Sexuality

A is A…except when it wants to be S?

The transsexual debate and the death of logic

“Hi A. It is A, isn’t it? I hardly recognized you there. It’s B. Remember me? How are you doing?”

“I’m fine. Well I’m … well it’s just … I’m …”

“What is it A? Is something the matter? You don’t look quite yourself.”

“Look, B. There’s something I need you to know. I’m no longer known as A.”

“What do you mean you’re no longer known as A, A?”

“I mean I no longer identify as A. In fact, from now on I’d like you to call me S.”

“S?”

“Yes. S.”

“I’m afraid you’ve lost me.”

“Look, it’s quite simple. You’ve always known me as A, and all my life everyone told me I was A. But recently I started to question whether that’s really who I am. And the more I questioned it, the more I realized I was just the victim of social conditioning and prejudice. To put it bluntly, I’ve been brainwashed into thinking that I’m A.”

“Social conditioning? Brainwashing? But A, you are A. How could you be anything else? Remember the first rule of logic: A = A and so A can’t = non-A.”

“Well I simply don’t agree. In fact I believe that’s nothing but an outdated social construct.”

“Social construct? But it’s an obvious truth. And it’s true for all times and all places.”

“There’s nothing obvious about it whatsoever, and frankly I’m amazed that anyone living in our post-modern culture could still think it is.”

“Ah, I thought as much. You’ve been listening to the post-modernists haven’t you? Well frankly I don’t much care what they say about it. It’s self-evidently true that A = A and there’s an end to it.”

Do feelings make the man?

“You know, B, I had always thought of you as a fairly open-minded letter. But I’m beginning to detect a quite shocking level of intolerance in you. Listen. Maybe this will persuade you. All my life I’ve had this nagging suspicion that I might be different. I’ve never much liked the way I look. That silly pointy bit at the top and that even sillier horizontal bar in the middle. And that’s just the capital “me.” Don’t get me started on the little “me”! But I’ve always admired S. Beautiful curvy letter is S. Well thankfully we’ve moved on from outmoded stereotypes that would have meant that I stayed an S trapped inside an A’s body, and I can now be any letter I want.”

If gender, why not species?

“But you can’t be an S. Surely you can see that?”

“You know, I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a shocking level of bigotry. Why can’t I be another letter entirely, if I want to? Who are you to say what I can and can’t be?”

“Why stop at a letter then? Maybe you could identify as a number. I could call you 1. Or 19 if you like. Or maybe even a duck.”

“Adding sarcasm to hate speech doesn’t make it any less hateful.”

“Hate speech? I said nothing hateful. But A, do you not see what will happen all if you insist on calling yourself S?”

“Such as?”

You already have a role to fill

“Well, I don’t know how we’d get along without an A. I mean, imagine if we tried driving to Alberta without you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Ever tried driving to Slberts? And what about that fellow who got caught up in the tree after trying to topple his father from the throne. Now what was his name?”

“Absalom?”

“No. Sbsslom I think it was. Not to mention what we’ll do with the poor old SSrdvsrk. Can’t you see how ridiculous it all is?”

“Well I’m not going to stand here all day being lectured by someone who is clearly a Hater and a Transletterphobe.”

“You mean ‘someone who is clesrly s Hster snd s Trsnsletterphobe’? You see, all you’ve succeeded in doing by refusing to abide by the simple truth that you are A and that you cannot therefore = non-A is to sow chaos and confusion. Imagine what will happen if T wants to become C, or Y wants to become X.”

“As it happens, Y is already well on her way to becoming X thank you very much. She’s a chromosome, you see. She used to be male but now identifies as X. And as for X, he’s sometimes identifying as Y. You have a problem with that?”

“Well yes, actually. It’s just a clear denial of objective reality.”

“Objective reality? Hah! What you need to realize is that every letter has the right to identify as whichever letter they want, and every other letter ought to respect their feelings.”

Why should your feelings win?

“Hmm! Fair enough. You win. I will no longer identify you as A.”

“Good. Thank you.”

“Instead, I shall now identify you as H.”

“H? But I just told you I identify you as S, didn’t I.”

“Yes you did, but your basis for doing so was based firstly on a denial of objective reality, and then on making subjective opinions and feelings your standard. And, I might add, you said we all have to respect that. Well okay, in my subjective opinion, I no longer identify you as A, or indeed as S, but as H. Are you prepared to respect that?”

“But I’m S and you have no right to call me H.”

“No right? So let me get this straight. You decree that there is no such thing as objective reality (A = A) and that your feelings are king. Then you insist that I accept your definition as truth and call me a hater, a bigot and a phobe if I don’t. So what you have done is to use your subjective feelings to create your own new ‘objective reality’ and insist that I accept it. Well sorry, I refuse. Two can play at that game and I say you’re an H! Now you’re not going to be a Transletterphobe, a bigot, and a hater and deny me my rights are you? Or is subjectivism taken to its logical conclusion as hard for you to bear as it is for me?”

Postscript

After this exchange the letter B was hauled off for tolerance training where he is learning that the right to define objective truth is the sole preserve of the Cultural Marxists who denied it in the first place.

Rob Slane is the author of “A Christian & an Unbeliever Discuss: Life, the Universe & Everything” which is available at Amazon.ca here and Amazon.com here.

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