Greetings from 2017, when weâ€™re having Peak Trans. In 5-8 years this will be over. A generation of children currently being treatedÂ with hormones and surgery for being â€œborn in the wrong bodyâ€ will be suing their doctors and parents. People will no longer say that a penis is female if the penis-haver â€œidentifies as a womanâ€. The current trend of allowing male athletes to compete â€œas womenâ€ as long as theyâ€™re taking estrogen will be history (to refresh: male-to-transÂ runners, weightlifters, volleyball players, etc. are currently thrashing female opponents because womenâ€™s sports organizations are unwilling to appear â€œbigoted.â€)
My (former?) friends are sharing memes (will they still call them â€œmemesâ€ 5-8 years in the future?) that compare malesâ€™ demands to access female bathrooms to the Civil Rights Movement, and women who say no to them as white racists. Liberals are insisting that sex – biology – is a social construct, that humans arenâ€™t sexually dimorphic because of the existence of intersex people and clownfish. They pass along sciency-sounding science-denial articles that use the same rhetoric as â€œcreation science.â€ They denounce â€œcreation scienceâ€ because it is a tool of the Right, and they fear the Right. Their science denial is of the Left, and they deny itâ€™s science denial. Science denial denial.
My (former?) friends support changing the legal definition of sex from biology to â€œidentity.â€ If a man says they â€œfeel like a woman,â€ and someone like me asks, â€œwhat does that mean? How do you â€˜feel like a womanâ€™? Is â€˜womanâ€™ a feeling?â€ they rush to support the male and condemn me.
I have recently come out as one of those witches who refuses to say males are female; who believes females need sex-segregated spaces like womenâ€™s shelters and prisons; who believes women are entitled to say â€œnoâ€ to males for any reason. I have been banned from Facebook* twice and my reddit* account has been suspended permanently. Friends have sent me messages saying they canâ€™t associate with me any longer because Iâ€™m so â€œhurtfulâ€ and â€œignorant.â€ I just lost a $2,000 speaking gig with no explanation; since women like me are regularly â€œno-platformedâ€ as â€œTERFâ€s, I assume itâ€™s because of my recently exposed politics.
So right now weâ€™re in the midst of a kind of Liberal mass hysteria. There have been crazes like this in the past: actual witch hunts, McCarthyism, the lobotomy fad of the mid-20th century, the â€œfalse memoriesâ€ of the 1980â€™s. It could be worse; maybe it will still get worse. But like other trendy hysterias, this will pass.
And when it does, what will you, my (former?) friends, be saying about it?
â€œOh that, that time was so weird!â€ youâ€™ll say, perhaps with an eyeroll or giggle.
Or, â€œI always knew it was wrong.â€ Youâ€™ll think you were the one who stood up for sanity back then. Youâ€™ll forget that you were in fact declaring you were on â€œthe right side of history,â€ virtue-signaling with your civil-rights-appropriating memes, while shunning and condemning women like me. You will forget.
You will forget that you said â€œsex is a spectrum, we donâ€™t understand biology.â€ Youâ€™ll forget you vehemently argued that â€œfemale brainsâ€ can be trapped in male bodies, â€œitâ€™s SCIENCE!!!â€ Youâ€™ll forget you said â€œassigned male at birthâ€ as if sex is assigned by transphobic doctors and not observed by anyone with eyes and a brain. Youâ€™ll forget that every time someone pointed this out you said â€œintersex and clownfish!!!â€ as though they disproved reality, because of some creationist-style sciency-science-denial that supported your politics.
You wonâ€™t be that dumb in the future. But right now, you are.
You didnâ€™t know, you werenâ€™t paying attention, it wasnâ€™t your thing, you have to pick your battles. While women like me were screaming about the transing of children and the male pattern violence of males, you â€œdidnâ€™t know.â€ It was convenient not to know. Meanwhile you got head-pats and excitement in the â€œmovementâ€ (what movement? Against Trump? Why does opposing Trump mean you canâ€™t think critically?) for repeating thought-terminating, loaded language like â€œtrans women are womenâ€ and â€œassigned male at birthâ€ and â€œcisâ€.
What will you blame, future? You will probably minimize the problem. It was just women, after all, theyâ€™re a minority, right? And so many women are white and middle-to-upper class, they did fine, it didnâ€™t hurt them. OK, some kids got transed and regretted it, we went too far there, we meant well, why are you making such a big deal? It wasnâ€™t that many, they were almost all homosexual anyway. Itâ€™s history, itâ€™s over, we know better now.
Oh, Future, weâ€™ll be lucky if you can read this. Weâ€™ll be lucky if youâ€™re even there to ignore me.