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It’s time for a better level of discourse over the push for opening bathrooms and showers to all comers. Women from the Left and Right are uniting to make that happen—and here’s the cultural argument for why.
The retrograde author insists that there exist men and women.
Good common sense. Something that is lacking in today's society. Let me say that a different way: Something that is lacking in our politicians, glitterati and MSM but still alive and well amongst us common folks in fly over country.
First, it's not really about bathrooms. That's just the surface issue, but even at that shallow level, the trans/gender screeching from the left is dangerous and disingenuous. It's dangerous because of the reason that men and women have separate bathrooms and changing facilities in the first place. It's not just for privacy, but safety, too. The number of male sexual predators and rapists is several orders of magnitude larger than of female predators. Mixing men and women in compromising environments puts women at needless risk. This doesn't mean we live in a 'rape culture' as those who are promoting this trans/gender social realignment claim, but if they are serious about that claim, why are they so intent on making it easier for women to be raped? But intellectual honest is not their strong suit since they purposefully ignore the real rape culture that is much more often practice by Muslims.
Second, bathrooms and changing facilities are not the only things affected by this lunacy. For one, women's sports will be destroyed. Recently a trans woman (is that the right term for a man who claims he's a woman?) recently severely beat a woman MMA competitor. If current social trends continue, look for trans women entering women's soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc. I know that Renee Richards broke this ground a long time ago in tennis, but things are different now. Men don't seem to be raised to be men now so look for more of them to decide it might be fun to be a woman. Here, I'm straining not to swerve this rant into feminism.
Third, except for a very small number of people who were born sexually ambiguous, this situation has no basis in reality. Biology has settled the definition of gender for a long time. Because a person "feels like", or wants to be the opposite gender is either a experimenting or delusional. Of course the fact that they would claim such a thing is evidence that the really do believe that gender is static and not fluid since 'male' or 'female' is a standard by which they are comparing themselves.
In the end, this whole thing is about destroying social norms in an effort to destroy society. It's really no more complicated than that.
"a trans woman (is that the right term for a man who claims he's a woman?)"
I believe the DMS-5 term is "cross-dressing pervert"
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Thanks Donny! It's always helpful to have the correct diagnosis! I had worried that the American Psychiatric Association may have been buried under a PC avalanche. :-)
Actually, I looked it on Wikipedia and trusting them, I was initially heartened to learn that there is not only a listing for gender dysphoria, but also gender identity disorder. However, they seem anxious to give it a biologic cause rather than an phycological one:
Gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID) is the dysphoria (distress) a person experiences as a result of the sex and gender they were assigned at birth. Evidence suggests that people who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth may do so not just due to psychological or behavioral causes, but also biological ones related to their genetics, the makeup of their brains, or exposure to hormones before birth.
I remain skeptical and suggest that Donnie is much more accurate. Research at Johns Hopkins appears to contradict the DSM-5 listing.
In the end, this whole thing is about destroying social norms in an effort to destroy society.
I assume their end-game is to re-make society once they've destroyed this one. The idea that there are retreats from society where a woman can be a woman and a man can be a man or an individual can be an individual is exactly the problem they're trying to get rid of. Each of us has a private persona and multiple public ones - a man alone and a man in mixed company and a man hanging out with the guys are three different people and part of that is the social cues and re-enforcement he gets from the company he's in. He has to learn how a man is expected to behave in different situations and the Left is bound and determined they're going to break him of all his bad habits and wrongthink, all the things he's been taught about how to behave, and train him like a pet seal to do as they command. To accomplish this, he must never be unsupervised by his would-be masters, never left alone unhounded for a minute lest he slip into the bad habit of thinking for himself.
Yes, I agree that they will try to remake society. It will be to correct all the wrongs by "rescuing" the "victims" and "reversing" the causes of their victimhood - the heteronormative, cisgendered patriarchy. It will fail with huge costs to everybody in nearly every way - economic, social, militarily, etc.
For the most part, these are kids who have been spoonfed pap that sounds like a John Lennon song ("imagine there's no genders, it isn't hard to do...") by tenured professors who are insulated from the real world and have no appreciation for how or why it got this way and are just looking for something new to rebell against. They not only have been taught to disdain Western Culture, but have not been taught respect for any culture. The kids are know-nothings who know it all and if you know something else, you are part of the problem and you will have to be destroyed.
Of course it's not about bathrooms, it's about control, They have to have control over every aspect of our lives.
Consider: government data has it that about .007% of the country is transgender. So why should one-one hundredth of one-one hundredth of one-one hundredth of one-one hundredth (give or take) of the population - many of whom haven't even completed the required surgical mutilation - exercise control over the rest of us? And it's not even those few who are exercising control, it's the government that thinks this is a good way to control us.
Recently at a conference where the women vastly outnumbered the men. The conference venue responded by re-designating a male bathroom as female. And how did they do this - besides the outside sign directing men onward - you say? Simple: they placed vases of flowers inside each urinal.
I am sitting here wondering how we fell so far so quickly. I think that it is always harder to re-take the ground that we have lost, seemingly while our backs were turned. There are obviously a lot of lunatics out there who seem to have endless time and resources to devote to their left wing lunacy du jour. How and where do we fight back? And how sad that we even need to have this particular conversation.