A female inmate in California recently became pregnant after being forced to share a cell with a fully biological man, as California law now allows prisoners to serve their sentence in the facility that corresponds to the gender of which they identify. The new law has led to hundreds of men requesting to be transferred to a female facility, and, rather unsurprisingly, many of the men now being housed with women are violent sex offenders who were imprisoned for brutally beating and raping women.
Regrettably, this is only the latest example of the severe repercussions resulting from the indulgence of the vile lunacy that is transgenderism. Children and adults alike are being forced to share not only prisons, but bathrooms, locker rooms, and nearly every other traditionally gender-segregated facility with members of the opposite biological sex, the results of which are horrifying.
For example, there have been multiple recent incidents of biological men who identify as women exposing themselves to underage girls in spas and pools, which was met with euphoric praise and acceptance by the media and activists alike. The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board opined that “Everyone — transgender customers, members of every faith and women who are upset by the sight of penises — has the right to use the spa and other public accommodations. It just happens that in this case, the public accommodation also includes nudity.” The Times believes that “no one has an absolute right to feel comfortable all the time” and dismissed any concern about the situation as “hullabaloo.”
While it is true that individuals don’t have a right to always feel “comfortable,” they do have a right to privacy and to not be subjected to what invariably amounts to indecent exposure. Unfortunately, legislators and judges have shown little regard for these rights and will gladly trample them for the purported enforcement of equal treatment for members of the transgender community.
In fact, it was California state law that prevented spa staff members from intervening when a biological man entered the women’s section naked. Additionally, The U.S. Supreme Court recently chose to leave in place a lower court ruling that forces public schools to allow students to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, despite the understandable apprehension and fear that such policies cause both male and female students. The Biden administration has also fully embraced the lunacy of transgenderism, stating in June that gender identity is fully protected under Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any federally funded education program.
And, although safety and privacy are key components of the transgender debate, it would be impossible to fully discuss this issue without referencing the devastating effect it has had on women’s sports. The most recent example is the 2020 Olympics, the first games to feature openly transgender athletes. Of these athletes, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is perhaps the best option to demonstrate the absurdity of allowing biological men to compete against biological women. Hubbard, who has identified as a transgender woman since 2013, originally competed in male weightlifting competitions and had some success at the junior level. However, those junior results would never have qualified Hubbard for the men’s senior national team. But, competing as a woman, Hubbard has seen phenomenal success as a weightlifter, despite being nearly twice the average age of the other competitors. Hubbard not only qualified for the Olympics but also won a gold medal in the 2019 Pacific Games.
Hubbard is only one of the many biologically male athletes that have garnered tremendous success from competing as a woman. For example, at the high school level, transgender athletes are winning state championships in sports ranging from track to wrestling. And, while trans athletes are admittedly still a rarity, as the number of those who identify as transgender continues to increase, so will the number of individuals wishing to compete with the opposite sex. Given the inherent advantage men have over women in strength and speed, it’s not difficult to surmise what the result of more men competing in women’s sports will be.
The final demographic that is harmed, often irreparably so, by promoting the transgender ideology is children.
It’s inconceivable that any thinking person could truly believe that it is justifiable to prevent minors from drinking, gambling, driving, and purchasing firearms, yet believe that they should be allowed to mutilate their bodies with hormone blockers and gender reassignment surgeries. Society places certain restrictions on children’s rights because they lack the cognitive development and awareness to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions. To think that a five- or ten-year-old has the ability to comprehend what it means to transition is preposterous. This fact is further underscored by studies showing that 80 to 95 percent of children who experience some disassociation with their gender will actually identify with their biological sex by late adolescence.
Despite this, only Tennessee and Arkansas have enacted restrictions on providing gender reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments to minors. And, while the goal of such legislation is to protect children from making potentially calamitous, life-altering mistakes, it is consistently and invariably disparaged and decried as bigoted and transphobic. The Associated Press, for example, called Tennessee, an “anti-LGBTQ leader,” and The Washington Post referred to Arkansas as “the poster child for ignorant anti-transgender reaction” and the “chief anti-trans bully” after the states passed their restrictions.
It seems that children now are constantly beset by radical theories surrounding gender fluidity and transgenderism. For example, parents nationwide are beginning to make the ineffably harmful choice to raise their children genderless. Students as young as four in Scotland can now change their sex at school without parental knowledge or consent. It’s difficult to imagine the level of confusion and anxiety that such outrageous programs and ideologies must manifest in elementary schoolers and young children.
Clearly, there is a prevalent and pressing issue regarding transgenderism. However, the issue is undeniably complex and does not yield an easy or simple solution. And, discrimination against individuals suffering from transgenderism cannot become the solution. Those experiencing a legitimate disassociation with their biological gender must be approached with empathy and compassion, and a resolution to their conflict should be sought. But, we must not indulge their delusions and need to realize that a person’s sex is an immutable characteristic of their being. If the integrity of women’s sports, societal standards of privacy and decency, and children’s health are to be upheld, then we must return to the understanding that there are vast, unbridgeable, and legitimate biological differences between men and women.
Gender is not a social construct but a real, measurable trait that is fundamental to innumerable societal institutions.
• Kyle Reynolds studies public policy analysis at Indiana University and has been published at The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, and The Federalist.