Understanding and Responding to Our Transgender Moment

Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2018)

15 Pages Posted: 17 May 2018  

Ryan T. Anderson

The Heritage Foundation

Date Written: May 2, 2018

Abstract

At the heart of the transgender moment are radical ideas about the human person – in particular, that people are what they claim to be, regardless of contrary evidence. Transgender activists do not admit that this is a metaphysical claim. They do not want to have the debate on the level of philosophy, so they dress it up as a scientific and medical claim. But modern medicine cannot reassign sex physically, and attempting to do so does not produce good outcomes psychosocially. Transgender medicine is based on a transgender worldview. But the worldview promoted by transgender activists is inherently confused and filled with internal contradictions. Activists never acknowledge those contradictions. Instead, they opportunistically rely on whichever claim is useful at any given moment. But if you pull too hard on any one thread of transgender ideology, the whole tapestry comes unraveled.

Keywords: Transgender, gender, sex, metaphysics, gender identity

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Ryan T., Understanding and Responding to Our Transgender Moment (May 2, 2018). Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2018) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3172277

Ryan T. Anderson (Contact Author)

The Heritage Foundation ( email )

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002-4999
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.heritage.org/staff/ryan-anderson

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