Friday, December 28, 2007

Transgender Threat Recognized in WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is acknowledging the recent explosion of transgender cases around the country. And that any common sense response or honest analysis of "trans madness" is met with nasty attacks by GLBT activists. So how will corporate America respond?

"Elites have noticed this ferocity and have begun to accommodate it."

That's right -- another surrender has begun. The Human Rights Campaign will only give top rating to corporations that support "transgender" employee benefits. And corporations want top ratings from everyone. Or at least they want to avoid lawsuits. So get ready for crazy goings-on.

Crossing Over
By Naomi Schaefer Riley
December 28, 2007; Page W13

Deconstructionist professors have been trying for years to convince us that gender is a social construct. Now, it seems, politicians and even employers are doing their best to put this theory into practice -- 2007 may go down in history as the year of the transgendered person....

The transgendered are now grouped with gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the abbreviation GLBT. This makes sense in certain ways, but not in others. For one thing, the transgendered part of the acronym makes a claim on public accommodation that the "GLB" part does not -- and thus poses a radically different challenge to social norms.

... "What will prevent the 250-pound linebacker from deciding he wants to share the locker room with the cheerleaders?" That sounds like a silly question but isn't really.

While the American Psychiatric Association is being pressured by trans activists (as they were by homosexual activists back in the 1970s) to give in to their demands -- and sure enough, the APA is waffling -- there are still dissenters who hold to common-sense views.

Paul McHugh, a former director of the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, notes that the transgendered patients he has come to know were no happier after sex-change surgery than before. He writes in "The Mind Has Mountains": "I concluded that to provide a surgical alteration to the body of these unfortunate people was to collaborate with a mental disorder rather than to treat it."

In certain quarters, the findings of Dr. McHugh and a few like-minded professionals have been met with outrage. To question the narrative of the transgendered -- all that is wrong, they say, is our society's "social construct" -- is to invite a ferocious response. Michael Bailey, a psychologist at Northwestern University, published a book in 2003 suggesting that some men who want to change genders are living in a kind of fantasy. They are motivated by an erotic idea of themselves as women. He was met with a campaign of harassment -- one critic even posted pictures of Mr. Bailey's children on the Internet with sexually explicit captions under them....
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