Pick-your-own gender: male, female
or a bit of both


The Government is proposing a change to the law to allow people to 'self-identify' as either male or female, while others are calling for the introduction of a third, 'transgender' designation, writes Christopher Goff.

If you think that a Ministry of Equality is something that might only 'exist' in the dystopian futures sometimes portrayed in sci-fi movies, then think again. And while there isn't exactly a Ministry of Equality in modern-day Britain, there is a Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening, and who has recently announced her intention to overhaul the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This is the piece of legislation which, amongst other things, lays down the legal process that someone who is transitioning from one sex to the other has to go through in order to have their new sexual identity properly recognized.

Justine Greening? Yes, the MP that was formerly in a relationship with a man called Mark Clarke – the same Mark Clarke who was banned from the Conservative Party for his involvement in the Conservative Future bullying scandal – but who in 2016 announced she was in a same-sex relationship. After making her declaration on Twitter, then Chancellor George Osborne responded by saying "It was the best news he had heard in the last 48 hours". Of this, I am sure there's a useful anecdote warning against the bringing of ones personal life into the workplace, but I can't quite think of it at the moment … something about lunatics and asylums.

There are some who say that existing provisions contained in the Gender Recognition Act 2004 are there for the benefit of vulnerable people dealing with what are obviously complex issues relating to their sexual identity, and that these same rules also help ensure that people who transition from one sex to another do so for the right reasons. Already people are warning of the potential for individuals to try and exploit any new system of rules, and especially in the field of competitive sport. In a recent story from the US, a 15-year-old transgender student with male anatomy has become an overnight sprint sensation. Andraya Yearwood, who wears 'her' hair in long plaits, won the 100 and 200 metre races at a recent track and field championship in Connecticut, an achievement which has earned 'her' a place in the all-state final.

In a report which appeared on The Guardian website last year, the International Olympic Committee said it had relaxed its rules relating to the participation of pre-surgery transgender athletes in its events, saying that female-to-male athletes can compete without restriction, while male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy. An arrangement a cynic might be inclined to say of: 'But where's the equality in that'? Previously, the IOC had said that athletes transitioning from male to female or vice versa were required to undergo gender reassignment surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy in order to compete. In its report, The Guardian also quoted an IOC official as saying: "The overriding sporting objective is and remains the guarantee of fair competition". But of this claim, one can expect to see in the very near future an uncomfortable clash between the IOC's sporting objectives and its equality agenda, and no prizes for guessing which of these things will out-trump the other.

Justine Greening has said of her intention to overhaul the current gender recognition legislation the following: "This Government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone". However, her plans have started to attract a huge amount of controversy. At present, individuals transitioning from one gender to the other have to show that they have been in transition for at least two years before they can apply to have their new gender recognized, and they must also have been given a diagnosis of gender dysphoria by a doctor. In the Daily Mail (24 July, 2017), Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship was reported as saying: "Gender dysphoria is a real medical condition which needs careful diagnosis and even more careful management". Adding, "It is extraordinary that the leaders of both major political parties are unwittingly backing this bizarre social experiment which will open a Pandora's box of confusion, abuse and litigation. This is quite simply lunacy". Critics are warning that the proposed changes to legislation will lead to the creation of a multitude of pitfalls around issues like access to women-only hospital wards, changing rooms, toilets and prisons.

Personally, I must confess to feeling sorry for those people with, say a man's anatomy, but who are seemingly living under the delusion that they are actually female. But of these proposed changes to the current legislation, what more evidence does anyone need that our society is hurtling towards a confused and mixed-up future exactly like the ones sometimes portrayed in the dystopian futures of sci-fi movies, and where the concept of opposite male and female genders has all but been destroyed? The DUP appears to be the only Westminster party not to be infiltrated by members of the gender-bending Mafia, although it is most unlikely that a handful of MPs will be able to derail the proposed changes to legislation.

The gender-benders operate like a silent brotherhood. Also in the news recently has been the homosexual Conservative MP Nick Gibb, and whose entire tenure as Minister of State for Schools seems to have so far been about improving the lot of what must only be a tiny minority of school pupils afflicted by some kind of issue concerning their sexuality. Apparently, the latest grand project of his is an attempt to try and stamp out the use of the word 'gay' as a playground taunt. Gibb, who married his long-term partner Michael two years ago after keeping his relationship a secret for 29 years, was reported by the Daily Mail (24 July, 2017) as saying: "Having felt the need to be silent for decades about my sexuality, I am determined to make a positive difference. I will be tireless in ensuring that all gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people can live free, happy and fulfilling lives".

And that is precisely it, isn't it? In the minds of idealistic fools like Nick Gibb and Justine Greening, it is everyone's right to live 'free, happy and fulfilling lives', and the fact that some people live miserable lives full of unhappiness and misfortune, or that some kids happen to get bullied at school, are unpleasant realities of life which they seem utterly incapable of coming to terms with. In fact, it is as if liberals are engaged in some kind of giant crusade to try and cure all the wretched and mixed-up people of their problems, while at the same time totally ignoring the needs of the well-adjusted and normal majority who politicians mostly view with contempt.

Copyright © Christopher Goff
Tag: Liberalism
Uploaded: 26 July, 2017.