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the thing to remember about jesse singal and his defenders is that the minute you start debunking the “experts” he cites by citing others, you’ve already lost, bc you’ve effectively conceded that trans ppl should be treated with dignity only if science says so
here’s the thing: liberal journalists are soooo gayyy for science, and the reason why is that science’s historical office in the us has been to launder illiberal phobias into “objective” facts that will justify inequality, unfreedom, and violence without contradicting liberalism
like i’m not talking about so-called “racist” or “transphobic pseudoscience,” which implies that there’s some form of scientific inquiry free of politics. convincing you the latter exists is the whole ballgame. science is just a nice name for pseudoscience with a budget
and there’s a whole rank and file of trans/LGBTQ journalists out there that *will* engage with singal like this, cite other studies, debunk the crackpots he cites, etc., and this has its place, but in the long run it’s a losing strategy
you have to understand *just how desperate* liberals are to find an excuse not to tolerate others, tolerance as a political virtue is specifically designed to generate exceptions to itself, eg trans ppl attacking jesse are enemies of free speech and civil debate, ergo intolerable
i mean for heaven’s sake katha is citing 1984! what an insane position to take
if only someone with unimpeachable prose would write something for the paper of record about how the dignity of trans people must not be left in the hands of medical science...
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