Minorityism In The West
Extremes of liberal sentiment in correcting historical wrongs against trans people trample on majority rights
Western societies, having lost their moral moorings, are being tossed helplessly atop mountainous swells of identity politics and gender wars. Science holds that sex is biologically fixed: XX chromosomes means female, XY means male. Ideologues hold that sex and gender are fluid and self-defined based on feelings. In some Western jurisdictions, it is now legal to rewrite history, substituting today’s socially constructed gender feelings for yesterday’s objectively recorded biological fact. Hospitals are exposing themselves to massive potential lawsuits by agreeing to troubled children’s request, without parental consent, for irreversible gender reassignment treatment. Lawyers will picnic as new laws protecting gender-designated groups from discrimination come into increasing collision with existing laws and practices to protect biological women’s rights in sports, clubs, gyms, showers, toilets, scholarships, physical searches by police and airport officials, even jails.
In the UK Freddy McConnell, a ‘transitioned’ male, unsuccessfully demanded to be registered as her newly-born’s ‘father’ based on a gender-recognition certificate that in law he is male. In Canada formerly-Jonathan-now-Jessica Yaniv, with a history of racist posts against immigrants, filed 16 complaints with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal against female cosmeticians for refusing to perform Brazilian waxing of male genitalia. Some of the poor immigrant women have shuttered their businesses from the stress induced by the hearings; some are contesting the case. Trans-activists also seem blind to the irony of nailing a dead rat to the door of a transition house for battered women in Vancouver, threatening a rape crisis centre, and scrawling a sign saying ‘Kill TERFS’ (trans-exclusionary radical feminists), all the while accusing critics of ‘hate speech’.
Once society has given legal protection to a tiny minority against requirements to ‘prove’ womanhood, they cannot be prevented from entering gender-segregated arenas. This creates an acute problem with respect to privacy and competition in particular, where male advantages follow the science of biology rather than the ideology of fads. The powerful Serena Williams would likely fall outside the top 500 of men’s tennis rankings. Martina Navratilova was attacked for transphobia for criticising trans-athletes who invade women’s sports. When Canadian trans-cyclist Rachel McKinnon won a major world championship, sceptics questioning ‘her’ achievement were aggressively attacked as ‘transphobic bigots’. In the US state of Connecticut, three frustrated track-and-field girls have filed a civil rights complaint, claiming trans-girls competing in girls’ sports violated their rights and possibly cost them scholarships.
Without public debate over the legal repercussions, social consequences and long term health implications of such fundamental changes to the moral matrix of society, women are being put in danger for fear of offending a tiny minority. Parents who want to protect their daughters – a powerful natural instinct across all species – from potential sexual predators in women-only ‘safe’ spaces, or being confronted with male genitalia in girls’ changing rooms, are vilified as transphobes to be punished and re-educated. The drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were clearly delinquent in leaving out the human right to crotch grooming by a beautician of one’s choice of gender. We can but wonder what the families of victims of lynching by cow vigilantes, of brides burnt for dowry, daughters killed for besmirching family honour, or dissidents tortured by North Korean police, would feel about Canada’s first world preoccupation with the justiciable human right to a Brazilian for male genitalia?
Troubled trans people deserve the same full human dignity as everyone else. But, embracing extremes of liberal sentiment to correct historical wrongs with a broken moral compass to adjudicate competing claims and establish proper boundaries between different groups, anti-discrimination machinery to protect small minorities is trampling on the rights of majority communities. The much-needed open, mutually respectful and civil conversation to protect everyone’s rights, needs and sensibilities, is set aside by ‘deplatforming’ censorship to silence sceptics.