If you can change your gender, why not your age?

Oct 17, 2017 by

by Daniel Moody, MercatorNet:

Within the space of the past 18 months alone, various articles and essays have shown transgenderism to be antipsychiatry, antiscience, antilanguage and antisexual difference. We have read of tomboys heading to jamborees, of athletes and lobotomies. And undergirding these pieces have been those everything-at-once essays best filed under the category: this makes no sense.

Here, I want to add another ingredient to the mix. I want to show the link between “gender identity” and paedophilia. This is not pleasant territory, of course. That’s the point.

Before proceeding, however, it would be imprudent not to offer a couple of in-advance clarifications.

Firstly, this short essay deals in concepts, not people or actions. It is not a comparison between people struggling to accept their God-given sex and people experiencing paedophilic urges.

Secondly, what exactly is “transgenderism”? Well, from the legal angle, the words “male” and “female” no longer signify given, fixed states of body (sexes), and instead signify chosen, fluid states of mind—gender identities. On this view, transgenderism is a mere possibility arising from the fact that our legal identity is now changeable. Anybody can be transgender.

Now, the idea of “trans-ageism” has been touched on before, the claim being that if we can change gender we ought to be able to change age. I will give a subtly different account, observing that if we can deny sex, we ought to be able to deny sexual maturity. And I’ll break down the journey from gender identity to paedophilic acts into four stages, with each stage arrived at via a question.

To begin, suppose I tell you I feel like a beer. Ten seconds later I say, “No, I fancy a coffee.” Each of my two statements concerns a drink, and it is true to say I cannot change one drink for another using my mind alone. But I can change “I feel like a beer” to “I fancy a coffee” with my mind alone. How come? Because those things are not drinks. Those are states of mind. As such, the difference between them is also a state of mind—which is precisely why I can change from one to the other using my mind alone.

Transferring this line of thought from drinks to identities, our first question proper is: if male and female are states of mind, what’s the difference between them? The answer must be that the difference too is a state of mind. Good. With this point established, it can be applied to sexual maturity.

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