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In Which @LaurenDuca Gets Cancelled

Posted on | September 19, 2019 | No Comments

 

The first time I took notice of Lauren Duca was in June 2016, when she wrote a Teen Vogue article about herpes that was simply false. Teen Vogue subsequently ceased print publication after publishing an article about anal sex, and I wrote in November 2017:

In the months leading up to the 2016 election, Teen Vogue (at least in its online version) was taken over by left-wing political operatives.  . . .
So why did the editors of Teen Vogue wish to tutor young girls about anal sex? Perhaps because the magazine’s digital director is a young gay man, Phillip Picardi and, beginning in 2015, the magazine deliberately decided to shift its focus to “activism” and identity politics:

“I am an activist [said the magazine’s editor Elaine Welteroth]. And I think the readers that we reach would all consider themselves activists, too.”
What issues are most important to their young readers? “Identity is big. We want to help make them feel better about themselves, whether that’s giving beauty tips, or empowering them with political information to have smarter conversations and feel they can stand up for themselves.”

That identity-politics activist mentality worked out about as well for Teen Vogue as it did for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

It was a perfect example of the “Get Woke, “Go Broke” syndrome, where companies wreck their brand by pandering to the social-justice mobs.

Of course, because advocates of “social justice” do not believe in personal responsibility, they will never admit error. Those who destroyed Teen Vogue for the sake of “activism” would have us imagine that it was their critics, and not themselves, who are to blame for this destruction. And when people who were insulted by Lauren Duca’s obnoxious “activist” journalism complained, she claimed to be a victim of “harassment.”

In 2016, the same year she became notorious as Teen Vogue‘s designated attack dog, Lauren Duca married Kristopher Fleming, but this was (rather predictably) an ill-fated union.

 

 

 

There was a time when such behavior would be considered scandalous, but among liberals today it is a cause for celebration, and so the newly divorced (and newly “queer”) Lauren Duca was still a member in good standing of the “progressive” community. Thus, she got a book deal from Simon & Schuster and was hired to teach at New York University:

Duca . . . spent this past summer teaching “The Feminist Journalist,” a six-week New York University journalism course for both high school and college students. After Duca agreed to our interview, she also acquiesced to letting me sit in on the final day of the class. She asked her students to come prepared with questions for her for what would be an AMA-style session in Washington Square Park. Her students sat in a circle around her in the wet grass. It was, I imagine, exactly what Tucker Carlson would envision a liberal journalism class might be: a bunch of kids from varied backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and gender identities, who could each afford a $6,500 class, wearing T-shirts that said “GenderQueer” or “Kill Patriarchy.”
In the park, Duca praised her students for their ideas and pitches: “You so totally learned what I was trying to teach you.” Nearly four weeks after the course ended, however, her students sent a collective formal complaint to the heads of the NYU journalism school about Duca’s conduct. “We are disappointed at the department and NYU for hiring a professor with more interest in promoting her book than teaching a group of students eager to learn,” they wrote. In the days after the course ended, several of the students also reached out to me to share more of their concerns. “Her ability to exploit the movement is really frustrating,” one former student said. . . .
Out of 10 students, five spoke to me on the record, under the condition of anonymity, specifically due to fear of reprisals from Duca or any of her professional connections. All of them had similar allegations against Duca and the class’s structure: that Duca didn’t follow her own syllabus, that she spoke often and inappropriately about her personal life, that she would belittle and yell at students, and, most pressingly, that she targeted one student in particular. All the students wrote a formal letter of complaint to NYU and signed it, “Sincerely, ‘The Feminist Journalist’ Class – Summer 2019.” When I reached out to Duca for her comment on the complaint, she started by saying, “I guess I’m not a teacher.”
The complaint, filed to NYU journalism school’s institute director, Ted Conover, and associate director, Meredith Broussard, on Sept. 11, details many of the same things the five students told me. “There was a consistent lack of professionalism that persisted throughout every aspect of the course,” the complaint reads. . . .
All five students alleged that Duca’s class was disorganized and “a master class in Lauren Duca’s personal life.” (“The point of it is that I’m oversharing all the time. And I think that, yeah, some people like it, some people don’t. Apparently you fucking hate it, but that’s fine,” Duca told me.) They said that she would vanish for 30 to 45 minutes per class to “meditate.” (“It was a three-hour class and we took a break and I would meditate for 15 minutes and they would be gone getting snacks and stuff,” Duca responded.) And that the class was a “waste of six weeks for all of us, and we don’t want anyone else to make this mistake again.” They claim Duca would snap at them for small problems, accuse them of not having done the readings, and never actually read any of the assignments they submitted to her.
Duca responded that she did read all the assignments, though she added: “It’s okay if I’m not a great teacher because I’m great at lots of other things.”
But most galling is that all the students — both in interviews and in the formal complaint to the college — claim that Duca went out of her way to target one student in particular: an exchange student who was visiting New York for school. “Her English wasn’t perfect but that’s hard,” one student told me. “She came from another country. She was very courageous for taking this class.”
The students claimed that Duca would unfairly admonish this particular individual in class. “We all clocked it two or three classes in,” said a classmate. They claimed that Duca said the student “won’t have a lot to say” during class presentations, that she refused to accept assignments from this student while accepting them from others, that she called her work “basic” and “vague,” and that during one class Duca made the student cry during a one-on-one meeting. To this Duca responded, “I said, ‘You need to do the work’; she cried. Like, come on. Is that targeting? What am I supposed to do? ‘You didn’t do the work; here’s a trophy’?”
“That day was the day that I decided that there’s no way we’re going to let this person teach students again. It was awful. It was absolutely awful,” one of the students told me. “She definitely picked favorites, and she picked people she blatantly didn’t like,” said another. (In the complaint the students wrote to NYU, it says that Duca “consistently targeted this student on the basis of a communication difficulty the student cannot change.”)

You can read the whole thing. The main point seems to be, Lauren Duca is a narcissistic egomaniac who considers “feminism” to be whatever serves her personal interest. Of course, this is true of feminists in general, but perhaps Ms. Duca is just too blatant about her selfishness.

So Lauren Duca is now #cancelled, as the kids say, although her cancellation is probably not going to be permanent. Simon & Schuster invested big money in her book, and is therefore invested in maintaining Ms. Duca’s “brand” value. By the way, have we forgotten this?

 

Notice that Ms. Duca doesn’t make any actual argument here. She just assumes that everyone agrees with her, and thus no argument is necessary to refute the quotes from Billy Graham. Her attitude is astonishingly common among young progressives, as the current culture is so dominated by enthusiastic advocates of homosexuality that they are shocked to encounter anyone who doesn’t share their enthusiasm.



 

In The Mailbox: 09.18.19

Posted on | September 18, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
Bacon Time: Doing The Brass Dance
Ninety Miles From Tyranny: The 90 Miles Mystery Box, Episode #747
EBL: Who Won In Israel? also, Lucille Ball, The Mother Of Star Trek
Twitchy: Queer Activist Rages About The “Poison” Chick-Fil-A Spreads In Toronto
Louder With Crowder: California Bank Robber May Also Be Charged With Cultural Appropriation

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: SNL – Hire A White Guy So You Can Fire A White Guy
American Greatness: Lewandowski’s Contempt For A Contemptible Congress
American Power: Erasing America
American Thinker: Mayor Pete Can Explain About Pro-Abortion Jesus
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
Babalu Blog: Senile Viejuco Joe Biden Visits Little Havana In Miami, Makes No Mention Of Cuba
BattleSwarm: Kavanaugh Farce Explodes In A Shower Of Radioactive Clowns
Camp of the Saints: The Right, The Moral Thing To Do
Cafe Hayek: “Scientific” Predictions About Humanity & Resources
CDR Salamander: Your Power Phrase Of The Day – Turbo Activation
Da Tech Guy: Abortion – It’s A Matter of Ownership, also, The Other Opioid Crisis
Don Surber: Hillary Is Cursed
First Street Journal: Mocking NBC News On Climate Change
The Geller Report: American Airlines Muslim Mechanic Who Sabotaged Plane Had ISIS Videos On Phone, Ties To Jihadis, also, Antisemitic Harassment On American College Campuses Hits Historic Levels
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, No. Just No.
Hollywood In Toto: Hollywood Doubles Down On Open Borders Proaganda
Joe For America: CNN – Christians Should Keep Their Thoughts And Prayers To Themselves
Legal Insurrection: Corey Lewandowski Trolls Befuddled Democrats On Judiciary Committee, also, Usual Suspects Cry Foul As GOP Makes The Odd Squad Focus Of 2020 Campaign Ads
Michelle Malkin: Facebook Incites Violent War On ICE
The PanAm Post: Chavez Ordered Cartels To Flood U.S. With Cocaine, also, Costa Rican Government Forgets The Day Venezuela Rescued Them
Power Line: Coolest Baseball Story Of The Year, also, Hugo Chavez, Drug Lord
Shark Tank: Rick Scott Rips CBO For Not Pricing Out “Medicare For All”
Shot In The Dark: Prediction
The Political Hat: The UK Cracks Down On Illegal Baking?
This Ain’t Hell: Wolf! Wolf!! Wolf, I Tell Ya!!! also, Happy Birthday, Air Force!
Victory Girls: Saint Greta Sails In & Shames Democrats
Volokh Conspiracy: CFPB Decides That The CFPB Is Unconstitutional, also, Imagine A World Without Qualified Immunity, Part III
Weasel Zippers: Fail Of The Day, also, Al Sharpton Eulogizes Cokie Roberts With Pics Of Christiane Amanpour
Megan McArdle: Face It, There Will Never Be Any Certainty About The Kavanaugh Allegations
Mark Steyn: Michael E. Mann, Loser

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Empowering Women

Posted on | September 18, 2019 | No Comments

Feminists probably won’t approve what’s happening in Tennessee:

Imagine being defenseless during a dangerous situation. You might feel helpless and scared.
To change all that, one woman is leading a new gun safety group just for women.
“Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. OK, get deep, bend your legs.” Kristin Corbitt explained steps of holding a gun to a woman at a shooting range in Blount County.
She wants to help protect women by showing them how to protect themselves.
“We can’t always wait for help to come,” said Corbitt.
That’s why she says she plans to lead a new shooting chapter called “The Well Armed Woman.”
“We are here to help women be educated, empowered and equipped with firearm safety,” explained Corbitt, “I wanted to bring this chapter here because we don’t have very many opportunities for women around here like this.” . . .
“When I was sixteen I was attempted kidnapped and my mom took me out to shoot,” said Corbitt. . . .
She has one goal.
“I would like to see every woman that would like to be equipped in how to use a firearm become more educated on how to use that firearm,” explained Corbitt.
The first meeting is Friday night at 6:30. It will be held at New Providence Masonic Lodge at 318 Ellis Ave. in Maryville. Meetings will be held monthly on the third Friday and are open to women 21 years and older that may legally own a firearm.
The annual chapter membership costs $50 and offers members local and national discounts and covers chapter expenses.

 



 

Horror in Ohio: Pedophiles Raped Little Boys in ‘Satanic’ Videos, Police Say

Posted on | September 17, 2019 | No Comments

 

Shocking beyond words:

Two alleged pedophiles have been charged with raping children in a case involving a depraved ‘sex room’ filled with satanic imagery and cameras. William Bustillos III, 25, was arrested in Lockland, Ohio on [Aug. 28] after police say he raped a five-year-old boy. His arrest came after police found hundreds of horrific pornographic images from Joseph Lee Suder’s cellphone. Suder, 36, is charged with raping a 7-year-old child on camera was arrested in Milford, Ohio earlier this month. Lockland police told Fox 19 that Suder supplied the boy to Bustillos, who is 360 pounds and ‘confessed in a recorded interview to photographing the minor, aged 5, for sexual gratification.’

More gruesome details:

Lockland police describe the case as the worst they’ve ever seen. They say they found the pornographic images, including child bestiality, on the suspects’ phones during rape investigations in Clermont and Hamilton counties. . . .
Bustillos indicated in an interview with police Wednesday he was sharing the pornography with others in the Cincinnati area, according to Lockland Police Sgt. Chris Lind.
“I’ve seen bad before but this was the absolute worst I’ve ever seen. I hardly slept last night because of it,” Lind said.
“His apartment was basically set up as a sex room. His bedroom included a bed with nets to mount cameras to record sex acts and a little satanic ritual set up with cameras [and] satanic totems. He had dildos in the showers and these pictures of these kids in the shower with the dildos. . . .
“He couldn’t deny the pictures. We found them on his phone. We seized his laptop and he said there was going to be more photos on the laptop. We got several hundred photos from Milford (police).” . . .
A relative of the children who requested to not be named tells FOX19 NOW “This is just the beginning.”
“It’s going to get worse. When William admitted to the fact that he was also sending pictures out to people, that’s another reason why they are bringing in the FBI. They are sex trafficking the photos and they are on a website and they can’t shut it down.”

More charges:

One of two men under arrest on child rape and pornography charges was indicted [Sept. 10] on 51 additional charges.
A Clermont County Grand Jury indicted Joseph Lee Suder on 3 counts of rape, 3 counts of gross sexual imposition, 16 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, 27 count of pandering in obscenity involving a minor, one count of trafficking in persons, and one count of tampering with evidence.

Two men, at least three victims, to say nothing of the international child-pornography distribution network these two guys supplied with videos.

“Allegedly,” I hasten to add.



 

No, Your AR-15 Is Not the Problem

Posted on | September 17, 2019 | No Comments

Why do Democrats want to take away your AR-15? The fact that such a weapon was used by the Odessa shooter was the basis for Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s infamous declaration: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!” But this is like banning cars because automobile accidents kill more than 40,000 Americans a year, or banning tall buildings because more than 35,000 Americans die each year from accidental falls. O’Rourke is advocating what might be called the Instrumental Theory of Evil: The cause of our problems is not bad people, but bad things. Therefore, ban the evil things!

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke dismissed criticism and “hang-wringing” about his much-discussed debate statement that “Hell yes” he wants to confiscate assault weapons, saying those concerns “just show you how screwed up the priorities in Washington, D.C., are.”
“I refuse to even acknowledge the politics or the polling or the fear or the NRA,” O’Rourke told “NBC’s Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday. “That has purchased the complicity and silence of members of Congress.”

See, according to O’Rourke, the reason we have not yet banned the evil AR-15 is because, unlike him, other people lack courage and integrity. Democrats believe guns are evil, and therefore only bad people own guns, which means that prejudice against gun owners is a virtue. This explains why the campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has become a contest to see who hates gun owners the most. Does it matter that the premise of their argument is demonstrably wrong?

In 1994, a ten-year prohibition on the manufacture, possession, and transfer of certain “semiautomatic assault weapons” was signed into law.
And what was the result of this ban? . . . A Justice Department report examining the impact of the ban was underwhelming at best. “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement,” the report states.
The report goes on to explain that the law’s larger impact on overall gun violence was minimal, because the banned weapons were rarely involved in criminal acts in the first place. According to the FBI, rifles — a broader category that lumps together your grandpappy’s hunting rifle with military-style rifles — constitute an average of 340 homicides per year. Though any loss of life is tragic, these numbers don’t exactly rise to the occasion in solving what is commonly characterized as a national epidemic. . . .
Between 2007 and 2018, 173 people were killed by mass shooters using an AR-15, according to a New York Times analysis — roughly, 15 per year. (For perspective, 13 people die per year from vending machines falling on them.) The fearmongering regarding this weapon becomes even more apparent when one considers the estimated 8 million AR-15s currently in circulation — the vast majority of which will never be involved in a crime.

So, just to make sure everybody’s got this in proper perspective: According to the FBI, there were 17,284 murders in the United States in 2017. Also, according to the FBI, in an average year, rifles are the weapons used in 340 homicides. Simple math tells us that rifles — all rifles, of every kind — are used in less than 2% of U.S. murders, and AR-15s account for only a tiny fraction (0.09%) of U.S. murders.

Even if we banned all rifles, 98% of murders would still happen, and banning AR-15s wouldn’t even reduce murders by one-tenth of 1%! Yet the audience at the Democrat debate erupted in applause when O’Rourke promised that “we” (i.e., Democrats) are “going to take your AR-15.”

Democrats hate you. They really, really hate you.

(Hat-tip: Stephen Green at Instapundit.)



 

In The Mailbox: 09.17.19

Posted on | September 17, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
357 Magnum: Cop Staying At AirBnB Breaks Into Neighboring House
EBL: Cokie Roberts, RIP
Twitchy: Corey Lewandowski Trolls Duke Nukem By Calling Him “President Swalwell” At Hearing
Louder With Crowder: Rob Schneider Offers Advice To Shane Gillis While Brilliantly Insulting Critics

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: World Blogging Super Smackdown Standoff
American Greatness: Linda Sarsour Ousted From Womens’ March
American Thinker: Climate Change – A Leftist Excuse To Redistribute Wealth And Destroy The West
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Cruz News
Babalu Blog: Transportation Crisis In Communist Cuba Shows Socialism In Action
BattleSwarm: The Left Has No Sense Of Humor, also, Captain Tripski
Camp of the Saints: The Armenian Genocide By Islam
Cafe Hayek: Let Your Voice Be Heard By Opposing The Politicization of Society
CDR Salamander: Drones & a New Age Of Economic Terrorism
Da Tech Guy: You Can’t Eat Debt, also, What’s More Valuable, A Mass Or A McDonald’s Meal?
Don Surber: Schroedinger’s Newspaper
First Street Journal: Americans Really Want To Solve Climate Change
The Geller Report: Soros Operatives In Israel Caught Breaking The Law By Busing Muslim Voters To Polls, also, Facebook Suspends Netanyahu AGAIN On Israeli Election Day
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, 50’s Tunes & Copybook Headings
Hollywood In Toto: Meet The Stars Who Reached Across the Aisle (Or Tried)
Joe For America: Valerie Jarrett Panics As Investigators Close In, also, Mariano Rivera – I’m Proud To be An American, And English Is The First Thing Immigrants Should Learn!
JustOneMinute: Melting Down At The Times
Legal Insurrection: MSNBC Poll About Guns Backfires Fabulously, also, NYT Reporters Blame Editors For Removing Info About Supposed Kavanaugh Victim Having No Memory Of Incident
The PanAm Post: Bolton is Out – What’s Next? also, Colombia Understands Venezuela’s Reality – Will The U.S. Learn The Hard Lessons?
Power Line: The Heng Aftermath, also, Israeli Election – A Replay Of Last April?
Shark Tank: Air Force Veteran Anna Luna Takes On Charlie Crist In FL-13
Shot In The Dark: Insiders
STUMP: Taxing Tuesday – A Conundrum – How To Tax Retired Folks When That’s What You’ve Got A Lot Of
The Political Hat: A Tale Of Two Online Encyclopedias
This Ain’t Hell: You Can’t Make This Up Part II, also, An Update On The Invasion Of Area 51
Victory Girls: Womens’ March Gets New Board, Same Bigotry
Volokh Conspiracy: Imagining A World Without Qualified Immunity, Part II, also, An Introduction To Constitutional Law – 100 SCOTUS Cases Everyone Should Know
Weasel Zippers: Lewandowski Derails Impeachment Hearing By Refusing To Answer Questions Without Copy Of Mueller Report, also, Bernie Backs Free Government Health Care & Public College For Illegals
Mark Steyn: Ice Follies Of 2019, also, Rumbling With Corn Pop

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In The Mailbox: 09.16.19

Posted on | September 16, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
Bacon Time: I Got Second Place
357 Magnum: Those Unintended Consequences
EBL: Fear Of The Peanut
Twitchy: Vox Already Has An Explainer On how Justice Kavanaugh Could Be Removed Without Being Impeached
Louder With Crowder: CNN Is Fake News – Change My Mind, also, Brett Kavanaugh Did Nothing Wrong

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Don’t Let The Old Man In
American Greatness: Latest Kavanaugh Accuser Is Democrat, Clinton Lawyer, Trump Critic
American Power: Are Democrats Running For “President Of Twitter”?
American Thinker: The Left Hopes To Destroy Christianity By Changing It
Animal Magnetism: Goodbye, Blue Monday
Babalu Blog: Republican, Cuban-American Wisconsin Doctor Considering A Run For Congress
BattleSwarm: Drone Strike Halves Saudi Oil Production, also, Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update
Cafe Hayek: What If All Reality Were Optional?
Camp of the Saints: George Will, Getting The Basics Wrong
CDR Salamander: Afghanistan In Its 18th Year – At The Personal Level, also, Fullbore Friday
Da Tech Guy: Sometimes DaTechGuy’s Laws Of Media Outrage Are Violated, also, How To Lose
Don Surber: Why Not Call Democrats Communists? also, Apologize, Mitt
First Street Journal: Kiwis Look To Pass More Gun Control Bills
The Geller Report: Top Dems Insist Kavanaugh Must Be Impeached As Uncorroborated Allegations Resurface, also, Migrant Subjects UK 11-Year-Old To Horrifying Rape
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of The Day, The Tarantula Nebula, and Truthiness
Hollywood In Toto: Film Critics Cancel Clint, Cheer Criminal Hustlers, also, Hollywood Ignores Avalanche Of Pro-Kavanaugh Facts
Joe For America: Valerie Jarrett Suggests America Owes Obama Debt Of Gratitude For Low Unemployment, also, What if Jim Acosta Held A Book Signing & Nobody Came?
JustOneMinute: Manhattan DA Issues Criminal Subpoena For Trump’s State & Federal Tax Returns
Legal Insurrection: Update – Mandy Nagy Five Years On, also, NYT Adds Correction To Kavanaugh Hit Piece Admitting Alleged Victim Didn’t Recall Incident
Michelle Malkin: #StandWithICE, Aurora Colorado – Part II
The PanAm Post: Hypocrisy In Latin America – They Recognize Guaido But Abandon Venezuela
Power Line: Gut Check, also, The Gun-Grabber Supercut
Shot In The Dark: Making Housing Affordable By Making It Unobtainable, also, Living In Stereo
The Political Hat: When Venezuela Terrorizes, Then Collapses, Will It Equivocate?
This Ain’t Hell: Marine Sees Two High School Kids Fighting, Intervenes In Most Marine Way Possible, also, Officials Say Attack On Saudi Oil Facility Launched From Iran
Victory Girls: The Real Reasons Democrat Candidates For President Want Kavanaugh Impeached, also, Cheerleaders Get Probation For Trump Sign Picture
Volokh Conspiracy: Imagining A World Without Qualified Immunity, Part I, also, 1st Amendment Protects Calligraphers’ Right To Not Make Custom Gay Wedding Invitations
Weasel Zippers: CBP Reports 65 Miles Of New Border Wall Built, also, Kamala Harris On Kavanaugh Smear – “The Fact That Something Hasn’t Been Proven Doesn’t Mean It Didn’t Happen”
Megan McArdle: A Vaping Ban Would Be Hysteria Masked As Prudence
Mark Steyn: Ulee’s Gold, also, Swingin’ On A Star

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Lesbian Sues Sperm Bank After Learning Why Both Her Kids Are Autistic

Posted on | September 16, 2019 | No Comments

 

Layers and layers of irony here:

[Illinois lesbian Danielle] Rizzo’s children, ages 7 and 6, were at the center of one of the most ethically complex legal cases in the modern-day fertility industry. Three years ago, while researching treatment options for her sons, Rizzo says she made an extraordinary discovery: The boys are part of an autism cluster involving at least a dozen children scattered across the United States, Canada and Europe, all conceived with sperm from the same donor. Many of the children have secondary diagnoses of ADHD, dyslexia, mood disorders, epilepsy and other developmental and learning disabilities. . . .
When she first found out about their many half-siblings, she consulted a genetic counselor, who she says told her the odds of so many blood-related children with autism occurring spontaneously was akin to all the mothers “opening up a dictionary and pointing to the same letter of the same word on the same page at the same time.”
“It was the donor,” Rizzo remembered thinking. “It had to be.”
A quick online search for the donor’s profile showed that sperm from a man matching his description was still being sold by at least four companies. . . .
Rizzo turned to a sperm bank when she was 27 years old and a business banker at a JPMorgan Chase branch. She and her partner, who asked that her name not be used to protect her privacy, had been together for eight years. They met while Rizzo was attending community college on a softball scholarship. Rizzo was the team’s pitcher; her partner was an assistant coach. In June 2011, when Illinois began issuing civil union licenses to same-sex couples, they were the first in line at the Kane County courthouse.
Rizzo says they were eager to start their family and decided that Rizzo, younger by two years, would carry the baby. For months, the couple scoured online profiles to find just the right sperm donor.
Donor H898 from Idant Laboratories looked like a winner.
He was blond and blue-eyed, 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, and appeared to be smart and accomplished.
His profile said he had a master’s degree and was working as a medical photographer. His hobbies included long-distance running, reading and art.
And most important, Rizzo says, he had a clean bill of health, according to his profile . . .
[B]oth boys were diagnosed with autism. She soon found herself thrown into the frenzied world of special-needs parenting. . . .
“The screaming, the hitting, the yelling, the pinching, the punching, the pulling my hair when I’m driving,” she said, describing her days. After three nannies quit, Rizzo left her job, and her relationship collapsed. . . .
The house went into foreclosure. Rizzo went on Medicaid, and in July 2018 she and the two boys moved into her parents’ basement. . . .
Donor H898?s sperm was offered through multiple sources. . . .
His profile stood out in many ways, women who used his sperm said, citing the thoughtful answers in his essays and audio interview. “I dislike dishonest and wasteful people,” he wrote in one statement. “I have my own garden and go to the Met when I can.”
Rizzo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in July 2017. In her complaint, she alleged that his online profile was a lie and that he was not an “appropriate candidate for sperm donation.” . . .
She says in the complaint that research, based on public documents and calls to his relatives, showed that the donor had no college degrees, had been diagnosed with ADHD, and “went to a school for children with learning and emotional disabilities.” . . . Moreover, her attorneys wrote in the filing, “Donor H898 is a prolific sperm donor who has fathered at least 12 children through sperm donation, and that each of those children has either been diagnosed with Autism, or suffers from signs and symptoms associated with Autism.” In court documents, other mothers corroborated the story.

So far as we know, then, 100% of this donor’s offspring are autistic and the question arises: Could he ever have conceived children otherwise?

In other words, this guy might have been an “incel,” and so low-status that he was unable to form any real-life relationships with women. Yet by falsifying his sperm-donor profile, he convinced Danielle Rizzo and other women that he was “smart and accomplished,” a “winner.”

“Donor H898” perhaps never could have convinced any woman he actually knew to become the mother of his children, but he had certain traits — tall, blond and blue-eyed — that women seeking donor sperm considered desirable, and thus sired at least a dozen offspring, all of whom seem to have inherited H898’s neurological dysfunction. Oops.

Do you see why trying to evade Darwinian selection might be a bad idea? The idea that Science (with a capital S, to denote its quasi-religious status in the secular mind) can solve every social problem has a rather spotty record in real-life application. Traditional institutions like marriage and religion, we are told by the progressive intellectual elite, are oppressive remnants of a barbaric past. Why should our lifestyle choices be limited by obsolete prejudices and superstitions? And so we cannot expect that Danielle Rizzo, who was still only a teenager when she became the lesbian lover of her college softball coach, would heed anyone’s warning about the potential downside of her experiments on the frontier of social “progress.” No, you’re just a bigot and a hater if you think perhaps lesbian motherhood might produce negative outcomes.

Danielle Rizzo doesn’t believe in any of that “Thou shalt not” stuff. No, she believes in Science! Her children didn’t need a father. All she and her lesbian “partner” needed was a sperm donor, and Science would take care of the rest. What could possibly go wrong? Only everything, it turns out, so that “her relationship collapsed” and now she and her two autistic sons are on Medicaid, living in her parents’ basement.

This story was brought to my attention by Rational Male author Rollo Tomassi, who has a saying: “Hypergamy doesn’t care.” “Hypergamy prompts women to seek out ‘winners’, they don’t care how the man won, just that he won,” as Rollo has observed, and we see how this applies even with lesbians choosing sperm donors on the basis of online profiles. Being tall, claiming to have a master’s degree and a professional career — H898 seemed like a “winner,” and it never occurred to Danielle Rizzo to wonder about H898’s motives for becoming a sperm donor.

Did she imagine he a selfless humanitarian? If so, she was a fool, and now she’s stuck with two kids with this lying creep’s defective DNA.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings have an ironic sense of humor.



 

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