A Man or a Woman: What’s the Diff?

The pansexual Left is daily making deeper inroads into the very heart and soul—and loins—of Western culture, intent, it seems, on sexualizing our children as if they were already mature and capable adults. Along with militant hatred of traditional customs, prurience masking as liberal complaisance has become one more ideological force eating away at the established and time-tested norms and usages that have characterized Western civilization and that have provided for its (now-threatened) durability. Traditional and even biological partitions have grown porous and some have fallen altogether, a phenomenon increasingly symbolized by the prefix “trans.”

One thinks of the European movement to dissolve nation states and replace them with a “transnational” entity, and now of the social and educational recognition of a new category of human beings, known as “transgenders” or the “transgendered.” Cultural and natural distinctions are in process of being wiped out and supplanted by a fetish for collective and undifferentiated existence—which is to say, we are toiling in an untenable paradox. We are all equally different, we all possess the same rights to be what we want to be and to expect the world to acknowledge us as such, in defiance of both social and empirical reality.

This is especially the case for something as biologically given as gender identity. Alluding to Tom Wolfe’s notion of the “Victorian gentlemen” in The Right Stuff, Michael Walsh comments on the unfortunate breaking down of “institutional barriers between men and women… barriers erected not out of sexist animus or irrational prejudice, but in recognition of…biological reality.” Perhaps the most salient instance of the rejection of reality which typifies our pseudo-enlightened epoch involves precisely this issue. Just recently, the Toronto District School Board furnished a prismatic microcosm of the depths of imbecility to which we have plunged, an illustration in little of the larger zeitgeist.

The fiasco began when the TDSB, for the presumed benefit of its students, provided links to a website that, among other suggestions for sexual experimentation, “explained how to use vegetables in sexual play.” A carrot a day keeps the doctor away. A week later it issued a set of guidelines noting that all students can use their washroom of choice, since gender identity is supposedly unrelated to “the student’s sex assigned at birth.” According to the poster it distributed, “Masculine and feminine are labels, not definitions”: gender is not assigned at birth but freely chosen. Evergreen State College in the U.S. is clearly in agreement with this pixilated assessment, allowing a 45 year-old male student who claims transgender status, despite the fact that he is biologically a man, to use the female changing room facilities. Responding to parents’ complaints, the College Administration argues that it “cannot discriminate on the basis of gender identity,” a devious way of begging the question.

The redefinition of gender identity is a godsend for pedophiles and sexual perverts of all stripes. No matter. Students are encouraged to decide for themselves which gender they feel they belong to and are to be perceived as members in good standing of the transgender community, immune to criticism and heroically rebellious against both common sense and the genetic code.

Although transgender students represent an insignificant minority of the school population, their sense of grievance and exclusion, Administration believes, should determine intramural policy for all students, and teachers as well, despite the havoc bound to be unleashed. The travesty doesn’t stop there. As the National Post reports, “Gender identity is currently not a protected status under the Canadian Human Rights Act, but Bill C-279, under debate in the House of Commons, would change that.” Indeed, no less an authority than Joe Biden regards transgender discrimination as “the civil rights issue of our time.” And as we are all aware, when Joe Biden speaks, the age listens with rapt attention.

The larger issue, of course, involves the rejection of the heterosexual norm, including its associations with the traditional family unit, the rearing of children within the family, the proper function of the state, the importance of traditional morality and the assertion of anarchic but also state-sanctioned and regulated non-reproductive sexuality in its place. These elements form part of the Left’s defining project, which is nothing less than culture-change. It is essentially an attack on what it regards as the hetero-patriarchal nature of Western civilization, and the directives coming down from the Toronto District School Board enjoy exemplary status in this respect.

Like many school boards across the nation, it attempts to regulate everything from the traditional usages of the culture to the sexual identity of its students. The TDSB swims with the sewage, not only in the washrooms, but, for example, in renaming Hallowe’en as “Black and Orange Day” in order not to offend wiccans or immigrants for whom the custom of trick or treating is foreign or potentially unsettling in some way. But the TDSB is merely a symptom of the age in which, as I have written elsewhere, “the individual is no longer understood as a nexus of thought, energy, moral conviction and spiritual autonomy, with a biological identity furnished by Nature, but as a malleable lump of helpless suffering and justified desire to be pitied and served.” Our schools in particular have succeeded in turning us into creatures of ideological fashion rather than autonomous agents capable of self-reflection and resistant to social and political manipulation. Forget about math, science, literature or history; it’s all about social activism now. The signs of cultural decadence are everywhere around us, and the educational system has become one of the principal engines of moral and intellectual decay.

This is social engineering with a vengeance. Our schools, like our cultural institutions in general, believe they are breaking down barriers, but what they are really doing is erasing differences—that is, unequal differences, the differences that make us who we are, not who we imagine ourselves as being, and that allow for the preservation of our integrity, in both senses of the word. And in proceeding to gut the culture they despise and to render it sterile, they have even robbed us of our gender.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    What's the diff? Well, if one is a radical leftist, then one of the pillars that gotta go is the traditional family…they have been at its deconstruction for decades!

    This ought to help clarify things – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about

  • RobinClay

    Well, we seem to have two different and opposed threats – one, that gender is to be abolished, and the other, that we will all be taken over by Muslims – who are emphatic that women are a sub-species.

    I wonder which will win ?

    The only constant is change; the only certainties are death & taxes.

    • Mary Sue

      The Muslims would rise up in sufficient numbers to put a stop to this, which would cause quite a shock among the remaining Liberal Left.

      What with all the honor killing going on, the irony about Education and the Liberalism that stems from it to a child's mind, the radical Muslim parents will be killing off their kids as fast as the schools can "liberate" them. Particularly in Ontario. One of the worst honor killings in Canada happened in Kingston, Ontario (4 dead all at once).

    • George McAdoo

      She is mostly correct. What could happen is that when immigration and the extropolated increase in the muslim population leads to a Muslim majority in the electorate shria law will beimplimentedand "transgenders and those refuseing to convert to Islam will be executed in the stadiums of what was once America.

  • R.C.

    There is no such thing as a transgender human being–they are homosexuals pretending to be something they are not, i.e., the opposite sex–no one can change their sex–the most they can do is change their appearance.

    • Mary Sue

      It gets a little complicated when they were "heterosexual" to begin with but then afterwards identify as homosexual and go for the (actual opposite) "same sex". Radfems do not like this one bit, because then they claim that Heterosexual Men are changing their gender to trick Lesbians into sleeping with them.

      Read up on what Radfems say about trans. You'd think they were Fundamentalist Christians, I kid you not.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "There is no such thing as a transgender human being"

      You're being so literal. I love it.

  • Brian

    Too bad the GOP didn't have someone with Mr Solway's eloquence to speak about gender issues. Most run in fear of being labeled social conservatives, while those who do speak choose inelegant phrasing that propels them into the jaws of the media lion. Clearly, since 9-11, Mr. Solway has decided that silence is moral failing.

    • cew

      Hell, I think the whole thing is great!! Imagine all the advantages and fun this is going to bring to those with a clue.
      – Imagine a 265 lb fullback race through a defensive line of 120-145 lb sweet-thngs. People flying in all directions like sand pebbles off a beach ball. Freaking hillarious; like a demolition deby. Who wouldn't by tickets to see that?
      - How about the elimination of all those extra bathrooms and toilets that never get used enough. One room, five stalls and one long urnal for those who want to try it out. So much cheaper.
      - All the hooplah with Title 9 – gone; having to providing special quotas in careers fields which demanding muscular strength and stamina to succeed – eliminated; issues regarding reveeling pictures – not applicable.
      - Best yet, those who apply themselves to the fields of study which have always determined the course of a nation's economy (science, engineering, math, literature, etc.) will be leaps and bounds ahead of the socializing specialists still trying to figure out what they have between their legs.

  • Fabio Juliano

    What "art" is this lunatic even talking about?

  • Fabio Juliano

    This article yet further evidence that what ails our society cannot be solved by conventional means. The best we can hope for is to nominate a milquetoast faux-conservative like Mitt Romney and then watch him lose. This is thanks to the hordes of voters imported by the "progressives" and to the pernicious influence those same "progressives" exert over the media and the education of our youth.

    Elections will not be solution. Get used to the idea.

  • Infovoyeur

    (1) Agree with the critique of excessive ham-fisted rubber-stamp "steamroller egalitarianism" of the P.C. multiculti diversity crowd, or high tide these days…

    (2) However, here we go simplistic either-or, plus we erase true diversity. Gender identity is part hard-wired genetic etc., part social shaping via a "binary" sometimes limiting. (Complexity 101, there–from either-or, to degrees of to what extent. I know, hardto grasp…)

    And, do you even understand the trans issue? "What if you woke up one morning in the body, the reproductive-type, opposite of what you really were in psychic identity?" I for once would be un-personned. (I thought you'd non-understand…)

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Gender identity is part hard-wired genetic etc."

      Nice try. Sexual experiences and influences create strong impressions on those who are not ready for it. Virtually all deviants were victims of exposure to deviance. We should have compassion for this reason, but that doesn't mean we should twist reality and lie about it.

      In any case, to take your statement, you're saying that there is no influence after birth. What is the difference between "genetic" and "hard wired?" The argument is summarized by the phrase "nature vs. nurture." Nurture is essentially what happens to you after birth. Homosexuality and other deviance is about exposure to events and ideas.

  • Western Spirit

    Male and female is what we are, castrating the male doesn't make him a woman even when equipped with an artificial vagina, or in the case of the woman a penis, because our gender is coded into every part of our bodies.

    A surgeon can only the remedy the external parts and not even begin to touch the deeper and profound layers that are implicit in who we are.That's why the whole risky enterprise is sick and a symptom of the times.

    • Mary Sue

      the "trans" community insists they were born into the wrong body (gender-wise) and that their thoughts don't match their gender.

      South Park parodied this rather well, when it had that episode where Kyle's dad thought he was born into the wrong species and got surgically altered to resemble a dolphin.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "the "trans" community insists they were born into the wrong body (gender-wise) and that their thoughts don't match their gender."

        If you think you're gay, you must forget about mental illness as a cause.

  • Ghostwriter

    "Use of vegetables in sexual play?" Does anybody besides me find this nauseating?

    • Mary Sue

      I think they're jealous of the popularity of "Veggie Tales".

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I find it more than nauseating that any tax-funded or public agency would promote such an idea to anyone.

  • JacksonPearson

    The big difference would be if one wanted to reside in animalistic San Francisco, or some other civilized part of the world. I'll take the latter before the former.

  • The Truth

    I laugh at the fearfulness of the administrator of this thread. Coward. Behold the horrific statement I made, you cringer:

    Mr. Solway is way off base. It's not the so-called "Leftists" sticking their kids in low rise jeans and Juicy pants. Mr. Solway is just using a social ill to attack what he believes to be his ideological opponents. The one thing to take away from his essay is that he is mortified by the prefix trans-.

    The remedy for this is to coin a new word. A gift for Mr. Solway: transjewish.

    Here is how you use it: A lot of Zionist pundits, for example Alan Dershowitz despise Gilad Atzmon for showing the world a transjewish path to self-liberation. Literally, one can abandon ethnic nationalism and religious identity and simply become a world citizen who judges people based on their artistic merit. Through writing, music, poetry, lecturing and symposiums, distinguished and accomplished human beings can show others the path to Martin Luther King's legacy of character content over skin tone. For Jews, the path is transjewish. For Christians, it is transchristian. One imagines a writer Transchristian Andersen. For blacks, the ethic is transblackness. If everyone simply defy the narrow parameters of ethnic nationalism wherever they can, soon other people will catch on and choose creativity and the aristocracy of art over the shallow democracy of ethnicity and religion.

    • Western Spirit

      The Truth about what? How is the administrator of this thread a coward? And why call Leftist so called? And what benefit is it to society, or Mr. Solway, to change what is happening in the culture to trans- anything?

      If you are going to call yourself the Truth maybe you should include some truth in your posts instead of creating questions about your point of discourse.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Of course its not the left wing filth that puts their kids in ghetto clothes, they leave this for kids that are NOT leftists–they know what they do.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "For Christians, it is transchristian. One imagines a writer Transchristian Andersen. For blacks, the ethic is transblackness. If everyone simply defy the narrow parameters of ethnic nationalism wherever they can, soon other people will catch on and choose creativity and the aristocracy of art over the shallow democracy of ethnicity and religion."

      In this case, we're talking about the distinctions between facts and ideas. Gender assignment is done when your fetus develops. It is not something you decide. Period. That is an absolute fact. Trying to create parallels with ideology is typical of your "community" who wish to have a world of "trans-facts" and "trans-history." You want to apply "trans" to everything because you then create a worldview where you can "transcend" anything you want, which is code for "delusions about Utopia."

      • The Truth

        You are exaggerating my syncretism with the transgender community, but you are correct in your last sentence. From that sentence I can merely conclude that I can boogie with Henry David Thoreau and you can't. That's a shame. To each his own.

        I notice a lot lately that rebuttals to you get deleted. Is it too hot for you?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "I notice a lot lately that rebuttals to you get deleted. Is it too hot for you?"

          Please be more specific about this particular conspiracy delusion. If you're talking to me, I have never once complained to the admin or anyone at this site about anything, and I am on record stating that nobody should be moderated except for extreme language, and even then I'm very liberal in that sense.

          I'd rather refute everything and let everyone read it. Anyone who outwits me will be doing me a favor by teaching me something (in theory). I'd love to find some middle ground and discover rational-thinking liberals. They're not common at all, because they turn conservative in this age when they figure out the objective truth.

          • The Truth

            "Please be more specific about this particular conspiracy delusion."

            Certainly. There are a couple of low-brow rogue editors here, I am pretty sure which ones, and amusingly, these will be the ones to inherit the site when the big Hasbara in the sky calls its aging benefactors home. Anyway, when they want to kill a commentator's account, they just slickly disappear a bunch of his comments. Some of the editors here are true Israelis at heart and don't believe in the open exchange of ideas. Not all of them are so fearful, but some of them are. I make it a point to never use foul language, simply because it is more fun to use good adjectives, and because it is informative to know that it is not nastiness that is punished with disappearance here, it is accuracy. I love when that disparity shines forth.

          • J. Fredrickson

            Go outside. Get a job. Get a life.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            " There are a couple of low-brow rogue editors here…"

            Your entire narrative is constructed from fantasy. It took 2 days for my account to become active again after I replied to you. Why? The first reply was soon after yours and was deleted. Everything I posted for almost 2 days was also deleted automatically without any regard for content.

            Automated software, especially on the web is often flawed. You can construct conspiracy theories from the result of your personal experiences, but it's very likely paranoid delusion. Please don't take any offense in that suggestion. Everyone get's paranoid to some degree and you must feel among enemies.

            I will always argue in favor of publishing any and all opinions, and then I will reply to them as I see fit, hoping for the same courtesy.

    • Mary Sue

      *facepalm*

      Your post is senseless.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The pansexual Left is daily making deeper inroads into the very heart and soul—and loins—of Western culture, intent, it seems, on sexualizing our children as if they were already mature and capable adults."

    They think it's a race to beat the "religious zealots" from "brain washing" children against "gay awareness" and acceptance.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "the College Administration argues that it “cannot discriminate on the basis of gender identity,” a devious way of begging the question."

    On toilet facilities it is expected to. What madness.

  • JakeTobias

    Most gays are men, not women. But most trannies want to be women, not men. No wonder most people think trannies are mixed up.

  • evy

    Read Romans 1 for a precise commentary of this topic. He gets the final word. KJV.

  • RobinClay

    Well, we seem to have two different and opposed threats – one, that gender is to be abolished, and the other, that we will all be taken over by Muslims – who are emphatic that women are a sub-species.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "…one, that gender is to be abolished…"

      Not abolished but self assigned.

      "…and the other, that we will all be taken over by Muslims – who are emphatic that women are a sub-species."

      They are quite confident about this sick delusion. I take your point though, that the Islamic-liberal political cooperation is killing the great aspects of Western culture.