When it comes to transgender related issues, 2017 has already seen a spate of new controversies hitting the headlines. You could be forgiven for not keeping up with the bewildering frequency of transgender flashpoints. And as with any major shifts in cultural norms, the speed of change doesn’t always bode well for the health, coherence and peace of our society.
In Australia there was a glaring example of female athletes being forced to compete against, and losing to, a transgender competitor who had transitioned from male to female. Laurel Hubbard, originally born a man, won a women’s weightlifting contest by lifting 591 pounds, compared to the 572 pounds lifted by the runner up.
In what is becoming a more and more common scenario in women’s sports, one of the losing female athletes complained that perhaps a former man competing in a women’s event might have an unfair advantage over the cisgendered women competitors.
“We all deserve to be on an even playing field,” Deborah Acason, from the Australian Weightlifting Federation, told 1News Now. “It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”
Luckily, there was a liberal sports journalist on hand to point out the error of Deborah Acason’s way of thinking by saying that anyone who questioned Hubbard’s right to compete was obviously “very prejudiced, which is the main thing I would imagine, or just jealous of the fact that maybe this woman has come along and she’s better than the female competitors.”
How dare women complain that people who just a couple of years ago were still physically men with male muscle mass and male body configuration are able to suddenly transform themselves into women and take over their sports?
Strange that the liberal elite who constantly tell us that “science is fact” when lecturing us about global warming and climate change dramatically change tact when it comes to their cause du jour of transgenderism.
Suddenly we ought to ignore the science that tells us what actually defines a man or a woman since feelings are more important
Meanwhile another group forced to confront the new realities raised by the transgender movement are apparently the inhabitants of Britain’s women’s prisons. It might not be as flashy as Caitlyn Jenner’s latest social engagement but as Heat Street reported a double rapist was recently transferred to a women’s prison after undergoing a taxpayer-funded, gender reassignment surgery to become a woman.
The rapist, Jessica Winfield, formerly known as Martin Ponting, was previously held at a top security prison but complained that inmates and staff were victimizing her because she was a male transsexual. One of Ponting’s rape victims was less than happy that her attacker was allowed to make the transfer to the more lenient regime of a woman’s prison.
“There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done,” the victim said anonymously. “It is diabolical they have allowed him to have a sex change and diabolical that he could be freed this year. He may have changed physically but his brain is still the same.”
Even Ponting’s brother Nigel, 49, said: “The best they could do is throw away the key. He is a menace to the public.” Of course, no word from the women prisoners on how they feel about having to share their space with a convicted rapist.
Besides female athletes and women prisoners, it does seem that women in general are increasingly getting the sharp end of the stick in the Brave New World of transgender politics espoused by the liberal left.
Indeed, even mothers are not exempt from the wave of changes currently being foisted on society by the new gender reality. In an advisory document published at the end of January, the British Medical Association wrote that doctors and nursing staff should not call pregnant women “expectant mothers” as it could offend transgender people. Instead, the mothers should be called “pregnant people” so as not to upset intersex and transgender men.
However, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Philip Egan, warned that the change would cause “great confusion and harm”. He said: “It is Orwellian, isn’t it? Another example of people trying to control our thoughts and the way we speak.”
Even that literary bastion of modern-day feminism The Vagina Monologues has been on the receiving end of the transgender movement’s re-education push. Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts school for women in South Hadley, Mass., cancelled a scheduled performance of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues because it wasn’t inclusive of transgender women.
Despite being translated into 48 languages and performed in 140 countries, the play, which includes monologues about sex, menstruation, rape, birth, and more, was deemed no longer fit for purpose when it came up against the transgender issue.
“At its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman,” wrote Erin Murphy, a representative of Mount Holyoke’s student-run theater board, in an email. “Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive.”
Bowing to the inevitable and showing a remarkable degree of cowardice in not even trying to defend her play, author Eve Ensler explained to Time, The Vagina Monologues were never intended to be a play about what it means to be a woman. It is and always has been a play about what it means to have a vagina. In the play, I never defined a woman as a person with a vagina.”
So, people no longer need to have vaginas to be women, violent rapists can expect sex changes paid for by the public, pregnant women shouldn’t be called “expectant mothers” and people born with a male body structure can compete in women’s sports.
On the one hand it’s good and right that trans people are getting recognition for the hardships they undoubtedly have to face (for too long the existence and rights of the LGBTQ community were ignored), but on the other hand we are being told that for the sake of a tiny percentage of the population we must now all abandon our previous notions of the scientific gender make-up and rules of society.
Like anything else in an open, pluralistic civilized society, the rights and needs of the minority versus those of the majority is a fine balancing act but in this case it seems the pendulum has swung too far in favor of the minority. The majority are now expected to get used to this new reality, dump our previous understanding of how the world works and change our vocabulary accordingly.
And, as usual with liberal social engineering, it’s women who have to make the biggest adjustments to the new order. They are being told that they are no longer unique as a sex, and that someone who was a biological man for thirty years of his life before transitioning to becoming female can now not open compete with them in sports but is, apparently as much a woman as they are.
But why is this happening now and why is it being foist upon us so quickly and so aggressively by the Left? What exactly do the Left gain from pushing this new brand of thought control and language change on us?
Well 1984 author George Orwell gives us perspective from the past. In a piece entitled “Looking Back on the Spanish War”, in the periodical New Road, (1943), Orwell wrote about the controlling techniques used by the Communists in the Spanish Civil War: “If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened’—well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five—well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs…”
By telling us that gender can be anything they want it to be, the left are trying to deconstruct language and meaning. They want us to know that they know best and we have to get used to accepting that “Men are as much women as women are” and that our whole society is merely wet clay for them to shape as they see fit.
As a community we are boldly being dragged into going where no society has gone before. Somehow I get the feeling that it’s not only the women of the world who won’t be happy with where we might end up.