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Behind Transgenderism

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It used to be said that the war between the generations was the only war where you eventually switched sides. This is no longer true. The modern craze of transgenderism means switching sides in the battle of the sexes. Transgenderism has been at the forefront of our sexual revolution since about 2013. The propaganda campaign to normalize transgenderism has both replaced and become an extension of the successful campaign to normalize homosexuality. The left was not satisfied with their cultural victory on homosexuality and “gay marriage.” With the institutional power to keep their sexual revolution ongoing, their mission creep took them next to transgenderism—and beyond. How new is “transgenderism”? Some aspects seem truly

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It used to be said that the war between the generations was the only war where you eventually switched sides. This is no longer true. The modern craze of transgenderism means switching sides in the battle of the sexes.

Transgenderism has been at the forefront of our sexual revolution since about 2013. The propaganda campaign to normalize transgenderism has both replaced and become an extension of the successful campaign to normalize homosexuality.

The left was not satisfied with their cultural victory on homosexuality and “gay marriage.” With the institutional power to keep their sexual revolution ongoing, their mission creep took them next to transgenderism—and beyond.

How new is “transgenderism”? Some aspects seem truly innovative. For example, I’m not sure any previous society ever insisted, with a straight face, that men could have babies. Transgenderism does have its precedents, however. Believe it or not.

Decades ago the explosion of homosexuality mystified Americans the way transgenderism does today. The longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote in the 1950s, “It is strange that the only time that I am aware of the existence of something mysterious is when I read reports of the sudden spread of homosexuality in our present world.”

According to fellow Taki columnist Theodore Dalrymple, “The current madness about transsexualism is traceable to John Money.” Money coined the trendy concepts of “gender roles” and “gender identity” that we hear so much about, but what Dalrymple was specifically referring to here was Money’s handling of a case involving—that’s right—a “botched circumcision.”

It was [Money’s] belief in the unlimited malleability of human sexuality that led him, in his most famous case, to advise the parents of a baby whose penis was nearly cut off during a botched circumcision that he should henceforth be brought up as a girl…. Money continued to describe the case as an unqualified success, and for a long time the scientific and journalistic worlds were fooled….

The subject of Money’s experiment, David Reimer, was born in 1965. This was a year before the Who released what has to be the first rock song with any sort of transsexual themes, “I’m a Boy.” When Reimer turned 14 he was told the truth about what had happened (“he had known all along in inchoate fashion that something was wrong”) and was determined to live as he was born—as a male. He had reconstructive surgery to his reproductive organs, eventually married a woman, and was a stepfather to three children. Money wasn’t keen on sharing that part of the story. Or the sordid fact that Reimer later killed himself. The truth was that Money “was mortified by the case,” and “as a rule did not discuss it.”

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