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Heather Mac Donald on Academic Theory and the Bathroom Wars

On NRO’s home page, Heather Mac Donald discusses how “arcane academic theory” cooked up over recent decades in a “growing constellation of gender-studies, queer-studies, and women’s-studies departments” laid the foundation for the Obama administration’s transgender-bathroom wars. As usual, she offers various other important insights, culminating in this (emphasis in original):  

The ultimate agenda here … is to destroy any last shred of female modesty that might stand in the way of the total normalization of casual promiscuity, in obedience to the sexual-liberation movement of the 1960s. Many girls are embarrassed to be seen naked by other girls. Now, however, they are being told to swallow their inhibitions if a boy is in their bathroom or locker room. This can be achieved only by adopting a stance of utter indifference to the powerful, primal taboos around nakedness and sex — in other words, to adopt the sad sexual crudeness of the stars of Sex and the City or of Lena Dunham. And according to the Obama administration, any parent or school official who disagrees is standing in the way of moral progress. One shrinks to contemplate what the academy is cooking up next.

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