Transgender: Biological or Belief?

I had an interesting conversation with The Arbourist that started here and ended here, about the nature of transgender people. You can read the full discussion by following the links, but suffice to say that he believes that transgender people hold a set of beliefs or ideologies and that transgender is not biological in nature but a belief:

Transgender: the belief that one “feels” like the opposite sex

this is fundamentally impossible without the assumption that male and female minds are biologically wired to conform to gender (aka stereotypes) which is demonstrably untrue and incredibly sexist

When I asked about the ideologies a transgender would hold (even writing it sounds ridiculous) he posted this:

Robert Jenson –

“Transgender is defined as “A term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth.” The transgender movement rejects the automatic sorting of males and females into the categories of man and woman, but does not necessarily reject gender roles. Some in the transgender movement embrace patriarchal gender roles typically attached to the cultural categories of masculinity and femininity.

While not all people who identify as transgender have sex-reassignment surgery or use hormones or other treatments to modify their bodies, the transgender movement as a whole accepts and/or embraces these practices.”

“Transgenderism is a liberal, individualist, medicalized response to the problem of patriarchy’s rigid, repressive, and reactionary gender norms. “

After this I pointed out that the ideologies he referred to seemed to be more about the ideologies of radical feminists than about transgender people, such as that ‘some in the transgender movement embrace patriarchal gender roles’.

The transgender person is just existing. By their mere existence, they are contradicting the ideologies held by the self-professed radical feminist.

It reminds me of how an ethical atheist, by virtue of their mere existence, contradicts the ideology that you need to be religious to be a good person.

I also hate to break it to you, but there are a lot of males and females who embrace gender roles as well. It’s not just a transgender thing.

In fact, if you read the beginning of the conversation, he actually makes the analogy that transgender is the same as a religion. When I questioned him about this, he said:


“So you see cis and trans as a belief system similar to a religion?”

Enough rough parallels to make a go of it. Sure, why not? If it helps in comprehending the objections to trans-ideology.

In that same comment he said:

There is no hate for Trans people here – my quarrel rests with their ideology. A) Because it erases women and their struggle in society and B) it makes specious claims about sex and gender that are not supported by evidence.

So now that I’ve laid the groundwork, are his claims true? Is transgender merely a belief or is it based on biology?

It turns out that preliminary research on transgender people show that it might be biologically driven and not a belief at all:

DR. JOSHUA SAFER, Boston University: In most people, chromosomes, body parts, gender identity align. So, somebody with a male chromosome, somebody with male body parts is going to have male gender identity. That is the usual circumstance.

All of these are independently controlled biologically, and therefore it is no surprise that, in a given subset of the population, one part is not aligned, that whatever genes are controlling that happen to be different for that individual, and that’s what’s happening with transgender individuals.

Or this:

Their results, published in 2013, showed that even before treatment the brain structures of the trans people were more similar in some respects to the brains of their experienced gender than those of their natal gender. For example, the female-to-male subjects had relatively thin subcortical areas (these areas tend to be thinner in men than in women). Male-to-female subjects tended to have thinner cortical regions in the right hemisphere, which is characteristic of a female brain. (Such differences became more pronounced after treatment.)

“Trans people have brains that are different from males and females, a unique kind of brain,” Guillamon says. “It is simplistic to say that a female-to-male transgender person is a female trapped in a male body. It’s not because they have a male brain but a transsexual brain.” Of course, behavior and experience shape brain anatomy, so it is impossible to say if these subtle differences are inborn.

Or this:

Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there is increasing evidence of a biological basis for gender identity that may change physicians’ perspective on transgender medicine and improve health care for these patients.

The arguments The Arbourist was making are the same sorts of arguments religious people made to deny same-sex couples their rights – they would tell people that their sexual orientation was just a belief, and therefore they didn’t deserve the same protections heterosexual people enjoyed.

There are no ideologies or set of beliefs specifically associated with being transgender, gay, heterosexual etc, and the evidence points towards transgender being biological in nature and not a belief at all.

So Freaking Sore…and Stuff

I was lazy.

After about a month off from the gym, I went back on Wednesday to do an upper body workout. Then I went again Thursday to cripple my lower body.

I can barely put a jacket on without wincing in pain. It’s getting worse by the minute.

I just came back from eating supper with my partner in crime, and when we stood up to put our jackets on, I nearly asked her to help…but I didn’t. My pride wouldn’t let me. I cried a little inside as I stretched my arm out to put it in the sleeve.

Asgardia, baby!

In other news, I ran across this story about a proposed space station. They’re taking applications for citizenship:

Asgardia, named after the Norse gods’ home of Asgard, will be a democracy with an emphasis on the freedom of the individual to develop space technologies, according to Igor Ashurbeyli, Asgardia project team leader and founder. People can now apply to be selected as one of the first 100,000 citizens through the nation’s website, At the time of publication, the number of applicants has reached more than 84,000, according to the website. While Asgardia is not officially a nation (yet), prospective citizens must fulfil the legal requirements for Asgardia’s United Nations application — for example, they must be from nations that allow multiple citizenships.

I don’t think it will happen anytime soon, but it’s a pretty cool story nevertheless.

Pakistan says schizophrenia isn’t a mental disorder

Last but not least, I saw this story about Pakistan ruling that schizophrenia isn’t a mental disorder:

The Supreme Court in Pakistan has ruled that schizophrenia is not a mental illness, paving the way for the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic man convicted of murder.

Imdad Ali was declared clinically insane after killing a cleric in 2002.

Safia Bano, Mr Ali’s wife, had appealed against her husband’s conviction on the grounds that he was insane.

But the court rejected the appeal on Friday, saying schizophrenia was “not a permanent mental disorder”.

This despite The American Psychological Association determining schizophrenia to be a serious mental illness:

The American Psychological Association defines schizophrenia as “a serious mental illness characterised by incoherent or illogical thoughts, bizarre behaviour and speech, and delusions or hallucinations, such as hearing voices”.

The UN has said it would be against International Law to execute the man, but the decision means he could be hung within a week.

So depressing and what a step backwards for human rights.

On that note, I’m going to take my tired, old, sore body to bed. I hope you all have a fantastic evening and weekend.


Feminist Badass: Camille Paglia


Equal opportunity feminism, which I espouse, demands the removal of all barriers to woman’s advance in the political and professional world — but not at the price of special protections for women which are infantilizing and anti-democratic.

I was cruising around the net tonight and discovered, Camille Paglia, who I think is a class A feminist badass.

While I don’t agree with her on everything, and I haven’t yet had a chance to read her books, I love her idea that feminism needs to get back to its historic roots. She says in one of the videos that the feminism of today has become ‘weepy-whiny’.

Here’s a few quotes from her:

It took most of my life to realize that men are not tyrants or egomaniacs. I had an epiphany in a shopping mall recently that put it all in perspective. I was having a piece of pizza and I saw all these teenage boys running around in the mall. They were wild. I looked at them and saw this desperation. When I was their age I hated those kinds of boys because they were so obnoxious. They are so involved in their status, gaining it, afraid of losing it. I’m glad I don’t have to be that age again. So they sat down near me and they didn’t notice me. I didn’t exist on their radar map. I was thinking, This is great. I was watching. They were full of energy and life. And I suddenly realized, My God, the reason they are so loud, the reason they are so uncontrolled, the reason I hated them at that age is that they bond with each other against women. It was the first time they were able to be away from the control of a woman — their mothers. They were on their own and for this period they’re very dangerous. Women have to watch out when they go to fraternity parties, because the men are all trying to up their status among one another and there is all this testosterone. And then some girl will snag them. And that’s it. It’s over for them. They get married and they’re under the control of their wives forever. You hear these women all the time, on, like, Ricki Lake, saying, “You know, I have two children, but actually I have three children” about the husband, and it’s true: The husband becomes a child again. Even when men are doing their share, taking out the garbage, doing the mopping, whatever, women are still running the household. They are in control and the men become subordinate again. So that’s what the feminists are so worried about? Men who are subordinated by their mothers and then by their wives? Men are looking for maternal solace in women, and that’s the nature of heterosexuality. Now you tell me, who really has all the power?

I love that last bit.

Madonna won my undying loyalty by reviving and re-creating the hard glamour of the studio-era Hollywood movie queens, figures of mythological grandeur. Contemporary feminism cut itself off from history and bankrupted itself when it spun its paranoid fantasy of male oppressors and female sex-object victims. Woman is the dominant sex. Woman’s sexual glamour has bewitched and destroyed men since Delilah and Helen of Troy.

I love her ability to speak what she thinks is truth. She doesn’t apologize for her views and challenges people to prove her wrong. She doesn’t sit around and dwell on some mythical miasma called the patriarchy, but instead boasts about the strength found in women.

Women’s studies is a comfy, chummy morass of unchallenged groupthink. It is, with rare exception, totally unscholarly. Academic feminists have silenced men and dissenting women.


I also like how she champions free speech. She strikes me as a very strong person, with a strong personality, strong opinions and strong, straightforward manner of speaking.

I want a revamped feminism. Putting the vamp back means the lady must be a tramp. My generation of Sixties rebels wanted to smash the bourgeois codes that had become the authoritarian totems of the Fifties. The ‘nice’ girl with her soft, sanitized speech and decorous manners had to go. Thirty years later, we’re still stuck with her — in the official spokesmen and the anointed heiresses of the feminist establishment… Equal opportunity feminism, which I espouse, demands the removal of all barriers to woman’s advance in the political and professional world — but not at the price of special protections for women which are infantilizing and anti-democratic.

So there you have it. I just wanted to share a few bits that I found tonight while reading up on feminism as a whole. When I ran across one of these video clips, I just had to know more about Camille Paglia.

What do you think about the quotes, videos or Paglia in general?


Trip Down Memory Lane

While unpacking, my lady came across a Ziploc bag  of old pictures I never knew I had. So I thought I’d share a few with you guys and gals.



This is my daughter. It’s hard to imagine she was this little at one point.


This is me sitting at my mom’s. My daughter must have fallen asleep. It’s a family trait.


This is my dad hanging out with my son. I really miss my dad. Seeing old photo’s of him still stings and I suspect it always will.


Not the best picture but it’s Christmas. Deal with it.🙂


My son. He was the cutest thing. He’s now a father as well. Time flies.


Meet Burr. he was our families first dog. He was an amazing animal and the perfect family dog. I could sit here and type out all sorts of stories based around my friend, Burr.


This is from tonight. Dexter kept giving my lady this look while I was at work. She finally texted me and told me that he was being buggy but she’d already let him out.


He wouldn’t stop. I asked her if he had water. He didn’t so she filled the bowl and he left her alone.

Dogs are such remarkable creatures. I don’t know what I’d do without mine.

There you have it. Peace to you and yours.

Quiz: Are You a Feminist or a Meninist?

Found this little quiz online and thought it would be fun to do it right here. Let’s get started!

When a guy sees a woman on the street and says, “Nice ass,” she should smile and thank him, right?


Argh! I would choose none of those. Where is the option for something like, “She’s not obligated to do or say anything. She could tell him to fuck off or just keep walking.”

And yeah, I think the guy is likely a moron. Do guys really think this tactic works? By doing this, you’re basically throwing up red flags all over the place telling her to run in the other direction.

Have you ever asked a couple how they met and gotten a response like, “Well, I was walking down the street and my darling here said nice ass. I just knew he was the one and the rest is history.”


Because it’s very, very, very, very unlikely to happen.

Damn it. I’m going to have to go for option one because it’s the closest to what I think.


I’d go with option one. I’m responsible for my own birth control, and if there was a safe male birth control pill (and I still needed to take such precautions) I’d definitely take it. This one seems like a no-brainer to me.


I’d take that offer. Not because I think if I pay she owes me something, but because I respect her as a person and if she wants to pay for half, I’m good with that.

I’ve been on dates where I’ve split the bill with the other person, and others where I would pay for dinner and she might pay for a movie or something, and others where I paid for the entire thing.

If I paid for the entire thing, that was my own choice and in no way did she owe me something.


How would the woman you’re opening the door for know that you do it for both sexes?

Anyhow, I’ve been yelled at by a woman for opening the door for her. I was a courier and I had an armful of boxes and as I made my way into a shopping mall, I kept the door open with my foot. The woman walking in gave me crap for being sexist.

But I still open doors for women and men. I mean, you’re just an ass if you drop doors in people’s faces.

I’m going with option one.



I have to go with option one because I simply think a couple who is getting married should be able to talk this over and figure it out for themselves. If I was getting married and my wife-to-be was super against taking my last name, I’d be fine with that. I love her for being her, and I’m not going to let a petty problem like this stand in the way of our life together.

On the flip side, this freaking poll makes it sound as if no woman in their right mind would want to take their husbands last name.

Some do for crying out loud! That doesn’t mean the man owns her.

I’d have no problem taking my wife’s last name either if I liked how it sounded.

Again…have to choose option one even with all the nonsense garble at the end of the sentence.


I…don’t…even…understand this…question.

I wouldn’t take any pill because someone handed it to me. What a bizarre question. I guess I’m going with option two since it at least makes some attempt to figure out what the pills are.


Drum roll please.



My girlfriend will be pleased to hear this.

Take the poll yourself and let me know what your results were.

Is Luke Cage Racist?

maxresdefaultI’m almost done the first season of Luke Cage and I will say that I’m enjoying it.

However, I don’t think it’s one of the best superhero shows around. I’d probably peg it somewhere in the middle.

Yeah, I’m a nerd.

The one thing I don’t like about the show is the super powers Luke Cage possesses. For the first half of the season, nothing could touch the guy so there was little to no suspense. He just walked around and did what he wanted, and the only thing stopping him from taking certain actions were his own set of ethical codes.

One criticism the show has had to endure is that it’s not diverse enough.

In other words, some people think it’s a racist show because it has too many black people and not enough white people.


To this I call bullshit.

As points out:

The show features an African-American superhero and is set in the historically black community of New York City’s Harlem.

With a predominantly black cast, the show explores oppression and redemption by channelling the African-American experience in today’s USA.

First off…it’s set in a predominantly black area for crying out loud!

Of course the majority of the cast is going to be black in that case.

Second of all, who gives a crap what color their skin is?

The only thing I care about is whether the characters are interesting, whether the plot is good, whether I’m entertained by the content etc. I don’t care whether they’re black, Asian, white or whatever.

Damn it, why do we have to go through every show and movie and count what ‘types’ of people are in it?

Just get the best people for the job, create a show or movie that is good and be damned to what skin color etc they are.

This politically correct nonsense is driving me out of my damned mind!

The one thing I think Luke Cage does need is a super villain with some super powers that can at least give him a run for his money.

I also think it needs to move away from some of the more cliche plot lines, such as an arch-villain with daddy issues.

All in all though, this show is worth a watch. It’s also new so it might grow into an even better show as time goes by.

subtexts in radical feminism

I don’t usually reblog stuff but I really enjoyed this post by Violetwisp. I don’t agree with the entire thing, but I can certainly get on board for most of it.



There was a time, not long ago, when rousing anthems on feminism engaged me and enraged me about the patriarchal society we live in. Now I’ve delved a little deeper into radical feminism, I’m attuned to the subtext and feel dismay at the illogical messages rooted in alienation and inequality.

Let’s take extracts from a quote recently lauded by The Arbourist (full quote here).

1. Sexualised violence

We cannot both celebrate sexualised violence and have freedom from sexualised violence.

I agree. But for many radical feminists in these circles, any penetrative heterosexual sex is sexual violence, often equated with rape. Not joking.

Why is this bad for women? Because common garden heterosexual sexual intercourse is not evil. Moreover, most women are not sexually assaulted in their lifetime and most men are not sexual abusers. Yes, the numbers are disturbingly high and society needs to change, but preaching a…

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