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We may be seeing the beginning of the end of trans madness


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Another week brings another example of ideologically driven trans insanity, with National Review reporting that Eventbrite will no longer sell tickets for a series of talks on protecting women’s sports that features Riley Gaines. While Jack Phillips continues to be hounded for refusing to bake cakes celebrating trans delusions, those who dare to argue that biology is actually quite significant in parsing the definition of “woman” remain fair game, it seems.

NR quotes a predictably pious email from Eventbrite to Gaines that declares “Specifically, we do not allow content or events that – through on– or off-platform activity– discriminate against, harass, disparage, threaten, incite violence against, or otherwise target individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or disability”— unless, of course, that “identity” happens to be that of a woman grounded in biology, in which case you must be erased. Lunacy meets hypocrisy, a hallmark of our enlightened age.

Compared to women’s privacy and safety, sport is a comparatively trivial matter, though still significant to those involved and important as a cultural indicator. Eventbrite’s move, however, is not a trivial matter. It is another attempt by those who offer goods and services to coerce others into adopting misogyny as normative. Yet amid the bad news, there are signs that the trans madness may come to an end, and perhaps sooner than some anticipated.

Cases of detransitioners are rising and some of them are filing lawsuits. Indeed, in what might well prove to be a very significant case, a female detransitioner, Isabelle Ayala, has filed a suit which accuses the American Academy of Pediatrics of pushing youth gender transitions and lying about the effects of transgender treatments. She also accuses a doctor of starting her on hormone treatment after only one consultation when she, as a 14-year-old suffering with various mental health conditions, had sought help.

The implementation of trans ideology by the medical establishment speaks to the vile and monstrous nature of our age.

If the suit presents an accurate account of her treatment, it indicates something of massive importance: the implementation of trans ideology by the medical establishment speaks to the vile and monstrous nature of our age. It is bad enough that the most obviously fallacious sector of the critical theory world, that of gender reduced to socially constructed performance, has been used to demolish the significance of the human body. It is ridiculous that this has then led to the paradoxical move of re-essentializing gender along entirely psychological lines. If our current lunacy stopped there and remained within the confines of university postgraduate seminars, ours would be an age of unparalleled childishness. But the lunatics have taken over the asylum and the most vulnerable in society are now the targets of their most egregious ideological ambitions. Children are quite literally being used by these people as if they were laboratory rats. And the historical precedent for these doctors is not Hippocrates but Joseph Mengele.

And so this lawsuit is to be welcomed. If successful, it will force the evil men and women who profit from this child abuse to face some of the consequences of their actions. We can only hope that at some point society regains enough sanity to put laws in place that will allow the state to pursue these people with criminal charges and long prison sentences appropriate to those who engage in such child abuse. Perhaps we might hope that the craven politicians who enabled this could be included. And that will mark the beginning of the end of the trans movement. Once madness starts costing money the trans science (and I use the term in its loosest sense) will suddenly not be so scientific after all.

So there is reason to be very hopeful that the tide on trans is turning. Sadly, of course, each lawsuit speaks of bodies mutilated, minds fried by hormones, families torn to shreds, and lives ruined. We should rejoice for those leading the legal charge but we must also mourn for the conditions that have brought them to this point. Our children deserved better from us.


Carl R. Trueman

Carl R. Trueman taught on the faculties of the Universities of Nottingham and Aberdeen before moving to the United States in 2001 to teach at Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. In 2017-18 he was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.  Since 2018, he has served as a professor at Grove City College. He is also a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at First Things. Trueman’s latest book is the bestselling The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. He is married with two adult children and is ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


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