As soon as the Russian
invasion Special Operation began, millions of Ukrainians voted (with their feet) to join the European Union. At least on a personal level, trying to find a job and a place to live in some, any, European country. Under the rubric anywhere but there. Meanwhile, the elites who have misled that nation into the pit that it is in, have been for years holding out possible EU membership as a carrot to the discontented masses. Said discontented masses were led to believe that the moment they joined the EU they would start to live the Life of Reilly, as the Americans say. With great paychecks, shorter working hours, and a home on the beach.
And so it came to pass. Well, not really. Ukraine has finally been accepted as a “Candidate Member” of the EU, which means very little, but I reckon it’s better than nothing. And now it is time for those same elites to prove that they truly are Western Europeans. And thus, against my better judgement, it is time to start discussing the more intimate details of being a European, as opposed to a member of a more “traditional” society, as in the Orthodox world.
I have this piece by reporter Nikolai Storozhenko, and yes, he goes there. Right into the LGBT issues and all that jazz. Because EU membership involves certain … er… cultural requirements. The official definition is “respecting the rights of minorities”, including sexual minorities. Which used to just mean homosexuals but now entails a much broader spectrum of personal behaviors.
The legal foundation for the new rules was set on June 20, when the Ukrainian Supreme Rada voted (259 yays to 8 nays) to ratify the “Stambul [Istanbul] Convention”, affirming that they share European values. The following day President Zelensky signed the corresponding law. As the photo shows, this signing was so important that Zelensky even donned a brand new shirt, a polo shirt with a collar. For him this this is “fancy dress-up” time. What you don’t see is that, underneath the desk he has no pants on and is wearing his mom’s high-heel shoes.
So, what is this Stambul convention? On paper, it sounds good. It defends the rights of women and girls against violence and various forms of discrimination. Including some things which are still considered the norm in less “civilized” cultures, for example arranged marriages, child marriages, polygamy, genital mutilation. A lot of these practices still happen around the world, but the overall “European civilizational world”, which includes the Russian world, have long ago decided to ban them. I don’t have time here to get into the Marxist contribution to this common “European” heritage, except to mention that these ideas of personal liberty and gender equality were partially born from the Enlightenment, and also allude to Friedrich Engels’ seminal work on the connection between private property and the cultural subjugation of women. In other words, when Zelensky was sitting behind his desk signing this law, he probably didn’t realize that it was Commies who helped to invent woke!
When Woke Became A Joke
Over the centuries, thanks to the Enlightenment and other influences, European culture as a whole came to accept basic values, such as the equality of the sexes, which many other cultures around the world maybe don’t accept. More controversially, as an ancillary to women’s liberation, came the “homosexual liberation” movement. And many enlightened people came to see, increasingly, especially in a modern urban and cosmopolitan society, that the right of an individual to engage in certain private acts with other consenting adults, was really no business of the government. Hence it was logical to abolish so-called “sodomy laws” and the like. One of the first acts of the “enlightened” Bolshevik government was to abolish sodomy laws. (But they were re-instituted under Stalin, once the pendulum swung back the other way, towards more traditional.)
Note my use of the word “liberty” here as opposed to “freedom”. The distinction is as follows: “Freedom” implies a more group kind of thing, like the freedom of a nation or a people. Whereas “liberty” refers strictly to the individual person, and his/her rights within said group. And the two concepts can obviously be at odds with one another. Especially in “traditional” societies where the power structures flow downward, from the King to the Lord of the Manor, who is also the Lord of his family unit. Or in peasant societies, for example, which are based upon the strength and resiliency of the traditional family. Which usually implies a patriarchal scheme, and the women and children having to submit to the “Master of the House”.
Back to the piece I am reviewing: The reporter points out that such nations as Turkey and Poland, albeit EU members in good standing, already rejected the Stambul Convention. Turkey pulled out of it, and Poland plans to. Why? Because the Europeans started going too far. It’s one thing to defend women against domestic abuse and rape; or even to defend the rights of homosexuals to practice sodomy if that’s their thing; but then they started going too far with these lists of 10 or more genders and the pronoun business, and all this other ridiculous woke stuff. The concept of gender stands at the core of traditional thinking. In past centuries even homosexuals could cut a break by fitting themselves into the gender mold, for example, one man in the pair is actually the “woman”, also allude to “butch” lesbians, diesel dykes and drag queens. You know what I’m saying: It’s okay to be gay so long as there is still gender involved, at some level. But once the Europeans started mixing everything up and just willfully blending genders, that was the moment when a lot of even tolerant people just threw their hands up and went: No mas!
Do The Clowns Run The Circus?
Desperate as they are to join the EU, there are forces within the Ukraine which are not willing to pay the ultimate price, namely give up on the entire concept of gender. For them, that’s just one bridge too far. And we’re not just talking about the religious folks, and the Ukrainian or Russian Orthodox churches. Even a wily Europeanist politician like Julia Timoshenko, has come out against the Stambul Convention, for this very reason. And promises to fight in court to de-ratify it.
And then a new push-back from an unexpected source: None other than Presidential Advisor Alexei Arestovich, Lusya Karamelka herself!
Ukrainian LGBT community were expecting Arestovich, of all people, to support their efforts, but instead, during a youtube interview, he offered this rebuff: “I have said this many times and do not hide my opinion. I relate to the LGBT community as to people with deviations. In order words, their behavior deviates from the norms of behavior. In this sense I consider myself to be a conservative.”
Stung by this slap in the face, the “Kiev Pride” movement demanded of Zelensky that he fire his infamous advisor.
Arestovich struck back by tweeting the photo of himself in drag, in his Lusya Candy-Girl persona, and complained that he was the one being discriminated against: “The LGBT community is upset [with me]. But take a look at this photo and tell me, who has the right to be upset? I am the one being persecuted, no? I demand your tolerance!”
All of this Ukrainian drama is lot of fun to watch. But the reporter warns that, in this three-ring circus the whole gay/gender sideshow is probably just a deflection from the main show. Which involves the meat and potato issues of EU membership, such as the selection of judges, that sort of thing. Which is what allowed unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to become the virtual rulers of a once-great civilization.