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I’ve long called attention to the existence of the Volunteer Auxiliary Thought Police. But, as much fun as being an amateur censor apparently is to many people these days, some amateurs now want to go pro. From Slate:

Is My Novel Offensive?

How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book.

By Katy Waldman

… When she began to craft her second novel, The Upside of Unrequited, about twin sisters navigating the shoals of high school romance, she was determined not to make the same mistake. And so before her manuscript went to print, she reached out to a group of “sensitivity readers.” These advising angels—part fact-checkers, part cultural ambassadors—are new additions to the book publishing ecosystem. Either hired by individual authors or by publishing houses, sensitivity readers are members of a minority group tasked specifically with examining manuscripts for hurtful, inaccurate, or inappropriate depictions of that group.

The sensitivity auditing of this young adult novel about twins raises a question: are twins considered a minority group worthy of sensitivity concerns? Or are twins, like left-handed catchers and albinos, not worthy of minority status? If not, why not?

On the site Writing in the Margins, which launched in 2012, the author Justina Ireland articulates the goal of this new fleet of experts: to point out the “internalized bias and negatively charged language” that can arise when writers create “outside of [their] experiences.” In April of last year, Ireland built a public database where freelance sensitivity readers can list their name, contact information, and “expertise.” These areas of special knowledge are generally rooted in identity (“queer woman,” “bisexual mixed race,” “East Asian, “Muslim”) as well as in personal histories of mental illness, abuse and neglect, poverty, disability, or chronic pain.

… Albertalli—who totaled 12 sensitivity reads for her second novel on LGBTQ, black, Korean American, anxiety, obesity, and Jewish representation issues, among others …

Okay! So apparently twins aren’t an identity politics category the way, evidently, anxiety is.

I went to Ms. Ireland’s database of Sensitivity Readers and searched for “twin.” While I found 145 mentions of “LGBT” in the database, I found only one “twin” text string. Here is the only person in the Sensitivity Reading Industry that mentions “twin.” Under Area of Expertise:

LGBTQ+ — especially non-binary genders, grey-/demi-/pan-/asexuality and grey-/demi-/pan-/aromanticism. Mental Health — personality disorders (especially, but not limited to, cluster B); being a queer person with a diagnosis; depression; self harm; anxiety (including panic attacks); suicidal thoughts; dissociation and depersonalisation; living on mood stabilisers. Other — unhealthy and abusive relationships (esp. non-romantic/non-sexual ones), with focus on either the abused or the abused; disordered eating (without an ED diagnosis); womb twin survivor (being an only child; knowing/feeling a twin should’ve existed); migraines, sunlight sensitivity, insomnia; polyamory; working in the Arts as a queer person with a MH diagnosis; other correlations of the aforementioned things.

So being a twin is not an identity politics category. But not being a twin can make you a “womb twin survivor.”

I remain interested in why some things qualify as identity politics categories and others do not. Is it simply a lack of identity politics entrepreneurship by albinos and left-handed catchers (baseball is extremely biased against lefties playing catcher despite no agreed upon reason for this discrimination). In the database I didn’t find any mentions of “albino” and only two for “left”, including:

I am a biracial, white-passing queer Latina (3rd-gen. Mexican American) who grew up in a wealthy, majority-white suburb while living below the poverty line. I have bipolar/generalized anxiety/depression diagnoses and related psychiatric hospitalization as well as PTSD related to religious trauma. I come from a fundamentalist evangelical Christian background that I have since left. I am especially interested in the intersection of mental health and religion as it relates to gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity.

Another sensitivity reader listed the following Qualifications:

I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow.

Perhaps somebody should alert the spouse of this “not-quite widow?” Or would he/she/ze reply, “The sooner I am put out of my misery, the better”?

Back to Slate:

… The site Writing in the Margins recommends $250 per manuscript as a starting fee. … Indeed, for the readers themselves, it can be grueling work. Angel Cruz, who advises on Filipino culture, the diaspora, and Catholicism, described sensitivity reading as “emotional/mental labor.”

Indeed.

… Though authors from all backgrounds use sensitivity readers, the stomach-churning image of a white person wafted down the path to literary achievement by invisible minorities remains.

 
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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Novelists who want to be censored are pathetic, downtrodden, low self-esteem, depressed morons who would be better off watching the soaps and biting their fingernails than trying to write a book. They’re too cowardly to be true artists. They’re too DUMB to be real artists if they have to ask other people to tell them what to think.

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    • Agree: fish, Cato
    • Replies: @neutral

    Novelists who want to be censored are pathetic, downtrodden, low self-esteem...
     
    It is not self censorship they ultimately want, the end goal is to have the government apply this censorship to all written material.
    , @Tiny Duck
    You try to write a book idiot

    Oh that's right you can't because your privileged entities ass has no talent
    , @Daniil Adamov
    Art is subjective (though subjectively I'm inclined to agree), but they certainly are professionals whose output has a significant and growing market. And this is an objectively valuable service for those who want their work to be accepted by similarly right-thinking readers. As far as I'm concerned they can have it.

    There have always been people who wrote partly or primarily for the money and happily censored themselves or allowed themselves to be censored to make sure their books would be published and would sell. Actually, that's probably most writers in history, to some greater or lesser degree. This is just a modern adaptation to progressive Western culture.
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  2. Out: Don’t “create outside of your experiences” (that didn’t last long!)

    In: Go ahead and culturally appropriate LGBTQ+/Mental Health/womb survivor/migranes/MH/etc., as long as you pay your toll to anonymous members of the group(s) in question

    What’s next? I think that we need to solve the problem of “invisibility” (and the horrendously oppressive wages for this emotionally laborious work) by requiring every white and/or male and/or cisgender author to take a co-author, fully by-lined, to share 50% of the royalties in exchange for xir insight.

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    • Replies: @El Dato
    Even "1984" didn't feature a Thought Police Fund Drive.

    A novel idea.

    Blue-haired body-heavy multigender multicultural multimigrationist multisurvivor emotionally curdled polysexual bipolar transmigratory twitter persons with bleu checkmarks showing up at your door, rudely demanding money. Or else.

    The body odor must be frightening.
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  3. Real authors get readers to pay them for their work, not the other way around. If you’re paying anybody to read your book, you’re in the wrong profession.

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    • Replies: @Alden
    Readers are the first step in submitting a manuscript to a publisher. They are the first filter that approves or doesn’t approve a manuscript. They work for the publishers.

    These sensitivity readers are just free lance people who will read a manuscript before it’s submitted to a publisher or literary agent.

    There’s a big scam in the screen writing business. People who are not in the industry, such as
    , @AndrewR
    A good author consults with people who know more about a topic that the author is writing about. Of course this isn't limited to SJW IDPol stuff. If I were writing a novel about train hopping I would consult with a train hopper. If I wrote about anesthesiology I'd consult with an anesthesiologist.
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    • Replies: @Not Raul
    How many tokes off a joint do you think she took before she went on? (Sorry if I got the lingo wrong. I spent too much of my youth studying to pick up on that.)

    The fact that some stoner jap with a smirk on her face can get in to a gatekeeping institution like Yale, while so many much more intelligent, hard-working people are kept outside, says a lot about our Potemkin meritocracy.
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  5. Before long, we’ll see a sensitivity reader “hoax” scandal, just like that white Aussie who pretended to be an aboriginal woman (quite well, too) in order to get published.

    Are these people vetted?

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    • Replies: @Not Raul
    >> Are these people vetted? <<

    I doubt that the vetting they get would even pass muster in the sperm sales to lesbians industry.
    , @Alden
    Probably not. How can anyone person have so many mental problems?

    It’s probably a scam.
    , @Lurker
    What does it say when white Aussies can do a better job of being aboriginal women than aboriginal women.

    Anyhow, the trolling opportunities are delicious.
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  6. Feminization via feminazis proceeds apace

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    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    As funny as this SJW nincompoopery can be, many have found it possible to live life without the slightest awareness of it, or their unconscious "biases."
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  7. Voluntary Stalinist censorship in the goal of New Realism and the creation of the New Man and the New Woman.

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    • Replies: @Daniil Adamov
    Hardly.

    If those people could be taken at their own description they are too dysfunctional and self-obsessed to throw a proper riot, let alone start - or finish - a revolution. From the perspective of most of the Old Left the modern bleeding edge of Progress would be a mockery and a nightmare.
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  8. This article is not for those with sensitive stomachs.
    Maybe they can sue these thought police persons.

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  9. >>>I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in),

    Whenever they claim Cherokee in their background you can be certain that they are related to Fauxcahantas. These dim bulbs can name any other Indian tribes so they latch onto the Cherokee label.

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    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    An Indian told me that among the tribes, the Cherokees are notorious for having the least vetting of their tribal rolls.

    In other words, Cherokees are the most open and inclusive. But that's a bad thing when Indians do it.

    , @AndrewR
    It hasn't hurt Liz Warren, has it?

    Besides, I imagine Cherokee mated with blacks more than most or any other tribe did. Some Cherokee definitely owned black slaves.

    , @Hibernian
    Why don't they try Iroquois, Sioux, Comanche, Apache, Pawnee, Shoshone, Blackfeet, Crow?
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  10. Wow, pour all those isms in a blender and pour it out. This is parody,right. I guess my wife is a not quite widow. I’m starting to feel better. Reminds me of the “Bring out your dead” scene from Monty Python’s “The Holy Grail.”

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Could be her husband is dying. Not a good way to put it and why is she sharing it publicly?
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  11. @Anon
    Real authors get readers to pay them for their work, not the other way around. If you're paying anybody to read your book, you're in the wrong profession.

    Readers are the first step in submitting a manuscript to a publisher. They are the first filter that approves or doesn’t approve a manuscript. They work for the publishers.

    These sensitivity readers are just free lance people who will read a manuscript before it’s submitted to a publisher or literary agent.

    There’s a big scam in the screen writing business. People who are not in the industry, such as

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  12. “Not Quite Widow” forgot to give us her “preferred pronouns.” What if my novel is about a “ze” or “zir” and “Not Quite Widow” is a “they?”

    I guess that “Not Quite Widow” would be appropriate for a novel featuring Multiple Personality Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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  13. assigned female at birth,

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    I don’t know how those doctors do it, but you have to hand it to them. Their assignments are spot-on sometimes.

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    • LOL: Abe
    • Replies: @Alden
    “Assigned female at birth”, just like half the population of the earth, like 3.5 billion other women.

    But she’s sooooo unusual and special.
    , @Bill Jones
    What methodology do "they" use in their assignments?

    Coin Toss?
    Purely Alternatives?
    Rock, Paper, Scissors ?

    Inquiring minds want to know.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    I don’t know how those doctors do it, but you have to hand it to them. Their assignments are spot-on sometimes.
     
    She may or may not really have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but I don't think there's much doubt her 'not-quite' husband suffered(s?) from Cerulean Testicular Syndrome, and that's likely all the better for him.
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  14. No great novel would ever have passed the censure of these small-souled bug(wo)men. If these parasites had existed in the past, there would be no literature worthy of the name.

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  15. Noetisexual? Demisexual?

    What?

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    • Replies: @Not Raul
    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

    , @Johan Schmidt
    Abandon all hope, etc.:

    https://medium.com/@lulzbane/why-noetisexual-92b8cf02906f
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    Per google, which must know: "A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone."

    Never mind "A person" being "they" without having to be one of partially reabsorbed twins; if you want full relationships instead of hookups, you're only HALF sexual.

    What a thing to teach young women! And then wonder why their "self-esteem" is so fragile that they need Trigger Warnings instead of Mad Money and a hatpin, like Great-Grandma.

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  16. “the stomach-churning image of a white person wafted down the path to literary achievement by invisible minorities remains.”

    Man, they hate white people. Like, would-laugh-at-a-small-white-child-getting-drawn-and-quartered hate.

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    • Replies: @Altai
    To be fair, the only white people they might know are the ones in their sociology/English/arts degree. (The kind who might write about gay trans Pinoys with anxiety disorders) And hating white upper middle class hipsters is one of the few things that brings alt-right and black twitter together.
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  17. I really wish these people got more publicity. If people could just see for themselves how simultaneously crazy and attention-seeking they are, it would do more to discredit their movement than a thousand anti-SJW YouTube videos.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    I doubt it would matter. My Dad refuses to even look at anything on the alt-Right. He actually believes everything coming out of the MSM. I don't think there is anything you can do with about 60% of the population.
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  18. “Angel Cruz, who advises on Filipino culture, the diaspora, and Catholicism, described sensitivity reading as “emotional/mental labor.””

    Thankfully, most Filipinos are far too pragmatic for this nonsense.

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  19. I think sensitivity readers should be extended to academia as well. For example, when anthropologists write “outside their experience” they risk make errors, so every ethnic group should have representatives to review and correct the anthropologists.

    Similarly, academic economists can’t really understand the wealthy or the poor, being upper-middle-class themselves. So papers in game theory, etc should be reviewed and corrected by panels of people who “know” how people like them think.

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  20. @EdwardM
    Out: Don't "create outside of your experiences" (that didn't last long!)

    In: Go ahead and culturally appropriate LGBTQ+/Mental Health/womb survivor/migranes/MH/etc., as long as you pay your toll to anonymous members of the group(s) in question

    What's next? I think that we need to solve the problem of "invisibility" (and the horrendously oppressive wages for this emotionally laborious work) by requiring every white and/or male and/or cisgender author to take a co-author, fully by-lined, to share 50% of the royalties in exchange for xir insight.

    Even “1984″ didn’t feature a Thought Police Fund Drive.

    A novel idea.

    Blue-haired body-heavy multigender multicultural multimigrationist multisurvivor emotionally curdled polysexual bipolar transmigratory twitter persons with bleu checkmarks showing up at your door, rudely demanding money. Or else.

    The body odor must be frightening.

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    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    Yeah, I'm smelling it right now.
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  21. Who says a liberal arts education is ineffectual?

    Read the gibberish of those self-appointed censors. THAT is what many kids are learning at university. They are going many thousands of dollars into debt to learn it.

    Clearly, the liberal class’s aim of universal college enrollment has scraped the bottom. Not everyone is college material. Some (many) people, such as those would-be Bowdlers, are natural hewers of wood and carriers of water. Sending such people to college is educating them above their station. Hell, sending them to high school is probably educating them above their station.

    You can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

    But you can make a fortune loaning money to support the illusion that it can be done.

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    • Replies: @Cato
    Charles Murray speculated that maybe only two percent of the population needed a liberal arts education--everyone else should focus on vocational training, where proficiency would be demonstrated with a passing grade on a certification exam.
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  22. Off Topic, but…

    Steve Harvey… it’s… New Year’s Eve.

    You’re a millionaire, so… why do you feel your only choice of attire is dressing as
    the Abominable Snow Pimp?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5225689/Twitter-reacts-Steve-Harveys-New-years-Eve-attire.html

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    • Replies: @MarkinPNW
    Somehow this comment reminded me of a rabbit!
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  23. No person of normal intelligence and self-worth accepts the crap taught by Crude or Cultural Marxists at University. The apt pupils of such crap are crappy people. Which the “everyone should have a college degree” people are flooding academe with.

    The poor souls who have found at college a polysyllabic voice for their worst traits–and who have plunged into unrepayable debt in order to be thus corrupted–are not sympathetic victims. We are their victims, all of us, sooner or later.

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  24. @Uilleam Yr Alban
    Our author: https://twitter.com/bbcnewsnight/status/826568436071362560

    Who would have guessed?

    How many tokes off a joint do you think she took before she went on? (Sorry if I got the lingo wrong. I spent too much of my youth studying to pick up on that.)

    The fact that some stoner jap with a smirk on her face can get in to a gatekeeping institution like Yale, while so many much more intelligent, hard-working people are kept outside, says a lot about our Potemkin meritocracy.

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  25. @Reg Cæsar
    Before long, we'll see a sensitivity reader "hoax" scandal, just like that white Aussie who pretended to be an aboriginal woman (quite well, too) in order to get published.

    Are these people vetted?

    >> Are these people vetted? <<

    I doubt that the vetting they get would even pass muster in the sperm sales to lesbians industry.

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    • Replies: @Ivy
    Funnily enough, we're all Surviving Womb Swimmers, so not just surviving twins get that extra recognition. Now raise a glass to all of those little swimmers who didn't reach the target, as we all feel that collective sense of loss. Meanwhile, back to the game, or is that culturally insensitive?
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  26. @Reg Cæsar
    Before long, we'll see a sensitivity reader "hoax" scandal, just like that white Aussie who pretended to be an aboriginal woman (quite well, too) in order to get published.

    Are these people vetted?

    Probably not. How can anyone person have so many mental problems?

    It’s probably a scam.

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    • Replies: @dfordoom

    Probably not. How can anyone person have so many mental problems?
     
    She's allowed to have as many mental problems as she wants! Stop oppressing her. It's a woman's right to choose.
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  27. @anon

    assigned female at birth,
     

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
     
    I don't know how those doctors do it, but you have to hand it to them. Their assignments are spot-on sometimes.

    “Assigned female at birth”, just like half the population of the earth, like 3.5 billion other women.

    But she’s sooooo unusual and special.

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  28. I’m a nerd. A happy one, don’t get me wrong, but we’re certainly different. How many people are raising awareness or promoting sensitivity with regards to nerdiness? Can’t be that many. Of course there are lots of more serious conditions that don’t get the SJW treatment: blindness, deafness, paralysis, etc.

    I guess I should look at it as a compliment. A lot of stuff becomes politicized in this way because it’s immoral and/or disgusting. By ignoring nerds like me SJWs are telling us that we’re OK in some pretty important ways. That’s nice of them.

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    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    If you can just get on the Autism Spectrum, you'll get more attention than you ever dreamed of. Or wished for.
    , @ThirdWorldSteveReader
    Hurry up before some blue-haired non-binary assigned-female-at-birth declares xerself a nerd and gets your job ;)
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  29. @Corn
    Noetisexual? Demisexual?

    What?

    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

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    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?
    , @larry lurker

    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.
     
    Good guess, but think weirder:

    An Alternative to Sapiosexual

    Sapiosexual tends to have limited and generally ableist connotations.

    So I created noetisexual because it’s both more accurate in describing myself and leaves room for neurodivergence, disabilities, and intelligences other than the Eurocentric and eugenicist version.

    Noetisexual — It’s a mental attraction rather than a purely "intellectual" one. It’s loving the shape of their mental landscape and wanting to explore it. It’s falling in love with the way they think, their unique mental make up. It’s loving their creativity, their ingenuity, their silliness, their humor, their emotional intelligence, the way they use words, or the way they make mental space for you in their minds, and more.
     

    , @Corn
    “Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like.”

    So I’m a protected class now! I’m eligible for AA and minority set aside contracts!

    , @guest
    I know you're joking, but in fact "demi-sexual" is a halfsy term. They (yes, that "they") place "demisexuals" halfway between asexuals (all two of them) and people of normal sexuality (which, in Current Year standards, means anyone who wants to have sex with anything at all times, unless it's the missionary position with someone to whom you lost your virginity, to whom you're married, and whom you love, for purposes of procreation; because that's just sick).

    There's some rationalization involved. Like demisexuals need a strong emotional connection to be sexually attracted to someone. Regular people may or may not have emotional connections wrapped up in sex attraction, but "demisexuals" *need* It, see.

    Which is balderdash. The LGTBBQ crowd just looooves padding their numbers. They're busy creating Halfway Identities for every category that will support one. Another strategy has them doubling up identities with slightly different terminology. Eventually the string of official letters will be so long only supercomputers shall be able to keep up.
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  30. Fake novelists, fake intellectuals, fake academics, fake scholars, fake political parties, fake arguments. All bought and paid for with real money. It is worth noting that females seem to do particularly well in this climate.

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    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    Towards Confusianism

    It is worth noting that females seem to do particularly well in this climate.
     
    - And that goes to show what - that females indeed have a great capacity to adapt? - If that was right, it would mean, that males - or some such - set the course.

    And I don't even write this to show that you are wrong. Looked upon from this angle, it seems, that "there's something funny going on, she said, I can just feel it in the air."

    This quote is from "Lilly, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts".

    Who's the Jack of Hearts, these days? We're looking for some other kind of deplorability ( = deploredness, = deploralism) = = mental deploralists, than the ones which are usually discussed. If enlightenment is over - what's next? Confusianism?

    I'm really glad to see, that Steve Sailer keeps going - ironic, sarcastic at times, but never willing to be dragged down in the hole, the confusianists (I really think, that's the right term) are in.

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  31. Quadrasexual – Someone who will do anything with anyone for a quarter.

    –Ed Bluestone

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    • Replies: @John Cunningham
    Nah, a quadrasexual is either someone who does it on all fours OR someone who does it with quadrupeds.
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  32. @Anonymous
    Novelists who want to be censored are pathetic, downtrodden, low self-esteem, depressed morons who would be better off watching the soaps and biting their fingernails than trying to write a book. They're too cowardly to be true artists. They're too DUMB to be real artists if they have to ask other people to tell them what to think.

    Novelists who want to be censored are pathetic, downtrodden, low self-esteem…

    It is not self censorship they ultimately want, the end goal is to have the government apply this censorship to all written material.

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  33. Well, there’s no denying that there’s a considerable market for sensitivity readers. On the whole I find it more funny than sad or alarming; the main practical effect of this thing getting off the ground would probably be to make modern Western literature slightly more polarised than it already is, but that won’t make much of a difference one way or another (and arguably is only right in such a polarised culture). The stomach-churning picture at the end promises more bickering among progressive readers and writers in the future, which is all to the good I think (makes them waste even more time and energy on clawing each other rather than the rest of us).

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  34. @Anonymous
    Novelists who want to be censored are pathetic, downtrodden, low self-esteem, depressed morons who would be better off watching the soaps and biting their fingernails than trying to write a book. They're too cowardly to be true artists. They're too DUMB to be real artists if they have to ask other people to tell them what to think.

    You try to write a book idiot

    Oh that’s right you can’t because your privileged entities ass has no talent

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    Wondering what your 'Area of Expertise' is, Tiny?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Oh that’s right you can’t because your privileged entities ass has no talent
     
    But at least can spell and punctuate.
    , @Steve in Greensboro
    Somebody with your IQ should be more sensitive about throwing around the word “idiot”. As the old Roman tag goes, “cripples don’t mock cripples”.
    , @Mr. Blank
    I once saw Privileged Entities Ass open for Bad Brains in Asheville, North Carolina.
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  35. @Shouting Thomas
    Voluntary Stalinist censorship in the goal of New Realism and the creation of the New Man and the New Woman.

    Hardly.

    If those people could be taken at their own description they are too dysfunctional and self-obsessed to throw a proper riot, let alone start – or finish – a revolution. From the perspective of most of the Old Left the modern bleeding edge of Progress would be a mockery and a nightmare.

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  36. @Anonymous
    Novelists who want to be censored are pathetic, downtrodden, low self-esteem, depressed morons who would be better off watching the soaps and biting their fingernails than trying to write a book. They're too cowardly to be true artists. They're too DUMB to be real artists if they have to ask other people to tell them what to think.

    Art is subjective (though subjectively I’m inclined to agree), but they certainly are professionals whose output has a significant and growing market. And this is an objectively valuable service for those who want their work to be accepted by similarly right-thinking readers. As far as I’m concerned they can have it.

    There have always been people who wrote partly or primarily for the money and happily censored themselves or allowed themselves to be censored to make sure their books would be published and would sell. Actually, that’s probably most writers in history, to some greater or lesser degree. This is just a modern adaptation to progressive Western culture.

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    There have always been people who wrote partly or primarily for the money and happily censored themselves or allowed themselves to be censored to make sure their books would be published and would sell. Actually, that’s probably most writers in history, to some greater or lesser degree. This is just a modern adaptation to progressive Western culture.
     
    Don't conflate editing with self-censorship, even if the boundaries between the two can be a little fuzzy at times. (To be sure, Mark Twain self-censored at times, but that's a different context.) The comment you are responding to is being (rightfully) critical of authors who seek and depend on moral based directives from others in the context of their writing. This is consigning a very significant part of literary art to a secondary source, and the comment was correct in that an artist without enough moral confidence to accomplish this on their own should maybe find another line of work. Journalism might be a better fit for such a person.
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  37. Woo, I wondered what happened to all those ‘authors’ pushing their Twilight/Hunger Game knock off novels.

    You have no idea how converged literature, especially the young adult section, has become. These “sensitivity readers” are 100% up their own ass with their own self importance because they can’t write a book anyone wants to read. These are the people on writing forums looking for any reason to take offense, and then absolutely lose their minds and call their other proto catladies into the fray.

    Hell, five years ago there were a number of editors who demanded you list your social media accounts so they could make sure you weren’t “controversial”, which we all know means a badthinker. I can’t imagine how much worst it has gotten, but money talks, as they say.

    Also five years ago publishing houses were still riding high on the Hunger Games and Twilight. You would not believe how many girls were out there pushing paranormal romance manuscripts. Here’s the kicker tho – a lot of those gatekeepers (agents, junior editors, etc)? They came from fan fiction forums, and they pushed their friends who also came from fan fiction forums. So when you dig into the history of a lot of these manuscripts, you find out stuff like 50 Shades of Grey was originally a Twilight fanfic.

    So yes, publishing is literally controlled by fat Hillary voters.

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    Sadly, that stuff isn't even good trash.
    Look at the bodice-rippers from the '80s. Plenty of shredded chemises, but they actually had PLOTS. There'd usually be a setting at the court of Louis XV or the heroine would be abducted by pirates or become part of the Jacobite movement, and in the really fun ones, ALL of that would happen.
    You might have fact-checkers to make sure that the bodice being busted was correctly cut for the time or that Queen so-and-so wasn't already dead, but sometimes they didn't bother. I remember giving up on one Saxon kidnapped-maiden novel when the antihero invited her to watch him spar with staves or something with the words, "Do you want to watch me and Sven work out?"
    They certainly did NOT have sensitivity readers or Trigger Warnings about unequal relationships or stereotyped Apache warriors doing the corset clutching.
    Of course, your comment on voting patterns holds true. Bodice-rippers were read by the women who put Ronald Reagan in office (and on the sly, their daughters). There is no way in hell these women supported hypocrite Hillary.
    , @OBEE
    Without question. Hard to think of a straight white man writing quality fiction who is published today.
    , @Stan Adams
    I was thinking of doing a young-adult novel. I already have a story worked out.

    The protagonist, Paul Greenberg, is a 16-year-old, 85-pound, 5'2" Jew with a 164 IQ. He is mercilessly bullied by his older sister's boyfriend - Haven Monahan, the homophobic, anti-Semitic captain of the Goyischeville High School football team.

    (A typical Monahanic quip: "Why do I bully you, Paul? Because I grew up watching The Price Is Right. I always heed Bob Barker's immortal advice: 'Help control the p***y population. Have the f*****s spayed or neutered.'" Another: "My girlfriend is a k**e, but at least she's not a d**e. And everyone knows that 'k**e' and 'd**e' are hardly mutually exclusive.")

    The book is written in the form of a diary, with Paul's sadistic revenge fantasies interspersed throughout.

    In the end, Paul hatches an elaborate scheme to kill Haven by poisoning his protein shake. (The poison will induce a heart attack, which everyone will blame on Haven's steroid abuse.)

    But the plan goes awry when Linda Belcher, a grotesquely-obese, freakishly-hairy, horrendously-acne-ridden girl with an unrequited crush on Paul, catches him in the act. The price for her silence? A long, sweaty night of passion. If Paul refuses, she will send Haven video footage of Paul sneaking into his house.

    Will Paul debase himself by bedding Belcher? Or will be submit to the beating-to-a-bloody-pulp he is certain to receive from Haven and his jock buddies if they find out what he did?

    Find out in the exciting conclusion to ... Duary of a Wimpy Yid!
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  38. @Not Raul
    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20′s? How is this possibly a category?

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    I was making fun of the terms.

    I was also making fun of the resumes of people who get offended for a living, and how any possible reason for getting offended (as long as it isn’t politically incorrect) can be listed as a qualification.
    , @Alden
    I assumed Demi sex meant just messing around no intercourse.

    Thank you for clearing up this mis understanding of mine.
    , @John Cunningham
    I thought a demisexual was someone who wanted to do the nasty with Demi Moore.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I was hoping demisexual meant sex with Demi Moore who used to be quite hot.

    https://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=381534
    , @Antlitz Grollheim
    As a recent survivor of online dating in a SWPL metropolis, I can confirm that it is the height of fashion to have a battery of specific terms for one's proclivities. It allows each person, don't call them a hero, unless you really want to, I can't stop you, to partake in the glory of victimhood.
    , @GregMan
    "Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods."

    "hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20′s? How is this possibly a category?"

    I thought it meant wanting to have sex with a demitasse. You know, like a food fetish.
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  39. The sensitivity auditing of this young adult novel about twins raises a question: are twins considered a minority group worthy of sensitivity concerns? Or are twins, like left-handed catchers and albinos, not worthy of minority status? If not, why not?

    The federal government ultimately determines who or what is a federal protected class group, and federal protected class groups are colloquially referred to as minorities or diversity by broadcast media mavens.

    Feminist are a federal protected class group too and feminist are obviously not a numerical minority, although you wouldn’t know that fact by listening to broadcast media freaks.

    Twins or left handed people or an albino might be included in a federal protected class group if they are also disabled or queer or any of the other protected class group identities recognized by the federal government.

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies are a de facto arbiter of what groups require government protection from Nazi or white supremacist oppression.

    Powerful Jewish lobbies originally created and nurtured the ideology of federal protected classes and federal protected class groups.

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    The commonality is things become a protected class if they are bad for society. Except Jews which are good for Israeli society.
    , @Jack D

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies
     
    Joos - is there ANYTHING they can't do? They cause the milk in your fridge to go sour, your dog to turn nasty. They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.
    , @guest
    Feminists certainly are a numerical minority. You're thinking of females, who are by no means all feminist.

    Pretty ones, for instance, usually aren't.
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  40. Also, some of you are unfamiliar with how much ass an author will kiss, how much shit they will eat, just for the cachet of being published.

    It also doesn’t help that the editors and agents have egos made of spun sugar, think they’re fucking rock stars, and have legions of sycophants willing to say whatever they want to hear.

    My only surprise is this didn’t come sooner.

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  41. Bloody hell. I wish North Korea and Iran would just nuke us.

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    https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/946853693361664001
    , @MBlanc46
    My immediatee response to this was, “Take me now, Lord, just take me now”. A Nork nuke is probably a better option.
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  42. How about a novelization of some of the concerns presented here in Unz Review? 60,000 words, popular, gut-grabbing prose, snappy title, paperback. Try “stranger in a strange land” as a working theme. Short 2000-word chapters, maybe no more than sharply etched vignettes. Anyone out there with the literary chops? Paul Kersey, maybe?

    Happy New Year all.

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  43. I’m in Canada now and it is -20 C. As climate is just a social construct, we could warm this place up if there were more black people. Perhaps we could send ships over to west Africa, pack as many black people as we could find and take them over here. Has this been tried before ?

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    Pikers. I'm in Iowa and right now it's -20° F. Put that in your temperature converter and smoke it.
    , @Bill Jones
    You need more Americans. They warm everywhere up.
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  44. @anon
    Fake novelists, fake intellectuals, fake academics, fake scholars, fake political parties, fake arguments. All bought and paid for with real money. It is worth noting that females seem to do particularly well in this climate.

    Towards Confusianism

    It is worth noting that females seem to do particularly well in this climate.

    - And that goes to show what – that females indeed have a great capacity to adapt? – If that was right, it would mean, that males – or some such – set the course.

    And I don’t even write this to show that you are wrong. Looked upon from this angle, it seems, that “there’s something funny going on, she said, I can just feel it in the air.”

    This quote is from “Lilly, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts”.

    Who’s the Jack of Hearts, these days? We’re looking for some other kind of deplorability ( = deploredness, = deploralism) = = mental deploralists, than the ones which are usually discussed. If enlightenment is over – what’s next? Confusianism?

    I’m really glad to see, that Steve Sailer keeps going – ironic, sarcastic at times, but never willing to be dragged down in the hole, the confusianists (I really think, that’s the right term) are in.

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    Because something is happening here but you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?
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  45. @Not Raul
    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Good guess, but think weirder:

    An Alternative to Sapiosexual

    Sapiosexual tends to have limited and generally ableist connotations.

    So I created noetisexual because it’s both more accurate in describing myself and leaves room for neurodivergence, disabilities, and intelligences other than the Eurocentric and eugenicist version.

    Noetisexual — It’s a mental attraction rather than a purely “intellectual” one. It’s loving the shape of their mental landscape and wanting to explore it. It’s falling in love with the way they think, their unique mental make up. It’s loving their creativity, their ingenuity, their silliness, their humor, their emotional intelligence, the way they use words, or the way they make mental space for you in their minds, and more.

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    So noetisexual means you enjoy talking with someone.

    So I guess that we at UNZ are all noetisexuals.
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  47. So there are actually suckers out there who pay “intersectional” lunatics to review their dreck? “Is my fanfic novel woke enough?” these wannabe writers wonder? “Do I have a sound grasp of what it feels like to be a genderbending bipolar Latinx?”
    Man, there’s a book right there, a satire to be written about sensitive writers and their even more attuned reviewers!

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    Who wants that read satire about things so obviously ridiculous? It's like beating up on a cripple. You may laugh at them, rightly, but sadness and pity are reactions just as appropriate.

    Is it part of their strategy to be below satire? Hmm.

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  48. A pansexual – the horny goat!

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  49. I tried to become a sensitivity reader but found it too harrowing.

    “I used to weep in butcher’s shops.”

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    That's a step up from crying among the farmland.
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  50. @Tiny Duck
    You try to write a book idiot

    Oh that's right you can't because your privileged entities ass has no talent

    Wondering what your ‘Area of Expertise’ is, Tiny?

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  51. @Jon

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?

    I was making fun of the terms.

    I was also making fun of the resumes of people who get offended for a living, and how any possible reason for getting offended (as long as it isn’t politically incorrect) can be listed as a qualification.

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  52. @Anon
    Bloody hell. I wish North Korea and Iran would just nuke us.

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    I'll have some Juche with that and no olive.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    increased production of buckwheat and coal
     
    He could start by importing some of our Buckwheats and their coalburners.
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  53. I imagine “not-quite widow” means a woman who lost a non-spouse lover.

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    It could mean either your almost-spouse is dead or your spouse is almost-dead. For me to figure this out requires too much emotional labor.
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  54. @larry lurker

    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.
     
    Good guess, but think weirder:

    An Alternative to Sapiosexual

    Sapiosexual tends to have limited and generally ableist connotations.

    So I created noetisexual because it’s both more accurate in describing myself and leaves room for neurodivergence, disabilities, and intelligences other than the Eurocentric and eugenicist version.

    Noetisexual — It’s a mental attraction rather than a purely "intellectual" one. It’s loving the shape of their mental landscape and wanting to explore it. It’s falling in love with the way they think, their unique mental make up. It’s loving their creativity, their ingenuity, their silliness, their humor, their emotional intelligence, the way they use words, or the way they make mental space for you in their minds, and more.
     

    So noetisexual means you enjoy talking with someone.

    So I guess that we at UNZ are all noetisexuals.

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    Nice comment... no noeti.
    , @Antlitz Grollheim
    I prefer not to set my sexuality in stone, so I can aleays migrate to a more fashionable cluster if implications if need be.
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  55. @Daniel H
    >>>I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in),

    Whenever they claim Cherokee in their background you can be certain that they are related to Fauxcahantas. These dim bulbs can name any other Indian tribes so they latch onto the Cherokee label.

    An Indian told me that among the tribes, the Cherokees are notorious for having the least vetting of their tribal rolls.

    In other words, Cherokees are the most open and inclusive. But that’s a bad thing when Indians do it.

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  56. @Jon

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?

    I assumed Demi sex meant just messing around no intercourse.

    Thank you for clearing up this mis understanding of mine.

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  57. @Anon
    Real authors get readers to pay them for their work, not the other way around. If you're paying anybody to read your book, you're in the wrong profession.

    A good author consults with people who know more about a topic that the author is writing about. Of course this isn’t limited to SJW IDPol stuff. If I were writing a novel about train hopping I would consult with a train hopper. If I wrote about anesthesiology I’d consult with an anesthesiologist.

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    If I were writing a novel about train hopping I would consult with a train hopper. If I wrote about anesthesiology I’d consult with an anesthesiologist.
     
    And if you were writing a fantasy novel about unicorns you'd consult with a unicorn, and if you were writing a ghost story you'd consult with a ghost. Of course you wouldn't, because anesthesiologists actually exist while unicorns (like noetisexuals) are imaginary creatures.

    There's also a second point I'd make. Let's say you were writing a murder mystery about an anesthesiologist who murders his patients. You would consult with an anesthesiologist to find out more about anesthesiology but if the anesthesiologist told you your book was offensive to anesthesiologists you'd ignore him.
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  58. @Daniel H
    >>>I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in),

    Whenever they claim Cherokee in their background you can be certain that they are related to Fauxcahantas. These dim bulbs can name any other Indian tribes so they latch onto the Cherokee label.

    It hasn’t hurt Liz Warren, has it?

    Besides, I imagine Cherokee mated with blacks more than most or any other tribe did. Some Cherokee definitely owned black slaves.

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  59. womb twin survivor

    A couple of years ago, I was in the waiting room of an alternative medical provider, and there was an entire book on this subject. At the time, I thought, “Huh, so this is going to be the Next Big Thing from the Fringes”, but I haven’t heard any more about it until this iSteve post.

    Maybe no one found a way to monetize it.

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  60. womb twin survivor

    This is when it turns out there were two fertilized eggs in the womb but they later grew together to form a single body / single brain. This yields interesting immunitary systems I hear:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_twin

    Inb4 christian fanatics arrest the baby for murder.

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    I was apparently a case of this. Learning that fact a few years ago didn't scar me for life, but then my twin couldn't be reached for comment.
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  61. “Survived more rapes than I can count”

    Either she was held against her will and pimped out, or she defines rape as any bad sexual experience. I guess it’s possible she got stuck in an abusive relationship that she felt she couldn’t end, but in that case the proper description would be “was in an abusive relationship, which included sexual acts that I did not want, that I felt I could not leave”, not “survived more rapes than I can count.” That has an implicit connotation of “by more guys than I can count.”

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    Equal likely: the bitch can't count.
    , @ThirdWorldSteveReader
    That part struck me as bad fanfiction.
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  62. @eah
    https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/946853693361664001

    I’ll have some Juche with that and no olive.

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  63. Even if a book is fiction, part of the substance of it is still a collection of ideas and thoughts, etc. As new books get distilled through the great social filter, eventually they will be reduced to being the same book over and over with the acceptable thoughts and ideas arranged in different orders with generic names for the characters. Perhaps we could hope for the best outcome; one where it spawns a backlash retro movement for pre-PC era literature.

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  64. @Tiny Duck
    You try to write a book idiot

    Oh that's right you can't because your privileged entities ass has no talent

    Oh that’s right you can’t because your privileged entities ass has no talent

    But at least can spell and punctuate.

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  65. @Reg Cæsar
    Before long, we'll see a sensitivity reader "hoax" scandal, just like that white Aussie who pretended to be an aboriginal woman (quite well, too) in order to get published.

    Are these people vetted?

    What does it say when white Aussies can do a better job of being aboriginal women than aboriginal women.

    Anyhow, the trolling opportunities are delicious.

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  66. africans chop albinos up and use them for medicine …..talk about intersectional

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  67. @eah
    https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/946853693361664001

    increased production of buckwheat and coal

    He could start by importing some of our Buckwheats and their coalburners.

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  68. @SoCal Philosopher
    "the stomach-churning image of a white person wafted down the path to literary achievement by invisible minorities remains."

    Man, they hate white people. Like, would-laugh-at-a-small-white-child-getting-drawn-and-quartered hate.

    To be fair, the only white people they might know are the ones in their sociology/English/arts degree. (The kind who might write about gay trans Pinoys with anxiety disorders) And hating white upper middle class hipsters is one of the few things that brings alt-right and black twitter together.

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  69. @eblue
    Quadrasexual - Someone who will do anything with anyone for a quarter.

    –Ed Bluestone

    Nah, a quadrasexual is either someone who does it on all fours OR someone who does it with quadrupeds.

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  70. @Jon

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?

    I thought a demisexual was someone who wanted to do the nasty with Demi Moore.

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  71. I asked my young millenial niece and nephew if they had any trigger words or microagressions that I should avoid, and you would have loved the sarcastic earful I got about their school experiences. I’d like to say that we should take heart, that all is not lost, but the white kids are now the minority, judging by what I see on US and UK TV these days.

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  72. You have to realise this is encouraged by the gatekeepers in the industry, the junior agents and editors who used to post their stuff on the Buffyverse Fan fiction Forum. Hell, back in 2012 you had editors demanding your social media accounts so they could “screen you for controversy” (badthink).

    Remember that 50 Shades of Grey started life as Twilight Fan fiction, which is a not uncommon story (the Mortal Instruments started as Harry Potter Fan fiction). Its all proto catladies/Hillary voters pushing the schlock of their fellows, and so anyone from outside the circle faces extreme vetting.

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    Indie pub is doing well and you can write unpc and still make bank.
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  73. “womb twin survivor (being an only child; knowing/feeling a twin should’ve existed”

    bored identity must admit that the World’s Most Famous Womb Twin Survivor was quite normal King – excluding shooting- tv-screens-while-binging-on pbj -&-heroin part – comparing with the Current Decade Sensitivity Mouth Readers :

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  74. Unlike most of this nonsense, being a lefty has a real and sometimes negative impact on your navigation of the everyday world. But lefties choose to see themselves as superior and special. Baseball is an easy example, and lefty catcher in particular. Our league had one lefty catcher’s mitt. Unless you paid for your own, you had no chance to catch if you were a lefty. If you forgot your regular glove, you probably didn’t play. But you have a better chance to pitch and an easier time hitting. More commonly, guns, desks, scissors, doorknobs, writing, driving, and no one wanting to sit next to you at dinner are things that bother you every day. It is 10% of the population, but still no one has had success with Ned Flanders’s Leftorium. Lefties choose to adapt and overcome. If only these other idiots would do the same.

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    I'm left-handed, so I think left-handedness is interesting.

    The only things that have been annoying to me are the scissors and the dining. I tend to be proactive on the dining seating, taking the left end of a table when possible and scissors just aren't a big part of my life.

    When I was 13 or so, me and about 4 friends, all right-handed, took a hike along a rocky creek where we did a lot of stone skipping and throwing. It was supremely obvious that I could throw rocks where they couldn't and vice versa.

    At that point, I understood why humans have left-handedness. We come in handy - heh heh - occasionally. In the meantime, everyone tolerates us just fine and considers us a little special too.

    All that stuff some years ago about left-handers having way high mortality was all fake news, it turned out too.
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  75. …what makes a great book?

    …her second novel… about twin sisters navigating the shoals of high school romance…

    E.g, not a great book.

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    "Twins, Max, imagine the possibilities."
    "Fook Mi, and my twin sister Fook Yu."

    Slim chance of any such theme nowadays.
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  76. @Corn
    Noetisexual? Demisexual?

    What?

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  77. @Not Raul
    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

    “Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like.”

    So I’m a protected class now! I’m eligible for AA and minority set aside contracts!

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  78. @Glossy
    I'm a nerd. A happy one, don't get me wrong, but we're certainly different. How many people are raising awareness or promoting sensitivity with regards to nerdiness? Can't be that many. Of course there are lots of more serious conditions that don't get the SJW treatment: blindness, deafness, paralysis, etc.

    I guess I should look at it as a compliment. A lot of stuff becomes politicized in this way because it's immoral and/or disgusting. By ignoring nerds like me SJWs are telling us that we're OK in some pretty important ways. That's nice of them.

    If you can just get on the Autism Spectrum, you’ll get more attention than you ever dreamed of. Or wished for.

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  79. @Tiny Duck
    You try to write a book idiot

    Oh that's right you can't because your privileged entities ass has no talent

    Somebody with your IQ should be more sensitive about throwing around the word “idiot”. As the old Roman tag goes, “cripples don’t mock cripples”.

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  80. @Jack Hanson
    Woo, I wondered what happened to all those 'authors' pushing their Twilight/Hunger Game knock off novels.

    You have no idea how converged literature, especially the young adult section, has become. These "sensitivity readers" are 100% up their own ass with their own self importance because they can't write a book anyone wants to read. These are the people on writing forums looking for any reason to take offense, and then absolutely lose their minds and call their other proto catladies into the fray.

    Hell, five years ago there were a number of editors who demanded you list your social media accounts so they could make sure you weren't "controversial", which we all know means a badthinker. I can't imagine how much worst it has gotten, but money talks, as they say.

    Also five years ago publishing houses were still riding high on the Hunger Games and Twilight. You would not believe how many girls were out there pushing paranormal romance manuscripts. Here's the kicker tho - a lot of those gatekeepers (agents, junior editors, etc)? They came from fan fiction forums, and they pushed their friends who also came from fan fiction forums. So when you dig into the history of a lot of these manuscripts, you find out stuff like 50 Shades of Grey was originally a Twilight fanfic.

    So yes, publishing is literally controlled by fat Hillary voters.

    Sadly, that stuff isn’t even good trash.
    Look at the bodice-rippers from the ’80s. Plenty of shredded chemises, but they actually had PLOTS. There’d usually be a setting at the court of Louis XV or the heroine would be abducted by pirates or become part of the Jacobite movement, and in the really fun ones, ALL of that would happen.
    You might have fact-checkers to make sure that the bodice being busted was correctly cut for the time or that Queen so-and-so wasn’t already dead, but sometimes they didn’t bother. I remember giving up on one Saxon kidnapped-maiden novel when the antihero invited her to watch him spar with staves or something with the words, “Do you want to watch me and Sven work out?”
    They certainly did NOT have sensitivity readers or Trigger Warnings about unequal relationships or stereotyped Apache warriors doing the corset clutching.
    Of course, your comment on voting patterns holds true. Bodice-rippers were read by the women who put Ronald Reagan in office (and on the sly, their daughters). There is no way in hell these women supported hypocrite Hillary.

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    Anne Rice, aka Anne Rampling, aka A. N. Roquelaure, wrote some pretty good trash, especially The Sleeping Beauty Quartet. She said she wanted "to create a book where you didn't have to mark the hot pages" and she certainly succeeded.
    She definitely doesn't like the maiden aunt, prig censorship sweeping over publishing these days:
    “There are forces at work in the book world that want to control fiction writing in terms of who ‘has a right’ to write about what,” Rice said. “Some even advocate the out and out censorship of older works using words we now deem wholly unacceptable. Some are critical of novels involving rape. Some argue that white novelists have no right to write about people of color; and Christians should not write novels involving Jews or topics involving Jews.
    “I think all this is dangerous. I think we have to stand up for the freedom of fiction writers to write what they want to write, no matter how offensive it might be to someone else. We must stand up for fiction as a place where transgressive behavior and ideas can be explored … internet campaigns to destroy authors accused of inappropriate subject matter or attitudes are dangerous to us all.”
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  81. @AKAHorace
    I'm in Canada now and it is -20 C. As climate is just a social construct, we could warm this place up if there were more black people. Perhaps we could send ships over to west Africa, pack as many black people as we could find and take them over here. Has this been tried before ?

    Pikers. I’m in Iowa and right now it’s -20° F. Put that in your temperature converter and smoke it.

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  82. @Dieter Kief
    Towards Confusianism

    It is worth noting that females seem to do particularly well in this climate.
     
    - And that goes to show what - that females indeed have a great capacity to adapt? - If that was right, it would mean, that males - or some such - set the course.

    And I don't even write this to show that you are wrong. Looked upon from this angle, it seems, that "there's something funny going on, she said, I can just feel it in the air."

    This quote is from "Lilly, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts".

    Who's the Jack of Hearts, these days? We're looking for some other kind of deplorability ( = deploredness, = deploralism) = = mental deploralists, than the ones which are usually discussed. If enlightenment is over - what's next? Confusianism?

    I'm really glad to see, that Steve Sailer keeps going - ironic, sarcastic at times, but never willing to be dragged down in the hole, the confusianists (I really think, that's the right term) are in.

    Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?

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  83. I am a biracial, white-passing queer Latina (3rd-gen. Mexican American) who grew up in a wealthy, majority-white suburb while living below the poverty line …

    I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual …

    Both of these appear to be exactly the kind of people that DoD wants to recruit for the new Army, Air Force, and Navy. Then, DoD will begin the affirmative action process to accelerate their promotions to General and Admiral ranks.

    There is a clear, unquestioned expectation that this will promote the breakout of worldwide peace. The military leadership will be so involved with managing their own psychoses that putting together occasional “Bands of Brothers” to fight wars will prove impossible.

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  84. @AndrewR
    "Survived more rapes than I can count"

    Either she was held against her will and pimped out, or she defines rape as any bad sexual experience. I guess it's possible she got stuck in an abusive relationship that she felt she couldn't end, but in that case the proper description would be "was in an abusive relationship, which included sexual acts that I did not want, that I felt I could not leave", not "survived more rapes than I can count." That has an implicit connotation of "by more guys than I can count."

    Equal likely: the bitch can’t count.

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    In a nod to Steve's companion column about societies: That dog won't hunt!
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  85. World’s most famous twin survivor? Elvis Presley.

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  86. Just within the last few decades, achievement has gone from meaning doing things well to being “survivors” who self-identify as victims of various conditions and oppressions, most of which are inflicted on them by white men.

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  87. @Joe Franklin

    The sensitivity auditing of this young adult novel about twins raises a question: are twins considered a minority group worthy of sensitivity concerns? Or are twins, like left-handed catchers and albinos, not worthy of minority status? If not, why not?
     
    The federal government ultimately determines who or what is a federal protected class group, and federal protected class groups are colloquially referred to as minorities or diversity by broadcast media mavens.

    Feminist are a federal protected class group too and feminist are obviously not a numerical minority, although you wouldn't know that fact by listening to broadcast media freaks.

    Twins or left handed people or an albino might be included in a federal protected class group if they are also disabled or queer or any of the other protected class group identities recognized by the federal government.

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies are a de facto arbiter of what groups require government protection from Nazi or white supremacist oppression.

    Powerful Jewish lobbies originally created and nurtured the ideology of federal protected classes and federal protected class groups.

    The commonality is things become a protected class if they are bad for society. Except Jews which are good for Israeli society.

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  88. @Jack Hanson
    Woo, I wondered what happened to all those 'authors' pushing their Twilight/Hunger Game knock off novels.

    You have no idea how converged literature, especially the young adult section, has become. These "sensitivity readers" are 100% up their own ass with their own self importance because they can't write a book anyone wants to read. These are the people on writing forums looking for any reason to take offense, and then absolutely lose their minds and call their other proto catladies into the fray.

    Hell, five years ago there were a number of editors who demanded you list your social media accounts so they could make sure you weren't "controversial", which we all know means a badthinker. I can't imagine how much worst it has gotten, but money talks, as they say.

    Also five years ago publishing houses were still riding high on the Hunger Games and Twilight. You would not believe how many girls were out there pushing paranormal romance manuscripts. Here's the kicker tho - a lot of those gatekeepers (agents, junior editors, etc)? They came from fan fiction forums, and they pushed their friends who also came from fan fiction forums. So when you dig into the history of a lot of these manuscripts, you find out stuff like 50 Shades of Grey was originally a Twilight fanfic.

    So yes, publishing is literally controlled by fat Hillary voters.

    Without question. Hard to think of a straight white man writing quality fiction who is published today.

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  89. @Jon

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?

    I was hoping demisexual meant sex with Demi Moore who used to be quite hot.

    https://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=381534

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    Yes, back in the 80's Demi Moore was very, very attractive. A real sex symbol. Then she married a man that many women considered to be a hot sex symbol, Bruce Willis. And somehow these two beautiful people produced several unattractive daughters. Very strange.
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  90. I feel strangely enough this is one of the reason why left defeats right in long term. The leftists invade institutions and organizations and force them to create jobs where leftists can be appointed. These appointed leftists increase demands to hire more leftists, sort of a patronage networks for those on left.

    The example that comes to my mind is the American Universities. Most ethnic studies, women studies etc are bullshit departments. But their graduates & teachers have latched on to universities and transformed them into temples of leftism.

    (A SJW is a liberal whose bills are paid by others.)

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    they are also deeply entrenched in the courts, churches & even military.

    We are in a much deeper hole than many realize.
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  91. How many people from the sensitive groups actually read books? What is stopping them from writing g their own if whites are so crappy at it?

    When I worked at a travel agency, I read once that, per capita, the Burmese have one of the highest levels of book reading. Surprisingly Iran was very low. I doubt the Burmese want a sensitivity censor.

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  92. @anon
    I really wish these people got more publicity. If people could just see for themselves how simultaneously crazy and attention-seeking they are, it would do more to discredit their movement than a thousand anti-SJW YouTube videos.

    I doubt it would matter. My Dad refuses to even look at anything on the alt-Right. He actually believes everything coming out of the MSM. I don’t think there is anything you can do with about 60% of the population.

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  93. Boy howdy, that’s a whoooooole lot of crazy there.

    I am reminded of a Taylor Caldwell novel I read once (my Grandparents didn’t have cable, on rainy days we had to make our own fun), where a doctor of the old school told a woman spouting the c.1900 version of this sort of nonsense to pin up her skirts and scrub the floors, that some actual work would probably put her troubles into proportion. (Oops, probably should have had a fainting couch warning there.)

    More seriously, most of us (especially as teens) have had a feeling that we were weird. We were told that everyone feels that way, and to deal with it/get over it. Now, apparently, these … people … are being encouraged to plumb the depths of their weirdness, to cultivate it, and embrace it. They really need to go get a regular job and get over it.

    [Mr Sailer, do those listing come with locations, so we can calculate minimum safe distance from some of the more crazytown banana pants individuals listed ... ?]

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  94. As Hunter Thompson wrote, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

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  95. @Alden
    So noetisexual means you enjoy talking with someone.

    So I guess that we at UNZ are all noetisexuals.

    Nice comment… no noeti.

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  96. This database could come in mighty handy one day…
    When they came for the non-binary asexual fluid queer abuse survivor single mother trannie I said nothing…

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  97. @Joe Franklin

    The sensitivity auditing of this young adult novel about twins raises a question: are twins considered a minority group worthy of sensitivity concerns? Or are twins, like left-handed catchers and albinos, not worthy of minority status? If not, why not?
     
    The federal government ultimately determines who or what is a federal protected class group, and federal protected class groups are colloquially referred to as minorities or diversity by broadcast media mavens.

    Feminist are a federal protected class group too and feminist are obviously not a numerical minority, although you wouldn't know that fact by listening to broadcast media freaks.

    Twins or left handed people or an albino might be included in a federal protected class group if they are also disabled or queer or any of the other protected class group identities recognized by the federal government.

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies are a de facto arbiter of what groups require government protection from Nazi or white supremacist oppression.

    Powerful Jewish lobbies originally created and nurtured the ideology of federal protected classes and federal protected class groups.

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies

    Joos – is there ANYTHING they can’t do? They cause the milk in your fridge to go sour, your dog to turn nasty. They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.

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    Joos – is there ANYTHING they can’t do? They cause the milk in your fridge to go sour, your dog to turn nasty. They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.

    They can even have their own ethnic lobbies and a hugely outsized role in the media, while having absolutely no impact on our society or national discourse!
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  98. @AndrewR
    I imagine "not-quite widow" means a woman who lost a non-spouse lover.

    It could mean either your almost-spouse is dead or your spouse is almost-dead. For me to figure this out requires too much emotional labor.

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  99. @slumber_j
    As Hunter Thompson wrote, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

    Thanks Slumber. I’ve known that line for decades—since the Bill Murray movie about Thompson. But until now I’ve never connected it with our present situation. You’re quite right that it encapsulates the present post and much of what we’re observing in the culture.

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  100. @rogue-one
    I feel strangely enough this is one of the reason why left defeats right in long term. The leftists invade institutions and organizations and force them to create jobs where leftists can be appointed. These appointed leftists increase demands to hire more leftists, sort of a patronage networks for those on left.

    The example that comes to my mind is the American Universities. Most ethnic studies, women studies etc are bullshit departments. But their graduates & teachers have latched on to universities and transformed them into temples of leftism.

    (A SJW is a liberal whose bills are paid by others.)

    they are also deeply entrenched in the courts, churches & even military.

    We are in a much deeper hole than many realize.

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  101. @Daniil Adamov
    Art is subjective (though subjectively I'm inclined to agree), but they certainly are professionals whose output has a significant and growing market. And this is an objectively valuable service for those who want their work to be accepted by similarly right-thinking readers. As far as I'm concerned they can have it.

    There have always been people who wrote partly or primarily for the money and happily censored themselves or allowed themselves to be censored to make sure their books would be published and would sell. Actually, that's probably most writers in history, to some greater or lesser degree. This is just a modern adaptation to progressive Western culture.

    There have always been people who wrote partly or primarily for the money and happily censored themselves or allowed themselves to be censored to make sure their books would be published and would sell. Actually, that’s probably most writers in history, to some greater or lesser degree. This is just a modern adaptation to progressive Western culture.

    Don’t conflate editing with self-censorship, even if the boundaries between the two can be a little fuzzy at times. (To be sure, Mark Twain self-censored at times, but that’s a different context.) The comment you are responding to is being (rightfully) critical of authors who seek and depend on moral based directives from others in the context of their writing. This is consigning a very significant part of literary art to a secondary source, and the comment was correct in that an artist without enough moral confidence to accomplish this on their own should maybe find another line of work. Journalism might be a better fit for such a person.

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  102. @BB753
    So there are actually suckers out there who pay "intersectional" lunatics to review their dreck? "Is my fanfic novel woke enough?" these wannabe writers wonder? "Do I have a sound grasp of what it feels like to be a genderbending bipolar Latinx?"
    Man, there's a book right there, a satire to be written about sensitive writers and their even more attuned reviewers!

    Who wants that read satire about things so obviously ridiculous? It’s like beating up on a cripple. You may laugh at them, rightly, but sadness and pity are reactions just as appropriate.

    Is it part of their strategy to be below satire? Hmm.

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    I never pity idiots and scoundrels.
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  103. This is nothing more than another symptom of the ongoing post-Christian religiogenesis. “Sensitivity readers” are the SJWist version of what Catholics of 70 years ago would have called censoribus liborum, lending their “nihil obstats” and “imprimaturs” to ensure the faithful are shielded from heterodoxy (microagressions), or God forbid, heresy ((race, etc)-ism). This new religion is quickly becoming the state creed, exacting obedience via the very old fashioned means of public shaming, ostracism, and ritual atonement. It is a curious religion: at once atheistic, gnostic (the mysteries of faith known only to initiates of a select caste), puritanical (ritual impurity is a paramount obsession), and grossly superstitious (magical thinking, belief in action at a distance, and the subservience of physical reality to the dictates of the mind). Unlike orthodox Christianity it is not an incarnational religion, but rather an anti-incarnational religion, which explains tenets as diverse as transgenderism and the enshrinement of “identity” in the place formerly occupied by “human nature”. While it still lacks codified ritual it is quickly evolving a proto-ritual substrate, from the Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles-like Burning Man, to the Corpus Christi-like Women’s March processions (complete with ritual headwear). Maybe this is all the action of Pinker’s Better Angels, but I rather think it is just human nature filling a void. Don’t like this incipient orthodoxy? Just wait until they develop the Neo-Inquisition. Oh wait – cough, Harvey Weinstein, cough – maybe they already did that.

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  104. @Cortes
    I tried to become a sensitivity reader but found it too harrowing.

    “I used to weep in butcher’s shops.”

    That’s a step up from crying among the farmland.

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  105. Whoa… Best sentence of 2018 so far: “I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual.”

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    Does just being a 'wanker' count ?
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  106. The running theme with these SJWs/PC thought police is that nearly all of them have multiple mental health issues. Autism, depression, anxiety… perhaps this rampant SJWism is actually symptomatic of untreated mental health issues. Once this is realized and these people get proper medical treatment, the tides of political correctness/SJWism will turn.

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  107. @Glossy
    I'm a nerd. A happy one, don't get me wrong, but we're certainly different. How many people are raising awareness or promoting sensitivity with regards to nerdiness? Can't be that many. Of course there are lots of more serious conditions that don't get the SJW treatment: blindness, deafness, paralysis, etc.

    I guess I should look at it as a compliment. A lot of stuff becomes politicized in this way because it's immoral and/or disgusting. By ignoring nerds like me SJWs are telling us that we're OK in some pretty important ways. That's nice of them.

    Hurry up before some blue-haired non-binary assigned-female-at-birth declares xerself a nerd and gets your job ;)

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  108. @AndrewR
    "Survived more rapes than I can count"

    Either she was held against her will and pimped out, or she defines rape as any bad sexual experience. I guess it's possible she got stuck in an abusive relationship that she felt she couldn't end, but in that case the proper description would be "was in an abusive relationship, which included sexual acts that I did not want, that I felt I could not leave", not "survived more rapes than I can count." That has an implicit connotation of "by more guys than I can count."

    That part struck me as bad fanfiction.

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  109. @Not Raul
    Noetisexual: Someone who occasionally thinks about sex. Noetic means related to the mind.

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.

    I know you’re joking, but in fact “demi-sexual” is a halfsy term. They (yes, that “they”) place “demisexuals” halfway between asexuals (all two of them) and people of normal sexuality (which, in Current Year standards, means anyone who wants to have sex with anything at all times, unless it’s the missionary position with someone to whom you lost your virginity, to whom you’re married, and whom you love, for purposes of procreation; because that’s just sick).

    There’s some rationalization involved. Like demisexuals need a strong emotional connection to be sexually attracted to someone. Regular people may or may not have emotional connections wrapped up in sex attraction, but “demisexuals” *need* It, see.

    Which is balderdash. The LGTBBQ crowd just looooves padding their numbers. They’re busy creating Halfway Identities for every category that will support one. Another strategy has them doubling up identities with slightly different terminology. Eventually the string of official letters will be so long only supercomputers shall be able to keep up.

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  110. @Joe Franklin

    The sensitivity auditing of this young adult novel about twins raises a question: are twins considered a minority group worthy of sensitivity concerns? Or are twins, like left-handed catchers and albinos, not worthy of minority status? If not, why not?
     
    The federal government ultimately determines who or what is a federal protected class group, and federal protected class groups are colloquially referred to as minorities or diversity by broadcast media mavens.

    Feminist are a federal protected class group too and feminist are obviously not a numerical minority, although you wouldn't know that fact by listening to broadcast media freaks.

    Twins or left handed people or an albino might be included in a federal protected class group if they are also disabled or queer or any of the other protected class group identities recognized by the federal government.

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies are a de facto arbiter of what groups require government protection from Nazi or white supremacist oppression.

    Powerful Jewish lobbies originally created and nurtured the ideology of federal protected classes and federal protected class groups.

    Feminists certainly are a numerical minority. You’re thinking of females, who are by no means all feminist.

    Pretty ones, for instance, usually aren’t.

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  111. @Jim Don Bob
    I was hoping demisexual meant sex with Demi Moore who used to be quite hot.

    https://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=381534

    Yes, back in the 80′s Demi Moore was very, very attractive. A real sex symbol. Then she married a man that many women considered to be a hot sex symbol, Bruce Willis. And somehow these two beautiful people produced several unattractive daughters. Very strange.

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    The trick for producing beautiful daughters is to pair up a pretty but not strikingly beautiful woman with an ugly man.
    , @snorlax
    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents' looks. (He now goes by "Duncan Jones" — can't blame him).

    https://i.imgur.com/lDBWcFz.jpg

    plus

    https://i.imgur.com/GifkTJw.jpg

    equals

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg/640px-Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg
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  112. Iberiano [AKA "goshdarnit"] says:

    I have two “White Male” friends at work who have used the mystical LGBTQ category to file EEO complaints, because as they noted, who is to say what is “gay”, or what a “gay person looks like, “or “what gay or bi activity is” ??? They openly dare anyone in management to question their LGBTQ status, because, like being Hispanic, Catholic, or strawberry blond (for that matter), no one can precisely define it, or what constitutes BEING that status, and everyone fears trying to in the event they prove a stereotype or accidentally exclude someone everyone else considers part of that group. \

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  113. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Twins, left handed people, and albinos are not strictly federal protected class group identities because powerful Jewish lobbies
     
    Joos - is there ANYTHING they can't do? They cause the milk in your fridge to go sour, your dog to turn nasty. They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.

    Joos – is there ANYTHING they can’t do? They cause the milk in your fridge to go sour, your dog to turn nasty. They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.

    They can even have their own ethnic lobbies and a hugely outsized role in the media, while having absolutely no impact on our society or national discourse!

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    They can even have their own ethnic lobbies and a hugely outsized role in the media, while having absolutely no impact on our society or national discourse!
     
    = They too are a mere construct.

    (Full Circle Sigh).

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  114. ” I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow. ”

    I’m going to troll lefty websites by pasting this resume into the comments of their articles just to see what kind of replies I get.

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    ” I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow. ”
     
    And I'm never, never sick at sea!
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  115. Right-leaning Hispanic sci-fi author Jon Delarroz offers “Insensitivity Reader Services” http://delarroz.com/?page_id=1387

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  116. @Rosamond Vincy
    Sadly, that stuff isn't even good trash.
    Look at the bodice-rippers from the '80s. Plenty of shredded chemises, but they actually had PLOTS. There'd usually be a setting at the court of Louis XV or the heroine would be abducted by pirates or become part of the Jacobite movement, and in the really fun ones, ALL of that would happen.
    You might have fact-checkers to make sure that the bodice being busted was correctly cut for the time or that Queen so-and-so wasn't already dead, but sometimes they didn't bother. I remember giving up on one Saxon kidnapped-maiden novel when the antihero invited her to watch him spar with staves or something with the words, "Do you want to watch me and Sven work out?"
    They certainly did NOT have sensitivity readers or Trigger Warnings about unequal relationships or stereotyped Apache warriors doing the corset clutching.
    Of course, your comment on voting patterns holds true. Bodice-rippers were read by the women who put Ronald Reagan in office (and on the sly, their daughters). There is no way in hell these women supported hypocrite Hillary.

    Anne Rice, aka Anne Rampling, aka A. N. Roquelaure, wrote some pretty good trash, especially The Sleeping Beauty Quartet. She said she wanted “to create a book where you didn’t have to mark the hot pages” and she certainly succeeded.
    She definitely doesn’t like the maiden aunt, prig censorship sweeping over publishing these days:
    “There are forces at work in the book world that want to control fiction writing in terms of who ‘has a right’ to write about what,” Rice said. “Some even advocate the out and out censorship of older works using words we now deem wholly unacceptable. Some are critical of novels involving rape. Some argue that white novelists have no right to write about people of color; and Christians should not write novels involving Jews or topics involving Jews.
    “I think all this is dangerous. I think we have to stand up for the freedom of fiction writers to write what they want to write, no matter how offensive it might be to someone else. We must stand up for fiction as a place where transgressive behavior and ideas can be explored … internet campaigns to destroy authors accused of inappropriate subject matter or attitudes are dangerous to us all.”

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    Eventually, this would mean no fiction at all, unless your characters are ALL the same age/race/gender identification/sexual orientation blah blah. You couldn't have an omniscient narrator presenting the thoughts of the heroine and the hero, because "how would he/she know?" unless of course ALL authors were gender fluid no that's wrong non gender conventional whatevuh, but if they were ALL non gender conventional then it would be pretty conventional after all, wouldn't it?

    Think about it. No Fitzgeralds creating shallow Daisy Buchanans; no Emily Brontes creating psychopathic Heathcliffs; and of course no Shakespeares with his many famous and infamous couples.
    Wonder what they'd make of Byron, who apparently leaned in any number of directions--including his sister--but of course, they don't read dead white males anymore.
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  117. I always thought the reason that a left-handed catcher is a rarity is because his throwing arm is blocked by the right-handed batter’s box, making a pick-off throw to second problematic.

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  118. Perhaps somebody should alert the spouse of this “not-quite widow?” Or would he/she/ze reply, “The sooner I am put out of my misery, the better”?

    Wrong half of the couple.

    I read this stuff and think, “let’s help these poor souls escape their mortal coil”.

    It could be ceremonious like the carousel in Logan’s Run–give them lots of preening potential for their suffering. Or just have chambers where they get a drug induced “trip” full of SJW kumbaya singing, utopian fantasy on the way out. We could laud those who take this option for their “emotional bravery” and fawn all over them to encourage all the others.

    Seriously, these people are so oppressed and burdened and “laboring” far too hard. Let’s provide them relief. (Then the rest of us who just want to raise our families and enjoy life a bit can get on with it … without them!)

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  119. @El Dato
    Even "1984" didn't feature a Thought Police Fund Drive.

    A novel idea.

    Blue-haired body-heavy multigender multicultural multimigrationist multisurvivor emotionally curdled polysexual bipolar transmigratory twitter persons with bleu checkmarks showing up at your door, rudely demanding money. Or else.

    The body odor must be frightening.

    Yeah, I’m smelling it right now.

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  120. It seems that “sensitivity readers” seek to augment their poly-disability Government checks with prospective authors’ cash payments for their censorship “service” – cash that they don’t have to declared on their income tax returns, so they can do their part in the Cloward-Pliven strategy to “stick it to The Man.”

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  121. @Tiny Duck
    You try to write a book idiot

    Oh that's right you can't because your privileged entities ass has no talent

    I once saw Privileged Entities Ass open for Bad Brains in Asheville, North Carolina.

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  122. @Jack Hanson
    Woo, I wondered what happened to all those 'authors' pushing their Twilight/Hunger Game knock off novels.

    You have no idea how converged literature, especially the young adult section, has become. These "sensitivity readers" are 100% up their own ass with their own self importance because they can't write a book anyone wants to read. These are the people on writing forums looking for any reason to take offense, and then absolutely lose their minds and call their other proto catladies into the fray.

    Hell, five years ago there were a number of editors who demanded you list your social media accounts so they could make sure you weren't "controversial", which we all know means a badthinker. I can't imagine how much worst it has gotten, but money talks, as they say.

    Also five years ago publishing houses were still riding high on the Hunger Games and Twilight. You would not believe how many girls were out there pushing paranormal romance manuscripts. Here's the kicker tho - a lot of those gatekeepers (agents, junior editors, etc)? They came from fan fiction forums, and they pushed their friends who also came from fan fiction forums. So when you dig into the history of a lot of these manuscripts, you find out stuff like 50 Shades of Grey was originally a Twilight fanfic.

    So yes, publishing is literally controlled by fat Hillary voters.

    I was thinking of doing a young-adult novel. I already have a story worked out.

    The protagonist, Paul Greenberg, is a 16-year-old, 85-pound, 5’2″ Jew with a 164 IQ. He is mercilessly bullied by his older sister’s boyfriend – Haven Monahan, the homophobic, anti-Semitic captain of the Goyischeville High School football team.

    (A typical Monahanic quip: “Why do I bully you, Paul? Because I grew up watching The Price Is Right. I always heed Bob Barker’s immortal advice: ‘Help control the p***y population. Have the f*****s spayed or neutered.’” Another: “My girlfriend is a k**e, but at least she’s not a d**e. And everyone knows that ‘k**e’ and ‘d**e’ are hardly mutually exclusive.”)

    The book is written in the form of a diary, with Paul’s sadistic revenge fantasies interspersed throughout.

    In the end, Paul hatches an elaborate scheme to kill Haven by poisoning his protein shake. (The poison will induce a heart attack, which everyone will blame on Haven’s steroid abuse.)

    But the plan goes awry when Linda Belcher, a grotesquely-obese, freakishly-hairy, horrendously-acne-ridden girl with an unrequited crush on Paul, catches him in the act. The price for her silence? A long, sweaty night of passion. If Paul refuses, she will send Haven video footage of Paul sneaking into his house.

    Will Paul debase himself by bedding Belcher? Or will be submit to the beating-to-a-bloody-pulp he is certain to receive from Haven and his jock buddies if they find out what he did?

    Find out in the exciting conclusion to … Duary of a Wimpy Yid!

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    Here, I'll go ahead and finish it. Let's give the sensitivity readers something to moan about:

    One day, at lunch, Linda gives Paul an ultimatum - either he will assent to sleep with her then and there, or she will walk right over to Haven and show him the video.

    Trembling, Paul tells her, "Do whatever you want."

    As she waddles over to the jock table, Paul decides that the only honorable way out of his dilemma is to commit suicide. He runs to the front of the cafeteria line - rudely butting ahead of everyone else - and orders a strawberry-banana protein shake. (In his haste to pay for the shake, he neglects to collect the two pennies he is owed in change. In any other situation, such a lapse in financial judgment would be unthinkable.)

    Paul runs back to his table, grabs a packet of poison out of his pocket, sprinkles the poison on top of the smoothie, and screams, at the top of his lungs, "Haven Monahan, my blood is on your hands! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!" Then he opens his mouth as wide as it will go and pours the entire shake down his throat, swallowing all of it in one fell swoop.

    As he feels the poison entering his veins, he blacks out. A tremendous flash of light swallows him whole.

    He awakens to find himself lying on the floor of a barracks building in Auschwitz, with his grandfather standing over him. Zaddie grabs Paul by the collar and yells: "On your feet, schmuck! Don't make me regret the fact that Sophie chose your daddy!"

    The grandfather takes Paul on a tour of the camp. The two watch silently as Jerry Lewis, dressed in a clown costume, leads a group of children into the gas chamber.

    "Take a look around you," the grandfather says. "This is the apex of Jewish suffering. This is the nadir of goyishe savagery. You must live so that you can take revenge on the goyim - all of them, everywhere. That is your lot in life. You, and all the other Jewish boys, are the instrument of Yiddish vengeance. Never forget what they have done to us, and what we must do to *them*. Go back, and remember."

    "But I can't go back! Haven Monahan is going to beat me to a bloody pulp!"

    "Fight him like a man."

    "He's 6'5" and weighs 250 pounds! He could kill me with one punch! He could bench-press me with one finger!"

    "All right, so he might beat you up. If he does, sue him for all he's got. Sue his friends. Sue the school system. Sue the town. Hound the superintendent. Stalk the mayor. Use the media. Leech as much from Goyischeville as you can. Take your case all the way to the Supreme Court. Be sure to document all of your injuries. Try to look pathetic for the cameras."

    "But Zaddie, I'm gonna die!"

    "If you're gonna die, at least go out like a Jew. Give your parents a solid case to litigate."

    "But Zaddie..."

    "Enough. It's time for you to go."

    Another flash of light ... and Paul finds himself lying on the hard asphalt of the student parking lot. Groggily, he starts to get up. Leaning on his arm, he takes a quick look around and sees that the parking lot seems to be deserted. Everyone seems to have gone home for the long holiday weekend.

    "Oh, thank God," he says. "I'm alive. It feels good to be alive."

    Haven Monahan and four of his best friends - the five burliest jocks in the school - walk up to him. They glare down at him. One of them is holding a baseball bat.

    "Oh, s**t," Paul says. "I'm dead."

    Haven and his buds beat Paul to a bloody pulp. After they're done, Linda comes over to him.

    "It didn't have to be this way," she says. "You didn't have to go through this. You brought all of this on yourself."

    Linda grabs Paul's skinny ankles with her thick, hairy hands and begins dragging him bodily. (Gallons of rancid sweat are already pouring down her greasy skin.)

    Through his broken teeth, Paul gurgles something unintelligible.

    "Don't try to talk," Linda says, as she hoists Paul into the trunk of her car. "I'm gonna take good care of you. I have all the necessary medical equipment, including a healthy supply of morphine. Your parents will be gone all weekend, right? Well, it won't matter if they come home early. I'm taking you to a special place that nobody knows about. It's deep in the woods. It should take us about an hour to get there."

    As she closes the trunk, Paul starts to lose consciousness.

    In the murky twilight zone between wakefulness and slumber, Paul hears Zaddie speaking to him from beyond the grave: "Sue the f*****s, Paul. Litigation is the salvation of the Jewish people. Trust in the law - the sacred code and its infinite permutations."

    "Don't worry, Zaddie," Paul mutters. "I'll call my lawyer as soon as I find my phone. I think Haven Monahan might have taken it. I'm pretty sure he also took my wallet and my car keys."

    "And Paul?"

    "Yes, Zaddie?"

    "How could you have screwed this up so badly? I mean, couldn't you have found a poison that actually worked? Couldn't you have avoided getting caught? You're an embarrassment to our family. I doubt the Mossad will ever try to recruit the likes of you."

    "I..."

    "Never mind. Just remember that Linda is right. You brought all of this on yourself."

    Paul is about to protest, but then everything fades to black. Whether he ever wakes up again, we shall never know.

    No hugging, no learning.
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  123. …Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome…

    In my experience, all the crazy women who are intelligent/educated enough to know about this condition’s existence, claim to have it. I wonder, does having this condition help drive them crazy, or is this a condition that disproportionately afflicts the crazy? Or is something else going on ie., they’re all “self-diagnosed“, meaning they don’t actually freakin’ have the condition at all, but merely enjoy saying so? I’m not sure.

    It is a fertility issue, however, and it’s been suggested that a large portion of women who don’t have offspring, essentially go insane. They have one job, and if they fail at it, the programming for what they are the supposed to do with the rest of their barren lives, was never written into their DNA.

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  124. @Not Raul
    >> Are these people vetted? <<

    I doubt that the vetting they get would even pass muster in the sperm sales to lesbians industry.

    Funnily enough, we’re all Surviving Womb Swimmers, so not just surviving twins get that extra recognition. Now raise a glass to all of those little swimmers who didn’t reach the target, as we all feel that collective sense of loss. Meanwhile, back to the game, or is that culturally insensitive?

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  125. @Daniel Williams
    Equal likely: the bitch can't count.

    In a nod to Steve’s companion column about societies: That dog won’t hunt!

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  126. @Paco Wové
    ...what makes a great book?

    ...her second novel... about twin sisters navigating the shoals of high school romance...

    E.g, not a great book.

    “Twins, Max, imagine the possibilities.”
    “Fook Mi, and my twin sister Fook Yu.”

    Slim chance of any such theme nowadays.

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  127. @Whiskey
    Feminization via feminazis proceeds apace

    As funny as this SJW nincompoopery can be, many have found it possible to live life without the slightest awareness of it, or their unconscious “biases.”

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  128. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Political correctness is just organized anti white hatred.

    If “diversity” is such a gift, why are self-proclaimed “diversity advocates” not prioritizing this blessing to places that have much less of it, like Africa or Asia?

    Diversity only means taking things that are white and making them non white

    Open borders is the real white so-called ‘privilege’.

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  129. ” I am a biracial, white-passing queer Latina (3rd-gen. Mexican American) who grew up in a wealthy, majority-white suburb while living below the poverty line. I have bipolar/generalized anxiety/depression diagnoses and related psychiatric hospitalization as well as PTSD related to religious trauma. I come from a fundamentalist evangelical Christian background that I have since left. I am especially interested in the intersection of mental health and religion as it relates to gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. ”

    Now those are the characteristics of someone whose judgement I’d instinctively trust.

    What a Piece Of Crap (poc)

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  130. This is just the publishing industry destroying itself. The publishing industry is two Ivy League educated homosexuals arguing, at an end table once owned by Cleopatra, over exactly what an actual negro thinks about something. This is the same industry that told cop and Afghanistan vet Chris Hernandez that his novels weren’t realistic enough and that he needed to write more like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher superhero-novels.

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  131. @anon
    Joos – is there ANYTHING they can’t do? They cause the milk in your fridge to go sour, your dog to turn nasty. They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.

    They can even have their own ethnic lobbies and a hugely outsized role in the media, while having absolutely no impact on our society or national discourse!

    They can even have their own ethnic lobbies and a hugely outsized role in the media, while having absolutely no impact on our society or national discourse!

    = They too are a mere construct.

    (Full Circle Sigh).

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  132. @anon

    assigned female at birth,
     

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
     
    I don't know how those doctors do it, but you have to hand it to them. Their assignments are spot-on sometimes.

    What methodology do “they” use in their assignments?

    Coin Toss?
    Purely Alternatives?
    Rock, Paper, Scissors ?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

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  133. @guest
    Who wants that read satire about things so obviously ridiculous? It's like beating up on a cripple. You may laugh at them, rightly, but sadness and pity are reactions just as appropriate.

    Is it part of their strategy to be below satire? Hmm.

    I never pity idiots and scoundrels.

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  134. @40 Acres and A Kardashian
    Yes, back in the 80's Demi Moore was very, very attractive. A real sex symbol. Then she married a man that many women considered to be a hot sex symbol, Bruce Willis. And somehow these two beautiful people produced several unattractive daughters. Very strange.

    The trick for producing beautiful daughters is to pair up a pretty but not strikingly beautiful woman with an ugly man.

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  135. I’m Justina Ireland, and boy are my arms tired.

    …from swimming from Africa.

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  136. @Jon

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?

    As a recent survivor of online dating in a SWPL metropolis, I can confirm that it is the height of fashion to have a battery of specific terms for one’s proclivities. It allows each person, don’t call them a hero, unless you really want to, I can’t stop you, to partake in the glory of victimhood.

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  137. @anon

    assigned female at birth,
     

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
     
    I don't know how those doctors do it, but you have to hand it to them. Their assignments are spot-on sometimes.

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    I don’t know how those doctors do it, but you have to hand it to them. Their assignments are spot-on sometimes.

    She may or may not really have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but I don’t think there’s much doubt her ‘not-quite’ husband suffered(s?) from Cerulean Testicular Syndrome, and that’s likely all the better for him.

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  138. @Alden
    So noetisexual means you enjoy talking with someone.

    So I guess that we at UNZ are all noetisexuals.

    I prefer not to set my sexuality in stone, so I can aleays migrate to a more fashionable cluster if implications if need be.

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    Flexibility is the secret of success. Like the classic Q&A

    “Are you married?”

    “Not in this town.”
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  139. @Antlitz Grollheim
    I prefer not to set my sexuality in stone, so I can aleays migrate to a more fashionable cluster if implications if need be.

    Flexibility is the secret of success. Like the classic Q&A

    “Are you married?”

    “Not in this town.”

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  140. @AndrewR
    A good author consults with people who know more about a topic that the author is writing about. Of course this isn't limited to SJW IDPol stuff. If I were writing a novel about train hopping I would consult with a train hopper. If I wrote about anesthesiology I'd consult with an anesthesiologist.

    If I were writing a novel about train hopping I would consult with a train hopper. If I wrote about anesthesiology I’d consult with an anesthesiologist.

    And if you were writing a fantasy novel about unicorns you’d consult with a unicorn, and if you were writing a ghost story you’d consult with a ghost. Of course you wouldn’t, because anesthesiologists actually exist while unicorns (like noetisexuals) are imaginary creatures.

    There’s also a second point I’d make. Let’s say you were writing a murder mystery about an anesthesiologist who murders his patients. You would consult with an anesthesiologist to find out more about anesthesiology but if the anesthesiologist told you your book was offensive to anesthesiologists you’d ignore him.

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    I would concern myself with the truth. If people are offended because you've written falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it's like to be gay/trans/black, etc, you should retract what you've written. If someone is offended because you have mentioned inconvenient truths about their group that they would prefer outsiders not know about, you should laugh at them. Of course most cases would involve grey areas. "What it's like to be gay" can mean an infinite number of things, because all gay people are individuals who experience their homosexuality in different ways.
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  141. @Alden
    Probably not. How can anyone person have so many mental problems?

    It’s probably a scam.

    Probably not. How can anyone person have so many mental problems?

    She’s allowed to have as many mental problems as she wants! Stop oppressing her. It’s a woman’s right to choose.

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  142. John Hinderaker, at the very mainstream Power Line blog, is featuring this iSteve post: LINK

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  143. Yo, Steve!

    You got picked up by Powerline (http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/the-volunteer-auxiliary-thought-police.php?) who got picked up in turn by Instapundit (https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/284830/)

    Volunteer Auxiliary Thought Police just might be a meme!

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  144. @Whoever
    Anne Rice, aka Anne Rampling, aka A. N. Roquelaure, wrote some pretty good trash, especially The Sleeping Beauty Quartet. She said she wanted "to create a book where you didn't have to mark the hot pages" and she certainly succeeded.
    She definitely doesn't like the maiden aunt, prig censorship sweeping over publishing these days:
    “There are forces at work in the book world that want to control fiction writing in terms of who ‘has a right’ to write about what,” Rice said. “Some even advocate the out and out censorship of older works using words we now deem wholly unacceptable. Some are critical of novels involving rape. Some argue that white novelists have no right to write about people of color; and Christians should not write novels involving Jews or topics involving Jews.
    “I think all this is dangerous. I think we have to stand up for the freedom of fiction writers to write what they want to write, no matter how offensive it might be to someone else. We must stand up for fiction as a place where transgressive behavior and ideas can be explored … internet campaigns to destroy authors accused of inappropriate subject matter or attitudes are dangerous to us all.”

    Eventually, this would mean no fiction at all, unless your characters are ALL the same age/race/gender identification/sexual orientation blah blah. You couldn’t have an omniscient narrator presenting the thoughts of the heroine and the hero, because “how would he/she know?” unless of course ALL authors were gender fluid no that’s wrong non gender conventional whatevuh, but if they were ALL non gender conventional then it would be pretty conventional after all, wouldn’t it?

    Think about it. No Fitzgeralds creating shallow Daisy Buchanans; no Emily Brontes creating psychopathic Heathcliffs; and of course no Shakespeares with his many famous and infamous couples.
    Wonder what they’d make of Byron, who apparently leaned in any number of directions–including his sister–but of course, they don’t read dead white males anymore.

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  145. I was going through the database and noticed someone who has experience with “agoraphobia”. Quaint to see a phobia that isn’t about identity…

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    “agoraphobia”. The fear of long haired rabbits.
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  146. @The True and Original David
    Who says a liberal arts education is ineffectual?

    Read the gibberish of those self-appointed censors. THAT is what many kids are learning at university. They are going many thousands of dollars into debt to learn it.

    Clearly, the liberal class's aim of universal college enrollment has scraped the bottom. Not everyone is college material. Some (many) people, such as those would-be Bowdlers, are natural hewers of wood and carriers of water. Sending such people to college is educating them above their station. Hell, sending them to high school is probably educating them above their station.

    You can't turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.

    But you can make a fortune loaning money to support the illusion that it can be done.

    Charles Murray speculated that maybe only two percent of the population needed a liberal arts education–everyone else should focus on vocational training, where proficiency would be demonstrated with a passing grade on a certification exam.

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    Mencken said that every great brain has a hole in it. Murray, one of the best and most accomplished intellectuals in modern American history, has a bête noire in Trump.

    POTUS 45 is to Murray almost like the words "Niagra Falls" are to the crazy character in the classic comedy sketch beloved of Moe Howard, for one. "Niagra Falls! Slowly I turned..."

    Justin Raimondo coined the term "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

    Murray recently tweeted that he is no longer following politics (more or less). A form of self-medication which tends to be significantly neglected/underrated.

    , @dfordoom

    Charles Murray speculated that maybe only two percent of the population needed a liberal arts education–everyone else should focus on vocational training, where proficiency would be demonstrated with a passing grade on a certification exam.

     

    Sounds sensible.

    Too much education is a lot more dangerous than too little.
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  147. https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/284830/

    This post was picked up by powerlineblog and linked by a coblogger at instapundit.

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  148. @Corn
    Noetisexual? Demisexual?

    What?

    Per google, which must know: “A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone.”

    Never mind “A person” being “they” without having to be one of partially reabsorbed twins; if you want full relationships instead of hookups, you’re only HALF sexual.

    What a thing to teach young women! And then wonder why their “self-esteem” is so fragile that they need Trigger Warnings instead of Mad Money and a hatpin, like Great-Grandma.

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  149. I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow.

    Jesus F. Christ…

    Somewhere out there in the netherworld, Washington and Jefferson are thinking, “We fought a revolution for THIS???”

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  150. @Mitchell Porter
    I was going through the database and noticed someone who has experience with "agoraphobia". Quaint to see a phobia that isn't about identity...

    “agoraphobia”. The fear of long haired rabbits.

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  151. Makes one wonder how “Confederacy of Dunces” could ever get by the censors today. The black guy was quite a character. Just about everyone in the novel would upset some people.

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  152. @El Dato

    womb twin survivor
     
    This is when it turns out there were two fertilized eggs in the womb but they later grew together to form a single body / single brain. This yields interesting immunitary systems I hear:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_twin

    Inb4 christian fanatics arrest the baby for murder.

    I was apparently a case of this. Learning that fact a few years ago didn’t scar me for life, but then my twin couldn’t be reached for comment.

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  153. autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist…

    Wow, so many qualifications! Reads like a resume (which is sorta what it is).

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  154. @Anon
    Bloody hell. I wish North Korea and Iran would just nuke us.

    My immediatee response to this was, “Take me now, Lord, just take me now”. A Nork nuke is probably a better option.

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  155. @40 Acres and A Kardashian
    Yes, back in the 80's Demi Moore was very, very attractive. A real sex symbol. Then she married a man that many women considered to be a hot sex symbol, Bruce Willis. And somehow these two beautiful people produced several unattractive daughters. Very strange.

    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks. (He now goes by “Duncan Jones” — can’t blame him).

    plus

    equals

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    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks. (He now goes by “Duncan Jones” — can’t blame him).
     
    Not hardly. Duncan Jones got a much better spin of the genetic wheel than the Willis girls did. He may not look like Dad or Mom, but he's not ugly. He needs to lose a few pounds, but he's at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he'd probably be above average.

    The Willis daughters are just plain unattractive. There's a reason Perez Hilton used to call one of them Mr. Potato Head.

    , @BB753
    It's not as if his mother was a beauty queen!
    , @Karl
    155 snorlax > Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks


    both parents, being in show biz, likely had a few "nips & tucks"

    Just the basic beginner's reduction-rhinoplasty would get the kid 60% of the way there.

    Find me some pictures of David Bowie as a pre-mney, struggling young man. Compare to now.
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  156. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “They are responsible for global warming AND global cooling.”

    No, no, Jews are not responsible for both global warming and cooling. They are responsible for making sure we know that whatever happens, hot or cold, they were merely trying to save us poor illiterates from our horrid fate. But, as you might expect, we are so evil that their selfless work is never done.

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  157. Even sci-fi magazins are taken over. Consider “Strange Horizons”.

    They have four editors:

    Vajra Chandrasekera – a transgender Sri Lankan

    Lila Garrott – “They live in Somerville, MA, with one spouse and two cats.”

    Catherine Krahe – “plans to save the world by telling stories and planting trees.”

    An Owomoyela – “a ‘neutrois’ author”- “Se graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2008 and attended the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop in 2011, and is in a constant state of learning and revising ser understanding of the world”.

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  158. Eczema?! My wife gets eczema every winter. And she too was assigned female at birth! Talk about your intersectionality!

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    It's different for everyone, but I have had good results with cocoa butter and with beeswax blended with almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
    (Also assigned-female with winter eczema--think of the odds!)
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  159. @Cato
    Charles Murray speculated that maybe only two percent of the population needed a liberal arts education--everyone else should focus on vocational training, where proficiency would be demonstrated with a passing grade on a certification exam.

    Mencken said that every great brain has a hole in it. Murray, one of the best and most accomplished intellectuals in modern American history, has a bête noire in Trump.

    POTUS 45 is to Murray almost like the words “Niagra Falls” are to the crazy character in the classic comedy sketch beloved of Moe Howard, for one. “Niagra Falls! Slowly I turned…”

    Justin Raimondo coined the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

    Murray recently tweeted that he is no longer following politics (more or less). A form of self-medication which tends to be significantly neglected/underrated.

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    Gavin McInnes has remarked on how wierd that is considering that the cultural separation and unobserved disaffection of the white working class is Murray's specialty: he's the one guy who should've seen Trump coming and welcomed him.
    I have observed this also, but with the concusions that:
    *Murray's twitter feed, anti-Trump straw dog sacrifices aside, is objectively fascinating, and the easiest way for mudheads to pretend they are intellectuals. He links every study and graph he finds notable, and that which Charles Murray finds to be notable is noteworthy indeed. So tolerate his grumblings.
    *Murray's cases for things are intellectually serious and rigorously sourced. His case against Trump is OMG SO GROANS AM I RIGHT YOU GUYZZZ? An interesting disparity.
    *Consider where Murray lives and works and who he works with. I have come to see his Trump derangement as patterned blinking.
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  160. @snorlax
    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents' looks. (He now goes by "Duncan Jones" — can't blame him).

    https://i.imgur.com/lDBWcFz.jpg

    plus

    https://i.imgur.com/GifkTJw.jpg

    equals

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg/640px-Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg

    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks. (He now goes by “Duncan Jones” — can’t blame him).

    Not hardly. Duncan Jones got a much better spin of the genetic wheel than the Willis girls did. He may not look like Dad or Mom, but he’s not ugly. He needs to lose a few pounds, but he’s at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he’d probably be above average.

    The Willis daughters are just plain unattractive. There’s a reason Perez Hilton used to call one of them Mr. Potato Head.

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    He isn't fat, he just has one of those physiognomies where you always look fat even though you aren't:

    https://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/duncan-jones-david-bowie.jpg

    Agreed that the Willis girls are pretty tragic though; I hadn't looked them up before replying. I think there's still a case to be made Zowie has it worse; it at least "makes sense" that Bruce Willis's daughters share his jawline, much less so that David Bowie's son is generically ugly. And it's much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.

    http://surgerypic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Rumer-Willis-Plastic-Surgery.jpg
    , @Anon

    He needs to lose a few pounds, but he’s at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he’d probably be above average.
     
    He's so rich, he doesn't give a shit.
    , @Bill Jones
    You need more Americans. They warm everywhere up.
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  161. @Logical Meme
    Whoa... Best sentence of 2018 so far: “I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual.”

    Does just being a ‘wanker’ count ?

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  162. @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks. (He now goes by “Duncan Jones” — can’t blame him).
     
    Not hardly. Duncan Jones got a much better spin of the genetic wheel than the Willis girls did. He may not look like Dad or Mom, but he's not ugly. He needs to lose a few pounds, but he's at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he'd probably be above average.

    The Willis daughters are just plain unattractive. There's a reason Perez Hilton used to call one of them Mr. Potato Head.

    He isn’t fat, he just has one of those physiognomies where you always look fat even though you aren’t:

    Agreed that the Willis girls are pretty tragic though; I hadn’t looked them up before replying. I think there’s still a case to be made Zowie has it worse; it at least “makes sense” that Bruce Willis’s daughters share his jawline, much less so that David Bowie’s son is generically ugly. And it’s much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.

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    Again, he's not "ugly", "generically" or otherwise. He's an average looking guy. Calling him ugly is crazy.

    Meanwhile, the Willis girls are downright unattractive.

    And even if he really could be classified as ugly, he'd still be far better off than Rumer and Scout, because looks are far more important to a woman's success in life than they are to a man. Looks are just one of the things women are attracted to in a man, and they're not the most important thing, and without looks, many men can still get women. For men, it's the other way around - looks in a woman are the main attraction factor by far. Yes, if the woman's a crazy bitch, that can override the beauty. But without good looks a woman doesn't stand a chance of landing a decent guy.

    , @snorlax
    Also, while Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have both aged very well, their daughters won't have to deal with being in their 40's while their ageless parent is still considered an international sex symbol.
    , @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    And it’s much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.
     
    Duncan Jones is generically ugly, but Rumer Willis's surgeon corrected her problem and made her attractive? LOLOLOL

    The surgeon may have operated on Rumer's jawline, but "corrected"? She's still quite ill-favored. Many say the surgery left her face crooked and she looked better before. And it's not just the jawline that makes her unattractive.
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  163. I predict that this whole thing lasts until an author or publisher who hired a sensitivity reader confronts a meaningful level of criticism about something that the sensitivity reader didn’t warn them about. Which, since standards change every day, will not take long.

    At that point, the author and/or publisher will sue the sensitivity reader(s) for thousands or millions of dollars for lost sales and reputational damage, and make it clear that hiring such did them no good.

    … suddenly there will be no more sensitivity readers and likely no market for them, either.

    Which will be great.

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  164. @Cato
    Charles Murray speculated that maybe only two percent of the population needed a liberal arts education--everyone else should focus on vocational training, where proficiency would be demonstrated with a passing grade on a certification exam.

    Charles Murray speculated that maybe only two percent of the population needed a liberal arts education–everyone else should focus on vocational training, where proficiency would be demonstrated with a passing grade on a certification exam.

    Sounds sensible.

    Too much education is a lot more dangerous than too little.

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  165. @william munny
    Unlike most of this nonsense, being a lefty has a real and sometimes negative impact on your navigation of the everyday world. But lefties choose to see themselves as superior and special. Baseball is an easy example, and lefty catcher in particular. Our league had one lefty catcher's mitt. Unless you paid for your own, you had no chance to catch if you were a lefty. If you forgot your regular glove, you probably didn't play. But you have a better chance to pitch and an easier time hitting. More commonly, guns, desks, scissors, doorknobs, writing, driving, and no one wanting to sit next to you at dinner are things that bother you every day. It is 10% of the population, but still no one has had success with Ned Flanders's Leftorium. Lefties choose to adapt and overcome. If only these other idiots would do the same.

    I’m left-handed, so I think left-handedness is interesting.

    The only things that have been annoying to me are the scissors and the dining. I tend to be proactive on the dining seating, taking the left end of a table when possible and scissors just aren’t a big part of my life.

    When I was 13 or so, me and about 4 friends, all right-handed, took a hike along a rocky creek where we did a lot of stone skipping and throwing. It was supremely obvious that I could throw rocks where they couldn’t and vice versa.

    At that point, I understood why humans have left-handedness. We come in handy – heh heh – occasionally. In the meantime, everyone tolerates us just fine and considers us a little special too.

    All that stuff some years ago about left-handers having way high mortality was all fake news, it turned out too.

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    How old are you? I've heard that, back in the good old days, they used to beat the right-handedness into lefty kids.
    , @Corn
    Lefty trivia too. Violent societies tend to have more southpaws then orderly, peaceful ones.
    First World nations usually have 10-12% left handed populations. Constantly warring and sparring hunter-gatherer or hoe farming bands are often 40-50% southpaw.
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  166. @snorlax
    He isn't fat, he just has one of those physiognomies where you always look fat even though you aren't:

    https://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/duncan-jones-david-bowie.jpg

    Agreed that the Willis girls are pretty tragic though; I hadn't looked them up before replying. I think there's still a case to be made Zowie has it worse; it at least "makes sense" that Bruce Willis's daughters share his jawline, much less so that David Bowie's son is generically ugly. And it's much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.

    http://surgerypic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Rumer-Willis-Plastic-Surgery.jpg

    Again, he’s not “ugly”, “generically” or otherwise. He’s an average looking guy. Calling him ugly is crazy.

    Meanwhile, the Willis girls are downright unattractive.

    And even if he really could be classified as ugly, he’d still be far better off than Rumer and Scout, because looks are far more important to a woman’s success in life than they are to a man. Looks are just one of the things women are attracted to in a man, and they’re not the most important thing, and without looks, many men can still get women. For men, it’s the other way around – looks in a woman are the main attraction factor by far. Yes, if the woman’s a crazy bitch, that can override the beauty. But without good looks a woman doesn’t stand a chance of landing a decent guy.

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    He's fine looking. If he dressed in suits that squared up his frame he'd look a lot more manly and his head wouldn't seem so inordinately large.
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  167. @snorlax
    He isn't fat, he just has one of those physiognomies where you always look fat even though you aren't:

    https://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/duncan-jones-david-bowie.jpg

    Agreed that the Willis girls are pretty tragic though; I hadn't looked them up before replying. I think there's still a case to be made Zowie has it worse; it at least "makes sense" that Bruce Willis's daughters share his jawline, much less so that David Bowie's son is generically ugly. And it's much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.

    http://surgerypic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Rumer-Willis-Plastic-Surgery.jpg

    Also, while Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have both aged very well, their daughters won’t have to deal with being in their 40′s while their ageless parent is still considered an international sex symbol.

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  168. @snorlax
    He isn't fat, he just has one of those physiognomies where you always look fat even though you aren't:

    https://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/duncan-jones-david-bowie.jpg

    Agreed that the Willis girls are pretty tragic though; I hadn't looked them up before replying. I think there's still a case to be made Zowie has it worse; it at least "makes sense" that Bruce Willis's daughters share his jawline, much less so that David Bowie's son is generically ugly. And it's much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.

    http://surgerypic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Rumer-Willis-Plastic-Surgery.jpg

    And it’s much harder to correct generic ugliness with plastic surgery than a jawline, as at least one Willis girl has done.

    Duncan Jones is generically ugly, but Rumer Willis’s surgeon corrected her problem and made her attractive? LOLOLOL

    The surgeon may have operated on Rumer’s jawline, but “corrected”? She’s still quite ill-favored. Many say the surgery left her face crooked and she looked better before. And it’s not just the jawline that makes her unattractive.

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  169. @Jack Hanson
    You have to realise this is encouraged by the gatekeepers in the industry, the junior agents and editors who used to post their stuff on the Buffyverse Fan fiction Forum. Hell, back in 2012 you had editors demanding your social media accounts so they could "screen you for controversy" (badthink).

    Remember that 50 Shades of Grey started life as Twilight Fan fiction, which is a not uncommon story (the Mortal Instruments started as Harry Potter Fan fiction). Its all proto catladies/Hillary voters pushing the schlock of their fellows, and so anyone from outside the circle faces extreme vetting.

    Indie pub is doing well and you can write unpc and still make bank.

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  170. Either hired by individual authors or by publishing houses, sensitivity readers . . . .

    How ’bout spending your money on an editor to spare yourself the embarrassment of non-parallelism?

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  171. @The True and Original David
    Mencken said that every great brain has a hole in it. Murray, one of the best and most accomplished intellectuals in modern American history, has a bête noire in Trump.

    POTUS 45 is to Murray almost like the words "Niagra Falls" are to the crazy character in the classic comedy sketch beloved of Moe Howard, for one. "Niagra Falls! Slowly I turned..."

    Justin Raimondo coined the term "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

    Murray recently tweeted that he is no longer following politics (more or less). A form of self-medication which tends to be significantly neglected/underrated.

    Gavin McInnes has remarked on how wierd that is considering that the cultural separation and unobserved disaffection of the white working class is Murray’s specialty: he’s the one guy who should’ve seen Trump coming and welcomed him.
    I have observed this also, but with the concusions that:
    *Murray’s twitter feed, anti-Trump straw dog sacrifices aside, is objectively fascinating, and the easiest way for mudheads to pretend they are intellectuals. He links every study and graph he finds notable, and that which Charles Murray finds to be notable is noteworthy indeed. So tolerate his grumblings.
    *Murray’s cases for things are intellectually serious and rigorously sourced. His case against Trump is OMG SO GROANS AM I RIGHT YOU GUYZZZ? An interesting disparity.
    *Consider where Murray lives and works and who he works with. I have come to see his Trump derangement as patterned blinking.

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    Culturally, Murray has a strong streak of middlebrow-ism (the snobbery of the social climber stratum of society). To him, Trump is "the wrong kind of white person." (Middlebrow-ism is a trait of highly assimilated Jews as well; see Cuddihy, _Ordeal of Civility_.)
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  172. @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks. (He now goes by “Duncan Jones” — can’t blame him).
     
    Not hardly. Duncan Jones got a much better spin of the genetic wheel than the Willis girls did. He may not look like Dad or Mom, but he's not ugly. He needs to lose a few pounds, but he's at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he'd probably be above average.

    The Willis daughters are just plain unattractive. There's a reason Perez Hilton used to call one of them Mr. Potato Head.

    He needs to lose a few pounds, but he’s at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he’d probably be above average.

    He’s so rich, he doesn’t give a shit.

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  173. @anonguy
    I'm left-handed, so I think left-handedness is interesting.

    The only things that have been annoying to me are the scissors and the dining. I tend to be proactive on the dining seating, taking the left end of a table when possible and scissors just aren't a big part of my life.

    When I was 13 or so, me and about 4 friends, all right-handed, took a hike along a rocky creek where we did a lot of stone skipping and throwing. It was supremely obvious that I could throw rocks where they couldn't and vice versa.

    At that point, I understood why humans have left-handedness. We come in handy - heh heh - occasionally. In the meantime, everyone tolerates us just fine and considers us a little special too.

    All that stuff some years ago about left-handers having way high mortality was all fake news, it turned out too.

    How old are you? I’ve heard that, back in the good old days, they used to beat the right-handedness into lefty kids.

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    To anyone who might care:

    I *did* write a long post spelling out the exciting (and gratuitously-nihilistic) conclusion to Diary of a Wimpy Yid, but it got spiked by Komment Kontrol.

    The short (and hopefully moderator-friendly) version: Paul goes on a hallucinatory acid trip to 1940s Poland, where he meets his grandfather; gets pummeled by Haven Monahan; and ends up stuffed, against his will, in the trunk of Linda Belcher's car.

    Suffice it to say that "no hugging, no learning" is the order of the day.

    EDIT: This comment is a reply to the wrong comment. But, in all likelihood, no one cares, so I'll leave it here.

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  174. @Stan Adams
    I was thinking of doing a young-adult novel. I already have a story worked out.

    The protagonist, Paul Greenberg, is a 16-year-old, 85-pound, 5'2" Jew with a 164 IQ. He is mercilessly bullied by his older sister's boyfriend - Haven Monahan, the homophobic, anti-Semitic captain of the Goyischeville High School football team.

    (A typical Monahanic quip: "Why do I bully you, Paul? Because I grew up watching The Price Is Right. I always heed Bob Barker's immortal advice: 'Help control the p***y population. Have the f*****s spayed or neutered.'" Another: "My girlfriend is a k**e, but at least she's not a d**e. And everyone knows that 'k**e' and 'd**e' are hardly mutually exclusive.")

    The book is written in the form of a diary, with Paul's sadistic revenge fantasies interspersed throughout.

    In the end, Paul hatches an elaborate scheme to kill Haven by poisoning his protein shake. (The poison will induce a heart attack, which everyone will blame on Haven's steroid abuse.)

    But the plan goes awry when Linda Belcher, a grotesquely-obese, freakishly-hairy, horrendously-acne-ridden girl with an unrequited crush on Paul, catches him in the act. The price for her silence? A long, sweaty night of passion. If Paul refuses, she will send Haven video footage of Paul sneaking into his house.

    Will Paul debase himself by bedding Belcher? Or will be submit to the beating-to-a-bloody-pulp he is certain to receive from Haven and his jock buddies if they find out what he did?

    Find out in the exciting conclusion to ... Duary of a Wimpy Yid!

    Here, I’ll go ahead and finish it. Let’s give the sensitivity readers something to moan about:

    One day, at lunch, Linda gives Paul an ultimatum – either he will assent to sleep with her then and there, or she will walk right over to Haven and show him the video.

    Trembling, Paul tells her, “Do whatever you want.”

    As she waddles over to the jock table, Paul decides that the only honorable way out of his dilemma is to commit suicide. He runs to the front of the cafeteria line – rudely butting ahead of everyone else – and orders a strawberry-banana protein shake. (In his haste to pay for the shake, he neglects to collect the two pennies he is owed in change. In any other situation, such a lapse in financial judgment would be unthinkable.)

    Paul runs back to his table, grabs a packet of poison out of his pocket, sprinkles the poison on top of the smoothie, and screams, at the top of his lungs, “Haven Monahan, my blood is on your hands! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!” Then he opens his mouth as wide as it will go and pours the entire shake down his throat, swallowing all of it in one fell swoop.

    As he feels the poison entering his veins, he blacks out. A tremendous flash of light swallows him whole.

    He awakens to find himself lying on the floor of a barracks building in Auschwitz, with his grandfather standing over him. Zaddie grabs Paul by the collar and yells: “On your feet, schmuck! Don’t make me regret the fact that Sophie chose your daddy!”

    The grandfather takes Paul on a tour of the camp. The two watch silently as Jerry Lewis, dressed in a clown costume, leads a group of children into the gas chamber.

    “Take a look around you,” the grandfather says. “This is the apex of Jewish suffering. This is the nadir of goyishe savagery. You must live so that you can take revenge on the goyim – all of them, everywhere. That is your lot in life. You, and all the other Jewish boys, are the instrument of Yiddish vengeance. Never forget what they have done to us, and what we must do to *them*. Go back, and remember.”

    “But I can’t go back! Haven Monahan is going to beat me to a bloody pulp!”

    “Fight him like a man.”

    “He’s 6’5″ and weighs 250 pounds! He could kill me with one punch! He could bench-press me with one finger!”

    “All right, so he might beat you up. If he does, sue him for all he’s got. Sue his friends. Sue the school system. Sue the town. Hound the superintendent. Stalk the mayor. Use the media. Leech as much from Goyischeville as you can. Take your case all the way to the Supreme Court. Be sure to document all of your injuries. Try to look pathetic for the cameras.”

    “But Zaddie, I’m gonna die!”

    “If you’re gonna die, at least go out like a Jew. Give your parents a solid case to litigate.”

    “But Zaddie…”

    “Enough. It’s time for you to go.”

    Another flash of light … and Paul finds himself lying on the hard asphalt of the student parking lot. Groggily, he starts to get up. Leaning on his arm, he takes a quick look around and sees that the parking lot seems to be deserted. Everyone seems to have gone home for the long holiday weekend.

    “Oh, thank God,” he says. “I’m alive. It feels good to be alive.”

    Haven Monahan and four of his best friends – the five burliest jocks in the school – walk up to him. They glare down at him. One of them is holding a baseball bat.

    “Oh, s**t,” Paul says. “I’m dead.”

    Haven and his buds beat Paul to a bloody pulp. After they’re done, Linda comes over to him.

    “It didn’t have to be this way,” she says. “You didn’t have to go through this. You brought all of this on yourself.”

    Linda grabs Paul’s skinny ankles with her thick, hairy hands and begins dragging him bodily. (Gallons of rancid sweat are already pouring down her greasy skin.)

    Through his broken teeth, Paul gurgles something unintelligible.

    “Don’t try to talk,” Linda says, as she hoists Paul into the trunk of her car. “I’m gonna take good care of you. I have all the necessary medical equipment, including a healthy supply of morphine. Your parents will be gone all weekend, right? Well, it won’t matter if they come home early. I’m taking you to a special place that nobody knows about. It’s deep in the woods. It should take us about an hour to get there.”

    As she closes the trunk, Paul starts to lose consciousness.

    In the murky twilight zone between wakefulness and slumber, Paul hears Zaddie speaking to him from beyond the grave: “Sue the f*****s, Paul. Litigation is the salvation of the Jewish people. Trust in the law – the sacred code and its infinite permutations.”

    “Don’t worry, Zaddie,” Paul mutters. “I’ll call my lawyer as soon as I find my phone. I think Haven Monahan might have taken it. I’m pretty sure he also took my wallet and my car keys.”

    “And Paul?”

    “Yes, Zaddie?”

    “How could you have screwed this up so badly? I mean, couldn’t you have found a poison that actually worked? Couldn’t you have avoided getting caught? You’re an embarrassment to our family. I doubt the Mossad will ever try to recruit the likes of you.”

    “I…”

    “Never mind. Just remember that Linda is right. You brought all of this on yourself.”

    Paul is about to protest, but then everything fades to black. Whether he ever wakes up again, we shall never know.

    No hugging, no learning.

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  175. @AKAHorace
    I'm in Canada now and it is -20 C. As climate is just a social construct, we could warm this place up if there were more black people. Perhaps we could send ships over to west Africa, pack as many black people as we could find and take them over here. Has this been tried before ?

    You need more Americans. They warm everywhere up.

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  176. @40 Acres and A Kardashian

    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks. (He now goes by “Duncan Jones” — can’t blame him).
     
    Not hardly. Duncan Jones got a much better spin of the genetic wheel than the Willis girls did. He may not look like Dad or Mom, but he's not ugly. He needs to lose a few pounds, but he's at least average looking. If he lost some weight, shaved, and got a haircut, he'd probably be above average.

    The Willis daughters are just plain unattractive. There's a reason Perez Hilton used to call one of them Mr. Potato Head.

    You need more Americans. They warm everywhere up.

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    Where did that come from?
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  177. @Bill Jones
    You need more Americans. They warm everywhere up.

    Where did that come from?

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  178. I googled Cuil fiction and it led to her website, https://cuileffect.com. That level of info just leads to more questions. Good news is that we don’t have to hire her to screen books, we can just pay her. She’s got a link for that.

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  179. @snorlax
    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents' looks. (He now goes by "Duncan Jones" — can't blame him).

    https://i.imgur.com/lDBWcFz.jpg

    plus

    https://i.imgur.com/GifkTJw.jpg

    equals

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg/640px-Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg

    It’s not as if his mother was a beauty queen!

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    It's hard to find any pictures of her where she wasn't wearing intentionally[?]-hideous drag-queen-style wig and makeup, but my impression is that she was at least above-average as a young woman, if flat-chested (which shouldn't matter for a son?).
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  180. @Daniel H
    >>>I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in),

    Whenever they claim Cherokee in their background you can be certain that they are related to Fauxcahantas. These dim bulbs can name any other Indian tribes so they latch onto the Cherokee label.

    Why don’t they try Iroquois, Sioux, Comanche, Apache, Pawnee, Shoshone, Blackfeet, Crow?

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    Because Apache and Comanches would have killed your ancestors' hindquarters instead of mating with them.
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  181. @Buffalo Joe
    Wow, pour all those isms in a blender and pour it out. This is parody,right. I guess my wife is a not quite widow. I'm starting to feel better. Reminds me of the "Bring out your dead" scene from Monty Python's "The Holy Grail."

    Could be her husband is dying. Not a good way to put it and why is she sharing it publicly?

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  182. @MikeatMikedotMike
    " I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow. "

    I'm going to troll lefty websites by pasting this resume into the comments of their articles just to see what kind of replies I get.

    ” I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow. ”

    And I’m never, never sick at sea!

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    What never?

    survived more rapes than I can count
     
    Then move.

    There's got to be an old joke somewhere that fits this.
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  183. @njguy73

    ” I am Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, Integrated Radical Non-Monogamist, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid, disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual. My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and polya genre, for nearly 20 years. I am also a not-quite widow. ”
     
    And I'm never, never sick at sea!

    What never?

    survived more rapes than I can count

    Then move.

    There’s got to be an old joke somewhere that fits this.

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    My guess is the guys didn't make it
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    Well... hardly ever.
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  184. @anonguy
    I'm left-handed, so I think left-handedness is interesting.

    The only things that have been annoying to me are the scissors and the dining. I tend to be proactive on the dining seating, taking the left end of a table when possible and scissors just aren't a big part of my life.

    When I was 13 or so, me and about 4 friends, all right-handed, took a hike along a rocky creek where we did a lot of stone skipping and throwing. It was supremely obvious that I could throw rocks where they couldn't and vice versa.

    At that point, I understood why humans have left-handedness. We come in handy - heh heh - occasionally. In the meantime, everyone tolerates us just fine and considers us a little special too.

    All that stuff some years ago about left-handers having way high mortality was all fake news, it turned out too.

    Lefty trivia too. Violent societies tend to have more southpaws then orderly, peaceful ones.
    First World nations usually have 10-12% left handed populations. Constantly warring and sparring hunter-gatherer or hoe farming bands are often 40-50% southpaw.

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    First World nations usually have 10-12% left handed populations. Constantly warring and sparring hunter-gatherer or hoe farming bands are often 40-50% southpaw.
     
    Schizophrenics are reportedly ~40% lefties.
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  185. @lawddy
    Off Topic, but...

    Steve Harvey... it's... New Year's Eve.

    You're a millionaire, so... why do you feel your only choice of attire is dressing as
    the Abominable Snow Pimp?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5225689/Twitter-reacts-Steve-Harveys-New-years-Eve-attire.html

    Somehow this comment reminded me of a rabbit!

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  186. The Eco people have a Jesse-Jackson-flavored racket, whereby you hire one of their guys to ride on your vessel. With Officer privileges and paygrade. Which is pretty fucking comfortable and very fucking lucrative…. but without any Officer-level responsibilities. Which, in the Merchant Marine, are rather intense.

    Presto chango, your ship never gets bad publicity for having given a boo-boo to a dolphin or such

    the Maritime department of the Eco Racketeers is the smallest branch of the service. Nonetheless, i imagine that there is infighting over the spoils of war.

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  187. @snorlax
    Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents' looks. (He now goes by "Duncan Jones" — can't blame him).

    https://i.imgur.com/lDBWcFz.jpg

    plus

    https://i.imgur.com/GifkTJw.jpg

    equals

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg/640px-Duncan_Jones_and_David_Bowie_at_the_premiere_of_Moon.jpg

    155 snorlax > Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks

    both parents, being in show biz, likely had a few “nips & tucks”

    Just the basic beginner’s reduction-rhinoplasty would get the kid 60% of the way there.

    Find me some pictures of David Bowie as a pre-mney, struggling young man. Compare to now.

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    The VH-1 special had one of him as a teenager long before he was signed, it looks like David Bowie. His looks were so odd he's the one guy you can't accuse of that.
    , @snorlax
    Some stalker-ish fan made a photo timeline of him from age 15 upwards. He always was David Bowie. His looks did seem to improve between the late 70's and mid-80's (when he was in his 30's), but that's pretty clearly the result of cutting his hair, dressing normally and gaining weight/not doing so much coke.
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  188. @The Anti-Gnostic
    What never?

    survived more rapes than I can count
     
    Then move.

    There's got to be an old joke somewhere that fits this.

    My guess is the guys didn’t make it

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  189. @40 Acres and A Kardashian
    Again, he's not "ugly", "generically" or otherwise. He's an average looking guy. Calling him ugly is crazy.

    Meanwhile, the Willis girls are downright unattractive.

    And even if he really could be classified as ugly, he'd still be far better off than Rumer and Scout, because looks are far more important to a woman's success in life than they are to a man. Looks are just one of the things women are attracted to in a man, and they're not the most important thing, and without looks, many men can still get women. For men, it's the other way around - looks in a woman are the main attraction factor by far. Yes, if the woman's a crazy bitch, that can override the beauty. But without good looks a woman doesn't stand a chance of landing a decent guy.

    He’s fine looking. If he dressed in suits that squared up his frame he’d look a lot more manly and his head wouldn’t seem so inordinately large.

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    Right. The idea that he's ugly is just insane.
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  190. @Karl
    155 snorlax > Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks


    both parents, being in show biz, likely had a few "nips & tucks"

    Just the basic beginner's reduction-rhinoplasty would get the kid 60% of the way there.

    Find me some pictures of David Bowie as a pre-mney, struggling young man. Compare to now.

    The VH-1 special had one of him as a teenager long before he was signed, it looks like David Bowie. His looks were so odd he’s the one guy you can’t accuse of that.

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  191. Hope this works (I’ve never done good things):

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  192. @Saint Louis
    Eczema?! My wife gets eczema every winter. And she too was assigned female at birth! Talk about your intersectionality!

    It’s different for everyone, but I have had good results with cocoa butter and with beeswax blended with almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
    (Also assigned-female with winter eczema–think of the odds!)

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  193. @The Anti-Gnostic
    What never?

    survived more rapes than I can count
     
    Then move.

    There's got to be an old joke somewhere that fits this.

    Well… hardly ever.

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  194. @Hibernian
    Why don't they try Iroquois, Sioux, Comanche, Apache, Pawnee, Shoshone, Blackfeet, Crow?

    Because Apache and Comanches would have killed your ancestors’ hindquarters instead of mating with them.

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  195. @BB753
    It's not as if his mother was a beauty queen!

    It’s hard to find any pictures of her where she wasn’t wearing intentionally[?]-hideous drag-queen-style wig and makeup, but my impression is that she was at least above-average as a young woman, if flat-chested (which shouldn’t matter for a son?).

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  196. @Karl
    155 snorlax > Zowie Bowie probably got the worst case of not inheriting his parents’ looks


    both parents, being in show biz, likely had a few "nips & tucks"

    Just the basic beginner's reduction-rhinoplasty would get the kid 60% of the way there.

    Find me some pictures of David Bowie as a pre-mney, struggling young man. Compare to now.

    Some stalker-ish fan made a photo timeline of him from age 15 upwards. He always was David Bowie. His looks did seem to improve between the late 70′s and mid-80′s (when he was in his 30′s), but that’s pretty clearly the result of cutting his hair, dressing normally and gaining weight/not doing so much coke.

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  197. @Stan Adams
    How old are you? I've heard that, back in the good old days, they used to beat the right-handedness into lefty kids.

    To anyone who might care:

    I *did* write a long post spelling out the exciting (and gratuitously-nihilistic) conclusion to Diary of a Wimpy Yid, but it got spiked by Komment Kontrol.

    The short (and hopefully moderator-friendly) version: Paul goes on a hallucinatory acid trip to 1940s Poland, where he meets his grandfather; gets pummeled by Haven Monahan; and ends up stuffed, against his will, in the trunk of Linda Belcher’s car.

    Suffice it to say that “no hugging, no learning” is the order of the day.

    EDIT: This comment is a reply to the wrong comment. But, in all likelihood, no one cares, so I’ll leave it here.

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  198. @dfordoom

    If I were writing a novel about train hopping I would consult with a train hopper. If I wrote about anesthesiology I’d consult with an anesthesiologist.
     
    And if you were writing a fantasy novel about unicorns you'd consult with a unicorn, and if you were writing a ghost story you'd consult with a ghost. Of course you wouldn't, because anesthesiologists actually exist while unicorns (like noetisexuals) are imaginary creatures.

    There's also a second point I'd make. Let's say you were writing a murder mystery about an anesthesiologist who murders his patients. You would consult with an anesthesiologist to find out more about anesthesiology but if the anesthesiologist told you your book was offensive to anesthesiologists you'd ignore him.

    I would concern myself with the truth. If people are offended because you’ve written falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black, etc, you should retract what you’ve written. If someone is offended because you have mentioned inconvenient truths about their group that they would prefer outsiders not know about, you should laugh at them. Of course most cases would involve grey areas. “What it’s like to be gay” can mean an infinite number of things, because all gay people are individuals who experience their homosexuality in different ways.

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    If people are offended because you’ve written falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black, etc, you should retract what you’ve written.
     
    The problem is that these "sensitivity readers" are almost certainly themselves pushing falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black.
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  199. @Antlitz Grollheim
    He's fine looking. If he dressed in suits that squared up his frame he'd look a lot more manly and his head wouldn't seem so inordinately large.

    Right. The idea that he’s ugly is just insane.

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  200. @Corn
    Lefty trivia too. Violent societies tend to have more southpaws then orderly, peaceful ones.
    First World nations usually have 10-12% left handed populations. Constantly warring and sparring hunter-gatherer or hoe farming bands are often 40-50% southpaw.

    First World nations usually have 10-12% left handed populations. Constantly warring and sparring hunter-gatherer or hoe farming bands are often 40-50% southpaw.

    Schizophrenics are reportedly ~40% lefties.

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  201. @Jon

    Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.
     
    hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20's? How is this possibly a category?

    “Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods.”

    “hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20′s? How is this possibly a category?”

    I thought it meant wanting to have sex with a demitasse. You know, like a food fetish.

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    No, it's someone who fancies Demi Lovato. Which isn't entirely unreasonable.
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  202. @AndrewR
    I would concern myself with the truth. If people are offended because you've written falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it's like to be gay/trans/black, etc, you should retract what you've written. If someone is offended because you have mentioned inconvenient truths about their group that they would prefer outsiders not know about, you should laugh at them. Of course most cases would involve grey areas. "What it's like to be gay" can mean an infinite number of things, because all gay people are individuals who experience their homosexuality in different ways.

    If people are offended because you’ve written falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black, etc, you should retract what you’ve written.

    The problem is that these “sensitivity readers” are almost certainly themselves pushing falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black.

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    Many of them would certainly do that, but it usually is easy to tell how sincere someone is. Most people are bad at deception.
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  203. @dfordoom

    If people are offended because you’ve written falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black, etc, you should retract what you’ve written.
     
    The problem is that these "sensitivity readers" are almost certainly themselves pushing falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black.

    Many of them would certainly do that, but it usually is easy to tell how sincere someone is. Most people are bad at deception.

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  204. @GregMan
    "Demisexual: Someone who has sex less often than they would like. Demi means to an inferior degree. Demigods are inferior to gods."

    "hahaha, seriuosly? So pretty much every male between the ages of 13 and sometime in their 20′s? How is this possibly a category?"

    I thought it meant wanting to have sex with a demitasse. You know, like a food fetish.

    No, it’s someone who fancies Demi Lovato. Which isn’t entirely unreasonable.

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  205. The problem is that these “sensitivity readers” are almost certainly themselves pushing falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black.

    I don’t give a flying f**k about what it’s like to be gay/trans/black. And how much of a market is there for this twaddle? Blacks are 13% or the population, lesbians maybe 2%, and trannies maybe 0.01%. How much intersectionality can there be?

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    I don’t give a flying f**k about what it’s like to be gay/trans/black. And how much of a market is there for this twaddle? Blacks are 13% or the population, lesbians maybe 2%, and trannies maybe 0.01%. How much intersectionality can there be?
     
    Yeah, to be honest if you're writing a novel that includes black, lesbian or trans characters I'm not going to read your damned book anyway.

    What scares me is that there are people (presumably mostly women) who do read this twaddle.
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  206. @Jim Don Bob

    The problem is that these “sensitivity readers” are almost certainly themselves pushing falsehoods and distorted characterizations of what it’s like to be gay/trans/black.
     
    I don't give a flying f**k about what it’s like to be gay/trans/black. And how much of a market is there for this twaddle? Blacks are 13% or the population, lesbians maybe 2%, and trannies maybe 0.01%. How much intersectionality can there be?

    I don’t give a flying f**k about what it’s like to be gay/trans/black. And how much of a market is there for this twaddle? Blacks are 13% or the population, lesbians maybe 2%, and trannies maybe 0.01%. How much intersectionality can there be?

    Yeah, to be honest if you’re writing a novel that includes black, lesbian or trans characters I’m not going to read your damned book anyway.

    What scares me is that there are people (presumably mostly women) who do read this twaddle.

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  207. Get paid to read this garbage? I think I’ve just found a way to make some extra cash, if I can just come up with the right victim bio…pansexual, Marxist, Two-spirited, peri-menopausal, partially deaf, assigned female who identifies as a mermaid… This is harder than I thought it would be, lol. I may have to cheat off of some Tumblr bloggers profile.

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  208. @J.Ross
    Gavin McInnes has remarked on how wierd that is considering that the cultural separation and unobserved disaffection of the white working class is Murray's specialty: he's the one guy who should've seen Trump coming and welcomed him.
    I have observed this also, but with the concusions that:
    *Murray's twitter feed, anti-Trump straw dog sacrifices aside, is objectively fascinating, and the easiest way for mudheads to pretend they are intellectuals. He links every study and graph he finds notable, and that which Charles Murray finds to be notable is noteworthy indeed. So tolerate his grumblings.
    *Murray's cases for things are intellectually serious and rigorously sourced. His case against Trump is OMG SO GROANS AM I RIGHT YOU GUYZZZ? An interesting disparity.
    *Consider where Murray lives and works and who he works with. I have come to see his Trump derangement as patterned blinking.

    Culturally, Murray has a strong streak of middlebrow-ism (the snobbery of the social climber stratum of society). To him, Trump is “the wrong kind of white person.” (Middlebrow-ism is a trait of highly assimilated Jews as well; see Cuddihy, _Ordeal of Civility_.)

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