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July 22, 2023

Queering the Trans Movement

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The Summer of Pride runs into a few obstacles

June is over. School is out. Rachel Levine's Summer of Pride is getting some support in government circles and in deep blue states, but there have been some complications in the plan to "play on the offensive".

I blame Queer Theory for part of the conflict between the pro- and anti- "summer of pride" sides. Queer Theory is big on social construction of human identities. When I think of "social construction", I tend to think of orderly things - - like, say, bees constructing honeycombs. The only way to make "Trans" anything even close to orderly and normal is to get everybody to support it -- say, by using "preferred pronouns" and such -- because "Trans" is socially constructed. If someone refuses to go along, the construction crumbles. This is sometimes called "genocide".

Queer Theory is also big on destroying normalcy. So if "Trans" starts to seem "normal", "queering" would move on to the next thing, like transhumanism, for example. So all those hormones, all that surgery, etc. would become useless to queerness. But in the meantime, there is money to be made.

Back to this summer.

Trans is sometimes called the "gateway to pedophilia", at least in terms of "Theory". People pushing trans ideology are being called "groomers". They can't be too happy about reports like this:

A former ABC News acclaimed producer, previously the outlet's senior Emmy-winning investigative journalist, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of transporting and possessing child pronography in a horrific case involving infant r@pe.

so soon after the story that Ace picked up yesterday:

The first openly transgender lawmaker in the US is facing federal charges in connection with sexual exploitation at a Tyngsborough, Massachusetts daycare center. A teacher at the daycare who assisted the lawmaker in obtaining sexual pictures of the children has also been arrested and was charged in June. In a press release, the Justice Department referred to trans-identified male Stacie Laughton as "a New Hampshire woman."

These stories will probably both turn out to be far-right conspiracy theories. Like that movie about child abductions.

The Far Right is getting upset about a lot of things these days.

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Helen Joyce Explains

In 2021, Helen Joyce wrote a book, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality. For some reason, she has been doing a lot of interviews in recent weeks.

She has a PhD in mathematics and wrote for The Economist for several years. She's not much for the "social construction" ideas of Queer Theory. She thinks clearly. Here is part of an interview with Megyn Kelly that addresses reality vs. linguistics (social construction):


She takes on Rachel Levine. Whew.


Some of these guys are using people for their kink - "But what is so unusual and destructive about this sexual desire and urge is that it requires everybody else to play along":


Entire conversation between Helen Joyce and Megyn Kelly


Beege Welborn at HotAir wrote a related piece:

I love Chicago's John Kass.

Today his blog post was on something I and my friends here (especially David) have hit time and time again because we are so passionately terrified for today's children. But there was a moment in it that was such a revelation, I wanted to share it with you all. An aspect of the gender affirming madness that I hadn't considered before.

She interrupts her thoughts on the blog entry by John Kass to discuss a disturbing piece at Fox about a detransitioner, as well as some thoughts about Jazz Jennings and parents who push transition.

I have been uncomfortable about the story of the hypnotic regression in which Jazz supposedly visited a previous life in which she was a gay boy rejected by his family. Sounds a little too much like this life to me.

Welborn quotes Kass:

. . .It was a column by Dr. Greg Ganske, a former Iowa congressman and retired plastic surgeon who is raising important questions with his latest piece: "Is it Science or Child Abuse Part II."

Of course it is child abuse.

America clings to the delusion it is not child abuse even as we commit mass cultural suicide, as we engage in castration of young minor boys and other irreversible tortures inflicted on young pubescent girls via puberty blockers-on the whims of terribly delusional and tortured parents. . .

. . .Europe is tossing such gruesome notions of "gender assignment surgery and "treatment" where they belong, in the garbage. Recently, Norway has joined other politically progressive European nations-including Finland, the U.K. and Sweden in imposing limits on such treatments for minors.

. . .Why are those who stand up in support of women in women's sports are targeted for obliteration? It isn't just a difference of opinion, it is a power trip of angry wasps determined to sting you and other objectors to death.

You've seen them egged on in a frenzy against "Harry Potter" novelist J.K. Rowling, against women's tennis champion Martina Navratalova and so on.


And then he reports on an interview with an Irish journalist named Helen Joyce, who, when asked the same question, gave one of the most gut-wrenching, horrific answers I think I've ever heard. . .

. . ."A lot of people have done what is the worst thing you could do, which is to harm their children irrevocably, because of it. Those people will have to believe that they did the right thing for the rest of their lives, for their own sanity, and for their own self-respect. So they'll still be fighting, and each one of those people destroys entire organizations and entire friendship groups.

"Like, I've lost count of the number of times that somebody has said to me of a specific organization that has been turned upside down on this, "Oh, the deputy director has a trans child." Or, oh, the journalist on that paper who does special investigations has a trans child. Or whatever. The entire organization gets paralyzed by that one person. And it may not even be widely known at that organization that they have a trans child. But it will come out, people will have sort of said quietly, and now you can't talk truth in front of that person, and you know you can't, because what you're saying is: "You as a parent have done a truly, like, a human rights abuse level of awful thing to your own child that can not be fixed.

"There are specific individuals who are actively against women's rights here and it is not known why they are, but I happen to know through the back channels that it is because they've transed their child.

"So those people will do anything for the entire rest of their lives to destroy me and people like me because people like me are standing in reproach to them. I don't want to be, I'm not talking directly to them, and I don't spend my time bitching to them.

"But the fact is that just simply by saying we will never accept natural males in women's spaces, well it is their son that we're talking about. And they've told their son that he can get himself sterilized and destroy his own basic sexual function and women will accept him as a woman. And if we don't, there's no way back for them and that child.

"They've sold their child a bill of goods that they can't deliver on."

That last quote is similar to one at the end of an hour-long interview between Helen Joyce and Peter Boghossian. If you start listening at 57 minutes, there's also an interesting bit on transgender men in women's sports.

Though she doesn't really discuss it in the video, some of Helen Joyce's siblings have been on national sports teams.

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R.I.P. Tony Bennett

Fly Me to the Moon

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Hope you have something nice planned for this weekend.

This is the Thread before the Gardening Thread.

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Last week's thread, July 15, Okay, so the "far right" is paranoid, eh?

Comments are closed so you won't ban yourself by trying to comment on a week-old thread. But don't try it anyway.

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