Tuesday, May 17, 2016

If You Don't Unquestioningly Accept The Leftist Insta-Orthodoxy Re: Transgenderism, You're A Bigot, Jack

  This attitude is everywhere on the left, but here's Brian Leiter expressing it.
   Leiter's wrong a lot, but he's been mostly right about the PC takeover of philosophy (what he calls "the new infantilism"), and he's been treated very unfairly as a result. He himself is apparently rather a jackass--but, again (as illustrated by the Trump case) even jackasses can be treated unfairly.
   Thinking that transgendered individuals should abide by the same sex-segregation rules as everyone else is not overtly bigoted. It's the most natural and consistent application of a handy and popular (though theoretically somewhat difficult-to-justify) policy of sex-segregation.
   There are somewhat interesting and somewhat difficult discussions to be had about the topic, and I'm not sure how the question should be decided. Nobody ought to be sure about that at this point...because we haven't had an intelligent, open discussion about it. This is part of the left's strategy: make sure the theories/policies are not discussed. They're implemented by fiat, and all dissent--and even all questioning--is deemed bigotry. Thus the well is immediately poisoned against any possible opposition. Even if you support the specific lefty policies in question, you should be opposed to this strategy of squelching public discussions and implementing them via fiat and a strategy of pseudo-moral "shaming."
   Well, I've gone on and on about this before. The theoretical proposition that (for example) Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner is a woman is indefensible. The practical question about restroom use is more complicated, IMO, and, again, I don't know the answer. I do know that dissenting from the Instant Orthodoxy isn't necessarily and obviously bigotry, however. It's also pretty clear that Title IX is being radically misused to implement lefty policies in schools and universities. DoE OCR has become an organ for implementing leftist dogma, and something desperately needs to be done about it.


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