For Both, The Chaos is the Point
I honestly think that the hamstringing of actual feminism and the demonization of lesbians is the point. Lesbians are often the most politically committed and active women, and the most threatening to the patriarchy. If we can get to the point where the most dangerous women can be demonized and all the gains of feminism can be undone under a woke banner, so much the better. Gains made by women are always as fragile as a cloud and just as capable of disappearing with the wind. Now, female-only safe spaces, rape crisis centers, Title IX ... all of it can be done away with by misogynists as long as they put on dresses first.
There is missing a crucial component, which also cuts across your conflation of the trans phenomenon with the "hard left." How do you explain the role of billionaires such as "Jennifer" Pritzker, Jon Stryker, "Martine" Rothblatt,? Not only are these people not "hard left," many of them are most definitely on the "right wing" end of the political spectrum. There is BIG money to be made once young people are put on lifelong drugs and surgeries. Sorry, but that money isn't flowing to anyone with politics aimed at empowering the working class, or stopping the US government from overthrowing other governments around the world.
You, James Lindsay, Christopher Rufo, and others pull this sleight of hand on a regular basis now. It's misleading. I'm a long-time leftist, a supporter of women's sex-based rights, and not at all in favor of Robin DiAngelo-type "White Fragility" guilt-baiting. I'm far from alone.
Wonderful. You argue in a balanced, circumspect and fact-focused manner. I hold out hope that if we can all hold the line, not get angry, focus on facts, evidence, and good reasoning, we will win the day.
Please, please tell us, Ms Shrier, how do we help our daughters to extricate themselves from this mind virus once it has a hold on them? That is information that thousands of parents need right now. What will work to bring our beloved daughters back before it is too late?
This is a cogent and rational exposition of what exactly is wrong with gender ideology. I thank you for not blaming actual transsexual people for this crisis, but the far left ideologues who are sometimes trans but always, always far left ideologues. The word "transsexual" is now a non-PC term and is banned or seen as reactionary in many woke trans/NB groups. The idea that a person needs to have gender dysphoria to be trans is now suspect and politically inconvenient. Self-identification is the rage and people can represent themselves as trans without doing any surgery or hormones. Many are NB or non-binary and are slightly contemptuous of actual "binary" transsexuals. It is complicated but you hit the nail on the head when you stated that it is the ideologues who are promoting confusion and easy transition to the young, that are at fault. Academic trans activists are in the mix and they are leftist and often also support CRT. The rank and file transsexual is watching all of this with a mixture of horror and confusion. I'm one. Thanks for your clarity and courage.
Firstly thank you for the informative and quite enlightening article. I must say I wasn't entirely surprised by the covert nature of the "trans agenda", which isn't actually about transgender individuals when examined objectively.
Although political and financial motives probably are the motivation for short term goals, I do strongly feel the "trans" activism posses a much deeper and more nefarious agenda in keeping with the creation of a controlled dystopoian society completely devoid of human identity, values, cultural differences and even morality for that matter, viewing humans no different from commodified products.
I only say this because I keep observing the same themes being fundamental in the pseudo apocalyptic climate change agenda, the massive invasion of technology in our lives both private & professional almost to addictive proportions, education replaced by indoctrination in universities, prevalence of censorship and pseudoscience authority and latest the complete mismanagement of covid by governments around the world almost wanting to deliberately stretch the outbreak as long as possible while unjustly degrading freedom, liberty and democratic principles, not to mention determined to normalise completely dehumanising behaviour such as social isolation, destabilising family support, disrupting social cohesion including "banning" entertainment, recreational & ironically even health related activities, all under the pretext of preventing a viral infection with >99% survival odds for majority of the population and not forgetting the ridiculous wearing of mask in public by everyone.
All these are extremely dehumanising conduct that seem to be intentionally propagated by misusing legislation and unjustified public health reasoning.
I see this dehumanising and enslaving of humanity along with several other sociopolitical ideologies including the "trans agenda" as serving a deeper more sinister long term purpose. It's as if wanting to destroy sex & gender differences in humans including essential values that, uniquely "what makes humans as living human beings".
Thus, I think the public especially the future generations should be very wary about these sinister hidden agendas because at a deeper level, almost all of them share a common theme of enslaving and dehumanising humanity amidst constructing a highly controlled dystopian society on a global scale. The insidious damage such changes pose on societal level will not become apparent until its very late stages, by the time which it would be too late to resist, respond accordingly and bring about a significant revolutionary change. Such issue needs to be addressed at the root level, otherwise it cannot be prevented, let alone destroyed. Need to Nip it in the Bud!
Hi. I enjoyed your book very much. And I found your article interesting. But I also agree with Jim about the missing crucial component. My experience from my own country, Norway, is that much of the left believe they are fighting for the freedom of trans people, but we are many women especially, on the left fighting for women, for transpeople but hard against trans activist.
Since the beginning of civilization, the real issue is class. The rich versus everyone else. To distract everyone from that fundamental issue, all sorts of less important issues are promoted by the elite's propaganda media machine. Issues like, republican versus democrat, race conflicts, sexual discrimination, and now sexual identity. Meanwhile the issue of greatest importance is the enslavement of humanity by the elite. Today its wage slavery. If the elite get their way a global digital currency and social credit scores will tighten the invisible shackles more than ever. Despite all of that, this issue is very important for those affected by it. Still, don't forget to watch the psychopathic ruling class who have sold their soul to you know who.
You may want to check out Christopher Rufo if you haven't already, he write extensively about CRT. Below is a link to his Atlantic Interview
Thank you, Ms. Shrier, for being willing to stand up and speak on behalf of women and children in the face of this madness.
Well done. Thank you for your courage and the important work you are doing.
You reap what you sow. The United States, since 2001, has gone around the world invading and violently destabilizing countries under the pretext (lie) that they were bringing "women's rights", freedom and stability to the people, especially the women, in those countries. They spread suffering and chaos around the world so that they, and corporate America, could fill their treasuries with the spoils of war. Well, fast forward 20 years and now they are discovering what Karma means. You go around destroying the lives of other peoples sons and daughters, causing their deaths and murder, eliminating security in their society and their stability, their access to food and education, and now your own society is going to psychologically and physically destroy it's own daughters and sons....what goes around comes around.
I'm sorry but I really don't think so. I'm not even convinced that these men hate real women. I had one on my website and he was almost a caricature of a super-feminist. Also feminism is very much split on the subject of trans people, with the majority being lib fems who probably support it. This is one of those things that a lot of women feel has the effect of being bad for women, but I don't think it was designed that way.
Basically, you feminists are overthinking it and linking it up with this mysterious misogyny you claim is everywhere yet is hard for me to find.
Excellent article. In answer to your question "why would any parent or doctor do this (halt puberty)?", the answer in the case of the medical profession would seem to be money. As you point out, almost all children put on puberty blockers go on to cross-sex hormones and presumably a lot of them onto surgery. As I understand it even after surgery you are then forced to permanently remain on medication to prevent your natural biology from rejecting the changes. All of this adds up to party time at Big Pharma, because all these things mean vast amounts of money going into their coffers, turning otherwise healthy young bodies into lifelong drug addicts.
"Critical Race Theory goes into schools to convince white kids that they bear the original sin of their skin color. " This is not how I understood critical race theory as it was explained to me. Nor was "turning the American people against each other" any part of the goal of CRT as I understood it. I am 100% behind you on the trans craze problem, and the parent of a daughter with ROGD, but can you help me find the resources that led you to this opinion on critical race theory? Perhaps I judged too hastily or misunderstood the full spectrum of ramifications there. Just not sure that lumping the two together is constructive or helpful, but I am open to changing my mind and hearing/reading some legitimate discussions on the topic.
I know everything you said here is true, but I still don't understand why. Why are they going after our kids?