Phil & Alex on Transgender Wizardry

Phil and Alex, friends since high school, work in the same building downtown, and they enjoy meeting for breaks at a nearby coffee shop, even though they don't always agree on everything. This time in particular they ran into a hot topic . . .

Alex: Wow, Phil, you sure looked surprised when you heard that new barista talking!

Phil: Yeah, I'll admit I wasn't expecting that, but what about you, Alex? You weren't expecting him to have such a deep voice, either.

Alex: Expecting "him"? You're calling her a him? See, that's why she caught you off guard more than me: you don't get the whole transgender thing. She's a she, not a he. Look at her: does she look like a guy?

Phil: No, he certainly doesn't. But look at you now; my pronouns are bugging you. But I've decided I'm not submitting to the magic transgender mind-control thing.

Alex: Magic mind-control? Oh, this is going to be good—I can't wait to hear what that's about.

Phil: You mean it isn't obvious? Look; our barista decides he's a woman, and poof! Reality changes, just by the power of his mind.

Alex (smiles): Yeah, right. She's an evil sorceress. And I'm Gandalf in disguise.

Phil: Well, no; obviously I'm not saying he has real magic powers. Still, you have to admit he does seem to have a certain degree of control over people's minds. Everyone who goes along with that power agrees he's female—not just that he looks or acts like a woman, but that he really is a woman. So he's changing other people's reality, strictly by the power of his thoughts. Do you see what I mean?

Alex: Well, if you want to think of it that way, sure; but really, you're pushing it too far, don't you think?

Phil: I'm not so sure. The transgender position is that someone "assigned male at birth" can be female just because he decides to be, right?

Alex: Right.

Phil: And if he does decide that, then they would say, "She's a woman," not just in her own mind, but in reality, right?

Alex: Right again.

Phil: So this person changes reality just by deciding to change reality, and it changes for him and for everyone else.

Alex: I don't much like the male pronouns you insist on using, but yes, otherwise that's true.

Phil: That's exactly what I'm talking about; he changes reality for everyone, just by the power of his thoughts. It isn't literally magic and it isn't literally mind-control. People can resist. I'm resisting. But if we do, we officially become Bad Persons. That's a lot of power, and every trans person holds it in his or her mind, with no one but us resisters to slow them down in using it.

Alex: (laughing again): Oh, come on, Phil! Next thing you'll be saying is that our barista is Voldemort! You need to get a grip on reality, my friend.

Phil: (also laughing): No, obviously I'm not saying that. But seriously, reality is the very thing I'm trying to hold on to here. And since you've brought it up, we can actually learn something from the Harry Potter stories, as well as The Lord of the Rings. Which wizards in those stories would you consider more likely to control people into seeing reality the way they wanted them to, Dumbledore and Gandalf, or Samuran, Sauron, and Voldemort?

Alex: That last group, obviously. But you said—

Phil: Yeah, I know what I said, and I'm still not saying he's Voldemort. But think about it: every reader of fantasy stories knows that if there's a character who's able and willing to bend others' view of reality against their will, just through mental powers, that character isn't one of the good guys. He's an evil wizard, or she's an evil witch.

So even if we're handing trans persons just a small taste of that power, look at what sort of power it is. It isn't a good wizard's sort of power; it's an evil wizard's sort of power. Which is probably a good clue that it's more like an evil thing than a good thing.

Alex: A clue? Maybe. But isn't it wrong to disagree with their truth about themselves?

Phil: Wrong? I glad you brought that up, too. Bear in mind that we aren't just giving trans people power to manipulate physical reality; we're also granting them the ability to manipulate moral reality. And it's all backwards.

In all the good stories, it's the hero, the good guy, who finally bursts out of the mind-controlled state and sees reality for what it is. Think of Neo in The Matrix. Every story says it's a good thing to wake up and see reality as it is.

Not anymore, though. Our stories have been wiser than we are. These days you're a hero if you give in to the mind-manipulations. ESPN gave Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner a courage award. It's a sports network, for Pete's sake! But you can be sure they congratulated themselves for letting their minds be bent to Jenner's mental image of reality.

And do you see our barista over there? He can make anyone, young or old, innocent or criminal, into an officially Bad Person. You and I are friends, but in a corner of your mind you consider me a Bad Person now for not submitting to his manipulation of reality.

Suppose some young trans person with male anatomy goes into a girl's locker room at school, and some girl objects to his being there. She's likely to get into real trouble for it. One woman got kicked out of a fitness club for objecting to a male being in the women's locker room. The club decided she was too bad a person to be allowed back in again. Strictly by his mental self-imagery, a trans person had the power to turn this woman into a Bad Person.

Alex: No, you've got that wrong. If people are bad, it's not from anything the trans people did to them. It's because they made their own choice not to respect people's gender identity.

Phil: I'd say they decided not to let their minds be controlled. Which used to be considered a good thing, you know. Remember when things weren't this way? When a person was male if he had male anatomy, and female if female?

Alex: Sure, I remember. It wasn't that long ago.

Phil: How long?

Alex: I don't know. Maybe three years ago, maybe five or ten . . .

Phil: Either way it's an eye-blink in history—a terribly short time for such a huge shift to take place. It's almost as if we all got put under a spell. I'm not saying that happened literally, but it sure feels like it.

I for one have decided I won't let trans persons control my mind. I'm sticking with reality instead.

And—oops!—reality also says it's time to get back to the office. See you here tomorrow?

Alex: Sure. I'll even show you what a gracious guy I am: you might officially be a Bad Person, but we can stay friends anyway!

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #42, fall 2017 Copyright © 2019 Salvo |