My cmnt: I have only included parts of this essay and have adapted it as I deemed fit to express what I want to convey to my readers (words in purple are mine). Click Townhall above for Hunter’s full column. I have a growing body of posts on this site referencing transgenderism and what I think of it. You can search this site by transgender to find them. Lest you think I am too far off base here be sure to read the column below this one showcasing the genius of Demi Lovato.
The moment Bruce Jenner “came out” as Caitlyn, Bruce ceased to exist. It was as if he was never born, and everyone was expected to go along with the charade. Curiously, most people did. News stories immediately and unquestioningly stopped referring to Bruce. But no one bothered to ask a very basic question: how does Bruce, or anyone, know what it’s like to be another gender? They don’t ask it because it is impossible to answer, and they don’t want to be seen as insufficiently woke. But it’s an important question as people are having their lives ruined over slipping up and referring to people by the only way they’ve known them their whole lives.
Men and women are different. For all of human history, that was a statement of fact. About 20 minutes ago it became “controversial.” Certainly men and women are much more alike than any human is to any other creature on earth. Just as a lioness is much more like a male lion than either is like a man or a woman.
That said men are much more like other men than other women and visa versa. Post modern thought, that is the idea that all truth is relative (which means truth does not really exist), makes a puzzling claim about gender. All gender identity, according to PM, is culturally induced and is pressed upon a person by the influential authorities (i.e., usually his parents) in her life. That is: a child with a penis is reared to be a man and a child with a vagina is reared to be a women and those constructs are artificially determined by culture and only minimally, if at all, by nature.
Now the puzzling thing (and really almost all of PM is puzzling) is that in post post modernism we are instructed that some boys feel like a girl and some girls feel like a boy and this supposedly happens almost from the time they become aware of themselves as a person. But when I ask what does that mean to ‘feel’ like a boy or ‘feel’ like a girl I am informed of constructs that seem to be universal meanings of manhood and womanhood. Yet how can this be? If those constructs are mostly, if not entirely cultural, then how can one be born with feelings that can be described as either male or female?
Here, again, is where liberalism (which is what PM really is) has its cake and gets to eat it too. Since PM is built upon irrationality, absurdity, lies, distortions and nonsense it does NOT have to make any sense nor exhibit any internal consistency. It can give with one hand and take it back with the other. And if PM needs more hands then it just adds them on and all of the rest of us are simply supposed to pretend they are really there.
A post (or post post) modernist could counter that even though gender constructs are artificial nevertheless most boys like the boyish ones and most girls like the girlish ones but there are those boys who prefer the girlish ones and those girls who prefer the boyish ones and so we should encourage rather than hinder those feelings and let them identify with which ever set of artificial gender constructs they happen to like.
But again this is puzzling. If the disciplines of psychology and psychiatry are real (that is they correspond to some aspects of real human nature) and are truly scientific then they can actually talk meaningfully about mental health and human nature. So these disciplines have stated for multiple decades that some things humans think and do are healthy, natural and beneficial to human strivings for maturity and happiness and other things are not. So, classically, if a person believes he is Napoleon Bonaparte (for real or simply reincarnated) we say that person is delusional and needs psychiatric intervention to adjust properly to the real world. We don’t feed her delusion and make the rest of us conform to it, rather we seek to help the person overcome his delusion and conform to what the rest of us know to be reality. This is the medically sound, right and compassionate thing to do.
Therefore we used to treat pedophilia, homosexuality and gender dysphoria as various states of mental illness and attempt to realign those feelings with some notion of reality the vast majority of humans believed actually existed.
Not anymore. Now we not only feed the mentally ill person’s delusions we insist, and rather loudly, that the entire rest of humanity pretend the mentally ill person is sound and that it is all of the rest of us who need reeducation, correction, reproof and – most importantly, shaming when all else fails. And, most alarmingly, we demand the heavy hand of the State ensure all of this happens.
In 2018, I wrote in my book about the 100-meter dash. Usain Bolt is the fastest person on the planet, holding the world record at 9.58 seconds. In the 2016 Olympics, Bolt not only won, every one of the 10 finalists had a time faster than the fastest time ever recorded for a women – the slowest male finalists’ time was 10.06 and women’s world record is 10.49.
Testosterone, which men produce in much higher quantities than women, is considered a performance-enhancing drug. If a female athlete tests positive for levels of it on par with the average man, they’re disqualified because they’ve been doping. But a male athlete who suddenly declares themselves to be a woman and wins…
Reality is not dependent upon someone’s belief in it, it just is.
People can insist, fool themselves, demand, whatever they want, but those delusions or lies won’t change what is. Biology doesn’t care how you dress or what name you answer to. If I’ve known you as Bob and you suddenly want to be called Jenny, I’ll call you Jenny. But that doesn’t, and won’t ever make a man a woman. And, honestly, I’ll probably call you a lot less often. I don’t care what kind of world people want to fool themselves into believing they live in, my problem is when anyone tries to force everyone else to live in that delusional world too.
Up is up, down is down, gravity is real, the Earth is round, and men are men and women are women. What you do within that reality is what matters. Denying it won’t change that.
FEBRUARY 25, 2021 By Madeline Osburn – for The Federalist
Pop star Demi Lovato shared a lengthy lecture on Instagram Wednesday calling gender reveal parties “transphobic.” Her post attacked the idea of celebrating baby boys and girls as a tradition that “naturalizes cultural myths as ‘biological facts.’”
“Gender reveals uphold the gender binary and the binary prevents people from observing reality,” said the post, which trans activist Alok originally authored. “Only individuals can determine their own gender.”
Gender reveals, parties celebrating the sex of unborn babies, have been under attack in recent years. This is partially due to gender reveals gone wrong when couples use devices like pipe bombs or alligators to share their pink or blue news. One infamous gender reveal explosion triggered a brushfire that burned 45,000 acres in Arizona.
But Lovato’s take on gender reveal parties illuminates the deeper reason gender reveals are “problematic” — they subtly reject the progressive ideal that gender is a spectrum, as well as a social construct. The act of proudly announcing that a baby is a boy or a girl affirms what biology tells us, that yes, sex is binary, and no, gender is not a product of society but of biological sexual differences in the brain.
Lovato attempts to debunk this truth as a “cultural myth” and claims that the fact that “there are only two options, boy or girl,” is an “illusion.”
“This is not about political correctness. It’s just…correct. We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity but because of reality,” the post reads, denying the reality that there are indeed two sexes, male and female.
Acknowledging a child’s sex and “assigning” their gender is not transphobic. And it’s not about political correctness, it’s just correct.
Madeline Osburn is a staff editor at the Federalist and the producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Follow her on Twitter.
Photo Demi Lovato/Instagram