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[–] goatsauce 22 points (+23|-1)

The first comment on the article:

What a ridiculous comparison that blatantly shows the authors lack of intelligence. Science shows over and over again that trans men tend to have brains most similar to biological males and trans women tend to have brains most similar to biological females. Gender and biological s .e. ,x are two different things. But the REDneck hillbillies always think they know more than medical doctors (look up Dunning-Kruger for a better understanding of the overwhelming confidence of idiots). It would be hilarious if it werent SO sad and pathetic.

I don't care one way or another what this woman's politics are, and the book seems to be pretty reasonable in terms of it's agenda (be yourself, embrace what makes you you and so on), but I think this commenter needs to take another look at the Dunning-Kruger effect.

[–] crispycherrypie 31 points (+31|-0)

Science shows over and over again that trans men tend to have brains most similar to biological males and trans women tend to have brains most similar to biological females.

There's no such thing as a male or female brain beyond chromosome testing, but that has never stopped them before. The Dunning-Kruger effect line is absolutely hilarious. Whenever you see someone bring it up, it's nearly guaranteed that they don't know what they're talking about.

[–] Nediljka_Orwell 14 points (+14|-0)

I tell people I'm still waiting on the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine to be awarded to the research that proves any of the pseudo scientific Gender Ideology wishful thinking woo. And that at one time we all thought leeches, lobotomies and electro shock therapy were good medical practices too.

Being unfamiliar, I looked up that Dunning-Kruger effect. Seems to me that it cuts both ways, LOL.

[–] crispycherrypie 14 points (+14|-0)

It's also more than likely not even real.

There's some irony about a hypothesis that proposes that "stupid" people think they're amazing because they're incompetent being a result of misreading data that I find delicious.

[–] IrishTheFrenchie 14 points (+14|-0)

The book was written by right-wing commentator Ashley St. Clair, who was previously dumped as a brand ambassador by Turning Point USA when she was pictured with white nationalists and anti-Semites.

I'd need to know more about this before making a decision. Being at an event and having a pic taken with "fans" or attendees, while NOT knowing who they are, is much different than hanging out with despicable people.

If it's the first, then she did nothing wrong, if it's the second, then I wouldn't bring this book up as a gender critical defense.

[–] Calais 4 points (+4|-0)

https://www.jns.org/conservative-group-severs-ties-with-brand-ambassador-for-controversial-photo/ is the one source I can find by simple googling. St: Clair appears to be Jewish according to the article, though.

Ah. A private dinner. That makes it harder to say you didn't know.

But she's Jewish, so hardly anti-Semitic. And two people in the photo are clearly not white.

But I don't know much about Nick Fuentes except that people say he's a white nationalist. I have no actual knowledge about him or if it's true and I hate to go along with second hand knowledge, but right now, I really don't want to google someone who could possibly end up turning my stomach.

[–] worried19 9 points (+9|-0)

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. There are dozens of picture books promoting child transition and featuring transitioned preschool kids based on nothing more than stereotypes. Too bad she's right-wing, but at least there's some pushback on the whole thing.

[–] Nediljka_Orwell 7 points (+8|-1)

Bravo for her and her publisher. Of course the author is labelled as being antisemitic and a white nationalist. Quite possibly she truly is, (I have no idea) which doesn't help The Cause. Unless this becomes a more bi partisan resistance, with representation from the left and the middle pushing back, the Gender Ideologues will continue to control the narrative. And prevail.

[–] Calais 4 points (+4|-0) Edited

EDIT: This is not her. As Ghostofbelaabzug pointed out, this is a different individual sharing her name. I've tried to make the text do a strikethrough, but I can't seem to get it to work.

I was curious, so I googled her. Her webpage has well-shot pictures of black people under the header 'Human interest'. The image linked below features a black nurse(?) wearing a badge for 'ipas'.

http://ashleystclair.com/human-interest/8bmxyhhcqhspcfitm6r1smttp51jgi

When I enter 'ipas.org' I get a website with slogans of 'Abortion is health care' and 'Ipas works globally to expand access to abortion and contraception' followed by 'All people have the right to make fundamental decisions about their own bodies and health. That’s why we work with diverse local, regional and international partners toward the goal of reproductive justice: a world where all human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.'

I could be missing subtleties only evident to people familiar with white supremacy, this is a very quick glance from a non-American. EDIT: As IrishTheFrenchie points out, I missed a line in the article.

That's not her. That's a photographer with the same name.

[–] Calais 2 points (+2|-0)

Thank you for catching that! It popped up on the first page of Google after this St: Clair on social media. Let me just edit the above.

Washington Examiner, 1 October 2019: Turning Point USA ‘brand ambassador’ dumped after photo with white nationalists and anti-Semites surfaces

This weekend, right-wing personalities assembled in Florida for a debate between white nationalist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nicholas Fuentes and right-wing operative Jacob Wohl. Afterwards, many in attendance joined for a dinner which St. Clair also attended. She later told Right Wing Watch that she did not attend the controversial event but was present for a "diverse dinner."

"I did attend a diverse dinner I was invited to in which I got to give voice to some of the anger I’ve had in the past," she said. "Some of the people pictured had been vicious to me online and I’m not above confronting people or forgiving people. I’m a strong Jewish woman and don’t need to be told where I can and cannot go,”

She later said, “I’m sick of guilt-by-association Twitter journalism that leaves out all context and meaning. The focus of the dinner was civility. I’m not accountable for anything anyone else posts online and I myself have been a victim of bigoted trolling. Attending a dinner for a civil conversation is not an endorsement for anybody’s views."

As far as the book goes, it's a counterculture piece of media parents can choose or not choose to read to their children and discuss. I think it could pair well with My Body Is Me. I find it difficult sometimes to get so wound up about the intentions of small publishers like this because most everything is owned and run by 6 conglomerates anyway and choice is an illusion in the conventional marketplace of goods and services. I can understand why people would choose to not support this and the other way around. On the whole I think more pushback will be a good thing, even if they are pushing back for different reasons.