If society survives long enough it will look back upon the first couple of decades of this century as the point where sexual deviance was mainstreamed in the name of tolerance, the deity du jour of the American left and libertarians. While most attention has focused on the immense effort devoted to making sure that the small percentage of homosexuals (who make up a blessedly small number of people in general) who wish to take part in imitation marriage ceremonies and humored and nothing meany-pants is said about them, the most interesting efforts are those which seek to normalize people who decide that their self-proclaimed gender does not comport with their biological make-up. A while back National Review columnist Kevin Williamson commented on the black man, Roderick Laverne Cox, who now insists that he is actually a woman named Laverne Cox (though one would have thought that anyone with the smallest sense of irony would have changed their last name along with their gender).
As a matter of government, I have little or no desire to police how Cox or any other man or woman conducts his or her personal life. But having a culture organized around the elevation of unreality over reality in the service of Eros, who is a sometimes savage god, is not only irrational but antirational. Cox’s situation gave him an intensely unhappy childhood and led to an eventual suicide attempt, and his story demands our sympathy; times being what they are, we might even offer our indulgence. But neither of those should be allowed to overwhelm the facts, which are not subject to our feelings, however sincere or well intended.
For this very mild statement of the obvious, the Chicago-Tribune pulled his op-ed and he has been widely lambasted:
The Chicago Sun-Times removed a syndicated post from its website and issued a public apology today, after readers raised objections with the content of the op-ed, which originally appeared on The National Review‘s website. It’s no wonder people were upset. The article, headlined “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman,” is conservative troll Kevin D. Williamson blabbering on about trans Orange Is the New Blackactress Cox’s recent Time magazine cover. In his ugly, buffoonish way, Williamson refuses to address Cox and Chelsea Manning by their preferred pronouns. It’s another dull, babyish bit of stinkery from noted stinker Williamson, and isn’t really surprising in its willful obtuseness, …read more