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Push back against transgenderism, on campus and elsewhere

The movement exploits vulnerable people for socio-political points

The College Fix this week ran a powerful essay by a student at a “small, selective liberal arts college” that is experiencing “a sudden surge of trans students coming out.” The school itself sounds primed for a transgender moment: At orientation, students were asked for their “preferred pronouns,” bathrooms were stripped of their sex designations and marked “with urinals” or “without urinals,” girls are forced to share dorm rooms with men. The student, who remains anonymous out of a perfectly reasonable fear of backlash, described a bizarre environment of social contagion:

By one month into my freshman year, the number of trans people I knew personally or by association was growing steadily. The school is small enough that even if you don’t know someone by name, you’ve probably seen them around. There were many boys wearing eyeliner but those were boys. There were girls wearing eyeliner that were also boys. Boys with small beards that were actually girls. And everything in between. One of my roommates started dating a “cis-passing” trans boy. Someone I met at the beginning of the year whose name was Tim would now like me to relearn that name as Rebecca. Someone else who started school with hair to her waist cut it all off and became Andrew.

“What has been even more upsetting is to see is how quickly these new identities are accompanied by medical changes,” she writes. “I know several young women who were able to easily access testosterone soon after deciding they were trans. I know four who have had mastectomies. One is currently raising funds for her breast removal as part of a GoFundMe campaign.”

At some point even the most rabid of transgender partisans are going to have to admit: This whole thing is a bizarre, indefensible sham. Men cannot become women; women cannot become men. That is simply the cold, hard truth of the matter. If you are born a man or a woman, that is what you are; it doesn’t matter if you have a beard, or wear eyeliner, or if you rechristen yourself with a name most typical for the opposite sex. Facts are facts.

College administrators are always desperate to be on the cutting edge of whatever they possibly can be, and so many of them are eager to foster this sort of environment on their campuses. This is, of course, a reckless thing to do: If the culture on your campus is one in which women are eagerly taking male hormones and cutting their breasts off, you’re doing it wrong.

It’s past time to push back against transgender ideology, on campus and everywhere. It’s not the easiest thing to do. LGBT activists have created a slippery, tactically incoherent lexicon around the whole thing: The clear and scientific binary categories of “sex” have been replaced by the genuinely meaningless designation of “gender,” while sex itself is increasingly assailed as a “social construct” rather than basic biological fact. Fighting against the transgender zeitgeist depends in large part upon knocking down this nonsense and promoting a return to the basic core facts of human physiology and biology.

In the end, of course, we cannot forget what is at the heart of transgenderism: People who desperately need both help and sympathy. As our observer writes: “What seems obvious to me is that [transgender individuals] are uncomfortable with their bodies, suffer from other issues like anxiety and depression, and see the attention and attractiveness of transition as a way out.” Anyone who is determined to fight against transgender ideology must also remember that the people most affected by it are very real and very much victims–of a socio-political craze that has turned their vulnerabilities into the sorts of things you see here.

MORE: Transgender instructor compiled secret list of academics to shame

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