In this episode, Claire and I discuss a complaint lodged with the Australian Press Council concerning one of Claire's articles in The Australian. In her piece, Claire compares Australia's method of treating children with gender dysphoria to Finland's more nuanced approach, which neither affirms nor denies gender identities.
The article evidently ruffled some activist feathers, and not for the first time. This is not the first time Claire's reporting on trans issues has wound up in a report to the Press Council. It's something Australian journalist and Quillette contributor Bernard Lane is also no stranger to.
This raises the question: Has the Australian Press Council been influenced by trans advocacy groups like GLAAD?
Towards the end of the episode, we change path to examine the widespread tendency among both the Left and Right to romanticize the past. We argue that this inclination is not only irrational but can be countered by a thoughtful reading of history.