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Don't believe in gender grab bag


Contrary to enlightened opinion, I believe there are only two genders, male and female — with the occasional rare fluke of nature resulting in what used to be called a hermaphrodite.

I don’t believe in the grab bag of genders that seems so trendy these days, nor do I believe in the validity of choosing non-binary gender identities, apart from those occasional rarities I mentioned above.

I believe in biology.

Yes, it’s a shameful confession, revealing one of my terrible shortcomings.

It is also a dangerous view, and a radical perspective to admit publicly. It labels me, to those on the political Left, as a bigot. In some places, such as Canada, it could make me a criminal.

Yet, my beliefs are nothing but my opinion, and as such they are immaterial.

Because here’s the thing that matters: Opinions don’t dictate reality; reality is independent of mere opinion, and the reality is that your fundamental human rights don’t depend on your gender.

As a human you have the full complement of human rights — life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness — just because you are alive. End of story.

The outdated view, from back when people believed rights depended on who or what you were and could be added to or taken away, has run its course. It’s out of steam. Time to discard that superstition and move on. It’s why I see both sides of the argument over gender identities as socially destructive and a distraction.

Even if I think you are a little off-kilter, I will defend your rights, including your right to believe as you wish, up until the moment you try to violate the person or property of another.

No one has a right to try to change your beliefs by force, including force of law, just as you have no right to dictate how others believe or speak.

Anyone who tries to make up laws based on someone’s gender, either to create rights that can’t exist, or to take away rights that no one can take away, is wrong. It’s simply not subject to legislation one way or the other.

The political Left is correct when it says no laws should be made to force people into gender boxes or punish those who don’t fit, and the political Right is correct when it says no laws should force anyone to pretend, and speak as though they believe, someone’s psychological issues reflect reality.

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