Michael Cook

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Can Americans Be Friends Again?

George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, was a man remarkable for civility, that precious but vanishing virtue in public life. He left a note for his successor, Bill Clinton, in the Oval Office on the day of the...

Meet the Father of One Thousand Kids

Another adventure in the reproductive revolution. Not long ago the news surfaced that a Dutch man may have fathered 1000 children by donating at three sperm banks over many years. The Guardian has helpfully tracked down this...

Widow Explains Why Assisted Suicide Can Be Harder on the Family Than Natural Death

The journalist wife of a Sky News journalist has written a memoir chronicling her reaction to her husband’s one-way trip to a Swiss suicide clinic. Deborah Binner is bitterly critical of the decision her spouse Simon made to seek assisted suicide...

Dutchman 'Identifies' as Young Man, Demands to Have 20 Years Taken Off Age

A 69-year-old Dutch man is crossing a new trans-identity frontier. Emile Ratelband, a colourful “positivity guru” (pictured above), has asked a court to turn his legal clock back 20 years so that he can be officially recognised as 49 years old....

The Economist Explains How Transgenderism Hurts Feminism

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Mara Keisling, head of the National Center for Transgender Equality, anticipated his hostility. She declared that trans people would fight for their rights – and that “Over the last two decades,...

Does Parental Support for Gender Dysphoria Help Teens?

Let’s try a thought experiment. What if your daughter were to believe that she is actually a Na'vi humanoid from the film Avatar? You are baffled. The Na’vi are ten feet tall and have blue skin and yellow eyes. Your daughter is five foot six...

Affirm Transgender Kids, Says American Academy of Pediatrics

Transgender children should be affirmed by their doctors, their families and society, says the American Academy of Pediatrics in an official policy statement. The AAP’s policy is to validate all “gender identities” in children without...

13-Year-Olds Given Mastectomies at California Clinic

How old must a girl be to consent to a mastectomy? Only 13, it appears. An article in JAMA Pediatrics on “Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Minors and Young Adults” at a US clinic was based on a survey which included 2 girls (transmales) who were 13...

Do Transgender Women Have A Right To Gestation?

Successful womb transplants have given birth (sorry!) to the notion that transgender women or even cisgender men could bear children. It sounds like the scenario of a bad comedy – blokes with bulging biceps raiding the fridge for pickles and ice...

‘The Resistance’ to Trump Fails a Basic Test of Courage

What were the editors of the New York Times smoking when they decided to publish an op-ed by an anonymous official in the Trump Administration? “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of...

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