I’d like to think I’m current on trends in social justice warfare, but lately headlines from the “big tent” suggest that a new protected class has joined the party. There was no word that an extra T had been added to the LGBTQ acronym, no formal announcement that transvestism is now a source of pride.
This is puzzling. As recently as last February, transvestites were persona non grata to the tolerant Left. A 22-year-old winner of of the Miss Transgender UK contest was stripped of her (his? xer?) title when it was discovered that she was “simply a gay drag queen,” rather than a biological male who self-identified as a woman.
Yet two days ago we learned that Rutgers University had invited Big Freedia, a self-described “gay male” drag queen, to perform during the school’s LGBTQIA Welcome Week.
But it gets worse than that — far worse. From PJ Media:
On Friday, the global fashion magazine Elle published a video featuring an 8-year-old boy named Nemis dressing up as a drag queen named Lactatia.
“I’ve been wearing my sister’s tutu since I was like threes and fours, even like twos [sic], and I’ve been dancing around in my little pink dresses and stuff, so yeah I think I’ve had Lactatia inside me since I was born, that’s why I love that song ‘Born This Way,'” Nemis said in the video.
The boy took on the idea that children (at age 8!) should not even know what a “drag queen” is. “I know people would like go up to their parents and tell them that they want to be a drag queen, and then their parents would be like, ‘You shouldn’t even know what that is.'”
“I don’t think that that should be a thing, I don’t think that other people should judge what people do,” Nemis said. Parents shouldn’t judge their children or have a say in what they know or do? [Emphasis]
The highlighted observation sounds scarily close to a one uttered last week by rising Democratic star Kamala Harris, who declared in a tweet that “children are our nation’s future. We must listen to them about what they care about and give them a voice in our government.”
As for Lactatia, he has parental approval:
The boy’s mother described the whole experience as “overwhelming — you feel overwhelmed by pride that your child is expressing themselves, and showing the world, and it’s being so well received, and she’s pretty good at what she does.”
I scarcely have words for this. Transvestitism, which is a subcategory of fetishism and a type of paraphilia — a sexually arousing fantasy that involve inanimate objects, in this case clothing — is classified as a mental disorder. To accept it as normal behavior is delusional. To permit, and even worse encourage, it in children should be criminal.
Not surprisingly, “[l]ater in life (sometimes in their 50s or 60s), some men who were cross-dressers only in their teens and twenties develop gender dysphoria. They may seek to change their body through hormones and genital (sex-reassignment) surgery.”
How nice! One fetish gives way to another. And now both have the blessing of the Left. God bless America!