Transgenderism is more the rage today than ever before. Caitlyn Jenner became a household name this year among a generation of young people who’d never even heard of Bruce. Following that craze, Barnard College announced it would begin accepting trans women. (Barnard had actually been one of the holdouts. Now most women’s colleges effectively accept all gender fusions except for straightforward, lifelong males.) Then came Bravo TV’s announcement that it would cast a transgender woman in season 8 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. And lest the children be left out, Gen Zed, a new animated comedy set to launch in late 2015, will feature transgender Shona as a lead character who is “proud of who she is.”
And if you display a different response to Caitlyn, Barnard, or Shona . . . well, now aren’t you the transphobic bigot who ought to be shut up in the closet?
Whether or not you are a bigot, though, you would be a reasoned responder with a cogent point. Studies conducted since 1979 have only underscored the mental health problems that Meyer and McHugh recognized in the 1970s. In 2004, the UK Guardian reported on more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals reviewed at the University of Birmingham. Not only did the reviewers find “no conclusive evidence that sex change operations improve the lives of transsexuals,” they found that many of the patients remained “severely distressed and even suicidal after the operation.” In 2014 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported that 41 percent of transgender adults have tried to take their own lives. A suicide hotline set up in 2014 by transgenders for transgenders, Trans Lifeline, received more than 20,000 calls in its first nine months of operation.
Tragically, the cultural powers that be seem to have contracted an illness. In any other realm, we would call it denial. More.
Reality check: The patients don’t really matter; they are tools in the progressive move to break down the idea that there are any fundamental differences among human beings that cannot be addressed by propaganda and legislation, preying on emotional neediness.
See also: From the BBC Newspeak dictionary committee: End “he” and “she” (The question isn’t whether they can change the language; it is whether they can throw a widget into everyday normal communications. That is a key progressive goal, sometimes marketed as “fighting hate.”)
New York Times flirts with gender-neutral “Mx”