Instant Sex Change? - You Got It!
In Douglas Murray’s recently published (2019) The Madness of Crowds he states in his Conclusion chapter:
“The advocates of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality suggest that we live in societies which are racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic. They suggest that these oppressions are interlocked and that if we can … unweave it, we can then finally unlock the interlocking oppressions of our time. [but] We are unlikely to find out.
Firstly, because the interlocking oppressions do not all lock neatly together, but grind hideously and noisily both against each other and within themselves.”
Murray’s passionate book is by a self-confessed gay author so he cannot be accused of being an oppressor among the castes he highlights. His penultimate chapter is Trans, an issue causing so much confusion and madness that it represents a festering sore in modern Western Society. One that oozes with the pus of rhetoric and name-calling with degrees of political posturing that shames our appointed leaders and what, or precisely who they are seeking to represent.
In the twenty first century, as before that time, there are only two fundamental types of human, but legally, there are now women with male organs and men with female ones. The former, in particular are engaged in a bitter territorial dispute to claim the privileges of women in a battle that is eliminating what we take for granted for women: their spaces, sporting titles and records, motherhood, identities and physiology are being erased out of existence. While politicians egg this confusion on, a belated fightback has started to defend women’s sex-based rights by of all people lesbians, splitting the “LGBT” block1. It sort-of begins with new laws that seek establishment in the West framed by epithets such as a reformed Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Such laws (as have already been passed in some parts of the world) will allow anybody to self-identify with a gender of their choice, weakening the position, it is argued, of native females.
Gay men have also started joining the trans critical bandwagon though not as publicly. Most drag queens aren't trans-women but have hitched a ride on the accelerating trans train (it may also have worked the other way). As many gay men articulate, trans-women complain that lesbians don't recognise them as fellow lesbians, but then, most men aren't sexually attracted to gay men either, so the complaint is rather lame.
The crux of the matter is that trans is not so much about relationships but identity, and identity requires validation and recognition by society. Much of the trans-agenda to this day has been about gaining legal status for their chosen gender. The legal recognition of being female traditionally comes with societal expectations about being vulnerable due to physical aspects and subjection to male assault or violence and the capacity to bear children. If men can claim womanhood, but are still, secretly male, it will inevitably have implications for the earned sex based rights of women such as equal pay, maternity rights, medical interventions, retirement age and legal technicalities in sexual assault situations. Why, wonder some women is “cultural appropriation” taken more seriously than the appropriation of sex identity? Until recently, most men who embraced feminine roles as in the theatre or crossdressing were never seeking legal rights as women. The fact that many now do so with the open assistance of liberal political movements and SJW ideologies reveals something about modern societies and a shift away from family.
How the socialist Scottish government among others is pushing for sex change on a whim
Trans-women are women?
From the 1950s it became possible, with the assistance of hormones and operations for men in particular, to change into women. They would be women without periods, a new cervical canal that often endeavours to seal itself shut (without intervention) and without the subtler trappings associated with women including physical and physiological if not emotional attributes. Operations on the voice box, facial feminisation surgery and breast implants were aspects of this that have become increasingly varied and sophisticated with time. Legal recognition of such women (dubbed transwomen) soon came in though they initially couldn’t legally marry and had to go through various consultations and live as women for an extended period of time before a formal change in their identity was granted.
The validation of trans-rights improved by 2004 (with a new UK Gender Recognition Act). They could by now get married in their legal gender and even change their birth certificate and re-write history – that they were indeed born as the sex they now claimed even though in actuality they were AMAB (assigned male at birth), as dubbed by the trans lexicon. No, that was a terrible mistake and the birth certificate should be changed to be in line with the truth of their preferred gender. Indeed, to be assigned to any gender at all, at birth could be considered less than democratic. By this time they didn’t need to have complicated operations. If they could satisfy a verifiable transition process and convince various authorities including medical assessors that they were leading successful lives as the opposite sex, they could qualify to be recognised by their new gender. This still required a period of reflection and living as a member of the opposite sex. It was increasingly common by then for there to be many legal (trans)women who retained their male organs because, after all, operations were complicated and dangerous. This includes many famous transwomen including YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous. It's an open secret that most "transwomen" have not undergone gender-reassignment surgery, and if in interviews they refuse disclosure as to if they've had "the op", the answer is probably no.
By 2018 it was a growing public position that gender was a choice. There was a new category of people who called themselves non-binary that reads like something out of quantum physics (the wave particle duality). On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or vice versa, they could be male and be female on the weekends, Tuesdays and Thursdays choosing to dress differently on each of these days. They also called themselves genderfluid and similar titles and are in part, now trying to obtain a legal recognition of that status. In some ways, it has already happened. Trans-folk, legal or otherwise could get offended at being mis-gendered2, being described by their actual gender and not by the one they chose. This applied to a businessman Pippa/Peter Bunce from London who won an award as a top 100 woman of the year in finance. However, he was legally a married man with children, a part time crossdresser or to use a more modern term, transgender. Many men, like Peter may choose not to become legally female but enjoy a part-time female identity where inherent contradictions may be part of the pleasure.
Soon, politicians started riding the trans-bandwagon wanting to push ahead with various forms of a reformed GRA. This would make it possible for men or women to effectively declare themselves as members of the opposite sex without any operations or interventions what-so-ever and no periods of reflection. It would now be possible in theory for a man in a suit with a beard to be legally recognised as a woman. Politicians pushing the GRA agenda were and remain often stumped when requested to provide a definition of womanhood.
The voice of male to female (MTF) trans-lobbyists in particular became rather shrill with the mantra Transwomen are women echoed by several politicians. Transwomen started breaking women’s records in sports and politicians like president Obama started authorising the process whereby transwomen could openly use women’s toilets. The trouble remained that with many men claiming to be women, even without a gender recognition certificate, women began to be compromised.
It's not fair, says Jennifer Wagner
Former feminists are now branded TERFS (trans exclusive radical feminists)
Karen White, a man claiming to be a woman was convicted of molesting women in a women’s prison. He wasn’t a legal woman but a crossdresser with his male anatomy intact but was accepted as a woman by the legal system such that he started raping women in a women’s prison. There are several examples of male sex offenders who don’t even look like women, claiming to be women, especially when there is a chance for them to be convicted in a male context. Most historical legislation for sex assault by females tends to be more lenient than those applied to men for reasons that are palpable. Wherever the legal system is creeping towards a reformed GRA as in the UK, Australia or Canada, it is not a surprise for male sex offenders to identify as women. In a situation of a reformed GRA being passed, it would be quite possible for potential male rapists to define themselves as lesbians and assault women in women’s spaces such as toilets, prisons, changing rooms, hospital wards or hostels set up to protect women from violent spouses or partners.
Transwomen have been beating native women (defined as cis-women, a disputed term, by the trans community) in sport and this is being increasingly questioned. Rachel McKinnon, a legal transwoman broke a woman’s cycling record in 20184. The third place winner Jennifer Wagner complained that it wasn’t fair. Women like McKinnon are now the tip of a growing iceberg. Transwomen have been beating native women in athletics and team sports to such an extent, that some women’s teams actively recruit transwomen members as it gives them a stronger chance to beat rival women’s teams. In areas like weightlifting, wrestling and cricket transwomen enjoy clear advantages. They are bigger with matching lung-capacities. In order to compete against native women, transwomen don’t need to have had sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) based on some athletic standards, only to have a lower testosterone level, similar to women. However, medical research has revealed that they still retain dramatic physical advantages over native women. McKinnon claims that competing in women’s sports is her human right. When the former Tennis Champion Martina Navaratilova pointed out that it was unfair for transwomen to compete in women’s sport she was branded “transphobic”3 and quickly retracted. However, this is a growing area of debate and legislation is being tested with lawsuits by women, incensed that women’s sport is under threat from the inherent physical advantages enjoyed by trans-women.
Many transwomen are claiming to be lesbian. They retain an attraction for women they had as men, but that’s reformulated if they are legally women. At this point, many native lesbians take umbrage. On the one hand, their spaces and status is being challenged by transwomen with male organs and most lesbians are not attracted to such women. Lesbians argue that they may now be categorised as homophobic. On the other hand, teenage girls formerly described as tomboys who may have grown up lesbian, are often persuaded at school level and by the current indoctrination, that they are really boys trapped in a girl’s body. Several of these girls take hormone blockers and seek SRS, but many have been devastated later, realising they have physically sterilised themselves. The Tavistock Gender Clinic in the UK is currently subjected to investigation and legal action by de-transitioning trans-men who deeply regret that they were pushed into changing sex without due process or education.
Whereas, until recently, many in the LGBT community identified with trans rights, so much so that towering feminist critics like Germain Greer or Camille Paglia were de-platformed in university circles, today, a growing split emerges between those defending LGB rights verses a trans-inclusive camp. There is an undercurrent of support for positions formerly thought “transphobic”. It was only around 2019 that an “LGB Alliance” seeking charity status, carved itself off from an LGBT block in the UK represented by the Stonewall movement (a formidable LGBT charity).
Allison Bailey, a black British LGB activist says in a tweet (19/03/20) “As you witness the trans lobby continue to attack anyone who dares challenge its agenda, don’t lose heart. … You are bravely resisting one of the most dangerous political movements of our times …”
This lobby is evident by successfully reducing the funding of Vancouver Rape Relief, an organisation sheltering rape victims that was vilified as “transphobic” as highlighted by LGB activist Helen Joyce. Politicians such as London Mayor Sadiq Khan are all too keen to echo the Trans-lobby battle cry, “transwomen are women”. Several women have now lost their jobs or have been forced to resign for expressing doubts about gender self-identification. Health services are busily revising documents formerly targeted at women such as invitations to cervical tests for cancer, where loaded words like woman/women or mother are being replaced by more neutral terms. Ironically, whereas transwomen may be invited for breast or cervical screening for cancer, even if they don’t possess such physical characters, transmen with female characters such as a womb may not be invited.
When United Nations Women recently tweeted (06/03/20) that “Trans women are women … Every woman is a woman. Women are multifaceted, … limitless, formless” they were widely lampooned with comments like “women are smashing the … laws of physics and biology” (@spikedonline, 09/03/20).
Or are we just a gas?
Several transwomen (especially ones having undergone SRS) have started supporting the LGB cause, taking a stand against trans activists. Sian Taylder has contributed to uncommonground media in an essay “As a transsexual – I support Dr Eva Poen”: “[Transphobic has] … become the gut response to the calls made by … women – such as Dr Eva Poen - … when rights collide somebody gets hurt. And in this case it’s women and, in particular, women’s spaces and women’s safety. … the increased colonisation of female spaces, physically, socially and politically. It’s no longer just a question of ‘trans-rights’ … Only women bleed. This is … a biological fact.” Another vocal critic on gender identity is Dr Debbie Hayton, a transwoman. Many such transwomen agree that sex and gender are different and they don’t necessarily agree with transwomen in women’s sports. Many such transwomen are calling for increased gatekeeping so that the definition of transwomen as legal women is circumscribed strictly, in a more old fashioned sense. They dispute the motives, goals and agenda of a reformed GRA.
Is “woman” old fashioned?
JK Rowling gets into a soup
The LGB Alliance wishes to defend stricter definitions of sex over gender
JK Rowling was widely critiqued for being transphobic3 for the above tweet. But it’s clear that she is quite liberal in her views but disputes that men can become women on a whim, supporting the position of Maya Forstater, who was effectively sacked for questioning trans-women.
Organisations like the LGB movement (LGB Alliance) are gaining ripples of support while the trans-lobby is fighting back. Above all, the LGB movement seeks to emphasise biological sex differences and clearer definitions of transwomen rather than legal sex-self-ID that could compromise lesbians and women.
Some are advocating that trans-sports should belong in a third category between male and female. Indeed, this third category has been widely recognised in countries like Thailand with a large she-male community. The third category also existed in many societies such as native Americans or Samoans as studied by anthropologists. Some native female commentators flatly refuse to recognise transwomen as women, at least for legal reasons, given that the trans-colonisation would still proceed on sex-discriminatory grounds. Perhaps "trans women" should only apply to men who've had SRS or maybe more of a middle ground as still exists in the UK, rather than based on further easing the process of changing identity.
Arguably, the trans-rights movement is a child of feminism that once upon a time asserted that femininity was just a social construct (as Douglas Murray observes). If so, then it logically follows that men can claim that space by taking on a legal female identity. Today the trans-movement is biting at the heels of everything that feminism stood for. Men are gaining an ascendancy by taking over as quasi women in sports, law, politics and academia in ways not anticipated by feminists, who chose to play down femininity as a construct and play up toxic masculinity.
At the time of writing, the trans-rights movement remains extremely powerful though disputed and a growing backlash is slowly emerging. Time will tell what happens, but it is clear that trans-rights could damage women’s rights with little or no impact on men’s rights, regardless of trans-men (a man with a womb) potentially winning the right to claim fatherhood after giving birth to a child as a traditional mother. This space is still evolving. Books will be written and the transgender and non-binary agenda will be challenged. But it is about legal and common sense definitions and not erasing people's identities. Our conventional understanding of men and women, what they stand for and represent in society are at stake. Will it be possible to protect women’s rights in emerging transitions?