27 October 2016

Transgenderism is a Mythical Construct

According to philosopher Daniel Moody of The Federalist, transgenderism is a mythical construct, With transgenderism, all reason and logic disappears within what we might call the Gender Triangle. The Gender Triangle is that area enclosed by the relationships between three distinct models of gender—the social, medical and legal. As explained by several scientific literature these relationships are flawed beyond repair.

On the social side of the triangle, Feminist academic types use the term "gender" to denote the socio-cultural outworking of sexual difference, existing in the form of expected behaviors and appearances—i.e., stereotypes. These folk see gender as a limiting social construct that ought to be airbrushed out of existence for the sake of justice and equality.

Yet John, who is male-sexed, is now legally permitted to enter a female restroom on grounds of having appropriated for himself certain female stereotypes—make-up, long hair, and so on. In an apparent effort to erase stereotypes, the state has succeeded only in reinforcing them. Of course, the reason John seeks to appropriate the stereotypes that have clustered around femaleness is that it is not possible for him to appropriate femaleness itself. He can look like a female but cannot look as a female.

The second side of the Gender Triangle is the medical model. It says John can experience a difference between his sex and gender identity, with said difference falling within the sphere of medicine. Treatment may involve major surgery. The contradiction here is that certain countries permit John to change legal identity ("re-assign" gender) without surgery, hormone injections, or diagnosis. In Denmark, John need only fill in a couple of forms.

The emerging gold standard of gender re-assignment laws is that countries should implement a regime of self-declaration: When John says he is female, his saying so is also the very thing that makes him so. Unless everyone are to consider gender re-assignment to be some kind of talking therapy, there is another contradiction in the midst: How can a medical problem be cured by having the sufferer fill in a form? Transgender person, heal thyself?

Moreover, there is a more-or-less obvious tension between the academics and the surgeons, as gender identity cannot be both a social construct that the state can erase by force of law and a personal condition that a surgeon can erase with a scalpel.

John cannot have been born the wrong social sex, nor can his parents have clothed him in the wrong-colored romper suit. Where does this leave everyone? Well, given that gender identity cannot be both social and medical, the temptation is to conclude that it must be one or the other. But there is a second conclusion available: namely that gender identity is something other than social or medical.