Chris Rufo Vs Drag Queen Story Hour Groomers
I am sure that many of you are tired of reading me griping about the trans phenomenon, and woke totalitarianism, but I really do believe it is an extraordinarily important thing. I am convinced that it is something very, very deep and destructive, in ways of which most people aren't aware. I am haunted by something I heard an academic who studies family and culture say back in 2015: that if we lose the gender binary, we are going to lose our civilization, because so much depends on it -- things we have never had to think about, because nobody has ever challenged this most basic fact of biology.
Well, we now have most institutions in Western life, especially the news and entertainment media, having given themselves over to promoting this decadent ideology. We even had the President of the United States inviting a mentally ill narcissist to the White House to share with him the party line:
The President of the United States now advocates a position that would have been literally unthinkable for a man in his position a decade ago. In fact, it was only ten years ago that President Obama affirmed that he supports same-sex marriage. Now the Democratic POTUS wants the law to allow minors to get cross-sex hormones and mutilating surgeries, for the sake of trans.
Christopher Rufo has a fantastic, must-read essay about how Drag Queen Story Hour really is all about grooming children to embrace genderfluidity and queerness. If you read nothing else today, make it this piece. He demolishes claims that DQSH is just good clean fun. Excerpts:
The drag queen might appear as a comic figure, but he carries an utterly serious message: the deconstruction of sex, the reconstruction of child sexuality, and the subversion of middle-class family life. The ideology that drives this movement was born in the sex dungeons of San Francisco and incubated in the academy. It is now being transmitted, with official state support, in a number of public libraries and schools across the United States. By excavating the foundations of this ideology and sifting through the literature of its activists, parents and citizens can finally understand the new sexual politics and formulate a strategy for resisting it.
You think that's alarmist? You don't know what you're talking about. Read on:
Start with queer theory, the academic discipline born in 1984 with the publication of Gayle S. Rubin’s essay “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality.” Beginning in the late 1970s, Rubin, a lesbian writer and activist, had immersed herself in the subcultures of leather, bondage, orgies, fisting, and sado-masochism in San Francisco, migrating through an ephemeral network of BDSM (bondage, domination, sadomasochism) clubs, literary societies, and New Age spiritualist gatherings. In “Thinking Sex,” Rubin sought to reconcile her experiences in the sexual underworld with the broader forces of American society. Following the work of the French theorist Michel Foucault, Rubin sought to expose the power dynamics that shaped and repressed human sexual experience.
... Where does this process end? At its logical conclusion: the abolition of restrictions on the behavior at the bottom end of the moral spectrum—pedophilia. Though she uses euphemisms such as “boylovers” and “men who love underaged youth,” Rubin makes her case clearly and emphatically. In long passages throughout “Thinking Sex,” Rubin denounces fears of child sex abuse as “erotic hysteria,” rails against anti–child pornography laws, and argues for legalizing and normalizing the behavior of “those whose eroticism transgresses generational boundaries.” These men are not deviants, but victims, in Rubin’s telling. “Like communists and homosexuals in the 1950s, boylovers are so stigmatized that it is difficult to find defenders for their civil liberties, let alone for their erotic orientation,” she explains.
Rufo follows the chronology of the DQSH phenomenon through a couple of key figures, saying that queer theory reaches its subversive culmination in the drag phenomenon:
The goal of drag, following the themes of Butler and Rubin, is to obliterate stable conceptions of gender through performativity and to rehabilitate the bottom of the sexual hierarchy through the elevation of the marginal. “The act of paying a dominant/domineering woman, a male supplicant, a hapless wage slave, or a boy allows the audience member to temporarily embody one or more of a number of ‘bad/unnatural’ social positions, for instance the pedophile, the closeted gay chickenhawk, the predatory female cougar, the sugar daddy or momma, even the sexualized youth/child themselves,” Hankins writes. And the discipline of “genderfuck” takes it a step even beyond adult–child sex. As Hankins describes, this style of performance “foregrounds tropes of primitivism and degeneracy as tools of protest and liberation” and seeks to subvert taboos against “pedophilia, necrophilia, erotic object fetishism, and human–animal sex.” These performances constitute the end of the line: the culmination of more than a century’s work, from the silk-and-satin drag balls to the hyper-cerebral politics of deconstruction to the annihilation of traditional notions of sex.
We finally reach a couple of practical queer theorists who wrote a book about "drag pedagogy," explaining how the seemingly innocent pastime of drag for children in fact serves to radically unsettle traditional notions of sexuality and gender:
Kornstein also published the manifesto for the movement, “Drag Pedagogy: The Playful Practice of Queer Imagination in Early Childhood,” with coauthor Harper Keenan, a female-to-male transgender queer theorist at the University of British Columbia. With citations to Foucault and Butler, the essay begins by applying queer theory’s basic premise of social constructivism and heteronormativity to the education system. “The professional vision of educators is often shaped to reproduce the state’s normative vision of its ideal citizenry. In effect, schooling functions as a way to straighten the child into a kind of captive alignment with the current parameters of that vision,” Kornstein and Keenan write. “To state it plainly, within the historical context of the USA and Western Europe, the institutional management of gender has been used as a way of maintaining racist and capitalist modes of (re)production.”
To disrupt this dynamic, the authors propose a new teaching method, “drag pedagogy,” as a way of stimulating the “queer imagination,” teaching kids “how to live queerly,” and “bringing queer ways of knowing and being into the education of young children.” As Kornstein and Keenan explain, this is an intellectual and political project that requires drag queens and activists to work toward undermining traditional notions of sexuality, replacing the biological family with the ideological family, and arousing transgressive sexual desires in young children. “Building in part from queer theory and trans studies, queer and trans pedagogies seek to actively destabilize the normative function of schooling through transformative education,” they write. “This is a fundamentally different orientation than movements towards the inclusion or assimilation of LGBT people into the existing structures of school and society.”
Read it all. This is not innocent, the drag phenomenon. It is grooming. They perfectly well know it, and are lying to us. They don't care what they destroy. This is all pre-totalitarian decadence. From Live Not By Lies, this reflection on how sexual radicalism was a forerunner of Soviet totalitarianism:
The post-World War I generation of writers and artists were marked by their embrace and celebration of anti-cultural philosophies and acts as a way of demonstrating contempt for established hierarchies, institutions, and ways of thinking. Arendt [in The Origins Of Totalitarianism -- RD] said of some writers who glorified the will to power, “They read not Darwin but the Marquis de Sade.”
Her point was that these authors did not avail themselves of respectable intellectual theories to justify their transgressiveness. They immersed themselves in what is basest in human nature and regarded doing so as acts of liberation. Arendt’s judgment of the postwar elites who recklessly thumbed their noses at respectability could easily apply to those of our own day who shove aside liberal principles like fair play, race neutrality, free speech, and free association as obstacles to equality. Arendt wrote:
The members of the elite did not object at all to paying a price, the destruction of civilization, for the fun of seeing how those who had been excluded unjustly in the past forced their way into it.
Regarding transgressive sexuality as a social good was not an innovation of the sexual revolution. Like the contemporary West, late imperial Russia was also awash in what historian James Billington called “a preoccupation with sex that is quite without parallel in earlier Russian culture.” Among the social and intellectual elite, sexual adventurism, celebrations of perversion, and all manner of sensuality was common. And not just among the elites: the laboring masses, alone in the city, with no church to bind their consciences with guilt, or village gossips to shame them, found comfort in sex.
The end of official censorship after the 1905 uprising opened the floodgates to erotic literature, which found renewal in sexual passion. “The sensualism of the age was in a very intimate sense demonic,” Billington writes, detailing how the figure of Satan became a Romantic hero for artists and musicians. They admired the diabolic willingness to stop at nothing to satisfy one’s desires and to exercise one’s will.
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The liberal elites and their COC (Controlled Opposition Conservatives) fellow travelers within institutions, don't care that they are destroying the capacity of our civilization to reproduce itself. They revel in transgression for the sake of transgression. When even the POTUS gives a respectful audience to that pervy flibbertigibbet Dylan Mulvaney, who calls a woman's vagina the "Barbie pouch," he doesn't elevate trans, but takes the presidency down into the Weimar America gutter. But this is where we are.
They really are coming after your kids. Chris Rufo has the receipts. Read him, and get busy defending kids in your town. Do you know if your kids' teachers are feeding them this garbage? You had better make it your business to find out.