No, Having Genital Preferences for Dating Doesn’t Mean You’re Anti-Trans

One of my biggest issues with transgender activism is the way activists attempt to control other people’s sexual preferences. There is a obvious problem that will occur for most transpeople when it comes to sexual relationships. To put it bluntly, they likely will not have the sex organs their potential partners find arousing. Some transpeople take offense to this rejection, arguing that some women have penises and some men have vaginas.

This is biologically inaccurate. The scientific method we use to determine sex is based on our chromosome patterns and how humans as a species reproduce. Our genitals are what indicate externally that we are a dimorphic, i.e. two-sex, species. Males, precluding some genetic abnormality, have testes and penises. Females have ovaries, uteruses, and vaginas. This may not fit with the political arguments made by the transcommunity, however, it is biologically accurate.

As a result of this biology, most people will prefer one of the sexes and expect that sex to possess the corresponding sex organs. It is not biased to assume this anymore than it is biased to assume humans would prefer another human as a sexual partner.

Yet Riley Dennis argues that a person wanting a woman with a vagina is “anti-trans”. Dennis created a video, however, below is a transcript. Dennis starts by playing word games: Continue reading

Joe Rogan interviews Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He is currently embroiled in a battle with his university and the progressives over the use of “preferred prounouns”.

That term refers to some transgender people wanting to use something other than “he” or “she”. Some of them are content with using “they”, which is grammatically incorrect but at least a real word. Others prefer an ever increasing list of new words, each more absurd than the previous. Not only do they wish to use these new pronouns, they also expect everyone else to use them. Anyone refusing to do so is violating the person’s identity.

Of course, since this is happening in Canada it comes with an additional penalty: refusing to use a person’s preferred pronoun is a crime punishable by fine. Should one refuse to pay the fine, one risks jail time.

That is right. It is possible to go to jail for calling someone “he” when they prefer “zir”. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v102

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now

I know what you are thinking. You think some woman had a sex change and now the liberals on campus have gone after the now him because of “the Patriarchy”. It is much worse.

Timothy Boatwright applied to an all-women’s school. While he checked the “female” box when he applied for the school, he identified as “masculine-of-center genderqueer” when he got there. Granted, that is rather nonsensical, but it is not the stupid part. This is:

And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a “culture of diversity” on campus.

But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.

“I thought he’d do a perfectly fine job, but it just felt inappropriate to have a white man there,” the student behind the so-called “Campaign to Abstain” said.

“It’s not just about that position either,” the student added. “Having men in elected leadership positions undermines the idea of this being a place where women are the leaders.”

The New York Times ran an in-depth article giving further insight: Continue reading

Bulletin Board v179

Abuse survivor launches financial assistance foundation — A new foundation has been created to help male survivors access counselling. The Canadian Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse was created by a former Cambrian College student who said he was fortunate enough to have the cost of his counselling covered when he was still in school. Paul Leduc was a student two years ago when he had his breakdown. “I was here for about four months or so when I sort of hit a bit of a rock bottom,” he said.

Detectives try to give abused kids ‘some happiness on Christmas’ — The detectives say they granted the 6-year-old boy’s first Christmas wish early when they were able to arrest his grandmother on abuse charges.Area Central Detective Joseph Mancilla said that at first, when the boy was asked what he wanted for Christmas, he said, “I just don’t want my sister to be beaten anymore.” Last month the grandmother of the boy and his 5-year-old sister, Goldine Williams, 47, of the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery of a child.

Exonerated after 28 years in prison, man asks for apology from rape victim — It was an emotional day for “Mary Smith,” the Highland Park woman who said she finally got justice Thursday. She finally got to say what she wanted to say to Marion Sayles, the man who raped, shot, and left her for dead 30 years ago. “How dare you? You tried to destroy my life. And by the grace of God, I’m here. And you are now serving a life sentence for what you did to me. God bless you,” Smith said. Sayles sat quietly as his sentence was read.

Homeland Security Takes Steps To Implement Prison Rape Elimination Act Guidelines — Earlier this year, the Department of Justice released its final guidelines for implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which it has been developing since the law passed in 2003. The new rules contain specific protections for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI), or who are otherwise gender non-conforming, including professional training for all correctional staff to minimize mistreatment. Continue reading

Another Unwelcome Discussion

Usually I avoid getting into discussions about transgender issues. As one can tell from this blog, I ask questions. I do not accept anything on the basis of “it just is” or “because I said so”. Unfortunately, that kind of questioning is unwelcome in the transgender community. However, I violated my usual avoidance to join in on a discussion about the topic on No, Seriously, What About Teh Menz. It has gone more or less as I expected it would, concluding with my comments being put in moderation. I am quite used to this from feminists, so I am hardly bothered by it.

However, I did spend twenty minutes writing responses, so I will post them here:  Continue reading

Bulletin Board v103

Calif. Man Found Guilty of Torturing Boy Held Captive for Year — A California man was found guilty Tuesday of nine counts stemming from the torture and abuse of a 16-year-old boy held captive for more than a year, the Mercury News reported Tuesday. After four days of deliberation, a San Joaquin County jury found Anthony Waiters, 31, of Tracy, guilty of corporal injury to a child, false imprisonment, infliction of great bodily injury and torture, among other counts.

For Colored Men Fatigued by Movies About Colored Girls — It took a brief but blunt conversation with a female colleague and friend to reinforce my already strong opinions about director/actor Tyler Perry and his newest film For Colored Girls. Although I was predisposed to expressing mock shock that Perry has produced another film that makes African American men look like a collection of morally bankrupt, emotionally empty, self-absorbed, hedonistic, conniving nut jobs who are hell bent on abusing black women, my progressive friend made me realize to an even greater degree that Perry doesn’t want or need my sympathy or money.

Health Check: The boy who was raised a girl — When anyone has a baby the first question everyone asks is: “Is it a boy or a girl?” Biologically it is sex hormones, physical appearance and the sex chromosomes – XX for a woman, XY for a man – which dictate whether someone is male or female. But what happens if you bring up someone who was a boy as a girl? There was a case just like this in the 1960s, a case which ended in tragedy.

Male rape victim in DR Congo speaks out — The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis brought on by five years of brutal war. Sexual violence has been used as a weapon by all sides and no-one is immune. In a country where homosexuality is taboo, Newsnight hears rare testimony from a man who was raped by soldiers while he was walking to his farm. Continue reading

Bindel, Misandry and Transphobia

It appears Julie Bindel’s position on transwomen caused some real-world repercussions. Bindel previously voiced her opinion regarding transwomen in an article several years ago. However, someone caught wind of this last year and sought to have Bindel removed from a panel discussing feminism and women’s issues. Beatrix Campbell writes:

Transgender people who used to live as men and now live as women persuaded the May 2009 NUS women’s conference to mandate its officers to share no platform with Julie Bindel. Proponents say they are offended by Bindel’s critique – aired in the Guardian since 2004 – of “trannies”‘ perceived cultural conservatism and anatomical violence.

The NUS women’s campaign shows no solidarity with women who are offended by the presence in their safe spaces of people who used to be men telling them which women they may listen to and who qualifies as queer. This month, her enemies mustered a picket outside Queer Question Time in a London pub. They’re not censoring her, they say, you can read her, they say, just don’t go to hear her. That renders her “audience” passive consumers but not engaged debaters.

Campbell is not one to parse words, going on to write:

They’re offended? So what? Offensiveness is a discourse shared by both politics and comedy. “Offendedness” is a privileged, protected category in the NUS against, specifically, rightwing extremists, racists and Julie Bindel. The women’s officer Olivia Bailey insists this is “not no platform” for Bindel. “The expression of transphobic views directly discriminates” against “valued members of our campaign.” It’s just that, “We welcome our trans sisters” and a group of them “had been made to feel uncomfortable”. Again, so what? This solidarity does not extend to women who feel unsettled by the presence of people who used to be men in women-only spaces and services. […] The transgender vigilantes should listen up, wise up and grow up, participate in, not proscribe, the debate they started. And their best friends in the NUS should do what best friends do: tell them to stop it, their politics stink. Continue reading