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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 03:27 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Ok, but I was responding to your assertion that...

Ok, but I was responding to your assertion that term limits are the answer. I know that a constitutional amendment isn't necessary for increasing the number of justices--that's why it's preferable.
...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 02:43 PM
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Views: 7,707
Posted By mumblethrax
Ought implies can. I'm sure you know the barriers...

Ought implies can. I'm sure you know the barriers to constitutional amendment as well as I do. Why would a GOP that has so nakedly moved to control the court agree to give up that control?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 01:56 PM
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Views: 7,707
Posted By mumblethrax
I don't think that. Of course they will. So what?...

I don't think that. Of course they will. So what? A court whose balance is predicated on who controls Congress/the Presidency at any given point in time is preferable to one whose balance until,...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 01:25 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I was thinking The Death of Stalin, but that's...

I was thinking The Death of Stalin, but that's probably a better fit.

We'll probably need a word for those who read the tea leaves left by the goons on the court, with the connotations that...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 12:59 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Well, certainly not from Ginsburg.

Well, certainly not from Ginsburg.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 12:54 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I mean...I think there is. In most countries,...

I mean...I think there is. In most countries, sane countries, 40% of the population (and it's probably more like 20-30%) doesn't get total control over the body that adjudicates rights for...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 7,707
Posted By mumblethrax
Limiting terms should be done but is effectively...

Limiting terms should be done but is effectively impossible. (Why people read "lifetime tenure" into the relevant section of the constitution is something of a head-scratcher, but a constitutional...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 7,707
Posted By mumblethrax
The US finally withdrew from the uterus, only for...

The US finally withdrew from the uterus, only for it to immediately fall to the Taliban.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd June 2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,127
Posted By mumblethrax
And completely destroys his life, which bears...

And completely destroys his life, which bears mentioning.

Three strikes laws are insanely punitive for no good reason. In addition to not working particularly well as deterrence, they create...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th June 2022, 02:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,514
Posted By mumblethrax
Where did you get that idea from, dudalb? Show...

Where did you get that idea from, dudalb? Show your work.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th June 2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
"Pregnant women and people" sound not at all...

"Pregnant women and people" sound not at all awful to me, shows that "female erasure" is not actually happening, doesn't have the atomization problem, and seems clinically appropriate where people...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th June 2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 796
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Posted By mumblethrax
"You complain about awful neologisms like...

"You complain about awful neologisms like "uterus-haver", and it is awful, but here's a challenge: find me as many instances as you can of people actually, seriously using it. Not people complaining...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th June 2022, 07:43 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Like I said, I'm not advocating it. But...

Like I said, I'm not advocating it.


But that's not what I asked for.


Also not what I asked for.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
Yes. That usage predates the usage by the gender...

Yes. That usage predates the usage by the gender critical crowd. Not only is it confusing, it looks suspiciously like an intentional "oh no you're not" inversion.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
I don't doubt it. To say that "gender ideology"...

I don't doubt it. To say that "gender ideology" is a shibboleth of the anti-gender movement is not to say that it hasn't migrated out.


I mean, that does happen. I was once memorably asked not to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 06:00 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I was specifically saying that the problem of...

I was specifically saying that the problem of people and institutions capitulating to trans activists is blown out of proportion. I can say that while still acknowledging that it happens, and it's...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 03:15 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Do I have to explain the difference between...

Do I have to explain the difference between acknowledging the existence of such people and endorsing what they've undergone?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 03:11 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I don't think we can make any category meaningful...

I don't think we can make any category meaningful in that sense. I'm saying that the categories can fuzz off a bit at the edges. And that they can change over time.


Christ. I'm pointing out that...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
No, I didn't take you to task for that. I just...

No, I didn't take you to task for that. I just said we can't deny that she has dysphoria on that basis (precisely because they don't ask for such documentation).


Have we ever been there?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 02:27 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Yeah, I don't see the need for laws, either. But...

Yeah, I don't see the need for laws, either. But if the Equality Act, if it passes, might force the issue.


Just about any category you could name is "meaningful", I suppose you mean something...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 01:18 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Yes, I'm taking it for granted that they'd need...

Yes, I'm taking it for granted that they'd need to show a medical history.


I'm just not sure how you would make such an individual determination, particularly if there's no record of performance...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 12:27 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Oh, let's say stage 2. As I understand it, boys...

Oh, let's say stage 2. As I understand it, boys and girls don't attain physical fitness attributes in the same order, so it might be a bit different in any given sport. I assume that Rolfe is right...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 11:55 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
There are lots of unearned advantages in sport,...

There are lots of unearned advantages in sport, sure. But there are also impermissible advantages. As Bill Burr put it, we make fake legs so good now that it's better to have no legs if you're an...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 11:12 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
No, that's not correct. Moral reasoning is not...

No, that's not correct. Moral reasoning is not contingent upon current practice at all, and as a matter of law (in the US) sex discrimination is constitutionally impermissible unless it can survive...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 05:50 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Fundamentally, because once someone has gone...

Fundamentally, because once someone has gone through male puberty it is typically impossible to answer questions like "How much of this competitive advantage is due to having gone through male...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th June 2022, 04:17 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
No. We get back to the claim that it’s reasonable...

No. We get back to the claim that it’s reasonable to ban those who have undergone male puberty. Which is exactly where we started.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 11:46 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
No. What? Obviously.

No. What?


Obviously.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 04:07 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
We make exceptions where there are good reason to...

We make exceptions where there are good reason to do so, yes, but the neutral position is that sex discrimination is impermissible.


That is not my claim. I've made that very, very clear.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 04:06 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
How does that drop in approval compare to the...

How does that drop in approval compare to the drop among male respondents when similar clarifications are made? Keep in mind that the claim here is that women are more supportive of trans rights then...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
Well, this is completely disingenuous, as you've...

Well, this is completely disingenuous, as you've taken a quote out of context and are now imagining that it means I'm unconcerned with rape.

The tactic here is similar to that employed by...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 07:35 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
As I said, every poll I've ever seen exhibits...

As I said, every poll I've ever seen exhibits this difference on every question. That's not to say that it always happens, but it sure happens a lot.
...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th June 2022, 07:32 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Thanks. Data is a lofty word for a survey asking...

Thanks. Data is a lofty word for a survey asking unknown questions using an unknown methodology, but I'm not surprised there's a large majority against internationally.


Did you read anything I...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 06:03 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Paternalism again. I'm pretty sure women...

Paternalism again.

I'm pretty sure women understand the implications of transwomen using the ladies' room, but there's a big gulf between men and women there, too.


You know, I don't think you...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 05:45 PM
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Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
Polling data. For every question pertaining to...

Polling data. For every question pertaining to trans rights, in every US poll I've ever seen, women have been more supportive than men. Usually by a big margin.

For example, this poll:...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 02:35 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I suppose whether or not it's substantively...

I suppose whether or not it's substantively paternalistic will rest on how we approach the matter. If we tell them they're wrong, that's probably paternalistic. If we can successfully argue they're...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 01:16 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
People can certainly be blind to their own...

People can certainly be blind to their own interests, but as a strategic matter, telling a group that's disproportionately female that their favored policies are "anti-woman" is unlikely to be...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 796
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Posted By mumblethrax
I mean, I don't think we need much analysis in...

I mean, I don't think we need much analysis in Thomas' case. It's clear that nobody did this prior to allowing her to compete, and it's also clear that she has an unfair advantage.


I suppose for...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 12:52 PM
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Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
The ethical justification is that sex is a...

The ethical justification is that sex is a morally irrelevant characteristic in the first place, which is why we no longer tolerate sex discrimination. It's unclear why someone who does not have an...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
It does have such a basis--maximizing...

It does have such a basis--maximizing opportunity.


It needn't be harmful to women, and I'm at a loss as to how it's harmful to people with "actual" gender dysphoria.


If you're calling...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 06:30 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Of course.

Of course.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 05:42 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I agree, and that's why the instability of rules...

I agree, and that's why the instability of rules is really a problem. It's an even bigger problem for someone who transitions early, participates in good faith, only to learn that they'll be...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th June 2022, 05:37 AM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Her placement as a man doesn't really tell us...

Her placement as a man doesn't really tell us much without comparing her times to those of women. Karsten Braasch, ranked 203rd in the world, handily beat both Williams sisters, and claims to have...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
I'm not saying "in any given race." I'm imagining...

I'm not saying "in any given race." I'm imagining there's some way to measure performance more generally. In Thomas' case, looking at his record in the men's division would be informative.

But of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 09:40 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
Haven't heard this claim before. What's the...

Haven't heard this claim before. What's the evidence for it?

Anyway, theprestige was specifically talking about downgrading her body. By taking testosterone suppressors.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 08:52 PM
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Views: 13,336
Posted By mumblethrax
What does this have to do with calling her a...

What does this have to do with calling her a scumbag for degrading her performance?

Criticize her all you want, just try to be vaguely coherent about it.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 08:03 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I'm aware of the existence of extremists on both...

I'm aware of the existence of extremists on both the pro- and anti-trans side. I'm still unclear on why this has anything to do with the idea that we shouldn't be cruel to her.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 07:50 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
This is just silly. Nobody's arguing that it is. ...

This is just silly. Nobody's arguing that it is.


Which is precisely why we can't know for certain, and have to take her word for it.


You'll notice that I said "caretaker of her well-being"....
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 07:26 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I mean, I'm aware of why they're speaking out...

I mean, I'm aware of why they're speaking out anonymously. But "I have to speak out anonymously or I might receive death threats" is still quite distinct from "I am receiving death threats."
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 07:25 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
We probably do. It's not really worth quibbling...

We probably do. It's not really worth quibbling about, since we both think they're being treated unjustly.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 11th June 2022, 07:11 PM
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Posted By mumblethrax
I think it's unfair to expect them to compete...

I think it's unfair to expect them to compete against Thomas. I don't think they're being treated harshly. I don't think anybody is sending death threats to them.
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