Woke culture has now reached new heights, where stating universal truths can get you de-platformed or fired in some ‘progressive’ countries. The latest high-profile victim of cancel culture is J. K. Rowling, who dared to say that biological sex is real and that women’s lives are shaped by it. After tweeting her wrongthink, Rowling was immediately mobbed by trans-activists telling her to choke on their ‘ladycocks’ or die. It is worth noting that the men who expressed similar views (Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle, John Cleese, etc.) did not receive such instructions. This implies that even trans-activists can tell the difference between men and women. Rowling later explained her views in a detailed essay, but several virtue-signaling celebrities (including her protégés from the Harry Potter films) continued to pile on her, without even addressing her arguments. I miss being young enough to think of Orwell’s 1984 as fiction.
There is an idea made popular by postmodern theorists, that sex is a social construct and not actually binary. This idea has become so widespread that a scientist had to publish an article in 2020 to clarify that sex is, in fact, binary and immutable in humans. The article says nothing new. As we all learnt in high school, sex is the reproductive role supported by your anatomy. Males produce sperms, while females produce ova and gestate the foetus. Some people are born with intersex conditions, due to errors in the pathway of embryonic development (for details, read Gilbert’s Developmental Biology). These people are still either male or female; they don’t produce both gametes, or new types of gametes. Sex is especially important in the field of medicine, as shown by the present COVID-19 pandemic.
The erasure of biological sex is being carried out in order to replace it with gender ideology. The Religion of the Gendered Soul was established through the Yogyakarta Principles created in 2007, based on the belief that every person has an innate gendered essence that can be sometimes born in the wrong body. This is used to promote the idea that males should be legally recognized as females if they wish to be. The larger motive behind this movement is obvious- medicalizing children for life and giving people unnecessary drugs and surgeries is a gold mine for several industries.
Trans-activists often make multiple claims that contradict each other. According to them, transgenderism is not a mental illness, but transgenders must be given ‘gender-affirming’ surgeries or hormones, so that they don’t kill themselves. Sex and gender are different, but transwomen are women, not just feminine men. Anyone who says they are a woman should be accepted as such, but Jonathan Yaniv is not truly trans, and de-transitioners never were. They are also unable to define the word ‘woman‘, which means that women’s rights are now effectively meaningless, and defending them is “transphobic”.
The postmodernist propaganda is not only a lie, but also an insult to women and girls across the world, who are subjected to infanticide, FGM, rapes, forced pregnancies, period poverty etc., on the basis of their sex. Imagine saying that you were “assigned female at birth”, in a world where 23 million foetuses have been selectively aborted for being female. In the modern Newspeak, the words ‘woman’ and ‘female’ can be used to refer to males. Actual women are now referred to by using terms like menstruators, uterus havers or even non-men. However, men are yet to be called ‘ejaculators’, because men would never put up with that sort of bullshit.
I’m all for religious freedom, but the Religion of the Gendered Soul is being forced upon non-believers through compelled speech. Activists fighting to end FGM are told that the term ‘female genital mutilation’ is transgender-exclusionary. A Canadian anthropology professor was fired from her post for saying that biological sex is real. Sex is being erased from language, even though females cannot ‘identify’ out of sex-based oppression.
Thankfully, gender ideology has not yet taken over in my country. But those of you who live in First World countries may need to speak up in defense of free speech. It is important to have a variety of views expressed openly, so that they can be challenged in public. Otherwise, we may well be regressing to the Dark Ages, when scientists were persecuted by religious authorities for telling the truth. And if anyone calls you a “TERF” or a “transphobe” for defending reality, just sit back and enjoy this banger sung by a radical feminist sister.