Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Cis-Hetero as Doubleplusungood
First, a little bit of mood music:
The veritable R. Stacy McCain astutely identified a key source in “rapid onset gender dysphoria”: Tumblr.
“Critics of the transgender movement have described a phenomenon they call ‘rapid onset gender dysphoria,’ in which young people develop a sudden belief that they were ‘born in the wrong body’ and insist on seeking gender ‘transition’ following a few weeks or months of intense immersion in the online transgender community. A remarkable increase in the number of adolescents calling themselves ‘non-binary’ or ‘genderqueer’ — labels unheard of a few years ago, but popularized via websites like Tumblr — further demonstrates how online communities are influencing the sexual attitudes and behaviors of young people.
“Feminists and other critics accuse transgender activists of using online communities to promote a ‘cult’ mentality among teenagers.”
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Homosexual means an attraction to someone of the same biological sex, just as heterosexual means an attraction to someone of the opposite sex. But now, sexual orientation based on the sex of the individuals involved is considered transphobic.
“Two friends of mine on the political left have given me cause to believe that transgender activists may have overplayed their hand and provoked a pushback. One of these friends is a twenty-something man who, with some bemusement, pointed me to the viral video du jour in which someone who describes herself as an ‘intersectional feminist,’ a ‘queer girl,’ etc., declared that having ‘genital preferences’ is transphobic, and that ‘preferences for women with vaginas over women with penises might be partially informed by the influence of a cissexist society.’ And no, this was not satire.
“he video lecture went on: ‘If you’re a woman who only likes women, go ahead, identify as a lesbian! But some women have penises. And if the fact that some lesbians might be attracted to those women offends you, it’s because you don’t think trans women are real women.’ My friend objected to being judged transphobic and cissexist merely on the grounds that he dates biological women only. And when lesbians are accused of bigotry because they prefer women who don’t have male equipment, you have to wonder how long the ‘L’ and the ‘T’ can be held together in LGBT advocacy.”
Apparently supporting traditional marriage is more problematic than threats of anal rape… at a Catholic college.
“Catholic college students are threatening, harassing, and targeting a Resident Advisor (RA), including with a cartoon depicting him being anally raped, for posting a bulletin board affirming Catholic teaching on marriage.
“‘I couldn’t even go brush my teeth for several nights without facing a mob in my hallway,’ the RA, Michael Smalanskas [said]”.
The college seemed to not be fully on board with condemning these threats:
“Vice President of Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin, sent an email to student leaders on March 14 encouraging them to attend a protest ‘against homophobia and transphobia,’ quoting Pope Francis’ now-infamous claim that the Church should apologize to gays, and quoting Father Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican priest who has suggested sodomy can be ‘eucharistic.'”
At a meeting with school officials, Smalanskas asked for three things:
“[T]o publicly denounce the ‘malicious acts’ and ‘hatred’ against Smalanskas, to publicly affirm the mission of the college as being consistent with the content of the bulletin board, and publicly affirm that freedom of speech would be protected on campus.’
“But ‘by the end of the meeting, they made it very clear’ they wouldn’t do any of the three things Keating and Smalanskas asked. ‘The meeting ended having made zero headway with them. They made it abundantly clear that they would do nothing to affirm the mission of the college.’
“The cartoon showing another male sodomizing Smalanskas emerged [two days after the meeting].