Opinion

An Open Letter To Liberal Gender-Deniers

Jon Schweppe American Principles Project

Dear Liberal Gender-Deniers,

TRIGGER WARNING. You might not like what you’re about to read.

There are two biological sexes — male and female. That’s it. There are also two genders — male and female. That’s it.

This has been true throughout all of history, and it will always be true.

Now, before I get mauled by all of you LGBTABCDESPN keyboard activists — follow me on Twitter! @JonSchweppe — hear me out. Let’s say that biological sex and gender are different. They’re not, but whatever, let’s pretend they are.

The two biological sexes are determined by your DNA. They aren’t determined by your imagination. They’re determined by scientific reality. Biological males have XY chromosomes. Biological females have XX chromosomes. There are different genetic dispositions to each sex. Biological men, for example, have one type of biological organ. Biological women have another type.

For the sake of argument, let’s speculate that there are 58 genders, or whatever Facebook says we’re up to now.

Gender, according to the political left, is a social construct. It’s an idea. There are infinite colors in the rainbow, and there are infinite genders, and you can be a man, or a woman, or a trans-man, or a trans-woman, or a My Little Pony. It’s all up to you.

Look, don’t get me wrong. This is America. Do what you want with your own body. You be you, etc.

But why should society be required to accept your delusion as reality when — and I hate to break this to you, folks — it is so obviously not true?

Why should your requirement of a “safe space” — forcing everyone to accept your imaginary gender — also strip women and young girls of their own “safe space”, taking away their right to use a public restroom without fear of being violated by a biological male?

We can’t just accept everyone’s delusions without reservation.

The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) came out with a great viral video last week that demonstrated the scope of this phenomenon. In the video, Joseph Backholm, director of FPIW, visits the University of Washington and asks college students basic questions about biology.

Can a white male be a Chinese female? “Good for you! Be who you are!”

Can a short guy be 6 foot 5? “I feel like that’s not my place as, like, another human, to say someone is wrong…”

Should a 37 year old adult be allowed to be a 7 year old and enroll in a first grade class? “If that’s where you feel, like, mentally you should be…”

Where’s the “facepalm” emoji when you need it?

It’s okay to disagree with people. It’s okay to know that they are wrong. A police officer isn’t going to stop writing a speeding ticket for a motorist driving 85 MPH just because they said they were driving 65 MPH. Reality matters. Truth matters.

And a man born with a male biological organ is a man, regardless of whether he says he is a gender-questioning, pangender, male-to-female snowflake-sexual or not.

Hans Christian Andersen once wrote a tale called “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It’s a good read. Two con-artists promise to make the Emperor a new set of clothes that can only be seen by the smartest and most capable people. They are supposedly invisible to anyone too stupid to see them. The Emperor, afraid to admit he doesn’t see the clothes, proudly parades around the kingdom naked.

And his subjects follow his lead. Fully aware of the “magical” nature of the Emperor’s clothes, and afraid to admit they don’t see them — which would imply that they are stupid — they all praise the Emperor for his beautiful clothes.

Finally, a child, wise beyond his years, breaks with society and states the obvious: “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Are we going to be the emperor and the peasants, willfully ignorant to truth and reality? Or are we going to be the brave child? We can’t be afraid to state the obvious — that a male is a male, and a female is a female — out of fear of being called a bigot or a transphobe or a hatemonger.

Call me what you want, but reality is reality. Truth is truth. And a biological man, who is a man, has no place in a woman’s restroom.

Jon Schweppe is the communications director at American Principles Project, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter: @JonSchweppe