‘Drop the T’ is one of the most important political petitions I have read in a long, long, time. Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero), wunderkind cultural libertarian of Breitbart Tech (@BreitbartTech – worth a follow) has supported a petition for the Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Sexual rights movement to sever its ties with the transsexual ‘rights’ movement. It is essential that anyone who believes in freedom of speech sign this petition. Your author explains why #GamerGate should help.
The Washington Post recently decried the defeat of the so-called ‘Houston Equal Rights Ordinance’ (HERO) (archive here). This innocuously titled piece of legislation was controversial because, in essence, it meant transsexual people who identify as women but with physically male bodies (i.e. who have penises) would be able to access women’s bathrooms.
Some feared this would be intrusive to women and worse, enable sexual predators. Opponents, screech the liberals, engaged in, “a campaign of fear-mongering and deliberate lies”. We are repeatedly told by a wide variety of extreme leftist / SJW talking heads that there is in fact no evidence any sex offender has ever posed as a woman to find victims.
No evidence? Those concerned about such sinister legislation could do worse than look at evidence recently filed in the United Kingdom Parliament by the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists, basically the professional association for doctors who treat gender dysphoria sufferers in the United Kingdom. They gave evidence (archive here, pdf here) to the Transgender Equality Inquiry on 20/08/2015 that makes terrifying reading. Please remember that this is not some right-wing extremist group – this is the professional body of the UK doctors who deal with transsexuals, and their President is concerned about –
“[…] the ever-increasing tide of referrals of patients in prison serving long or indeterminate sentences for serious sexual offences. These vastly outnumber the number of prisoners incarcerated for more ordinary, non-sexual, offences. It has been rather naïvely suggested that nobody would seek to pretend transsexual status in prison if this were not actually the case. There are, to those of us who actually interview the prisoners, in fact very many reasons why people might pretend this.”
He goes on to explain one of the more chilling motives –
“[…] a plethora of prison intelligence information suggesting that the driving force was a desire to make subsequent sexual offending very much easier, females being generally perceived as low risk in this regard. I am sure that the Governor concerned would be happy to talk about this.”
Let us be clear. This is the head of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists, an utterly pro-transsexual group, talking about an ever-increasing tide of sex-offenders deliberately trying to pretend to be transsexual. What better evidence could there be? The liberals decrying the defeat of HERO as ‘fear-mongering’ and ‘deliberate lies’ are once again failing to accept reality.
There has been tension for a long time between transsexual rights and the rights of other equalities movements. Earlier this year, an all-women’s college called Mount Holyoke cancelled the traditional feminist performance of the ‘Vagina Monologues’ (archive here) because it is “not “inclusive” enough to those who identify as women but do not have vaginas”.
What is feminism if it is not a movement to promote the rights of those born with wombs and vaginas? Physical males, not matter how feminine they feel, are never at risk of forced or unwanted impregnation. Born males never suffer from ovarian cancer.
Last year, Tyler Curry spoke out in the Huffington Post explaining the fundamental differences between the trans and gay liberation movements and arguing that ‘Gay Rights and Trans Rights Should be Separated’ (archive here). This year, an anonymous gay man took another step down the road of making that a reality, by launching a ‘Drop the T’ petition on change.org (archive here).
Speaking in an interview with the Federalist (archive here), he said, “[…] Any attempt to rationally discuss issues that gays/lesbians/bisexuals are concerned about regarding the trans movement is met with unparalleled vitriol, harassment, death threats, and silencing—demanding that the person commenting contrary to the trans narrative be banned from forums, for example” and “[…] I know that lesbians have for several years been the object of attack from trans activists for their (rightful) desire to enjoy exclusively lesbian and women-only events such as the now shuttered Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival”.
Your author has no problem with the idea of people changing sex, in principle, not just for medical reasons but even on a whim. However, your author also notes that the technology to do so does not exist. Even after surgery a male-to-female transsexual has different bones, different muscles and a Y-chromosome in every cell of their body. The closest facsimile of female genitalia that can be made for them is just that – a non-functional facsimile. Your author has no problem with the idea of people never dying, but the technology does not exist.
The main reason people in our society obtain gender transition surgery is a mental condition that the American Psychiatric Association (which produces the official guide to psychiatric conditions, the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’) calls ‘Gender Dysphoria’. Whilst the name of the condition has been changed and the emphasis shifted to disability rather than disorder (archive here), it remains a diagnosable condition in the psychiatric manual.
Furthermore studies show that the present, unsatisfactory and irreversible, operation called ‘sex reassignment’ leads to increased suicide rates amongst the recipients (archive here). In short, it is not currently possible to change sex, only to receive a costly, mutilating treatment that will measurably increase your chances of suicide.
The grim truth is that not all equalities movements are equal. I would never call for transgender / transsexual people to be harmed. Violence and harassment are clearly not acceptable. However like Milo Yiannopoulos and others I do challenge the present vogue for surgical and drug treatment of gender dysphoria. The NHS is funding a treatment that kills people.
Not unlike recent calls for ‘equality’ for paedophiles, or claims that ‘Not All Paedophiles are Bad People’ (archive here), the assertions of so-called ‘transition advocates’ and ‘trans advocates’ are deeply questionable. Despite their hysteria, no one challenges trans people’s rights to exist but we do challenge whether transition is an appropriate solution to their pain – whether for the trans people themselves or for our society or whether other less permanent and transformative solutions can be found.
Turning back to the petition, it is of course supported by #GamerGate spokesperson Milo Yiannopoulos –
His reasoning set out in a heartfelt and deeply sophisticated piece is manifold but intertwined with the hostility of the current leading lights of the trans movement to free speech and more generally to awkward intrusions from that heinous South Park Villain, ‘Reality’.
The truth is that people from all walks of life have encountered the histrionic and intolerant sturmabteilung of the trans ‘liberation’ movement. The vehemence of their rage filled attacks on free speech (they mock as ‘freeze peach’) ultimately stem from the unalterable truth that they cannot liberate themselves from the hand life has dealt them. By and large, men are born as men and women as women – the science does not exist to fully change the two.
GamerGate has encountered this hostility to freedom of speech in what it calls the ‘Tumblrinas’ and seen it in the hostility it receives from self-proclaimed trans activists like Sarah Nyberg and the attacks on even critical friends like Liana Kerzner.
If we support free speech, if we want to build allies for our movement, we should all be getting down to Change.org and signing to ‘Drop the T’.