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Widow skimmer dragonfly

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From August 22nd in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183 comes a widow skimmer dragonfly, Libellula luctuosa. To be clear, this insect doesn’t skim widows. Rather it’s a kind of dragonfly called a skimmer, and the brown color on its wings fancifully reminded someone of a widow’s dark garb. I’d have preferred a less busy background (wouldn’t you?). Sometimes we have to take what comes our way.

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Here’s an update regarding an incident I linked to in my July 15th post. Women at the Wi Spa in Los Angeles were upset one day in June when a 6’2″, 200-lb., anatomically intact man who claims to identify as a woman walked around naked in the women’s locker room. An Instagram video in which one of the women complained vigorously to a staff member at the spa went viral, and that set off weeks of protesting and counter-protesting that at times turned violent. During those weeks many activists and media outlets vilified the woman who had complained. Some sources went so far as to claim there was no evidence the incident had happened, and to suggest that the video was a transphobic hoax.

Then on September 2nd investigative reporter Andy Ngo revealed in a New York Post story that on August 30th “charges of indecent exposure were discreetly filed against a serial sex offender for the Wi Spa incident, following an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.” Turns out that the anatomically intact man in question, Darren Agee Merager, had “two prior convictions [not just charges] of indecent exposure stemming from incidents in 2002 and 2003 in California.” Merager “is also facing six felony counts of indecent exposure over a separate locker room incident in December 2018. Los Angeles County prosecutors accuse Merager of indecent exposure to women and children in a changing area at a swimming pool in West Hollywood Park.” ‘Merager claims to identify as female so he can access women’s locker rooms and showers,’ reads an internal flyer by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that was sent to law enforcement departments in southern California in late 2018.” Not only that, but Merager “also has a long criminal history in California that includes nearly a dozen felony convictions for crimes ranging from sex offenses to burglary and escape.”

While Merager’s transgressive behavior isn’t representative of transgender people in general, it does provide evidence to justify many women’s concerns that at least some men will claim to identify as women to gain access to women’s private spaces—something that transgender activists have long and stridently insisted wouldn’t happen.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 6, 2021 at 4:35 AM

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