Chinahand

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Thought this was an interesting take on Transgender and racial issues from Jerry Coyne:

Once again: why is it okay to be transgender but not transracial?

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"Rebecca Tuvel in the academic organ Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy ... examines the arguments supporting the acceptance of transgender people, and finds them similar to the arguments supporting acceptance of “transracial” people like Rachel Dolezal, who, though of white ancestry, claimed to be black. Tuvel concludes this:

In this article, I argue that considerations that support transgenderism extend to transracialism. Given this parity, since we should accept transgender individuals’ decisions to change sexes, we should also accept transracial individuals’ decisions to change races."

 

I have to say I step into the issues of identity very cautiously, but think there is a problem with both the idea there are immutable genders and everyone is either one or the other and also the idea that you cannot critique or examine the political and social issues surrounding identity politics.

The regressive left is very intolerant of people examining these issues - as is clear from the backlash Rebecca Tuvel has faced.

Jonathan Haidt wrote this:

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Marx is the patron saint of what I’ll call “Social Justice U,” which is oriented around changing the world in part by overthrowing power structures and privilege. It sees political diversity as an obstacle to action. Mill is the patron saint of what I’ll call “Truth U,” which sees truth as a process in which flawed individuals challenge each other’s biased and incomplete reasoning. In the process, all become smarter. Truth U dies when it becomes intellectually uniform or politically orthodox.

Something very interesting is happening with ideas of Social Justice and liberalism.  I'm not certain the dichotomy is quite as stark as Haidt is making it, but I'm troubled by the regressive left and its identity politics, while accepting ideas of gender and race are far more socially complex than the typical conservative right would claim.

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With a non-answer like that, you should consider running for public office.

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Lego: wonderful toy ... really weak structure.

 

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What?

 

The lego man survived...though we did spend 15 minutes looking for him and eventually found him behind one of the cushions on the settee.

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...............about thirty years ago we went on a land rover trip to Nord Cap in Norway...............3500 miles there and back, brilliant..............check my book, 'Muddy Memories',....................we were climbing the fabulous pass by Garanga Fiord and I was enthusing about the massive waterfall down the middle of the sinuous road and how we were approaching a snow cave and..........a voice from the back pronounced, 'I've lost my lego man and I'm not happy'................oh the joys of being young .............

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The challenge is not to laugh.

 

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