Generational indoctrination: in the roots of the trans movement

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As the public becomes more aware of what is happening to children in gender clinics, many are baffled and asking: how did this happen so quickly?

While many social changes have occurred rapidly in recent years, given biomedical political and ethical shifts, the philosophical roots of the gender ideology the world is experiencing today have a long history that has evolved over time. , according to Dr. Abigail Favale, author of The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory professor at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

In the third installment of The Christian Post’s investigative podcast series “Generation Indoctrination: Inside the Transgender Battle,” Favale explained that much of what is now seen in today’s gender dogma urday dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Two revolutions, conceptual and contraceptive, have indelibly shaped the way people have thought about what it means to be male and female, especially with the introduction of reproductive technologies such as hormonal birth control.

Regarding the conceptual revolution, Favale argues that the seeds of the gender revolution were sown in part by the French existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, who wrote The second sex in 1949.

“When she was writing, she didn’t even use the term gender because it was a linguistic term,” Favale told CP.

“But she introduces the idea that the genre would soon be named,” Favale added, noting that this theme emerges most clearly in de Beauvoir’s famous line, “One is not born, but rather becomes a woman,” distinguishing the femininity of femininity.

Radical second-wave feminists — many of whom are among the most vocal opponents of transgender ideology and who often cite de Beauvoir with approval — respond by saying that the feminist writer was about female socialization and cultural and societal expectations. imposed on women as a whole.

Nowhere in her writings did she categorically deny the material reality of biological sex, as trans activists do, feminists argue. In addition to modern gender ideology, these same feminists strongly oppose other scourges that disproportionately harm women, such as pornography, prostitution, and surrogacy, positions that coincide with orthodox Christian ethics. When asked to respond to this claim, Favale concurred but reiterated that these ideas about gender have further evolved from this particular moment in history.

Another major figure who is arguably the godfather of the transgender movement is John Money, a psychologist from New Zealand who was a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. He made considerable waves in the 1960s with his published articles. Money experimented on human subjects, specifically on Canadian twins Brian and David Reimer.

Speaking about the experiences of the Reimer twins, Carla, a therapist from Loudoun County, Va., whose name has been changed to protect her identity, shared how Money believed babies were born neutral. He was the one who coined the phrase “gender identity” and believed that men could be raised as women, regardless of their biology.

In the case of the Reimer twins, one of the boys, David (who was originally named Bruce), underwent a botched circumcision and was, on Money’s advice, raised as a girl. David Reimer finally learned the truth about what had happened to him, but the mental torment of what he had been through was so overwhelming that he committed suicide in 2004. David’s brother Brian died of a drug overdose.

In Carla’s counseling office, she now sees many young people who are upset about their gender. The change was sudden and she felt unprepared to see the big increase. As she researched the issue further, she discovered a disturbing trend among young people not only were they spending excessive time on their phones and social media, but they had been instilled in the language of mental health disorders and therapy.

“This generation is in a hurry to label and/or diagnose. And we do it to younger and younger children [ages]. More and more, it’s becoming the norm for us to interpret normal feelings and label them as a disease, abnormality or disorder,” Carla said.

“People are calling kids as young as 11 pansexual, bi, or probably gay before the child even knows it,” she added.

Contemporary trans activism rests on a particularly radical notion of individuality, the idea that the self is sovereign, according to Mary Rice Hasson, a lawyer and researcher at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. In the United States, a- she said, society came to a critical juncture about seven years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in Oberfell v. Hodges.

“Once Oberefell fell in 2015, the deal that was reached between transgender groups and activists who were very committed to queer theory was “Okay we got your back, now you got gay marriage, it’s our turn” . The T was added to the LGB because in some ways they were kept secret,” Hasson said.

“And that was one of the complaints of the transgender movement and activists, that they felt like [they were] not embraced by the larger movement. They wanted to be at the forefront and push their agenda forward. It was really a compromise, really an agreement.

So, to many, it seemed like he had gone overnight from fighting against same-sex marriage to promoting trans ideology, but gender identity activists had been preparing long before the historic decision to the High Court. Most alarming for Hasson is how this ideology has seeped into the public school system. Gender dogma is so pervasive and destructive that in 2018 she co-wrote a book with Theresa Farnan urging parents to pull their children out of public schools, Get Out Now: Why You Should Take Your Child Out of Public School Before It’s Too Late.

Doctors Quentin Van Meter and Andre Van Mol, who both appeared on Episode 2 of “Generation Indoctrination” to discuss the emerging medical scandal playing out in transgender clinics and hospitals across the country, also weigh in on the dark story. philosophy of gender ideology.

In episode four, CP will speak with lawmakers and public policy experts on the front lines of these issues, discussing what can be done from a legal perspective.

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