The world has gone bonkers recently. Or, to be more accurate, the mask has slipped and the madness that was always there is finally showing through.
The “only two genders” video doing the rounds is a case in point. The sensible young lad exposing his teacher as a jobsworth mouthpiece is already a classic meme but the serious part of it is the whole issue of transgender and its place in society.
First off, there have always been people who identify as trans and intersex (yes, I know it’s not the same) and no, these people should not be harassed or abused for it. But the present gender soup policies pursued by some are not the answer in terms of eradicating the bullying of these people, nor are they the means of having trans and intersex accepted in general society.
Leaving aside the hard science of two sexes, with its XX and XY chromosome hardwiring, some of the arguments for gender fluidity are at best a bit wobbly and at their worst a bike with no wheels.
We read all the time that binary gender stereotypes are wrong and should be scrapped, yet those very same stereotypes are used as arguments for trans behaviour.
For example, we are told that dressing kids (or even adults) in traditional boys & girls clothing is bad, yet when trans people adopt these very stereotypical dress styles to affirm their identity, this is wonderful. By such logic, only trans people should wear gender-stereotypical clothes, jewellery, make-up etc. Only trans men should wear gents clothing and only trans women should wear female clothing.
To be honest, it’s all a bit wearisome trying to follow the ridiculous logic of some of these militants. What makes it all very sinister, though, is the hysterical hatred that drives some of these activists to want everybody that disagrees with them to be criminalised. Disagree with their groupthink and you become a social pariah. And be reported to the police, who are being increasingly pressured to become the Thought Police.
There is a strong argument to be made that nobody should be discriminated against on the grounds of sexuality or gender identification. That is both sensible and humane. The reality is that if some folks identify as something or someone other than the perceived gender norms, that is really their business and certainly they should not be harassed for it nor discriminated against.
To be honest, much of the prejudice shown against queer people – and I use that term with no malice – is immaturity. Immature people are always threatened by diversity because they are in a fear paradigm. It’s mature to just accept that there have always been people who walk a different path.
On the other hand, it is equally immature to refuse to accept that the vast majority of people live in a binary world. To seek parity for trans and intersex people in terms of fairness and the right to live a life without being persecuted and predujiced against is one thing; to seek to impose upon others a militant ideology that demonises and criminalises those who disagree with some of that ideology is a whole different matter.
The “only two genders” video is a perfect example of this. The reality is that many – and by many I mean probably the vast majority – believe there are only two genders or sexes. To attempt to use the force of law obtained by having politicians legislate for a 2+ gender “normality” in order to further a clearly politicised agenda and criminalise dissenters is no way to win the argument. Such an approach is Orwellian and doomed to failure. It will just result in more videos and more schoolboys making them, displaying the abject poverty of resorting to the argument that “There are more than two genders because The Authority says so.”
An appeal to authority in Britain 2019, that is authority established by virtue-signalling politicians, is the poorest of arguments.
The real challenge for those advocating a 2+ gender humanity is where it has always been – in the scientific sphere.
Demanding a scientific foundation for accepting there are more than two genders or sexes is not prejudice or bigotry; it is good sense. And that takes into account that some people are born intersex and with other complications of genitalia etc.
That doesn’t change the fact that most of us are binary in our gender orientation. Of course, people will identify how they choose or feel and they should not be persecuted for that if they don’t conform to the societal norms.
If activists for trans and intersex people want to eradicate societal discrimination, that is fine and noble. If they want to promote tolerance and acceptance of trans and intersex people, that is fine too, although it could be argued that most people do accept diversity in this day and age.
However, if the agenda is to change how people think about sex and gender by demanding we all think like them, that is only going to result in a backlash.
You can’t police peoples’ thoughts.
More importantly, you shouldn’t try.
N.B. I am writing this with a pair of women’s slippers on my feet that I wore to go outside. No gender stereotypes here!