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: Reject actual reality and substitute transgender ideology’s own.
First, a little mood music:
Transgenderism isn’t about people being free to call themselves what they want and live their lives freely; transgenderism is a fundamentally totalitarian belief system whereby dissenters will be punished for not sharing in the fantasy.
“There’s no such thing as ‘free’ speech in Canada. If Christians want to express themselves, it’ll cost them. And the going rate isn’t cheap. According to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the price tag for agreeing with the Bible—and biology—on gender is a whopping 55,000 Canadian dollars.
“Bill Whatcott’s crime wasn’t being a Christian. It was refusing to hide it. When a biological man ran as a woman in a Vancouver-False Creek election, Whatcott started a campaign to expose the transgender agenda. Leading up to the vote, he printed 1,500 flyers about the harms of Morgane Oger’s lifestyle, complete with Scripture references and pictures. Although it wasn’t necessarily artful, it wasn’t legitimately “hateful” either.
“Oger disagreed, filing a complaint that his human rights had been violated. Whatcott countered, insisting that what he wrote ‘was an act of religious expression.’
“As he told his supporters on Facebook, ‘I am on trial today for properly gendering an NDP political candidate who thinks he’s a woman but was indeed born a biological male.’ He said he sees it as his “duty” to “stand for the truth, to stand against coercion and trying to force us to use the pronouns that are fake, to call men “women,” and to call women “men.”‘
“The three-person tribunal ultimately sided with Oger, ordering Whatcott to fork over $35,000 in compensation to Oger, along with a $20,000 fine for ‘improper conduct’ during the proceedings.”
Not only can you be fined for refusing to reject reality, you can be denied you livelihood via a firing.
“Early this week, British tax expert Maya Forstater was fired over tweets in which she disagreed with transgender identity, saying that ‘men cannot change into women.’ In the days since, she raised more than £60,000 to cover legal fees for an appeal.
“Forstater, who was a senior researcher at the London office of the think tank Centre for Global Development, is believed to be the first person in England to lose her job for disagreeing with transgender identity, The Sunday Times reported. The tax expert expressed support for people struggling with gender dysphoria (the persistent condition of identifying with the gender opposite one’s birth sex).
“‘I support transgender people’s human rights and I believe that trans people are vulnerable, but no one group should overrule others,’ she told The Times. ‘I lost my job for speaking up about women’s rights, in a careful way and in a tone of ordinary discussion and disagreement. I worked for a think tank and I thought you ought to be able to think and talk about things. I found out I was wrong about that.’
“Forstater spoke out against recent efforts to expand the U.K.’s Gender Recognition Act to allow people to change their gender on the basis of self-identity regardless of biological sex or even medical documentation proving they have undergone a transgender surgery.”
Even those one on the forefront of “social justice” not find themselves lumped in with the so-called reactionary oppressors.
“What are the odds a feminist graduate student could be under siege for feminist rhetoric on a California campus?
“Under an intersectional framework and evolving definition of ‘woman,’ much higher than you might expect.
“University of California-Santa Barbara doctoral students, alumni and ‘allies’ are demanding the administration take action against Laura Tanner, an outspoken critic of transgender ideology and doctoral candidate in its Department of Feminist Studies.
“Tanner’s Twitter feed is dominated by discussion of transgender ideology’s threat to women, including young lesbians. She believes that transgender women – biological males – are wrongly appropriating a female identity.
“Her header image bluntly declares: ‘A woman is someone with a female body and any personality … not a “female personality” and any body. Any other definition is sexism.’ School newspaper The Daily Nexus reprinted several of her tweets that it considered ‘transphobic.’
“Yet Tanner identifies as an intersectional feminist. Her dissertation is an ‘intersectional feminist analysis of child-initiated violence and the binds of mothering,’ according to her department page.”