How Trans Radicalism hurts everyone: Part One

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Helen Joyce on Quillette has written a very interesting but very long piece on how Trans Radicalisation hurts not only the people it claims to be protecting (trans people) but also women and children. In fact, she goes on to claim that trans activists have become the new patriarchy. New Zealand feminist Renee Gerlich is quoted in her article. Quote.

“I can’t think of any genuine human-rights activism that demands attacks on the rights and protections of other civil-society groups, or advocates hateful language against them,” says Professor Bhatt. Trans activism is also unusual in that it gives men a chance to claim they are oppressed compared with women, and plenty of opportunity to tell women to shut up, says Ms. Gerlich. “It’s a postmodern patriarchal backlash.” end quote.

As the original article is very long my series of posts will reduce it down to an easy to understand summary of the key points.

1. In the early ’70s a person with gender dysphoria would not have even heard of the term transsexual let a transgender.

2. Change started to happen in the early 2000s that would give gender-dysphoric people a way to gain legal recognition as members of the opposite sex. quote.

Under the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) of 2004, after a psychological evaluation and two years presenting themselves in their preferred sex role, they could change the sex on their birth certificates. end quote.

3. The new laws were motivated mainly by compassion.

4. A decade and a half later compassion was being replaced by radicalism and it was “sweeping across the Western world.” quote.

[…] The brainchild of a few sexologists, trans-activists and academics, it has spread via lobby groups and the internet, and on liberal campuses. It is now becoming consolidated in practice and codified into law, with profound consequences—not just for people who wish they had been born the opposite sex, but for everyone. end quote.

5. A radical theory is now being promoted everywhere that everyone is born with a “gender identity” and that it does not always match their biological sex. quote.

[…] The theory has been expanded to include people who regard themselves non-binary, “agender,” gender-fluid or a host of other terms […] According to this theory, no one can determine a person’s gender identity except that person, and no one else can challenge it. […] it is entirely subjective. […] “gender self-identification”—is all it takes to override biology. end quote.

6. As a consequence of this radical theory, there has been a “huge increase in the number of people who say they do not identify with” their biological sex. quote.

In Britain, for example, since the GRA came into force, just 5,000 people have used its provisions. Now the government reckons that approximately 1% of the population is transgender—around 650,000 people. end quote.

7. Another consequence of the radical theory is what Americans call the “Bathroom wars.” The legal right to self-identify now raises the issue of who is legally allowed to use single-sex facilities.

8. Redefining what it means to be a man or a woman has created a lot of negative consequences for gay people, women, children and for trans people themselves.qote.

9, The biology is clear. “Like all mammals, humans come in two sexes.”

10. “By the 1960s, male-to-female “sex changes” were available in many countries, including the United States. Surgeons generally required would-be patients to live as a member of the opposite sex for some time, and sought to screen out anyone likely to change their mind, or who was depressed, or psychotic, or had perverse reasons to transition—for example a man’s voyeuristic desire to gain access to women’s spaces or a pedophile’s to gain access to children.”

11. There were many different theories as to why some people felt they were the wrong gender but one theory called “Queer theory” started to dominate on campus. quote.

Over time, an even more audacious line of thinking emerged in some gender-studies and sociology departments, in which everything, including sexed bodies, is discursively constructed and there is no objective reality. Biological sex started to be described as “assigned at birth” rather than observed and recorded, or even recast as a spectrum rather than a binary. Some proponents claimed that binary sex was a Western, colonialist invention, or bolstered their claims with references to intersex conditions. end quote.

12. “Queer theory” was “entirely at odds with the way most people live their lives and regard the society around them” but it became popular because it aligned with ideological trends on campus, and partly because “those who disagreed with it didn’t see it as anything except harmless theorizing.”

13. “Queer theory” spread via social media and affected teenagers who were trying to understand their “amorphous feelings of unease or discontent”

14. A popular activist version of the theory sprang up amongst trans people and the parents of trans children.

15. Finally, the theory gained a political platform. Quote.

 The fight for same-sex marriage was over, and the groups that had campaigned for it, by now large, well-funded and politically powerful, were not averse to turning their attention to a fresh cause, not least because one would be needed if they were to survive. Many on the left were naturally inclined to believe in a new axis of oppression. Some on the right, including many conservatives, regretted having been slow to support same-sex marriage. This was a boat they were determined not to miss before it left dock.

Everything trans people had sought for decades, such as better treatment, more research into gender dysphoria and greater protection from harassment and discrimination, became absorbed into a single demand: instant, unfettered gender self-identification. The demand bears a superficial resemblance to a civil-rights movement, says Chetan Bhatt, a sociologist at the London School of Economics. But unlike grass-roots human-rights movements, its development has been top-down: It originated in elite institutions, including governments, universities, gender clinics and large charities, rather than community-based groups. end quote.

To be continued.

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