Quick Takes – Gender Heretics: Purged for Question the Number of Genders; Retaliation against Real Women; Gender-Medical Complex

     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: Heresy!

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Are there only two genders? If you think so, then the Mearns Academy in Scotland wants to kick you out of school.

“First, he was thrown out of class. Then he was suspended for three weeks. Now he’s been expelled.

“The student who argued with his teacher about the number of human genders will not be coming back to Mearns Academy in Scotland, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

“The student, ‘Murray,’ confirmed the news via an interview with a YouTuber on July 1. The video includes a Fundly link to assist Murray ‘with whatever he needs, which may include finishing his diploma at a private institution, tuition for college, or even rent and other basic expenses.’”

     Unsurprisingly, a GoFundMe account to help the student was shut down by the company for being doubleplusungood.

     If you have a problem with people of the other sex coming and humiliating your own sex, then you are a thoughtcriminal.

“Boys are competing in girls’ track and field events in Connecticut, at the direction of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, so that transgender students don’t feel invalidated.

“They are often winning, and the girls are afraid to publicly object for fear of ‘retaliation,’ according to Selina Soule, one of the female competitors.

“That’s why Soule and two of her unnamed female peers are asking the U.S. Department of Education to investigate CIAC for Title IX violations.


“One of the mothers of the unnamed complainant repeatedly complained to the CIAC about the ‘discriminatory impact’ that the new policy had on her daughter. The CIAC did not provide a ‘substantive response,’ and Connecticut school officials attempted to dissuade her from filing a Title IX complaint, according to the complaint.

“Soule contends that her mother’s outspoken opposition to the policy led her coaches to mistreat her.

“Her track coach made her perform workouts that are uncommon for short-distance sprinters like her, ‘and has forbidden her from competing in any high school track and field event unless she completes them,’ the complaint reads.

“Another coach told Soule and her father that if a college recruiter asked about her, ‘he would not be able to give a good report about her.’”

     This isn’t about “fighting against” heteronormativity, it’s about the power and money.

“Stigler believed regulatory capture was a top-down process, with industry forcing its will upon regulators and the public. But this gives short shrift to citizens’ agency. For example, the CAPU training module was entirely voluntary, at the request of an audience that by all accounts willingly suspended its disbelief about the numbers cited regarding Portland school kids.

“Like the subjects of Hans Christian Andersen’s naked emperor, Oregonians have silently acquiesced to the invisible-cloth logic their homegrown industry has proffered. We can perceive that also in OHSU’s response, when it was asked to explain the discrepancy between the CAPU training’s claim of 3 percent and its supporting citation:

“’The data regarding prevalence of transgender youth is sparse because demographic information related to both sex assigned at birth [sic] and gender identity of young people isn’t routinely captured, and when captured, it is inconsistent and not meaningfully used and shared. The only reference to prevalence of trans youth (only 13-17 years old) that I am aware of and willing to cite is a 2017 report titled “Age of individuals who identify as transgender in the United States,” and that report is likely an underestimation.

   —Amy Penkin, MSW, LCSW, OHSU Transgender Health Supervisor”


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