Following my essay on gender and sex last Wednesday, I was intrigued - and felt vindicated - to find that Robert Stacy McCain has his own views on the subject, very similar to mine.
In January 2014, when I first wrote about the controversy between radical feminists and transgender activists, it seemed to me a bad joke. “The Competitive Victimhood Derby,” I called it — two rival tribes of left-wing nutjobs vying for the coveted Most Oppressed Award. Subsequent research, however, convinced me that the radical feminist nutjobs were actually right on the basic issue — being male or female is a fact of science, not subject to politically motivated revision — and transgender activists were wrongly seeking to hijack “gender identity” (and feminism, along with it) in a way that amounts to Female Erasure, to quote the title of a recent radical feminist anthology on the subject. “Facts are stubborn things,” as John Adams said, and there is something fundamentally dishonest about the ideology of the transgender cult.
Young people are becoming seriously confused by the transgender cult. Or perhaps the causation works the other way, and confused young people are magnetically attracted to the cult belief that, with the “treatment” of synthetic hormones and surgery, they can escape their adolescent woes by “transitioning” into the opposite sex. Feminists have identified the factor of social contagion in what they call “rapid-onset gender dysphoria.” Through the influence of peers, and also through online recruitment by transgender cultists, many teenagers are quite suddenly convinced that they were “born in the wrong body.” In a matter of months or even a few weeks, an otherwise healthy teenage will develop an obsession with “gender transition” and demand that parents not only accept their new transgender identity, but often threaten suicide unless parents support them in seeking hormone “treatment” immediately. This kind of emotional blackmail is part of the transgender cult’s ideology, as activists claim that anyone who opposes them is effectively sentencing teenagers to death by denying them acceptance and “health care.”
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Identity politics produces a demand for government programs, and universities are training the future bureaucrats who will run LGBT programs and who, of course, will be employed at taxpayer expense. Meanwhile, there are career opportunities in “journalism” and “political activism” (insofar as these are still separate fields of endeavor, e.g., the editors of Teen Vogue promoting anal sex). If “the personal is political,” as feminists declare, then politics turns into nothing but a constant stream of demands for an ever-increasing number of government programs to provide “solutions” to an ever-increasing number of personal problems, based on the assumption that taxpayers will pay the bills.
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We don’t have enough lunatic asylums in America to house all these weirdos and nutjobs, and there’s not enough money in the world to pay for all the outpatient treatment they’ll need. The next time you’re debating health care, remember this: Crazy is a pre-existing condition.
There's more at the link. Recommended reading, because he analyzes what the 'other side' is up to in their attempt(s) to force us to pay for their phobias, complexes and delusions.
A couple of years ago, I read a great article by a man who underwent surgery back in the 80's and later underwent surgery back to a man who warned Bruce Jenner that changing his appearance to a woman wouldn't fix his underlying problems. Unfortunately I can't find it at this time.
Here is a study from Sweden about high rates of mortality and psychiatric morbidity tan the general population - and this is from a country that is very accepting of 'gender transition'.
As far as I know, we don't have any lunatic asylums in America.
Anonymous at 1056, if you think about how many states have state hospitals for the criminally mentally ill, and other mentally-ill people who have been placed in state or county care, I think you can say the US does have asylums, although we no longer call them that.
I'm calling it LGTBQOSTFUIDC, the last 5 for "Oh, Shut The F*** Up, I Don't Care!"
"As far as I know, we don't have any lunatic asylums in America."
Not exclusive, but they do seem to be housed at the universities.
We need a better abbreviation, one that doesn't associate the wondrous and glorious culinary experience that is BBQ (barbecue) with a crazy social movement. As it stands it is an insult to good BBQ (mmm, brisket).
Left, last 8. I added 3.
Any advocacy movement, no matter how righteous, eventually morphs into rent seeking and competition for influence. Feminism and LGBTQTEIEIO are no different.
Well, I'm not a teenager, but I can agree with Mr. McCain's mention that "....many teenagers are quite suddenly convinced that they were “born in the wrong body" is identifying an entirely valid condition.
I am convinced that I was supposed to be born in the body of someone with obscenely rich parents and relatives, and demand that error be corrected forthwith,
Took me a sec to get the "eieio" bit. I still haven't stopped chuckling.
David Goldman observed: The Left shifted its attention from social progress to support for self-pity.
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