Among much, much else that's wrong with this letter, wasn't Ireland described as a model for avoiding public scrutiny in passing self-id policies that were drafted by lobbyists? "[L]ong and public" process my ass.
"... many believe that public campaigning has been detrimental to progress... In Ireland, activists have directly lobbied individual politicians and tried to keep press coverage to a minimum in order to avoid this issue." (p. 20)

Source: iglyo.com/wp-content/upl…
"The most important lesson from the Irish experience is arguably that trans advocates can possibly be much more strategic by trying to pass legislation “under the radar” by latching trans rights legislation onto more popular legal reforms..."
Again, the source is this quite extraordinary guide to best practices for gender lobbyists. Extraordinary for a purported human rights campaign, that is. It looks quite a bit like pharmaceutical industry playbooks.

iglyo.com/wp-content/upl…
Especially with recommendations like:

- Get ahead of the government agenda
- Tie your campaign to more popular reform
- Avoid excessive press coverage and exposure: "Another technique which has been used to great effect is the limitation of press coverage and exposure."
It's clear that the lobby fears facing real public scrutiny in Ireland, for the first time, and now appeals to one-time champions of freedom of speech & conscience to silence those who object to self-id & irreversible medicalization of kids as evidence of harm piles up.
Shame on @amnesty for signing on to such a pack of lies and libels, in an attempt to censor a vital public debate on the issue of gender ideology.

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21 Nov
As a student, I volunteered with Amnesty International -- this was several years into the genocide in Darfur -- and I remember we wanted everyone to know and everyone to care what was happening 7,000 miles away. In fact, I'm sure we were quite obnoxious about it!
Seeing @amnesty now endorse campaigns that purposefully avoid public oversight and seek to shut down inquiry is surreal to me. I'll never get over it. This should be a red flag to Amnesty -- why sneak around? Why is it necessary to lie? What are you doing?
At a basic level, we had faith that if people understood what was happening, they would care and take action.

What's happening now is quite different. The public isn't trusted to understand -- in fact, the less that the public understands, the more successful the campaign.
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OK, in all honesty, is there anybody who doesn't feel substantially WORSE after browsing the New York Times' Your Life at Home section?

"How to pretend you're in Paris tonight" is not helping. ImageImage
If I were in charge of Your Life at Home, let's say I'd take a different approach.

Your Life at Home: Remember black ice? This woman who shattered her elbow does!

Your Life at Home: Remember people clipping their fingernails on the train?
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17 Nov
What comes first? An attempt to seek the truth or the desired conclusion to which the ‘facts’ must cleave?

Ideally, this should be a two-step process.
- 1) What's going on here? Be honest.
- 2) What should we do about it?
To free science from politics, these need to be separate steps.

But I’m seeing a lot of activists and researchers working backwards from a desired conclusion, subordinating truth-seeking processes to predetermined outcomes.
This comes up in the debate over gender id again and again.

If the desired outcome is males competing in women's sports, then those males can't have a competitive advantage or pose a risk to women's safety. The facts don't agree with that conclusion—so they've gotta go. Image
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17 Nov
Ideally, this should be a two-step process.
- 1) What's going on here? Be honest.
- 2) What do we do about it?

People on the left often collapse these into a single step, subordinating truth-seeking processes to desired outcomes.
This comes up in the debate over gender id again and again. If the desired outcome is males competing in women's sports, then those males can't have a competitive advantage or pose a risk to women's safety. The facts don't agree with that conclusion -- so they've gotta go.
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15 Nov
When I have convos with people who insist transwomen are women, I often ask: What does it mean to believe that? In what sense and for what purposes are transwomen women?
I'm genuinely curious. Are these intended as magic words? Statements of truth? Professions of belief? Demonstrations of right-thinking?

So this is quite interesting:

lesswrong.com/posts/CqyJzDZW…
"You can much more easily believe that it is proper, that it is good and virtuous and beneficial, to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green. Dennett calls this 'belief in belief.'"
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26 Oct
Some thoughts on respect and recognition and social movements...

Respect is rooted in recognition: recognition of what’s shared and recognition of differences, where these differences matter.
The women’s rights movement argued (and argues) that women deserve full and equal participation in society, and that achieving this requires addressing the barriers that have held women back.
For example, in developing countries where menstruation cuts millions of girls off from education, helping girls stay in school may mean helping girls manage their periods and combatting period stigma. downtoearth.org.in/blog/health/23…
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