Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Telling Lies to Further Bigotry

 I've had more than one person earnestly explain to me that this bill in Arkansas is good because parents were "chopping off" the sexual bits of their kids, or else forcing them to take "drugs" to change their sex.

(1) No

(2) Also no

One gleeful bigot puts it like this: Parents are "chopping the breasts off of teenage girls."*

And another tells me that parents are doing this because they aren't happy with the little boy or little girl that was born to them, so they force their kids to change to the other gender.

(3) No

(4) Good Lord, no

The thing is, giving kids puberty blockers is done for all sorts of reasons, as is hormonal treatment (including parental convenience. Note that this is the only actual case of a pre-adult child having her "breasts chopped off.")  The Arkansas law only prohibits giving these drugs to trans kids. This is obvious and blatant discrimination. And fortunately the ACLU is on it.

Most "transitioning" done before the age of 18 involves things like allowing the child to wear their hair the way they like, and dress the way they like; calling the child by their new name, and using the preferred pronouns.

Nothing in that is either appalling or radical. But the bigots can't run with that, since they know how silly they would look, so they make up hateful lies and repeat them endlessly.

Like Goebbels, they know if they tell a big enough lie and repeat it often enough, people will believe it. And that it helps if you can get the state to enforce that lie.

*I will not provide citations to any of these disgusting liars. Bigots don't get clicks. 


D Shannon said...

In many instances, Arkansas Republicans are perfectly fine with "chopping off" children's genitalia and giving them drugs to force them into a certain sex. This is why the bill does not stop those things from happening. I refer to intersex genital mutilation, of course.

Although it isn't specifically mentioned, the bill permits these things to be done on intersex children to force them into a certain gender.

B) “Gender transition procedures” do not include:

(i) Services to persons born with a medically verifiable disorder of sex development, including a person with external biological sex characteristics that are irresolvably ambiguous, such as those born with 46 XX chromosomes with virilization, 46 XY chromosomes with undervirilization, or having both ovarian and testicular tissue;

(ii) Services provided when a physician has otherwise diagnosed a disorder of sexual development that the physician has determined through genetic or biochemical testing that the person does not have normal sex chromosome structure, sex steroid hormone production, or sex steroid hormone action;

What a bunch of monsters.

delagar said...

Yes. This bill is aimed directly and carefully at trans kids and trans people, and it is fueled by ignorance and hate.

Deliberate ignorance. Willful ignorance. They have made themselves into monsters on purpose.