We’re in the midst of a cultural battle and this time the lines are not being drawn between the Christian community and others at large.
This divide is between most people in the United States and a small-subsection of those who seem intent on, for whatever reason, doing away with basic biology and eliminating gender throughout society.
Kevin Williamson has written a piece at NRO that has caused a stir:
The world is abuzz with news that actor Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. If I understand the current state of the ever-shifting ethic and rhetoric of transgenderism, that is not quite true: Bradley Manning, whom we are expected now to call Chelsea, beat Cox to the punch by some time. Manning’s announcement of his intention to begin living his life as a woman and to undergo so-called sex-reassignment surgery came after Time’s story, but, given that we are expected to defer to all subjective experience in the matter of gender identity, it could not possibly be the case that Manning is a transgendered person today but was not at the time of the Time cover simply because Time was unaware of the fact, unless the issuance of a press release is now a critical step in the evolutionary process.
As I wrote at the time of the Manning announcement, Bradley Manning is not a woman. Neither is Laverne Cox.
Williamson is doing nothing other than stating the obvious here. It’s rather odd that doing so is considered “offensive” now but we’re seeing it. Immediately, Williamson was being called “transphobic” because he stated, again……the obvious.
Why is this so controversial? We’re talking about science here. Hilariously enough, those who are happy to start shouting, “Transphobia!” (as they do with almost anything else – “Racist!”, “Homophobe!”, “Misogynist!”) are also the ones who lecture others on issues such as climate change, yelling at detractors, “The science is settled!”
Tom Chivers of the UK Telegraph responded to Williamson with this piece:
But who disagrees with that? No one. Williamson’s fearless truthsaying is, in fact, a fatuous statement of the obvious, dressed up as iconoclasm. Nobody in the world believes that calling Cox and other trans women “women”, using the pronouns “she” and “her”, will change anything biological; they know that she will not be able to have children, no matter what words we use. They do it out of respect, and sensitivity – what we used, in fact, to call politeness. If someone wishes to be addressed as X, then it is polite, usually, to do so. There may be times when other considerations apply: if someone insists on being referred to as “Doctor” and using that to give them unearned authority, say. But if someone wants to change their name, then we are happy to let them do so, and to address them by their chosen name, because it’s their business. I see no reason why changing one’s chosen pronouns should be any different.
This is what one refers to as unadulterated piffle.
It is not simply a matter of changing a pronoun. What Tom fails to point out is not only do people like Laverne Cox want to be referred to as “she” and “her” but they also want the privileges that are normally reserved for actual women, not those who want to be referred to one. For example, they want to use ladies bathrooms (I wonder how the #YesAllWomen crowd wraps their minds around that one). Jerry Brown signed a bill last year in California that allows students in grades K-12 to use whichever restroom they choose and as well as play on girls or boys sports teams.
This is just absurd. Let’s break this down in very simple terms:
If you have a penis, you are a male. If you have a vagina, you are a female.
I can go around saying that I “identify” as a black Asian lesbian. It doesn’t make it true. Nor should I expect any special treatment as a result.
That said, we are no longer in a place in our society where it is about being “polite.” We are once again being told we must conform. For those who don’t, you are nothing but transphobic bigots. If that makes me one, so be it. I’m not going to conform to adhere to some appropriate level of political correctness.
Enough is enough.