Friday, May 13, 2016

Trans-Stupidity or Trans-Lunacy?

Have we gone completely insane or are we suffering from terminal stupidity?

We have gotten to the point where it seems thoroughly acceptable to the Obama administration, to certain local governments and even to many to allow boys boys who think they are girls to change in girls’ locker rooms and to use girls’ rest rooms.

And if you do not accept this effort to legislate reality, you are, my friend, a stone cold bigot.

Aside from a few intrepid psychiatrists, no one dares to suggest that, for all anyone knows, transgenderism might well belong in the category of delusional beliefs, along with the one where certain men insist that their left legs are far too long and need to be amputated.

Take the city of Chicago. You would think that they have enough problems in Chicago without the city government going to the mat for this stupidity, but you would be wrong. Having failed miserably to control a growing crime wave and having presided over a city that is bifurcated between rich and poor, Chicago has now mandated that everyone in its public schools, teachers and students alike, must call a transgendered child by the name he or she or it has chosen. And, they must use the pronouns that are appropriate to the person’s chosen gender. Where are the gender neutral pronouns now that we need them?

And, of course, transgendered children must be allowed to use rest rooms and locker rooms that correspond to their chosen gender.

The Daily Caller has the report:

Under a new set of guidelines rolled out last week by Chicago public schools, children will now be required to address transgender students and employees by their preferred name and pronouns — or face the consequences.

Transgender students and employees can choose their preferred bathroom, locker room, name and pronouns, and everyone else is required to affirm the individual’s new identity, according to the guidelines.

Trangender students and adults in the CPS system can require their peers to adopt gender neutral terminology, such as using the pronoun “ze” instead of the usual “he” or “she.”

“Preferred Gender Pronoun (PGP) is the pronoun or set of pronouns that an individual would like others to use when talking to or referring to that individual,” the guidelines state.

“Common examples include, ‘they,’ ‘their,’ ‘ze,’ ‘he’ and ‘she.'”

Students or employees who consciously use the “wrong” pronouns will be in violation of school policies on comprehensive non-discrimination, Title IX and sexual harassment, and student code of conduct.

Not only are transgender activists abusing everyone’s minds, by insisting that belief and conviction must prevail over reality, but they are also abusing the language, by inventing words and then forcing people to use them.

Naturally, the Obama administration feels compelled to weigh in or what it has now proclaimed to be a civil rights issue. In response to the North Carolina law allowing discrimination on the basis of gender, the administration has issued a directive whereby no one has the right to notice whether anyone is male or female.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between thefederal government and North Carolina.

The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which is being sent to school districts Friday.

In issuing the guidance, the Obama administration is wading anew into a socially divisive debate it has bluntly cast in terms of civil rights. The Justice Department on Monday sued North Carolina over a bathroom access law that it said violates the rights of transgender people, a measure that Ms. Lynch likened to policies of racial segregation and efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.

In brief, the Obama administration has discovered a new and more insidious way to expand its cultural tyranny. One needs to mention that that intrepid warrior against political correctness, one Donald Trump, thinks it’s fine for Caitlyn Jenner to use the ladies’ room in Trump tower. Who is left to stand up for reality?

And, lest we ignore the obvious, many of the people covered by these absurdities are children. We are now at the point where a teenaged boy who is not allowed to have sex with his comely twentysomething teacher, lest she be charged with a crime, is allowed to choose a hormone treatment and a surgical intervention that will permanently alter—or should I say, mutilate-- his healthy body.

Of course, this special form of stupidity has even been noticed crossed the pond. The BBC has been running a series of television shows about the trials and tribulations of being transgendered. In particular, it has chosen a self-declared woman named Claire, who was born male and who still has a decidedly male anatomy, and has followed Claire as he/she/it goes out on dates. For the record, Claire is from Virginia.

In fairness, one does not know if the BBC is making an appeal for greater tolerance or whether it is amusing itself at America’s latest folly.

For reasons that Claire can barely understand all of the boys who consider her vaguely attractive are turned off when they discover that she possesses male genitalia. She is shocked.

The Federalist has the story:

In what can only be explained as lunacy, there’s a new reality show where transgender teenagers lament their dating problems.

Apparently – shocker! – guys are turned off by women who used to be men, or who are men and just tuck it under and pad their chests.

It’s amazing that any healthy, young, testosterone-filled guy would object to a person like that, isn’t it?

And also,

It is to Claire, Devon, Arin and Katie – the stars of “Young, Trans and Looking for Love,” the new BBC Three documentary.

Under the spotlight of a million ogling eyes, the four have set out to expose “the harsh reality of modern teen relationships,” the Mirror is reporting.

The reality show features the moment Claire – a Virginia teenager – meets a guy she likes – but as soon as he finds out she’s really a boy, he bolts. (Of course he does.)

In one clip, Claire takes to the beach in a bikini for the first time – having avoided the moment (and a bikini) since she transitioned to female nearly a year ago.

When boys meet Claire they first believe that she is pretty. When they discover that she has male private parts, they disappear. The producers are surprised, though one does not quite understand why.

The Federalist exposes the story:

The boys, who were originally attracted to Claire, did not call after finding out that she is trans.

“That’s it, silence,” says Claire. “Like nothing from them again.”

To explain this, Claire laments: “Straight guys just can’t get over you having the male parts.” Well, yeah.

Claire is pre-op, meaning she hasn’t had surgery to remove her penis.

“Once I’ve had or get the surgery, I think it will change a lot for me because right now if I meet a straight guy and he doesn’t know – we can’t get physical if I don’t tell him,” she says. “And then if he finds out, things just get so complicated, I can’t even begin to explain.”

I don’t know how to break this to Claire, but I’m willing to bet any guy is going to figure out that something is … um … different down there eventually.

Whatever else is going on in the world,  whatever serious issues the government and the citizens should be confronting, this is surely not one of them. It takes a special kind of lunacy and a special kind of stupidity to waste everyone’s time over these kinds of issues. If it’s a symptom, it suggests that the culture has entered a stage of terminal decadence. It has become completely obsessed with genitalia.

Sad to have to say it, but the truth is that some boys are not going to feel quite so magnanimous about being tricked into believing that the girl they were flirting with is really a boy. They will feel defrauded and even abused. Some of them will undoubtedly respond more vigorously, with greater anger.

At which point, the therapy profession can step forward and offer to treat them for their bigotry.


Dennis said...

This is nothing more than a diversion from the failure of the Obama administration to actually improve the economy and the many disasters they have created. This happens every time the administration gets into trouble. It seems to work well for them because look how much time we have wasted on it.
Would seem easily solved by taking advantage of the third restroom(?) that most facilities already have for public use. There are not so many of these people that there would be a long line waiting to utilize the facilities.
I often wonder how we allow ourselves to be manipulated like this. Maybe IAC is right in that we are stupid people. We say we care about the Constitution, but we are so principled that we would allow a person to be elected that would, through at least two picks for the Supreme Court, inexorably make a mockery of that very same Constitution. That sounds so very principled to me.
What are the important issues of the day" Usage of restroom facilities! NOT! I suspect if we left this up to the state we would find solution that fits with the mores of the people who live there. What a joke we have become.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

I agree entirely... it is a diversion designed to cover up the Obama admin's failures.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I guess boys are going to want to get to "third base" faster than ever before, just to make sure that she is a she.

Caitlyn Jenner came out to Diane Sawyer in April 2015. It is now May 2016, and look at how quickly this has progressed. All brought into the comfort of your home by the Glowing Box. The velocity of these sideshow stories-cum-crusades is amazing.

The bottom line is that people believe in the idea of "victimless crimes" and feel they should be able to do what they want, whenever they want. Cross the border. Smoke pot. Use the women's bathroom. Keep an unsecured server in one's home. I could go on. Meanwhile, the stuff that actually matters is ignored. It's all ass-backwards. It is a mockery of Constitutional protections. And you can't even call it bathroom humor because we're told it's serious, it's not funny... it's real. These people are suffering. We shouldn't get involved in their private lives. Yet this is all going on in public. These are public demands. We're entering a time of shameless public victimhood, where it pays to be pissed off, where people play their cards to get attention and dominate conversation and others' choices. States can't even write their own bathroom laws anymore.

What we're not talking about is the radically minute sliver of the population. Everyone is acting like the guy next door might be transgender. It's 0.3% of the population!!! Our Supreme Court just changed the definition of marriage to accommodate 3.5% of the population that is lesbian, gay or bisexual. What on earth are we doing?

People will say, "So what's the big deal? If it's such a minuscule portion of the population, who cares? Let 'em." The problem is that it's never the end. There will be a new victim class/group that steps into the breech of rage and complaint. Lefties can't stop. Next!

As I have said before, my problem is not with the name change. If someone wants to change their name from "Mary" to "Bambi" or something else more obscure/silly, knock yourself out. But the demands about pronoun use are a bridge too far. It's a lie. He is not a she. Period. I don't care about gender reassignment surgery, garments, voice tones, hormones, etc. This is insane. I cannot believe we're talking about this. We need to consider this is a social problem. Why are men 3 times more likely to identify as transgender as females? Why are we allowing children under the age of 18 to make decisions about surgical interventions for reassignment? Why on earth is the government paying for this kind of stuff? Is the DSM-IV now a penumbra extension of the U.S. Constitution?

Loretta Lynch, our esteemed Attorney General, is going to take on North Carolina's "Bathroom Bill" with the full weight and force of the U.S. Justice Department, while we're all waiting with bated breath as to the FBI's recommendation so Lynch and determine whether Hillary Clinton is what she is: a criminal. Men can be women, but Justice seeks to vanquish the words "criminal" and "felon" from our social/judicial lexicon. Lynch calls the transgender issue "the civil rights struggle of our time," and made comparisons to the black civil rights struggles of the 1960s. That's an insult to blacks.

Lynch: "But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side."

Anyone else tired of the Obama-Lynch history lessons? Can we please just get rid of our national motto: e pluribus unum? It doesn't work anymore. And it's in Latin, and Romans were horrid white conquerors of rich cultures we'll never know.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...
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Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

What people do not seem to comprehend is that this is a very aggressive movement based not on immutable characteristics but instead on thought control and turning America into an emotional vomitorium. I cannot control how people think or feel. That's their stuff. What has changed is that the most ideological and emotionally volatile people in our society are now placing a duty/obligation on others. It's no longer about tolerance. It's not an invitation. We are now being required to accept, embrace and celebrate degenerate, antisocial behavior based on the whims of another's thoughts and emotions about a very simple structure for social identification, as noted on everyone's birth certificate. I don't care if you want to dress up as a woman. I don't care if you want to spend your own money on gender-reassignment surgery. What I do care about is that you demand that I accept your choices and pay to accommodate your fluid identifications, preferences and tastes. You're a man, not a woman. Whatever you want to do on your own time is your business. Let's move on.

Know this: the game of the modern Left is to hate, dismember and destroy everything you believe in. You have to accept and celebrate their thoughts, but they can't be in the same ZIP code with yours. That's domination trending to totalitarianism. Not every social aberration or preference holds the moral equivalence of Rosa Parks, MLK and the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Let's please stop all this orgy of empathy before we have greater social chaos!

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But Wait said...

Look on the bright side- this is probably headed toward the existence of 3rd option restrooms. Instead of M or F symbols on the door maybe a "?" or better yet Prince's old symbol from he was TAFKA. I know as a woman I'll be thrilled when the option of a 3rd gender lavatory is available. No more lines.

Leo G said...

and this from the Weekly Standard -

" But there have been a handful of leftist critiques over the years of both the reality and politics of transgenderism. These have been mostly from old-school feminists like Germaine Greer and Sheila Jeffreys. In the past month, there have been two – an essay by Lionel Shriver in Prospect and an article in The Antioch Review by the gay writer Daniel Harris. The latter has caused the literary left to fly into a tizzy."

"Moreover, transgenderism reinforces stereotypes about women and is strangely sexist, projecting a "clich├ęd image of a hyper-sexualized odalisque who exists solely for men's delectation," and in many cases leads to suicide. Forty-one percent of transgendered individuals attempt to take their own life. Harris wonders why is it that the "public almost universally disapproves of plastic surgery and laughs derisively at celebrities who present a face 'different from the one they rode in on,' as one commentator referred to their futile—and often ruinous—efforts to roll back the hands of time," while praising Caitlyn Jenner:"

and to bring it all together -

"On May 9, Harris tried to reassure his critics that he's a card-carrying liberal. "I am neither hateful nor transphobic. I am tolerant of all people, save Republicans," he wrote to Inside Higher Education."

So if a trans identifies as Republican, then they have no rights.

The hypocrisy of these fools is blinding!

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

"Transphobic" Wow, a new hectoring word for our self-righteous brethren. First time I've heard it. I am moved.

If one is demophobic, does that mean they are scared of people?

Ares Olympus said...

It does seem like a mess, and a politically foolish fight. I have to imagine Trump will soon speak against this, at least 60-year old men can do what they wish, but disagreeing Children deciding their gender is much easier case.

The problems of dating for trans-folks is surely obvious to anyone who thinks a bit, although a much smaller problem than the risks of getting beaten to death by homo-trans-phobics. There are problems and then there are problems.

The ~5%(?) homosexual minority always had a solution for their "preferences" - collect together in large cities where enough of them existed to have their own subculture. But a ~0.01%(?) true-transgender population (those with incomplete or mixed sexual organs) would have no real hope for a supportive subculture within their population.

OTOH, large cities always contain a degree of anonymity that allows people who don't know you treat you based on how you look rather than who you were. So if you can look like a woman, whether you're Dustin Hoffman or Robin Williams, you can use the women's room without getting challenged. And if you're taking hormone therapy, your body can also think its a different gender, at least by degrees. Transgender Man and His Colleagues in North Carolina Speak Out Against Absurd Consequences of HB2

But for kids and schools, I don't see the case. Peer pressure is ugly, bullying is ugly, and being different is dangerous. I can't imagine kids what "rights" to bathroom preference, but "rights" to avoid ridicule and undue attention for being different.

We'll see where it all goes, but as I said, it looks like a foolish fight. I don't want to take either side of the fight.

Ares Olympus said...

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said... "Transphobic" Wow, a new hectoring word for our self-righteous brethren. First time I've heard it. I am moved.

I also don't like using words like X-phobia to describe someone else's fears. And I'm not sure a wide experience of possible fears can be collected under a single word.

Like some might experience transphobic reactions even at the known existence of cultural deviant in gender identity, and might consider them danger to society and should be killed or locked up. Others only care when the perverts get into their "little girls room" for who knows what. And others again might only experience disgust seeing a man in drag. Finally most intimately others may only be repulsed when a trans-person seduces them into bed before confessing the state of their biological organs.

So anyway, if you consider all the possibilities, fear is nature and only some of the fears can be alieved by objective information that dispells figmentary mistruths.

I know you dislike Wikipedia, but it usually is a good place for starting information.
Transphobia is a range of antagonistic attitudes and feelings against transgender or transsexual people or transsexuality.

Transphobia can be emotional disgust, fear, anger or discomfort felt or expressed towards people who do not conform to society's gender expectations.

It is often expressed using homophobic (anti-gay) views and hence often an aspect of homophobia.

Marsh said...

I don't understand why the public schools aren't empty. Seriously, when is enough enough for parents? Homeschool your kids while it's still legal.

Sam L. said...

My vote is lunacy.

That boy who wants to be a girl--the boys who'd like him would be he gay guys, except they wouldn't date him because he presents himself as a girl. He's made his bed, and finds he doesn't like it.

Dennis said...

One should always use more than Wikipedia for a source. Their scientific data usually is better than most of the other subjects covered. Wikipedia has had a significant number of problems with contributors, not very well managed or controlled, who demonstrate a significant bias to the point of outright fabrications.
So one should be careful in citing Wikipedia as I have done here. They do attempt to catch these problems, but some biased information may not be addressed for a significant time period which can contribute to the dissemination of false and misleading information.

Dennis said...


The Obama administration has already backed off of its threats. This is political diversion, Cloward/Piven, at its best. By the time these cases make their way through the legal system Obama will not be president and i suspect most of the political appointees who are now department heads will have been replaced.
I also suspect that the use of the internet for educational attainment will ameliorate and eliminate much of the damage the public education system has created. A question for you. Since Amy Carter, who had minders, who was the last president's children who went to public school? You might ask the same question of those who are supposed to represent us.
Suffice it to say the money that would be spent on trying to deal with everyone's feeling could actually be utilized to improve education, but alas the education system has long since given up any interested in education. Are we really preparing, at any level, people who will be able to meet the challenges of today, tomorrow or in the future?
The administration is an example of why many of us consider sending a child to public school is a form of child abuse.

Chazz said...

The tricky part for little Claire will be removal of that pesky Y chromosome.