Sharia jurisdiction.

Even in a, shall we say… more lenient suzerainty, Sharia elevates the rule of man (and “man” is not used here in its “all humans” sense) over the rule of law. Universally to the detriment of females.

Linda Sarsour is a leader of The Women’s March.  It is puzzling that she is held up as a defender of women’s rights while defending a legal system which, in some places, calls for the death by stoning for any woman found in the company of a man other than a close family member. Sexual activity is assumed to have happened.

#MeToo takes on a whole new meaning.