I remember that early on in our great transgender madness outbreak — unbelievably enough, it was just a few years ago — progressives were tut-tutting conservatives who worried about their daughters having to share bathrooms with men. Oh, for God's sake, they lectured us in exasperation, the issue has nothing to do with that. Only the most unsophisticated right-wing nut job would ever believe it.
Of course then the Obama administration came out and mandated the transgender sharing of bathrooms, and it's been all downhill ever since. The shock has long since worn off, and all most of us feel right now is a sort of creeping numbness not only over the idea that supposedly intelligent, thoughtful people would perpetuate such nonsense but over the frustration that the rest of us seemingly can't do a thing about it.
And just when it seems the madness cannot possibly evolve further into surrealism, we keep seeing evidence that there is apparently no end to the absurdity.
I ran across two stories today — not one, but two — demonstrating just how crazy we've gotten. I hesitated to write about either one because they're so outrageous I thought they just had to be from a parody site. But as near as I can tell, they are all too real. I still cling to the fading hope that this is all a big joke, but fear it is not:
1. Remember when they were talking about a possible delay in new U.S. military rules allowing “openly transgender” applicants to enlist in the service? Some of us hoped that really meant "Let's kill this idiocy right now," but apparently delay was the right word. We now have word that the Army is preparing special training material specifically designed for female soldiers so they can be prepared for the day when a “woman with male genitalia” strolls into the shower with them.
(Pardon me while I recover from having to write "woman with male genitalia." Ach, not happening, so I will soldier on.)
Read it and weep:
“Following her transition from male to female (which did not include sex reassignment surgery) and gender marker change in DEERS [the Army's personnel system – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System], a transgender Soldier begins using female barracks, bathroom, and shower facilities. Because she did not undergo a surgical change, the Soldier still has male genitalia.
1-Understand that you may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex despite having the same gender marker in DEERS.
2-All Soldiers should be respectful of the privacy and modesty concerns of others. However, transgender Soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not “match” other Soldiers.
If you still thought the purpose of the military was to be ready to defend this country and that we might actually get back to that purpose under President Trump, guess again. I think we should all be very afraid.
2. If it weren't for the deadly seriousness of No. 1, this one would just be goofy fun. But I'm not feeling very lighthearted right now, so let's heap scorn of these twits, too:
"Sex" and "gender" are two very different things, so don't get the two confused where your pets are concerned:
Pets cannot speak for themselves. They cannot tell you that they are being misgendered. It's important not to make assumptions about what gender your animal is based off of its sex.
Sex and gender are separate things and are in no way intertwined. The sex of your pet is irrelevant. The only time you need to concern yourself with the sex of your pet is when you spay or neuter it (and this begs the question of whether or not we should perform operations on our pets without their consent). Animals can have diverse genders just like humans, and they can have diverse sexualities also.
Owners are advised (no, not making this up) "to give their pets gender-neutral names and use gender-neutral pronouns."
Now, I do believe I've had some pets who were suffering from species confusion — i.e. cats who thought they were dogs. But I confess it never occurred to me that any of them had gender confusion, or what I was supposed to do about it if they did. Just a backward, Hoosier hick, I guess.
In the meantime, Bill Nye the Science Guy has just received an Emmy nomination for the episode of his modestly titled Netflix series "Bill Nye Saves the World" in which he explained that "both sex and gender choice are non-binary." That is to say that a person's sex selection and the gender to which they identify, appear on a scale as opposed to in a check box labeled “male” or “female.”
It's all about the science, you know.