‘As a Mother’ | National Review

‘As a Mother’ | National Review

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This part of the exchange that Maddy posted earlier, between “Kellie Jay Keen, an English women’s-rights activist” and transgender activist Dawn (formerly Don) Ennis,” stood out to me:

“I beg your pardon,” Keen said. “As a mother, I am asking you — do not use female spaces. It makes women and girls very uncomfortable.”

“As a mother —” Ennis said.

“How dare you. You are not a mother,” Keen said.

That “as a mother” claim is utterly astonishing — a true jump-the-shark moment. Even if one were to agree with every single biological idea that is offered up by the transgender movement, there is simply no way of looking at history that could turn Don Ellis into the “mother” of the children he fathered. That Ellis is not his children’s mother is a fact, a certitude, a cosmic verity. It is true now, it was true then, it will be true forever.

I have two children. They were carried — and then delivered — by my wife. If I were to decide tomorrow that I identify as a woman, I daresay that some people would believe (or, at least, indulge me in) my fantasy. But that toleration wouldn’t — and couldn’t — change the historical fact that I did not give birth to my kids, and that I am, in fact, their Dad. Perhaps, in such a strange circumstance, I would want to be my children’s mother. But I would not be so, and to say otherwise would be to tell a preposterous, revisionist lie — akin in nature, if not in biological delusion, to the claim that, because I am an immigrant to the United States, it is fine for me to tell people that I was born here.

There are many alarming things about the transgender movement, but by far and away the most worrying is its tendency toward the rewriting of history. “Day by day and almost minute by minute,” Orwell wrote in 1984, “the past was brought up to date”:

In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record.

“As a mother.” The hell you are.

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Tony Beasley
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