The “woke” mob came for Dolly Parton for the dumbest reason imaginable

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Radical leftists are poisoning Western culture.

No institution is entirely safe.

And the “woke” mob came for Dolly Parton for the dumbest reason imaginable.

Country music legend Dolly Parton has had a career spanning 60 years.

Parton has largely been politically neutral, which has allowed her to cultivate millions of fans on both sides of the aisle.

But that’s not good enough for some on the “woke” Left.

Parton’s reading program under assault

Recently, an academic attacked Parton’s Imagination Library program, which sends free books to children under five years old in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

This is very bad according to Jennifer Stone, who wrote in her doctoral thesis that “[c]haracters with dis/abilities, non-normative gender identities, or non-normative family structures were erased. . .No explicit references to sexual identity were found in the corpus.”

In other words, the books in Imagination Library are “heteronormative” and do not include enough LGBTQ+ representation.

Stone added, “Characters’ relationships were subjected to social domination enacted first by mothers as childism then by society through ableism and sexism. . .No models of collaborative mothers or same-sex partnerships challenged the ubiquitous heteronormativity or maternal enforcement in characters’ familial relationship.”

Many radical leftists reject the idea of childhood innocence, and say so explicitly.

They believe it is their duty to indoctrinate children into their cultish worldview as soon as possible.

“Three inductively derived themes: reading to succeed, living the American dream, and perfecting parenting revealed complex intersections of discourses of power that resulted in oppressive childism, which operated to subjugate children and to privilege a White, middle-class, cis-gendered, heteronormative, able-bodied American norm,” Stone wrote.

Parton’s father could not read or write, so the issue is personal for her.

Only radical leftists could take umbrage with a literacy program that provides free books for children.

However, there is likely more to the story.

Too many leftists, not enough taxpayer dollars

British writer Mary Harrington, author of the book Feminism Against Progress and a cultural critic of radical feminists, argued that Stone is criticizing the Imagination Library in order to get a seat at the table.

Harrington wrote in UnHerd, “Stone’s intervention should be understood in its economic context: one of elite overproduction, intensifying competition for NGO resources, and dwindling early-years funding. It follows the same pattern as many seemingly quixotic ‘woke’ interventions. Such salvos usually present themselves as motivated by high-minded willingness to challenge convention in the name of integrity and inclusion; to nonbelievers, they commonly read as inexplicable, malign efforts to smash or pollute something that’s working just fine.”

“Elite overproduction” is a serious problem in universities.

There is a glut of graduates with useless degrees, and not enough positions to accommodate all of the gender studies scholars.

If not for the federal government subsidizing non-dischargeable student loans, the higher education bubble might have already burst by now.

Harrington added, “It’s commonly the case, though, that the most obvious implications of such an intervention are neither greater inclusion or (conversely) cultural vandalism, but the shifting of resources toward whoever is making the criticism. That is, less vandalism than pump-priming. This paper is no exception: it is, like many other supposedly ‘woke’ interventions, less a work of criticism than a job application.”

Stone sent the findings in her thesis to Imagination Library, likely in hopes of getting a check to make the reading list more “inclusive.”

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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