(I am the individual who attempted to bring attention to the corporate eugenic medical abuse of gay and lesbian children that is being promoted by Iowa Safe Schools. I wrote about my experience here and here. ~ Madam Nomad)
Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools has threatened to call the authorities on a citizen who expressed concern about the harms of “gender identity” as it is taught in the Safe Schools curriculum. Monson needs to understand:
* that conflating “gender identity” with LGB is a political, profiteering coup orchestrated by the pharmaceutical industry as it interfaces with tech.
* that Iowa Safe Schools teaching that homosexuality is an attraction between people of the same gender (read: not sex) is homophobic and damaging to lesbian and gay students.
* that teaching “gender identity” ideology promotes the normalization of a medical, drug-dependent lifestyle that interrupts a child’s natural maturation through puberty and locks them into a lifetime of medical dependency, sterilization and shortened lifespans.
Follow the money: Safe Schools received $300,000 in 2011 alone from Arcus Foundation whose LBGT funding is funneled through the founder’s medical corporation worth billions of dollars and other “philanthropists” with direct ties to big pharma, including Ford and Open Society Foundations. The medical scandal of youth gender dysphoria is just starting to come to the fore in mainstream media in the UK, and Italy. It is time for America to step up and end the harm to children caused by the homophobic conflation of LGB with the medical, drug-dependent lifestyle of transgenderism.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
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You can also email and/or phone.
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You can also email: (In order: exec dir; supernitendent; ass’t superintendent; 2nd ass’t superintendent, dir of curriculum; dir of Iowa dept of ed; dir of diversity; board as a group)
This is Violate Austerlitz’s reply to my blog post. I have made him internationally famous, but do ya think he appreciates it? Narcissists LOVE negative attention. Sorry, Violate but pretending to be the opposite sex is a pile of sexist bullshit and I would not care but your choices are not being made in a vacuum and you are promoting the idea to vulnerable gay and lesbian kids that they were born in the wrong body and must really be tranz. This makes you an evil, sociopathic FUCKER.
By and large, Iowa City is and has been a welcoming and supportive place to live as a transgender woman. But there are still people here who feel the need to commit acts of radical hatred based on their own ignorance. One such person is the author of madamnomad.com, who, among other things, has made a practice of attacking transgender people. This has become a campaign of harassment directed against local organizations that support us, and, lately, against individuals like myself.
Being personally and specifically attacked, misgendered and maligned in ways that are grotesque, false and hateful, is deeply disturbing. It constructs a false narrative that seeks to dehumanize not just me, but all transgender people. If someone chooses to believe that false narrative, I suppose I can’t stop them. But I refuse to let it be the only narrative that exists. My identity and my humanity belong to me, and to me alone. No one has a right to try to take them away from me, or from anybody else.
If you want to know who trans people really are, what we really want and how you can help us, know this first: We’re human beings, and our rights are human rights, and we have always been part of this world. We belong here, no matter where “here” might be. Memorize that. And then go to oneiowa.org, or transequality.org, and learn the truth of who we are and what we face. Our stories are valuable and should never be overshadowed by the voice of someone who operates purely from a place of hatred and ignorance.
And to Madam Nomad, all I can say is — bless your heart. I’m so sorry you feel that way.
Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is suing the U.S. federal government in order to challenge the recent dissolution of Title IX protections for women and girls in education. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects women and girls from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding.) Since its legislation, Title IX has formed the bedrock of equal educational opportunity in the U.S., necessitating countless reforms to raise the level of opportunity for female persons in an attempt to match what had in the past only been afforded to males.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) recently enacted a policy redefining the legal category of “sex” in Title IX to “gender-identity.” The DOJ and DOE was empowered to make this change based on the premise that it does not constitute a substantive reinterpretation of the original legislation. Women’s Liberation Front disagrees with this premise, asserting that the change presents a radical departure from the core of the legislation’s meaning and function, writing on their fundraising campaign page:
“This [redefinition] effectively renders Title IX meaningless, as females can no longer be recognized as distinct from males. Indeed, Title IX, the legislation used to champion the very creation of female sports, is now being used to dismantle them, as male athletes demand access to female teams, dominating the competition.
The reinterpretation of ‘sex’ to include ‘gender identity’ also means that girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms must be opened up to any male who ‘identifies’ as female. Girls’ rights to personal privacy and freedom from male sexual harassment, forced exposure to male nudity, and voyeurism have been eliminated with the stroke of a pen. Schools that do not comply with the demands of any male student to access protected female spaces will now lose federal funding.”
Two days ago, Women’s Liberation Front launched a gofundme campaign to cover the legal fees for bringing this challenge to the courts. The campaign has already raised over $5,000 in donations.
The medical term for the condition in which someone feels discomfort or distress in their sexed body is ‘gender dysphoria’. In using the term ‘transgender kids’ it is not the kids we are protecting and advocating for, but the ideology itself. The term transgender, is used by organizations as an umbrella term for all so-called ‘gender questioning’, ‘gender non-conforming’ and ‘gender variant’ children, thus sweeping up all children who don’t conform 100% to stereotype. The ‘transgender’ label treats all ‘gender dysphoric’ children as a homogenous group; the reason a small toddler boy who loves playing with dolls believes he is really a girl becomes exactly the same reason a troubled autism spectrum teenage girl thinks she really is a boy: ‘because they are transgender’. An adult identity politics has been applied to children and young people whose identities are not fixed but are in a process of being built through experience and interaction with the environment; identities which are highly vulnerable to influence from adults. The Travistock, a world renowned gender clinic for those under eighteen years of age , located in the U.K., has seen an increase in referrals of nearly 1000% over the past six years. Each year has seen 50% increase in referrals and during that time the number of children less than ten years of age has increased four-fold. The reversal in the sex ratio since 2009/10, when figures were first recorded, has been expanding year on year and the number of girls is now nearly double that of boys: 913 out of the 1398 children and adolescents referred in 2015/16. The average age was fourteen. One simple story has been popularized to explain this unprecedented increase in numbers: that of ‘courageous children daring to be their authentic selves and the brave parents who support them’ has been relentlessly promoted to the public within a climate where any challenge has been silenced by accusations of hatred and bigotry and all debate shut down. Through exploiting confusion in the public mind between ‘sex’ (the biological reality of being male or female) and ‘gender’ (the social status through a stereotypical role of masculine and feminine), transgender organizations have managed to mask the inherent contradictions of a reactionary ideology. The fact that changing your sex to match your ‘gender identity’ reinforces the very stereotypes which these organizations claim to be challenging is effectively hidden in plain sight as, in increasing numbers, boys who love princess culture become ‘girls’ and short-haired football-loving girls become ‘boys’. Promoted as a ‘progressive’ social justice movement based on ‘accepting difference’, transgender ideology in fact takes that difference and stamps it out. It says that the sexist stereotypes of gender are the true distinction between boys and girls and biological sex is an illusion. In this ideology, ‘being feminine’ has replaced being female as the very definition of ‘girl’. Quietly, the idea that sterilizing children by blocking their natural sexual development and then medically altering their healthy bodies with synthetic cross-sex hormones, followed by possible surgery and lifelong risky medication, has been accepted as the new orthodoxy. We have never before taught children they can decide their sex; this is an experiment. Let’s see how it is going…
We have never trained children into such extreme stereotyped sex-roles from birth as we have done over the last decade. Through industry marketing designed to maximize profits, the toys, books and clothes produced for children today, shoehorn boys into the blue box and girls into the pink box, with no room for overlap. A belief in sexist stereotypes has been fostered for decades, particularly through media sexual objectification of women as well as books like ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus’ (at the time of writing still the biggest-selling self-help book of all time). The message reinforced through both print and broadcast media is that men and women are different species, women valued primarily for how they look and men for what they do. These are the messages that influence us all and which are embedded into children every day through our image-saturated public culture. No matter that the brain research shows us that male and female brains are far more alike than they are different and that many of the stereotypes that assume are natural and genetic, are simply not true, the cultural messages all around us say the opposite. When a little boy prefers playing with Barbie dolls looks around him today, the message he gets everywhere, in toy shops, toy packaging , advertising and perhaps from his parents, is that only girls play with Barbie, so it is easy to see how childish logic could tell him “I must be a girl.” If we define the gender boxes for children so rigidly, it is not surprising that a child who does not fit into the one designated for their sex might see no alternative but to join the other one; we give children no space to exist comfortably between the two extremes. How much is a child’s ‘gender identity’ formed by internalization of these cultural messages that children are bombarded with every day? And how much is the idea of “transgender kids” is formed from their parent’s extension of pre-existing sex-stereotyped beliefs? There exists no media coverage of ‘trans kids’ in which a parent does NOT cite toys or clothes preferences as evidence that their child is really the opposite sex. The ‘innate gender identity’ theory also feeds into an idea of a child-led and childcentering parenting model. One of the central skills of child-centered parenting is that of listening to the child and centering their feelings. Listening is very easily conflated with ‘agreeing’ in this ‘child-knows-best’ model. It is easy to see how a child’s feelings can quickly become consolidated as the strongest reality in a child’s mind when they are afforded such central importance by a parent. Comments of parents of ‘transgender kids’ in media reports invariably reflect this style of parenting; ‘I just listened to him, he knows who he is, he knows himself best’. These parents are not unusual in their belief in their child’s level of self-knowledge. But a four year-old can only know themselves as a four year-old, just as a 15 year-old can only know who they are as a teenager: children, by definition, are unable to countenance themselves ever changing. Nowhere do we see society’s concordance with this view of children more clearly than in the new responsibility we are giving them to decide their sex, handing over authority to children on a matter they cannot possibly fully understand until their psychosexual development is complete.
A NEW WAY TO BE HOMOPHOBIC
The overwhelming majority of children who experience gender dysphoria will not carry those feelings into adulthood and most of those children, if left alone, will turn out to be gay, lesbian or bi-sexual as adults. To apply this rigid gender-essentialist theory to highly suggestible young children effectively operates as a new form of gay conversion therapy. Neither parents nor children live in a cultural bubble, immune to any influence from society. The fact that at a very young age boys outnumber girls, but teenage girls vastly outnumber teenage boys at gender clinics, in itself demonstrates the existing social influence behind those referrals. Societal acceptance of ‘tomboys’ versus relative hostility towards young boys who express ‘girly’ interests must play some part in parents’ readiness to believe their little boys are transgender but not so much their girls. Parents who in the past may have forced a ‘macho’ role onto sons they feared were homosexual, now have a socially-sanctioned way to ‘stamp out the gay’ through transgenderism. For girls, adolescence is the time when they are suddenly expected to live up to impossible ideals of femininity, a time when approval is withdrawn for any ‘boyish’ behavior or appearance they managed to get away with when young. It is not surprising that this is a time of ‘sudden onset gender dysphoria’ for girls. Defining themselves as ‘straight guys’ becomes an attractive option for teenage lesbians within a society which views lesbians as either failed women or a male pornographic fantasy. While a ‘trans’ identity is accepted and cool, ‘dyke’ is still used as an insult, thrown at a girl in school. The root cause of why children transition,is distinctly based on both homophobia and misogyny. But the ideology of transgender identity, just enables us to look the other way. Not recognizing this, comes with huge consequences for these so-called “transgender kids”.
THE SCHOOLS GENDER GUIDELINES, RESOURCES AND POLICY CHANGES
Organizations such as British Columbia and Alberta’s, SOGI 123, along with other transgender workshops/programs, claim to prevent ‘homophobic’, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying in schools, but which in practice, is an increasingly common way of teaching transgender ideology to schoolchildren through ‘LGBTQ+’ support initiatives. Welding a gender identity ideology ( the “TQ+”) with sexual orientation ( the original “LGB” acronym) has allowed transgender organizations to get the idea into primary/elementary schools before the age of at which we start talking to children about homosexuality. It gives transgender ideology a head start in influencing children before they have had a chance to grow up, mature sexually, and come to the realization that they are actually gay or lesbian. The fact that the routine bullying of children who defy gender and sex-role stereotypes is rooted in homophobia and sexism is effectively disguised by calling it ‘transphobia’. Calling non-conforming children ‘transgender’ not only covers up the real issues of homophobia and sexism which are rife in schools, but serves to validate those underlying attitudes. A little boy is mocked by being called a ‘girl’ and transgender ideology supports the bullies: he is a girl. Once he ‘becomes’ a girl there is no longer anything to mock and the bullies have won. Is this seriously what we are advocating as part of bullying prevention in schools? The transgender schools resources/guidelines ( for example, Canada’s SOGI 123) has become a staple of transgender organizations, LGBTQ+ groups and local councils. These transgender school resources typically begin with a disingenuous claim of ‘supporting gender diversity’ followed seamlessly by information about ‘being transgender’. The obfuscating language typical of these teaching resources effectively covers up the real message sent to children: that if you are in any way ‘diverse’ you are ‘trans’. This is not just misinformation but dangerously misleading for children who, once taught to define themselves as ‘trans’, are then encouraged along the now established path of invasive and irreversible medical treatment. The guidebooks given out by SOGI 123, in reality teaches the opposite of what it pretends: gender diversity will not be tolerated; everyone will be made to conform. Power Up Workshops, headed by Kerri Isham is one such organization, which school districts contract- out to provide “sex ed” to schools around Vancouver Island, Canada. In her grade 2 workshop, the focus of the workshop will be on the ‘I Am Jazz” book (transgender focus). The books own description is as follows “From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.” Jazz is also a big American reality t.v. media “darling”, starring on TLC with the same titled series, “I Am Jazz”.
The conflation of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ welds ‘female’ to ‘feminine’ and ‘male’ to ‘masculine’ so that ‘smashing the gender binary’ means not that males can be feminine, but that males must literally change to females and vice versa, creating an association between the physical sexed body and the concept of non-conformity in children’s minds. Thus children are deliberately misled into recasting ‘feminine personality traits’ as ‘female gender identity’. Children who don’t feel themselves to be 100% masculine or feminine are placed literally somewhere between biologically male and female, accounting for a growing number of young people who previously would not have thought to label themselves at all, now identifying as ‘non-binary’. Non-binary might be a growing category within trans/gender ideology, but it is double mastectomy that is increasingly the surgery of necessity, for girls. And it is only transgender doctrine which misleads young people into thinking that some personality traits are literally ‘male’ or ‘female’ and that your body must match your personality. In these guidelines, there’s collusion in reproducing harmful ideas. One example of this, is to allow ‘transgender pupils’ extra breaks during physical education lessons because “some youngsters who choose to bind their chests may suffer from breathing difficulties and fainting”. The sex-neutral ‘transgender’ category hides the fact that it is only girls who are binding their breasts, denying adolescent girls the support which recognizes their unique problems and needs. The harms of binders are documented in a 2015 study which indicates 28 potential negative outcomes, including compressed or broken ribs, punctured or collapsed lungs, back pain, compression of the spine, damaged breast tissue, damaged blood vessels, blood clots, inflamed ribs and even heart attacks. The necessity for shallow breathing in itself restricts the flow of oxygen to vital organs resulting in a restriction in physical activity harmful to overall health. Any other practice of self-harm is recognized as such, but these organizations, declare binders as very important for girls ‘psychological well-being’. To say that girls ‘choose’ binders absolves us of the responsibility to question the ideology which has created that ‘choice’ and to question whether we should be teaching and encouraging it in schools. Using transgender activist materials, these resources frame any valid discomfort girls may feel about males in their toilets and changing-rooms as ‘prejudice, discrimination and hate’. It omits information about current sex-based rights and protections for girls, the very group who are facing unprecedented levels of sexual harassment and abuse across, not just Canada and western nations, but on a global scale. At the age of sexual development when girls are at their most vulnerable, they are told they have no right to their own boundaries as a sex; that they must protect the feelings of a male classmate above their own need for privacy, comfort and psychological safety. Teaching ‘consent’ in schools is meaningless if girls are given no right to NOT consent to males in their private spaces if those males ‘identify’ as female. For example, school district68’s (Nanaimo, B.C.), new policy adopted recently, is as follows “Washrooms, Locker & Change Rooms: All students have a right to safe and private washroom and changing facilities. They have the right to access washrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity regardless of their legal sex. The student’s selfidentification is the sole measure of the student’s gender. Schools may maintain separate washrooms, locker rooms or changing facilities for male and female students, provided that students can access them based on their gender identity.” By aligning the ‘TQ+’ with ‘LGB’, girls who would complain are branded, not only as ‘transphobic’, but ‘anti-LGBTQ+ rights’. It is not just the threat of punishment by school faculty adhering to the schools policy changes, which will frighten and shame girls into submission, but the fear of being ostracized from their peer group at the age when belief in social justice causes is at its most passionate.
THE END OF SAFE-GUARDING
Whilst ignoring women/girls sexed based rights and protections established in law, schools, child protection agencies, public organizations and social services are already acting as if transgender identity ideology is an established truth. Redefining ‘girl’ and ‘woman’ as self-identities takes away any distinction between males and females and erases all safe-guarding policies for girls. Adolescent and adult males are not only granted a new socially-sanctioned means to access girls private spaces, including on camping and overnight trips, but girls are denied the right to recognize or name them as males. The grooming of young girls to allow the violation of their boundaries puts them at further risk throughout their lives, as they are systematically coached into ignoring their own intuition and warning signals, through fear of hurting the feelings of males. Transgender ideology demands policies which allow for no recognition of biological sex. The most vulnerable girls in society, such as those in institutional care homes, are especially at risk of exploitation by any predatory male who now has a fail-safe way to gain access to their private spaces, unfettered by local authorities who would not dare challenge his ‘gender identity’. Just as the ‘affirmation only’ rule substitutes obedience to an orthodoxy for normal duty of care principles in the treatment of ‘trans’ identified children, so the ‘gender identity’ rule substitutes a ‘trust all men’ approach in place of secure safe-guarding protocols for all girls and young women. Girls are further made invisible by the increasing adoption of so-called ‘gender neutral’ language in schools as urged by transgender organizations and to stop calling girls ‘girls’ in assemblies, classes etc., in case any girls ‘identify’ as boys. This is not ‘gender neutral’ but a de-sexing of language which, as we see in the wider culture, works only to erase the word ‘woman’. Effectively we are educating girls into the class that dare not speak it’s name. In adopting policies which recognizes that “your gender is a choice” reinforces to girls that being a certain way (having short hair? having an interest in gaming but no interest in fashion?) makes you a boy. These policies tell girls that being a ‘girl’ is an option, not a fact of biology, thus indoctrinating girls into the idea that boys can also be girls if they feel like it and girls must accept them as such. Yet ‘girl’ is not a subjective idea, it is a fact and it means ‘young female’. There are infinite ways of being a girl, none of which tip you over into being a boy. Schools fail in their duty to girls by buying into this new pressure on those who don’t conform to stereotype to redefine themselves as boys, and the school faculty, of all people, should be resisting the sexist assumption behind it.
THE BETRAYAL OF AUTISM SPECTRUM CHILDREN
One of the most shocking aspects of the exponential rise in referrals to gender clinics is that 50% of the children exhibit autism spectrum traits. No adolescent is mature enough to understand that they are being indoctrinated into gender identity ideology and ‘queer’ politics, nor able to predict the reality of a lifetime on this medical path, which even the ‘gender specialists’ don’t know. Autism spectrum adolescents, who struggle to understand social rules, are particularly vulnerable to the literal thinking behind the idea that if you have feminine personality traits you are a girl, and especially susceptible to the rigid thinking which will keep them stuck in a ‘trans’ identity once they have been taught to define themselves as such. Teachers are now disabled in their ability to protect children diagnosed as on the autism spectrum and all other special needs children, along with those who are troubled or have experienced previous trauma or sexual abuse, because transgender orthodoxy demands that they immediately accept a child’s new identity at face value. Even the most vulnerable groups of children are not exempt from the rule. Transgender orthodoxy itself prevents us from asking any questions.
Adolescence is a crucial period of identity development as teenagers do the important job of figuring themselves out as they move from childhood to adulthood. This is a long process of exploration; the adolescent brain does not reach full maturity until around age twenty-five and even as adults our self-identities develop and change. Teenagers have never before been taught that it is normal and necessary to define their personalities in terms of ‘gender’ when building their self-identities. In our refusal to look at the culture in which our children are growing up, we can assume that they are happily immune to any harmful cultural messages and experiences. We can also remain blind to the direct influences on teenage girls through social media platforms such as Tumblr and Reddit, and we fail to see the typical pattern for adolescent girls to ‘come out’ as transgender after bingeing on these sites. We recognize the phenomenon of social contagion through online sites which glorify harmful behaviors such as cutting, eating disorders and suicide, and we know that teenage girls are the group most active in the world of social media and particularly susceptible to the influence of these sites. Yet online transgender forums and YouTube videos which encourage young people onto a medicalized ‘trans’ path are not considered harmful. But this social contagion cannot even be recognized within a transgender ideology which pushes the belief of a hardwired gender identity immune to social influence. The effect of indoctrinating children into this new gender orthodoxy is becoming apparent. There is in fact no escape: child protection agencies, therapists and counsellors, teachers, all are being told that anything less than ‘affirmation of preferred gender‘ is ‘conversion therapy’. As a society we are systematically dismantling any means of support or access to any model of understanding for children who are struggling with gender issues other than transgenderism. There are no other support groups for children and young people who feel they don’t ‘fit in’ because gender confusion; transgender organizations have the monopoly on these vulnerable teens. The period of adolescence is characterized by risky behavior, poor decision-making and inability to weigh up long-term consequences or make accurate benefit and risk calculations. The most vulnerable and troubled teenagers are especially ill-equipped to protect themselves from the influence of organizations whose modus operandi looks more like the recruitment tactics of a cult than genuine support for confused young people, even though the evidence across all published studies is that the percentage of children who outgrow gender dysphoria is around 80%.
TRANSITION OR DIE?
An integral part of the celebratory media story has been the darker supporting narrative of the inevitable suicide outcome if children are not supported in their transition. If parents need one more push to believe the new ideology, this is the one that does it. With no evidence that treatment cures suicidal ideation (nor recognition that hormonal drugs, as a side-effect, may exacerbate it), transgender youth support organizations regularly broadcast the threat to worried parents and a gullible media. Cheri DiNovo, a church minister and former politician in Ontario, Canada, in speaking of parents who object to the notion that affirmation is the only option in dealing with a child’s claim of a gender identity, stated in an interview for the 2017 BBC documentary titled ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?’, “That child will kill themselves if their trans because many trans children do… Is that what parents really want of their children?” In 2015, DiNovo’s Bill 77, which prohibits so-called conversion therapy for gender identified youth (prohibits all therapy that doesn’t apply strictly to the affirmation approach) passed and became law.
A MEDICAL EXPERIMENT
The most glaring contradiction this incoherent transgender ideology can be seen in its claims that although sex is irrelevant to whether you are a boy or a girl, it is your biological sex characteristics which must be prevented from developing and then cosmetically altered. The stakes are high: if children take blockers in early puberty and progress to cross-sex hormones at the age of sixteen they will be sterilized as gametes have not had a chance to mature. It is the flood of sex hormones at puberty which triggers the enormous changes in the adolescent brain and it is not known whether interrupting this process prevents full maturation of the frontal lobe functions which develop from puberty until the mid-twenties. We are already hearing of the devastating effects on the long-term health of women who were prescribed these blockers for precocious puberty (a rare condition, where puberty occurs too early in children of six to nine years of age) and yet the Travistock has been prescribing their off-label use for ‘transgender kids’ since 2011. The use of synthetic cross-sex hormones – testosterone for girls, estrogen for boys – has only recently been tried on children so young. We don’t know the effects of synthetic crosssex hormones on young developing bodies or of the cumulative effects over a lifetime’s use: children prescribed these treatments are guinea-pigs. The documented adverse outcomes for men using synthetic versions of testosterone include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity, personality changes and infertility. In synthetic versions of testosterone approved only for use on adult males, the risk of blood-clotting is well known; for teenage girls, drug induced thickened blood is pushing it’s way round a smaller female cardiovascular system, thinner arteries and smaller veins. The long-term consequences of medical experimentation on children diagnosed as ‘transgender’ are not known.
‘Transgender kids’ as a definition exists only in a mythical world outside of any wider cultural context. Our children though, are growing up in a specific culture in which there is enormous pressure to fit gender stereotypes; which views children and adolescents as fully autonomous agents making free choices; which glamorizes transgender identity; where homophobia and misogyny are still rife and within which, children are being taught ‘gender identity’ ideology as truth. ‘Transgender kids’ is not a scientific or medical term but a political one. There has been no scientific breakthrough over the last few years, no globally-trumpeted announcement of the discovery that sexual dimorphism in humans lies in their personal, subjective feelings and not in their male and female biology; no new theory of mind which bestows on children the power to change reality by wishing hard enough. What we have been witnessing is not only a medical experiment on some children’s bodies but a psychological experiment on all children’s minds. What will happen if we tell teenage girls that their male classmate is now a ‘girl’ and that the reality that he is male is not true? How will deception and gas-lighting of children affect their security and their trust in adults? What will be the cumulative effects of cognitive dissonance on the mental health of children who are no longer allowed to name reality? In trying to protect a minority group we have redefined all boys and girls as ‘identities’ rather than sexes. There is already plenty of evidence, not least in the confused words of children and adolescents themselves throughout the media, of the devastating impact of this mass societal abuse of young people’s trust. With a non-evidence based medical pathway set in stone and an untested unscientific ideology being promoted as truth from the earliest age, we are witnessing an unprecedented and comprehensive experiment being conducted on the children of this generation.
I actually believed I was done with the Tranz trances essay series, but lo and behold, gender ideology has taken over the Iowa Council and that is just too significant for this Grandma to ignore. I have included the article from the Daily Iowan below the following rant.
But, what the hell, I am still alive for now and fighting back against sexism and the idiocy of gender identity ideology gets my old blood flowing.
The primary reason why I am so riled up is that what the Iowa City Council has done is to pass a law that will have a profound effect on women and our efforts to free ourselves from slavery under the universal system of male supremacy, male dominance, male privilege – and it’s enforcement arm, the ever-present threat of male violence. They have gone ahead and passed this law without it ever being brought before the general public for us to explore all of the ramifications of such a drastic change in the status of women.
I would like to ask the esteemed members of the council these questions:
Why exactly they believe that sexed bodies are irrelevant and that a man is a woman if he says so?
Where’s the beef? What, exactly, is a non-binary gender identity? The docs say it’s a brain disease – psychiatric disorders are considered diseases of the brain. If so, why aren’t you protecting the rights of people with other psychiatric diagnoses and passing special laws to protect them?
Why is no-one asking about how this might affect women in vulnerable situations and how this equalizes the power imbalance between males and females?
Why is it ok that nobody asked me whether I was comfortable with being forced to include a man (who was socialized his entire life into the fine points of his male privilege, who suddenly decides he wants to pantomime women’s oppression) into my women’s rape and incest support group?
Why do I, a rape and incest survivor, find that I now must INCREASE my already toxic levels of hypervigilance to scan every individual who enters a vulnerable space with me to see if he has an adam’s apple, thin hips, big shoulders and hands…whatever gender role performance he believes he is presenting?
The point is that we, as a people together might decide that sex is irrelevant and that women are now free from rape culture through the magic of gender identification, but anyone who raises even the slightest objection to being steamrolled by genderist ideology is branded a bigot and silenced, doxxed and no-platformed.
Hey, I do get it. No man ASKS to be endowed with male privilege. And after all male privilege is not a genetically determined biological state, (tho the 50 elite families would have us believe that privilege is written in the genes) it is purely a matter of cultural indoctrination. But a curious thing happens to a boy who grows up being submitted to and coddled by all the females in his life. He gets to like and expect it. And by the magic of gender identity politics, all he has to do is make up a new gender for himself and declare that he no longer benefits from being male. This is very seductive. Imagine being able to opt in and out of sexual oppression just by the power of imagination and a liberal dose of theater.
In a way, genderist ideology is kind of like the MacDonald’s of social justice and women’s liberation. You just tool up to the medical gender dealer and buy yerself some chemicals and a little cosmetic surgery and VOILA, no more injustice. And then there is the power of being able to control the conversation about rape culture and women’s oppression and even get laws passed to support your narcissistic and lazy bullshit. So much easier than actually working in the real world to end male privilege and change sexist laws.
On Tuesday night, the Iowa City City Council voted 7-0 to update the city ordinances concerning gender identity and human rights. The City Council agreed to amend Title 2, “Human Rights,” Chapter 1, “Definitions.”
Currently, the ordinance defines gender identity as “a person’s various individual attributes, actual or perceived, in behavior, practice or appearance, as they are understood to be masculine and/or feminine.”
The new amendment will remove these terms to make it inclusive for nonbinary expression. Nonbinary expression means individuals who believe that they do not fall under male/female identities.
According to the American Psychological Association, it is difficult to estimate the number of individuals who identify as nonbinary because of limited research. However, it estimates that nonbinary individuals make up 25 to 35 percent of the populations that identify as transgender.
The ordinance defines these terms in order to protect community members of Iowa City against discrimination and to be consistent with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that the United States outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
The Iowa City Human Rights Commission was established to spread information, educate the community on discrimination and human rights, provide necessary enforcement, and to protect individuals from discrimination.
City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes said she believed the ordinance needed to be updated.
“Our current gender-identity definition talks in binary terms,” Dilkes said. “This change recognizes that gender identity is not binary and should include any number of identity expressions.”
City Councilor Kingsley Botchway said he was excited about the change.
“As a progressive city, our policy should speak to [and] continue the conversation on gender identity,” he said.
City Councilor Mazahir Salih agreed with Botchway.
“I am really glad our city is looking to define these terms,” she said. “This way we can make our city inclusive for everyone.”
This is not the first step Iowa City has taken toward gender inclusiveness.
As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, as of 2016, University of Iowa students had the option to self-report a variety of gender identities, such as he, him, his, she, her, hers, they, them, theirs, ze, hir, hirs, and ze, zir, zirs on the MyUI system.
In 2013, the UI also became the first public university in the country to allow students to identify as transgender on admissions applications.
In a 2017 message from UI President Bruce Harreld, he said the university “will not tolerate anything but a safe and inclusive campus for people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or country of origin.”
Several states in the U.S. are making strides in becoming more inclusive toward nonbinary individuals. D.C., Oregon, and California offer nonbinary people the option to put X on their driver’s licenses in place of male or female, and other states have introduced legislation for this and for changes on birth certificates.
This is a letter that I wrote to an organization that runs a summer daycamp for girls. This organization says that it welcomes transgenders. I don’t know if that means that they accept boys pretending to be girls or if they are promoting female self-hatred and self-harm by endorsing the misogynistic and homophobic transgender cult which encourages children to “identify’ out of their oppression and pretend they are the opposite sex. This letter had no effect on the philosophy of the group.
I am writing to you because about a year ago I had a life-changing experience involving your organization. I was disturbed by information I received about your organization but I had a very strong intuition that I would not be allowed to express my concerns either to you or to the the organization I was part of that was working with the girls‘s daycamp.
I received an email inviting members of my organization to participate in programming for the girls’ day camp. I liked the idea of a camp for girls to learn rock music. I believe in empowering girls to live their dreams. I was a Brownie leader for 6 years when my daughters were young. I am 64 years old. I am a second-wave feminist. I sued my father for incest in 1984 and helped change the laws about child sex assault in Vermont. I worked for 30 years with battered women, rape victims and incest survivors. I am supportive of gay and lesbian human rights. I lived in a housing coop here in Iowa City that was transgender-inclusive and came to know men who lived as females and females who lived as men. I had accepted that some people are uncomfortable with their bodies and their socially expected gender roles and didn’t really think about it all that much.
A member of the group that I belonged to that was working with you was a bald, 6’2″, completely unchanged man who went by a woman’s name. I accepted that because I thought it was about being gay and it wasn’t any of my business. It was a little surreal that everyone was expected to refer to him as SHE and that I was not allowed to question this. But the moment of pain and confusion came when I received an email from my organization asking for help with GirlsRock. The email said TRANS WELCOME. This stopped me in my tracks. My immediate thought was, “How can a man who hates his body and who looks like the man he was born as and who has XY chromosomes be an appropriate role model for young girls? Isn’t the whole point to show adult women as effective leaders and teachers and role models? Isn’t it kind of messed up to be giving girls the impression that if you don’t like your body and your social role as a woman you
I withdrew and kept quiet and began to do some research about the philosophy and the ideology underlying transgenderism and what exactly was involved in transgendering children. Needless to say, I was horrified to find that there is little research into the effects of cross sex hormones or genital surgery on kids. And I also discovered that the gender reassignment industry was gearing up to do this to more and more kids. The main points that stop me in my tracks and have led me to risk contacting you with my concerns about your policies are that – number one, medically transitioning a child permanently sterilizes that child and, number two, cross sex hormones and puberty blockers are doing horrific damage to kids’ bodies.
I don’t care what adults do to their bodies or what kind of post-modern identity silliness they ascribe to in order to justify and normalize their psychosexual quirks, but when it comes to harming kids I have to speak out.
I think it is wrong for you to be spreading and endorsing the transgender ideology to kids. In fact it is not really possible to change one’s sex. All of her life, a girl who has been medically transitioned will have to apprise the medical authorities of the fact that every cell in her body is actually female, because presenting symptoms for diseases are different for males and females and medical treatments affect males and females differently even after transition. Celebrate gender non-conforming children – because they will probably grow up to be gay or lesbian if you don’t poison and mutilate them to fit the patriarchal gender hierarchy.
I don’t expect any answer from you. I just want you to be exposed to this information. I expect that nothing will change and children will continue to be harmed in order to make doctors and drug companies wealthy. I am simply discharging what I consider to be my civic responsibility in the face of my knowledge of harm that is being done to
I actually thought I was done with this series and had said what I needed to say, but then I opened the Daily Iowan, the student rag here at the University of Iowa, and read this stunning editorial that calls for an end to Title lX protections for females in order to accommodate people who think they are the opposite sex from the one they were born as. If I had any doubt that the tranz fad is all about misogyny and the attempt to terrorize women and invade our hard won private space and generally erase us and the gains we have made in the legal sphere, then this piece of yellow journalism clears away those doubts.
The very worst part of this is that I can’t get anyone in the UI community or this paper to answer any of my questions about the tranz phenomenon. It’s like I entered the Twilight Zone and I am surrounded by the Gender Zombies. Appparently now that we are no longer distinguishable from one another and are sexually interchangeble there is no longer a problem with male privilege, male violence against women or the thousands of ways that that people who are born with “front holes” are harassed, diminished, paid less for the same work, and subject to forced pregnancy and “sex work.” Tranzing non-gender-conforming kids is a progressive idea and anyone who disagrees and wonders whether a child can give informed consent to poisonous sterilizing hormones and mutilating plastic surgery is a gay-bashing bigot who does not deserve the dignity of a reply.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a potentially landmark case in the battle for LGBTQ rights. This is the second major case the Supreme Court has heard with regards to the LGBTQ community in the past two years (the first being the mandate that all U.S. states legalize same-sex marriage).
The upcoming case deals with the increasingly ubiquitous debate over public restrooms. According to NPR, the case, Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm, involves a transgender boy who was able to use the boy’s restroom as a freshman in high school until some parents complained. As a result, the School Board adopted a policy requiring students to use the restrooms corresponding with their biological sex or a separate single-stall restroom.
In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th District agreed to see the case. Gloucester County then petitioned the court, and justices ruled (5-3) that the School Board did not have to follow the order of the lower court.
According to numerous sources, Grimm’s argument has been that Title IX (the federal law banning sex-based discrimination in schools) protects transgender people as well.
The case becomes interesting because, according to the Washington Post, Title IX may not apply to this scenario. Title IX does not make a comment on gender classification; rather, it comments on the ability of men and women to use specific facilities. Grimm’s case may, therefore, have some difficulty proving a connection to Title IX because Grimm would have to prove that as a male, he is being discriminated against (as opposed to the school debating how he defines his own gender). This is not to say that Grimm does not have a case, but that he may not be able to win on the grounds that the actions of the Gloucester County School Board violated Title IX.
Regardless of whether this case is winnable for Grimm, federal legislation like Fair Housing and Civil Rights could also be affected by the decision.
While the case will not be heard until sometime next year, the implications of this case are massive and are only magnified by the battle currently going on over the ninth Supreme Court seat. This case — taken alone — will have effects on many future cases involving transgender individuals. But given that there may be an impending flip of partisan power on the Supreme Court, the precedent set by this case will inform all future cases involving public expectations, no mater how insensitive of transgendered people.
The weight of this case, therefore, cannot go unnoticed. The actual decision may be several months away, but it is never too early for the Supreme Court to consider the long-lasting impact of its decisions. The Daily Iowan Editorial Board believes it is the Supreme Court’s duty to protect the rights of these Americans, as it finally did last year for other members of the LGBTQ Community.
Perhaps because of the vague language used in Title IX, this could not be the case that opens doors like the gay marriage decisionof last year opened doors for other members of the LGBTQ community. But it is the beginning of a more serious national discussion of openness that has been coming for some time.
That said, we hope the case to rule in favor of Grimm. But it seems this all sits in limbo of who will sit in the ninth seat on the Supreme Court and how that person chooses to interpret Title I.
My Reply :
You say,”But it is the beginning of a more serious national discussion of openness that has been coming for some time,” but in fact this paper has never once printed any information from anyone who questions the merits and the science behind transgendering people. And whenever I personally try to engage anyone in the UI community on this topic, from RVAP (Rape victim’s Advocacy Program) to WRAC (Women’s Resource and Action Center) to the GWSS (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies) program I am studiously ignored. You mention that ” the precedent set by this case will inform all future cases involving public expectations, no mater how insensitive of transgendered people,” but you say nothing about how abolishing the legal difference between males and females will be far more than simply insensitive to women.
I would like you to present peer-reviewed scientific studies that prove that there is no biological or therefore, legal, difference between males and females and that the socialized gender noms that have been establsihed by patriarchy in order to enforce the second class status of females are inborn characteristics that have more validity than being born XX or XY, that is, as a male or a female with their associated sex organs.
People may be “assigned” a sex ROLE at birth and they may not like that sex ROLE, but this does not therefore mean that they have the “wrong” body. Why am I not allowed to say this?
I would also like to know what not liking your body, such that you want to mutilate yourself in order to appear to be the opposite sex, has to do with being homosexual. Are all transgender people homosexual? If they aren’t, then why are they part of the the gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual political rights cadre? I would be happy to hear what the reasoning behind this is, especially since I am a bisexual, non-gender-conforming grandma and I apparently missed something as this was becoming an issue that I am now being forced to grapple with.
Another problem with your continued advertisement of and normalization of this trend is the way that it affects children. I went along with the trans ideology until I realized that parents were taking their non-gender-conforming kids to shrinks and surgeons and subjecting them to hormone treatments (which can cause cancer and mitochondrial damage as well as sterilizing a child before they really understand what this means) and plastic surgery. That is when I had to put my foot down and speak up.
Being gender-non-conforming is fine with with me. People who don’t conform to patriarchal sex role stetreotypes should not be the targets of male violence. But trivializing and erasing the rights of an entire sex class (women) and trying to shame people like me into silence for questioning whether there is even any science behind this assertion, i.e., that somehow there is no biological difference between men and women and that a person can be born into the wtrong body and needs the ministrations of surgeons and Big Pharma to cure them of this malady, – is just more male privilege at work.
I decided that I would reprint a recent exchange that I had with an individual in the comments section of an article that was published in The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper at the Unversity of Iowa.:
Individuals of all shapes, sizes, genders, and sexual orientations strutted down a runway in heels in Hubbard Park on Thursday night for a good cause.
STRUT, a fashion show sponsored by Gamma Rho Lambda, University of Iowa Trans Alliance, Delta Lambda Phi, oSTEM (Out in STEM), and Spectrum UI gave people the opportunity to compete in a fashion show, with proceeds going to support United Action for Youth, a nonprofit that provides youths with a safe space and support in the area and have specific support for the LGBTQ community.
Individuals could pay $3 to wear heels and walk the runway or pay $10 to compete in categories including Hawkeye Pride, Executive Realness, Futuristic Fantasy, Throwback Thursday, Frightening Fierceness, and Glamazonian Glitter Extravaganza.
“We were actually inspired by a documentary, Paris is Burning. It’s a documentary that follows this idea of ball culture, which is a piece of queer history,” said Ben Ross, the president of Delta Lambda Phi. “Basically, people would get together and perform in various categories in celebration of being queer, and the documentary kind of profiles that.”
Ross said the other events of the week have been well-attended and supported.
“We connect teens to the community through art and music, and we provide a safe space — a place where people can express themselves and feel safe doing so,” said Jamie Ellis, a youth-development specialist for the United Action for Youth.
Ellis said it’s important to provide support and listen to LGBTQ youth, because it can be a challenging time in life.
Lydia Zhu, the winner of the first part of the STRUT competition, said she came to the event to support a good cause and a great community. It was not her first time on the runway.
“I was part of the Walk it Out board for the past few years at the University of Iowa, so I have some experience with stage walking,” she said.
Her best advice to people ready to strut down the runway is to “Be confident in yourself, because it shows. As long as you’re confident, other people will feel it, too.”
This is my comment and replies to my comment:
I am a 63 year old grandmother. In 1985 I sued my father for sexually assaulting me for the first 12 years of my life. I lost the suit in courts run by men, but I went to the legislature and changed the laws on child sexual abuse. I was part of the movement to shelter battered and raped women from the 70’s onward. It’s from this perspective that I am writing.
I wonder how the college and Iowa City community would feel about a group of white men who dressed in blackface and sang spirituals and ragtime all the while saying it was a celebration of their own culture. I believe people would find it offensive to celebrate the oppression of former slaves and current victims of police violence.
The stereotypes that this group is so cheerfully co-optating and celebrating are formulated by men to suit men’s tastes. Male privilege is what determines fashions and appropriate behavior for females. Male privilege creates and enforces what is known as “femininity.” Being feminine has nothing to do with being female. The “fashion” of high heels is all-of-a-piece with the “fashion” of female footbinding. We used to call high heels “rape shoes” because they impede a woman’s ability to avoid assault by running away.
Rape culture is rampant on college campuses. I am wondering why it’s ok to celebrate rape culture and the fetishization of female body parts. This type of display by groups that are supposedly all about sexual freedom makes me believe that it’s just the same old patriarchy in a dress. In order to create sexual equality between men and women so that gender roles become irrelevant we need to work toward the passage of an Equal Rights Amendment for women, ensure equal pay, childcare and reproductive freedom for women, and an end to rape culture. It’s time to shrink male privilege, not put on high heels and stagger down a runway.
Nolan Petersen: Vice Chair at Delta Lambda Phi Alumni Association
This event was sponsored by a number of organizations, including organizations of women. Additionally, heels are not exclusively female, and to present them as such is ignorant of the history female impersonation and cross-dressing have in the queer community.
And finally, this was a fundraiser for a local youth organization which supports young people in the community who are gender or sexuality minorities, and if you have a problem with a drag show for charity then perhaps you are the one with priorities in the wrong place.
Also, as someone who wants to say that being feminine is much more than fashion, you are putting a lot of emphasis in how wearing heels is co-opting femininity, when in fact many of the gay men of which put together this event wear heels in their personal lives because gender normative clothing is an exhausting and outdated cultural restriction.
I don’t disagree, though, that men have put expectations on women and the female body in the form of fashion ‘rules’ and expectations, which have harmed and assaulted women for generations. This event, however, was pulling from the gender queering of drag, not the normative and damaging aspects of male-dominated ‘women’s fashion’s.
Nolan Petersen ,The fact that women were involved just proves Mary Daly’s contention about female tokens, i.e., fembots who parrot the patriarchal line: “Look! They do it to themselves!” And thus men are absolved of their responsibility for rape culture.
Editor Ruth Barrett writes: “This anthology brings together voices of more than forty six contributors celebrating female embodiment while exploring deeper issues of misogyny, violence and sexism in gender identity politics today, demonstrating the intentional silencing and erasure of living female realities.
These perspectives come at a time when gender politics and profits from an emerging medical transgenderism industry for children, teens, and adults inhibits our ability to have meaningful discussions about sex, gender, changing laws that have provided sex-based protections for women and girls, and the re-framing of language that erases females as a distinct biological class.
Through researched articles, essays, first-hand experience, story telling, and verse, these voices are needed to ignite the national conversation about the politics of gender-identity as a backlash to feminist goals of liberation from gender stereotypes, oppression and sexual violence.”
In different voices, this compendium of articles shows how transgenderism is erasing the reality of what it means to be a woman. There are some marvelous essays in Female Erasure that make this book the recent go-to analysis of gender identity as “an inherently misogynist idea.” Read the writings by medical and psychological professionals who tell us about the wrongs their professions have inflicted on transitioners, including children; the accounts of women caught in the vicious cycle of transitioning and the stories of young lesbians pressured to be ABF (Anything But Female); and the narratives of wives of men who would be women, wives who learned the hard way that “women are [not] actually real to these men.” These are only a few of the meaningful essays in this anthology that address the current travesty of gender identity orthodoxy. ~ Janice G. Raymond
Transplaining? Yeah, your erasure of Trans identifies and Trans women in history is so progressive and ultra feminist of you. And Michelle, I only thank people who don’t insist on erasing the existence of my queer Brothers and Sisters to make a point–which Jeanne couldn’t help herself from doing. I won’t stand by and let bigoted womyn ruin an event which was created to celebrate diversity, support young, queer youth, and pay homage to the fashion and performance of drag for decades before either of your crusty bodies came into this world. If you can’t respect queer bodies and queer people, then your opinion on this matter is truly irrelevant, as this event is about queers supporting queers in queer spaces doing queer things–none of which needs your validation to do the good work it does. Enjoy your crusty existence supporting the structures of privilege that keep men in power and keep queers (and women) quiet, you despicable excuse for a feminist.
Nolan Petersen I would not risk subjecting myself to this kind of abuse if it weren’t for the fact that gender-identity ideology is erasing women and the work we have done to protect ourselves from the effects male privilege and it’s enforcement corollary, male violence against women, and effeminate men who violate the “man box.” And what is being done to non-gender-conforming children is just horrific. Children are being given hormones that cause cancer and mitochondrial damage in order to make them conform to the heterosexual sex caste system, along with mutilating surgeries which have their own set of risks.
And why do “queer” people have a special right to their own spaces when women apparently do not have that right within the gender ideology universe. I am a student at UI and I have been trying to find safe space for women and it does not exist. When I type “women” into the UI search engine what comes up is the alphabet soup of LGBTQ. Women are being erased because gender ideology erases the distinction between biological sex and the gender roles that are violently imposed on boys and girls as they are growing up within this rapist culture. Sex is not gender. Sex is a physical reality, gender is a social construct. Nobody is born with the wrong social construct in their brain.
I looked up the Women’s Resource and Action Center and learned that “people of all identities” are welcome. Which means men who changed their surface appearance in order to look like the stereotype of the rapable sex class. They talk about “violence” and erase the fact that the violence is overwhelmingly done by male against females with the intent of keeping females subservient and afraid. I went to the Rape Victims Advocacy Center to find support for my post-incest issues and was informed that I have to share my support group with men who were raised as members of the rapist class who superficially look like women. When I write to these agencies or to the “Gender Studies Department” (women deleted, violence mentioned generally and not attributed to males and male privilege with women as the target) or the Daily Iowan to ask what the fuck is going on I am not even afforded the dignity of a reply. Who is silencing whom here?
I like people who aren’t hetereosexual. I don’t want anyone to be harmed by male violence, by not fitting into the “man box.” I am not the problem. I did my work to dismantle the sex caste system But, I don’t like it when gay men co-opt female culture, especially the parts that symbolize our slavery, and fetishize parts of female bodies in order to objectify and degrade females.
A woman is never at home within patriarchy. I have been a wanderer since I emerged from my mother’s body. This blog is about my intergalactic journey wherein I am always coming home. I write about women, social justice, political acts, the sado-psychiatric system, and ecology. I use this page to display the art that I do that has saved my life and given me a way to voice my visions. I take pictures, I make pictures and protest signs, I am a fan of outsider art and public art.