Addressing A Defense Of WDI’s Call To “Eliminate The Practice Of Transgenderism”

The [UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women] calls for the ‘elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women’ (Article 5). We consider that the practice of transgenderism clearly falls under this article because it is based on stereotyped roles for men and women.

Transgenderism is an ideology. It differs from being transgender in a way analogous to that in which Islamism differs from Islam. When Turkish politicians say they wish to eliminate Islamism, they don’t mean they wish to eliminate Muslims. Obviously. What the WDI wish to eliminate is the ideological belief that “woman” is defined by the reactionary stereotypes and restrictive expectations which many of us have been fighting against for so long. They perceive (rightly or wrongly) this ideology embodied in the assertion that one can become a woman by adopting and exemplifying these stereotypes and expectations. Very obviously, this doesn’t require anybody to cease to exist. It simply means they disagree with the proposition that “woman” is defined in those terms.

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