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Letter to an American woman who got into a bitter verbal fight with several intactivists.

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Reply to an American woman who said she preferred sex with circumcised men

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Infant circumcision and Chinese footbinding

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Comment left in an Australian blog

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My discovery of Herb Goldberg

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Letter to a middle aged Jewish woman who opposes bris and RIC

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Letter to an American mother curious about how men feel about RIC

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Comment left in a Jewish blog

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Chris Hitchens on circumcision

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Reflections on the Disintegration of Detroit

1900-29, Detroit was the Silicon Valley of its day, because Detroit was where the cheap mass produced automobile, purchased on installments thanks to consumer credit. Just as Steve Jobs invented the mass produced desktop computer, Detroit invented the motor car that any family that was not destitute could afford.  The Depression hit Detroit hard, but it boomed again in WWII with defence procurement.

But then four grim and consequential facts occured.
  • Detroit lost 300,000 people in the 1950s. All I know about that era was that the huge Packard plant closed. Detroit lost population in every subsequent decade;
  • There were terrible race riots in 1943 and 1967;
  • Detroit public schools became majority AA around 1965;
  • Between 1967 and 1972, Detroit experienced an explosive rise in murder, other violent crime, and narcotic use.
These four facts led to the worst episode ever of white flight ever.  When the plants built early last century reached their use-by date, they were replaced with plants built elsewhere in North America. People laid off in Detroit could apply for jobs at the new plants, but their UAW backgrounds were discriminated against. Detroit's population continued to fall, and the proportion of its population that was unemployable, thanks to functional illiteracy, drug use, and criminal records, rose and rose. It became impossible to find buyers or renters for more and more Detroit houses, so they were simply abandoned. There was no money to raze tens of thousands of abandoned houses and other buildings, so the city became blighted, which fueled more exodus, more crime, black as well as white flight, and more abandonment. When the Great Recession hit, Detroit had long been in a death spiral.

That Flint has lost half its population and is mostly ghetto, and that blight has begun in Saginaw and Toledo, prove that the problem is a regional one.

Value added by motor vehicle manufacturing in the USA is doing fine. The problem is that such manufacturing employed 1.1M people as recently as 2007, and now employs fewer than 800K. The people of Flint and Detroit are victims of a dramatic rise in auto industry labour productivity, and of their lack of marketable skills. One thing is certain: the ability to earn an upper middle class income on an assembly line, and the traditional very generous UAW benefits, are both history. The future is 40K/year on straight time, another 10K in years with overtime, free health insurance for employees only, and 401k retirement plans. Also, no jobs for people without some technical education, or with criminal records or drug histories.

There is no longer any economic or engineering reason to concentrate the manufacture of motor vehicles in SE Michigan, and that region will simply have to adapt to that fact.

These economic realities have stark consequences. Among the 3089 USA counties outside of Alaska, Wayne County Michigan (which contains Detroit but not its prosperous northern suburbs) ranked 137th in personal income per capita in 1969, and 1506th in 2012. Ranking states by personal income per capita, Michigan was 10th among the 48 continental states in 1929, and 34th in 2012. In 2012, Michigan was not the poorest state in the northeast, midwest and Plains, only because it was 0.5% ahead of Indiana. Michigan went from being 13% above the 1929 value for the entire USA, to 13% below the corresponding value in 2012. In disposable personal income per capita, Michigan ranked 12th in 1948, and 35th in 2012. In 1953, Michigan's per capita income was 121% of that for the USA as a whole. This was the highest value ever, except for WWII. In 1994-95, it was 101%; this was the last time Michigan's per capita income equalled or exceeded the USA average. Since 2007, Michigan's per capita income has been 87-88% of the USA average, the lowest values ever for this percentage. Over the past 60 years, the state of Michigan has experienced a near catastrophic economic decline, as the auto industry has deserted it for greener pastures.

Anne McDermott wrongly despises intactivism

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Reply to Michael Schulson in The Daily Beast

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My Reply to Scientific American

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To Vessa here in EP

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Comment explaining why the meta-study Morris & Krueger (2013) is simply wrong

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Letter to a Jewish scientist very angry about his bris

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Comment left in the blog of a USA woman made very angry by circumcision

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A comment I left years ago in a blog for intactivist mothers

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My explanation and critique of gender feminism

You, like many people, are an equity feminist. Nearly all political movements pay lip service to equity feminism, much of which is the law in First World countries. Equity feminism has had important victories in the past: female suffrage, ending of all male university education, opening all careers to women. Disagreement with equity feminism is mostly confined to austere religious circles.

The people who savaged you are gender feminists. A common verbal touchstone of gender feminists is believing that women are an oppressed class, and that the oppressors are something they call "the patriarchy". Another verbal touchstone is talk of "rape culture". The gender feminist "makes a career" out of being a woman angry at the way "all women" are supposedly treated. The way my parents generation would describe gender feminists was to say "they always have a chip on their shoulders". Many gender feminists last century were lesbians, simply because they believed that being heterosexual amounted to "sleeping with the enemy".

Gender feminism sprang up in the 1960s, in the writings of Robin Morgan (founder of Ms magazine), Marilyn French, Gloria Steinem, Valerie Solanas, Kate Millet, Germaine Greer, and Shulamith Firestone. Gender feminism was an important social movement, 1965-1990, and has experienced something of a resurgence in social media, since about 2005 or so.

Gender feminism has male supporters. I believe that they are mistaken, but please do not sneer at them as traitors to their gender. They are probably in an intimate relationship with gender feminist women. Decent men tend to feel strong loyalty to the women they cuddle in bed, and this is normal and desirable, even if that noble sentiment sometimes takes men down misguided paths. Also, the writings of gender feminists can have intellectual appeal to men dissatisfied with the present social order. Gender feminism has attracted strong disagreement from the Men's Rights Movement, and from women, some of whom are ex gender feminists.

The terms "gender feminism" and "equity feminism" are due to Christine Hoff Sommers, an equity feminist as a young woman, a liberal Jew, and the mother of sons. Sommers decided 25 years ago that gender feminism is a sinister social movement. My view is that the only way the goals of gender feminism can become realities, is by a tyrannical state that dictates what occupations will pay and who gets what job. Gender feminism can become a reality only by putting on jackboots. A gender feminist world would not make optimal use of men's talents and abilities. The economy would stagnate or even decline outright. The proportion of children raised by single mothers would rise, as would the proportion of antisocial males. A gender feminist nation would eventually collapse, in a way similar to the disintegration of the USSR and Maoist China.

Gender feminism is too angry, too intellectual, and too anti-male to have much traction among everyday women. A vulgarisation of gender feminism that does have traction is the Gold Uterus Complex:
shrink4men.com/2011/05/17/does-your-wife-or-ex-wife-have-a-golden-uterus-complex-15-characteristics-of-the-golden-uterus/

Another real world manifestation of gender feminism is the Duluth Model, which has a Wikipedia entry.

Erin Pizzey, who had some gender feminist inclinations as a young woman and who founded the British Refuge movement, the first network of urban shelters for battered women, decided after some years that both genders were more or less equally guilty of domestic violence. When British gender feminists got wind of her change of heart, they made her feel so unwelcome that she and her children fled her native UK for a number of years. It is my understanding that Pizzey's memoirs are an important document in the ongoing critique of gender feminism.

My comment on the blog of a young gynecologist

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Letter to an American woman who got into a bitter verbal fight with several intactivists., posted August 18th, 2014
Reply to an American woman who said she preferred sex with circumcised men, posted August 17th, 2014, 1 comment
Infant circumcision and Chinese footbinding, posted August 11th, 2014
Comment left in an Australian blog, posted August 4th, 2014
My discovery of Herb Goldberg, posted June 28th, 2014, 1 comment
Letter to a middle aged Jewish woman who opposes bris and RIC, posted June 27th, 2014, 1 comment
Letter to an American mother curious about how men feel about RIC, posted May 21st, 2014
Comment left in a Jewish blog, posted May 13th, 2014, 1 comment
Chris Hitchens on circumcision, posted April 27th, 2014, 4 comments
Reflections on the Disintegration of Detroit, posted March 12th, 2014
Anne McDermott wrongly despises intactivism, posted February 10th, 2014, 2 comments
Reply to Michael Schulson in The Daily Beast, posted February 2nd, 2014, 1 comment
My Reply to Scientific American, posted January 23rd, 2014
To Vessa here in EP, posted January 16th, 2014, 1 comment
Comment explaining why the meta-study Morris & Krueger (2013) is simply wrong, posted January 8th, 2014
Letter to a Jewish scientist very angry about his bris, posted January 7th, 2014
Comment left in the blog of a USA woman made very angry by circumcision, posted January 3rd, 2014
A comment I left years ago in a blog for intactivist mothers, posted December 5th, 2013
My explanation and critique of gender feminism, posted December 1st, 2013, 1 comment
My comment on the blog of a young gynecologist, posted November 1st, 2013, 4 comments
An important passage in Glick (2005), with my comments added, posted October 25th, 2013
Comment left in the blog of a law professor, posted October 23rd, 2013
To an American mother who revealed that she has decided to circumcise her son., posted October 9th, 2013
To a medical student whose Mom is a maternity ward nurse, posted October 6th, 2013
How to resist the rise of the underclass, posted August 31st, 2013
Among western societies, the USA has the highest %age of kids growing up in single parent homes., posted August 28th, 2013
The sweeping income tax reform I advocate, posted August 2nd, 2013
Guest post: an antifeminist manifesto, posted July 25th, 2013
Comment addressed to Jews who have abandoned the haredi lifestyle, posted July 21st, 2013
Circumcision and HIV, posted July 15th, 2013, 4 comments
Letter to a Jewish single woman who is a body acceptance activist., posted July 15th, 2013
A young mother writes very bluntly of the sexual advantages of intact men, posted July 13th, 2013, 3 comments
I wrote the following in support of the forthcoming documentary "American Secret", posted July 7th, 2013
Letter to a mohel, posted July 6th, 2013
Letter to a British feminist woman, posted July 4th, 2013, 1 comment
Letter to an American woman with intact husbands., posted June 28th, 2013
The decline and fall of an American industrial giant, my first serious employer, posted June 26th, 2013, 1 comment
Feminism and RIC, posted June 23rd, 2013
Deconstructing Ronald Gray's opinion piece in the WSJ, posted June 17th, 2013
Letter to a British mum, posted June 16th, 2013, 1 comment
Comment left in the blog of the Times of Israel, posted June 3rd, 2013, 6 comments
Comment in a "Silky Parenting" thread in another forum, posted May 26th, 2013
How could intact American fathers raise cut sons during the first half of last century?, posted May 16th, 2013, 2 comments
How I agree and disagree with Michael Moore, posted May 6th, 2013, 1 comment
Comment left in a circumcision debate on a libertarian blog, posted May 6th, 2013
Comment left in the blog of a mother married to a nonpracticing Jewish husband, posted April 30th, 2013
Comment left in the blog of a humanistic rabbi, posted April 22nd, 2013
Why woman have a right to care about the Fate of the Foreskin, posted April 9th, 2013, 2 comments
Guest post by an anonymous but knowledgeable Australian, posted April 1st, 2013
Comment left in a sceptics' blog, posted March 27th, 2013
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