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One of the constant threads that runs through the discourse (as it were) around trans gender ideology/queer theory/self-id is the remarkable degree of ignorance surrounding the positions people who oppose gender ideology actually hold.

Most of the time rather than acknowledging that there is a cogent position to beheld regarding the rights, boundaries, and space of women (adult human females) in our society pro-female rights commentators are simply written off as ‘bigots’, ‘nazis’, or just ‘transphobic’.  This labeling is done without ever getting to the actual arguments and positions pro-female rights commentators actually have.

To help remedy this situation, here is Ms.Keen presenting her views and what she hopes to accomplish.

This is a critical thinking exercise.  It exists to help people understand why they say and support the things they say and support.  It fails utterly for the activist students who take up the camp on the ‘strongly agree’ side.

What is most telling is when Dr. Boghossian asks them what evidence or what information would make them change their mind to move one step toward being neutral on the topic.  Neither of the women say their are any arguments or information that would persuade them.  And that folks, is the sole domain of the ‘true believer’ and/or ideologue – a blessed state where no fact, no amount of reason or evidence will change your mind.

It is a dangerous position to hold for the individual and society.  Do not miss the irony of the true believers calling other ‘bigoted’, it is truly something to behold.

Watch the video, grit your teeth if you have to, but know that much of the activist Left simply do not have arguments they can defend in a conversation. What they do have is social shaming and name calling, and let me assure you, they have that in abundance. Do not give into their coercion, not standing up for yourself reflects poorly on you, not them. Do not let their lies come through you at the very least.

Strip away the activist hyperbole over the opposition to DQSH and get a very reasonable argument.

One of the curses that progressives that have gone awry (the woke) bring to the table is often the disregard of objective fact. For the faux-progressive sets, the more oppressive factors that you happen to bring to the situation makes your insights somehow more relevant and more important (‘truthier’) than someone who has experienced less oppression. So much of faux-progressive time is spent comparing, ordering, and reordering postures and arguments in accordance with perceived levels of oppression that the actual truth of the matter becomes lost in the internecine conflict that inevitably occurs.

We as a society need to decide that objective truth matters and strive to base our decisions on the version of events/details that most closely coincides with the material reality we all share. In short we need to return to and reaffirm the ideas of the Enlightenment and of the Classical Liberalism that followed.


This book is on my Xmas list.

A short clip but interesting as the woman discusses that for her to continue fruitfully in her academic career she is going to have to “prove” she is a good person. How do you prove you are good person? You repeat the mantras – whether they are relevant to your field or not – to show allegiance. Not if you have demonstrated you are good teacher. Not if you are competent in your field. No, competency doesn’t matter it’s the acquiescence to the dogma is the sticking point.

Scary stuff.

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