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This is the situation we are up against.  Speaking out against or even wanting to discuss the gender religion can be hazardous to you and your livelihood.  Isn’t it darkly fascinating that defining women as adult human females is considered, in some ‘progressive circles’ the pinnacle of heresy?

 

“You tweeted in May 2015:

  • Words are our servants not masters. But reality masterfully demands words to respect objective distinctions. “Social constructs” have limits
  • Thus, it is polite & praiseworthy to refer to trans people by pronoun of choice. But not when talking of, say, chromosomes or anatomy
  • No matter how neutral, objective, disinterested, or just plain true your statement, someone will be deeply (& offensively) offended.
  • Anthropologists respect a culture by, say, synonymising “brother” & “cousin”. But we must acknowledge scientific distinction as more real.

This is pretty much the position for which I lost my job at an international development think tank, and which was deemed by a judge to be “not worthy of respect in a democratic society”. It is the position for which JK Rowling has been deemed a terrible transphobe, and disavowed by the Robert F Kennedy Foundation, who also revoked an award.

Meaning matters when words are used to make, or break, the rules by which society operates

I imagine you got some pushback at the time, but not of the ferociousness that women face when they say this. And maybe not enough to spark a recognition that this is an authoritarian faith that has taken hold of our enlightenment institutions; complete with a catechism (“trans women are women, trans men are men, non-binary people are non-binary”), heresy laws and an inquisition. It has corrupted and corroded the systems for data collection, sense making and rule formation, for safety, cooperation, and collective endeavour.

In October 2015 you tweeted: “Is trans woman a woman? Purely semantic. If you define by chromosomes, no. If by self-identification, yes. I call her “she” out of courtesy.”

Courtesy is nice, but meaning matters when words are used to make, or break, the rules by which society operates. Is a “trans woman” a woman when it comes to women’s prisons, women’s refuges, women’s rugby, women’s athletics, the request by a woman to be seen by a female doctor, the rules around being searched by a police officer or a prison guard of a particular sex? Should statistics and medical risk assessment defer to courtesy or stick to facts?

I think you see it now. What is being asked is not just day-to-day courtesy, but replacing sex with self-identified gender in every situation and punishing those who refuse to comply (or who even ask to discuss).

Thank you for speaking up. Please keep doing it.”

Do speak up everyone and push back against this profoundly misogynistic anti-reality ideology, but stay safe while doing so.  Every voice, even anonymous voices on social media are important in spreading the word about this deeply regressive tide we are facing.

 

I never thought that I would become politically homeless in my lifetime.  The tenets of class analysis, proletarian struggle, looking after the less fortunate in society seemed like a rock-solid bulwark to hold.

Lately though, the Left I see is rife with witchhunting, purity tests, and outright excommunication for heretical actions (and non-actions).  Disagreement is met with a extreme paucity of charity and hostility that at one time, was the sole domain of the fundamentally religious right.

I understand times change, but the illiberal Left today doesn’t resemble anything I ever signed up for.  So, the next step I suppose for me is the coming to terms with being more politically unmoored as time passes.

Obaid Omer shares a similar experience but his narrative speaks of a journey from the full embrace of Islamic religious values to a seeking solace in Liberal values of the West.  In his journey though he observes a chilling similarity between his religious roots and the new set of ‘liberal values’ (hence the title of this post the Fuaxgressive Left) that are flourishing today.

“But when I came back to Canada in 2014, I returned to a different country than the one I had left.

I had left a country that was proud of being the opposite of what bothered me about Islam, that was proud of a tradition of free inquiry and free speech, open debate and civil discourse. The Canada I returned to resembled the religion of my youth more than it did its opposite.

I left a culture that was steeped in a sentiment that could be summed up as, “I may disagree with what you say, but I respect your right to say it.” I returned to a culture summarized by, “I disagree with what you say, so shut up.”

Quashing debate and argument seems to be the name of the game these days, as certain opinions have been designated as unapproachable or ‘settled’ topics.  In a society that values the free exchange of ideas almost everything has to be on the table.  Odious free-speech must be protected along with the prosaically milquetoast free speech.

“The dam broke. Once they started calling it racist to criticize Islam, it was easy to shut the conversation down completely. The accusation meant the accused was morally beyond the pale, and thus completely dismissible. Words like micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces became mainstream. An emphasis on pervasive racism grew exponentially. To even question the extent to which racism was everywhere resulted in accusations of being a racist. Like with religious blasphemy codes, you can only talk about certain topics in specific ways.”

Ask your local MP what their definition of Woman is.  I’d be surprised if you got a response, because like discussing the extent of racism in society, trying to discuss female rights, boundaries, and safety has been designated a no-go zone by the gender reactionaries – the people that believe that men can become women simply by saying so.  Oppose their dictates and suffer the consequences: insults, threats, and if you happen to be a public figure the loss of your job or opportunities because the zealots get in touch with your employer.  Not very free-speechy I’m afraid.

I couldn’t help but notice there was an almost fundamentalist, faith-like aspect to these claims. It was as if in the years since I’d been gone, our society had decided to adopt the blasphemy codes of my youth. When I heard people asked to check their privilege or introspect the ways they have been racist, it sounded like the inner jihad that Muslims are supposed to perform to make sure they are on the correct path.

How did this happen? How did the religious tenets I had abandoned come to take over the liberal culture I had abandoned them for?”

When liberals lose sight of the basic principles of liberalism, this is what happens.    Yeah. The fauxgressive left is really big on the Rationalism or Individualism tenets anymore.

“And just as in Islam, there is a jockeying for who is the accurate representation of the faith, Sunnis or Shia, in the social justice camp, believers decide who the true representatives of each oppressed group are. Fall afoul of the right political view and you will be denounced; people throw around terms such as “political blackness” or “multi-racial whiteness.” Just as apostates from Islam are said to not have been real Muslims, detransitioners are told they were never really trans and Black people who speak out against the tenets of critical race theory are told they’re not really Black.

In Muslim countries, biology textbooks will censor evolution. Now, due to gender theory, biology is similarly coming into conflict with an ideology—and losing. A mixture of post-colonial theory and critical race theory is behind a push to disrupt texts, a call to decolonize the Western Canon and school curricula. Critical social justice ideologies are in direct conflict with Enlightenment values and the rigors of the scientific method, like Islam, and are thus a huge threat to liberalism—like Islam.”

Yep, it’s moving toward (or has already jumped ship from actual liberal values) batshite crazy inside the hallowed halls of so many of Canada’s institutions now.  The federal government, Universities, social institutions.  We should heed Omer’s warning:

“I have had the good fortune to meet and speak with many brave people in the fights against fundamental Islam and critical social justice. As I once did when speaking to Muslims, I keep hearing about the silent majority that is opposed to CSJ.

That silent majority needs to become vocal very quickly. We need more people to be brave enough to speak up and push back. The long march through the institutions is sprinting into the final lap, and it cannot be allowed to win. Take it from an ex-Muslim.”

 

 

This webpage from the Official Canadian Department of Justice is incomplete because of this:

 

Where the hell is the definition for men?  Did our esteemed Canadian Legal Justice of Department make a little oopsy-boo boo?  Probably not.  You know why?  Because the category of men is fucking indisputable, men will not tolerate having their category “expanded to be more inclusive” because ‘as it known’ men are fully fucking human and distinct category within society.  Those females though, they get a whole new meaning that erases them from society it can be found later in this gem of a webpage. I quote:

“Women: All people who identify as women, whether they are cisgender or transgender women.”

A kindly reminder double XX’ers that you malleable and erasable in society,  -because ‘gender-feelings’ – males can claim they are women and should be treated as female, and have access to female only spaces, services, and sports.

 

I’ll be identifying as rightfully pissed off until this gender nonsense is debunked, repealed, and removed from official Canadian Government Websites.

 

I say erroneous because it includes bullshit like this:

Cisgender: People whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.”

No person ‘identifies’ with the toxic set of stereotypes that society attempts to shoehorn them into.  Especially true for women, as identifying as second class citizen (work for less, second shift, objectification FTW!!!), just isn’t fucking appealing. 

Gender-diverse: Refer to individuals who do not identify as exclusively male or exclusively female (for example, individuals who are non-binary or two-spirit).

People have personalities.  You are either male or female, with a personality. 

Gender identity: A person’s internal and deeply felt sense of being a man or woman, both or neither. A person’s gender identity may or may not align with the gender typically associated with their sex.

What kind of fucking bullshit is this.  We do not have souls, gendered or otherwise.  What – exactly – does feeling like a woman (or man) entail?  Can you describe the experience without using stereotypes?

Non-binary: Person whose gender identity does not align with a binary understanding of gender such as man or woman. A non-binary person may identify as neither a man nor a woman, both, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.

I feel the need to have my own special category that is essentially meaningless so I can feel good about myself for my supposed uniqueness… Get quickly into the Sea, narcissist. 

Sex assigned at birth: A person’s biological status as male, female, or intersex based on their primary sexual characteristics at birth.

Sex is observed at birth.  There is no assigning.  The doctor looks at your junk and on that can accurately observe what sex you are.  No assignment necessary. 

Women: All people who identify as women, whether they are cisgender or transgender women.

Goddammit Canada.  I’m going to identify as the fucking Queen and have the legal department hung by its thumb until some fucking sense trickles back into the department.  Women are adult human females.  End of fucking story you nitwits. 

 

Gender ideology is infesting our institutions.  It needs to be stopped before it goes any farther.

 

The political interests of women are often overlooked by both the right and the left.

The bullshit that goes on because we cannot advance the idea that females are a distinct class of individuals in society who exist solely for themselves.  Not in relationship to the family, not in relationship to their reproductive capacity, and most certainly not as an object of desirability for the men-folk.  Yet, the old perspectives continue to linger and fester making it difficult for women to fully establish their humanity in society.

The latest assault on female rights and personhood in society has come from “progressive” Left.  The notion that because some gender confused males don’t have a uterus, we should erase the terms ‘women’ and ‘females’ in the language of society in a quixotic effort to be more “inclusive”.  To explain how erasing women in society is a good thing let’s look at what “Kenny Ethan Jones” has to say –

 

“Why should we respect and embrace phrases like “people who menstruate”?

When we solely use women to describe people who experience periods, we exclude everyone who doesn’t identify as a woman from the conversation. I’m very familiar with how that exclusion feels and the consequences it can have.

I am a man in [for clarity, ‘Kenny’ is female], I am trans and I sometimes experience periods.

Growing up, periods were my biggest personal struggle. I mean the pain, the bleeding — that sucked. But the most painful part was the internal shame I felt knowing what was happening to my body was something the world only associates with women and girls.

Every scientific study explaining the biology of menstrual cycles, every bit of advertising for period-related products, every piece of language I had ever seen or heard reinforced one thing: boys don’t have periods. I’d known I didn’t feel like a girl long before I ever experienced periods, but I didn’t have any other way of seeing what was happening to my body outside of that one, gendered angle. I felt alienated, isolated. A bodily function that I had no control over caused me to be in conflict with my identity as a man, all because of society’s language and viewpoint on periods.

Although this tweet was very disheartening for me as a trans man, there are plenty of other people who benefit from gender-inclusive language being used when it comes to the period conversation. In fact, linking womanhood so closely with menstruation becomes problematic when you realize how many cisgender women don’t experience periods, and who are no less woman because of it.”

You see?  It is the gender religious magic in action.  My self declaration should have more importance in society than the medical and biological facts of the matter.  It gives me pause when I see an individual so wholly dedicated to a delusional point of view – but on that individual level her views on her gender and her bodily functions are fine.  Just like when I see the nice people in white tops and black pants roll up to talk to me about Jebus and Magic Hats, I can politely disagree with what they say and their take on reality, and then they go away (off to find a more receptive victim to lovebomb into their cause).

But tell this gender acolyte to move on with their gender-magic… Well, one should not do that as it qualifies *somehow* as bigotry and hatred on a near cosmic scale.  Let’s define bigotry quickly here, just to help frame what is going on.

  I choose not to share in the belief that human beings can change their sex.  A man who calls himself a women is still a man.  A woman who calls herself a man is still a woman.  This two statements though completely true are somehow controversial.  Sticking with the version of reality that is closest to the material truth doesn’t seem like bad worldview to hold.  I will not participate in gender-magic and really, any ideology that is not moored in the societal reality we all share.  And therein lies the rub – gender acolytes won’t accept no for an answer, it is incumbent on *you* to accept *their* version of how sex and gender work.

Allow me to say unequivocally, they can fuck right off with their attempted imposition of their beliefs on me.  Engage with as much gender-delusion as you please, but keep me out it.  At least the formally religious have the good sense to go away once asked they respect the boundaries of others.  The gender religious, not so much.

Any ideology or religion that doesn’t respect other’s thoughts and boundaries is dangerous.  Gender ideology (GI) is a clear and present danger to women because (GI) seeks to define the term woman (adult human female) out of existence.

 

Speaking up for women comes with a price. We’ll see if Lord Hunt will be forced to pay it.

I’d just like to take a small bite of one of the problems that occurs when having discussions with people who believe in the current gender fad.  Let’s start with the biggest fish on the plate – what is the definition of being ‘Transgendred’.  This from Wikipedia:

“Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth.[1][2][3] Some transgender people who desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another identify as transsexual.[4][5]Transgender, often shortened as trans, is also an umbrella term; in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are non-binary or genderqueer, including bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender).[2][6][7] Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or else conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.[8][9] The term transgender may be defined very broadly to include cross-dressers.[10]

I stopped because I have no idea what a ‘gender identity’ is.  So let’s define that.

“Gender identity is the personal sense of one’s own gender.[1] Gender identity can correlate with a person’s assigned sex at birth or can differ from it.[2]Gender expression typically reflects a person’s gender identity, but this is not always the case.[3][4] While a person may express behaviors, attitudes, and appearances consistent with a particular gender role, such expression may not necessarily reflect their gender identity. “All societies have a set of gender categories that can serve as the basis of a person’s self-identity in relation to other members of society.[6] In most societies, there is a basic division between gender attributes assigned to males and females,[7] a gender binary to which most people adhere and which includes expectations of masculinity and femininity in all aspects of sex and gender: biological sex, gender identity, and gender expression.[8] Some people do not identify with some, or all, of the aspects of gender assigned to their biological sex;[9] some of those people are transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer. Some societies have third gender categories.”

The first (of many) problems with these definitions is that they do not correspond to the reality we inhabit:

  Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth”

This most basic premise is wrong.  Sex is not “assigned” at birth.  Sex observed at birth as obstetricians in the vast majority of cases can easily categorize members of the male sex class and members of the female sex class.  It is worthwhile at this juncture to note that human beings cannot change the sex that they were born with, simply stated:

Biological sex is immutable.

So we have to note that right from the start, one of the foundational premises of trans-ideology is fundamentally flawed.  Any argument based on the premise that sex is assigned at birth will necessarily be false.  But, of course, there is just more than one flawed premise in the mix.

  in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are non-binary or genderqueer, including bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender)

It’s here that swirling morass of haphazard generalizations and faulty reasoning kick in.  Gender identity is the ‘personal sense of one’s own gender’.  What the hell does that actually mean?  What is it like to experience the personal sense of one’s gender?

To be perfectly honest – I have no idea what it is like to experience my own gender.  I know what it is like to be me, and my personality, but I have no intuitive sense of what my supposed gender identity is.  Try it for yourself describe your ‘gender identity’ to yourself.  Try it with this added challenge – describe your gender identity without using sex stereotypes.  Here is a handy list you should avoid.

I’ll wait.

 

It would seem like the personal sense of one’s gender identity rests on the adoption of a particular set of negative sex stereotypes about the class of people you happen to be born into.  That is what gender is; an arbitrary  societally prescribed set of behaviours/expectations that are imposed on females and males in society.  These social norms exist in society and are in no way present in human beings prior to social exposure.  How do we know this?  For instance we know that social gender norms change over time – the girl pink/boy blue situation was reversed or not present prior to the 1950’s.  Thus, gender is something that is outside of us and we are exposed to it once we start interacting with society.

So how does one ‘identify’ with being female or male then, without resorting to the (mostly) negative sex stereotypes (a.k.a gender) that society imposes on people?  Said another way, what does ‘feeling like’ a man or women feel like?

Sounds like nebulous bullshit to me.

While a person may express behaviors, attitudes, and appearances consistent with a particular gender role, such expression may not necessarily reflect their gender identity. “All societies have a set of gender categories that can serve as the basis of a person’s self-identity in relation to other members of society.

We need to approach the idea of ‘identity’ with a great deal of caution because ‘identity’ is inherently subjective and thus unreliable as an indicator of correspondence to reality.

In most societies, there is a basic division between gender attributes assigned to males and females,[7] a gender binary to which most people adhere and which includes expectations of masculinity and femininity in all aspects of sex and gender: biological sex, gender identity, and gender expression.[8] Some people do not identify with some, or all, of the aspects of gender assigned to their biological sex;

This sentence conflates the personalities we all have with gender identity and gender stereotypes.  You as an individual in society are not a gatekeeper for the gendered expectations that are rightly or wrongly, imposed on you.  Most certainly you can defy them, a man wearing pink for instance or a woman being aggressive, but your personal identification is irrelevant to societal expectations.  Nor does adopting the stereotypes of the other class of people make you a member of that class of people.  A man wearing a dress is still a man.

Should it be okay if a man wants to wear a dress?  Absolutely.  It should be encouraged as gender non compliant behaviour illustrates the coercive and arbitrary nature of the system we know as ‘gender’.

What wearing a dress for a man does not do is make him a woman.

This is tip of the iceberg level of what is going on in the faux-progressive areas of society.  Feelings and the subjectivity inherent within them are being lauded over the empirical reality we all share.  The implications for females in our society are quite foreboding, but that is another post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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