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From the New York Times op-ed page, some space that could have been devoted to, say, the unfortunate role of monopolies in keeping the people of America’s neighbor Mexico poor. But this topic is of course far more important:

Twitter Has a Transgender Problem
By THORNE N. MELCHER NOV. 2, 2017

Following the tragic events in Las Vegas last month, as the gun debate reached new heights of intensity, I joined the fray. Though in favor of increased gun control, I spoke out on Twitter in support of transgender people being able to arm ourselves in self-defense — because, I felt, our newly heightened levels of visibility have led to increased levels of violence against us.

One of my tweets took off. What resulted was a multiday, multi-pronged onslaught of harassment from not only gun-control activists but groups who target transgender people. Ultimately, after days of doing nothing while other users hurled slurs and made threats, Twitter finally took action: It suspended me for 12 hours after I said one of those users was “garbage” for trying to incite further harassment. …

… When someone crossed the line into what I considered abuse — calling me, for instance, a “tranny” or “mentally ill” — I would report the tweets in question. Each time, Twitter ruled they’d violated no rules — each time with no further explanation provided.

… Transgender users who are active on Twitter are often targeted by everyone from social conservatives to so-called feminists espousing transphobic views in the name of “protecting” cisgender women.

… Online harassment is associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety and suicide. The impact of gender dysphoria alone on one’s mental health is severe

In other words, transgender people do tend to be mentally ill, for the purpose of scoring more Victim Pokemon Points. But when they enter as self-proclaimed transgender voices into public policy debates over seemingly neutral subjects like gun control to demand special privileges for themselves based on their perceptions of the world, nobody else is allowed to mention the role that their mental illness plays in their perception of reality. After all, they are mentally ill and thus must be treated with kid gloves.

… But the question now is simple: Does Twitter want to be remembered as a company that protected the safety of those most vulnerable? Or helped put them in harm’s way?

Because we transgenders are so mentally fragile, but also so extraordinarily aggressive, competitive, and angry, we need special privileges so that we may crush our enemies in public debate into dust beneath our chariot wheels without those losers being allowed to fight back. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so, you hateful transophobic Christian/feminist/mental health professional/cisgender lesbian Cotton Ceiling-enforcer/whatever. Don’t you understand that I have to win?

Thorne N. Melcher (@ExistentialEnso) is an L.G.B.T. activist and the chief technology officer at CrowdMed.

 
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  1. Clyde says:

    I am blaming the parent who gave him/her? the stupid first name. L-O-L-A Lola

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  2. AM says:

    In other words, transgender people do tend to be mentally ill, for the purpose of scoring more Victim Pokemon Points. [...] nobody else is allowed to mention the role that their mental illness plays in their perception of reality.

    Many semi-functional to functional mental ill tend to this. A very close relative did this all her life. Mental ill to escape consequences but somehow fully functional otherwise. She wanted to be respected for all her other choices and especially those that came out well. To say it gets old is an understatement

    Because we transgenders are so mentally fragile, but also so extraordinarily aggressive and angry, that we need special privileges so that we may crush our enemies in public debate into dust beneath our chariot wheels.

    We could give them special debate hangtags/avatars so everyone knows to stand there and get crushed. It’s the only the way to help out a victim.

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    • Replies: @Forbes
    Many semi-functional to functional women tend to do this in order to escape burdens and consequences while expecting to be treated as normal otherwise. Whether claims of special sensitivity, ineptness at some task, physically incapable of lifting or moving something, a preference not to be inconvenienced with some burden, "Honey, would you come her and lift this, move this, reach for this, get this, do this for me?" Playing the damsel in distress over and over.

    To say it gets old is an understatement.

    This tranny is doing the same thing: "I want you to play by my rules." Power politics by any other name.
    , @Bard of Bumperstickers
    Privatized privilege; socialized responsibility.
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  3. Daniel H says:

    >> Thorne N. Melcher (@ExistentialEnso) is an L.G.B.T. activist and the chief technology officer at CrowdMed.

    So he is not one of these femmy, faggy, homosexual trannies (whom I give credit for usually trying to avoid attention), but one like your former classmate at UCLA. Aggressive, techie, spergy, quite possibly masculine in bearing, with a barely disguised loathing for women.

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    • Replies: @CCZ
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/thorne-melcher-7526a828/
    , @Frau Katze
    I'm trying figure out what sex Melcher currently considers itself? How can you so sure?

    I founds pictures under that name that look female.
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  4. So this is what cultural collapse looks like. Interesting …

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  5. “Because we transgenders are so mentally fragile, but also so extraordinarily aggressive, competitive, and angry, that we need special privileges so that we may crush our enemies in public debate into dust beneath our chariot wheels without them being allowed to fight back”

    The angry white tranny is fighting back.

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    • Replies: @PhDPepper
    "The angry white tranny"

    Hey, HEY! That's transcaucasian to you, bud.
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  6. Mr. Blank says:

    This should be the stock answer to EVERY single person who feels “abused” on Twitter:

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tyler-the-creators-cyber-bullying-tweet

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    That tweet is amusing but it's not that simple.

    Having said that, as someone who has sworn off social media, I have less sympathy than I used to for people who receive harsh treatment on social media. I myself have somewhat thin skin, and I have found the ideal solution is to just stay out of the toxic cesspit that is social media. No matter how many people whine about how bad the moderation is on Facebook/Twitter (and it is really, really bad and inconsistent), nothing will change.
    , @27 year old
    Cyber bullying is real when it happens to Whites, Christians, and conservative Uncle Tom nonWhites.

    "Cyber bullying" is just the target having thin skin and being unable to deal with the fact that their so called free speech has consequences when it happens to TCBY, nonWhites and jews.
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  7. whorefinder says: • Website

    “Tranny proves trannies can’t think coherently.”

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  8. PhDPepper says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "Because we transgenders are so mentally fragile, but also so extraordinarily aggressive, competitive, and angry, that we need special privileges so that we may crush our enemies in public debate into dust beneath our chariot wheels without them being allowed to fight back"

    The angry white tranny is fighting back.

    “The angry white tranny”

    Hey, HEY! That’s transcaucasian to you, bud.

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  9. Forbes says:

    What’s the saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, don’t go in the kitchen.”

    The LGBT advocate wants to advocate without any push back. And his/her/whatever complaint is that accurate statements “tranny” and “mentally ill” are abuse–while he/she/it feels free to refer to women as cisgender. Go figure.

    (Spellcheck wants to change ‘cisgender’ to transgender!)

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    • Replies: @Frau Katze
    Spell checkers can't keep up with all new words SJWs dream up. The ones involving gender are especially hard to keep up with.

    Why, I know a blogger who didn't know what the "cis" prefix meant.

    You are so far behind the times, I told him!

    Admittedly I only knew it myself early on because I heard it long ago in Organic Chemistry. After that I forgot about for decades.

    Then, it re-appeared.
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  10. Forbes says:
    @AM

    In other words, transgender people do tend to be mentally ill, for the purpose of scoring more Victim Pokemon Points. [...] nobody else is allowed to mention the role that their mental illness plays in their perception of reality.
     
    Many semi-functional to functional mental ill tend to this. A very close relative did this all her life. Mental ill to escape consequences but somehow fully functional otherwise. She wanted to be respected for all her other choices and especially those that came out well. To say it gets old is an understatement

    Because we transgenders are so mentally fragile, but also so extraordinarily aggressive and angry, that we need special privileges so that we may crush our enemies in public debate into dust beneath our chariot wheels.
     
    We could give them special debate hangtags/avatars so everyone knows to stand there and get crushed. It's the only the way to help out a victim.

    Many semi-functional to functional women tend to do this in order to escape burdens and consequences while expecting to be treated as normal otherwise. Whether claims of special sensitivity, ineptness at some task, physically incapable of lifting or moving something, a preference not to be inconvenienced with some burden, “Honey, would you come her and lift this, move this, reach for this, get this, do this for me?” Playing the damsel in distress over and over.

    To say it gets old is an understatement.

    This tranny is doing the same thing: “I want you to play by my rules.” Power politics by any other name.

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  11. AndrewR says:
    @Mr. Blank
    This should be the stock answer to EVERY single person who feels "abused" on Twitter:

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tyler-the-creators-cyber-bullying-tweet

    That tweet is amusing but it’s not that simple.

    Having said that, as someone who has sworn off social media, I have less sympathy than I used to for people who receive harsh treatment on social media. I myself have somewhat thin skin, and I have found the ideal solution is to just stay out of the toxic cesspit that is social media. No matter how many people whine about how bad the moderation is on Facebook/Twitter (and it is really, really bad and inconsistent), nothing will change.

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    • Replies: @Antlitz Grollheim
    They're getting so hysterical lately that it's very easy to ignore them. Also they fight each other now. It's a lot of fun, I highly recommend it. The best is acting like whatever they're complaining about is part of your secret patriarchy master plan.
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  12. CCZ says:
    @Daniel H
    >> Thorne N. Melcher (@ExistentialEnso) is an L.G.B.T. activist and the chief technology officer at CrowdMed.

    So he is not one of these femmy, faggy, homosexual trannies (whom I give credit for usually trying to avoid attention), but one like your former classmate at UCLA. Aggressive, techie, spergy, quite possibly masculine in bearing, with a barely disguised loathing for women.
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  13. Dr. X says:

    When someone crossed the line into what I considered abuse — calling me, for instance, a “tranny” or “mentally ill” — I would report the tweets in question. Each time, Twitter ruled they’d violated no rules…

    “Transgenders” are mentally ill, for God’s sake. Calling a spade a spade isn’t “abuse.”

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    • Replies: @guest
    Even if it was abuse, so what? Thems the stakes "in the arena." I'd say grow a pair, but xe went the other way.
    , @markflag
    It is in today's US society. A spade must now be called "an instrument for turning over the earth in a way that moderates the effects of global warming. It must be equally useful for those whose hand preference is the right as well as those whose hand preference is the left."
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  14. r1765031 says:

    You missed the other burning issue: Just 4.8 Percent of TV Writers Are Black, Study Finds

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/just-48-percent-tv-writers-are-black-study-finds-1053675

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    If they upped it to the "proportional representation" mark, a prohibitive number of shows would be titled "Nome Sane?"
    , @EdwardM
    So they're overrepresented among the functionally literate population?
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  15. Clyde says:

    It was a black tranny that whaled on Eddie Murphy about twenty years ago. Circa 1985 I drove a taxi in the big city at night. Three times or so I was sent to pick up this white tranny to take him to a big 24 hour supermarket. About 11PM or midnight. This loathsome painted up critter got off on strutting around in high heels through the food aisles.

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  16. @AndrewR
    That tweet is amusing but it's not that simple.

    Having said that, as someone who has sworn off social media, I have less sympathy than I used to for people who receive harsh treatment on social media. I myself have somewhat thin skin, and I have found the ideal solution is to just stay out of the toxic cesspit that is social media. No matter how many people whine about how bad the moderation is on Facebook/Twitter (and it is really, really bad and inconsistent), nothing will change.

    They’re getting so hysterical lately that it’s very easy to ignore them. Also they fight each other now. It’s a lot of fun, I highly recommend it. The best is acting like whatever they’re complaining about is part of your secret patriarchy master plan.

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  17. Re: Women in tech

    I recently watched a flashlight review for a commercially-produced light whose firmware was written by a member of the online flashlight community. The reviewer said “she doesn’t get paid for her work, even though she totally deserves it.”

    I heard this and thought, “‘She”??? There’s a chick programmer out there who hacks flashlights in her spare time and distributes her code for free? Damn, I gotta see who this is.”

    I googled her username, found her real name and…she works part time for a trans youth project. Picture confirms – born a dude. Mystery solved!

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    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an "online flashlight community".
    , @Frau Katze
    Wait. There's an "online flashlight community"?
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  18. Arclight says:

    The strangest thing about the rise of transgenderism in the public consciousness is that it is so obviously a mental disorder, yet the rest of us are told we have to contort our view of reality and our habits around the wishes of people with a fairly rare mental health issue. It’s a case of mass hysteria ginned up for political gain, with its supporters looking to enforce it under pain of law.

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    • Replies: @slumber_j
    And that in turn is what I don't get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here's the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you're a man, for example, that's an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it's a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you're not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you're taking a contrafactual position. What you're saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you're crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population--which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context--to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They're making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it's because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still...

    , @guest
    It's perhaps the clearest example of the old allegedly Stalinist trick of making people repeat obvious falsehoods *because* they're false. Which humiliates us and saps our will to resist. Rubbing our noses in it, if you will.

    Or they're just running out of special groups to throw onto the civil rights pile.
    , @Bard of Bumperstickers
    "To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word DOUBLETHINK it is necessary to exercise DOUBLETHINK. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of DOUBLETHINK one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth." ~ From Orwell's "1984"
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  19. Here’s Thorne!

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    Jim Bob, Wait, Harry Potter is a tranny?
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    How do I get a close shave like that? I always end up cutting my chin.
    , @Anonymous
    What this represents is that whites (esp. white men) are increasingly persecuted by society. The more they are persecuted simply for being white men, the more seek refugee in bizarre ways to escape-
    trannies, militant Islam, etc.
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  20. Flip says:

    All the more reason to keep them out of the military and bearing arms.

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    Can't have them dying for the bankers, now can we?

    (Yea, I thought it was hilarious how all the trannies were throwing tantrums over Trump not allowing them to die in the Bankers' wars.)
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  21. slumber_j says:

    After all, they are mentally ill and thus must be treated with kid gloves.

    It’s the parricide’s eternal plea: “Have mercy on me, your honor; I’m an orphan!”

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  22. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has tiny arms.

    This T-Rex rocks ‘em better:

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    After a quick glance I thought that was the picture of Thorne. He looks kind of feminine. Not his face, but a very slight build.
    , @fish

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has tiny arms.
     
    ....straight (???) from Central Casting.
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  23. slumber_j says:
    @Arclight
    The strangest thing about the rise of transgenderism in the public consciousness is that it is so obviously a mental disorder, yet the rest of us are told we have to contort our view of reality and our habits around the wishes of people with a fairly rare mental health issue. It's a case of mass hysteria ginned up for political gain, with its supporters looking to enforce it under pain of law.

    And that in turn is what I don’t get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here’s the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you’re a man, for example, that’s an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it’s a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you’re not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you’re taking a contrafactual position. What you’re saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you’re crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population–which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context–to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They’re making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it’s because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still…

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    one could add...why do gay men want to be associated with lesbians? They have less in common than with heterosexuals. Clearly, it's a marketing ploy, not as if gays&lesbians have common interests outside of the singular issue of affirmative action for gays&lesbians.
    , @Jack Hanson
    There are definitely two very different castes of transsexuals out there.

    The first is this exemplified by this weirdo, who seems to use their transsexualism as a fucked up zeta male mating strategy where they claim to be lesbians and think growing long hair is all they need to be a woman.

    The second want to be women, live fully as women, and want relationships with men.

    Of the two, stuff like the tranny bathroom nonsense comes from group one, who looks like a man in a dress, while group two passes.

    If you want to see bitchy drama between group one and group two, head onto reddit and check out transpassing for some serious lols. Unsurprisingly, group two is pretty good at catty, Mean Girls style commentary.

    , @Arclight
    Agree - they don't seem like a natural fit other than not being heterosexual.

    I remember asking a gay friend about this over 10 years ago and she replied that it was actually a matter of debate within the gay community, but obviously the pro-T side won out, probably because it just helps amp up the victimhood street cred.

    In some ways, it seems there is a strong contingent of gays who after having argued for marriage and being treated as 'normal' find the don't want to be normalized - that would mean they are ordinary and ordinary people get ignored.
    , @benjaminl
    I agree but I also think you can slice this issue a different way, and here's how I divide things up. Either:

    Position 1. The good, the true and the beautiful exist only in our minds and not in nature, and so
    none of us has any real right to elevate our own such conceptions over anyone else's, because no individual's will or desire has any better claim to authority than any other individuals.

    or

    Position 2. The good, the true and the beautiful are real things that exist in nature, independently of what any of us might think at the moment, and so each of us is responsible for recognizing that certain things are really better or worse, independently of our own wills or desires.


    In my scheme, liberals and the left and everybody else on Team Enlightenment coalesce around Position 1, due to the foundational premises of autonomy and egalitarianism. Everyone else is driven to Position 2, and identified as intolerable reactionaries, due to the insistence that Nature constrains the individual will and desire.


    The distinction that you draw between "real" gayness and "unreal" transgenderism seems to be a common view of what I call "old-fashioned liberals," who believe in personal autonomy and equality, but feel compelled by conscience to acknowledge objective reality even when that is inconvenient (here Alice Dreger, Ray Blanchard, Michael Bailey).

    But isn't it striking how powerless and outnumbered such old-fashioned liberals seem to be these days? The Woke Furies and the ever-multiplying taboos suggest that for so many people, it just feels right to elevate autonomy and equality to supreme values, and repress all the hatefacts and hatethinkers.


    I hope I'm wrong in my analysis, and that the "old-fashioned liberal" position of acknowledging reality, while respecting autonomy and equality, wins the day. It seemed to work so well for so many years. But it just doesn't seem like things are moving in the right direction for that.
    , @John Mansfield
    What do the heterosexuals who are all in with homophilia get out of that? They get a normalization of sexual deviancy so that whatever they feel like doing, primarily unmarried cohabiting, gets plenty of cover. After New York passed any-sex marriage, the NY Times ran an article on the politics of getting it passed. It was interesting how many times the word "girlfriend" came up in reference to leaders of New York's legislature.

    Homosexuals may get some similar benefit from transsexuals: with lots of transsexual hoopla in the air, the homosexuals can be perceived as normal.
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  24. guest says:

    As with homos, the mental illness of trannies is society’s fault. If we’d only be cool with them, they wouldn’t be discontent with civilization and wouldn’t get neuroses from having to “adjust” to our unreasonable demands. (Like don’t mutilate your genitals.) They get to be a part of public policy debates because it’s not fair to penalize them for mental problems that aren’t their fault.

    Maybe you’re thinking natural retards and other detectives should get a voice, too, because it’s not their fault either. My answer would be, if people aren’t already making that argument, just wait.

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    I remember an episode of LA Law when the "mentally challenged" character registered to vote with the help of one of the lawyers. I think it was maybe 1988? There was a "heartwarming" scene where the judge asks him what he knows about voting, and he answers that it's to pick the next president. My 3-year-old could understand at that level of detail. I know people with PhDs from intellectually demanding programs who have trouble understanding California ballot initiatives. Of course, the latter are probably needlessly honest.
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  25. eah says:

    Nearly 100k followers.

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  26. eric says:
    @slumber_j
    And that in turn is what I don't get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here's the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you're a man, for example, that's an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it's a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you're not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you're taking a contrafactual position. What you're saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you're crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population--which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context--to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They're making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it's because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still...

    one could add…why do gay men want to be associated with lesbians? They have less in common than with heterosexuals. Clearly, it’s a marketing ploy, not as if gays&lesbians have common interests outside of the singular issue of affirmative action for gays&lesbians.

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    • Replies: @guest
    What do any members of the Coalition of the Fringes have in common? They should be at eachother's throats, and often are. But they have a common enemy: you (presumably) and me.

    The LGTBYOB gang is a political marketing ploy. They like to pad their numbers. But there are commonalities. They're all perverts and share a common enemy: people who recognize degeneracy as such.
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  27. guest says:
    @Arclight
    The strangest thing about the rise of transgenderism in the public consciousness is that it is so obviously a mental disorder, yet the rest of us are told we have to contort our view of reality and our habits around the wishes of people with a fairly rare mental health issue. It's a case of mass hysteria ginned up for political gain, with its supporters looking to enforce it under pain of law.

    It’s perhaps the clearest example of the old allegedly Stalinist trick of making people repeat obvious falsehoods *because* they’re false. Which humiliates us and saps our will to resist. Rubbing our noses in it, if you will.

    Or they’re just running out of special groups to throw onto the civil rights pile.

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    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
    ― Theodore Dalrymple
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  28. They recently banned Theryn Meyer (who is a tranny) for using the word tranny.

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  29. Mr. Anon says:
    @larry lurker
    Re: Women in tech

    I recently watched a flashlight review for a commercially-produced light whose firmware was written by a member of the online flashlight community. The reviewer said "she doesn't get paid for her work, even though she totally deserves it."

    I heard this and thought, "'She"??? There's a chick programmer out there who hacks flashlights in her spare time and distributes her code for free? Damn, I gotta see who this is."

    I googled her username, found her real name and...she works part time for a trans youth project. Picture confirms - born a dude. Mystery solved!

    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an “online flashlight community”.

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    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware
     
    You've never wanted to strobe 2000 lumens out of a headlamp and then dip down to a constant sub-lumen mode with a couple of clicks? Man, I don't know what to tell you...
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an “online flashlight community”.
     
    I am a fiercely proud member of the Online Flashlight Community (I'm actually kind of a big deal within that milieu), and this thoughtless remark of yours leaves me quite triggered.
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  30. guest says:
    @eric
    one could add...why do gay men want to be associated with lesbians? They have less in common than with heterosexuals. Clearly, it's a marketing ploy, not as if gays&lesbians have common interests outside of the singular issue of affirmative action for gays&lesbians.

    What do any members of the Coalition of the Fringes have in common? They should be at eachother’s throats, and often are. But they have a common enemy: you (presumably) and me.

    The LGTBYOB gang is a political marketing ploy. They like to pad their numbers. But there are commonalities. They’re all perverts and share a common enemy: people who recognize degeneracy as such.

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  31. @slumber_j
    And that in turn is what I don't get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here's the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you're a man, for example, that's an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it's a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you're not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you're taking a contrafactual position. What you're saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you're crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population--which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context--to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They're making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it's because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still...

    There are definitely two very different castes of transsexuals out there.

    The first is this exemplified by this weirdo, who seems to use their transsexualism as a fucked up zeta male mating strategy where they claim to be lesbians and think growing long hair is all they need to be a woman.

    The second want to be women, live fully as women, and want relationships with men.

    Of the two, stuff like the tranny bathroom nonsense comes from group one, who looks like a man in a dress, while group two passes.

    If you want to see bitchy drama between group one and group two, head onto reddit and check out transpassing for some serious lols. Unsurprisingly, group two is pretty good at catty, Mean Girls style commentary.

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    According to old-fashioned Autogynephilia Theory, there are two types of male-to-female trannies: 1). homos who become women to attract men, and 2). men sexually aroused by the idea of being a woman. Probably psychology doesn't follow this anymore.

    You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women. But that's such a weird tactic that it probably never occurred even to abnormal psychologists back in the day.
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  32. @Daniel H
    >> Thorne N. Melcher (@ExistentialEnso) is an L.G.B.T. activist and the chief technology officer at CrowdMed.

    So he is not one of these femmy, faggy, homosexual trannies (whom I give credit for usually trying to avoid attention), but one like your former classmate at UCLA. Aggressive, techie, spergy, quite possibly masculine in bearing, with a barely disguised loathing for women.

    I’m trying figure out what sex Melcher currently considers itself? How can you so sure?

    I founds pictures under that name that look female.

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    >>I’m trying figure out what sex Melcher currently considers itself?

    Of course he's got a "feminine" looking photo up there. That's part of the shtick.

    It matters not, what sex the dude considers himself. The dude was born a man and is a man, albeit a very screwed up man.
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  33. @Forbes
    What's the saying, "If you can't stand the heat, don't go in the kitchen."

    The LGBT advocate wants to advocate without any push back. And his/her/whatever complaint is that accurate statements "tranny" and "mentally ill" are abuse--while he/she/it feels free to refer to women as cisgender. Go figure.

    (Spellcheck wants to change 'cisgender' to transgender!)

    Spell checkers can’t keep up with all new words SJWs dream up. The ones involving gender are especially hard to keep up with.

    Why, I know a blogger who didn’t know what the “cis” prefix meant.

    You are so far behind the times, I told him!

    Admittedly I only knew it myself early on because I heard it long ago in Organic Chemistry. After that I forgot about for decades.

    Then, it re-appeared.

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    Frau K, would you be so kind? I've been trying to surmise the meaning of the prefix "cis," and am too old to be embarrassed about asking.
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  34. @Jim Don Bob
    Here's Thorne!

    http://www.thornemelcher.me/img/me.jpg

    Jim Bob, Wait, Harry Potter is a tranny?

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  35. J1234 says:

    In other words, transgender people do tend to be mentally ill,

    Norman Bates.

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    Excuse me? Norman Bates was NOT transgender. He was a part-time transvestite. With a Mommy issue or two. Let's keep this straight shall we?
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  36. This hits so close to home because the tranny in my car is slipping and replacing it is major bucks, so now I feel their pain.

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  37. Contemporary western society regularly conflates true mental illness like schizophrenia with common nervous disorders like OCD and generalised anxiety. Hence, we have this situation where a lot of people are identifying as mentally ill when it suits them, and rejecting the label when its used to imply true psychotic craziness.

    As far as trannies go, they probably experience a lot of symptoms of nervous disorders because they have to deal with the embarrassing and highly awkward issue of having a development problem with their limbic system which causes them to instinctively identify with the opposite sex to some degree. Since there is no cure for this problem mental health professionals should advise them to take AndrewR’s advice and stay off social media.

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    That's because contemporary society wrongly conflates mental problems with medical diseases. "Mental illness" is a metaphor at best.

    If schizophrenia is a real illness, it's not mental but physical.
    , @anonymous coward

    instinctively
     
    That word doesn't mean what you think it means. (And humans have no instincts anyways; the ones we do have we lose around toddlerhood.)
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  38. @larry lurker
    Re: Women in tech

    I recently watched a flashlight review for a commercially-produced light whose firmware was written by a member of the online flashlight community. The reviewer said "she doesn't get paid for her work, even though she totally deserves it."

    I heard this and thought, "'She"??? There's a chick programmer out there who hacks flashlights in her spare time and distributes her code for free? Damn, I gotta see who this is."

    I googled her username, found her real name and...she works part time for a trans youth project. Picture confirms - born a dude. Mystery solved!

    Wait. There’s an “online flashlight community”?

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    Wait. There’s an “online flashlight community”?
     
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?45-LED-Flashlights
    http://budgetlightforum.com/forum/flashlights/general
    http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/forums/led-taschenlampen.2/

    LED flashlights have gotten very bright and very cheap (relative to their output) in the last few years.

    Ten years ago a flashlight with an output of 2,000 lumens would have set you back ~$2,000 (or so I've read - I only got into this last year.) Today there are mass-produced lights with outputs in excess of 10,000 lumens that retail for ~$300. So $0.03 per lumen today versus $1.00 per lumen ten years ago.

    All these lights have variable output, so you can use them at maximum output (often called turbo mode) and drain your batteries in a few hours, or minimum output (often called moonlight mode - just enough to see where you're walking) and have the batteries last 30 days or more - or some mode in between.

    Then you've got different tints (cool white, neutral white, warm), "throwers" vs. "flooders" - but I've gone on long enough...
    , @guest
    There's an everything online community.

    There's probably an online community for questioning the existence of online flashlight communities.
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  39. @Mr. Anon
    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an "online flashlight community".

    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware

    You’ve never wanted to strobe 2000 lumens out of a headlamp and then dip down to a constant sub-lumen mode with a couple of clicks? Man, I don’t know what to tell you…

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  40. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has tiny arms.

    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/11/02/opinion/02melcherWeb/02melcherWeb-superJumbo.jpg

    This T-Rex rocks ‘em better:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYu_XOlKcCA

    After a quick glance I thought that was the picture of Thorne. He looks kind of feminine. Not his face, but a very slight build.

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  41. Daniel H says:
    @Frau Katze
    I'm trying figure out what sex Melcher currently considers itself? How can you so sure?

    I founds pictures under that name that look female.

    >>I’m trying figure out what sex Melcher currently considers itself?

    Of course he’s got a “feminine” looking photo up there. That’s part of the shtick.

    It matters not, what sex the dude considers himself. The dude was born a man and is a man, albeit a very screwed up man.

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  42. @Frau Katze
    Wait. There's an "online flashlight community"?

    Wait. There’s an “online flashlight community”?

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?45-LED-Flashlights
    http://budgetlightforum.com/forum/flashlights/general
    http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/forums/led-taschenlampen.2/

    LED flashlights have gotten very bright and very cheap (relative to their output) in the last few years.

    Ten years ago a flashlight with an output of 2,000 lumens would have set you back ~$2,000 (or so I’ve read – I only got into this last year.) Today there are mass-produced lights with outputs in excess of 10,000 lumens that retail for ~$300. So $0.03 per lumen today versus $1.00 per lumen ten years ago.

    All these lights have variable output, so you can use them at maximum output (often called turbo mode) and drain your batteries in a few hours, or minimum output (often called moonlight mode – just enough to see where you’re walking) and have the batteries last 30 days or more – or some mode in between.

    Then you’ve got different tints (cool white, neutral white, warm), “throwers” vs. “flooders” – but I’ve gone on long enough…

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  43. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Hey … why not make sure tranny’s are heavily armed? For self protection, of course. Just in case. All that anti gun propaganda, when a tranny just wants to feel safe. Sometimes a flashlight isn’t enough.

    Tranny’s with guns. What could go wrong?

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  44. guest says:
    @Dr. X

    When someone crossed the line into what I considered abuse — calling me, for instance, a “tranny” or “mentally ill” — I would report the tweets in question. Each time, Twitter ruled they’d violated no rules...
     
    "Transgenders" are mentally ill, for God's sake. Calling a spade a spade isn't "abuse."

    Even if it was abuse, so what? Thems the stakes “in the arena.” I’d say grow a pair, but xe went the other way.

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  45. guest says:
    @r1765031
    You missed the other burning issue: Just 4.8 Percent of TV Writers Are Black, Study Finds
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/just-48-percent-tv-writers-are-black-study-finds-1053675

    If they upped it to the “proportional representation” mark, a prohibitive number of shows would be titled “Nome Sane?”

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  46. guest says:
    @Jack Hanson
    There are definitely two very different castes of transsexuals out there.

    The first is this exemplified by this weirdo, who seems to use their transsexualism as a fucked up zeta male mating strategy where they claim to be lesbians and think growing long hair is all they need to be a woman.

    The second want to be women, live fully as women, and want relationships with men.

    Of the two, stuff like the tranny bathroom nonsense comes from group one, who looks like a man in a dress, while group two passes.

    If you want to see bitchy drama between group one and group two, head onto reddit and check out transpassing for some serious lols. Unsurprisingly, group two is pretty good at catty, Mean Girls style commentary.

    According to old-fashioned Autogynephilia Theory, there are two types of male-to-female trannies: 1). homos who become women to attract men, and 2). men sexually aroused by the idea of being a woman. Probably psychology doesn’t follow this anymore.

    You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women. But that’s such a weird tactic that it probably never occurred even to abnormal psychologists back in the day.

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    That seems to be the route for many of these oddballs who think because they grow their hair to shoulder length and wear a dress they can hang out around women and say YEAH I'M A LESBIAN AND YOU'RE HOT.

    Unsurprisingly, this doesn't play too well. It was the basis of the whole "cotton ceiling" meme that was floating around for a while.
    , @Daniel H
    >>You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women.

    An acquaintance of my brother's from college, who is now a respected MD, a stereotypical tough talking/acting Italian American from the Jersey 'burbs, upped and "transitioned" to a "woman" a few years ago. Still married. He confessed to a mutual friend of he and my brother that one motivation for him turning into a tranny was to nail lesbians. These dudes are demented.
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  47. guest says:
    @unpc downunder
    Contemporary western society regularly conflates true mental illness like schizophrenia with common nervous disorders like OCD and generalised anxiety. Hence, we have this situation where a lot of people are identifying as mentally ill when it suits them, and rejecting the label when its used to imply true psychotic craziness.

    As far as trannies go, they probably experience a lot of symptoms of nervous disorders because they have to deal with the embarrassing and highly awkward issue of having a development problem with their limbic system which causes them to instinctively identify with the opposite sex to some degree. Since there is no cure for this problem mental health professionals should advise them to take AndrewR's advice and stay off social media.

    That’s because contemporary society wrongly conflates mental problems with medical diseases. “Mental illness” is a metaphor at best.

    If schizophrenia is a real illness, it’s not mental but physical.

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  48. guest says:
    @Frau Katze
    Wait. There's an "online flashlight community"?

    There’s an everything online community.

    There’s probably an online community for questioning the existence of online flashlight communities.

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  49. Dube says:
    @Frau Katze
    Spell checkers can't keep up with all new words SJWs dream up. The ones involving gender are especially hard to keep up with.

    Why, I know a blogger who didn't know what the "cis" prefix meant.

    You are so far behind the times, I told him!

    Admittedly I only knew it myself early on because I heard it long ago in Organic Chemistry. After that I forgot about for decades.

    Then, it re-appeared.

    Frau K, would you be so kind? I’ve been trying to surmise the meaning of the prefix “cis,” and am too old to be embarrassed about asking.

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    My understanding as one ambushed by World War T:

    Originating in molecular chemistry, the prefix cis- and trans- are used to identify which side of the double bond the similar atoms are found. The cis- prefix is from the Latin meaning "on this side." The trans- prefix is from the Latin meaning "across.”

    The prefixes "cis" and "trans" are from Latin. In the context of chemistry, cis indicates that the functional groups are on the same side of the carbon chain while trans conveys that functional groups are on opposing sides of the carbon chain.

    Applied to “gender identity,” “cis” describes the person identifying with his/her biological origins; “trans” describes the person identifying in opposition to his/her biological origins.
    , @guest
    The "cis" thing is simple. Both "cis" and "trans" are Latin. The former means "on this side," and the latter means "on the other side."

    If you're transgendered, your gender is on the other side of your biological sex. If you're cisgendered, your gender is on the same side as your sex.

    I probably don't have to mention that no one used "cis" regarding gender until after they started World War T. They needed a term for non-tranny people, and couldn't very keep up the tradition of "cisgenders" being the normal, default assumption for human beings. It had to become just another type of "gender identity" alongside trannies.

    Therefore, they picked "cis," the opposite of "trans." They like the opposite game.

    , @Frau Katze
    Trans is Latin for across, or on the other side. Cis is Latin for on the same side.

    So a cis person is one who feels that he or she is in fact a man or woman and has no problem with that.

    The vast majority of the population are cis.

    Even most gays are cis. They consider themselves men. End of story.

    The worst possible thing (using a combination I saw for the first time a few weeks ago) is: cishet white male.

    Cishet = cis heterosexual.

    My blogger friend thought I was losing it over "cishet." Then it turned out he didn't even know about "cis".
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  50. asdf says:

    I am woman hear me roar! But seriously, if your ok with someone taking a god damn saw to your junk, a little twitter dis should be nothing. #SMH.

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  51. Thomas says:

    Here’s a shitlordy question getting at the underlying issue discussed: should the “transgendered” be allowed to own firearms at all? This piece openly admits that they have mental health issues. It’s a fact commonly cited that they have a way, way above average risk of suicide.

    I’m guessing that the older, geeky, aggressive, relatively wealthy “I always really felt like a little girl inside” male trannies are probably more likely to be gun owners than the population at large. It would be an epic troll if states or the feds started adding them into the instant background check system and other law enforcement files as mentally ill.

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  52. CCZ says:
    @Dube
    Frau K, would you be so kind? I've been trying to surmise the meaning of the prefix "cis," and am too old to be embarrassed about asking.

    My understanding as one ambushed by World War T:

    Originating in molecular chemistry, the prefix cis- and trans- are used to identify which side of the double bond the similar atoms are found. The cis- prefix is from the Latin meaning “on this side.” The trans- prefix is from the Latin meaning “across.”

    The prefixes “cis” and “trans” are from Latin. In the context of chemistry, cis indicates that the functional groups are on the same side of the carbon chain while trans conveys that functional groups are on opposing sides of the carbon chain.

    Applied to “gender identity,” “cis” describes the person identifying with his/her biological origins; “trans” describes the person identifying in opposition to his/her biological origins.

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    I'll give that original tranny originator of this terminology kudos for taking organic chemistry. That CAN be a very stressful class, so possibly the adult-onset LOLA-complex could be triggered before drop-date even.

    Hey, maybe that former-guy was in the Oranic class for pre-med and has graduated to become one of our commenter's wife's gynecologist. Nah, what's the chances?
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  53. MarkinPNW says:
    @Flip
    All the more reason to keep them out of the military and bearing arms.

    Can’t have them dying for the bankers, now can we?

    (Yea, I thought it was hilarious how all the trannies were throwing tantrums over Trump not allowing them to die in the Bankers’ wars.)

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  54. guest says:
    @Dube
    Frau K, would you be so kind? I've been trying to surmise the meaning of the prefix "cis," and am too old to be embarrassed about asking.

    The “cis” thing is simple. Both “cis” and “trans” are Latin. The former means “on this side,” and the latter means “on the other side.”

    If you’re transgendered, your gender is on the other side of your biological sex. If you’re cisgendered, your gender is on the same side as your sex.

    I probably don’t have to mention that no one used “cis” regarding gender until after they started World War T. They needed a term for non-tranny people, and couldn’t very keep up the tradition of “cisgenders” being the normal, default assumption for human beings. It had to become just another type of “gender identity” alongside trannies.

    Therefore, they picked “cis,” the opposite of “trans.” They like the opposite game.

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  55. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    … But the question now is simple: Does Twitter want to be remembered as a company that protected the safety of those most vulnerable? Or helped put them in harm’s way?

    This is not just the Wrong Side of History trope but a clear threat. Once we’ve consolidated our power do you want to be remembered for having put us in harm’s way when we were weak?

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  56. @unpc downunder
    Contemporary western society regularly conflates true mental illness like schizophrenia with common nervous disorders like OCD and generalised anxiety. Hence, we have this situation where a lot of people are identifying as mentally ill when it suits them, and rejecting the label when its used to imply true psychotic craziness.

    As far as trannies go, they probably experience a lot of symptoms of nervous disorders because they have to deal with the embarrassing and highly awkward issue of having a development problem with their limbic system which causes them to instinctively identify with the opposite sex to some degree. Since there is no cure for this problem mental health professionals should advise them to take AndrewR's advice and stay off social media.

    instinctively

    That word doesn’t mean what you think it means. (And humans have no instincts anyways; the ones we do have we lose around toddlerhood.)

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    (And humans have no instincts anyways; the ones we do have we lose around toddlerhood.)
     
    That's strikes me as a ridiculous statement.
    , @guest
    Did you lose your fear of heights after the age of 3? Or is the primal feeling I get looking over the edge of a tall cliff learned?
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  57. @Jim Don Bob
    Here's Thorne!

    http://www.thornemelcher.me/img/me.jpg

    How do I get a close shave like that? I always end up cutting my chin.

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  58. @CCZ
    My understanding as one ambushed by World War T:

    Originating in molecular chemistry, the prefix cis- and trans- are used to identify which side of the double bond the similar atoms are found. The cis- prefix is from the Latin meaning "on this side." The trans- prefix is from the Latin meaning "across.”

    The prefixes "cis" and "trans" are from Latin. In the context of chemistry, cis indicates that the functional groups are on the same side of the carbon chain while trans conveys that functional groups are on opposing sides of the carbon chain.

    Applied to “gender identity,” “cis” describes the person identifying with his/her biological origins; “trans” describes the person identifying in opposition to his/her biological origins.

    I’ll give that original tranny originator of this terminology kudos for taking organic chemistry. That CAN be a very stressful class, so possibly the adult-onset LOLA-complex could be triggered before drop-date even.

    Hey, maybe that former-guy was in the Oranic class for pre-med and has graduated to become one of our commenter’s wife’s gynecologist. Nah, what’s the chances?

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  59. Arclight says:
    @slumber_j
    And that in turn is what I don't get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here's the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you're a man, for example, that's an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it's a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you're not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you're taking a contrafactual position. What you're saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you're crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population--which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context--to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They're making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it's because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still...

    Agree – they don’t seem like a natural fit other than not being heterosexual.

    I remember asking a gay friend about this over 10 years ago and she replied that it was actually a matter of debate within the gay community, but obviously the pro-T side won out, probably because it just helps amp up the victimhood street cred.

    In some ways, it seems there is a strong contingent of gays who after having argued for marriage and being treated as ‘normal’ find the don’t want to be normalized – that would mean they are ordinary and ordinary people get ignored.

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  60. @Mr. Blank
    This should be the stock answer to EVERY single person who feels "abused" on Twitter:

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/tyler-the-creators-cyber-bullying-tweet

    Cyber bullying is real when it happens to Whites, Christians, and conservative Uncle Tom nonWhites.

    “Cyber bullying” is just the target having thin skin and being unable to deal with the fact that their so called free speech has consequences when it happens to TCBY, nonWhites and jews.

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  61. Pericles says:

    Thorne N. Melcher (@ExistentialEnso) is an L.G.B.T. activist and the chief technology officer at CrowdMed.

    What is CrowdMed?

    CrowdMed is a healthcare crowdsourcing platform based in San Francisco, California.

    User information is kept anonymous and their case includes symptoms, health history, family background, and tests that have already been taken.[2][3][4][9][10] Hundreds of “medical detectives” then submit possible diagnoses which other detectives bet upon to agree with the result. These “medical detectives” can be anyone from medical school students, to retired physicians, to anyone else, as there is no requirement for a medical degree to help solve these illnesses.[14] In the end, the top three diagnoses are given to the patient for them to take to their doctor.

    Sponsored by the most exquisite venture capitalists. Led by a crazy person. Forward!

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  62. fish says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has tiny arms.

    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/11/02/opinion/02melcherWeb/02melcherWeb-superJumbo.jpg

    This T-Rex rocks ‘em better:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYu_XOlKcCA

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has tiny arms.

    ….straight (???) from Central Casting.

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  63. EdwardM says:
    @r1765031
    You missed the other burning issue: Just 4.8 Percent of TV Writers Are Black, Study Finds
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/just-48-percent-tv-writers-are-black-study-finds-1053675

    So they’re overrepresented among the functionally literate population?

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  64. @guest
    According to old-fashioned Autogynephilia Theory, there are two types of male-to-female trannies: 1). homos who become women to attract men, and 2). men sexually aroused by the idea of being a woman. Probably psychology doesn't follow this anymore.

    You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women. But that's such a weird tactic that it probably never occurred even to abnormal psychologists back in the day.

    That seems to be the route for many of these oddballs who think because they grow their hair to shoulder length and wear a dress they can hang out around women and say YEAH I’M A LESBIAN AND YOU’RE HOT.

    Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t play too well. It was the basis of the whole “cotton ceiling” meme that was floating around for a while.

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  65. Personally, I find the idea of a M-to-F tranny who dubs himself “Thorne”, to be utterly hilarious. Too bad “she” didn’t adopt a less masculine name, like, oh, I don’t know…”Phallus”, maybe?

    Thorne’s got a thorn, alright.

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  66. @Mr. Anon
    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an "online flashlight community".

    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an “online flashlight community”.

    I am a fiercely proud member of the Online Flashlight Community (I’m actually kind of a big deal within that milieu), and this thoughtless remark of yours leaves me quite triggered.

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  67. MarkinPNW says:

    I remember many years ago going to a lecture by a Dr. (Osteopath) who did a lot of unconventional medical practices (which kept getting him into trouble). He said he got interested in alternative medicine when he went to a medical conference and in answer to a question about schizophrenia a Dr. from India said that he treated them by giving the Schizophrenic patient 7 liters of salt water (or some big number like that). When questioned further, the Dr. from India explained that it would cure the patient’s constipation, which then relieved the schizophrenic systems.

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  68. Mr. Anon says:
    @anonymous coward

    instinctively
     
    That word doesn't mean what you think it means. (And humans have no instincts anyways; the ones we do have we lose around toddlerhood.)

    (And humans have no instincts anyways; the ones we do have we lose around toddlerhood.)

    That’s strikes me as a ridiculous statement.

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  69. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “Don’t you understand that I have to win?”

    But of course, he (“He?” Well, whatever ) “has to win.” After all, the world is dominated by the “White Male Heterosexual Power Structure” and this must all end.

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  70. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @guest
    The "cis" thing is simple. Both "cis" and "trans" are Latin. The former means "on this side," and the latter means "on the other side."

    If you're transgendered, your gender is on the other side of your biological sex. If you're cisgendered, your gender is on the same side as your sex.

    I probably don't have to mention that no one used "cis" regarding gender until after they started World War T. They needed a term for non-tranny people, and couldn't very keep up the tradition of "cisgenders" being the normal, default assumption for human beings. It had to become just another type of "gender identity" alongside trannies.

    Therefore, they picked "cis," the opposite of "trans." They like the opposite game.

    I wonder who actually coined the term “cisgendered.” Anyone know?

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    >>I wonder who actually coined the term “cisgendered.” Anyone know?

    I have thought about this too. Probably some low grade academic who has read a smattering of Roman history.

    I had no idea what the cis meant at first, then I recalled, transalpine Gaul and cisalpine Gaul. Sheesh. But trans and cis as describing Romano/Italo geography is totally out of context to the idea of "transitioning" one's sex (which, of course, can't be done). Trans and cis are prefixes that refer to geography (cis on this side, trans on the other side), not to a transition in personality or being. You would have thought the trannies and their advocates could come up with something better than cis, but these people aren't too bright.
    , @CCZ
    Many references to the term cite: The term cisgender was coined in 1995 by Carl Buijs, a female-to-male transsexual from the Netherlands.

    A very detailed history of the term cisgender is found at:

    http://blog.historians.org/2017/05/tracing-terminology-researching-early-uses-of-cisgender/

    This research notes that the terms cisgender and cissexual appear in circa 1990s Usernet forums on transgender:

    "The OED officially cites a 1994 post to the Usenet newsgroup alt.transgendered by user Dana Leland Defosse [an academic professional biologist] as the term’s origin. First established in 1980, Usenet is a distributed discussion system where users posted messages to topic-specific newsgroups."

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  71. guest says:
    @anonymous coward

    instinctively
     
    That word doesn't mean what you think it means. (And humans have no instincts anyways; the ones we do have we lose around toddlerhood.)

    Did you lose your fear of heights after the age of 3? Or is the primal feeling I get looking over the edge of a tall cliff learned?

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    Supposedly, loud noises and falling are the only two innate fears. I have always loved heights but that's different from falling.
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  72. I just realized why a tranny called ‘Thorne” was tugging at my memory strings. That’s the name of the hermaphroditic protagonist in Gary Jennings’ novel Raptor.

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  73. Daniel H says:
    @guest
    According to old-fashioned Autogynephilia Theory, there are two types of male-to-female trannies: 1). homos who become women to attract men, and 2). men sexually aroused by the idea of being a woman. Probably psychology doesn't follow this anymore.

    You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women. But that's such a weird tactic that it probably never occurred even to abnormal psychologists back in the day.

    >>You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women.

    An acquaintance of my brother’s from college, who is now a respected MD, a stereotypical tough talking/acting Italian American from the Jersey ‘burbs, upped and “transitioned” to a “woman” a few years ago. Still married. He confessed to a mutual friend of he and my brother that one motivation for him turning into a tranny was to nail lesbians. These dudes are demented.

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    ...one motivation for him turning into a tranny was to nail lesbians.
     
    Damn! I have not meet too many lezbos I would want to nail. Even the femme ones look weird.

    Maybe Meredith Baxter-Birney or Kelly McGillis 20 years ago when they were still straight.

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  74. Daniel H says:
    @Anonymous
    I wonder who actually coined the term "cisgendered." Anyone know?

    >>I wonder who actually coined the term “cisgendered.” Anyone know?

    I have thought about this too. Probably some low grade academic who has read a smattering of Roman history.

    I had no idea what the cis meant at first, then I recalled, transalpine Gaul and cisalpine Gaul. Sheesh. But trans and cis as describing Romano/Italo geography is totally out of context to the idea of “transitioning” one’s sex (which, of course, can’t be done). Trans and cis are prefixes that refer to geography (cis on this side, trans on the other side), not to a transition in personality or being. You would have thought the trannies and their advocates could come up with something better than cis, but these people aren’t too bright.

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    Thanks all, for the explanations of "cis" in contrast to "trans," as applied to sex...er, gender. Now, further forward: I've thought it an awkward locution to speak of "having sex;" could it seem a kindlier and gentler activity to be "having gender"? Sounds like less fun. Too indefinite.
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  75. GregMan says:

    “I spoke out on Twitter in support of transgender people being able to arm ourselves in self-defense — because, I felt, our newly heightened levels of visibility have led to increased levels of violence against us.”

    “…our newly heightened levels of visibility have led to increased levels of violence against us BY MUSLIMS.”

    FIFY

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  76. benjaminl says:
    @slumber_j
    And that in turn is what I don't get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here's the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you're a man, for example, that's an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it's a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you're not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you're taking a contrafactual position. What you're saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you're crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population--which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context--to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They're making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it's because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still...

    I agree but I also think you can slice this issue a different way, and here’s how I divide things up. Either:

    Position 1. The good, the true and the beautiful exist only in our minds and not in nature, and so
    none of us has any real right to elevate our own such conceptions over anyone else’s, because no individual’s will or desire has any better claim to authority than any other individuals.

    or

    Position 2. The good, the true and the beautiful are real things that exist in nature, independently of what any of us might think at the moment, and so each of us is responsible for recognizing that certain things are really better or worse, independently of our own wills or desires.

    In my scheme, liberals and the left and everybody else on Team Enlightenment coalesce around Position 1, due to the foundational premises of autonomy and egalitarianism. Everyone else is driven to Position 2, and identified as intolerable reactionaries, due to the insistence that Nature constrains the individual will and desire.

    The distinction that you draw between “real” gayness and “unreal” transgenderism seems to be a common view of what I call “old-fashioned liberals,” who believe in personal autonomy and equality, but feel compelled by conscience to acknowledge objective reality even when that is inconvenient (here Alice Dreger, Ray Blanchard, Michael Bailey).

    But isn’t it striking how powerless and outnumbered such old-fashioned liberals seem to be these days? The Woke Furies and the ever-multiplying taboos suggest that for so many people, it just feels right to elevate autonomy and equality to supreme values, and repress all the hatefacts and hatethinkers.

    I hope I’m wrong in my analysis, and that the “old-fashioned liberal” position of acknowledging reality, while respecting autonomy and equality, wins the day. It seemed to work so well for so many years. But it just doesn’t seem like things are moving in the right direction for that.

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    I hope I’m wrong in my analysis, and that the “old-fashioned liberal” position of acknowledging reality, while respecting autonomy and equality, wins the day. It seemed to work so well for so many years. But it just doesn’t seem like things are moving in the right direction for that.
     
    Your excellent analysis of the 2 un-compromisable frameworks is spot on. That is the dividing line between what modern Americans call liberal and conservative thought.

    Position 2 is not exclusive of either autonomy or equality. The Enlightenment notions of equality are twist or extension of a position 2 concept, that says objectively, we are equal in dignity before our Creator. Christianity, completely based in proposition 2, says we have free will, ie automony. That said, if a society has moved almost 100% towards position 2, it will express authoritarian properties.

    I hope the center holds, too. But history is dismal and depressing on the point. Once we imagine we can bend the world to our pleasures and imagination, it doesn't stop until the environment changes enough where it's not possible. Nobody (or hardly anyone) in the early Middle Ages had the luxury of promiscuity. The tranny stuff unfortunately is about late stage decadence and indifference, an environment that allows those holding position 1 to take it to extremes.
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  77. @slumber_j
    And that in turn is what I don't get about the LGBTQetc. acronym salad.

    Here's the thing: if you actually want to have sex with men and you're a man, for example, that's an actual fact about you. And it has to do with your sexual preference. Whatever one may think of it, it's a fact.

    But if you mistakenly insist that you're not the sex that your chromosomes (among other things) insist you are, you're taking a contrafactual position. What you're saying is not the case. Which tends to indicate that you're crazy.

    Why homos et al. want the transgender population--which is numerically tiny and therefore of no political consequence in a democratic context--to be part of their rainbow coalition is beyond me. They're making a category mistake that undercuts any legitimate force their arguments might bring to bear upon the public discourse, and transgenderism has nothing to do with their central concerns involving sexuality. But here we are.

    I guess it's because all the phenomena in question have to do with confusing genitals, but still...

    What do the heterosexuals who are all in with homophilia get out of that? They get a normalization of sexual deviancy so that whatever they feel like doing, primarily unmarried cohabiting, gets plenty of cover. After New York passed any-sex marriage, the NY Times ran an article on the politics of getting it passed. It was interesting how many times the word “girlfriend” came up in reference to leaders of New York’s legislature.

    Homosexuals may get some similar benefit from transsexuals: with lots of transsexual hoopla in the air, the homosexuals can be perceived as normal.

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  78. CCZ says:
    @Anonymous
    I wonder who actually coined the term "cisgendered." Anyone know?

    Many references to the term cite: The term cisgender was coined in 1995 by Carl Buijs, a female-to-male transsexual from the Netherlands.

    A very detailed history of the term cisgender is found at:

    http://blog.historians.org/2017/05/tracing-terminology-researching-early-uses-of-cisgender/

    This research notes that the terms cisgender and cissexual appear in circa 1990s Usernet forums on transgender:

    “The OED officially cites a 1994 post to the Usenet newsgroup alt.transgendered by user Dana Leland Defosse [an academic professional biologist] as the term’s origin. First established in 1980, Usenet is a distributed discussion system where users posted messages to topic-specific newsgroups.”

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  79. anon says: • Disclaimer

    @ 29 “Mr. Anon”:
    <>

    Perhaps ‘flashlight’ was a typo and the ‘a’ was meant to be an ‘e’…

    That would explain everything.

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  80. anon says: • Disclaimer

    @ 29 “Mr. Anon”:

    Perhaps the bigger mystery is why anyone would want a flashlight that requires firmware (unless its for the charger, and even still) or why anyone would be a member of an “online flashlight community”.

    Perhaps ‘flashlight’ was a typo and the ‘a’ was meant to be an ‘e’…

    That would explain EVERYTHING.

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  81. Dube says:
    @Daniel H
    >>I wonder who actually coined the term “cisgendered.” Anyone know?

    I have thought about this too. Probably some low grade academic who has read a smattering of Roman history.

    I had no idea what the cis meant at first, then I recalled, transalpine Gaul and cisalpine Gaul. Sheesh. But trans and cis as describing Romano/Italo geography is totally out of context to the idea of "transitioning" one's sex (which, of course, can't be done). Trans and cis are prefixes that refer to geography (cis on this side, trans on the other side), not to a transition in personality or being. You would have thought the trannies and their advocates could come up with something better than cis, but these people aren't too bright.

    Thanks all, for the explanations of “cis” in contrast to “trans,” as applied to sex…er, gender. Now, further forward: I’ve thought it an awkward locution to speak of “having sex;” could it seem a kindlier and gentler activity to be “having gender”? Sounds like less fun. Too indefinite.

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    Now, further forward: I’ve thought it an awkward locution to speak of “having sex;” could it seem a kindlier and gentler activity to be “having gender”?
     
    Just tell people that fetuses have sex-- literally, from the beginning-- and see how that is received.

    Though try it anonymously at first, lest you wind up on the registry for ten years.

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  82. markflag says:
    @Dr. X

    When someone crossed the line into what I considered abuse — calling me, for instance, a “tranny” or “mentally ill” — I would report the tweets in question. Each time, Twitter ruled they’d violated no rules...
     
    "Transgenders" are mentally ill, for God's sake. Calling a spade a spade isn't "abuse."

    It is in today’s US society. A spade must now be called “an instrument for turning over the earth in a way that moderates the effects of global warming. It must be equally useful for those whose hand preference is the right as well as those whose hand preference is the left.”

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  83. @AM

    In other words, transgender people do tend to be mentally ill, for the purpose of scoring more Victim Pokemon Points. [...] nobody else is allowed to mention the role that their mental illness plays in their perception of reality.
     
    Many semi-functional to functional mental ill tend to this. A very close relative did this all her life. Mental ill to escape consequences but somehow fully functional otherwise. She wanted to be respected for all her other choices and especially those that came out well. To say it gets old is an understatement

    Because we transgenders are so mentally fragile, but also so extraordinarily aggressive and angry, that we need special privileges so that we may crush our enemies in public debate into dust beneath our chariot wheels.
     
    We could give them special debate hangtags/avatars so everyone knows to stand there and get crushed. It's the only the way to help out a victim.

    Privatized privilege; socialized responsibility.

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  84. @Dube
    Frau K, would you be so kind? I've been trying to surmise the meaning of the prefix "cis," and am too old to be embarrassed about asking.

    Trans is Latin for across, or on the other side. Cis is Latin for on the same side.

    So a cis person is one who feels that he or she is in fact a man or woman and has no problem with that.

    The vast majority of the population are cis.

    Even most gays are cis. They consider themselves men. End of story.

    The worst possible thing (using a combination I saw for the first time a few weeks ago) is: cishet white male.

    Cishet = cis heterosexual.

    My blogger friend thought I was losing it over “cishet.” Then it turned out he didn’t even know about “cis”.

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    My blogger friend thought I was losing it over “cishet.” Then it turned out he didn’t even know about “cis”.
     
    Sounds like a cissie to me.
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  85. @guest
    It's perhaps the clearest example of the old allegedly Stalinist trick of making people repeat obvious falsehoods *because* they're false. Which humiliates us and saps our will to resist. Rubbing our noses in it, if you will.

    Or they're just running out of special groups to throw onto the civil rights pile.

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
    ― Theodore Dalrymple

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  86. @Dube
    Thanks all, for the explanations of "cis" in contrast to "trans," as applied to sex...er, gender. Now, further forward: I've thought it an awkward locution to speak of "having sex;" could it seem a kindlier and gentler activity to be "having gender"? Sounds like less fun. Too indefinite.

    Now, further forward: I’ve thought it an awkward locution to speak of “having sex;” could it seem a kindlier and gentler activity to be “having gender”?

    Just tell people that fetuses have sex– literally, from the beginning– and see how that is received.

    Though try it anonymously at first, lest you wind up on the registry for ten years.

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  87. @Frau Katze
    Trans is Latin for across, or on the other side. Cis is Latin for on the same side.

    So a cis person is one who feels that he or she is in fact a man or woman and has no problem with that.

    The vast majority of the population are cis.

    Even most gays are cis. They consider themselves men. End of story.

    The worst possible thing (using a combination I saw for the first time a few weeks ago) is: cishet white male.

    Cishet = cis heterosexual.

    My blogger friend thought I was losing it over "cishet." Then it turned out he didn't even know about "cis".

    My blogger friend thought I was losing it over “cishet.” Then it turned out he didn’t even know about “cis”.

    Sounds like a cissie to me.

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  88. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Jim Don Bob
    Here's Thorne!

    http://www.thornemelcher.me/img/me.jpg

    What this represents is that whites (esp. white men) are increasingly persecuted by society. The more they are persecuted simply for being white men, the more seek refugee in bizarre ways to escape-
    trannies, militant Islam, etc.

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  89. @Arclight
    The strangest thing about the rise of transgenderism in the public consciousness is that it is so obviously a mental disorder, yet the rest of us are told we have to contort our view of reality and our habits around the wishes of people with a fairly rare mental health issue. It's a case of mass hysteria ginned up for political gain, with its supporters looking to enforce it under pain of law.

    “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word DOUBLETHINK it is necessary to exercise DOUBLETHINK. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of DOUBLETHINK one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.” ~ From Orwell’s “1984″

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  90. CCZ says:

    LGBTQ metastasizes:

    Canadian Schools want kids to learn “LGGBDTTTIQQAAP”

    https://imgur.com/gallery/jupQS

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    That alphabet soup is hilarious, like something from a Monty Python sketch. I don't want to dissuade them from teaching it, because it might redpill kids.

    Seriously though, they're being too obvious. We know they want to pad their numbers by sticking groups together with nothing in common but their perversity. But they're doubling up.

    Transgender and Transexual is pushing it.

    I don't accept the existence of "queer" as a separate category. But they include both Queer and Questioning. There's no difference, even on their terms.

    Intersex and Twospirit are also the same thing.

    They include both Asexuality and Demisexuality, which is too much. Demisexuality, in fact, isn't a Thing. But if it is, sticking something that's supposedly halfway between regular sexuality and asexuality (from the perspective of how interested or not you are in sex), is cheating. Because you could add Halfsies to every category. That'd double your list right there.

    What is asexuality doing on that list, come to think of it? They're not perverts like the rest of them. Society may think there's something wrong with them, but at the same time celibacy is perfectly acceptable. For priests, monks, and nuns, obviously. For others, too. Back in the day, spinsters and lifelong bachelors were regular things.

    Is anyone actually Pansexual? Would you want to be?* Imagine you're all turned on by a woman, then a man walks by. So you go for him, but his grandpa is at his house when you get there, and you switch to him. The dog interrupts that, and as you and it are going at it, you notice the sexy flutter of the window curtains. Oh, man. How do you get to the finish?

    Finally, Allies is a cheat category.

    *I hate to go there, but that would include attraction to children. Will that sex identity at last join the club through that crack?

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  91. guest says:
    @CCZ
    LGBTQ metastasizes:

    Canadian Schools want kids to learn “LGGBDTTTIQQAAP”

    https://imgur.com/gallery/jupQS

    That alphabet soup is hilarious, like something from a Monty Python sketch. I don’t want to dissuade them from teaching it, because it might redpill kids.

    Seriously though, they’re being too obvious. We know they want to pad their numbers by sticking groups together with nothing in common but their perversity. But they’re doubling up.

    Transgender and Transexual is pushing it.

    I don’t accept the existence of “queer” as a separate category. But they include both Queer and Questioning. There’s no difference, even on their terms.

    Intersex and Twospirit are also the same thing.

    They include both Asexuality and Demisexuality, which is too much. Demisexuality, in fact, isn’t a Thing. But if it is, sticking something that’s supposedly halfway between regular sexuality and asexuality (from the perspective of how interested or not you are in sex), is cheating. Because you could add Halfsies to every category. That’d double your list right there.

    What is asexuality doing on that list, come to think of it? They’re not perverts like the rest of them. Society may think there’s something wrong with them, but at the same time celibacy is perfectly acceptable. For priests, monks, and nuns, obviously. For others, too. Back in the day, spinsters and lifelong bachelors were regular things.

    Is anyone actually Pansexual? Would you want to be?* Imagine you’re all turned on by a woman, then a man walks by. So you go for him, but his grandpa is at his house when you get there, and you switch to him. The dog interrupts that, and as you and it are going at it, you notice the sexy flutter of the window curtains. Oh, man. How do you get to the finish?

    Finally, Allies is a cheat category.

    *I hate to go there, but that would include attraction to children. Will that sex identity at last join the club through that crack?

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  92. E e says:
    @guest
    As with homos, the mental illness of trannies is society's fault. If we'd only be cool with them, they wouldn't be discontent with civilization and wouldn't get neuroses from having to "adjust" to our unreasonable demands. (Like don't mutilate your genitals.) They get to be a part of public policy debates because it's not fair to penalize them for mental problems that aren't their fault.

    Maybe you're thinking natural retards and other detectives should get a voice, too, because it's not their fault either. My answer would be, if people aren't already making that argument, just wait.

    I remember an episode of LA Law when the “mentally challenged” character registered to vote with the help of one of the lawyers. I think it was maybe 1988? There was a “heartwarming” scene where the judge asks him what he knows about voting, and he answers that it’s to pick the next president. My 3-year-old could understand at that level of detail. I know people with PhDs from intellectually demanding programs who have trouble understanding California ballot initiatives. Of course, the latter are probably needlessly honest.

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  93. AM says:
    @benjaminl
    I agree but I also think you can slice this issue a different way, and here's how I divide things up. Either:

    Position 1. The good, the true and the beautiful exist only in our minds and not in nature, and so
    none of us has any real right to elevate our own such conceptions over anyone else's, because no individual's will or desire has any better claim to authority than any other individuals.

    or

    Position 2. The good, the true and the beautiful are real things that exist in nature, independently of what any of us might think at the moment, and so each of us is responsible for recognizing that certain things are really better or worse, independently of our own wills or desires.


    In my scheme, liberals and the left and everybody else on Team Enlightenment coalesce around Position 1, due to the foundational premises of autonomy and egalitarianism. Everyone else is driven to Position 2, and identified as intolerable reactionaries, due to the insistence that Nature constrains the individual will and desire.


    The distinction that you draw between "real" gayness and "unreal" transgenderism seems to be a common view of what I call "old-fashioned liberals," who believe in personal autonomy and equality, but feel compelled by conscience to acknowledge objective reality even when that is inconvenient (here Alice Dreger, Ray Blanchard, Michael Bailey).

    But isn't it striking how powerless and outnumbered such old-fashioned liberals seem to be these days? The Woke Furies and the ever-multiplying taboos suggest that for so many people, it just feels right to elevate autonomy and equality to supreme values, and repress all the hatefacts and hatethinkers.


    I hope I'm wrong in my analysis, and that the "old-fashioned liberal" position of acknowledging reality, while respecting autonomy and equality, wins the day. It seemed to work so well for so many years. But it just doesn't seem like things are moving in the right direction for that.

    I hope I’m wrong in my analysis, and that the “old-fashioned liberal” position of acknowledging reality, while respecting autonomy and equality, wins the day. It seemed to work so well for so many years. But it just doesn’t seem like things are moving in the right direction for that.

    Your excellent analysis of the 2 un-compromisable frameworks is spot on. That is the dividing line between what modern Americans call liberal and conservative thought.

    Position 2 is not exclusive of either autonomy or equality. The Enlightenment notions of equality are twist or extension of a position 2 concept, that says objectively, we are equal in dignity before our Creator. Christianity, completely based in proposition 2, says we have free will, ie automony. That said, if a society has moved almost 100% towards position 2, it will express authoritarian properties.

    I hope the center holds, too. But history is dismal and depressing on the point. Once we imagine we can bend the world to our pleasures and imagination, it doesn’t stop until the environment changes enough where it’s not possible. Nobody (or hardly anyone) in the early Middle Ages had the luxury of promiscuity. The tranny stuff unfortunately is about late stage decadence and indifference, an environment that allows those holding position 1 to take it to extremes.

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  94. @Daniel H
    >>You could add pathetic weirdos who become pseudo-lesbians to attract women.

    An acquaintance of my brother's from college, who is now a respected MD, a stereotypical tough talking/acting Italian American from the Jersey 'burbs, upped and "transitioned" to a "woman" a few years ago. Still married. He confessed to a mutual friend of he and my brother that one motivation for him turning into a tranny was to nail lesbians. These dudes are demented.

    …one motivation for him turning into a tranny was to nail lesbians.

    Damn! I have not meet too many lezbos I would want to nail. Even the femme ones look weird.

    Maybe Meredith Baxter-Birney or Kelly McGillis 20 years ago when they were still straight.

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  95. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @J1234

    In other words, transgender people do tend to be mentally ill,
     
    Norman Bates.

    Excuse me? Norman Bates was NOT transgender. He was a part-time transvestite. With a Mommy issue or two. Let’s keep this straight shall we?

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  96. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @guest
    Did you lose your fear of heights after the age of 3? Or is the primal feeling I get looking over the edge of a tall cliff learned?

    Supposedly, loud noises and falling are the only two innate fears. I have always loved heights but that’s different from falling.

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  97. Thorne N. Melcher (@ExistentialEnso) is an L.G.B.T. activist and the chief technology officer at CrowdMed.

    LOL. I know several members of his family.

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