Substack, like 2 weeks ago: what? how dare anyone suggest that we’re a haven for a bunch of people who’d like to wipe trans people off the face of the earth
Andrew Sullivan today: HEY GUYS CHECK OUT MY SUBSTACK FOR MY IDEA FOR A SOLUTION TO THE TRANS QUESTION
If he said that about literally any other group of people, everyone would lose their minds over it. But 🤷🏻♀️
Anyway, I read it. It’s a poorly written, factually-deficient, anecdote-driven, list of utterly absurd that’s honestly not worth engaging with on a point by point basis. It’s just as wrong as can be. He talks about trans people like he’s talking about a pest problem. It’s gross.
One thing that’s a bit frustrating about Chait’s piece here is that he really doesn’t seem to grasp how long all of this has been happening. Probably because he’s been too busy clutching pearls about campus speech for the past several years. I mean...
In 2019, I debated making a quiz asking whether something was from a Tucker Carlson monologue or the Christchurch mosque shooter's manifesto because they had some major similarities. If anything, Carlson's only gotten more blatant since then.
I didn't make it because I didn't want to give *the actual mass-murderer's manifesto* more attention than it already had, but it's just depressing that this is the message that seems to appeal to so many people.
Guys like J.D. Vance will say that Carlson challenges the powers that be and is a populist or whatever, but that's not even true. What, exactly, is he "challenging" by pushing the same tired nativist talking points that have existed for centuries around the world?
Seriously, all of you people who’ve been sitting there silently who can’t bring themselves to even tweet support for trans people and opposition to these laws (the absolute bare minimum)... I see you and I’m not going to forget who left trans people hanging out to dry.
I’m so angry about all this shit. Lots of “progressives” who haven’t spoken up. Shame on you.
(Also, no, puberty blockers are not “chemical castration,” they are reversible and meant to provide trans teens with time to make sure they’re able to make an informed decision *before* doing anything with irreversible effects.)
States are essentially trying to legislate trans people out of existence by passing laws making it legal to discriminate against trans people in housing/public accommodations/health care, straight-up banning certain health care treatments, banning trans kids from playing sports.
The goal is to make it socially unacceptable to just exist. Their hope is that people will simply "choose" not to be trans (which, believe me, I've tried that, and it just doesn't work), that they'll stay closeted, or that they'll just stop existing.
The whole anti-trans movement harms anyone who doesn't fit neatly into boxes about what men or women are "supposed" to look like. For instance, it's turned random people into bathroom vigilantes vox.com/2016/5/18/1169…
But just to REALLY highlight what the long game is...
Here's what the Family Research Council lists in a publicly-available document:
They see it as part of a decline that stemmed from women's rights and gay rights, both of which they'd also like to roll back.