Will they ever stop? Whenever radicals claim another victory in dismantling social norms such as celebrating homosexual behaviour, imposing same sex marriage and coercing us to take pride in the latest milestone, individuals of a more traditional bent think this time they’ve gone too far. And we have always been wrong. After every victory those who are intent on dismantling Western culture move on to the next battlefront.
Is it possible that the transgender movement is a push too far, as some hope? I doubt it. It is apparent that the transgender movement has the characteristics of a cult which will not stop until it is forced to stop.
Contagion It is readily evident that transgenderism is a form of ‘social contagion’. This term refers to ‘the spread of ideas, feelings and, some think, neuroses through a community or group by suggestion, gossip, imitation, etc’. The present flood of gender dysphoria cases, previously an exceedingly rare condition, has coincided with a rapid increase in supportive media attention suggesting social contagion. The media are teaching our children to doubt their sex.
Transgender survivor Walt Heyer pulls no punches in describing the proponents of the transgender mania. He says: ‘This is child abuse. . . We are manufacturing transgender kids. We are manufacturing their depression, their anxiety, and it’s turned into a huge industry that people are profiting from after kids’ lives are completely torn apart.’ He concludes: ‘There is absolutely nothing good about affirming somebody in a cross-gender identity because it destroys their life. . . It’s insanity.’
No Evidence To the social justice warrior evidence is immaterial. The damage to society and individuals caused by the flood of transgender propaganda is unmistakable. Children and adolescents whose lives have been ruined by inappropriate treatment are walking testimonies to the harm done by ideologically driven trans-activists.
Like other forms of fundamentalist belief, this revolution is anti-science. The concept of changing one’s biological sex is, of course, nonsense because sex is determined by unalterable chromosomes. A male can change his hormone levels and undergo surgery to better imitate the opposite sex, but a male on the day of his conception will remain a male on the day of his death. The same applies to females.
Rare congenital disorders which can result in ambiguity with regard to sex do exist, but there is no ‘spectrum’ along which sex is determined. Biological sex is binary. Discussing the belief of social justice advocates that biological sex is a social construct, Dr Colin Wright of University of California, Santa Barbara, writes: ‘As a biologist, it is hard to understand how anyone could believe something so outlandish. It’s a belief on a par with the belief in a flat Earth.’ He goes on: ‘The claim that classifying people’s sex upon anatomy and genetics “has no basis in science” has itself no basis in reality, as any method exhibiting a predictive accuracy of over 99.98 per cent would place it among the most precise methods in all the life sciences.’
But so strong is the ideology that the absence of genuine evidence is simply ignored, and faux ‘evidence’, usually based on emotional states, is created to validate the mania.
Actual Scientific Evidence ‘Gender identity’ is a psychological phenomenon, not an immutable characteristic, and not found anywhere in the body, brain or DNA. The common claim that a patient has a ‘girl’s brain in a boy’s body’ has no scientific evidence. Every cell of a male’s brain has a X and a Y chromosome and every cell of a female’s brain has two X chromosomes, regardless of whether the individual ‘feels like’ the opposite sex. Any ‘evidence’ of an innate gender identity is fictitious.
Claims that gender-affirming treatment has a positive effect on the long-term psychological health of those suffering from gender dysphoria lack evidence. Such people do have high rates of suicide before treatment, but a study from Sweden, a transgender ‘affirming’ country, indicates that undergoing gender reassignment surgery fails to reduce the suicide rate for these patients. Their suicide rate was found to be 19 times the rate of the general population.
Hacsi Horvath has personal experience of transgender treatment: ‘At 12, I believed I would grow up to be a woman. I was mistaken.’ Now a lecturer at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California at San Francisco, he writes on the concept of gender identity: ‘In my opinion – which is based upon extensive research, as well as my own 13-year-long experience in pretending to be a woman – GD (gender dysphoria) is only superficially concerned with one’s sex. It’s more a disturbance of identity . . . GD is not sui generis, unique, super-special! It is well within the spectrum of conditions efficaciously treated with transdiagnostic approaches. It is as though the “transition” promoters of mainstream transgenderism had some kind of racket going on.’
Cult The transgender movement is a cult-like ideology with elements of both the political and the religious. The devotion to the ideology is so deep that anyone who hesitates in supporting transition and sex-reassignment surgery is castigated as a bigoted Neanderthal who needs to be crushed in the public arena or in court. Politicians such as the SNP’s Joanna Cherry QC who question self-identification as sufficient grounds for a man to be considered a woman, or vice versa, can find themselves demoted and requiring police protection.
Will they be halted? Progressives are not going to stop just because the evidence is against them: they will keep pushing on. It is important that they be stopped. There are still areas of sexual morality to be destroyed. What will it be – polygamy, incest, the age of consent? Don’t think they wouldn’t go that far – thirty years ago no-one forecast we would be where we are today.
Ordinary individuals must speak out, raise awareness, ask awkward questions of trans-compliant politicians, schools and especially churches. The Church of England has issued instructions on how to celebrate gender change. While other churches oppose the SNP’s destructive Gender Recognition Act, the Church of Scotland remains silent. Our silence merely enables the cultural saboteurs.