SO I have been thinking a lot about Maya Forstater over the Christmas holiday. You remember her? The feminist who was fired for having the audacity, the absolute audacity, not only to tweet but to believe, actually believe, that biological sex is real.
One of her tweets was the following: ‘Yes I think that male people are not women. I don’t think being a woman/female is a matter of identity or womanly feelings. It is biology. People of either sex should not be constrained (or discriminated against) if they don’t conform to traditional gender expectations.’
For this and other tweets she has been labelled a bigot, part of the far Right and of course as transphobic, and she was fired from her job.
But Maya Forstater did not meet Judge James Tayler at the Employment Tribunal. He, dear reader, has the power to declare what view is or is not ‘worthy of respect in a democratic society’. That’s quite a lot of power if you ask me.
Critical issues surrounding the transgender debate should not be decided by some random judge in the employment tribunal. Most people might think that you would need perhaps more than one person to decide, or even better an Act of Parliament to do that. But not so.
I have written before about how the transgender juggernaut is getting very close to George Orwell’s 1984, and this judgment is more evidence of the dystopia made real. What Maya Forstater may or may not understand is that she is behind the times. The narrative has changed, and with it all the old forms of language have changed.
Maya Forstater is clinging to her old view that sex is an objective reality, but this is ‘oldthink’. Maya Forstater is out there, comrades, tweeting away about sex and biology when she doesn’t understand that if the Party says there is no such thing as sex, then there is no such thing as sex. And that’s it.
And should Maya Forstater start talking about concepts such as liberty and equality, for instance, this is ‘crimethink’ and she must be stopped or fired from her job and shamed for it. I’m still not sure that many people out there get this, but you should.
Transgenderism is not about protecting a minority of vulnerable people who suffer from gender dysphoria. The transgender agenda is about what it is always about: power. Power plain and simple. The power to compel speech. Most of all, the power to compel thought.
Tribunal Judge Tayler said that Maya Forstater’s view in its ‘absolutist nature’ was incompatible with human dignity and the fundamental rights of others. He seems positively shocked at the idea that she denies the right of the person with a gender recognition certificate to be the sex to which they have transitioned. The certificate means that the person is legally a person of the new gender but of course it doesn’t mean that this is true biologically. The issuing of an adoption certificate means that the new parents are legally the parents of the adopted child. It doesn’t mean what we all must accept that this child was conceived in the adoptive mother’s womb, that she was pregnant with the child, laboured and gave birth to it. Just don’t tell Judge Tayler that.
But as I said, this isn’t about protecting rights, this is about power. And there is no end to this. There is no bottom. Do you think that if we all accept that men can biologically change into women, that will be the end of the matter? No, of course not. This is the Left we are dealing with, the hard Left, the Left for which there is no reality, there is no morality; there is only power. And if they have the power to remake reality is this area, I warn you that they will move on to the next area where they find reality just a little too troublesome.
Remember, in the Leftist handbook 1984, O’Brien makes it clear that the only way to assert power over another is to make him suffer. The Left will make Maya Forstater suffer, and they will make anyone else who gets in the way suffer economically, socially or all of the above.
And when they talk about power, they want power over not just the body or speech, but over the mind. They don’t just want Maya Forstater to be nice and use the right pronouns. They want her to believe, to really believe, that men can change into women. And if she doesn’t believe, they will make her an unperson, slowly but surely.
O’Brien again: ‘We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation – anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those nineteenth-century ideas about the laws of nature. We make the laws of Nature.’
Do you understand yet? Biological sex, genes, chromosomes: it is all so last century, according to the Employment Tribunal. If the gender recognition certificate says the man is a woman, the man is a woman not just legally and socially, but biologically.
There are no laws of nature any more, folks, there is only whatever the Leftists say there is, and if they declare that men can get periods then you better get on board.
Finally, this is not just about what you say or what you do, this is about what you think and believe. This is why there is so much use of the suffix ‘phobic’. If you disagree with a certain proposition you are not just on the Left or on the Right. No, that won’t do any more – you are phobic, and suffer from a phobia or are ‘transphobic’ in this case.
In other words you are mentally ill, mentally unstable and in need of help. That, my dear friend, is where places such as the Employment Tribunal come in.
In 1984 there are constant references to Winston’s state of mind. ‘The Party is not interested in the overt act: the thought is all we care about.’ Winston is told he is ‘mentally deranged,’ and O’Brien tells him: ‘Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.’ Earlier he told him, when convincing him he was holding up five fingers and not four, that he ‘must try harder. It is not easy to become sane’.
And don’t we hear this all the time on the airwaves, and TV and twitter, people denounced as TERFS, and transphobic for believing in the laws of nature? This is just another way of telling them that they are insane, mentally deranged and that ‘they must try harder’.
So it’s not going to be easy for Maya Forstater, not when pure power is at stake. The power to remould society, to deny reality and the laws of nature is not something the hard Leftists will give up easily. They simply will not tolerate oldthink and crimethink, and the likes of Maya Forstater.
No, she must be educated, she must try harder, for it is not easy to become sane.