Here we go again. Mixing science with politics. We all know how well that works.
Yet, Paul Joseph Watson, writing on Infowars.com manages to do just this with a side order of chemical scares tossed in, and the result is predicable a big mess.
Watson identifies ten ways that men are being emasculated. The first two have to do with the seismic shift in the balance between the sexes all because of chemicals in the environment.
These are bizarre enough, but some of the others include: Metrosexual Malaise, Cultural Marxism, and Masculinity as a Dirty Word.
So, if you are questioning his expertise in chemical toxicity, good for you.
Here are some of the specific claims:
Watson holds the government accountable for introducing artificial chemicals, pesticides, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals like BPA into our water and food supply. This influx of artificial horrors is then linked to falling sperm counts. Thus, the government is in secret talks with innumerable elitists to drive down the world population by as much as 95%, producing an enormous global demographic crisis.
His second claim follows a similar vein as he forges a connection between de-masculinization and exposure to phthalates. This chemical, found in plastic products, is a true gender bender, whose effect is not limited to physical abnormalities. He sites a BBC report to link phthalates and changes in character profiles (established by society, some might say, big government) of young boys, claiming they are ...less likely than other boys to play with cars, trains and guns or engage in rougher games like play fighting.
ACSH s Dr. Gil Ross had this perspective: The oft-repeated-and-therefore-must-be-true myth about declining sperm counts or sperm quality should be put to rest, at long last. ACSH advisor Dr. Harry Fisch of Columbia University has investigated this intensively for years, and there is simply no there there. So rest easy, men and the moms-to-be who love them: babies on the way!
ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom says, Although this anti-chemical screed is total nonsense, he nonetheless confesses to being a bit apprehensive. Is it possible that there may be something to this? After all, I had a can of soup last night, and I am suddenly plagued by the urge to go shopping after work for a pair of Jimmy Choo s.