I tend to judge a book by its index. But CJ Atkinson’s Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? does not have an index. It only has a glossary; so I turned to it to look for two terms: sex and gender. To no great surprise, I found only half of what I sought.

The glossary defines gender as ‘how a person feels in regards to male/female/neither/both/other’. Yes, this is indecipherable; but the term sex doesn’t even make the glossary and this omission is entirely indicative of the book’s raison d’être. Though the human person is embodied as one of two sexes, which we call ‘male’ and ‘female’, this book is unconcerned with who we are. It is concerned only with who we think we are. So sex cannot be admitted into the conversation.

Our backdrop, then, is the neo-Gnostic dreamscape of self-invention.

Intended as a school resource, this slim volume tells the story of Kit, a 12-year-old girl who believes she is a ‘boy’. The story is told from her point of view, which allows the use of simple language, thereby making it accessible to children.

Kit tells us that as a trans person you might experience gender dysphoria, or not, and you might feel you are in the wrong body. Or not. You might choose to medically transition, but choosing not to does not make you less trans. Furthermore, your identity might be binary or non-binary, it might stay the same across time or it might change, and your awareness of your transness can surface during childhood, adolescence or indeed any time. There are lots of different ways to be trans and they are all the same.

We can safely conclude that there is no ‘there’ there.

The author gives most of the major gender-related contradictions an airing, all of which hang on the initial premise that Kit’s femaleness was merely ‘assigned’ to her at birth by a stranger, an accusation dramatised in this hyperbolic article Don’t Let the Doctor Do This to Your Newborn.

The problem of stereotypes quickly makes an appearance in Kit’s account: do they limit us or define us? From an early age, Kit knew she wasn’t a girl because she “didn’t like playing with dolls.” Later, she knows she is a boy because she wears “boy’s clothes” and has “a boy’s haircut.”

The tension between gender-as-artificial-construct and gender-as-innate-identity thus rears its ugly head. Hormone blockers, we learn, are “a type of treatment (sic) that stops you from going through the puberty you were assigned at birth.” That’s right: puberty in this deluded mindset becomes a social construct. The book also trots out the lazily accepted notion and now much repeated mantra that gender is a spectrum.  Yet as feminist academic Rebecca Reilly-Cooper explains here it is not just politically troubling for feminists, it is a fundamentally illogical and incoherent idea.

The book proceeds to inform us of the negative repercussions of “denying a young person access to their identity”.  Five pages later we are reminded that the right to privacy includes the right to keep your “trans status” a secret. Leaving aside the question of how person X can be denied access to person X, legal permission to somehow conceal our sex tells us something important: transgenderism is not about embracing our mind. It is about denying our body.

As the book’s claims grow more extreme, and as the reader is pressured into accepting this virtual reality as ‘more real’ than ‘real reality’, the presence of a 12-year-old narrator ceases to be suitable—if it ever was—and becomes something deeply disturbing. This is particularly apparent when Kit addresses medicine, language and law.

Kit thinks she might want to take testosterone at 16. It will enable her to go through “boy puberty” at the same time as ‘other boys’ in her class. Her friend Tobi “might have ‘top surgery’ so that they don’t have breasts.” Likewise, Kit says you can have “hormone replacement (sic) therapy (sic)” to “help your body become the right body for you.”

This is no glossy mag offering tips on how to achieve your desired beach body. No, this is a 12-year-old girl teaching children a throwaway attitude towards the body: are there parts of your body you do not like? Then cut them off and thrown them away.

Encouraging children into such casual acts of violence against themselves truly is sadistic.

We are also presented with the standard account of how to react if we ‘misgender’ somebody or use the ‘wrong’ pronouns. Gender etiquette requires us to apologise and move on—or, in plain English, to admit that we were wrong and never do it again. Turning to law, Kit informs us that the Equality Act 2010 has allowed the school to “do things to help (her) without worrying that they were breaking any laws.” Did you catch that? The Act allows, indeed compels, schools to do the previously unthinkable, such as having boys and girls shower together.

This startling admission takes us into the heart of the issue. A book ostensibly about accommodating diversity also instructs us to use common words such as ‘male’ and ‘she’ in a brand new way. Why? And why the threatening references to the Equality Act? Because far from being clunky and out of place, new language and new laws are strictly necessary to the ideology.

Consider: after the summer holidays, Kit returned to school as “who I really am”—a ‘boy’—and everybody in her class “wore stickers saying what their pronouns were.” Why? What is going on here is not an effort to accommodate trans-sexualism whilst conserving the status quo. Rather, it is an attempt to create a new and bodiless ‘version’ of the human person.

When the body will not budge the best the ideology can do is force us to divorce our mind from our body. This is why the ideology’s tentacles need to wrap themselves around everybody and everything about everybody—law, language, medicine, and so on. As Jonathan Saunders recently put it, gender is a universal acid set on dissolving all legal recognition of sex and sexual difference.

Be in no doubt, this is a revolution. If you have a child in school I recommend you familiarise yourself with the ideology promoted by this book. Your child’s sanity just might depend on it, as indeed might yours.

Daniel Moody is an independent philosopher specialising in the ideology named Gender. He lives in Dorset, blogs at gentlemind.blogspot.co.uk and is the author of The Flesh Made Word.


  1. When I was 7 I wanted to be an astronaut. My schoolteacher didn’t force the rest of my class to read a book called “Bik wants to be an astronaut” and encourage the children in the school to refer to me as Flight Lieutenant and support my desire to turn up to PE lessons in a space suit.

    My parents were quietly supportive, but they didn’t exactly rush me down to NASA to begin astronaut reassignment training. (It would have been a waste of money, I changed my mind the following year)

    I can understand that there are indeed a minority of children for whom gender is an issue and I sympathise with that. What I don’t support at all is this mad crazy headlong rush that society seems currently swept off its feet by.

    There is a real, real risk that we end up unjustly damaging well-adjusted children in a ridiculous over-zealous over-promotion of gender issues. It no longer feels like “supporting” gender issues, it is feeling very strongly like “advertising”

    • I wanted to be an engine driver, the man next door drove an main line steam engine for the old GWR. When I was about ten or so, he took me for a footplate trip (no Health and Safety problems in those days!) and I soon decided that I really didn’t fancy the idea, far too dirty and messy, the coal dust got everywhere.

  2. IT has begun in this country. A girl who says she is a boy is taking St Aidan’s RC School in Hereford to court for not accepting she is a boy and allowing her to wear a boy’s uniform. But we now know where this is leading – it’s leading to changing room facilities and school trips and shared rooms! A 14 boy in America has been bullying an American school for months over not being allowed to share the girls changing rooms as he says is a girl! They have now given in and it is the girls who have to leave the changing rooms to avoid sharing them! Why is the minority allowed to bully the majority – answer – so that brain washing can begin.
    We must repeal the Equality Act asap.

  3. My sister always wanted to be a boy. Boys did interesting things, they were allowed out by themselves, they could play football, they could go fishing for tadpoles in the local stream, they could climb trees, etc, etc. Girls had to go out shopping with mother, girls had to learn how to cook and look after the home. Even boys’ books were far more exciting. There were thousands of reasons why it was far better to be a boy.
    All this disappeared at puberty and in due course she had three children and numerous grandchildren and is forever moaning that her eldest granddaughter won’t behave like a girl!
    I just wonder what would happen today. Would the ‘experts’ have decided when she was about six that she should start ‘transitioning’ to become a boy? If so they would have completely wrecked her life.

    • And of course the “feminist” point would be that the various activities and skills could be taught and done, even wearing tomboy clothes. All quite without any hormones or surgery. I have no problem at all with people being much freer to do the things they want. Though rooted in biology lots of stuff is changeable over time and space. Much of the transgender stuff is incoherent because it takes clothes fashion doing certain jobs as being unavailable unless the body conforms to the “gender”. Yet clearly all could be indulged in. Its as if it is physically impossible to wear trousers without a penis. Clearly nonsense.
      I know for some few it goes deeper than that, but for most that I have heard the description of the sex is in fact a description of the appearances.

      • I suspect that a lot of people who end up doing a job traditionally done by the other sex end up being disappointed. Before I retired I had two good female engineers working for me but when they had to spend time on site, jeans, sensible footwear and wet weather gear were essential. In the end both gravitated to back room jobs, well below their capabilities, because they preferred wearing a skirt & heels and having clean hands.

        • I suspect you’re right too. Choices often are made on a basic level. I’m all for people having a go and in much poorer countries one sees people of both sexes working very hard because they have to (you know women on roads and fields etc.). The point would be to just let people make the choice based on the reality. So that the opportunity is there and then leave folk to sort it themselves. Your story reminds me of the advert I saw put out by a Uni. offering bursaries for women engineers (civil). Not only was the idea just plain sexist (no bursary for males) but the advert went on about how the “job” had changed and one didn’t need to site visit and there were plenty of opportunities for meetings and forming relationships in teams, in other words it did its best to suggest there’d be little need to go outside and specifically said you wouldn’t need to wear a hard hat or high vis. gear. Just how silly. And really rather demeaning to those women prepared to get stuck in. Similarly how daft to change physical requirements (as in Fire Services etc.) rather than accept few women (and relatively few men) will reach the standard required.
          Its a mad age that seems to have lost track of reality.

          • Another generation of paperwork engineers. You don’t get respect from site workers because you have shiny qualifications, you get it if you are prepared to turn to and show them you could do their job st a push. I was lucky, I went to evening classes whilst working full time and picked up a bit of most of the trades. And as a mate of mine with a very loud shout says, you develop it when you’re working on a North Sea Oil rig in a force 9 gale dealing with thick Irish navies. Not PC, but very true. And not, I would suggest, a woman’s job.

  4. Correct.

    This – https://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children – and this (a long paper on this and related matters) – http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/number-50-fall-2016- need to be sent anybody promoting it.

    As far as i am concerned it is child abuse and nothing else

    From the first link

    4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.6

    5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.5

    6. Pre-pubertal children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. This combination leads to permanent sterility. These children will never be able to conceive any genetically related children even via artificial reproductive technology. In addition, cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to cardiac disease, high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.7,8,9,10,11

    7. Rates of suicide are nearly twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.12 What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?

    8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.

  5. The most wicked aspect of all this is that having confused the children’s minds, these activists then tell the children that the reason for their confusion is that they too are confused about their gender. Once the confused child has voiced their newfound belief that they are in the wrong body, this is jumped upon and the child is told that any feelings of confusion and upset are not due to their transgender identity (….”that is who you are ducky”….) but due to the transphobia of everyone else.

    Same with the homosexual activists.

    Once a child has ‘come out’ as abnormal in any way, there’s no going back; the activists make sure of that.

  6. I didn’t like playing with dolls either. But I didn’t suffer any kind of sense of “gender dysphoria” over it. I simply prefered cars and motorbikes. Still do in fact which is why I have a Land Rover on my drive. Some of us are girly girls and like doing girly girl things. Some of us aren’t. I’ve never met another tomboy who was gender confused whatever that’s supposed to mean. We’re still female, still capable of marrying and having kids. We tend to be confident and well balanced. It also means that tomboys of a certain age aren’t going to take lightly to being pigeonholed as “other”. I’m female. If they can’t accept that or don’t like that then they can do one.

    What is happening with our children is a pernicious kind of mental abuse. Little wonder some kids are mental wrecks.

    • What is happening to our children is from the nanoparticulate sewage in the sky, in the air, water and processed food.

      • When the last Defender rolled off the production line I was extremely miffed. One of the most versatile vehicles ever designed (I learned to drive in one) and it’s set to become an endangered species. Like my old but very cherished Freelander.

        Am I the only one who think that the squashed new version of the Rangie looks like a Mini on steroids. I like my 4x4s to look like 4x4s.


        • Yeah, I had a 216 with a K that had a few issues with the head… it was a good car though, much better than the later versions. The Defender – despite its obvious tractor-related driving style – is the best motor I’ve ever owned. Goes anywhere, totally practical, immensely strong, indestructible, utterly reliable. I went from an Alfa 159 (which was a fantastic car) to a Defender and thought I’d miss the Alfa – I don’t in any way!

          It wouldn’t surprise me if JLR sell the tooling abroad for the Defender… say, India or something, who don’t really care about such regulations. Bloody EU. So the current Defender might survive somewhere… I do think the new Defender will be a much better machine, I just hope they ensure it’s a utility vehicle still, not a Chelsea tractor. The new Rangie? The Coupé? Yeah, saw that the other day… not sure why that’s a thing at all!

          • Fingers crossed. The Freebie has gone, apparently morphed into the new Disco Sport – which also looks like a Mini on steroids. Drives like a dream though. I have a friend who’s just bought one and she let me have a go.

            I expect I’ll come around to the new designs. Eventually.

          • Freda! Excellent. Yeah, I like the Disco Sport to be honest, looks good and is probably an amazing car to drive. You can’t fault JLR really – their cars are amazing these days.

            Have you seen the Range Rover Reborn? Great idea…

  7. When the UK govt. on the orders of the eu, makes transgenderisation mandatory I for one will refuse to comply.

    • Sorry, I forgot to mention I am not Pavlov’s Dog.
      It is my considered opinion, after much deliberation, that Pavlov’s Dogs were actually smarter than him and being desirous of higher quality dog meat , they co-operated with his hypothesis of Conditioned Reflex, being fully aware he would become more affluent on the lecture trail

  8. There are people who feel they have been born into the wrong body. But encouraging people, especially young people, to change sex, seems totally irresponsible.

  9. It really makes me wonder whether the people who are pushing this stuff are totally deluded, jumping on the back of a ‘rank’ commercial opportunity, or intentionally developing suicidal tendencies among the young. Private or Free school education and home schooling are looking more and more like the only worthwhile options.

  10. Gender/sex of an individual is determined by their chromosomes and the resulting anatomy. This also allows for hermaphrodites. It is not determined by their mental state nor what they think regarding themselves.

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