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Transgender activism: The war on science is an equal opportunity field

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It’s almost as if transactivism was a specific test of whether fact and evidence really matter in science today:

In August, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island was criticized for removing a news release about a peer-reviewed study published in PLoS One by one of its academics—Lisa Littman, a physician and researcher at Brown’s School of Public Health. Littman’s article, titled “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reports,“ discusses the phenomenon by which social media and peer pressure seem to have fuelled the recently observed trend by which young teenagers (typically girls) suddenly declare themselves transgender. The paper infuriated transgender activists, who claim that the entire notion of rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) is a transphobic invention. Both Brown and PLoS One also were attacked as Brown’s enablers.

While no one could offer any evidence that Littman’s results were wrong, PLoS One issued a statement acknowledging the complaints about the study, and promising “further expert assessment on the study’s content and methodology.” Meanwhile, the dean of the School of Public Health, Bess H. Marcus, claimed that concerns over methodology had incited the university to remove the news article from the university’s web site. She added that members of the university community members had “express[ed] concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.” In other words, Marcus is worried that facts might be used to undermine ideologically hallowed “perspectives”—also known as “opinions.”

All of this might have been anticipated by Jean-François Lyotard, a French postmodern philosopher who, in his Postmodern Condition (1979), analysed situations of justice in terms of what he called “language games”—which served to reject the claim of any discourse to be grounded in truth. The result of such an outlook is that superstition and blind dogma are elevated to the status of knowledge obtained through science and rationality. Transgender ideologues have adapted their approach to this postmodern age perfectly, since their narrative focuses mostly on “pain,” “hurt feelings” and (as Brown’s public health dean put it) “perspectives.” Even in the UK earlier this week, there was an open letter published in The Guardian which cited the concern of 54 academics who note the harassment, no-platforming, and attempts to invoke the dismissal of scholars who engage in academic research into the transgender phenomenon and ideologies. Where vaccination policy is concerned, science still has the edge on superstition and propaganda. But in the field of gender studies—and every field that gender studies touches, from philosophy to reproductive health—superstition is now firmly in the lead. Julian Vigo, “Trans Activists’ Campaign Against ‘TERFs’ has Become an Attack on Science Trans Activists’ Campaign Against ‘TERFs’ has Become an Attack on Science” at Quillette

One gets the feeling that so many adminbots in academia today, including science, would be happy to just forget the glorious history of science and all thate other DWM stuff and go full bore, headfirst, into a sort of identity politics that is actually a materialist version of traditional hysteria about witchcraft.

What right do facts and evidence have to stand in the way of whatever it is that people feel strongly about?

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Which side will atheists choose in the war on science? They need to re-evaluate their alliance with progressivism, which is doing science no favours.

The demand that transgender athletes be allowed to compete in women's sports has this in common with Elizabeth Warren's claim of native North American identity: It undermines gains (as traditionally understood) by groups considered to be at a disadvantage. An anatomical and physiological man may feel that he is a woman. But if nature dissents from that view, nature will have the upper hand when the competition comes down to sheer upper body strength - irrespective of how anyone feels about the situation or proposes to do about it. Separate women's sports were developed so that naturally anatomical women could have the same types of athletic experiences as men. Similarly, a woman who has been able to live in the majority white American population all her life without any difficulty is hardly in the same position as a woman born on a reservation as a member of, say, the Navaho nation or the Cherokee nation. Warren could have chosen to just ignore her tiny fraction of native North American heritage; the person who was born and raised on a reservation as a registered member of the tribe cannot. To the extent that Warren benefited from her alleged identity as a native North American, someone with a better claim most likely did not. It seems as if identity politics is now at war with social justice - an interesting turn of events. News
War on science, war on reality, and now it is a war on Women's sports,,, and rights
Why Let Transgendering Men Destroy Women’s Sports … and Rights? What's at stake isn't simply an athletic issue, but whether there can be any gender-specific rights in public places these days By Nancy Pearcey | Thursday, October 18, 2018 https://www.lifezette.com/2018/10/why-let-transgendering-men-destroy-womens-sports-and-rights/?fbclid=IwAR2mE2JTgXK4NEtLYjDjhurJWDOTW2tKwnqFd9_0qP_eQnErVbRvA_-iGXc
^^^ I realize that there is are extremely rare genetic situations where some sex chromosome abnormalities exists. 99.999999 of "transgender" people do not have these abnormalites. mike1962
No such thing as a transgender human. There are XX and XY pairs of sex chromosomes. All the rest is choice or mental illness. The fact that someone wears a pink tutu and thinks he's a girl, doesn't make him a girl any more than someone who thinks he's a space alien is a space alien. #KeepMenOutOfWomensRestrooms mike1962

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