Two videos have been circulating on my Facebook page, both tackling the issue of identity politics. The first one, from the Family Policy Institute of Washington has a white male reporter asking if he can identify as a Chinese woman or a seven year old or someone who is 6’5.
The second one is a Swedish woman asking essentially the same questions:
The reactions are funny until you realize that this is where we are as a culture: people are reluctant to state obvious, clear truths, (you are not seven years old, you are not 6’5) because those facts and that truth might offend someone. It is the complete triumph of ideology over reality and it does not bode well for the future of our society.
Both the videos begin with the transgender issue, and I’ll confess I am troubled by that. I agree completely that identity politics are destroying an important reverence for fact, evidence and truth that is essential in any free, functioning society. The alternative is North Korea or Orwell and those are no alternative at all, but I can’t place transgenderism in the identity politics debate in a way that feels satisfying.
And that right there might be the whole problem.
I am allowing my feelings to guide me, because I have nothing else to use. I’m not a religious person, so I have no moral code from that source to draw upon. There is no settled science that I am aware of, indicating why and how people perceive themselves to be the opposite gender their body indicates, but I am convinced this is a medical issue that has to do with prenatal hormone exposure. I don’t think it’s a mental illness, although I do think people who imagine themselves disabled and want their limbs cut off mentally ill.
Gender feels different to me. Feels. I understand the problem with that. But it doesn’t change how I feel. Is Bruce Jenner a woman? Genetically, no. He’s not. His genetic profile is XY, and that is a man. Is Caitlyn Jenner a woman? Genetically, no. She’s not. Her genetic profile is still XY, but the Y is a mistake that occurred at some point during fetal development. Caitlyn Jenner looks like a woman, wishes to be called a woman, wants to live as a woman, and because I don’t believe it causes any lasting harm for me to agree with that polite fiction, I will call her one. Out of courtesy.
And there is the real problem. What both of the videos above demonstrate is that the polite fiction does indeed cause harm. It’s part of a narrative that makes it increasingly difficult to state obvious, simple truths. War is peace. Truth is a lie. Diversity is strength. None of those things are true. War is the opposite of peace. Truth is the opposite of a lie. Diversity destroys cultures, it does not strengthen them.
Understanding all of the above, however, doesn’t make me feel less squeamish about saying ‘Caitlyn Jenner is a man dressed as a woman’. That feels …. well, mean. It feels cruel. It feels like telling a Black albino child they can’t call themselves white because their whiteness is a genetic mistake and they’re really Black. If the albino child wants to say ‘my skin color is white therefore I am white’, who does that hurt? No one really believes them, do they?
I can’t really figure out what I think here. I cannot be dispassionate. I cannot be objective. I can’t think about this issue in a rational, detached way. That is because I actually am a woman. I can understand the larger implications of divorcing reality from ideology, but when it comes down to my actual treatment of human beings whom I believe to be suffering terribly, I can’t adhere to fact, and I will revert to fiction.
Because hurting someone who has done nothing wrong feels wrong. And kind lies make both me and the other person feel better. And my sense of a moral universe doesn’t extend beyond that specific domain, even though I can understand the implications. I know that what I am engaging in has a net destructive effect, but I can’t not do it.
I believe most women will do exactly the same thing. We are innate moral relativists. That’s good for building strong families and communities that include transgender people in a loving and welcoming way. It’s a complete disaster at the nation state level. I am once again left with the inescapable conclusion that any society that permits women to vote (without some mechanism of earning that right) will become godless, degenerate and descend into complete anarchy until male citizens restore the peace.
The Islamification of the West is proceeding at a rather astonishing pace. London is poised to elect an openly Islamist mayor. How long will it be until Sharia is in effect in the UK? Milo has written on his fears of an Islamic UK as a gay man, and he is correct to be afraid. Few Muslims support the rights of gay people. Far too many would prefer gay people to be dead. Diversity is strength? No. It’s not.
But it feels good. It feels good to be welcoming and kind and nice, and it’s easy to ignore facts and pretend the truth isn’t true. Women are experts at doing this, and the price will be astonishing. I believe I will live to see the day full out, unapologetic patriarchy is restored. The only thing that terrifies me is whether it will be the protective, productive patriarchy of the enlightened Western male or the barbaric, violent patriarchy of Islam.
It will be one or the other. In our lifetime. And even though I understand that, and I see it, I will still call Caitlyn Jenner a woman. I have to. Because I am a woman, and I can’t just stop being one. That should scare the hell out of you.
It scares the hell out of me.
Lots of love,