Gender confusion is a real phenomenon that should be treated with respect and charity. However, the intersectional feminists who monetize the issue are akin to the charlatans in Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Until a few years ago, psychologists universally recognized Gender Identity Disorder (G.I.D.) as a mental disorder, not too unlike dyslexia. People with dyslexia confuse the order of letters, whereas people with G.I.D. confuse their sexual identity. It’s a rare but real phenomenon.
However, in 2012 due to pressure from transgender activists, the American Psychiatric Association (A.P.A.) replaced the term G.I.D. with Gender Dysphoria and no longer described it as a disorder. It was not done for medical reasons, but for the sociological purpose of de-stigmatizing transgenderism.
While this was likely done out of care and good intentions, intersectional feminists seized on the classification change to attack gender by saying it’s only a social construct. You are not born a boy or a girl; you are assigned one or the other by social convention.
Unwittingly, the A.P.A. facilitated an ideological assault on the gender identity of more than 99% of the population.
This narrative echoes The Emperor’s New Clothes. Andersen popularized the psychological mechanism that is today known as gaslighting. The term comes from the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which the culprit tries to make the main character believ...