This Week In Doom — Deranged Psychology Edition

This Week In Doom — Deranged Psychology Edition

Note the change back to the original title. And video for the reading-impaired! I’m thinking of moving Doom back to Wednesdays, and leaving Saturday’s blank.

Item On Woke Capital. Interview with @WokeCapital creator. Good summary of our accelerating Doom.

Item Why Fascists Hate Masturbation: The rise of nationalism coincides with anti-masturbation movements.

Masturbation may well be one of the healthiest human sexual behaviors.

…Graham and Kellog, 19th Century physicians invented bland foods like corn flakes and graham crackers to curb the desire to masturbate (I think that Graham didn’t anticipate s’mores, which are actually pretty sexy)…The DSM-I, published in the 1950’s by the American Psychiatric Association offered the diagnostic code of 317.1 for the “mental health disorder” of masturbation. But, modern society seemed to have moved away from open condemnation of the dangers of self-pleasure.

Masturbation is the healthiest human sexual behavior, associated with a range of health and life benefits, with no known (to science or medicine) health risks. It is pregnancy and disease free. It teaches people to accept and understand their own sexuality. Healthy sexual and marital relationships are improved by masturbation when the shame and stigma of it are removed….

The hatred of masturbation by these various conservative men may also reflect fear, as opposed to stupidity. Most of them seem to have religious backgrounds, and likely grew up being taught to suppress their desires for anything other than heterosexual monogamy.

Sperm rates are declining in the West, we are told. We men, of course, are weak and sinners; hence there is the “No Fap November” to encourage us (that’s a Newsweek link, and safe for work). The feminists are screeching that self control is anti-woman and violent (must-read-thread).

It should be noted the Psychology Today, the publishers of the story, changed the title into something less provocative: “Is One Sexual Behavior Triggering Certain Groups?”. Here is a screenshot of the original; I used the original above. The image today is also from them.

Here is the punchline. The author bills himself as “David J. Ley, Ph.D., [who thinks S’mores are sexy] is a clinical psychologist and the author of Insatiable Wives, Women Who Stray and The Men Who Love Them.” The masturbation enthusiast doesn’t note whether this is a memoir.

Item Ireland announces women-only professorships to close academia’s gender gap (Thanks to Victor DOOMin for the tip.)

Ireland has announced a new plan to combat gender inequality in higher education by creating women-only professor positions across its universities and technology institutes.

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the project would ensure that 40% of Ireland’s professor-level positions would be held be women by 2024.

Speaking at the Gender Action Plan for Higher Education’s launch in Dublin on Sunday, O’Connor said that increasing female representation at the highest academic level would “underpin the transformation and cultural change” necessary to ensure that Ireland’s higher education “fully realizes the benefits of gender diversity.”

Boosting the rate of non-male professors was the reason for the institution of Ladies Studies departments at the like.

Item What is behind the increase in “witches” in the US?

As the number of self-identified witches in the United States has surpassed the number of Presbyterians, it is helpful to recall G.K. Chesterton’s adage that when we stop believing in God, we begin to believe in anything. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 0.4 percent of Americans identify themselves as Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase over previous years. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people say they practice Wicca or Paganism today, a rise from an estimated 8,000 in 1990, and 340,000 in 2008.

You’d have to say the Presbyterians had a good run. And while there are still a few left that believe in the central tenets of Christianity, it’s a good bet they won’t be coming back. Next, the survey mentioned above.

Item ‘New Age’ beliefs common among both religious and nonreligious Americans

Overall, roughly six-in-ten American adults accept at least one of these New Age beliefs. Specifically, four-in-ten believe in psychics and that spiritual energy can be found in physical objects, while somewhat smaller shares express belief in reincarnation (33%) and astrology (29%)…

Moreover, religiously unaffiliated Americans (those who say their religion is atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular”) are about as likely as Christians to hold New Age beliefs. However, atheists are much less likely to believe in any of the four New Age beliefs than agnostics and those who say their religion is “nothing in particular.” Just 22% of atheists believe in at least one of four New Age beliefs, compared with 56% of agnostics and eight-in-ten among those whose religion is “nothing in particular.”

A better word is Even 22% of atheists believe in psychic powers. They’re beat by the “spiritual but not religious.” Everybody believes in something, even the 78% of atheists who don’t hold “new age” beliefs.

Funny that “new age” beliefs are actually age old beliefs.

Item Dutch doctor faces first euthanasia prosecution

Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for euthanising an elderly woman with dementia in the first case of its kind since the practice was legalised in 2002, officials said Friday.

The female doctor, who was not named, allegedly put a sleeping drug into the 74-year-old woman’s coffee and had to ask her family to hold her down when she began to struggle.

I’m old enough to remember when we used to call this murder, not euthanasia.

Item Financial Times tool warns if articles quote too many men

The Financial Times is automatically warning its journalists if their articles quote too many men, in an attempt to force writers to look for expert women to include in their pieces…

“Desks that use quotes from a high proportion of women also feature more women in their pictures, and their articles are well read by women,” the deputy editor, Roula Khalaf, told staff in an internal email, saying that women tend to feature in stories about the NHS, US immigration, and EU tech regulation but less so in stories about US trade, the oil industry and banking.

Diversity and Equality always lead to mandatory quotas. Absolutely always.

Item Who can you trust?

If you’re not there seeing it in person, you will soon never know.


  1. Sheri

    No problem with Ireland—men can just self identify as women. They can have whatever positions they want. (Of course, I anticipate an huge increase in tech and building failures in Ireland as women who know zip about what they are teaching build bridges like the walk bridge in Florida. But hey, what’s a few dead pedestrians and drivers in the name of fairness?

    Again, the Tower of Babel aftermath was NOT a reward.

    So is the witches vs Presbyterians a knock on the small number of Presbyterians or noting an increase in admitted witches?

    Religious people with New Age beliefs is nothing new. They just quantified it. Scientism.

    “If you’re not there seeing it in person, you will soon never know.” Since photos came into being that has been true, if not before. The show Perry Mason featured a photo of an altered photo used as “evidence” of a crime. Before digital, one simply hand altered a photo and rephotographed it. I did that with film photography frequently. Before that were the illusionists and mentalists. Maybe everyone just lived in blissful denial in their minds and pretended this did not exist. I don’t know. It’s been there for decades or centuries.

  2. Ray

    Isn’t it odd that feminists are demanding half the jobs in academia but they don’t want half the jobs in garbage collection. With the cold weather there have been several water main breaks and when the repair work is shown on TV I only see men digging up and replacing the broken pipes. Why aren’t the feminists demanding half of these jobs?

  3. Ye Olde Statistician

    Try this: Masturbaters typically fantasize in the act. The intense pleasure then reinforces the fantasy. Since few will fantasize about women who refuse them, the notion that all women are willing will be reinforced, leading to an increase in sexual harrassment and sexual assault.

    It is pregnancy and disease free. It could even lead to the equation of pregnancy with disease!

    No one today practices paganism. They practice a pretend paganism cooked up a few decades ago that is all rainbows and fluffy bunnies rather than Moloch and reading entrails.

  4. Brian (bulaoren)

    An American novelist; Donna Tritt, wrote a book called “The Secret History”. One of the themes was neopaganism, and the university culture which propels it. Well worth reading…

  5. Uncle Mike

    If we co-sponsor Girls Who Code events or give them money, nobody in the media will notice that all our engineers are autistic white dudes.

    Thank you, Dr. Briggs, for the On Woke link. Gloomy and doomy it may be, but it’s nonetheless strangely comforting to know that there are a handful, anyway, who actually get it.

    Warmer Is Better. Don’t be fooled again.

  6. Sylvain

    “It could even lead to the equation of pregnancy with disease!”

    The USA is leading the developed world in women death while pregnant. Strange that so many women die of something that you consider not a disease. I might not be a disease but it is not risk free.

    Interesting to see men tell women what life threatening risk they should be force to take. Not considering that there are so many mono parental male

  7. Ye Olde Statistician

    I[t] might not be a disease but it is not risk free.

    Neither is crossing the street.

    Interesting to see men tell women what life threatening risk they should be force to take.

    Take it up with Darwin. In my own line, I have to go back to the upper Rhineland in the age before antisepsis before I find a mother dying in childbirth. Interesting to see statisticians tell Canadians the difference between possible and probable. I only need to go back to great-great grandfathers before I find men dying of work accidents: one crushed between coal cars in a switchyard; one run over by an ore cart in a steel mill.

  8. Joy

    Just checked out the youtube video and gave it the thumbs down I’m afraid Briggs.
    Well done for the production and the effort, sorry for being so ungrateful. I think that might be a bit mean so maybe I ought to take it back. Nobody really cares about these things though. Publishing on google plus is like publishing in an airing cupboard, as my friend said the other day.

    You have a better voice than the silly 1930’s reinactment reveals.
    The topics, of course, excluding the slightly twisted ones, go without saying.
    However if Dastardly or Billy the kid, for example, tells everybody to avoid or fight against euthanasia, despite that being a fallacy, how well do you think it comes across? I mean fo people who need to be convinced of a thing. Think about that!

    Gaslighting? I think so.
    You have to be sincere. You don’t sound like you mean what you’re saying, just sarcastic and seething.

    How many times can you use the M word in one video? That must be a record.
    “he sounds lke a maniac” . was one comment. I’m not kidding.
    Any man pretending he hasn’t indulged his bits and pieces is lying or speaking duplicitously on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church.
    Your Chesterton reader might come running back home but even she doesn’t believe the nonsense.
    Maybe the teapot would like to comment?
    There’s a series on this week about twisted faith and cults. John B might be interested.
    Also, I expect I’m the last to know, but gaslighting is a known tactic. I had guessed there were known and well worn techniques but how sad to discover the person you thought was something of a hero is indulging in Clinton style political techniques.
    The idea is to deny a self evident truth. Even a trivial one. Get others involved if possible. Lava rinse repeat.

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