Hi friends, I am about to take leave, and will disappear and go incommunicado for a fortnight. Best wishes to all for the duration.
Hooray! Finally a section of the Left is allowing space for progressives who challenge the right wing elements of the transgender trend. Any attack on women’s rights is not only reactionary in itself, it also splits the working class and it is time the rest of the Left came to terms with this.
The Morning Star newspaper in Britain has published two articles from progressive-minded critics of the transgender trend, and an open letter from others, thanking the paper for opening space for debate around these issues. The letter quite correctly states that “hard-won rights and protections that women have managed to gain are being eroded through political and social developments” surrounding the transgender trend. I do not agree with the signatories’ claim that women are a “sex class” but I certainly believe that the trans trend contains right wing, anti-woman ideas that divide the working class. Congratulations to the Morning Star for giving a platform for this point of view.
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“The first thing that has to happen to walk this back is for the left to admit what’s going on”
I was talking to someone the other day about Obama’s order on transgenderism, and she said she it was hard to see how we could walk this one back.
My initial reaction was to say that medicine has to lead the way, since they validated it in the first place. Stop with the junk diagnoses and acknowledge that there are several different things going on here:
1. People have genuine severe body dysphorias (rare) and want surgery to remove parts.
2. Men with autogynephilia (crossdressing sexual fetish) are increasingly being allowed in under this validating umbrella, a fetish that is correlated to some extent with the committing of violent sex crimes, and these men are treated as misfortunates who need support.
3. Lesbians are socially pressured into medical transitioning if they do not perform femininity.
4. Adolescents don’t feel comfortable with their changing bodies and/or their personalities don’t align with…
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“The BBC seems to be intent on pushing only one ‘transgender kids’ narrative to both parents and children. The unquestioning use of the new gender terminology by the BBC in their own report on the programme reveals their total immersion in transgender theory:
‘Transgender is a term used to describe a person who doesn’t identify as the gender that was assigned to them when they were born – they may wish to be seen as a different gender or no gender at all.’
…When did we stop considering sex-role stereotypes as harmful and limiting for children and start to embrace them as not only true, but as the only real distinction between boys and girls?”
The fight for transgender people to use the public bathroom of their choice is presented as a battle of the Republican Right versus everyone else. Traditional values and the alleged threat to women’s safety versus respect for diversity.
Behind this debate two quite different demands are jammed together. One is the right of individual male to female (m2f) transitioners to live as women. The other is the ideological demand of transgender activists, and their mass media supporters, to be allowed to redefine womanhood itself: to demand that biological women accept being recast as a subset of womankind. The second demand is reactionary, for two reasons.
First, female biology has politics attached to it, most notably around abortion rights. The battle for abortion rights is also a struggle that reveals women’s oppression, since capitalist society does not allow women full control over their own bodies. Banning the word “woman” from abortion services, as trans activists have successfully demanded, puts one more obstacle in the way of women understanding the discrimination against them.
Secondly, it means defining women by the way that they stereotypically look and act, which is the only sort of womanhood that m2f transitioners have. In reality women become who they are through a lifetime of sexist socialisation that is gradually inscribed upon people with female biology. The trans trend is attempting to conceal this sexism from view.
Supporting transitioners’ use of women’s bathrooms will also carry a right wing, anti-woman subtext until these issues are publicly acknowledged.
Exiles in their own flesh: A psychotherapist speaks
Thisis a guest post submitted by Lane Anderson (a pseudonym),a practicing psychotherapist who has worked extensively with “trans teens” and their families. She shares with usherclinical insights into her clients, adolescentpsychology, and the impact of the transgender phenomenon on our society as a whole.
If there are other mental health providersreading this post, please considerguest posting orresponding in the comments section below the article. See this earlier post featuring Dr. David Schwartz foranother critical perspective from a psychotherapist.
I am extremely grateful to Lane and Dr. Schwartz for speaking up. Time is of the essence, since the American Psychological Association recently released new guidelines which will make it even more difficult for clinicians to step forward.
I am a licensed psychotherapist.I’m writing this post onmy last day at ateen healthclinic, where I’ve seen patients and their familiesfor nearly a decade.
In the past year especially, it’s become increasingly…
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One of the many unfortunate consequences of the marriage of transgenderism with the lesbian/gay movement is the wholesale acceptance that “conversion” therapy (also referred to as “reparative” therapy)—rightly condemned as coercive attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation—is equivalent to helping a child or teen feel at home with his or her body.
Why shouldn’t attempts to change “gender identity” be seen as identical to efforts to convince lesbian and gay people to abandon their homosexuality?
Because they are actually polar opposites. Anti-gay conversion therapy tells a healthy human being that they are not ok as they are, in the body they have, with the sexual feelings they have for other humans. But therapy aimed at helping a young person accept and reconcile with their healthy, evolution-molded body, as well as their gender nonconformity, actually encourages wholeness and the integration of body and mind.
In an Orwellian twist, the trans…
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