Lauren Southern disappeared off of YouTube and social media for a while, but she announced her return the other day, and that has caused quite a stir:
First and foremost – and this is absolutely sincere – congratulations and warm wishes to Lauren for getting married and having a son. That is wonderful news and I am most happy for her, for her husband, and for their family. They have quite an adventure ahead of them, and I wish them only the very best in their pursuit of that life, especially in a world gone completely and totally mad.
Now, as for Ms – or I suppose it’s Mrs., now – Southern, I have written some harsh words about her in the past, and – fair warning – will do so here again as well. Even so, I bear her no ill will personally and wish her every possible success in life. I hope that she finds the stability and family life that she has claimed to want as a traditionalist for so long.
She is now in her mid-twenties and has already given birth to a son, so she’s off to a pretty good start. Now let’s see whether she has put her cosplaying days behind her and settles down to being an actual wife and mum, like her contemporaries who walk the talk about the tradlife – Brittany Sellner, Rebecca (Blonde in the Belly of the Beast), and Lauren’s own countrywoman Faith Goldy all come to mind.
These are women who have sacrificed a very great deal in terms of fancy-pants and lollipops to live happy lives as wives and mothers. In Faith Goldy’s case, in particular, she has been savagely attacked from almost every quarter for her, well, faith, as well as for her reporting. She has been treated quite abominably by even those on the Right, including her former employers at Rebel Media.
Mrs. Southern also took some time to address that infamous Milo article from about a year ago. In her response, she basically accuses Milo of outright lying about and defaming and libeling her at every turn.
I do not pretend to know who is right and who is wrong. Last year when I posted up my thoughts about Milo’s piece, I stated clearly that I had no reason to think that Milo was lying. That is because Ms Southern (as she was at the time) made no attempt whatsoever to defend herself from the allegations and simply dropped out of the public sphere altogether.
The timing was sketchy and made her look immediately suspect. It is to her credit that Mrs. Southern has taken the (considerable) time to correct the record, as she sees it.
That being said – my original warnings about Mrs. Southern still stand:
DO NOT take her seriously until and unless she proves herself to be a true follower of the path that she advocates for everyone else.
Before she got married and popped out a sprog, she was the absolute EPITOME of the tradthot. She was quite happy to take money from thirsty guys on the Right and flounce around as a cosplayer. She stated quite plainly in her book, Barbarians:
If there was a moment in the 2016 U.S. election that epitomized this newfound hate for the young on the right, it was Republican consultant Rick Wilson’s infamous, high school-level declaration that Trump supporters were “childless, single losers who masturbate to anime.”
Guilty as charged. Well, except I don’t masturbate to anime characters. I dress up like them and guys masturbate to me.
Superb prose, right there. Worthy of Kipling and Chesterton, no doubt, eh, gents?
Furthermore, she was roundly, and rightly, attacked as a massive hypocrite when she posted up a video about why she wasn’t married back in late 2017. Here was a woman in her early twenties telling women in their early twenties to wife up and pop out babies, without doing the same herself.
That, in and of itself, doesn’t make her a bad person. If telling people to “do as I say, not as I do” makes one a complete hypocrite, then I am most assuredly deeply guilty of being one. I’ve been advocating for years for men to get married, have families, raise good sons, and bend the knee to the Lord. Yet I’m unmarried and nowhere close to that point myself, in my mid-thirties. If we are to judge Mrs. Southern as a hypocrite, I myself would also be judged as such – and rightly so.
What does make her a real sinner, is the allegation, if proven correct, that she used her body and femininity to get guys to write her material for her.
That is a very serious charge – it makes her a prostitute, not merely a hypocrite. Allum Bokhari, the chap at the centre of Milo’s original allegations and who still works at Breitbart, has denied that he ever wrote any material for anyone from Canada. So maybe it’s true, maybe it isn’t.
Whatever the internet drama is surrounding Milo and his current or former compatriots, the lesson for the rest of us remains the same:
When it comes to tradthots – and faggots as well, for that matter – who claim to be “of the Right”, DO NOT trust them without thoroughly vetting them first.
We’ve been burned too many times to count already by women who claimed to be “traditionalists” but turned out to be nothing more than fame- and money-hungry sloots intent on cashing in on male thirst. And we’ve been burned more than a few times by homos trying to get into the “big tent” of conservatism by claiming to stand up for “conservative” values.
Let’s be really clear about something:
There is nothing conservative about a woman who sleeps with men, plural, for their help.
I do not claim that Mrs. Southern, in particular, has done this. I have no idea whether she has or has not. At the time when the allegation emerged, there was no refutation given and no evidence to the contrary, so Milo’s accusations went basically unchallenged. Now we have her side of the story, and it appears that Milo may have overstepped himself.
Let’s also be really clear about something else:
There is nothing conservative about a man who has sex with other men.
Milo is a force for chaotic disruption on the Right. There is no doubt that he is one of the Right’s most effective allies. He has done excellent work in exposing the corruption of the Catholic Church and the American judicial system.
But he is also a flaming and flamboyant homosexual pretending to be “married” to a man and pretending to be one of two fathers to a young man to whom he is not related by blood.
There is nothing conservative about any of these things.
Indeed, there is nothing there in conservatism anymore. The fact that conservatives look to accept Milo as one of their own, rather than as merely a highly effective agent of chaos and a potential ally in a fight, tells you everything you need to know about how intellectually bankrupt conservatism has become.
In the end, the words of the nationalist conservative, St. Ronaldus Magnus of the Right, ring as true today as they did forty years ago:
Trust, but verify.
In the case of Mrs. Southern, she has done enough in her past to warrant some serious misgivings. But it appears that marriage and motherhood have given her a new focus on life, and these things are very much to the good.
I do wish Mrs. Southern and her young family all the very best. I wish her a long and happy marriage, many children, and all of the blessings and wonders that come with them.
But my advice to all of us on the Right remains the same as it has been for years:
Do not give time, money, and resources to tradthots, because they will turn around and sell you out at the earliest opportunity.
Put your time and effort instead into supporting women who already have serious skin in the game – i.e. are already married and possibly have children, and are putting themselves at risk as public media personalities. They have something to lose from taking a stand.