“New Yorkers should be free to tell their government who they are, not the other way around.” So said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio upon signing a bill on Tuesday that adds a third gender category to birth certificates. Previously New Yorkers who wanted to change their gender identity had to provide letter from a physician or an affidavit by a licensed health care provider.
While liberals are rejoicing over this win for the LGBTQ community, they are failing once again to recognize that the science is anything but settled on whether men and women can legitimately change sexes or merely suffer from a mental disorder.
Much has been written on this but little as thought-provoking as an article by Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow a The Heritage Foundation, that explores the many contradictions in transgender ideology. In it he writes of transgender activists:
On the one hand, they claim that the real self is something other than the physical body, in a new form of Gnostic dualism, yet at the same time they embrace a materialist philosophy in which only the material world exists. They say that gender is purely a social construct, while asserting that a person can be “trapped” in the wrong gender.
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They say there are no meaningful differences between man and woman, yet they rely on rigid sex stereotypes to argue that “gender identity” is real, while human embodiment is not. They claim that truth is whatever a person says it is, yet they believe there’s a real self to be discovered inside that person.
They promote a radical expressive individualism in which people are free to do whatever they want and define the truth however they wish, yet they try ruthlessly to enforce acceptance of transgender ideology.
To see these theories applied to a real-world case, consider another article, this one a true confession by E. Price, who writes at Medium:
The first time I knew a trans person, I was in high school. He was a trans guy, about my age, and we had been friends for years. We became closer friends after he came out. We spent time drinking on his roof. I tried on his binder, wore men’s clothing with him. He drew a mustache on my face. We went to Rocky Horror Picture Show together in “drag” — me dressed as a boy, him as a girl.
He and I talked about gender stuff sometimes. His therapy, his transition plans, his dad. How ignorant people could be. When people called him she, I corrected them. …
In all the time he and I spent together, I never consciously considered that I might be trans. It never ever crossed my mind. I don’t know if he had inklings about me. He never said a thing
It’s been well over a decade, and now I know I’m trans, but I can’t help but wonder if taking this long to figure it out makes me a gigantic fraud. [Emphasis added]
If you have to ask, the old jokes goes.
E. Price’s confusion represents a genuine personal dilemma, albeit not necessarily one of her body. But her use of the word fraud does raise another issue that needs to be evaluated. This is the basis of another news story, this one involving the sentencing of Karen White.
For those not familiar with the name, Karen White, born 52 years ago as a man but now claiming to be a woman, was convicted of multiple rapes of women and sent to prison in 2017. While there White sexually assaulted two more women, both inmates.
Today White received a life sentence. According to prosecutors, White used her “transgender persona” to put herself in contact with vulnerable women. Is anyone out there foolish enough to think that Karen White is the only person who’s thought of this angle?