I am a chair. Don’t believe me? Well, you are simply blinded by cultural oppression that distorts reality in favor of snobbish patriarchy. As a human being, I have the freedom to choose who or what I want to be – and I wish to be known as a chair. Saying I am wrong affects me not. I will refuse to listen if you point out my biological makeup is totally different than that of a sitting instrument. My independent mind has been cut loose from the umbilical cord of bourgeois reasoning and I am now at liberty to declare what I am, regardless of objection. For I am no longer a “he” but rather, a more reputable “it.” Behold, the glories of my rigid staleness as I am now one with the chair.
If you believe the above satirical diatribe is too fantastical to be taken seriously, the case of a transgendered Californian high school student is not much different. The U.S. Department of Justice recently settled with the Arcadia, California school district over the alleged sexual discrimination of a girl-turned-boy who felt they were treated unfairly. The contention is this student, who was born a female but now decides she (he?) is a male, was prohibited from using the restroom of their choice. On a school-sponsored camping trip, the self-identified lad engaged in a fit of righteous indignation over not being allowed to sleep in a cabin with her fellow compadres.
It would be one thing if the student in question had undergone the necessary surgery to become a male. It would be another if there was verifiable proof of the transgender condition. Apparently realistic expectations are not the forte of the enlightened gender thinkers in California. The student identifies as a male despite not having the requisite anatomy. And it’s because of this explicit choice that rejects the nature of outer biology, everyone around him/her must change their behavior to adapt. The student was not being harassed or bullied. This was an issue of everyone not forcibly joining in someone’s varied imagination.
There is an often recited anecdote of Abraham Lincoln during the days of his imperial presidency that gets at the core of illuminating truths about the world. When pushed on the question of whether or not the executive branch of the American state could emancipate the slaves unilaterally, the lawyer from Illinois likened the situation to an impressionable boy and his calf. After being asked how many legs his calf had if a tail also counted as a leg, the child answered five. The correct retort was that calling a tail a leg did not make it so – and that the calf would always have four legs no matter the linguistic game played.
Likewise, declaring yourself a male does not make it so. The student could very well feel like a boy trapped in a girl’s body. But feelings are not the things of truth. The sciencebehind transgenderism is still contentious and it’s difficult to know for sure. The school district’s caving will only perpetuate an off-kilter mentality that remains convinced the laws of nature are easily bendable. The belief differs little from the feminist egalitarianism that plagues public schools and universities. Rod Dreher calls this outrage over traditional sexual roles “miserabilism.” For militant sex warriors, the bleak outlook is infused with the rotten and overused term “equality.” The truth that there exists set distinctions between the sexes is too much of a burdensome concept for some minds to bear.
The New York Times has called the transgender movement – a self-identified category thatencompasses less than 1% of the U.S. population – the “next civil rights frontier.” Judging by outrage of a wannabe-teenage boy over being denied the privilege to piss next to his pals, one would think the plight of the sexless was on par with Dred Scott’s struggle. The small-but-vocal indignation has all the makings of William Lloyd Garrison’s classic phrase “I have need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.” But from a civil perspective, this is mere petulance masquerading as an injustice. The cause of the transgendered is terribly misguided if all the rabble rousers want is glorified acceptance. Ending broadspread violence would be a noble pursuit – yet that is not the demand. The transgender community wants society to organize around their existence, and they are willing to use the state to accomplish the goal.
What each of these new outcropping of victimhood factions refuse to acknowledge is that there is no right to acceptance for eccentricities. On the contrary, the burden of proof rests on the shrill disrupter who insists on being warmly recognized. It is not the business of the common man to upset his routine so he can learn why his preconceived notions of tradition are offensive. If an idiosyncratic party wants to alter general consensus, they are free to bring their case to the public in a peaceful manner. Lobbying the state to assimilate by force will only further agitate those in disagreement.
The “miserabilism” mindset is demonstrative of the incessant wrath some expel against the grain of the world. There is such thing as being comfortable with and accepting natural order. Today, it is much more difficult to weed through the conflicts that inhabit our everyday lives to see just how things ought to be. The theft, suppression, regulation, surveillance, lack of opportunity, and continual lying that emanates from the state apparatus interferes with basic cognition. As Hans-Hermann Hoppe explained in a recent interview,
Democratic state government systematically promotes egalitarianism and relativism. In the field of human interaction, it leads to the subversion and ultimately disappearance of the idea of eternal and universal principles of justice.
Individualism does not mean solipsism. There is a balancing act between seeking out the possible and adhering to natural law. One of the most promising human inventions of the past century has been the development of immunization to disease. As medical technology has progressed, compulsive authoritarians have seen it as a cure-all to societal ills. Socialists and interventionists have embarked on an endless quest to discover problems they can’t correct. The proposed solutions often create more woe than existed initially.
ABC News editor Don Ennis recently came to the revelation that after three months of feeling like a woman trapped in a man’s body, he was ready to go back to his natural self. Citing amnesia, the rediscovered Mr. Ennis decided to start being a man again and using the correct restroom. He ceased taking hormones that aided in the growing breasts. In an email to colleagues, his explanation was simply, “it appears I’m not transgender after all.” Imagine that.
This kind of back-and-forth reasoning to escape the bounds of universal sexuality is mired in confusion and dread. I feel sorry for the man who cannot find peace with his own body. The rage will manifest itself into anti-social behavior over time. The largest flaw in utopian progressivism is not that it assumes an attainable perfection in man, but rather it is a self-reinforcing cycle of disappointment. Each failure works itself into a new statist scheme that is destined for defeat – but not before it projects the advocate’s miserable outlook on the rest of society.