Why would a state prevent boys and girls from dancing together? It’s one of those cases of perverse incentives in law. Title IX is a federal statute requiring schools to offer both sexes equal access to educational opportunities. In order to demonstrate compliance, states want to get as many girls in sports as boys, but some popular sports like football are male-dominated and have no female equivalent. So, in the case of South Dakota, the state decided that dance would be exclusively a girls sport — boys would not be allowed to dance. The libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation fought that rule on behalf of Freddie Linden, a talented boy who was shut out of his school’s dance team. They won.
In this scene from the British TV series Yes Minister, a government official explains to the Prime Minister why parental school choice would be a terrible idea.
African-American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker creates and markets a line of hair care products designed for black women — and becomes America’s first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story. [ Self Made credits: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo/ 191 min/ Biography, Drama, History/ Creator As Hero/ 2020]
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Whenever I quote George Orwell in a political argument, someone will invariably “correct” me by saying that the author was totally on the side of the Left and therefore would not support criticisms of leftist ideas. So I was delighted to learn that Orwell had secretly been working for the UK government, turning over lists of commies. He may very well have kept up the image of a socialist sympathizer just to be able to travel safely in their circles — you can imagine how dangerous it would have been for him to be detected. Just to add a cherry to the cake, I discovered this information in a twitter campaign (coming from the Left!) to cancel him for his traitorous behavior, in which this 2016 article condemning Orwell was widely circulated.
Comedian Steve Hughes mocks PC limits on “offensive speech” in this short clip entitled: I Was Offended! It was taken from his While It’s Still Legal comedy act.
Back in 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that an anti-Islamic film, The Innocence of Muslims, was responsible for the Benghazi attack on a US embassy and managed to get the film removed from YouTube. Comedian/songwriter Remy made this music video in response. In our current age of cancel culture and aggressive political correctness, Imagine (There’s No YouTube), offers a reminder of the creative bounty that censorship destroys.