Cancel Culture

Lambda Literary Awards Reject LGBTQ Author After She Defended a Friend Accused of Transphobia

"I am a queer woman, and I was silenced most of my life," writes Lauren Hough, author of Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing.

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Lauren Hough is the author of Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thinga memoir and collection of essays about her life. Hough, who is gay, grew up in a Christian doomsday cult and later joined the military while "don't ask, don't tell" was still in effect.

The Lambda Literary Foundation, an organization for LGBTQ writers and readers, recently informed Hough that her book was a finalist for a "Lammy" Award. She was thrilled.

"The Lambda Prize exists because when someone like me, which is to say, a queer person, manages to publish a book with queer themes, those books are often ignored by mainstream prize committees," she wrote on Substack. "Prizes get media attention. Prizes create name recognition and bring in new readers. Prizes sell books. Prizes like the Lambda also come with a check."

Alas, it was not to be. Lambda informed Hough that it had decided to withdraw her nomination due to "the Twitter disputes last week."

"So sorry to pass this news along," wrote a representative for Lambda in an email to Hough.

The Twitter disputes, according to Hough, refer to her defense of Sandra Newman*, a novelist whose new book, The Men, concerns a dystopia where everyone with a Y chromosome vanishes from the earth. Newman had the audacity to describe her book as follows: "The book is about women who can't let go of the men they've lost, and devote their lives to getting them back."

This premise ran afoul of certain transgender Twitter activists, since "everyone with a Y chromosome" is a category that includes not just men but also transgender women, and the people left behind would be not just women but also transgender men. Indeed, one such activist described Newman's plotting as "transphobia and transmisogyny."

The world of young adult fiction includes a small contingent of extremely woke, social justice–conscious early reviewers with tremendous power to sic the mob on books and authors who offend them for very slight reasons. It's a disturbing phenomenon—documented by Jesse Singal in the pages of Reason, and by Kat Rosenfield elsewhere—and as pure an example of cancel culture as one can find.

Hough defended Newman, and for that, she is no longer up for a Lammy:

When YA twitter came for Sandra, someone who has always been there for me, I responded. I told them to read the book before condemning it. I told them characters and plot don't necessarily reflect the politics and views of the author. I told them to read the fucking book, or don't.

I'd read the book. Sandra Newman sent it to me in an early form and I gave her a few notes, like we do for one another. I'm not transgender and neither is Sandra (Sandra is nonbinary), but we discussed how to make the book recognize the reality of transgender people. Other books that started from this premise—all the men disappear—have erased the existence of trans people, and it was important to her not to do that, to be as sensitive as possible. So when I saw people assuming that simple idea was the entirety of the plot, I told them to read the book before assuming the worst. For this, I was labeled a TERF.

I'm not a fucking TERF. No reasonable person could think I'm a TERF. It's actually quite easy to find out whether or not I'm a TERF. All you have to do is ask me, or spend two minutes scrolling my twitter timeline. Sandra Newman isn't a TERF either, something that can be easily discovered by the same methods.

A TERF, or "trans-exclusionary radical feminist," is generally defined as a feminist who denies that transwomen—who began their lives as biological males—are women. Neither Hough nor Newman describe themselves as holding that view; nor does it appear that either of their books promote that view. But a small number of people who purport to speak for the transgender community end up implicitly making the claim that even acknowledging differences—like the presence of a Y chromosome—between women and transwomen is a form of bigotry.

Lambda Literary exists to celebrate queer authors for telling stories about queer people—for helping to destigmatize the LGBTQ community. The irony is that in this case, the organization is participating in the social shaming of a queer author who evoked the anger not of social conservatives but of far-left activists. Sadly, this is not the first time that Lambda Literary has succumbed to such pressure. The organization did not respond to a request for comment.

"I am a queer woman, and I was silenced most of my life," wrote Hough. "I found my voice, but if my nomination is being withdrawn for using it, what the fuck is the point of Lambda Literary?"

Update: This post initially identified Sandra Newman as a young adult novelist, but her writing does not specifically fall into this category.

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  1. It’s getting tough to keep up with all the new problems we are inventing.

    1. I’m stirring a novel about a psychiatrist who treats seriously mentally Ill patients and then suddenly is told they aren’t mentally Ill

      1. What about MEEEE, dammit?!?!

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          2. Makes sense. Rodents eat their own shot, right?

      2. I'm writing a story about the Ouroborous...

      3. I'm going to write one where all the biological women disappear, and all that's left are men and transwomen. And the human race dies out because transwomen are not actually women and can't have babies.

    2. "It’s getting tough to keep up with all the new problems we are inventing."

      That's why I don't try to keep up. I really don't fucking care if some dude with a dick crammed into a woman's swimsuit is whining about all the negative attention he's getting.

      1. None of us care about his whining. We care about the female athletes who are being cheated.

  2. Bigotry in the gay community?

    Say it ain’t so.

    1. And you probably thought you were special.

      1. The fact that you can’t cite any time you refuted one of my arguments that you deny demonstrates your bigotry.

        1. WHOOOSSH

          1. Chuckle

          2. "WHOOOSSH"... The sounds of escaping gasses, as in, gasses escaping as Misek's brain farts pass by...

            1. How about Dom DeLuise a la Blazing Saddles?

              1. Not the face!

        2. you can’t cite any time you refuted one of my arguments

          Your argument that the Holocaust was faked by Jewish actors?

          1. Any.

            Jewish liars.

            1. Yeah, you’re not an anti Semitic bigot at all.

              #Misekforthefourthreich

          2. It was actually faked by extra terestials pretending to be Jewish! Jeeze we've been over this

            1. How do the lizard people play into this story?

              1. They were the Jews. And the Nazis. According to Mizek, they're one and the same. (not making that up).

                1. And they never harmed anyone.

              2. How do the lizard people play into this story?

                Hey, that's my line.

              3. Don't they run a towing company in North Carolina?

            2. Jews in space?

              1. With lasers.

                1. Defending the Hebrew (and Shebrew) faith!

          1. I’ve stated that no evidence exists anywhere of any of you fuckwits refuting, not just denying, any of my arguments.

            If you disagree, it’s your responsibility, not mine, to provide the cite.

            But fuckwits know they can’t. Right?

            1. Not when the "cite" is commonly accepted and proven history.

              Do I have to cite an astonomer for sunrise?

              1. If you can’t provide a cite, that’s on you.

              2. Even though it has been abundantly obvious, thanks for providing a cite for your trying to make a feeble excuse for not proving what you claim or refuting what you deny.

                1. It’s already been proven asshole. You are a bigger sea lion than Jeffy or Liarson.

                  1. No cite? You lose.

            2. No faggot, it’s not. The status quo is that you and your pals murdered six million Jews during your war on Europe. You are making claims against the Stu’s quo, so the burden of proof is on you. That one article you keep ranting about does not constitute any proof of anything. Let alone upending the mountains of historical evidence that have already proving the Holocaust.

              In short, fuck off with your unproven Nazi apologist bullshit.

              1. Status quo isn’t proof. Refute that.

                Bigotry is demonstrated by the refusal to consider counter arguments.

                You have neither considered nor refuted my arguments.

                 If you think that there is physical evidence for a holocaust, you’re wrong.

                Video, pictures of what? Piles of bodies during war? People in German uniforms? Dime a dozen and easily staged. No photos, none of the equipment that supposedly killed millions. There exists no physical evidence of that at all.

                Prison camps aren’t evidence of a holocaust.

                I’ve refuted “eyewitness testimony” as impossible right here. Every so called witness has either been paid or coerced making their bullshit inadmissible.

                Germany and every other nation that has criminalized the sharing of logic and science that refutes the holocaust story have criminalized truth.

                The following points refute key elements of the holocaust with logic and science. This is because all stories creating the holocaust narrative defy logic and science.

                There has been no objective forensic analysis at any supposed site. That means that there is no physical evidence. Any activity that demonstrates and shared evidence to refute the holocaust is a crime in every nation where it allegedly occurred.

                The crucial event of the story is the cyanide gassing of millions of Jews. That could never happen the way it has been described by so called witnesses. When their testimony is refuted, the story falls apart.

                Jews wrote books illustrated with pictures of themselves shirtless dragging gassed bodies from the chambers to cremation ovens.

                But cyanide is absorbed through the skin and NOBODY could have survived a single day of such activity much less collecting reparations into their old age reminiscing about it over a game of checkers.

                And so it goes with every bullshit story. The facts prove otherwise.

                Let’s not forget another old timey favourite.The story of Babi Yar is a popular lesson in Jewish schools described as the single largest event of the holocaust.

                The lesson is that between 30,000 and 100,000 Jews were taken to a ravine in Ukraine where they were killed.

                The story is told by one Jewish
                survivor, Dina Pronicheva, an actress who testified that she was forced to strip naked and marched to the edge of the ravine. When the firing squad shot, she jumped into the ravine and played dead. After being covered by thousands of bodies and tons of earth she dug herself out, unscathed, when the coast was clear and escaped to tell the story.

                She is apparently the only person in history to successfully perform a matrix bullet dodge at a firing squad. The soldier aiming point blank at her never noticed her escape. Never walked a few steps to the edge of the ravine to finish her off.

                They were stripped naked to leave no evidence. Naked she had no tools to dig herself out from under 30,000 bodies and tons of dirt.

                Only after the deed was done, the nazis realized that so many bullet ridden bodies were evidence. Oops, rookie move. So they brought more Jews and millions of cubic feet of firewood to dig them up, cremate them on gravestones and scatter their ashes in surrounding fields.

                There has been no forensic investigation at the site. None of the bullets allegedly burned with the bodies have been recovered. Not one shred of physical evidence of this has ever been found.

                There are aerial photographs of the area at the time but they don’t show any evidence of the narrative, no people, no equipment, no firewood, no moved earth, no tracks of any kind.

                Simply stating these facts is a crime in Ukraine where the Babi Yar narrative is taught in school

                Have you ever heard of the Bletchley park decrypts of the famous German enigma machines? It was credited for turning the tide of the war as allies knew what military actions the Germans were planning.

                Only released in the 1980s those translated messages included prison camp information, deaths, transfers and requests for medicines to treat illnesses. The numbers of dead contradict the holocaust narrative of which there was also no mention of.

                Are you willingly performing the feeble mental gymnastics required to believe, as the story goes, that Germans were communicating in code about prison camps while talking plainly about their military actions with their top secret enigma machines?

                The numbers of dead from German enigma decrypts does align with Red Cross numbers.

                The Red Cross regularly visited all prison camps. It was their job to report the cause of all deaths. They recorded a grand total of 271,000 among all camps for the entire war. It is a matter of record.

                Are you again performing the feeble mental gymnastics required to believe that the Red Cross were so incompetent that they were completely unaware of 95% or 5,629,000 of all prison camp deaths?

                Zyklon B is an off the shelf insecticide used among other places in Prison camps to delouse clothing and bedding to save lives by preventing deadly typhus. The system used for years before the war employed heating to release cyanide gas, fans to circulate the gas and more to exhaust the chambers to make the de loused articles safe to handle.

                Pictures of this equipment and the small de lousing buildings with clothing racks still exist in Prison camps. But no evidence of any gas delivery system has ever been found in the places where the bullshit holocaust allegedly occurred. In fact, the story has changed to that they just threw the heat activated pellets through open air vents onto the cold damp covered in filth drainless floors in rooms full of people.

                Such an inefficient method would have taken too long to kill the required number of Jews. The pellets couldn’t be spread evenly in rooms full of people. The cold drainless floors would have delayed the release of cyanide from the pellets that people would have swept away from themselves. Any dead would have released all their bodily fluids and their bodies covering the pellets. Vomit would have been added to the floor prior to entering such a room. The revulsion of people told to enter such rooms would have been apparent to any witnesses. It defies common sense that people would have all calmly walked into such places as the fuckwitnesses have stated.

                According to Martin Gilbert in his book, Holocaust Journey, the gas chambers at Treblinka utilized carbon monoxide from diesel engines. At the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi war criminals, the American government charged that the Jews were murdered at Treblinka in “steam chambers,” not gas chambers.

                Gasoline engine exhaust contains about ten times the carbon monoxide than diesel. Diesel exhaust is relatively safe. Even if the Diesel engines were running at their maximum of 500 ppm, death would take several hours. Far too long to support the narrative.

                If Germans had used gas engines, death would have been in a few minutes. But in the holocaust narrative for treblinka diesel was used even though they had plenty of gas for their tanks. Nuremberg still recorded that they were “steam chambers”.

                Which stupid lie is more believable? You have to perform some feeble mental gymnastics to buy that.

                Jews had been publicly claiming a holocaust of 6 million Jews in various nations no less than 166 times between 1900 and 1945. To raise money and coerce sympathy. Like the wastes of skin who fake cancer on go fund me pages. Do you gamble? Is the 167th time a charm?

                The story of gassing Jews began as British propaganda to turn popular opinion against Germany. It was inspired to draw attention away from Jewish Bolshevik war crimes in Russia because that would work against allied propaganda. It also served global Jewish interests to create undeserved sympathy for Jews who had publicly organized boycotts of Germany to drive Germany to war.

                There is a documented letter from the head of British propaganda to the head of the war office recommending that they cease the “gassing Jews“ propaganda because there was no evidence for it and if found out would work against their propaganda efforts.

                The only thing the bullshit holocaust narrative has in common with WW2 is that they were both the creation of Jews.

                These Jewish leaders are admitting it.. Are they lying?

                “We Jews are going to bring a war on Germany”.
                David A Brown, national chairman, united Jewish campaign, 1934.

                “The Israeli people around the world declare economic and financial war against Germany …holy war against Hitlers people”

                Chaim Weismann, the Zionist leader, 8 September 1939, Jewish chronicle.

                The Toronto evening telegram of 26 February 1940 quoted rabbi Maurice l. Perlzweig of the world Jewish Congress as telling a Canadian audience that” The world Jewish Congress has been at war with Germany for seven years”.

  3. The trans sect of the alphabet religion is rigid, unforgiving and merciless in enforcing their doctrine.

    That they insist that differences biological sex can never be acknowledged is mad zealotry.

    1. Keep in mind, this is rooted in the feminist fantasy that women are equal to men in every respect, despite allowances and exceptions that continually have to be made to accommodate them whenever women infiltrate traditionally male arenas.

      It's not that far of a path from "this is sexist" to "this is transphobic." They both spring from the same pretension that biology suddenly disappears when equity is desired.

      1. Exactly so. The argument that there is no reason to exclude women from the combat arms in the Army and Marine Corps is belied by the fact that all branches of the military use different PT standards for males and females. But none of that mattered when the time came, the SECDEF simply mandated that there would be women in the infantry and for the services to make it so.

        He did it on his last day in office so that he wouldn't have to debate it and the Marine Corps showed that all male units regularly outperformed mix gender ones in a wide variety of combat tasks, but the die was cast and it will never be undone.

      2. Exactly, which is why I have little sympathy for females ousted by trans folk, or gays now being targeted for not embracing the trans message.
        They've been pushing this for years against men/straight people, using the same techniques that are now applied to them.
        Oops

    2. they are the furthest from reality and the only way to prevent facts and reality from asserting their precedence is to shout everyone and anyone down.

      1. "...evoked the anger not of social conservatives but of far-left activists."

        Check your paradigms, people. And see who is doing all of the "cancelling" these days.

      2. This is little different from most progressivism and far too much of feminism. Rigid, sect-like, almost monomaniacal dogmatic thought, with any person not agreeing attacked as an unbeliever. It is why they resort to ad hominem, and endlessly circulate the same false assertions, talking points, and common knowledge -knowledge that is untrue and easily disproved. It is also why there is so much emphasis on redefining terms to meet their biases and fit their narratives, and why they insist that questioning any assertion or member is literal violence. They are cowards, and they have no substantive arguments.

        1. Like the fellow said [in last weeks article], "well if I hear something from several people, I have no reason to question it."

    3. We need to build some privately operated for-profit prisons to incarcerate all the TWERFs

  4. This week in "The Left Eats Their Own."

    It says something about where the left is when they have to attack proud, strong feminists and denounce that they are that, because the feminists just aren't woke enough anymore. "I'm not one of those! I'm one of you!"

    There's an agenda being pushed to young adult readers, clearly. They're tring to indoctrinate young people on certain woke politics by excluding anything that even SLIGHTLY threatens the orthodoxy because it's a way to push their message. Every YA has to be excessively woke, it has to push the LGBTQ+ Agenda, and it's important because teachers are going to recommend these books for summer reading or supplemental reading, so everything had better be on point. And it's no fucking surprise that young people now hate reading because this is the only sort of stuff teachers are recommending.

    1. YA Literature is lost to us, because no YA Lit publisher dares to go against the very very few number of angry identitarians.

      Who gave these people to power to shut down speech? The speakers did. By constantly apologizing for imagined offenses they have given the worst sort of fascist puritans control over the culture.

      1. This is actually a sign of publishing houses dying out. YA clings to relevance because it's in bed with the education system and teachers push kids toward properly recommended orthodoxy works that end up on reading lists, and they get shoved into school libraries. There's a ton of free money being thrown at books aimed at children that isn't necessarily true of other books (unless you're a politician publishing your memoirs, where you'll automatically sell 100,000 copies minimum).

        But publishing houses are losing relevance because you so easily self-publish an e-book through Amazon or self-print these days. The shit that makes it through publishing houses is so tedious and political that it's not interesting and if you're just looking for good novels, you can find those. That's why the YA need to tighten their grip on being properly socially relevant because they're not sifting for quality anymore. It's all about messaging.

        1. YA clings to relevance because it's in bed with the education system and teachers push kids toward properly recommended orthodoxy works that end up on reading lists, and they get shoved into school libraries. There's a ton of free money being thrown at books aimed at children that isn't necessarily true of other books

          ^

      2. When was the last time a YA publisher put out a book where a straight white male was the target audience?

        Vampire love stories morphed into tolerance for Muslims morphed into acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community morphed into BLM books.

        Instead of publishing social justice books, publish books someone will actually read.

        1. And if the concept is that you can only identify with characters who are just like you, it would be nice if they could make straight white males who are admirable role models. People who believe in hard work, responsibility, and acceptance. Surely there's some concern for the young white men out there.

        2. I'll take the gigantic bookshelf series of Warrior Cats over most other things my kid could be reading.

          Despite not having fur, tail, whiskers, or ninja cat powers, she relates to those characters just fine.

    2. Spot on.

    3. Woke = postmodern nazism

      1. Indeed.

      2. ‘Democrats: the postmodern Nazis’ would be a great article for Reason op if they were still a real libertarian publication.

  5. Good.

    Transphobia is literally exactly like racism. There is no place for such bigotry. It's 2022!

    #LGBT2SQIA+

    1. Is the "A" for adultery? Because adulterers are a sexual minority who have been historically discriminated against too.

      1. Ask Jill Biden.

      2. The "A" is for "asexual," which belongs in the same category with these other things because reasons.

        1. They are all differently same. Or samely different. One of those will do.

    2. Your use of a + in your group designation, thus relegating certain members of that group to an "et cetera" category and otherizing them, is exclusionary. Please report to Twitter for immediate cancellation

    3. P and M are missing.

    4. The S is for Super Straight/Gay right?

      1. What covers the Super Mega Lesbians?

  6. Who could have ever seen this coming. The girl in this article forgot the cardinal rule of being woke. If someone accused you of something and they are higher on the progressive stack then you, then defending yourself is racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic. The only allowed reaction is to make an exaggerated public apology where you tell everyone what a horrible person you are.

    1. "If someone accused you of something and they are higher on the progressive stack then you"

      How does that work when most of the woke mob are straight, white, cis people?

      1. Yes, straight white cis people apologising for their imagined offences is their kink.
        Like the peeps paying good money to have a minority round for dinner that will berate them for their privilege, its like virtue S&M.

    2. i always thought of it as the intersectionality ladder.

  7. "I am a queer woman, and I was silenced most of my life," wrote Hough. "I found my voice, but if my nomination is being withdrawn for using it, what the fuck is the point of Lambda Literary?"

    The point, my dear, is to push an agenda - not to 'give voices' to people who aren't acting IAW that agenda. This isn't unique to this award or to LGBT stuff either - there are no genuinely neutral platforms. Everyone has an angle and they'll all shut you down if you get in the way.

    1. ^

  8. her book was a finalist for a "Lammy" Award

    Baaaaa.

  9. Lambda Literary Awards Reject LGBTQ Author After She Defended a Friend Accused of Transphobia

    That's because "LGBTQ organizations" don't actually represent gays and lesbians anymore. They have become fronts for left wing and neo-Marxist ideologues.

    1. They've always been that way, though. Marxism, particularly Frankfurt-inspired cultural Marxism, is a natural philosophical home for those orgs because the whole foundation of the ideology is the promotion of social alienation and revolutionary agitation.

      Revolutionary thought demands ideological purity along arbitrary lines from whomever is at the vanguard of it. There's no consistency by design, because people who reach a state of contentment or satisfaction with their situation in life don't possess the free-floating anxiety and resentment required to tear society down and create the communist utopia. Lenin established the model by simply declaring that anyone who disagreed with anything he said, even if what he said contradicted earlier statements, was a counter-revolutionary and an enemy of the people. Marcuse hated the American consumer economy because it provided, by his own admission, the working class with a decent life and instilled the "false consciousness" of a middle class lifestyle rather than the "critical consciousness" of a communist revolutionary.

      1. I believe ideological purity is the basis of most of the suffering that has occurred in the world over the past 100 years.

        It doesn't matter what works, what keeps you safe, fed, or secure; it is what your leader believes and demands that the serfs buy into to put and keep him in power. Marxism of course being the classic example. It costs over 100 million lives and never made anyone's life better in any respect.

        But to the useful idiots it all just looked so damned good on paper.

        1. I believe ideological purity is the basis of most of the suffering that has occurred in the world over the past 100 years.

          What the fuck does "ideological purity" have to do with wanting to have social organizations where people don't beat you up and don't call the police on you for kissing another man?

          1. You’re kind of hung up on a problem that was resolved decades ago. What similarity do you think 1960s-era gay and lesbian social clubs have with this Lambda organization?

            1. I suggest you read the whole thread before responding and accuse people of being "hung up".. Red Rocks White Privilege falsely claimed that gay and lesbian organizations "have always been" Marxist. I corrected him.

              Gay and lesbian organizations started out for two reasons: for socializing and to legalize same sex intercourse. Neither of those objectives was Marxist or radical. People just wanted to be left alone.

              What similarity do you think 1960s-era gay and lesbian social clubs have with this Lambda organization?

              None. Which is my point. It is RRWP who thinks they are the same.

              1. The most hilarious part about your complaint is that Michael Bronski's highly sympathetic article in the Boston Review, "When Gays Wanted to Liberate Children," goes into detail about how the movement was steeped in neo-Marxist liberationist ideology in the late 60s and early 70s.

                You're complaining about a portrayal that's not only completely accurate, it doesn't even bother to engage as to how we got from "we just want to get married and be left alone" to "if you don't want to suck the girldick and celebrate 10,000 gender identities you're a bigot."

                1. The most hilarious part about your complaint is that Michael Bronski's highly sympathetic article in the Boston Review, "When Gays Wanted to Liberate Children," goes into detail about how the movement was steeped in neo-Marxist liberationist ideology in the late 60s and early 70s.

                  99% of gays and lesbians were never part of what you call "the movement". The vast majority of gays and lesbians never "wanted to liberate children". The vast majority of gays and lesbians grew up in loving, traditional homes and believe that that is a good way of growing up.

                  There are 1% of stupid, bigoted, intolerant pricks on the left and right who are mortal enemies of each other, divide the entirety of the population into friends and enemies based on superficial characteristics, and are orchestrating the destruction of this country. You are one of them.

                2. You're complaining about a portrayal that's not only completely accurate, it doesn't even bother to engage as to how we got from "we just want to get married and be left alone" to "if you don't want to suck the girldick and celebrate 10,000 gender identities you're a bigot."

                  And how many gay men do you think want to "suck girldick"?

                  You can determine when a gay organization was taken over by neo-Marxists according to when they started claiming to represent "LGBTQ+ people".

                  This was an outgrowth of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, intersectionality, and the neo-Marxist idea of dividing the world into the oppressed and their oppressors.

                  1. Jesus, these posts are nuclear-level cope in response to an actual citation.

      2. Marcuse hated the American consumer economy because it provided, by his own admission, the working class with a decent life and instilled the "false consciousness" of a middle class lifestyle rather than the "critical consciousness" of a communist revolutionary.

        ^

        Which then made it necessary for the bourgeois college students to take over as the vanguard, since they were the only ones who really knew what the working classes needed.

        Now even that fig leaf is gone, and the whole identitarian movement is turning into a way to reframe the Bourgeoisie as victims of their working class cultural oppressors.

        1. These people absolutely despise anything that gets in the way of their historical determinism. It's not really an accident that they eventually adopted the reductionist paradigm that anything which didn't move the world towards communism was moving it towards fascism.

          Marxism really needs to be classed as its own religion at this point, which would probably be appropriate considering that universities were basically seminary schools for centuries.

      3. They've always been that way, though.

        No, they have not. Most gay and lesbian organizations were social clubs where gays would hang out with other gays. To the degree there was activism, it was about legalization of same sex relations.

        Marxism, particularly Frankfurt-inspired cultural Marxism, is a natural philosophical home for those orgs because the whole foundation of the ideology is the promotion of social alienation and revolutionary agitation.

        All true. But that has nothing to do with gay and lesbian social clubs, unless you believe that somehow having sexual preferences is "the promotion of social alienation and revolutionary agitation", which apparently you do.

        Thanks for demonstrating again that conservatives are just as evil and reprehensible as the neo-Marxists, and that the destruction of America and American liberties is a joint project between you and them.

        1. Most gay and lesbian organizations were social clubs where gays would hang out with other gays. To the degree there was activism, it was about legalization of same sex relations.

          You mean like bath houses?

          All true. But that has nothing to do with gay and lesbian social clubs

          You're really hung up on this whole "gay and lesbian social club" thing.

          Thanks for demonstrating again that conservatives are just as evil and reprehensible as the neo-Marxists, and that the destruction of America and American liberties is a joint project between you and them.

          Thanks for demonstrating what a hyper-sensitive bitch you are.

          1. Thanks for demonstrating the nasty, angry, self-defeating side of conservatism.

            As the US slides into neo-Marxism and totalitarianism, I'll take it as a consolation prize that people like you will see your world collapse around you. Don't expect any sympathy: you are getting what you deserve.

            1. As the US slides into neo-Marxism and totalitarianism, I'll take it as a consolation prize that people like you will see your world collapse around you. Don't expect any sympathy: you are getting what you deserve.

              And it was people like you that helped enable it.

              1. And it was people like you that helped enable it.

                Really? How so? As a gay immigrant, I could only watch from the sidelines for most of my life; I needed to stay closeted, I couldn't join political organizations, I couldn't even join gay social organizations because that would have endangered my immigration status. And after I finally got citizenship, I only voted a couple of times and then gave up.

                The destruction of this country is a joint project between a tiny percentage of vociferous, bigoted Americans: neo-Marxists and progressives on the one hand, people like you on the other.

                People like me can't stop you. Normal, decent, hard-working Americans can't stop you. Nobody can. And no matter whether the neo-Marxists win or people like you win, the country is f*cked.

                1. And after I finally got citizenship, I only voted a couple of times and then gave up.

                  That's not my fault.

      4. They've always been that way, though. Marxism, particularly Frankfurt-inspired cultural Marxism, is a natural philosophical home for those orgs because the whole foundation of the ideology is the promotion of social alienation and revolutionary agitation.

        By the way, that is about the same level of idiocy as claiming that Christian churches "have always been" hotbeds of "Frankfurt-inspired cultural Marxism", just because many of them are today.

        1. By the way, that is about the same level of idiocy as claiming that Christian churches "have always been" hotbeds of "Frankfurt-inspired cultural Marxism", just because many of them are today.

          Gender marxism, of which queer studies is included, has been a thing for decades now. Christian churches didn't start promoting marxist-oriented ideologies until they started receiving congregants who were sympathetic to its economic precepts, if not its anti-religious arguments. They didn't start the full slide, however, until the Second World War, particularly the 1942 Federal Council of Churches.

          And really, comparing a 50-year political movement to churches that are hundreds of years old, when Marxism wasn't even invented, is just sad.

          1. They didn't start the full slide, however, until the Second World War, particularly the 1942 Federal Council of Churches.

            So, decades before there were significant gay and lesbian organizations in the US then.

            1. You tried a false analogy and it fell flat. This is just cope.

              1. To the contrary, my analogy works quite well, by your own admission.

                Christian churches (in the US) are now hotbeds of cultural Marxism but were not always so ("They didn't start the full slide, however, until the Second World War, particularly the 1942 Federal Council of Churches.")

                Likewise, gay and lesbian organizations are now hotbeds of cultural Marxism, but were not always so, since they started out mostly as social organizations and organizations trying to have laws overturned that made same sex relations illegal.

                Thank you for providing even the dates when churches started their slide from religious and moral institutions into cultural Marxism in the US: 1942.

                1. Likewise, gay and lesbian organizations are now hotbeds of cultural Marxism, but were not always so

                  Bitch, I cited just up above an article that goes in to detail about it.

  10. "This premise ran afoul of certain transgender Twitter activists, since "everyone with a Y chromosome" is a category that includes not just men but also transgender women, and the people left behind would be not just women but also transgender men. Indeed, one such activist described Newman's plotting as "transphobia and transmisogyny.""

    JFC, we are definitely through the looking glass on letting the cultural inmates run the asylum.

    But they definitely dont have delusions and serious DSM issues, we should take what they say seriously

    1. TERF Wars!

      The looking glass is a good analogy and the cancel culture is run by the Red Queen - of Hearts. Can't make it up.

  11. I disagree with the concept of transgenderism. In the 1980's we used to say that both boys and girls can play with toy trucks and dolls. Now we say that a child with a penis who plays with dolls is really a girl and needs to become a lifelong patient taking drugs and undergoing surgery.

    1. That's something that I've noticed too, the concept of pre-pubescent transgenderism seems to be rooted in 1950s gender norms

      1. It's absolutely rooted in stereotyping gender behaviors.

        I watched a painful tik tok video of a trans... person... discussing all of the performative acts she engages in to denote her gender-of-the-moment, including deepening xer voice (which she called 'masculine tones' and adopting other affectations.

    2. Now we say that a child with a penis who plays with dolls is really a girl and needs to become a lifelong patient taking drugs and undergoing surgery.

      Which how things are done in Iran, that paradise of gender equity that has the additional advantage of a language that lacks gendered pronouns so that gender inequality is literally inconceivable.

    3. As I've said here before, transgenderism is the most extreme possible expression of sexism.

    4. In the 1980s, we also said that everyone should be "color blind" and treat people of all races with dignity and respect. Now, though, being "color blind" is white supremacy and you're supposed to define yourself and others by their race or ethnicity. And all the definitions are based on stereotypes that, as a child in the 80s, you were taught were bad and negative.

      1. Yes, kind of flies in the face of the concept that people shouldn't recognise color for the purpose of discrimination.
        Instead now we have to recognise color for the purpose of discrimination. See how California wanted rid of clauses that would prevent discrimination or preferential treatment based on race.
        Pretty sure thats not going to play out as they wanted.

        1. Democrat racism is alive and well. Now, instead of being antagonistic, it’s paternalistic. Still racist all the same.

  12. headline perfectly explains inanity of what follows.

  13. "Liberalism as a lived faith centers around an anti-liturgy, the Festival of Reason, which celebrates and re-enacts the dawning of rational freedom against the dark background of unreasoned, obscurantist tradition, equated with a system of oppression, or at best, idiotismus. If I may be forgiven a self-quotation:

    "'Light is defined by contrast, so the Festival requires that the children of light spy out and crush the forces of darkness, who appear in ever-changing guises, before the celebration can be renewed. The essential components of the Festival are twofold: the irreversibility of Progress and the victory over the Enemy, the forces of reaction. Taken in combination, these commitments give liberalism its restless and aggressive dynamism.'

    "The Festival of Reason must disrupt settled equilibria of 'rest, peace, and order' in order to fulfill its self-expression as an overcoming of entrenched, irrational structures of oppression and obscurantism."

    https://churchlifejournal.nd.edu/articles/all-human-conflict-is-ultimately-theological/

    1. My own commentary:

      The reactionaries at least don't feel betrayed when the liturgy is enacted against them - what do they expect, being reactionaries?

      But the liturgy also requires the sacrifice of people who used to be loyal revolutionaries - Girondins, Mensheviks, capitalist-roaders.

      "But, but, I've always been faithful to the Party! I fought side by side with you against the right-wingers and fascists! Now you're going to treat me like a reactionary just because I disagreed with you slightly about this one point?"

      Yes. Yes, they are. It's how they work. Enemies must be hunted up, especially in one's own ranks, to show the dangers of *any* deviation, and *any* attempt to maintain consistency and integrity in the face of a changing party line.

      1. Loyalty to friends is especially deserving of punishment, because it shows a higher loyalty than the Cause, and who knows where such secondary attachments may lead?

      2. "My own commentary:"

        So a Catholic theocracy vis a vis "common good constitutionalism," in which the new state would "exercise coercion over baptized citizens in a manner different from non-baptized citizens" is what you desire for us?

        Brings to mind a famous quote:

        "I Would Rather Be Governed By the First 2,000 People in the Telephone Directory than by the Harvard University Faculty"

        1. I'm not actually into that sort of thing; all I'll say is I'm not going to condemn all *past* governments which did this. This was not uniformly, *doctrinally* wrong.

          But in the *binding* pastoral guidance of Vatican II, these particular weapons were placed in the storeroom, to be taken out again only on authorization from the highest levels.

          So Vermeule is not only premature in this particular vision of his, prudentially it's humanly not plausible that these things will be approved again.

          1. Like many people, Vermeule is better at diagnosing problems than in proposing solutions.

            1. Right; I'll go with the people in the phone book....

              1. What's a phone book? 🙂

    2. Nice word salad.

      1. If you mean mixing the elements together just right, yes, it's a nice salad indeed.

  14. "I am a queer woman, and I was silenced most of my life," wrote Hough. "I found my voice, but if my nomination is being withdrawn for using it, what the fuck is the point of Lambda Literary?"

    Who really cares? Gay people have nothing left to fight for. No one cares. They have the highest income as a cohort. They get all the protections. There's no violent attacks any more. They have their own parade!

    no one gives a shit, stop acting like being gay is some monumental thing.

    1. I think that is largely true of any historically "marginalized" or "oppressed" group; things may be better, a whole lot better, but the definitions of racism and oppression just get nuanced so as to maintain the inverse benefits of being "oppressed."

      And then of course there are the self style crusaders who have to have some group whom they can champion [yeah, the "white person's burden"], and use as a cudgel to shut down anyone they wish.

  15. Burn, vile pest, burn in the fire you created. May it consume you and all of yours in pain and filth everlasting.

  16. "I am a queer woman, and I was silenced most of my life,"

    Oh good, so she'll be used to getting shunned for not adhering to religious orthodoxy.

    1. There's a new church in town.

      1. Apostasy will not be tolerated.

    2. One wonders where this was, she doesn't appear old enough to really have lived through the shittiest of the anti-gay bigotry. Yes, the DADT policy under clinton was utter crap, and the decade or so before then was no picnic. That said the US was not actively seeking out and killing homosexuals, there were not federal programs to keep homosexuals from having bank accounts, homosexuals were not rounded up in camps, or forced to work on chain gangs, railroad crews, or picking cotton. There was a shrinking social stigma, and it was shrinking rapidly indeed in the military. The treatment that gay folks saw was shitty and unacceptable, but honestly needs to be viewed with less emotion when discussed by folks pushing any sort of narrative.

      1. You clearly do not accept their concept of "trauma;" Just last week there was a story of a female college professor who pursued a course of action that essentially ruined the career of a linguist; apparently he stood behind her and wrote something on a sticky note, and then took a picture of her at a party without her express consent.

        The horror.

        "Trauma" of course being most anything one can complain about and creatively derive accusations from.

    3. My guess is no one could shut her up her whole life. She appears to buy into the whole victim role.

  17. CRIPPLE FIGHT!

  18. “The Lambda Prize exists because when someone like me, which is to say, a queer person, manages to publish a book with queer themes, those books are often ignored by mainstream prize committees”

    I really, really, really doubt that that is true.

    1. It used to be true. It's not anymore.

    2. Stories with "queer themes" are not mainstream. They don't appeal to a lot of people, because most people aren't queer, they're not interested in those themes, and the books don't get broad readership outside of LGBTQ markets.

      If you want mainstream prizes, write mainstream stories that lots of people read.

  19. The trans mafia is even more intolerant than the KKK.

    1. The Klan discriminates equally.

  20. Pass the popcorn, please

  21. LGBTQ orgs should really drop the T and Q as fast as possible. The Ts and Qs are really just the most miserable people on earth. Ghe LGBs fucked up when they added those two letters.

    1. The goals of Gs and Ls are the opposite of Ts. Ls and Gs want sexual liberation; Ts want radical enforcement of traditional sex role expectations.

    2. And there's some increasing evidence that the Ts and the Qs really despise the Ls, Gs and Bs.

  22. "I'm not a fucking TERF."

    No - you're not a TERF - so they cancelled you. Anyway.

    Let's look carefully at this asshole. She's a lesbian who can't call herself a lesbian - she's 'queer.' And her cancelled friend is 'non-binary.' And they can't figure out what the problem is. This reads like a Quillette article - "I Was One Of Those Asshats, And Now The Asshats Have Cancelled Me!" Fuck her. In the heart. I have no sympathy for people who are upset that they got ejected from the very bag of turds they're complaining about. Just yesterday, I'm sure she was doing it to someone else - happily.

    1. ^this - (and Cronut's comment on LGB) if only Lauren read reason's comments section.. maybe a cold splash of water might do the trick to leave the cult..

      However, this is the betters revcuntland speaks of, so what the heck do us lessers know...

  23. I feel for this Bull-Dyke and her being canceled. She is 100% correct in one thing at least, what's the point of the award.
    As for my description of her... it comes from looking at her and her language. She seems to be trying real hard to came across MANLY by being crude. I saw that a lot my 11 years in San Francisco. There were lesbians and dykes all over the place. The lesbians were typically polite to me, might even have a conversation and a beer. The Dykes on the other hand seems to hate men in general and would actually sneer at you if you said hi to them.

    1. Yet they try so hard to be men. It must be some kind of jealousy irrationally projected through anger. I knew one like that at university. She wrote for the campus newspaper. She and another lesbian writer had an article published calling for the castration of all fraternity members in campus. Then she complains about hostility towards. She got very angry with me when I suggested that maybe the best way to get people to like her would involve not calling forced castration of her fellow students.

  24. a dystopia where everyone with a Y chromosome vanishes from the earth. Newman had the audacity to describe her book as follows: "The book is about women who can't let go of the men they've lost, and devote their lives to getting them back."

    It seems to me that it is the same basic plot Robert Merle's Les hommes protégés had.

    1. Or Y the Last Man.
      For such an oddly specific and impossible fantasy concept, it's been done a surprisingly large number of times.

  25. I consider TERF an honorific. Why wouldn't a radical feminist exclude trans? Does opposing trans in women sports make me a radical feminist?

    1. BTW if that happened 99% of the women would be dead in 3 months. It's men who run the machinery of civilization and women are physically incapable of doing it.

      1. Plus, bitches be crazy.

  26. Looking her up on Twitter and seeing I've already blocked her tells me all I need to know.

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  28. All these so called ‘activists’ are tedious and childish. They are like toddlers who don’t want to share toys that they don’t like anymore. You supports trans people? Fine, knock yourself out. You don’t like was Sandra Newman wrote about? Don’t buy her book. But these adolescent temper tantrums and the push to stop people from making a living because they are not radical enough for you is simply stupid. We need to collectively ignore them.

    1. All these so called ‘activists’ are tedious and childish.

      Not at all. They are smart economic and political actors who use issues like that to advance their own careers and power.

  29. Twitter was designed by the casino industry. It's not a method of discourse, it's an addiction machine. I recommend not using the internet for anything but reading mainstream news and pornography.

    1. It's evident from your posts that your education stops at those.

      1. He is pretty dull amd ignorant. No intellectual curiosity at all.

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  32. If I read this correctly, the statement she is being attacked (and punished) for is basically "read the book before condemning it." If so, this is a scary example of how Idiocracy has truly become reality.

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