As we move into 2020, it remains astonishing that most of the hard-won rights of women in the western world – here in the US, and in Canada and the UK, for example – continue to go into reverse and be eroded. And yet, that’s where we are.
We can lay the fault of this regressive direction on the doorstep of one movement/agenda with many tentacles: The transgender movement and its ideology. Transgender activists are those that tend to believe the ideology (as in the case of transwomen (TIMs, biological men)) that they are actual biological women. In the case of TIFs (transmen (biological women), that they are biological men. Previously, men who suffered from gender dysphoria and presented as women still realized that they were biological men; this new belief changes the goal posts in a massive way from that stance.
Some of them come to the belief groomed by therapists, psychologists and even medical doctors, for whom this transing business has become quite the financial boon. Think of all the money in prescriptions for hormones, anti-depressants, puberty blockers, etc., then think of the thousands spent in surgeries so that one can pass as the opposite sex.
And sex is the crux of the issue: The transgender movement has moved from claiming they present as women, and suffer from gender disphoria, to now claiming that – scientifically – they were born into the wrong body. This is a brilliant PR move, as no one can prove they were born into the wrong body (which biologically is impossible), so this ‘proof’ is lobbed into the face of anyone who roots their opinions in the scientific realm.
Science is another aspect of the agenda. Many scientists (and many of them, not even based in the biological or genetic sciences) are jumping on board to uphold what is essentially a belief as ‘new science’. Maybe they feel there is something there, and are excited by new prospects. But that’s not my guess. Based upon the millions of dollars being poured into transhumanism research, I think there is a bandwagon to be jumped upon.
Yet another area in which transgenderism affects society as a whole is the rush to ‘trans’ children who don’t into the neatly-defined pink or blue gendered boxes that their parents expect them to. Some have surmised that this has provided a solution to parents who may be homophobic, as it gives them an opportunity to ‘trans away the gay’. This has the potential of traumatizing their child for life; yet physicians and therapists and a burgeoning trans community celebrates them for taking the plunge and sterilizing their children, calling it stunning and brave. These parents are then rewarded by being able to appear nationally as new spokespeople for the trans agenda, or being featured in magazine articles or in news stories.
Another insidious aspect of what the trans agenda threatens is the safety of biological woman. It seeks to rename women by adding the prefix “cis” to the name. They also demand that TIMs be allowed into women’s spaces, such as bathrooms, lockerrooms, spas, etc. and they have already begun taking over women’s sports.
Another aspect of the transagenda is to as gatekeepers for the subjugation of women through porn, glorifying prostitution as ‘sex work’ and attempting to glamorize it, when the reality is that both the porn industry and the prostitution and sex trafficking industries are insidiously cruel, traumatizing and even fatal to women.
The pro-trans movement also seeks to change language to acccomodate the very small percentage of men and women who suffer from gender dysphoria, demanding that in higher education, it is now etiquette to add one’s ‘preferred pronouns’ to their signature lest they offend anyone who might suffer from the dysphoria. And if someone speaks out against using these assigned pronouns, they run the risk of being fired for misgendering.
If women do speak out against what is a thinly-veiled attempt to roll back women’s rights by men, then they are labeled TERFs, SWERFs, and of course all the other misogynistic names in the book.
The movement made significant gains in 2019, mostly due to the fact that they have successfully labeled anyone who opposes as a ‘bigot’, and who wants to appear biogoted? They have been able to hijack the narrative, they have millions repeating the mantra “transwomen are women”, even though this is of course biologically untrue.
Some gains have been made, however, among the sanity seeking groups who have suffered the marginalization long enough. In the UK, a new LBG Alliance, leaving out the T, launched this past fall, and is growing steadily, despite the constant threats against it.
Feminists are holding panels to discuss women’s issues as they are affected by the trans agenda, and fighting not to be de-platformed as is often the case. A widely-publicized panel is being held at the Seattle Public Library on February 1, 2020, WoLF and Meghan Murphy, who is becoming more known as a feminist voice who questions trans ideology and its affect on women, in attendance. The last event was heavily protested.