Beware of the sex change zealots: Why IS the state so obsessed with whether we're transgender?
A nice, balanced headline which reflects Ross Clark's nice, balanced article, which uses as its Littlejohnesque starting point an innocuous survey about broadband use which offers more than two options for 'gender'.
After years of demanding to know our ethnic identity and sexual orientation, public bodies have become obsessed with collecting data on whether or not we’ve had a sex change.
I can't remember ever being asked to mark my sexual orientation, except on the population census (where it was optional). But never mind that, what could possibly be the purpose of giving people multiple options to survey questions? Ah yes:
a growing fear of the transsexual rights lobby among public bodies.
Zealots. Fear. Lobby. Aren't they a sinister lot, these folk that are statistically more likely to be the victims of discrimination and crimes against the person than any other?
Gender dysmorphia — where an individual feels they were born the wrong sex — is a recognised medical condition and one that, happily, modern medicine can do something about.
No matter that many transgender people do not want that 'something'. The binary must be reinforced at all costs!
Clark then becomes completely incoherent, criticising Harriet Harman (bien entendu!
) for her zealous Equality Act, and then noting that it is not binding with regard to trans people. He lashes out at "an industry of public sector busybodies counting up the number of transsexuals clipping tickets on trains", which I'm guessing does not exist. And he tries to attack Harman's bill by noting that a transgender pressure group does not recommend asking questions about cis/trans identity during job recruitment — which is obviously a vastly different situation from surveys and censuses.
The irrelevant diatribe reaches a crescendo:
the equality industry seems desperate to try to prove that society is awash with people secretly harbouring a desire to change sex.
Exaggeration has worked for the Transgender lobby. It succeeded in gaining transsexuals recognition as a protected group under the Equality Act, ensuring that those who feel they have encountered prejudice may seek compensation through employment tribunals.
The truth is that those who preach ‘equality’ have, in practice, brought about the very opposite: a world where public authorities pigeonhole us all into categories, self-defined by pressure groups, who can then be picked out for favoured treatment.
I strongly doubt that transgender broadband users of the Isle of Wight are going to get unfair advantages. Ross Clark (via P Dacre) just wants to erase transgender people from public discourse — which is ironic, because the Mail runs freak-show stories about trans folk almost every day.