God only knows how it happened that the transgendered became the latest front in the cultural wars, but, happen it did. How did a psychiatric anomaly become a civil rights issue? It was bad enough that people were running around crying out that gender was a social construct—right after they accused their opponents of not respecting science—but how did America get to the point where people could claim the right to be whatever they believed they were. When and how did belief trump fact?
It's the reductio ad absurdum of a dumb idea.
Camille Paglia said it was a sign of cultural collapse. Surely she was correct.
How correct was she? The latest news from Texas, via the Wall Street Journal tells us that a girl who is transitioning to a boy just won the girls state wrestling title:
Mack Beggs, a star wrestler at Trinity High School near Fort Worth, has a new victory under his belt. On Saturday, he became the first transgender boy to win the girls state title in Texas.
Mack, who was born a female and is transitioning to a male through hormone therapy, is at the center of a controversy here over a Texas rule that requires high-school students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate.
It’s stupidity on parade. The thing is, Mack Beggs, anatomically and chromosomally a female has been taking testosterone injections in order to transition.
A father of one of his/her female opponents pointed out the relevant fact:
Pratik Khandelwal, whose daughter has wrestled Mack, said he is concerned about future wrestling matches between the two. “It’s not a matter of being transgender, it’s more of a fact that he’s taking testosterone…that could have an influence on the girls that he’s wrestling,” he said.
Duh. Remember when science mattered? So, Mack is taking testosterone injections. As you know, steroids are synthetic testosterone. Since everyone knows that testosterone enhances physical strength and is a main reason why boys are constitutionally stronger than girls, don’t you think that Mack gains an unfair chemical advantage from using steroids? How is that fair?
It’s illegal for athletes to be juiced up on steroids. Now it’s a civil rights issue… As Paglia said, it’s a sign of cultural collapse.