Monday, May 22, 2017

"Discrimination Sunday": Transgenderism, Bad Philosophy, and Stealth Social Change

   Well, once again I'm going to urge us to have a proper public discussion about whether or not it is ever permissible to have sex-segregated public facilities. The current debate hinges on at theory of "transgenderism" that is a philosophical train wreck, and which itself largely turns on the muddled (quasi-?)concept "gender identity."
    Behold:

   It was a frenzied night for Texas Democrats and civil rights groups, who fiercely protested both measures across social media into the early hours of the morning.
   Equality Texas shared a tweet from one critic who summed up the day in one post: “Let’s just call today discrimination Sunday.”
   In an act of protest, a small group of Democratic women legislators went to the men’s restroom just off the House floor before the debate.
   House Republicans advanced the hotly debated “bathroom bill” as an amendment tacked on to a broader, otherwise unrelated public school bill regarding emergency operations plans.
   The proposal would require a transgender student who “does not wish” to use a facility based on “biological sex” to use single-occupancy restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities at their schools.
   It would override policies at some of the state’s school districts that already allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
   The Democratic women legislators unintentionally made a good point--that the idea that's actually being advanced is that it is never permissible to segregate public facilities by sex. (There is no mention that any of them "identify" as male...). Could be true...but let's discuss it instead of pushing it through on the basis of the theory that "gender" is magic, huh?
   (Also: kind of amusing that 'biological sex' appears above in what could be construed as scare quotes, whereas 'gender identity' does not... There's a reasonable explanation for that...but it wouldn't take a lot of squinting to spin this as a sign o' the times...)

3 Comments:

Blogger The Mystic said...

How long before "separate but equal" starts making its way into this discussion as neo-PCers attempt to equate this issue with the Civil Rights movement?

Probably not long.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Actually, I'd welcome that, because I think that's an accurate description of the system.

Seems to me that we've got a system of sex segregation that is analogous to the system of racial segregation...except that there are better arguments for it. That is: it's more likely to be just / reasonable.

My objection isn't to making the analogy stark--I think that's good. It's to eliminating the system on the basis of crackpot philosophical views about turning men into women with the power of words.

7:49 AM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

Oh I agree; but good luck getting the other side to recognize the analogy is distinct in the way you recognize. Get ready to be on the wrong side of history, bigot.

5:34 PM  

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