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'''Transgender ideology''' is a loose catch-all term referring to philosophies, world views, and dogmatic statements adhered to by political activists who see themselves as trying to uphold the human rights of [[transgender]] people.  The political movement of furthering these ideologies is called the '''transgender movement'''.  Feminists tend to use these terms critically when pointing out sexist, homophobic, or otherwise problematic aspects of the movement.  Those who support the transgender movement tend to oppose the term ''transgender ideology'', likening it to phrases such as ''homosexual agenda'' which is used to ascribe a sinister intent to gay/lesbian/bisexual rights activists.
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'''Transgender ideology''' is a loose catch-all term referring to philosophies, world views, and dogmatic statements adhered to by political activists who try to uphold the human rights of [[transgender]] people.  The political movement of furthering these ideologies is called the '''transgender movement'''.
  
 
The practice of supporting transgender ideology is called '''transgender activism''' (often shortened '''trans activism''') and a person who follows this practice is called a '''transgender activist''' (often shortened '''trans activist''').  The word "transgender" in the phrase "transgender activist" is not to be understood as an adjective for the person in question (i.e. "an activist who happens to be transgender") but as a reference to the activism they practice (i.e. "an activist supporting transgender ideology").  Many trans activists are not transgender themselves.
 
The practice of supporting transgender ideology is called '''transgender activism''' (often shortened '''trans activism''') and a person who follows this practice is called a '''transgender activist''' (often shortened '''trans activist''').  The word "transgender" in the phrase "transgender activist" is not to be understood as an adjective for the person in question (i.e. "an activist who happens to be transgender") but as a reference to the activism they practice (i.e. "an activist supporting transgender ideology").  Many trans activists are not transgender themselves.
  
The term '''trans rights activist''' (shortened '''TRA''') is sometimes used for its similarity to ''men's rights activist'' (shortened ''MRA'').  Just like so-called MRAs claim to support men's human rights but end up blaming everything on women and opposing feminism, TRAs claim to support transgender human rights but end up blaming everything on women and opposing feminism.
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Feminists tend to use the term ''transgender ideology'' with a critical tone when pointing out sexist, homophobic, or otherwise problematic aspects of the transgender movement.  Those who support the movement tend to oppose the term, likening it to the phrase ''homosexual agenda'', which is used to ascribe sinister intent to gay/lesbian/bisexual rights activists.  Indeed, right-wing and Christian organizations heavily use the term ''transgender ideology'' in their publications critical of the movement, however their reasons for opposing it tend to be radically different than those of feminists.
  
 
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=== Trans women are women ===
 
=== Trans women are women ===
  
One of the core dogmata of the transgender movement is the statement that '''trans women are women''' (and the less often repeated ''trans men are men'').<ref name=fc-hendley/>  Under this view it's important to write ''trans woman'' as two words (adjective and noun) and not ''transwoman'', to stress the fact that so-called trans women are literally a subtype of women, just like white women, black women, short women, tall women, and so on.  The statement "trans women are women" is not meant as a vague slogan of moral support, but in a literal sense.<ref name=nytimes/><ref name=stonewall/>
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One of the core dogmata of the transgender movement is the statement that '''trans women are women''' (and the less often repeated ''trans men are men'').<ref name=fc-hendley/>  Under this view, it's important to write ''trans woman'' as two words (adjective and noun) and not ''transwoman'', to stress the fact that "trans women" are literally a subtype of women, just like white women, black women, short women, tall women, and so on.  The statement "trans women are women" is not meant as a vague slogan of moral support, but in a literal sense.<ref name=twaw-nytimes/><ref name=twaw-stonewall/>
  
Since the statement contradicts the dictionary definition of the word "woman" (adult human [[sex|female]]), it implies that a different definition would be better.  When asked about this, transgender activists usually avoid providing an actual definition.  Most attempts tend to revolve around a circular definition, such as "anyone who identifies as a woman, is a woman."  As such, the statement "trans women are women" is probably best described as a dogma.
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This statement contradicts the definition of the word "woman" as seen in some dictionaries (i.e. adult human [[sex|female]]).  Many trans activists believe that a definition based on self-identification would be better.  This includes the circular definition, "anyone who identifies as a woman, is a woman."  As such, the statement "trans women are women" is probably best described as a dogmatic position.
  
The idea that transwomen are literally women is taken as the basis for many problematic conclusions, such as: transwomen deserve to partake in women's sports,<ref name=businessinsider/> transwomen should be seen as part of the natural dating pool of lesbians (see also [[cotton ceiling]]),<ref name=yardley/> transwomen deserve to use all female facilities, enter female-only spaces and events, speak on women's rights as women, and so on.<ref name=stonewall/>
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As the notion that "trans women are women" is meant literally, many problematic conclusions follow, especially considering that any intact male person can simply self-identify as a "trans woman" without needing to undergo any sort of medical transition.
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==== Intact males in women's spaces ====
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If male people who identify as women are literally women, it would follow that they should be allowed to use the same locker rooms, communal showers, and other such sex-segregated public facilities for women.  [[Helen Staniland]] summarizes this issue by posing the rhetorical question, "should male born people with a penis be free to enter and undress in communal changing rooms where women and girls are undressing?"  The question has been dubbed the Staniland Question.  Most trans activists refuse to provide a straight answer, as saying no would mean that they don't agree that self-identified "trans women" should be allowed in women's locker rooms, whereas saying yes reveals the very problem being demonstrated.
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<gallery caption="Some trans activist men struggling with the Staniland Question" widths=300px heights=300px>
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File:Nate-answering-staniland.png | Nate avoids giving a straight answer
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File:Michael-answering-staniland.png | Michael says it's been happening for decades
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File:Devon-answering-staniland.png | Devon, finally, gives a straight answer
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</gallery>
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The images above are from discussions in July 2021 that sparked after an incident in Wi Spa, L.A., in which a woman complained about a male person with a penis wandering around naked in the women's section of the nude spa.<ref name=wispa-4w/><ref name=wispa-wapo/><ref name=wispa-nypost/>  Without any actual evidence, trans activist groups cast widespread doubt on the event and managed to get mainstream and local media publications to report that the incident "might have been staged."<ref name=wispa-wapo/><ref name=wispa-advocate/><ref name=wispa-lablade/> It's noteworthy that while some trans activists went the route of claiming that the incident must have been staged, others chose to openly defend the principle of an intact male using female-only spaces (see images above), hence rendering moot the question of whether the incident was or wasn't staged.
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After the incident, another woman came forth about the same thing having happened to her in Wi Spa in 2018, and agreed to a detailed interview with journalist [[Anna Slatz]] about her experience.<ref name=wispa-4w/>
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Some trans activists reacting to these stories went as far as saying that women were at fault for looking at the male person, that they are the real sexual aggressors for eyeing the male person in the female-only section, or making jokes about how the women must have been aroused by the man.
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<gallery caption="Trans activists going all out with their victim-blaming" widths=300px heights=300px>
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File:Sesmith-wispa.png | A person who writes for The Guardian and has a verified Twitter account says women are at fault for looking at the nude male in the women's section
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File:Zinniajones-wispa.png | Zinnia Jones mocks the second woman who came forth about her experience in 2018
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File:Nate-wispa.png | A verified account backs the logic put forth by a troll who implies that women are the real aggressors
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==== Males in women's sports ====
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''Main article: [[Transwomen in women's sports]]''
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Another logical conclusion of "trans women are women" is that males who identify as women get to play in women's sports.  This idea is indeed widely supported by trans activists, and has been applied in many sports events, leading to male athletes at times massively overpowering female competitors and taking the first spot / gold medal.  See the above linked page for details on this topic.
  
 
=== Gender identity ===
 
=== Gender identity ===
  
The idea that "trans women are women" is usually backed by a belief in an essential, inborn, and immutable "gender identity" that every person supposedly possesses.<ref name=genderspectrum/>  Transwomen are said to be real women on the grounds that they possess a "female gender identity" which they are said to share with women.  Likewise for transmen and a "male gender identity" that is supposedly shared by all men.
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[[File:Womb-girl-boy-gender-discomfort2-768x432.jpg|thumb|right|Image used by GIRES to explain inborn gender identity and inevitable gender dysphoria]]
  
Just like transgender activists refuse to provide an objective definition of womanhood, they tend to refuse defining gender identity on any objective termsUsually, when explaining how a person has discovered their gender identity, one hears references to sexist stereotypes ascribed to womanhood and manhoodWhen confronted directly however, transgender activists refuse the notion that gender identity is based entirely on those stereotypesSince no objective measure exists at all, they are effectively forced to accept the claims of anyone and everyone regarding what their gender identity is.  Thus we see transwomen with full beards and intact male anatomy, who are said to be literally real women like any other.<ref name=hufpo-drummond/><ref name=vice-mtftop/>
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The idea that "trans women are women" is usually backed by several philosophical viewpoints.  Some hold a belief in an essential, inborn, and immutable "gender identity" that every person possesses.<ref name=gender-id-genderspectrum/><ref name=gender-id-gires/> Transwomen are said to be real women on the grounds that they possess a "female gender identity" which they are said to share with womenLikewise for transmen and a male gender identity that is supposedly shared by all menOthers believe that all words are social constructs that lack objective definitions.  Nevertheless, they argue the terms "man" and "woman" hold a particularly meaningful role with regards to individuals' identities.  In the absence of an inherently true definition to protect, they support basing gender in self-identification, which has a substantial benefit on transgender mental health.<ref name=youth-accepted-by-families/><ref name=hrc-medical-guide/>
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The conclusion to such philosophical ideas is that biological sex characteristics do not factor into womanhood and manhoodFor example, a few transwomen have full beards and intact male anatomy, and many trans activists claim they are literally real women like any other.<ref name=hufpo-drummond/><ref name=vice-mtftop/>
  
 
=== Transgender children ===
 
=== Transgender children ===
  
Since gender identity is said to be inborn, it follows that some children would be transgender, and only need to find this out.  Once it's found out, the only way forward is to support the child in its transgender identificationThis leads to the transgender activist "affirm-only" approach towards youth, where for instance a boy who says "I wish I was a girl" or "I'm actually a girl" is from that point on treated as if the child is literally a girl.  (Given a female name, referred to by female pronouns, asked to be considered a girl by others, and so on.)  Likewise for girls who express that they wish they were a boy, or claim that they are internally a boy.  Trans activists are opposed to the alternative "watchful waiting" approach.
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Since gender identity is said to be inborn, it follows that some children would be transgender.  Once they show signs of such, medical consensus is to support the child in whatever identity they hold and allow them to freely express themselvesDoctors and trans activists also generally support [[Wikipedia:Puberty blocker|puberty blocking]] medication such as Lupron to children who think they are transgender.<ref name=nytimes-aap/>  This prevents them from experiencing puberty that may result in dysphoria later in life and allows them to decide what body is right for them as they grow older.<ref name=hrc-medical-guide/>
  
The trans activist affirm-only approach has been supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.<ref name=nytimes-aap/>  Parents concerned over this model of treatment published a long criticism and launched a petition reaching 1,200 signatures.<ref name=4thwave/>  Psychologist [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cantor James Cantor] also published a fact-check article criticizing the AAP's decision.<ref name=cantor/>
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Some who oppose these medications argue that there are high rates of children who realize they are transgender too late.  The studies cited usually include irrelevant statistics regarding children who were deemed unlikely to be trans by their doctors.  According to a medical guide published by the Human Rights Campaign, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics: "It is clear that many children who are gender-expansive or have mild gender dysphoria do not grow up to be transgender — but these are not the children for whom competent clinicians recommend gender transition."<ref name=hrc-medical-guide/>
 
 
Trans activists usually support giving [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puberty_blocker puberty blocking] medication such as Lupron to children who think they are transgender.<ref name=nytimes-aap/>  These children may be as young as 10 years old.<ref name=transtrend/>
 
  
 
=== Cisgender people oppress transgender people ===
 
=== Cisgender people oppress transgender people ===
  
Another core tenet of transgender ideology is the notion that [[cisgender]] people oppress transgender people, just like how men oppress women, white Americans oppress black Americans, or how straight people oppress gay men and lesbian women.<ref name=cissexism/><ref name=transmisogyny/> As such, when a man identifies as a transwoman, his position relative to that of a woman turns from being her oppressor to someone who is oppressed by her. His male privilege is denied as he is now considered a woman, and the fact that he is a ''transgender'' woman means that he is oppressed by so-called ''cisgender'' women.  Further, being both a woman and transgender means he is considered to suffer under two axes of oppression, akin to how black women suffer both from racism and sexism.  This way, a white man suddenly becomes comparable to a black woman with regards to oppressive power dynamics in society.
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Another core tenet of transgender ideology is the notion that many [[cisgender]] people oppress transgender people, just like how men oppress women, white Americans oppress black Americans, or how straight people oppress gay men and lesbian women.<ref name=ef-cissexism/><ref name=ef-transmisogyny/> Trans activists often cite high rates of homelessness, trans minors being disowned by their parents, and suicide rates correlating to societal treatment in their claims of trans people being oppressed.<ref name=trans-homelessness/><ref name=youth-accepted-by-families/>
  
As per the principle of ''intersectionality'' (appropriated from [[black feminism]]), transgender activists often say that the feminist movement should not only include transwomen's concerns, but outright center them in many discussions, as otherwise the feminist movement might fail to sufficiently address their concerns.
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=== Supporting "sex work" activism ===
  
=== Collusion with "sex work" activism ===
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For reasons not entirely clear, many if not most transgender activists also seem to support the "sex work" movement.<ref name=fc-bindel/>
 
 
For reasons not entirely clear, many if not most transgender activists also seem to support the "sex work" movement.<ref name=fc-bindel/> Possible explanations for this collusion might be:
 
 
 
* Both movements stem from ''queer ideology'', which is based on ''transgression'' of social norms without regard to ethical concerns
 
* The transgender movement being dominated by [[Autogynephilia|autogynephilic]] men who are interested in upholding a society in which women exist for male sexual pleasure
 
* Anti-feminists supporting both the transgender movement and the "sex work" movement, simply because they see both of them as weapons against women's liberation
 
  
 
== See also ==
 
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|author=Alicia Hendley
 
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|date=April 10, 2019
 
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<ref name=nytimes>
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{{cite web
 
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|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/opinion/trans-women-feminism.html
 
|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/opinion/trans-women-feminism.html
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|author=Carol Hay
 
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|date=April 1, 2019
 
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<ref name=stonewall>
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{{cite web
 
{{cite web
 
|url=https://www.stonewall.org.uk/truth-about-trans
 
|url=https://www.stonewall.org.uk/truth-about-trans
 
|title=The truth about trans
 
|title=The truth about trans
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<ref name=wispa-4w>
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|url=https://4w.pub/exclusive-interview-with-wi-spa-mother/
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|title=LAPD Officer Blamed a Mother for Exposing her Daughter to Male Genitals at Wi Spa
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|author=Anna Slatz
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|date=July 7, 2021
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|publisher=4W
 
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</ref>
 
</ref>
  
<ref name=businessinsider>
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<ref name=wispa-wapo>
 
{{cite web
 
{{cite web
|url=https://www.businessinsider.de/what-critics-get-wrong-about-transgender-athletes-in-womens-sports-2019-4
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|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/07/05/transgender-woman-los-angeles-spa/
|title=The biggest thing critics continually get wrong about transgender athletes competing in women's sports
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|title=A trans woman reportedly undressed in a spa. Customers said they were ‘traumatized,’ and a protest ensued.
|author=Alan Dawson
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|author=Caroline Anders
|date=April 17, 2019
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|date=July 7, 2021
|website=Business Insider
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|publisher=The Washington Post
 
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<ref name=yardley>
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<ref name=wispa-nypost>
 
{{cite web
 
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|url=https://nypost.com/2021/07/06/furor-over-trans-in-la-spa-proves-progressives-arent-really-feminists-after-all/
|title=Girl Dick, the Cotton Ceiling and the Cultural War on Lesbians and Women
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|title=Furor over trans in LA spa proves progressives aren’t really feminists after all
|author=Miranda Yardley
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|author=Bethany Mandel
|date=December 9, 2018
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|date=July 6, 2021
|website=Medium.com
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|publisher=New York Post
 
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<ref name=genderspectrum>
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<ref name=wispa-advocate>
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{{cite web
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|url=https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2021/7/09/was-trans-nudity-incident-los-angeles-spa-staged
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|title=Was Trans Nudity Incident at Los Angeles Spa Staged?
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|author=Trudy Ring
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|date=July 9, 2021
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|publisher=The Advocate
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<ref name=wispa-lablade>
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{{cite web
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|url=https://nypost.com/2021/07/06/furor-over-trans-in-la-spa-proves-progressives-arent-really-feminists-after-all/
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|title=Alleged Trans incident at upscale LA Spa may have been staged
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|date=July 7, 2021
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|publisher=Los Angeles Blade
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<ref name=gender-id-genderspectrum>
 
{{cite web
 
{{cite web
 
|url=https://www.genderspectrum.org/quick-links/understanding-gender/
 
|url=https://www.genderspectrum.org/quick-links/understanding-gender/
 
|title=Understanding Gender
 
|title=Understanding Gender
|website=Gender Spectrum
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|publisher=Gender Spectrum
 
|quote=According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “By age four, most children have a stable sense of their gender identity.” This core aspect of one’s identity comes from within each of us. Gender identity is an inherent aspect of a person’s make-up. Individuals do not choose their gender, nor can they be made to change it.
 
|quote=According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “By age four, most children have a stable sense of their gender identity.” This core aspect of one’s identity comes from within each of us. Gender identity is an inherent aspect of a person’s make-up. Individuals do not choose their gender, nor can they be made to change it.
 
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</ref>
  
<ref name=transtrend>
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<ref name=gender-id-gires>
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{{cite web
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|url=https://www.gires.org.uk/transsexualism-the-inside-story/
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|title=Transsexualism: The Inside Story
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|publisher=Gender Identity Research & Education Society
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|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200928030238/https://www.gires.org.uk/transsexualism-the-inside-story/
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<ref name=hrc-medical-guide>
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{{cite web
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|url=https://www.hrc.org/resources/supporting-caring-for-transgender-children
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|title=Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children
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|date=September 2016
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|publisher=Human Rights Campaign
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<ref name=youth-accepted-by-families>
 
{{cite web
 
{{cite web
|url=https://www.transgendertrend.com/puberty-blockers/
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|url=https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/lgbt.2015.0111
|title=Puberty blockers
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|title=Family Rejection as a Predictor of Suicide Attempts and Substance Misuse Among Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults
|website=Transgender Trend
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|date=May 25, 2016
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|author=Augustus Klein and Sarit A. Golub
 
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|date=July 25, 2015
 
|date=July 25, 2015
 
|author=James Michael Nichols
 
|author=James Michael Nichols
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|publisher=Huffington Post
 
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|date=January 29, 2019
 
|date=January 29, 2019
 
|author=Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard
 
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|publisher=Vice
 
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|author=Perri Klass
 
|author=Perri Klass
 
|date=October 15, 2018
 
|date=October 15, 2018
|website=The New York Times
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</ref>
 
 
 
<ref name=4thwave>
 
{{cite web
 
|url=https://4thwavenow.com/2018/10/29/parents-petition-american-academy-of-pediatrics-in-response-to-policy-statement-on-trans-identified-youth/
 
|title=Parents petition American Academy of Pediatrics in response to policy statement on trans-identified youth
 
|date=October 29, 2018
 
|website=4thWaveNow
 
 
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</ref>
 
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<ref name=cantor>
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<ref name=trans-homelessness>
 
{{cite web
 
{{cite web
|url=http://www.sexologytoday.org/2018/10/american-academy-of-pediatrics-policy.html
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|url=https://endhomelessness.org/resource/transgender-homeless-adults-unsheltered-homelessness-what-the-data-tell-us/
|title=American Academy of Pediatrics policy and trans- kids: Fact-checking
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|title=Transgender Homeless Adults & Unsheltered Homelessness: What the Data Tell Us
|author=James Cantor
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|date=July 24, 2020
|date=October 17, 2018
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|publisher=National Alliance to End Homelessness
|website=Sexology Today!
 
 
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<ref name=cissexism>
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<ref name=ef-cissexism>
 
{{cite web
 
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|url=https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/03/everyday-cissexism/
 
|url=https://everydayfeminism.com/2014/03/everyday-cissexism/
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|date=March 21, 2014
 
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<ref name=transmisogyny>
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[[pt:Ideologia transgênero]]

Latest revision as of 22:19, 15 July 2021

Transgender ideology is a loose catch-all term referring to philosophies, world views, and dogmatic statements adhered to by political activists who try to uphold the human rights of transgender people. The political movement of furthering these ideologies is called the transgender movement.

The practice of supporting transgender ideology is called transgender activism (often shortened trans activism) and a person who follows this practice is called a transgender activist (often shortened trans activist). The word "transgender" in the phrase "transgender activist" is not to be understood as an adjective for the person in question (i.e. "an activist who happens to be transgender") but as a reference to the activism they practice (i.e. "an activist supporting transgender ideology"). Many trans activists are not transgender themselves.

Feminists tend to use the term transgender ideology with a critical tone when pointing out sexist, homophobic, or otherwise problematic aspects of the transgender movement. Those who support the movement tend to oppose the term, likening it to the phrase homosexual agenda, which is used to ascribe sinister intent to gay/lesbian/bisexual rights activists. Indeed, right-wing and Christian organizations heavily use the term transgender ideology in their publications critical of the movement, however their reasons for opposing it tend to be radically different than those of feminists.

Aspects

Trans women are women

One of the core dogmata of the transgender movement is the statement that trans women are women (and the less often repeated trans men are men).[1] Under this view, it's important to write trans woman as two words (adjective and noun) and not transwoman, to stress the fact that "trans women" are literally a subtype of women, just like white women, black women, short women, tall women, and so on. The statement "trans women are women" is not meant as a vague slogan of moral support, but in a literal sense.[2][3]

This statement contradicts the definition of the word "woman" as seen in some dictionaries (i.e. adult human female). Many trans activists believe that a definition based on self-identification would be better. This includes the circular definition, "anyone who identifies as a woman, is a woman." As such, the statement "trans women are women" is probably best described as a dogmatic position.

As the notion that "trans women are women" is meant literally, many problematic conclusions follow, especially considering that any intact male person can simply self-identify as a "trans woman" without needing to undergo any sort of medical transition.

Intact males in women's spaces

If male people who identify as women are literally women, it would follow that they should be allowed to use the same locker rooms, communal showers, and other such sex-segregated public facilities for women. Helen Staniland summarizes this issue by posing the rhetorical question, "should male born people with a penis be free to enter and undress in communal changing rooms where women and girls are undressing?" The question has been dubbed the Staniland Question. Most trans activists refuse to provide a straight answer, as saying no would mean that they don't agree that self-identified "trans women" should be allowed in women's locker rooms, whereas saying yes reveals the very problem being demonstrated.

The images above are from discussions in July 2021 that sparked after an incident in Wi Spa, L.A., in which a woman complained about a male person with a penis wandering around naked in the women's section of the nude spa.[4][5][6] Without any actual evidence, trans activist groups cast widespread doubt on the event and managed to get mainstream and local media publications to report that the incident "might have been staged."[5][7][8] It's noteworthy that while some trans activists went the route of claiming that the incident must have been staged, others chose to openly defend the principle of an intact male using female-only spaces (see images above), hence rendering moot the question of whether the incident was or wasn't staged.

After the incident, another woman came forth about the same thing having happened to her in Wi Spa in 2018, and agreed to a detailed interview with journalist Anna Slatz about her experience.[4]

Some trans activists reacting to these stories went as far as saying that women were at fault for looking at the male person, that they are the real sexual aggressors for eyeing the male person in the female-only section, or making jokes about how the women must have been aroused by the man.

Males in women's sports

Main article: Transwomen in women's sports

Another logical conclusion of "trans women are women" is that males who identify as women get to play in women's sports. This idea is indeed widely supported by trans activists, and has been applied in many sports events, leading to male athletes at times massively overpowering female competitors and taking the first spot / gold medal. See the above linked page for details on this topic.

Gender identity

Image used by GIRES to explain inborn gender identity and inevitable gender dysphoria

The idea that "trans women are women" is usually backed by several philosophical viewpoints. Some hold a belief in an essential, inborn, and immutable "gender identity" that every person possesses.[9][10] Transwomen are said to be real women on the grounds that they possess a "female gender identity" which they are said to share with women. Likewise for transmen and a male gender identity that is supposedly shared by all men. Others believe that all words are social constructs that lack objective definitions. Nevertheless, they argue the terms "man" and "woman" hold a particularly meaningful role with regards to individuals' identities. In the absence of an inherently true definition to protect, they support basing gender in self-identification, which has a substantial benefit on transgender mental health.[11][12]

The conclusion to such philosophical ideas is that biological sex characteristics do not factor into womanhood and manhood. For example, a few transwomen have full beards and intact male anatomy, and many trans activists claim they are literally real women like any other.[13][14]

Transgender children

Since gender identity is said to be inborn, it follows that some children would be transgender. Once they show signs of such, medical consensus is to support the child in whatever identity they hold and allow them to freely express themselves. Doctors and trans activists also generally support puberty blocking medication such as Lupron to children who think they are transgender.[15] This prevents them from experiencing puberty that may result in dysphoria later in life and allows them to decide what body is right for them as they grow older.[12]

Some who oppose these medications argue that there are high rates of children who realize they are transgender too late. The studies cited usually include irrelevant statistics regarding children who were deemed unlikely to be trans by their doctors. According to a medical guide published by the Human Rights Campaign, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics: "It is clear that many children who are gender-expansive or have mild gender dysphoria do not grow up to be transgender — but these are not the children for whom competent clinicians recommend gender transition."[12]

Cisgender people oppress transgender people

Another core tenet of transgender ideology is the notion that many cisgender people oppress transgender people, just like how men oppress women, white Americans oppress black Americans, or how straight people oppress gay men and lesbian women.[16][17] Trans activists often cite high rates of homelessness, trans minors being disowned by their parents, and suicide rates correlating to societal treatment in their claims of trans people being oppressed.[18][11]

Supporting "sex work" activism

For reasons not entirely clear, many if not most transgender activists also seem to support the "sex work" movement.[19]

See also

References

  1. Alicia Hendley (April 10, 2019). I supported trans ideology until I couldn’t anymore. Feminist Current.
  2. Carol Hay (April 1, 2019). Who Counts as a Woman?. The New York Times.
  3. The truth about trans. Stonewall UK.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Anna Slatz (July 7, 2021). LAPD Officer Blamed a Mother for Exposing her Daughter to Male Genitals at Wi Spa. 4W.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Caroline Anders (July 7, 2021). A trans woman reportedly undressed in a spa. Customers said they were ‘traumatized,’ and a protest ensued.. The Washington Post.
  6. Bethany Mandel (July 6, 2021). Furor over trans in LA spa proves progressives aren’t really feminists after all. New York Post.
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  10. Transsexualism: The Inside Story. Gender Identity Research & Education Society. Archived
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  15. Perri Klass (October 15, 2018). Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children. The New York Times.
  16. Sian Ferguson (March 21, 2014). 3 Examples of Everyday Cissexism. Everyday Feminism.
  17. Laura Kacere (January 27, 2014). Transmisogyny 101: What It Is and What Can We Do About It. Everyday Feminism.
  18. Transgender Homeless Adults & Unsheltered Homelessness: What the Data Tell Us. National Alliance to End Homelessness. July 24, 2020.
  19. Julie Bindel (October 2, 2017). The pact between trans rights advocates and the sex trade lobby. Feminist Current.