I did a poor job explaining why the leading academic theory on “gender” collapses of its own weightlessness. The theory insists that people “choose” (or should be allowed to choose) their “gender”. But they cannot do so, says science and logic, without some basis with which to make the choice. That this basis exists thus refutes the idea that you can choose, therefore the theory is false.
What people can do is to choose to behave in certain ways. No question about that at all. Any male may pretend he’s a female, and any female may pretend she’s a male. Even to the point of applying makeup, wearing different clothing, or taking a knife to themselves. None of this playacting can, of course, change the person’s sex, which is determined long before the person escapes the womb.
So much is obvious, presumably even to the people who insist gender is a choice. That must mean what these intellectuals really carp about are the behaviors themselves, which they want to be acceptable and accepted. But that, since it obviously involves willful behavior, is a harder sell.
That is, the academic theory insists both that gender be chosen and that gender is innate and unchangeable. It must be a choice because freedom is paramount, but it must be innate because the consequent behaviors must necessarily follow from the innate—i.e. naturally given—gender and therefore cannot be disparaged or disapproved of.
In other words, the entire theoretical basis is a mess and boils down to “I want what I want, therefore I should have it”, modernity’s most common argument.
Anyway, this stuff saturates popular culture, so much so that it didn’t come as a surprise when people started tweeting about the “gender” of the latest addition to the British Monarchy. Take this tweet:
— Sharon J Dewitt (@SharonJDewitt) July 22, 2013
DeWitt was obviously joking, and later in the same thread admitted as much, but many took it seriously as a symptom of the decadence of our culture. Which it is. It couldn’t be shocking or funny if there weren’t the poisonous fumes of gender theory permeating everywhere.
Well, there were lots of tweets like this, and this prompted some to make montages of them, like this one.
In that compilation are tweets like this:
Pretty insensitive of the media to report that the royal baby is a boy before it's had a chance to establish its own gender identity.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) July 22, 2013
Now Cooke is not a lefty and he was joking, but many some took him at his word.
I looked at several (but not all) of these exemplars and it was obvious many were gags, others written only to prompt a response, and still more were by mere kids who were only parroting what they heard from adults who should know better but don’t.
So I’m not sure how much this latest flap was conservatives telling horror stories to themselves, how much was earnestness, how much childishness, or that maybe all was just another symptom of the general insanity of the times.
Incidentally, I thought this answering tweet was cute: