Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 6.50.54 PMThis week’s winner is my pal, Bookworm, for a deserving essay indeed.  Me?  Sixth place, a dramatic and precipitous fall from my first place finish last week.  But that’s life; that’s what people say. Ridin’ high in April and shot down in May…  Hey!  There might be a song in that…

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.” – Will Durant

“Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.” – Virginia Woolf

“Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness,/ Wherein the…enemy does much.” – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

This week’s winning essay, Bookworm Room’s The broken windows theory of public bathrooms and gender identity Is her look at the realities of the controversy over transgenders using women’s bathrooms. Here’s a slice:

The social justice warriors have been busy on my “real-me” Facebook page, ridiculing the concerns of ordinary Americans who cannot understand why, out of the blue, they are suddenly being told that gender isn’t a biological reality but is, instead, a mere social construct that a person can socially reconstruct on a daily basis — and, moreover, that this sudden gender fluidity means that it’s an act of gross discrimination to contend that public bathrooms should be limited to reflect a person’s basic biology (i.e., penis or no penis).

Despite disagreeing strongly with the whole “gender fluidity” claim, even I must admit that the social justice warriors have come up with what I consider are two good arguments to support their case. Conceding that these arguments have some validity, though, does not erase the fact that the SJWs are still completely wrong to demand that America abandon long-standing laws and practices respecting gender differences.

The first valid argument is that true transgender women (by which I mean people who completely identify as women but who are biologically men) are almost never violent towards others:

Transgender-safety-in-bathroomsThe second argument is that these true transgender women, the ones who dress and act like women, often to the point of being indistinguishable from women, are already using women’s restrooms and have been doing so forever, without anyone being the wiser:

Sharing-bathroomsI’ll add one more argument:  Long before the bathroom wars heated up and women suddenly got concerned about men in their bathrooms and locker rooms, sexual perverts have been trolling women’s bathrooms:

So, if true transgenders aren’t violent, if this bathroom sharing has been existing sub rosa forever, and if perverts have been using women’s bathrooms long before transgender rights became an issue, why do I still believe that it’s important that we continue our current biologically-based gender segregation in bathrooms and changing rooms? It’s important because of what I think of as the “broken windows” theory of public bathrooms.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Terra IncognitaEndemic Hatred of Jews submitted by Bookworm Room. Seth Franzman does a fine job here in exploring that age-old subject ‘Why the Jews?’

Here are this week’s full results. Only Fausta and The Daley Gator were unable to vote,but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 penalty for not voting. One of the Victor Davis Hanson pieces was submitted by two members under different titles (which yours truly didn’t catch). So I combined those votes:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners:

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