It has been a while since I posted here. LIfe has been busy. I have someone new in my life, and that has taken up some of my time. I also have other things going on, and besides that, there has not been much worth writing about. Then, yesterday, I saw a post by notorious transgender activist Suzan Cooke and decided I had to say something.
Yes, I know, Cooke is adamant that she is not transgender. She insists that she is not under the umbrella. But, the simple fact is, Cooke has, as they say, been guzzling the Kool-Aid for sometime, and is transgender in all but name.
The latest silliness is Cooke's adamant assertion that "gender is a social construct." That, of course, is straight out of the radical transgender playbook. The bottom line is that it means that gender is essentially a choice, that transsexuals are not really what they say they are, and that, given enough "social construction," transsexuals can be "cured" (i.e. be beaten into accepting their birth "gender." Of course, Cooke would probably deny all of this, but hey, facts are facts.
What we call "gender" is actually inherent, and immutable. It is the sexual differentiation of the brain. It is well established by science, a fact that is denied vehemently by some in the same way that religious fundamentalists deny proven science about other issues. Of course, the more radical transgender activists don't want gender to be inherent. They adamantly claim that gender is a choice, and not inherent. One's sex is what one says one sex is.
I did not choose to be a transsexual. I chose to deal with something that as present from birth. If one thinks that gender is a choice, they must either be blind, or have a very odd definition of gender. Anyone who has been around a group of transgender people, observing those who are clearly men in dresses, pretending both poorly and cluelessly, to be women, would have no illusion that "choice" is involved in true transsexualism.
It is not about stereotypes. It is about something inherent, and not easily defined. There are obvious differences in males and females that are not affected by socialization. Some behavior can be modified, but there are things that cannot be. And those things are what are truly gender. And since Cooke denies this, she sides with the transgender crowd, as well, ironically with both radical feminists who hate transsexuals and the religious right who wish to deny our reality.