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Transgender Trope #2- Biology Isn’t Destiny

April 12, 2011

This phrase refers to the nature vs. nurture argument about the origins of human behaviors and characteristics. “Biology isn’t destiny” means that potential human behaviors and traits aren’t pre-programmed and unchangable due to one’s biological chromosomal incarnation. This means that socialization and free will (choice) have an impact on biological realities. For example, a diabetic need not exhibit symptoms of hyperglycemia if they carefully monitor their blood glucose. Another example, while a female is biologically able to gestate offspring, she may choose to avoid doing so.

When trans use this trope what they mean is that  even though someone is male he can disguise himself with hormones and plastic surgery to appear female. Or that a woman with small breasts can have bags of silicone inserted surgically between the subderma and the muscles of her chest to give the appearance of having larger breasts. Or that a man can have himself tattooed all over with what appear to be lizard scales. Trans mean that natural biology can be modified with chemicals and surgery and other means. But this is only partially true. For example the diabetic still has diabetes. The trans can’t actually change sex. The female is still impregnable. And the man is not really a lizard.

Transgenderism is based on the idea that gender traits, characteristics, emotions and behaviors ARE inherently tied to one’s biological sex (Biology IS destiny), and they seek to reconcile their own diversity from gender norms by altering their biology to match the traits they view as incongruent with their physical sex. This is actually a REVERSAL of the idea that biology isn’t destiny. What they are saying is that gender IS biologically determined. And if they fail to conform to sex based gender norms they must alter their biology as much as possible to at least conform cosmetically to their gender essentialist beliefs. This is opposite to the idea of transgressing biological imperative (nature) with socialization and free will (nurture).

This trope is an appropriation and re-framing of a feminist belief (“gender” is a set of behaviors coercively inflicted upon and wrongly attributed to the biologically based female class) into its reverse (gender occurs naturally according to sex, so sex must be altered biologically with chemical/surgical body modification so some form of gender homeostasis can be achieved.)

This trope is classified as a thought terminating cliche’ used by transgenderists. It is used to end thought and conversation.  “These clichés are by nature highly reductive, definitive-sounding, easily memorized, and easily expressed. They are also totally empty in that there is no relationship between the words, their meanings, and the topic or person at hand.”

Classification: Reversal, Re-framing, Appropriation, Thought Terminating Cliche

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. spindel permalink
    June 20, 2011 4:36 pm

    Yes, exactly! Great post (and blog).

    It is similar to their misuse of that famous Simone de Beauvoir quote (“one is not born a woman…”) – an equally infuriating mindfuck.

  2. yerb permalink
    October 18, 2011 11:21 am

    I agree with Spinde – yes, great post and blog, Gallus!

    Re: Spindel pointing out the misuse of de Beauvoir’s quote, I agree. I now ask people who use that quote, “What did de Beauvoir mean by that? How did she *say* one becomes a woman?” Because of course, the speaker has typically not actually read de Beauvoir. And when the person can’t answer, I ask, “Was it through surgery?”

    Of course, de Beauvoir was saying one becomes a woman through her sex-role socialization, which is a process that begins at birth, based on her being female: how she is treated according to her being perceived *by others* as female.

  3. swizzle permalink
    April 16, 2012 12:11 am

    the links at the end aren’t working (is it just me?)

    [Thank You! Looks like that site has been shut down. I threw in a new link but you can just google “thought terminating cliche” too.
    Thanks for pointing out the dead link. 🙂
    -GM]

  4. ned permalink
    May 20, 2012 2:52 am

    Been hearing this one a lot lately; this is spot-on, esp. this part —

    “Transgenderism is based on the idea that gender traits, characteristics, emotions and behaviors ARE inherently tied to one’s biological sex (Biology IS destiny), and they seek to reconcile their own diversity from gender norms by altering their biology to match the traits they view as incongruent with their physical sex. This is actually a REVERSAL of the idea that biology isn’t destiny. What they are saying is that gender IS biologically determined. And if they fail to conform to sex based gender norms they must alter their biology as much as possible to at least conform cosmetically to their gender essentialist beliefs. This is opposite to the idea of transgressing biological imperative (nature) with socialization and free will (nurture).”

  5. Randie permalink
    October 17, 2015 9:14 pm

    I have a lot of great,strong psychological reseach studies and information that strongly debunks all of these common sexist gender myths,gender roles and gender stereotypes and shows the sexes are much more alike than different in most of their psychological traits,behaviors and abilities. Why am I not allowed to post on your blogs after having a few posts aproved? I’m totally on *your* side and I’m really trying to help with this important issue.I hope that posting a lot of information at once wasn’t mistaken as being ”spam”.

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