Scary news stories are beginning to make the rounds of the blogosphere about endocrine disruptors – synthetic chemical pollutents that mimic the effects of estrogen and have supposedly already created a generation of feminized young men and boys with shrunken genitals and preferences shifted towards girls’ toys.
This viewing-with-alarm is, of course, brought to you by the same set of enviro-lefties that brought us the anthropogenic-global-warming panic. The wheels have been falling off that fraud for about a year now, as we’ve watched the extended solar minimum wipe out the entire warming trend since 1900 and make it pellucidly clear that variations in solar activity swamp whatever minor marginal effects atmospheric CO2 may have. I’ve actually been predicting for years that endocrine disruptors would be the next crisis manufactured by the professional doomsayers, and the time seems now to have arrived.
But this time I really have to wonder why they’re complaining. Feminized men? Lowered fertility? I’ve spent my entire life hearing the same crowd insist that these would be good things, that humans are a burden on the ecosphere and that all the evil in the world is caused by testosterone-driven male aggression. You’d think these bien pensants would be cheering the prospect that we’re endocrine-disrupting our way to a better world.
Funny enough yet? Oh, it gets better. The major source of estrogenizing compounds in the environment seems to be…wait for it…birth-control pills. Not all the estrogen in them is broken down by the body; women piss it into the sewage stream and it goes on to wreak havoc in fish populations. For real; the science suggesting effects on land animals and humans is poorly confirmed and hath the smell of junk about it, but it seems beyond doubt that freshwater and marine ecologies are being severely affected.
But banning the Pill would be unthinkable anti-feminist heresy even if it were possible. This guarantees that nothing effective will be done about the problem. We’ll hear a lot of screaming about organochlorines and phthalates in plastics instead; it will be like a reprise of CO2 vs. water vapor in the climate models, where the latter has six times the heat-trapping effect of the former but only CO2 gets headlines.
Focusing on water vapor, or the Pill, would interfere with the enviro-lefties’ real agenda: smashing consumer capitalism in our lifetime, or – more realistically – smothering it to death with regulation. For that, they’re even willing to be alarmed in favor of (gulp) masculinity. It would be the Devil’s own irony if, this time, they were actually talking up a real threat.