Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls, it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.
Lyrics from the hit song “Lola” by The Kinks. The tune was released on June 12, 1970.
Ray Davis has claimed that he was inspired to write “Lola” after Kinks manager Robert Wace spent a night in Paris dancing with a transgender woman.
Three of the four original band members, including the composer[s] of “Lola” reformed The Kinks in June of 2018. It would be interesting to know what they think of the current socio-political push for “transgender rights,” in Western society almost 50 years later.
This journal has chronicled the devastating and dangerous movement to enshrine “transgenderism” as a basic human right on several occasions. In the past few years, advocates of this reality-denying cult have begun to quietly manipulate the legal system to their ends, especially concerning what can only be called forced transitioning of young children.
However, before the gender ID enforcers could make meaningful legal strides, they believed they had to accomplish three things. First, left-wing academia had to be convinced to normalize ‘transgender rights’ as a health issue.
A New and Dangerous ‘Diagnosis’
The crucial turning point which empowered the transgender movement and helped launch it into the ‘mainstream’ of culture happened not quite six years ago. It came in a publication that most don’t know about, the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the DSM.
The DSM is the ‘biblical’ authority of the psychiatric profession. It is,
published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In the United States, the DSM serves as the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses. Treatment recommendations, as well as payment by health care providers, are often determined by DSM classifications, so the appearance of a new version has significant practical importance.
Until 2013, the fourth edition of the DSM was in effect. The DSM-IV classified those who believed they were ‘assigned’ the ‘wrong’ gender as suffering from Gender Identity Disorder.
As a “disorder,” it was a mental illness. Today, due to political and cultural pressure, the DSM-V calls this condition Gender Dysphoria. Such a classification is not considered a mental illness. Rather it is considered a kind of psychological discomfort and confusion. This is how mental illness can be masked as a difficult, but “normal,” reality.
The necessity of lessening the severity of what is a delusional disorder is evident. In this way, the Leftist ‘science’ community could grant ‘scientific’ credence to the notion that transgender ‘rights’ advocates represent a group of people being ‘victimized’ by the predominant culture.
Which leads to the second step to be completed for the transgender ‘rights’ advocates to be successful. That is the step of playing the victim card.
Playing the ‘Victim’ Card
In the culture war, the victim ‘card’ is the favorite choice of the Left. This card has been successfully played numerous times in the past.
The pattern of play is similar in each case. First, a group must be identified which could be characterized as ‘victims’ of some terrible abuse.
Next, the group must be canvassed somehow to isolate individuals within it who could be used to showcase their ‘victimhood’ publically. It has become all too familiar to see such an individual or even a small group in front of the cameras and microphones speaking about their tragic ‘victimization’ at the hands of evil people who are also not-so-coincidentally conservative.
This strategy accomplishes two things. It demonizes the evil conservative ‘oppressors’ while garnering pity and synthetic ‘outrage’ on behalf of the perceived ‘victim.’
Whether or not the offense against this poor ‘victim’ is true is irrelevant to the Left. There are many examples both recent and decades-old of this phenomenon.
Most recently there is the example of the hoax hate-crime orchestrated by Jussie Smollett in Chicago. The purpose here was to demonize Trump supporters while increasing Smollett’s value as a Leftist extremist and thus enriching him as an actor.
The fact that this was carried out so carelessly almost immediately revealed it was a hoax. But for the Leftmedia, that was only a slight inconvenience as they immediately labeled it a “hate crime,” with a little apology when they were proved wrong.
Smollett himself is facing some very serious charges that could result in severe punishment from the courts. He is facing 16 felony counts in Chicago as of today.
However, the penalties which are inflicted upon children in the transgender ‘rights’ cause are far more severe than Smollett’s because of the lifelong damage that could ultimately result. It is indeed tragic that children, some whose ages register in the single digits will become the true victims of adult manipulation, in the name of illusionary rights.
It is also tragic that adult transgenders cannot see their own delusion. A delusion so pervasive that it warps biological reality, and causes its adherents to lash out with tyrannical demands for all of society.
Turning Tragedy into Tyranny
It is unequivocally a tragedy that for the sake of creating a phantom human ‘right’ people will not only mutilate themselves, via having body parts cut off and others sowed on, but will insist that others change their own lives to accommodate the delusion. Those who desire to live in reality are now expected to alter their speech, i.e. no unapproved pronouns allowed.
Moreover, society as a whole must now deny the exclusiveness of male and female bathrooms, lockers or dressing rooms in public areas and schools, according to trans-activists. This insanity is seeking the force of law to turn a tragic condition into a normal one.
The Leftmedia, whether on social media outlets or through the airwaves, engages in the third step which is pushing the narrative. A narrative that is dangerous to adults, and extremely dangerous for children.
Thus, the Leftmedia is less likely to report about the enabling of pedophiles through the transgender ‘rights’ movement. However, there are cases of adult male predators ‘identifying’ as female and accosting young girls in public bathrooms.
In Scotland, an 18-year-old male who identifies as a woman was given a slap on the wrist by authorities earlier this month after assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the restroom. According to The Courier, the suspect, who goes by the name Katie Dolatowski, sexually assaulted the unidentified little girl in a supermarket restroom on March 4, 2018, reportedly grabbing “the terrified youngster by the face, shov[ing] her into the cubicle and order[ing] her to remove her trousers.”
The penalty for this individual should have been some lengthy prison sentence. Instead, he was
banned from having contact with children and given community service and electronic tagging.
How can the parents of this child be assured this predator will not strike again under the guise of identifying as a female? How has the legal system not only in Scotland but in many other countries turned to favor the transgender agenda?
The short answer to that last question is twofold. One reason is the cultural acceptance of transgenderism for adults, as seen especially in the instance of Caitlyn [formerly Bruce] Jenner’s relatively recent popularity.
Secondly, trans-activists have been ‘teaching’ and promoting their cause as ‘experts’ both in the medical community and at legal conferences in various states. These disturbed ‘health’ professionals have also gained the support of the American Academy of Pediatricians in a recent statement affirming ‘transitioning’ for children.
Dr. James Cantor explained in his detailed analysis of the AAP policy statement, “almost all clinics and professional associations in the world use what’s called the watchful waiting approach to helping GD children, [but] the AAP statement rejected that consensus, endorsing only gender affirmation.”
Trans-Activists Are Targeting Children
It is alarming is that trans-activists are pushing their sex-change agenda on pre-pubescent children and threatening the parents if they object. Their pernicious influence has reached even the level of state government in South Dakota.
[Last month] the Health and Human Services committee of the South Dakota House killed a bill that would have protected the right of parents to refuse to consent to medical or psychological treatment for a child suffering from gender dysphoria if the treatment “would induce, confirm, or promote the child’s belief that the child’s sex or gender identity is different from the child’s sex presented at birth.”
This is tyranny at a level so fierce that it promotes children not just acting against their parents’ wishes, but advocates punishing the parents with the force of law if they object. In South Dakota’s case, this means that children would not be afforded counseling unless that counseling affirmed the “child’s belief” they were somehow trapped in the wrong biological sex.
There are also some in America specifically targeting children as young as 4 years old. This tactic began to surface about 3 years ago in custody battles during divorce proceedings.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. …“…first began hearing from distraught parents in this situation in 2016 and in 2017, I heard from seven families in as many different states in this situation. In all but one case the child was a 15 year-old girl who never had any sexual identity confusion prior to her parent’s divorce,” Cretella said. “The other case involved 4-year-old triplet boys whose mother desperately wanted a girl. The mother was a psychologist herself and had cross-dressed one of the boys for two years, insisting that it was his idea. In each of the seven cases the guardian ad litems and judges removed the right to medical consent and/or custody from the parent who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”
Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are not well-studied and thus the harmful side effects are also not well-known. The physical damage of these potent and potentially dangerous drugs was not considered by the judges or the mother in this case.
The state of California has decided to tyrannically bypass the concern of parents and the judgment of the courts. This was accomplished by passing an insidious law affirming transgendered treatment for children as young as 12 in foster care without the caregiver’s knowledge.
[In California] you only need to be 12 years old to privately seek and consent to treatment for gender transitioning.
However, California decided to go even further by also requiring the taxpayers to foot the bill for this absurdity, whether they like it or not. In one section the new law states,
All children in foster care, as well as former foster youth up to 26 years of age, are entitled to Medi-Cal coverage without cost share or income or resource limits. The Medi-Cal program provides transition-related health care services when those services are determined to be medically necessary.
As has been chronicled in this journal and in many others, such ‘transition-related’ treatments, I will not call this ‘health care,’ are never necessary for children. Many studies have shown that 75-95% of children and adolescents lose these feelings of gender confusion when they become adults.
Once a person is an adult, the choice to poison and mutilate themselves because they deny reality is their own individual, if unwise, choice. That is, provided that choice does not make unreasonable demands on others to also deny biological reality with their speech and with public accommodations.
However, there is no right of choice allowing adults to manipulate children who have not yet matured mentally into life-altering and dangerous gender “affirming” actions. Nor should the law uphold and force such tyrannical nonsense upon society while endangering children in the process.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:10 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Originally published in TIL Journal