‘Call me old-fashioned but I tend to think of people with penises as men’

Acclaimed author Ian McEwan has waded into the transgender row after warning of a ‘troubling wave’ of political correctness.
McEwan, 67, was speaking at a student society lecture at the Royal Institution in London, when he was invited to ponder on how the notion of self has evolved throughout history.

The writer of Atonement, and winner of the Man Booker prize for Amsterdam, upset some when he said that a person’s identity was constrained by biology and social norms.

However, he claimed that now people are treating the idea of identity like a commodity.

He said: ‘The self, like a consumer desirable, may be plucked from the shelves of a personal identity supermarket, a ready-to-wear little black number.’

  • ontario john

    And we have both the CBC and the Saturday Toronto Star outraged that camps for children are not gender neutral. Yes, we must not have camps that are for boys or girls. The elites continue to make young boys into little pansies.

    • Cripes.

    • Surele Surele

      and they wonder why German men could not defend German women (was going to say their women, but that would start another outrage) in Cologne. First raise them like pansies, strip them of their valour, and now pay the price.

    • mauser 98

      more voters for them
      more ripe for invasion

    • canminuteman

      What outrages me is that there are more girls than boys in my sons boy scout troop. The girls have their own exclusive girl guide organization, yet they get to hoirn in on the boys as well.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Boys can join girl guides. My grandson knew a boy in the day who belonged to the Guides. Suffice it to say, it was cause for much merriment amongst his schoolmates. 😀

  • H

    I thought his comment about identity being entirely something that one could pick as one chooses, rather interesting. Particularly in light of the progressive love of identity groups this seems a bit of a contradiction (is identity something of significance, which can’t be changed, or not? Are gays born gay, for instance?) But if one takes the approach that it IS something that can be simply chosen, this raises some rather awkward questions: if, for instance, white males are so awful and hateful, then a simple dye job would presumably correct the problem, wouldn’t it? So how awful could they be if this is all it takes to fix the “problem”? (Of course, there are people already doing that ….)

    Additionally, I kind of wonder whether the effect of hedonism and societal self-worship is a little at play here: after all, if we humans believe ourselves to be God, then we should have more or less infinite control over ourselves. Thus, if we say we are female, then we ARE female dammit (And God said, let there be light”!) … despite the inconvenient detail of our bodies being equipped with penises.

  • Hard Little Machine

    He’ll be charged with hate crimes soon.

  • Spatchcocked

    Call me old fashioned but I tend to think of obese trannys who call themselves Divine and eat poodle shit are demented freaks who should be wearing two ankle bracelets AND a ball and chain.

    • Justin St.Denis

      That’s “judgementalism”! You should apologize!

      OMG! I think I just invented a new tribe of SJWs! 😉

  • Surele Surele

    “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you’re the easiest person to fool”. Richard Freynman

  • simus1

    Nobody in academe seems ready to offer any theories on why the rapid spread of shitheadism throughout western society moves in lockstep with the massive increase in numbers of those who now “benefit from continuing on into higher education as a right”.

    • Justin St.Denis

      You should apply for a research grant!

  • Spatchcocked

    Sometimes I feel I’m Napoleon…..and other times I’m Alexander the Great…..I’m firm and disciplined and a leader. I’m never overbearing or dominating but I do NOT suffer fools. I inspire men to exceed themselves yet I condescend with a natural grace.
    Children and animals are natural devotees.
    I have never been offered poodle shit as an entree but remain confident I should refuse.

  • Tom Forsythe

    I am used to CBC censorship by now, but this one really ticked me off. These two comments were the 2nd and 3rd most popular on the thread, before they were blocked, and all I said was reasonable people can disagree.

    • Martin B

      Gender dysphoria is a mental illness. Lots of people have some sort of mental illness. Having a mental illness does not make you a freak. You shouldn’t have to explain this to a clinician (or even a CBC moderator) in the 21st century, but I guess you do.

      • Tom Forsythe

        It was taken out of the latest version of the DSM.

  • Waffle

    Prometheus Unbound. No idea is too crazy to be unexplored or acted on. This is liberalism writ large, unrestrained by any notion of morality. It is carrying us to our doom. The invaders know nothing of such sophisticated concepts. All they see are naive, materialistic fools, ripe for the plucking/fucking and they are taking full advantage. As Cohen says, “it’s over. It ain’t goin’ any further”.