Anthropological Heresy

A blessed 2019 to all readers of this blog.

It’s been a while since I had a guest blog here so I am grateful to Emily Zinos  @emily_zinos  who lives in the USA for giving her permission to repeat in full a thread of Tweets she issued last week on the increasingly important issue of “Transgenderism” – Emily and others have been working on a set of guidelines for parents and schools in the US which may be useful for us here. In the meantime I think she makes some extremely important points here.
But before you read on I preface her thoughts with the words of the Pope to the Polish Bishops in 2016:

“there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] “gender”. Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible!”

Emily Zinos writes…
“While adult transactivists campaign hard for laws that unlock women’s restrooms to any man, no matter whether he’s had surgery, or what sex is listed on his ID, they’re also pushing hard for state-funded hormones & surgery for adults AND kids. Why??
There are a few reasons why transactivism is working on what seem to be cross purposes. Let’s start with kids: why advocate for irreversible medical treatments when the evidence is clear that most kids settle comfortably into their sexual identity after puberty?
Kids that are medically transitioned are an important pedagogical tool of gender identity ideology. When kids are puberty blocked and then dosed with cross sex hormones, they project a convincing imitation of the opposite sex to all us, *but especially to other kids.*
Kids (and some adults!) often take very rudimentary evidence to be proof, so when they come into contact with a medically transitioned peer, *they’re being taught that it is possible to change sex.* It’s a manipulation of ignorance for the purpose of recruiting a new believer.
When a trans-identified kindergartner was introduced to his class at my kids’ school, his classmates began asking their parents if they might one day become the opposite sex, too. Social transition is convincing enough, so imagine how powerful medical transition can be.
Another powerful outcome of the medical transition of a child is the buy-in that this irreversible step requires from the child and his family. When you risk irreversibility, throw away old photos, change documents, reconfigure social relationships, it’s really hard to go back.
Moving beyond kids, medical transition is the physical counterpart to an ideology that says, metaphysically, we create ourselves. Because there is no inherent meaning or purpose to the sexed body, the desire to surgically manipulate the flesh to mimic feelings must be legitimate.
Without inherent meaning, the mind becomes superior to the body, making medical transition not just legitimate, but necessary. Under this idea, medicine shifts from a science limited by the goal to protect and heal, to one which has no boundaries outside of the human imagination.
In the the future, few will choose to undergo medical transition to the opposite sex, choosing instead a “non-binary” manifestation, which is the inevitable end of gender identity ideology: the human body as meaningless, manipulable, a sign of our unchecked power over ourselves.
The campaigns for state-funded medical transition and self-identification laws are the same campaign: they seek to transform medicine, law, and language into cooperating with an ideology that says we are the product of our own will.” Emily Zinos

As you know I have blogged on this issue before  but I think we would all do well to remind ourselves of the words of Pope Francis in April 2014:

 I would like to express my rejection of any kind of educational experimentation on children. We cannot experiment on children and young people. They are not lab specimens! The horrors of the manipulation of education that we experienced in the great genocidal dictatorships of the 20th century have not disappeared; they have retained a current relevance under various guises and proposals and, with the pretense of modernity, push children and young people to walk on the dictatorial path of “only one form of thought”.


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