Intra-acronym wars: The race to be the more favored victim.

what a boy!?

Peter Heck, writing for PJ Media, used the term above, and it is his words in Italics, below. The acronym in question is LGBTQ. Gay activist and author Andrew Sullivan explains why:

This is the deeply confusing and incoherent aspect of the entire debate. If you abandon biology in the matter of sex and gender altogether, you may help trans people live fuller, less conflicted lives; but you also undermine the very meaning of homosexuality. If you follow the current ideology of gender as entirely fluid, you actually subvert and undermine core arguments in defense of gay rights. “A gay man loves and desires other men, and a lesbian desires and loves other women,” explains Sky Gilbert, a drag queen. “This defines the existential state of being gay. If there is no such thing as ‘male’ or ‘female,’ the entire self-definition of gay identity, which we have spent generations seeking to validate and protect from bigots, collapses.” Contemporary transgender ideology is not a complement to gay rights; in some ways it is in active opposition to them.

And it’s important to realize this isn’t just academic opposition.  It has real-life consequences, and those, perhaps more than anything else, are what seem to be motivating an increasingly vocal lesbian revolt against their transgender foes. Julia Beck, an outspoken lesbian, was recently kicked off Baltimore’s LGBTQ commission.  Her crime?  Offending the pronoun police in the transgender crusade.

“I was found guilty of ‘violence.’ My crime? Using male pronouns to talk about a convicted male rapist who identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns.  It doesn’t matter that he sexually assaulted two women in a women’s prison after being transferred there on account of his ‘gender identity.’ Oh no, it is far more criminal for me to call a male rapist ‘he’ than it is for him to rape,” Beck argued… “The meeting made one thing crystal clear: Inclusivity means all voices are welcome, except women’s, except lesbians’,” Beck said. “Everything is about the T now, entirely eclipsing the L, G, and B. The T is diametrically opposed to the first three letters in the acronym, and especially to the L.”

And Beck isn’t the only lesbian who has suffered the consequences of being a member of the less-favored victim category at the moment.  Iconic tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been dropped from the advisory board and ambassador position for the LGBT group “Athlete Ally.”  Why?  Because Navratilova wrote these words in a Sunday Times op-ed:

“A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires,” she wrote. “It’s insane and it’s cheating,” she continued. “I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”

Gee, why the objection? It is acknowledging the reality that male hormones build more muscle mass than female, males have greater lung capacity and heart/blood pumping force. Of course, women in great shape could build greater endurance than a sedentary male, but she is talking about conditioned, trained athletes.

Martina Navratilova has done more to advance the homosexual rights movement than perhaps any sports figure in history.  She “came out” in the 1980s and faced far more opposition to her positions than any of these modern sexual revolutionaries will ever know.  She should, in every way imaginable, be their hero. Instead, she’s slammed as a hater and kicked out of the club.  Lesbians everywhere should be on notice: if they’re willing to trample the name, legacy, and reputation of Martina Navratilova, they’re willing to do it to you. 

And for all those who have advanced the identity crusade of homosexualism the last several years, your greatest enemy is not conservative Christians who point towards redemption in Jesus.  Your greatest enemy is in your own acronym. This echoes the immortal words and country wisdom of Lyndon Johnson, when asked why he would invite sworn enemies to join his campaign: “I’d rather have him in the tent pissin’ out, than out of the tent pissin’ in.” Amen.

But wait, how did this state of affairs occur so fast and so thoroughly? How did transgenderism, which is either an anomaly or a hoax, gain so much cultural power? Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains in the chapter of his book, Skin In The Game called the Dictatorship of the Small Minority that in a complex system in which a flexible majority and intransigent, inflexible minority (need I say fanatical), the most intransigent wins. What the heck am I talking about? He gives an example of Kosher products. A tiny but inflexible minority in our society demand Kosher food, while the majority don’t care or even know what Kosher is. But, unbeknownst to most of us, many foods we buy carry the little kosher symbol–a U surrounded by a circle–sometimes with the word pareve. When I read that, I thought nah, can’t be. But in my fridge and pantry, Heinz barbecue sauce, Trader Joe’s almond butter, Walmart soy sauce, Trader Joe’s almond milk, Planters peanuts, Barilla pasta, Trader Joe’s maple syrup…what? I have shopped at Trader Joe’s for years, and have seen countless yuppies, but not a single Hasidim or yarmulke in any TJs store. Yet, it seems the majority of their products are Kosher. Why?  Simply because going full Kosher allows the producer, grocer, restaurant, to not have to distinguish between Kosher and nonkosher with special markers, separate aisles, separate inventories, different stocking sub-facilities. The simple rule that affects the whole is as follows: A Kosher (or halal) eater will never eat nonkosher (or nonhalal) food , but a nonkosher eater isn’t banned from eating kosher.

Talib points out that two factors influence how yielding the majority, who tend to be flexible, will be to the I.M., intransigent minority. Distribution in the population: If the I.M. is randomly distributed throughout the majority, their demands are more likely to be met than when they are concentrated in their own enclaves. Cost of accommodation: There is a relatively simple cost-benefit calculation involved when we are talking about a product line being all Kosher vs. the cost of differentiating Kosher from nonkosher. When we are talking about behaviors rather than products, the analysis skews much more in the direction of accommodating the I.M., and the squeakiest wheel gets the most grease, so we could assume, even if overwhelming evidence was not shoved in our faces, that the trans lobby squeals the loudest.

So there you have it. This aberration or hoax or anomaly called transgenderism and it’s handmaiden, gender dysphoria, have rapidly and radically accumulated political and cultural power by virtue of their intransigence! I think the rest of the culture needs to be a lot more intransigent!

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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