From National Review:
By David French | May 19, 2017 | 3:26 PM EDT
Intolerance of disagreement in the debate over transgender issues begins to creep into law. Yesterday trans Twitter got very, very angry with me. I wrote a Corner post about Chelsea Manning’s release from prison, and the focus was squarely on Manning’s misconduct. Manning betrayed fellow soldiers, put their lives in danger, and did it simply because he wanted to stimulate debate. Trans twitter was angry not with my description of Manning’s actions (though some defended him) but with my description of Manning. I used male pronouns. I identified a man as a man.
Immediately I was deluged with passionate but reasonable tweets explaining to me exactly what was wrong with my pronoun usage. No, wait. That was in a parallel universe. Here in the real world, I received a series of tweets you can’t post on a family website. In the real world, I was called a transphobe, “America’s worst person,” and many other names simply because I wouldn’t identify Manning as a woman.
Sure, that’s just Twitter, but the furious sentiments of transgender activists are making their way into law. For example, in New York City the government will punish employers, landlords, businesses, and professionals who use the “wrong” pronoun. Here’s how the New York City Human Rights Commission describes a “violation” of its human-rights law:
Refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun, or title because they do not conform to gender stereotypes. For example, calling a woman “Mr.” because her appearance is aligned with traditional gender-based stereotypes of masculinity.
There’s a good deal more at the original.
As I have stated previously, The First Street Journal recognizes that Mr Manning, by all objective standards, is male, not female. Mr French erred when he wrote that he “identified a man as a man.” Mr Manning is most certainly a male, but it is very clear that he was never a man.
Fast forward 10,000 years, and imagine that almost all of the records of the 21st century have been lost. Some anthropologist happens upon the remains of Bradley Manning or Bruce Jenner,1 the two most currently celebrated ‘transsexuals’ of our time. The soft tissue being long decayed away, all that the anthropologist can recover is the skeleton of the individual. Doing his work diligently, he produces his findings:
- Based upon the structure of the skeleton, primarily the pelvis, I conclude that the subject was male.
- Further, based upon the recoverable genetic material, I conclude that the subject was male.
Why? Because said future anthropologist is basing his findings upon objective data. Males and females are physically different, different enough that current anthropologists are able to take sex distinctions between the fossilized remains of individuals who died a million years ago.
It wasn’t that long ago that the left were describing themselves as the “reality based community,” described by, of all people, Karl Rove, as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” Mr Rove went further to denigrate such as those who wait and watch, while conservatives take action, leaving the left to wonder just what had happened. To be “reality based,” one would have to give credence to objective facts.
Which raises the obvious question: why do the left ignore the objective facts about people like Messrs Manning and Jenner, and call their subjective statements about themselves reality? We do not dispute that both of those famous gentlemen consider themselves to be female, but that would be no more objective truth than if I, a Star Trek fan, told you that I was really a Vulcan.
There is even a website The Reality-Based Community, which has as its blog tagline, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” The site is fairly liberal (though a quick perusal gave me the impression that they were not far-left whackos), but the tagline points out the error of the left: in the case of the ‘transgendered,’ they are attempting to claim their own ‘facts.’
Intelligent conservatives will not allow them to get away with this. Their idiocy must be challenged at all times, or their subjective biases will become ingrained on society in such a way as to perhaps not be undone.
- I am aware that Messrs Manning and Jenner have changed their names legally, not just colloquially, but I choose to use their birth names, so as not to give any credence at all to the illusion that either is actually female. ↩