Transgender Challenges

By Walter E. Williams
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Transgender Challenges
Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

USA – -( Determining one's own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter.

First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person's birth certificate. If appearance and a birth certificate produced uncertainties, the ultimate, absolute proof of sex was a person's chromosomes; XX marked a female, and XY marked a male.

Case closed.

But those old-fashioned simple methods of identifying sex have changed. In fact, relying on those old tried-and-true methods of sex identification qualifies one for opprobrium, with the charge of being homophobic.

Today — independent of appearance, genitalia, birth certificate and chromosomes — one is a male or female based on how one labels oneself.

This new liberty applies to not only sex but also race. Rachel Dolezal, born Caucasian, chose to be a black person. By becoming a black person, she became the president of the Spokane, Washington, office of the NAACP and an instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University. As far as she is concerned, she's still a black person now, and she has a new legal name, Nkechi Amare Diallo, which means “gift of God” in Ibo. A notable beneficiary of racial fakery is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who claimed that she was of Cherokee Indian ancestry. That helped her land a $430,000 job for a year at diversity-hungry Harvard University as a professor of law.

If Diallo and Warren were not leftist, learned college professors and students would condemn their behavior as racial appropriation.

But let's explore further the idea of freeing oneself from the oppression of biological determinism. There is no better testing ground than America's colleges, which are at the forefront of transgenderism, for seeing how this might work. How tolerant would college administrators be of conservative male students, if they said that they feel womanish, going into the ladies' bathroom and showering facilities? Would these men, claiming to be women, be eligible for tryouts for the women's basketball or field hockey team?

Suppose a college honored the right of its students to free themselves from biological determinism and allowed those with XY chromosomes to play on teams formerly designated as XX teams. I would anticipate a problem competing with other colleges. An unenlightened women's basketball team might refuse to play against a mixed-chromosome team whose starting five consists of 6-foot-6-inch, 200-pound XYers. The NCAA should have a rule stating that refusal to play a mixed-chromosome team leads to forfeiture of the game. It's no different from a team of white players refusing to play another because it has black players.

It's not just college sports that would yield benefits for those escaping biological determinism. What about allowing XYers who claim they are women to compete in the Women's International Boxing Association? Then there are the Olympics. The men's fastest 100-meter speed is 9.58 seconds. The women's record is 10.49 seconds. What about giving XY people a greater chance at winning the gold by permitting them to compete in the women's event? They could qualify by just swearing that they feel womanish or suffer from gender dysphoria.

You say, “There you go, Williams, picking on colleges again!

I applaud the fact that some colleges are taking a leadership role in fighting biological determinism. Barnard College President Debora Spar wrote:

“There was no question that Barnard must reaffirm its mission as a college for women. And there was little debate that trans women should be eligible for admission to Barnard.”

With that announcement, Barnard College joined a growing list of women's colleges — along with Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Mills College and Simmons College — that have updated their admissions policies to take transgender women's applications into consideration. The question that remains is just how much equality these enlightened colleges will permit between XXers and XYers. Will they sexually integrate all of their facilities?

Or will they endeavor to develop the morally repugnant policy of “separate but equal”?

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 15 thoughts on “Transgender Challenges

    1. I figure if they can “pass” and identify as female that’s good enough for me. I worked with a transgender male who hired in as a waitress, wore a dress, and shared the ladies restroom with me. I never had any problems with him. Later he had “the operation” and now lives with a man who knows about his past. He seems happy and I always stop to say hello when I see him.
      Ladies’ restrooms have stalls and it is easy to have privacy. Another solution is the “family” restrooms that many public places have. It’s not a huge issue. Heck, I’ve even shared with a regular male who went to the wrong room. The look on his face when he came out of the stall was hilarious.

    2. I identify as a 72 yr old male, ready to retire (I really have another 15 yr to work). I want my Social Security payments…now!

    3. Transgender makes no common sense… just be who you are…
      1) female with feminine tendencies,
      2) female with feminine & masculine tendencies,
      3) female with masculine tendencies,
      4) male with masculine tendencies,
      5) male with feminine & masculine tendencies,
      6) male with feminine tendencies.
      7) or a range of in-betweens.

      Just be prepared to be who you are (male or female). If you really don’t want to participate or be identified with your birth gender, then be prepared to be treated differently… because you are.

      I do believe there is a need to accommodate transgender individuals, but not by sidestepping or trampling upon the needs of everyone else.

    4. Great job harkening back to the days of the true civil rights struggles. The eedjits promoting this vague and ephemeral farce of “gender identity” fail to realise their whinge is based on even less than the former bases for “justsifying” separate lunch counters, seats on the bus, drinking fountains, of the long gone (and good riddance to it) days.

      What I am waiting for is the deluded clown determing on whimsy that reversing “up” and “down” might be good for an afternoon’s diversion, ending up leaping UP off a high bridge thinking he’s a big bird, and performing an innovative rendition of “faw down go BOOM” onto the concrete below….. see how many times he repeats THAT one….

      Used to be such dysphoria were listed in the big diagnoostic book the APA mainteined. Thus they were often grounds for a slight change in wardrobe and resicence address: those white jackets with the long sleeves were SO stylish, and the green-walled bedrooms at Western State were safe places not only for their residents, but for the public at large as well, now the new residents were off the streets.

      Words have meaning, and meanings have consequences. Up, down? True false? Good bad? Sane insane?

    5. Great article. You hit it right on the money. When will it ever end? And, yes, it is mental illness! I am tried of being told that I must believe a certain way because someone with a mental illness thinks a certain way.

    6. Born male, die male. Born female, die female. The ONLY other way to determine sex is by a change of sex made official by a judge or a modified birth certificate for a number of reasons.

      Anyone who believes is self identification is neither grounded in the law or logic or nature. Once a person suggests that self identification is reason for sexual change, trust nothing else that such a person espouses, for their logic is fundamentally flawed and nothing else they believe in is anchored in truth.

    7. Really great to have your thoughts on this or any subject,Mr. Williams. I have noticed a restroom solution in a few establishments recently. I don’t know if these separate/individual restrooms were planned because of todays gender confusion or the proprietors wanted to offer individual privacy. These businesses had 3 to five restrooms designed to accommodate an individual. No “male” or “female”. Just a place to do your business alone. A more expensive solution I know. Personal expense seems to result from government intervention into private lives.

    8. I live in North Carolina and as a retail store manager I am thankful that I can stop a man from using a women’s restroom…it has hurt my state on several levels but common sense is still practiced here and I hope that all states will have the guts and moral values to stand up for what is wrong.

    9. Excellent article as usual by Walter E. Williams
      I read an article the other day by a Liberal woman who was at Disney World with her daughter and how SCARRED her daughter was when they entered the ladies restroom only to find a MAN hovering around and looking in the stalls. What use to be THEIR SAFE SPACE had been Violated.

    10. Enjoyed your article. Of course, I may feel like a woman tomorrow and then I will hate you. You will become closed-minded and uncaring of other humans. But for today… enjoyed your article.

    11. The whole transgender thing is stupid. You’re either a male or a female. You are born one thing or the other and lopping off something or sewing it on changes nothing. It’s all a mental illness.

    12. ‘Identifying’ is a transient state. At what point can I just feel like identifying as a “questioning female Hispanic” for the day?

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