Kevin Williamson wrote an interesting article about transsexuals, the core point of which was that, while they are welcome to believe what they want about themselves and should be treated with respect, they should not be able to force society as a whole to deny biological reality. I agree.
For example, the picture on the Left is of Thomas Beatie, who the media joyously announced was a “pregnant man.” In fact, Beatie is not a man. She is a woman who had her breasts surgically removed and a penis surgically installed. She also takes hormones to deepen her voice and give her male pattern body hair.
The DemProgs disagree with my and Williamson’s take, claiming that if she says she’s a man then she’s a man. However, rather than debate the issue, they have a different plan for dealing with Williamson and his ilk:
The content of the responses on Twitter and elsewhere was a useful reminder that the Left, including its sexual-liberationist faction, is inarguably totalitarian. Critics suggested not only that I be fired for my views but that I should be prosecuted for them, and that the government should ensure that such views are not published. Live-and-let-live is not the Left’s way, never has been, and never will be. It is not sufficient that transsexuals should be free to act on their delusions — the rest of us are expected to participate in them with unreserved enthusiasm, and the Left is willing to use the state to compel us to do so. To simply believe otherwise and to share those views in print is in the minds of many on the Left not only a social transgression but something that should be a crime. The belief that members of minority political tendencies should be jailed for their views is very much in vogue for the Left at the moment. Democrats in the Senate are seeking to repeal the First Amendment. All of us — conservatives and whatever traditional liberals there still may be on the left side of the spectrum — should fully appreciate the sobering fact that there is a nascent, popular, authoritarian movement among members of the Left that supports everything from censorship to literal, non-metaphorical gulags in which to imprison people for their political beliefs.
Transsexuals and their self-identity are a red herring. The real issue is freedom of speech and thought. You’re free to think of yourself as someone who’s gender identity is the opposite of the body nature gave you. And I’m free to treat you with the respect all humans deserving, while refusing to let you play the Humpty-Dumpty game of deciding what words mean.