Can you win the sanity in a high-profile transgender debate?


The story of Catherine Debes is a story of survival in a world where freedom of speech becomes intolerable and common sense is lost. She is a candidate for Sydney’s Liberal Party Warringa and opposes Zaristeggal, who won a seat from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2019.

She lives in a private, secret place, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s carefully selected Deeps have been threatened with murder and accused by the Australian Cancel Culture Movement. So what’s going on?

Deves is guilty of once proclaiming a transgender teenager “surgically amputated.” Of course, she is not the only one to support this view. Recently, Alabama plastic surgeon Patrick Lappert also warned of the lifelong effects of pharmaceutical and surgical changes that make transgender people “lifetime patients.”

“Proponents of transsexuals would say that it is wrong not to treat a child with gender-affirming therapy, as failure to treat the child leads to suicide.” However, in Lapert’s view, children suffering from “gender identity” (the feeling that their gender identity is incompatible with biological gender) can be successfully treated with family and individual cognitive therapy, with a success rate of 92%. is.

The battle took place in the highest level of politics in the United States, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivy said on April 8 that children would be “extreme and life-changing drugs when they were in a very vulnerable stage of life. Signed a law to protect against surgery. “But Governor of Alabama, Laura Kelly, Rejected a bill with similar words April 15th.

Discussions in Australia, as in the United States, focus on the right of biological men to move to transgender women and participate in women-only competition.

Common sense suggests that biological men have an unfair advantage over women in these competitions. This is illustrated by Lia Thomas, a transgender athlete who recently won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Swimming Championships and won the 500-meter freestyle title.

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Penquaker swimmer Lia Thomas holds the trophy after first finishing in 500 Freestyle at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship. (Bret Davis / USA Today Sports)

At the heart of this debate is the conflict between “inclusiveness” and “fairness.” Transgender athletes have an unfair advantage if they are allowed to participate in women-only sports competitions.

As the Deves case shows, transgender is very news in Australia. In addition, this interest is driven by relevant political and legislative developments.

For example, the Victorian Parliament passed a law in late August 2019 that allowed transgender people to change the gender of their birth certificate without first undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Therefore, the gender of the modified birth certificate simply reflects the applicant’s personal choice regarding gender.

The law requires that a birth registration apply for a gender change in good faith, but predatory men can take advantage of this legislative development to access women-only facilities such as bathrooms and toilets. can do.

When this potentially unspeakable result was highlighted by Associate Professor Holly Lawford-Smith, a professor of philosophy at the University of Melbourne, she was slammed by people protecting transgender rights. I did.

The university was asked to take decisive action against her on “promoting hate speech” and “distributing false information.” This stupid story reveals that the higher education sector, which was set up to promote free and frank discussions on social issues, lacks the tolerance to allow academic discussions on campus. I am.

This gender identity movement is underpinned by attempts to change and recreate English according to non-liberal views that prevail throughout Australia.

For example, in the draft guidelines by the Northern Territory Education Department, teachers abandoned references to “boys” and “girls” and used “learners” instead of the gender pronouns “he” and “she.” I encouraged the children to teach them to use them. In response to the fierce public backlash, Deputy Prime Minister Nicole Manison said the government would “never ban” the use of “boys” and “girls,” but identified whether the draft would be the axis. There wasn’t.

On the other hand, the Victoria State Government does not recommend the use of “mama” and “daddy”. I recently read a story advocating a ban on the word “breastfeeding”. This should be replaced with “breastfeeding”.

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Transgender activists are trying to change English. (Peas / splash release)

Therefore, the political correctness movement is hindering the spontaneous development of communication channels. This is one of the most illegal developments of our time, yet Australia’s political overlords, trendsetters, and so-called “progressive” elites embrace it.

The combined effect of prohibiting free speech and imposing politically correct words may promote the development of totalitarian thinking. A law recently adopted by the Parliament of Victoria shows that Australia is trying to align people with totalitarian thinking. This is an uncritical support for the government.

The Victorian Parliament has adopted a law that imposes severe punishment on those trying to separate teens from transgender. In the legislature, even opponents abstained rather than expressed dissent.

Repression and oppression are so severe that most people, including politicians, do not dare to confront the dignity, common sense, and values ​​that promote freedom that lead to life in a prosperous society.

Of course, especially during adolescence, teenagers need to be sympathetically supported. But, as Patrick Lapert and Catherine Debes remind us, allowing them to choose gender identity often blames them for a miserable life without the knowledge and consent of their parents. is.

The crackdown on political correctness brigades has devastated Australia for fear of damaging the expectations of conformity, even to the extent that good people do nothing.

Edmund Burke, an 18th-century politician and philosopher, famously states that “the only thing a good man needs to do to win evil is to do nothing.” Indeed, his remarks are appropriate here.

If Debes succeeds in representing Waringa’s Liberal Party, the Australian Parliament may still hear voices of dignity, common sense, and sanity.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Gabriel Moens


Gabriël A. MoensAM is an emeritus professor at the University of Queensland and was the Vice-President and Dean of the University of Queensland. In 2003, Mornes was awarded the Australian Centennial Medal by the Prime Minister for her service to education. He has taught extensively in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Moens recently published two novels, “ATwisted Choice” (Boolarong Press, 2020) and “The Coincidence” (Connor Court Publishing, 2021).