A lot of people are feeling that “gender identity” has gotten out of hand, is over-reaching, encroaching on other people’s identity, who feel physical sex or sexuality are also important, and people fear getting slammed mercilessly by unkind cancel culture radicals if they do not accept transgender paradigm scripture—radicals who demand acceptance for their diversity yet do not show that grace to other people as well.
An example is the far overreach in slamming JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. She isn’t against trans people; she just owned real human sexuality and said it’s also okay.
Insecure, radical transgenders pile on dissent of transgender paradigm scripture in horrid ways, and other people…just let them ?? until someone finally stands and says enough (see below, Dreger, Ph.D., 2015).
Personally, as an old T auntie, so to speak, in this 4 decades, I’ve got to say advocating for our own identity and inclusion is one thing, but slamming people is something else. Many of us need to grow up. The ability to do a thing, yet lacking the judgement to know what is best, is characteristic of adolescence.
We want people to live with us with our difference, and we need to do the same for them. “Live and let live,” John Billingsley in the truly excellent film “The Man from Earth,” who also played Dr. Phlox on Star Trek.
It’s not that “gender identity” or “gender” are wrong or bad, it’s that it’s being used in too broad a sense coupled with the idea that it’s also wrong to include “sex identity” or “sex” where appropriate or where it matters in society.
Gender’s over-use is harming other identities or social realities, and it’s creating backlash.
These who have felt the sting of gender supremacy include scientists, athletes, LGB, males and females, and transsexuals. I’m not asserting anyone’s view; I’m just saying people are complaining.
Here are just a few examples from Twitter:
And Laurel Hubbard, the MtF transgender weigh lifter from New Zealand per the Olympics, has brought gender-identity assertions to the fore in athletics. I am pro trans, transsexual myself, SRS 1981, but knowing thousands of trans people through decades, I can assert that much muscle mass remains even after decades—and just as much, the skeletal frame’s design allows much greater leveraging for strength than the usual cisnatal frame. It’s not about assertions of gender identity; it’s about the physical advantage afforded someone with a masculine frame, remnant musculature, and the fairness of athletics.
We need to stop thinking gender identity is everything. It’s just one of the things.
A great deal more can be found here in Galileo’s Middle Finger, about radical gender supremacists slamming scientists for scientific integrity:
Part of the technique used by leaders of the transgender paradigm is to turn a deaf ear to unethical and illegal actions, cancel culturing, internet slamming, slander, etc., without usually stating that such things are wrong or disapproved-of—which has worked as a tacit approval without responsibility.
There have been a number of “dirty tricks departments,” as I tend to call them, people who do horrendous things to people and institutions who do not tow prescribed gender scripture, who openly discuss T sex topics, or who use words like “autogynephilia” or “gynandromorphophilia.”
As such, intimidated institutions responded, became T sex-negative, made it about gender and began suppressing T sex issues, like mine.
Now we’re all supposed to think “gender identity” covers everything, when it sorely does not .
It’s not a dislike for transgenders. It’s not transphobia.
It’s that physical sex and sexuality are real things that are part of real life, and the transgender paradigm pressures society to pretend these things, vital to most people, are not real.
That is unrealistic.
Transgenders need to begin to own their sexuality in society—follow in the footsteps of the gay social acceptance movement—and stop pressuring others in society to disown theirs.
A good example of the importance of accepting your own sexuality in society, and the pitfalls we create for ourselves if we don’t, is Kenji Yoshino’s Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (Yoshino, 2006). The hidden assault is ourselves. We create many of our own problems.
Another example of the trouble we cause ourselves in social denial—stealth mode living—FWIW, is my book, Shadow Life: Aerospace, Love, and Secrets (2016), autobiography, marriage to Joseph F. Ware, Jr.