SPAIN: Why no one is born in the wrong body

Translation into English by a Genspect parent of an article written by the author of the newly released book Nadie nace en un cuerpo equivocado: Éxito y miseria de la identidad de género (Nobody is Born in the Wrong Body). For the original Spanish article in full, written by the book’s authors, please visit El Mundo. We republish in English a few excerpts of the article.

A Manifesto against the ‘trans’ obsession: why no one is born in the wrong body

“Queer genderism is built on a point of truth: more and more people feel uncomfortable with their sex or their gender. Or both. This discomfort can range from mild discomfort to extreme revulsion. Their suffering is real. They are not pretending, nor is it mere storytelling or theater. Any attempt to help these people, who obviously deserve the same visibility, respect and rights as everyone else, is laudable, as long as it is theoretically and empirically founded. From this indisputable fact, an attempt is made to present as equally indisputable a metaphysical and implausible explanation of high ideological tonnage: such people have an essence – “what they truly are”, “their identity”, “their authentic self” – incongruent with the sex they were supposedly “assigned at birth”. Sometimes this essence points to a biological determinism-“pink and blue brains”-and at other times it emphasizes a free self-determination that rejects as offensive any question about the cause of such an identity. In a sentimentalized society, where commercially pushed, narcissistic flattery has spread to all areas, any explanation that speaks of self-generated individuals and inner essences seems obvious.

But it is not. No one denies that we are dealing with real facts. The question is how they have become real. The conceptual muddle and lack of rigor surrounding this subject make it difficult to untangle the skein. Perhaps a good start is to denounce the mixing of the concepts of sex and gender.”

“Sex is binary. But gender, now free of its subordination to sex, does not have to be. No one is completely Barbie or completely Ken; we are all somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between Barbie and Ken. Queer theory builds on the enthusiasm for the concept of gender, but paradoxically this theory initiates a return to the stage when sex and gender were confusingly mixed.

The novelty is that, spurred on by the apotheosis of gender, it is now gender that eclipses sex and not the other way around, the latter being understood as a reality subordinated to cultural sexual stereotypes and shaped according to the same logic. Traditional sexism is turned upside down. Gender is a continuum. Sex, already imprisoned by its subordination to gender, will also have to be a continuum.

But how can it be understood that biological sex, fertilization and gestation, is a continuum? This defense of a non-binary sex is based on a misunderstanding of intersexuality. The human reproductive system presents anomalous variants in its development in a small number of cases, as do the rest of the systems of the human body, which are called “intersex”. It is a confusing name, reminiscent of the also confusing “hermaphrodite”, since these variants do not form a continuum nor are they placed “between” the male and female sexes.”

“Thus, if in traditional sexist thinking gender is just an appendage of sex, in queer gender thinking sex is just an appendage of gender. If in traditional sexist thinking a male child who paints his nails is offered to adapt his sexual stereotype to his sex, in queer generist thinking the same child is suggested to adapt his sex to his sexual stereotype. Pure postmodernity.”

“So far, so wrong. Now the alarming part begins. Devoid of a critical analysis that denounces the oppressive role of sexual stereotypes, gender becomes an individual and identity essence that is already magically marked from the start as masculine, feminine or in-between, a private experience whose social origin no one remembers anymore. From fighting against sexist stereotypes, we have gone on to hail them as the basic measure of who we are. Whatever anyone feels can make him or her a woman or a man: it is enough for that person to label his or her experience as such. There is nothing, neither necessary nor sufficient, required to be male or female or either, apart from the manifestation of being so. In other words, unlike age, height or weight, sex – I mean gender, I mean sex – cannot be defined. A woman is the one who feels she is a woman. That the defined term should not be included in the definition is an academic archaism. “Do men and women exist? What is it to be a man or a woman?” wondered Irene Montero in August 2020.” [NOTE: The Spanish Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, belongs to Unidas Podemos, Spanish far-left wing political party, now part of the government in coalition with the Socialist Party. UP have pushed the “Trans Law” in Spain which frees self-identification of sex and punishes “conversion therapy” among other things.]

“In most of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, mandatory protocols for schools that assume the queer vision of gender identity as a self-evident truth have been approved: “When the tutor of a group or any member of the teaching team observes in a student repeatedly the presence of behaviors that may indicate a sexual identity not coinciding with the sex assigned at birth based on their genitals, or gender behaviors not coinciding with those socially expected based on their sex, they will proceed in this way”. And then it lists the meetings that the center’s team will hold with the person concerned and his or her family, in order to assess the start of his or her possible transition. Nowhere, of course, does it include a single example that clarifies what those mismatched behaviors would be. The Female Section is back. [NOTE: Sección Femenina in Francoist Spain were an important organization in defining Spanish womanhood. They were part of fascist organization Falange, and their activity involved conveying to women that they were inferior to men, and that the primary role of women in helping the Spanish state was through their domestic contributions.]

Gender dysphoria problems are experiencing a dramatic increase, on the order of several thousand percent, in Western countries. Most especially in adolescence and among girls. Sex-change clinics are multiplying a hundredfold, and queer transactivism aims to legally protect the application of a one-size-fits-all intervention, which, at the request of the adolescent, can go through puberty blockers -puberty is optional-, cross-hormonal treatment and, eventually, surgery. Social networks abound with minors who proudly show the scars of their double mastectomies as the solution to the problems of their adolescence. It is known that the discomfort with sexual body changes subsides in a very high percentage if the person is given time to continue growing and learn to overcome the storms of those years. On the other hand, once on the medical train of transition, it is not easy to get off without paying a high personal and health price. Appealing to identity entelechies, they want to allow the entry into a hormonal and surgical process at ages when it is not allowed to get a tattoo. Big Pharma watches over trans rights.”

“As psychologists, we do not confuse respect with acquiescence. We validate suffering, but we also propose new ways of acting that help people get out of the rut in which they may be trapped. A clinical psychology professional does not study for six years to simply nod his or her head in agreement. In many cases, the real disrespect would be to ratify the subjectivist rhetoric they’ve got from the internet and turn them into patients for the rest of their lives.

One can celebrate diversity without misrepresenting basic concepts of biology, misunderstanding functional and necessary language terms, bypassing elementary legal principles, or promoting the market to prey on the bodies of children and adolescents. Visibility and acceptance of all people do not require the nonsense of advocating that one can be born in the wrong body. The road to difference is based on the exaltation of subjectivity and irrationality. The path towards equality seeks the construction of commonality based on verifiable categories proper to the rationality that unites us all.”

José Errasti and Marino Pérez Álvarez, from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Oviedo, are the authors of Nadie nace en un cuerpo equivocado (Nobody is born in the wrong body) (Editorial Deusto). It was published on February 2, 2022.

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