A woman who calls herself a man can have a baby, but a man who calls himself a woman, unless he were to have a uterus and ovaries transplanted from a genetic woman, cannot. If a man tells you he is a woman or a woman tells you she is a man, the law requires you to act as though it is a fact. If you are malicious and persist in addressing either by their original title; Mr, Miss or Mrs, you can go to prison for committing a hate crime.
There was a time when there were men and women plus a few unfortunate people whose sexual organs were a mixture of male and female. These days a man can feel he is a woman and a woman can feel she is a man or anything in between (called gender fluid) and if either of them want to look like the opposite sex, rather than just feel male or female, they can have hormone treatment or an operation. Even then they will only look like the opposite sex. Neither hormones or surgery will change your genetic sex.
This interpretation of sexuality, if unprovable (how can you read another’s mind let alone operate on it?) is something which you can believe or vehemently disagree with. You might want to argue about it loudly in a pub, write to the papers, or if you are a scientist research it. The transgender movement has no intention of allowing public debate. Transition is a moral quality and anybody who opposes it is ignorant, evil, misguided or a criminal. ‘Transphobes’ must be found, brought to justice and hounded from decent society. No discussion on the subject is allowed except to confirm there is no such thing as a fixed sexual identity, we are all in transition, even if we don’t know it.
There have been regrets and suicides after sex change operations. Two years ago, a postgraduate sociology student at Bath University wanted to find out how many, but under intense pressure from his frightened university authorities he was forced to drop his proposal because, the university feared it would come under intense attack on social media. Unlike ordinary drugs or surgery, only research that comes up with the ‘right’ results should be allowed when it comes to transitioning. We are in the realm of witch hunters, book burners and magical thinking.
In his book The Open Society and its Enemies, written as Hitler’s troops marched into Poland, the Jewish philosopher Karl Popper observed that speculations about the mind can often have more in common with primitive myths such as Voodoo than genuine science. He had in mind the psychoanalytical theories of Freud and Adler, which offer universal explanations for everything. Whatever you do Freud has an explanation for it, even if your actions are contradictory. Freudian fanatics believe that mocking the master’s theory is a sign of mental illness. Any theory which claims to be universally true, while maintaining criticism is further proof that it is right, is a cult. Transitioning, a modern form of therapy culture, is never wrong; it’s your thinking which is wrong. A sign in a ladies’ changing room reads, ‘Having a problem with somebody else’s genitalia, maybe you are the problem?’
Science, this being medicine we are talking science and peoples’ lives, is based on the principle of falsifiability. If you think there is a giant teapot behind the sun you can send a spaceship to look. You don’t have to actually send it, you just have to have a practicable means of proving or disproving your theory. It’s why we cannot prove or disprove the existence of fairies. Similarly, it’s no good looking for the transition teapot and your doubts will only strengthen its believers’ faith that it exists. How could anything which is so obviously true be doubted? Which is why transitioning is defended with such missionary zeal and its critics mercilessly persecuted. Religions have beliefs and in the absence of corroboration (which is never forthcoming) they require enemies.
‘You don’t believe in the Resurrection? This way to the stake.’
‘You don’t believe that the Prophet Muhammad was transported from Mecca to Jerusalem on a winged beast? Let me introduce you to the Saudi state executioner.’
Critics of transitioning are now being rung by the police to ‘check’ their thinking, or taken to the police station, finger printed and locked up. The magic has begun.
Editorial in the spring edition of the Salisbury Review. We publish quarterly – the next edition will be on June 1st 2019 . Subscribe