New Zealand is green-lighting gender identity ideology and policy without considering the consequences

Sex self-identification and the concept of “gender identity” are having major impacts on education, health, sports, and women’s safety in New Zealand that need to be examined.

Former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with a “transwoman” traffic light.

This month, Wellington City Council celebrated the opening of a new rainbow pedestrian crossing in the city’s Cuba Street hub. The launch was timed to coincide with the birthday of the late Trevor “Carmen” Rupe, who inspired new pedestrian signals, installed at various Wellington intersections in 2016, featuring a “transwoman” rather than a green man silhouette prompting people to cross the road. The brand new rainbow crossing follows recent announcements made by the government regarding plans to adopt one-step sex self-identification into law and to “dramatically increase” the amount of gender reassignment surgeries undertaken.

One-step sex self-identification will allow any man to change the sex marker on his birth certificate to “F,” simply by filling out a form. The government also plans to replace the cap on publicly funded gender reassignment surgeries (which is currently set at four per year) with a minimum number instead, in order to reduce the “fifty year” waiting list (there are, apparently, 105 people awaiting surgery in New Zealand).

New Zealand’s media has yet to critically investigate these policy changes and their underlying assumptions: that some people are born in the wrong body, and that one’s personal feelings about “gender” should correspond with their legal sex. Yet the concept of “gender identity” and the implementation of sex self-identification policies are already having major impacts on education, health, sports, and women’s safety in New Zealand that need to be examined.

RainbowYOUTH and InsideOut — two major, government funded “queer” organizations in New Zealand — work with schools and young people to promote concepts like “gender diversity,” which, according to RainbowYouth, refers to those who “don’t feel their gender fits into the binary of male and female.” These organizations offer classroom resources and manuals for school staff, like InsideOut’s “Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Students,” and RainbowYouth has used its drop-in centre to dispense breast binders (tight corsets that stunt breast development) to girls. The Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) — the union for secondary school teachers and principals — has also taken up the task of pushing gender identity ideology in schools. Their guidelines advise principals, boards of trustees, and teachers to “affirm gender identities.” The guide explains:

“Every board and staff must ensure that their school not only recognizes… diversity but affirms it…

… Diverse identities may include, but are not limited to, takatāpui, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender fluid (non-binary), agender, intersex. There are a number of legal and ethical reasons why these forms of diversity must be affirmed and not ignored.”

Within its professional teaching standards, New Zealand’s Education Council obligates teachers to cater classroom practice not only to students’ “different abilities and needs, backgrounds… languages and cultures,” but also their different “genders.”

These measures pressure teachers to accept and promote the notion of gender identity. Last year, the principal and head of counselling at Epsom Girls Grammar School set up an ostensible “support group” for “transgender students” called Trans Tea Time. In November, the group had seven members between 13 and 18-years-old undergoing gender “transition.” Head of counselling, Jeannie Grant, said she  hoped Trans Tea Time would make “coming out as transgender…that much easier” for students. At Kāpiti College, an 18-year-old male student named Te Awarangi (“Awa”) “transitioned from male to female,” and began using the girls’ bathrooms. In the documentary, Born This Way: Awa’s Story, the Kāpiti College principal expressed relief at not having to make an official decision about which bathrooms Awa should use, saying, “It was the girls who invited Awa in. It all sort of disappeared as an issue, nicely, without it being an issue.” That same year, a young woman named Laura spoke out about bathroom and enrollment policy changes at Marlborough Girls’ College, saying, “As a girl, I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets.” Liberal news site, The Spinoff, labelled Laura’s concerns “vitriolic barf” in an interview with trans activist Lexie Matheson.

And it’s not just schools that are changing their policies to accommodate the transgender trend, but the health sector as well. The Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) developed a guide called, “Pathways to Transgender Care,” which directs health practitioners to affirm gender identity through puberty blockers and sex hormones, rather than treating gender dysphoria itself, through less invasive means. This is despite Jeannie Oliphant, ADHB’s Clinical Lead for transgender health services, conceding that she does not know what it means to be “transgender.” “What makes people transgender?” she asked herself, during an interview in Awa’s Story. “I don’t think we know any more than we know why I was born left-handed and my sister was born right-handed.” Presumably, Oliphant does not encourage high-risk operations to change hand dominance. This is, apparently, what New Zealand has to offer in terms of “expertise” on transgenderism.

“Experts” such as Oliphant and RainbowYouth continue to promote gender identity ideology, uncritically, in spite of the experiences of people like lesbian teenager Zahra Cooper, who spoke out last year about her detransition. After taking a course of testosterone, Cooper recognized that she is in fact female and ready to accept herself as such, but it was too late to reverse the effects of testosterone on her body, including on her lowered voice. Awa’s Story included coverage of “Lisa” Irwin’s botched genital reconstruction surgery in 2013, which left him with genitals so mutilated he was hardly able to walk or perform simple physical tasks. But shortly after the documentary aired in 2017, celebrity psychologist Nigel Latta sat next to Awa on TVNZ’s Breakfast, endorsing his desire to undergo the same procedure.

A New Zealand Medical Journal study reveals the dramatic increase in numbers of people being referred to endocrinologists for medical transition in Wellington. In the years 1990 to 1995, between two and seven adult men were referred annually, alongside one 29-year-old woman in that five year period. This compares to referrals for 51 males and 41 females in 2016 alone. The more recent spike in numbers is marked: from 2000 to 2007, between eight and 15 people were referred annually, compared to the 2016 total of 92. Efforts to support the trans trend are clearly superseding concern for people’s health and well-being.

In 2015, People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) lobbied to have Jade Follett, who had been sentenced to 21 months in prison for stabbing a man he met on a dating website, rehoused to a women’s prison after he was raped in a men’s facility. PAPA threatened a hunger strike if Corrections did not comply. PAPA spokesman Emilie Rākete said:

“This rape was the outcome of government policies which house trans woman prisoners alongside men. These policies put prisoners into double bunking without due consideration for their safety, and do not require justification for choices to segregate or desegregate trans prisoners.”

But what about women’s safety? Official Information Act requests have revealed that there are currently approximately 33 trans-identified males in New Zealand prisons, and that 18 are in for violent crimes, including sexual assault. Seven of these individuals are are currently housed in women’s prisons (though none have sexual assault convictions). Corrections has admitted that, since January 2017, at least six assaults have been perpetrated by trans-identified prisoners in women’s prisons. Sixty four per cent of women’s prison inmates are Maori, meaning Maori women are most at risk of assault.

It is reasonable to predict that male on female assaults in women’s prisons will increase if the government passes its proposed one-step self-identification law. Advocates of this proposal, including the Green Party MPs who initiated it, consistently ignore the male pattern violence exhibited by trans-identified males. Considering our small population, a significant number of these men have violent convictions.

This year, Malcolm “Morgana” Platt returned to prison after grooming a 10-year-old girl for prostitution. Platt had already been jailed in 2009 for raping a 16-year-old who later took her own life. Rory Francis, who identifies as a woman, is also currently incarcerated and has been sentenced three times for raping children. Pierre Parsons is under supervision, since he continues to harass young girls after kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old in 1995, and stealing her clothing to wear. In 2017, Cameron “Cinnamon” Hakeke and Alex Seu, who both identify as women, were sentenced for violent crimes: Hakeke kidnapped a 19-year-old woman before dragging her into a flat, cutting her hair and tasering her. Seu pleaded guilty on three charges of indecent assault and two of sexual violation, one of which involved Seu dragging a drunk man into an alleyway and pushing him into a brick wall. In 2014, “Shelley” Williams pleaded guilty to three charges of assault, following prior convictions for violent crimes in 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Hendrix “Hina” Tutaki assaulted a pregnant woman and a “transwoman” named Glen Cooper pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to injure.

Currently, Corrections guidelines allow inmates who want to be rehoused according to their gender identity, but don’t have the required birth certificate, to apply for a transfer. They are ineligible if they have committed a sexual offense, but inmates who already have revised birth certificates are entitled to be housed in accordance with those, regardless. While the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Act presently requires those who want to change their legal sex to show they have “taken decisive steps to live fully and permanently in the gender identity of the nominated sex” and get “expert medical evidence” in order to apply for a new birth certificate, all of which could take three to 18 months, one-step sex self-identification will remove these barriers. This will make it all too easy for men to be  housed in women’s prisons once convicted, regardless of their crime.

Many women’s organizations support sex self-identification despite these concerns. Within its Gender Equal NZ campaign, The National Council of Women (NCW) states that “gender is diverse and expansive” and “genitals do not determine gender.” NCW programmes coordinator Sally Dickson has described women who are critical of gender identity ideology, believe that sex is biological, and argue that women’s oppression is sex-based as “transphobic feminists.” University queer and “feminist” groups are similarly captured, and the Auckland University Campus Feminist Collective elected “Ruby” Johnson — a man — “chairwoman” last year. This year, Otago University replaced “Women’s Week” with a “Period Week,” during which the student “feminist” group, Otago Women’s+ Club, plastered stickers around campus proclaiming, “BOYS BLEED TOO.”

While reassignment surgery is increasingly advocated as a vital step toward gender affirmation, sex self-identification simultaneously undermines the relationship between gender and sex characteristics. When “Penelopy” Mansell put Revive women’s gym in the hot seat in June for not allowing men to join unquestioned, trans activist Felix Desmarais said, “I’m sure they don’t check every other woman’s underpants situation.” The implication is that women in New Zealand have no right to ask any questions if a man declares his “female” identity. Under this ideology, women also lose the right to talk about our bodies as female, seeing as any body can be, apparently, “female,” regardless of sex. A 2018 Abortion Law Reform Association New Zealand submission includes the word “women” only twice, whereas “people” (“people who use abortion services,” “pregnant people,” and “people with a uterus,” for example) is used much more often.

This discourse has impacted women’s sports in New Zealand outside women’s gyms. Anton “Kate” Weatherly competed as a man in mountain biking competitions until he decided to compete as a “woman” in January, winning the elite women’s division at the national championships near Wanaka in February. Prior to his “transition” (which includes hormone therapy — testosterone levels are still acknowledged as indicative of sex in sport) he had competed in grades lower than elite, usually finishing mid-pack. Gavin “Laurel” Hubbard represented New Zealand in women’s weightlifting in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, having already taken gold in the Australian International women’s weightlifting championships in 2017, when he lifted 42 lbs more than Samoan silver medalist Iuniarra Sipaia.

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) supports these male competitors, despite the fact that New Zealand legislation explicitly protects sex-segregation in sport, in the interest of fairness. HRC advisor for sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics Taine Polkinghorne said:

“There is no valid reason to exclude trans women from competitive women’s sports. Laurel is a woman — not a man masquerading as a woman to gain medals or glory…

… Participation in sport and physical activity is a human right.”

New Zealand women have been betrayed by the HRC, the government, the media, universities, and our own women’s organizations. These organizations and institutions should be working to ensure that rigorous debate precedes any policy change affecting women, and that women are heard. Unquestioning support for sex self-identification has already caused significant damage in New Zealand, and considering what its further institutionalization will mean over time, particularly for women and children, is terrifying. We need to work harder to honestly examine the impacts of believing that anyone can be “born in the wrong body.” Ultimately, we need turn these misogynist, homophobic and medically reckless trends around.

Renee Gerlich is an independent writer and feminist activist based in Wellington, New Zealand. Follow her on Twitter @renee_jg.

For more information and resources for those interested in gender identity and women’s rights, visit Speak Up For Women and the Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa. You can sign the Speak Up For Women letter to members of parliament here.

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  • Alawon.B

    Today I was notified by FB that a comment I posted, in response to being called a variety of vile names including “terf”, was against their Community Standards.” From now on, every name-calling post (“terf” and “cis” chief among them) I’ll be reporting as hate speech.
    “Name-calling, so enlightened. What the liberal left is ignoring in their sprint to be ‘woke’ is transgender people suffer a mental illness found in the DSM as “body dysphoria.” Those who suffer from it need robust mental healthcare services, support, and understanding. However, the idea that a pill or surgery magically changes a person from male to female or female to male is delusional thinking. A woman isn’t just her secondary sex characteristics nor the stereotypical manner of dress or behavior as men view women. I can dress in jeans, flannel shirt, boots, no make-up and I’m still a woman. A man with a mental condition wearing a dress, make-up, and heels is a man with a mental illness dressed as he thinks is womanly. If my daughter told me she FEELS that she is a mermaid. Am I to run out and find meds, a surgeon to sew her legs into a mermaid tail? Let her go live in the ocean? No. I’d let her play at it. If it persisted I would take her to a mental health practitioner for evaluation and possibly care. Would I take away her rights? Never. She would still be a human being deserving respect, safety, and compassionate care.”

  • Meghan Murphy

    They have been successful in getting the government to address concerns or at least hear them in the UK, getting public debate going, and getting the media to pay attention. We just need to organize. Get groups going, plan public discussions, take action (posters, stickers, public activism etc), lobby politicians, contact the media and pressure them to cover our perspectives, etc. The UK women are great rolemodels and have been very creative in all this!

    • It doesn’t hurt that some of our UK role models are tenured philosophy profs! check out Dr. Kathleen Stock @Docstockk, Dr. Jane Clare Jones @janeclarejones, Dr. Victoria Smith (Literature Ph. D., not philosophy) @glosswitch, @MarinaS, just to get started.

      A piece Jones wrote on Identity and Recognition is full of clarity of why self-id is a problem.

      I find it interesting (by which I mean horrible) that every group is *obviously* given the right to say who belongs in it, American Indian tribes, blacks, Jews, everybody. Otherwise Rachel Dolezal would not have gotten into trouble. But women? Who do they think they are, not being supportive. They’re only half the human race. Whoever gave them the nerve to think they count?

      The bright side, though, is that I shall shortly be self-IDing as a primary school basketball player. I confidently expect to be ***World Champion*** within a year!

      • FierceMild

        I cut to the front and just identify as World Champion of the World Champions.

        • Tobysgirl

          You made my morning!

      • will

        Thanks for the Clare Jones link. What a fantastic writer and thinker she is!

    • Tobysgirl

      I thought the woman on gendertrender who said she prints all this stuff out, keeps it in a notebook, then presents it to politicians she sees, had a very good idea. It’s making me consider getting a printer so I can do the same. It is amazing how ignorant politicians and policy makers are about this crazy phenomenon.

  • therealcie

    “The brand new rainbow crossing follows recent announcements made by the government regarding plans to adopt one-step sex self-identification into law and to “dramatically increase” the amount of gender reassignment surgeries undertaken.”
    These people behave as if taking body-altering hormones and having intensive, life-altering surgery is a casual undertaking, like changing the color of your hair.
    Surgery can and does save lives. But most physicians prefer less invasive methods wherever possible, because even common surgeries such as appendectomies have risks of mutilation and death.
    Let us assume that it is true that some people absolutely feel that they have been born into a body which is the wrong sex. These people would be the exception rather than the rule. It would make no sense for more than half the population to feel that they were born into the wrong body. In the past, it was accepted that such people existed but they were the exception. I believed that these people deserved to be treated with common decency and had the right to live their lives without bullying and threats. In fact, I still believe this, although TRAs would brand me a “terf” who should be punched or killed because of my belief that working to eradicate rigid gender roles is a good thing for everybody and would result in more people accepting the bodies they were born into, and, therefore, fewer body and life-altering surgeries.
    In about six weeks, I will be undergoing a hysterectomy. This is not a decision that I made lightly. As someone who has already been through menopause, I won’t require hormone therapy after my reproductive organs are gone. They were already non-functional. I have no emotional attachment to my uterus, but I would rather not undergo surgery. I made the decision to do so because it is full of benign tumors and polyps and is causing problems. There is an elevated risk of it becoming cancerous.
    Removal of a non-functioning uterus in a post-menopausal woman is nowhere near as life-altering a surgery as having one’s genitals surgically altered. Yet I feel that I received more complete information and counseling in regards to the decision to remove my unhealthy body part than a young person considering a serious surgical procedure which will impact the rest of their life.
    TRA’s do not care about the lives of the young people who undergo life-altering transition surgeries and who become lifelong medical patients. They only care about furthering their agenda, and anyone who disagrees with them in any way is an enemy who is deserving of violent backlash.

    • Tobysgirl

      Hey, you! May I suggest you read The Iodine Crisis by Lynn Farrow? Women have cured their uterine problems by taking iodine (and this means the entire iodine protocol as you want to rid your body of the fluorine, chlorine, and bromine that have attached themselves to your iodine receptors). Check out breastcancerchoices. org for information. Of all the women, including myself, who I have known who had hysterectomies, only one woman regretted it and none had bad outcomes. Good luck to you in your quest to feel better!

  • TwinMamaManly

    Hey Jen, the bad stuff is already happening. There has been no mainstream discussion or community consultation. TAS and WA are planning to remove “gender/sex” entirely from birth certificates. The reasoning being parents of intersex babies may find it distressing. Gender/sex is used interchangeably in legislation and the legislation approves of this. It is a dog’s breakfast. These two women in TAS are doing good work exposing the issue; Bronwyn Williams and Isla MacGregor. As per usual the women protesting are dismissed out of hand.

    • gosh I didn’t know this was happening either. Thanks!

  • Meghan Murphy

    Speaking of ‘logic’, what is a ‘transwoman’? What is a woman?

    • Arekushieru

      Trans woman. Idk wtf a ‘transwoman’ is. A woman is what the patriarchy decided was someone who had a vagina and breasts and ovaries and uterus. Sad to see you bought into the patriarchy.

      And nice moving the goalposts, there, sweethearts. I had a question about excluding trans people. Not a one of you could answer it. Just focused on the second part of my statements. Typical of patriarchal upholders, though. Ktbn.

      • Meghan Murphy

        You have not defined the term ‘trans woman’ or ‘woman’. Try again.

        • Retorter

          Transactivists can never seem to answer such simple questions…

      • Tobysgirl

        What a supreme ass you are, sweetheart!

      • May Loo

        Patriarchy does not define sex. Our biological bodies does that just fine.

      • Deborah

        Excluding them from what, exactly, the human race? Because by your logic, there is no such thing as male or female, only “human”. No one is excluding transpeople as humans. I, however, exclude smug morons from the possibility of demonstrating intelligent thought, something you have not yet demonstrated here. Start making sense because you are quickly coming across as an imbecile who enjoys making shocking statements of no importance for the sake of garnering attention.

      • will

        “Idk wtf a ‘transwoman’ is.”

        If you don’t know what a transwoman is, why are you in such a knot about supposed “exclusion”? By your logic, calling forks “forks” rather than “knives” is exclusionary. You are coming across as quite silly and intellectually irrelevant.

      • Cassandra

        What is a woman?

  • will

    Hear hear!!!

  • myrto

    men aren’t women. It’s really that simple. Goodbye now.

  • myrto

    Yeah the more I read about the trans ideology being embraced in more and more countries, the more I worry it’s coming to my country (Belgium). It’s not really a topic you hear much about in mainstream media here or in France. But I suspect it will change. A movie was recently released, it’s a Belgian movie and they were well received at the Cannes festival so of course there’s been some publicity. The movie is about a teenage boy who’s a dancer and who wants to fully “transition” to girl. The movie is called Girl. And all the critics are raving about it. Even my brother (who is not feminist and doesn’t know much about, well, anything) thought it was wonderful and so touching. When I pointed out that I refused to see a movie that romanticizes child abuse, he almost called me a bigot and seemed baffled. It’s like most people refuse to use their brains and see this movement for what it is: misogynistic, homophobic and regressive. Take a look if you’re interested. It’s the international trailer:

    • SkyLark Phillips

      “It’s like most people refuse to use their brains and see this movement for what it is: misogynistic, homophobic and regressive.”

      It’s worse than that. Sterilizing children is a human rights abuse. There is no doubt that children are being sterilized with GnRH analogues and hormones. People are just discovering that some males who are medically transitioned at a young age, never allowed to go through normal puberty, have no sexual functioning. In some of Jazz Jenning’s videos, he admits that he has no idea what an orgasm is. In one video, he tells his grandmother, “Marci Bowers told me that I had to figure things out in terms of trying to have an orgasm”. This is and adolescent male who says he has no idea what an orgasm is. And, because these males are physically stunted, there isn’t enough tissue to do the most common SRS (sex reassignment surgery) procedure. Tissue from the scrotum and penis are used to line the man made vagina. Well, these boys who were pumped full of GnRH analogues and hormones have small shrunken child size genitals. So, surgeons have to do some other riskier procedure.

      Sterilizing kids is a human rights abuse, and creating human males with no sexual functioning is also a human rights abuse. It’s ghastly, but history is littered with all sorts of human experiments.

    • Deborah

      “It’s like most people refuse to use their brains…”

      Exactly. For a long time I’ve been aware that most people are inherently dumb, often by their own choosing, i.e. refusing to educate themselves about issues, making bad decisions for the sake of their comfort zone, taking leave of their senses, etc.) This entire trans debacle has make me realize that The Left, who arrogantly flaunt their their self-proclaimed intelligence, are just as easily led and grotesquely stupid as the people they malign.

      • will

        “The Left, who arrogantly flaunt their their self-proclaimed intelligence, are just as easily led and grotesquely stupid as the people they malign.”

        I know. It’s really embarrassing.

      • Tobysgirl

        Yes, the worst thing about aging is constantly being bombarded by how stupid human beings are. People of all political stripes refuse to read, to learn, to discuss, to expose themselves to ideas, analysis, criticism, REALITY.

      • Cassandra

        Gender Identity is the Left’s version of Creationism.

    • northernTNT

      Hi Myrto. Do you do French on Facebook ? If you do, check out Quebec’s radical feminist group Pour les droits des femmes du Québec (PDF)

      • myrto

        I will check it out thanks! 🙂

    • FierceMild

      It’s like the homophobes Billy Elliot

  • SkyLark Phillips

    It’s turning ugly as hell in the UK, especially after the Karen White incident. Because of pressure from trans activists and the fact that he is manipulative, a part time cross dressing convicted sex predator was sent to a women’s prison. Of course, he sexually assaulted female inmates. And, the Aimee Challenor incident didn’t help either. Transwoman Aimee Challenor kept his dad on as campaign manager for Greens even after Aimee’s dad was charged with sadistically torturing a 10 year old girl. Aimee was really into TERF tracking too. It’s getting ugly in the UK. And, don’t forget the Hyde Park London incident in which a 26 year old transwoman physically roughed up a 60 year old grandmother, screeching TERF. As to the U.S., don’t forget Dana Rivers, the transwoman on trial in Oakland, CA for slaughtering a lesbian family and trying to burn down the house. This really upset a lot of lesbians. because Rivers was part of Camp Trans that protested outside of Michigan Women’s Music Festival, a lesbian run event. Rivers isn’t a gay man. He is a straight man who transitioned in midlife.

    All in all, gender identity is getting crazier everywhere.

    • ptittle

      Just a sidenote: some of us surely resent your use of not only the ‘mother’ card, but also the ‘grand’ card to confer legitimacy on a woman/person.

  • SkyLark Phillips

    Transwomen aren’t women. They are males not females.

    Woman = adult female

    As to logic, there is nothing logical at all about gender identity politics.

  • SkyLark Phillips

    I will never call a male “she” or a “woman”. It’s not going to happen. Truth be told, no one really believes that women have a penis.

  • Meghan Murphy

    A woman is an adult human female.

  • Meghan Murphy

    You think the patriarchy invented males? lol

  • Tobysgirl

    Grow up, look around you, and stop playing with yourself. My dog is male because the patriarchy says so? No, NATURE says so. And stuff your “so-called feminist” crap where the sun don’t shine.

  • Tobysgirl

    Yes, apparently children aren’t being taught basic biology anymore. Too busy in science class trying to think up new genders?

    • and inventing new words, discovering old ones and using them in weird circular patterns. PATRIARCHY!

  • FierceMild

    Only girls become women.

  • FierceMild

    I suppose patriarchy also constructed pregnancy and invented the colour blue?

  • FierceMild

    Even though you wrote that I’m still female.

  • Minerva Conatus

    No, they’re males because they have Y chromosomes, a prostate gland, bulbourethral glands, testicles, vas deferens, and a penis. Biology existed before the patriarchy.

  • Minerva Conatus

    So, in other words, New Zealand is considering legislation that would enable anyone to change the record of facts at the time of their birth (which is what a birth certificate is) by just filling out a form. So, logically, it would be discriminatory if I was not allowed to change the year of my birth on my birth certificate. If I wanted to get my pension early, I could just change my birth year to, say, 1940. Then, in a few short decades, I could also get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world!

    Also logically following, it would also be discriminatory if I wasn’t allowed to change the place of my birth on my birth certificate. What if I don’t identify as American anymore? Can I just change the city of my birth on my birth certificate to “Auckland” or “Wellington” and immediately become a citizen of New Zealand? After all, my identity needs to be respected above all else.

  • unfashionable

    Yes, I notice the trans issue has divided even lesbians in the US. So many lesbians make a living as psychotherapists or social workers or drug counselors or something; their careers will be greatly damaged if they fail to embrace trans ideology. Not to mention their uncritical attachment to being nonjudgmental. Not to mention their professional requirement of empathy toward suicidal men.

    • Judi Pattison

      I hadn’t thought about this aspect before. The other related issue is trans identified men choosing to be lesbians. A transparent (pun intended!) ploy if ever there was one!

  • FierceMild

    I find it interesting that all crossing lights are meant to clock as male; man or transwoman, the little person walking is meant to be male.

  • Cassandra

    This is all so horrifying I don’t even know where to start. The utter nonsensical stupidity of it takes my breath away.

  • Cassandra

    Trans women are male. People with a penis are male. Male and female are defined by reproductive class, not brain feelings. Biological reality just is.

  • viciera

    They are as irrational and illogical, however from a woman’s perspective, my own, not as threatening

  • Raelee

    Because to remove “gender” would erase their ability to role play as the opposite sex. For “gender ideology” to exist, it will always require a control group. The belief that the majority’s sex is associated with gender roles, is the entire foundation for their ideology. As long as the idea that some people’s sex aligns with stereotypical gender roles, gender roles will be continue; which is what they want.

    They want that because without the concept of gender, their role playing becomes meaningless. They want the sexist stereotypes of women to exist, because that is what they are trying to adopt. They never take on the negative aspects of being women. They only want to act out, what they believe to be the “fun” stereotypes, that have been forced onto women.

    Without people buying into “gender”, what’s left for them? The commonalities between biological women could not be mimicked, so without superficial stereotypes, they’d have nothing to copy. If a majority of women were no longer associated with feminine traits/ qualities, there’s nothing there to LARP. They enjoy and embrace the harmful stereotypes women are associated with (submissive, make up, sexual objectification, clothing, men’s fantasy ideas of female bodies, like large breasts, etc.)

    I don’t think society as a whole is so much craving an agender society, as it is craving stronger reinforcement of gender. Notice that individually they may seem open to that, but they are basing it off the idea that they themselves differ from a control group of men or women that align with gender, instead of realizing there’s no reason for gender identity to exist at all. Notice they don’t argue for coed spaces, or social changes for everyone, they argue they alone should get to choose what they themselves prefer. They believe the majority is one way, and they are different than that.

    It’s all very regressive.