Language versus reality in the transgender debate

During his HBO talk show, comedian Bill Maher highlighted that the population who identifies as LGBTQ+ in America has doubled with each generation since the 1990s 1940. Your explanation for the phenomenon? Being transgender is in vogue. But this is no laughing matter.

Activists who promote gender ideology have contributed to a social trend with significant consequences by reinventing the language around sex and identity. In fact, its semantics pose an even greater threat to the transgender community and society at large. Let me explain why.

Activists seem to believe that by changing the language used to define sex, they can change reality. According to their terminology, the sex a person identifies with is that person’s gender, regardless of their innate physical characteristics. It is said that a man who identifies as a woman is a woman, and perhaps has always been a woman.

However, as Maher observed, “if we can admit that… There is some level fad on the idea of ​​being anything other than straight, so this is not a serious, science-based discussion.”

In fact, modern science shows that our sex manifests itself in everyone. the levels of our being, from the obvious physical differences between men and women, to our internal organs and the way our bodies are structured, all the way down to our DNA. While cosmetic surgery and opposite sex hormones can affect appearance, they cannot change the underlying biological reality that men and women are different from the moment of conception.

Regardless of science , LGBTQ+ activists continue to bet on a reinvented definition of sex, causing great harm to their own community, encouraging them to disregard important medical safeguards.

Much evidence proves that transgender “treatments” do damage. Even Maher noted that the transition “isn’t just a lifestyle decision — it’s a medical one.” Embracing transsexuality and indiscriminately encouraging “transition” often exacerbates an individual’s suffering because there is no medical evidence that “transitioning” from one sex to another alleviates the emotional pain these individuals experience.

The Obama administration concluded in 2016 that there were no clinically significant improvements in the quality of life of people who underwent sex reassignment surgery. A correction to a study published just two years ago, using the largest dataset ever, confirmed that neither hormonal nor surgical “transition” brought benefits to patients.

One Swedish study carried out over 80 years found that people who underwent sex reassignment surgery had a suicide rate 2016 times higher than their peers. Finally, the best studies indicate that when children with gender dysphoria have time to process their internal conflicts without puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones, 95 to 95% of them naturally embrace their body sex.

Unfortunately, people who identify as transgender are not the only ones who suffer the consequences of transgender semantics. Others are ashamed to adopt their language and endorse the concept of gender fluidity at their own expense. There are increasing examples of people being fired for not addressing a person by that person’s preferred pronouns or for not specifying their own.

By fostering transgender storytelling in early childhood education, the ideology is marketed to young children, in teaching methods such as the “gender cookie” or “drag queen story time” . These messages confuse children, and the intense pressure to adhere to the current has led to a rapid increase in the number of teenagers who identify as transgender in recent years. For children to grow up healthy, they need the help of adults to accept their physical bodies and understand themselves as male or female.

Perhaps more than anyone else, women bear the costs of transgender ideology. Men who identify as female can enter female-only spaces such as bathrooms, changing rooms and even prisons. At the very least, this poses a privacy risk to our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and granddaughters. Men were allowed to compete in women’s sports, introducing unfair competition because of their innate athletic advantages.

Surely, we must be compassionate towards people who struggle with their gender identity, because their status can cause tremendous pain and suffering. But we can show compassion without compromising their well-being and the well-being of society at large. It is necessary to speak the truth with love. Semantics matter – but not as much as reality.

©2022 National Review. Published with permission. Original in English.
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