Pop Tarts and Pop Gender
September 10, 2019
It's tough to predict the weather, but not so hard to predict the media. What started as a little cloud cover over the president's hurricane tweet has turned into a Category 5 storm in the press. And it shows no signs of blowing over.
"It's unbelievable," the Federalist's Mollie Hemmingway shook her head. When President Trump suggested that Dorian might hit Alabama -- and didn't -- the mainstream media pounced, using it as a hammer to pound home their usual taunts. "Trump's trashing of the [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] is part of his war on science," the Los Angeles Times's insisted. The bashing across the major networks was so overwhelming that people probably started to wonder what the real story was: families losing their homes or the around-the-clock trashing of Trump.
"As people die, CNN and other media outlets are focusing on what, exactly?" Mollie asked. "You almost get the feeling that the media decided at the beginning of the week, they were going to make Trump's handling of the hurricane a major story... This is such a minor point," she argued, "...it does not deserve seven days of coverage, 24 hours, hundreds of stories, front-page news." Finally, on Friday, NOAA released a statement saying that public information between August 28 and September "demonstrated tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama."
Even experts have trouble forecasting a storm's path. To say that the president is "anti-science" because he -- a non-meteorologist -- couldn't prophesy where the hurricane would hit is a pathetic fight for his opponents to pick. Especially, as many of us would point out, based on the Left's flat-out denial of real science about gender, creation, conception, and medical research. Unlike conservatives, the president's opponents are so ideologically-driven that they'll ignore decades of technology just to deny that an unborn baby is a human being -- or that gender is defined by biology at birth. This is the party who insists on dumping millions of taxpayer money into unethical scientific experiments while the rest of the medical community has moved on to cutting-edge cures that are already helping real people. And we're anti-science?
Just look at the disastrous effect the Left's lies are having children. One of their leading "experts" is bragging about recruiting 1,000 kids into transgenderism by comparing their gender to a pop tart. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, an associate professor at USC's Keck School of Medicine, is being lauded by extremists for advocating life-altering cross-sex hormones for eight-year-olds. Third-graders.
"I support a social transition for a kid who is in distress and needs to live in a different way," Olson-Kennedy explained to Reuters. "And I do so because I am very focused on what the child needs at that time." That's interesting, pediatricians like Dr. Michelle Cretella point out, since the last thing a child "needs" is to be pushed into a lifestyle with higher suicide risks, mental and physical health risks, and emotional trauma. The agenda is so devastating to kids that the American College of Pediatricians considers it "child abuse."
What legitimate medical professional would not only suggest, but encourage, little children to take drugs that can cause "decreased bone mineralization... increased risk of obesity and testicular cancer in boys, and an unknown impact upon psychological and cognitive development?" These are permanent effects to a very temporary confusion, as even the American Psychological Association's Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits. While less political organizations put the numbers even higher, the APA concedes that "75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress."
But instead of looking at the facts, Olson-Kennedy is taking her cues from toaster pastries. When one of her young patients was struggling with his gender, she remembers she asked him, "'Do you ever eat Pop Tarts?' And the kid was like, oh, of course. And I said, 'Well, you know how they come in that foil packet?' Yes. 'Well, what if there was a strawberry pop tart in a foil packet, in a box that said 'cinnamon Pop Tarts?' Is it a strawberry Pop Tart, or a cinnamon Pop Tart?' The kid's like, 'Duh! A strawberry Pop Tart.' And I was like, 'So...' And the kid turned to the mom and said, 'I think I'm a boy, and the girl's covering me up.'" It was "an amazing experience," Olson-Kennedy told her audience.
Less amazing, unfortunately, for the young boy -- who, like her other 999 guinea pigs, is probably still dealing with the fallout of playing pretend with the Left's "experts." Treating a person differently based on their feelings isn't just harmful, Cretella has warned. It's deadly. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a president who got the weather wrong than the well-being of millions of American kids.
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.