I purposely decided not to wade in to the bathroom debates on this blog. But I want to share an article I found really interesting on these issues. It’s interesting not so much in regards to bathroom policies and legislation, but rather in regards to the troubling deeper issues underlying the arguments.
The author clearly shows the holes in the transgender arguments and theories. That is why I find this article so helpful. The arguments are usually presented as if “transgender” is an obvious scientific fact that is straightforward. But it is anything but. In fact, as the author points out, it is based only on internal feeling, so someone becomes transgender just because they say they are, even if in fact they do not have any gender dysphoria. This makes things incredibly complicated. Schools, sports teams, scholarships and many other things want to make differentiation regarding sex. That makes sense because we want to treat men and women fairly, and they do indeed have different bodies. This matters when it comes to these topics. In order to further the feminist movement, we must recognize that men and women are different. But with the reasoning in the legislation and in gender theory, there are not just two different genders, but really a whole spectrum. Yet the transgender arguments and legislation are fusing the two together. I don’t believe that gender and sex are really different things. I don’t believe you can be male in gender, and female in sex, for example. But for the people who do believe that sex and gender are different things, and think that gender is on a spectrum, this should not entail anything about letting people change their sex for such things as bathrooms, sports team, applying for jobs and scholarships, etc.
Further, as the author points out, appearance does not matter to the activists. So a boy, who looks and acts like a boy, can still claim to be transgendered, and would have to be treated as such under the legislation, thus allowing him to use the female bathroom. It just doesn’t make sense.
I also found very interesting in the article what he says about how the activists are not comfortable with having a separate bathroom for transgendered students. The concern is not the safety of transgendered students. The real concern then is political correctness, forcing us to believe and treat transgendered people as if they really are the sex they claim to be. I understand why they would want people to view them this way. But this is highly problematic in that this is a way to try to push against freedom of different beliefs about these topics. You can’t legislate what people are to believe.
This reminds me of the troubling development in New York City, seen in this article – NYC Releases List of 31 Genders: Man, Woman, ‘Something else Entirely.’ No longer do we have freedom of speech. You can call people offensive things and not be fined. But if you miss-gender a person, you can be fined. I don’t understand.
Last, back to the first article, the guidance about how to deal with gender dysphoria in children was very enlightening. I really had no idea that so many children struggled with dysphoria to some degree only to have it go away later. And I had no idea that even secular organizations argued caution to parents to not facilitate transgender leanings in their children until after puberty.