We Americans are quite good at selling things. We create new products and new markets, convincing large numbers of people that they can’t live without something that we are more than ready to sell them. Think of the smart phone and its deliverable, the world wide web. People cannot go a day without “the world’s largest ad agency” (Google) at their fingertips. We clever Americans, in fact, have become so good at selling things that we have learned how to shape entire populations’ thinking to fit our markets. Take “gender theory,” for example. The post-modernist concepts that make gender theory possible were dreamed up by European academics, but Americans lost no time capitalizing on them.
It costs a lot of money to “change” one’s biological sex. Scott Newgent reports that he and his insurance company spent $900,000 trying to make him the opposite sex, along with seven surgeries, 16 rounds of antibiotics, 17 months of recurring infection, and ten acute medical complications. Those who wish to change their sex must take lifetime doses of synthetic hormones and often pay for hundreds of visits to expensive therapists. There’s lots of money to be made in convincing boys that they should grow breasts and girls that they should cut them off. Gender theory was not invented by plastic surgeons and pharmacological companies, but these professionals quickly realized that there was money to be made from it. This booming “transgender industry” is aggressively marketed by social media companies and protected by big government.
The other day a friend asked me if I had seen a documentary called “What is a Woman?” It asks some questions about the transgender phenomenon. My friend said I could probably find the video on the internet for free. After all, the internet was invented to provide a free exchange of ideas. I found the video on a site that provides free documentaries on all sorts of topics, but after about 50 minutes the video froze. I tried to reload it, and Google told me that the page could not be found. I persisted, and I finally found the page again. I reloaded and began watching from where the screen had locked, but every ten minutes the site would lock up again. I had to reload five times, working around Google’s claim that “this site does not exist.”
Certainly those who make money on “gender reassignment” don’t want the public to see a documentary that questions gender theory. It’s bad for business. Despite the relatively light censorship I experienced, however, the internet is still free enough to find things, if you persist. At the moment, anyway, those who censor the internet count on our pusillanimity. They expect us to give up when a video is knocked offline. But we can persevere, insisting on our right to ask questions. Most of us, however, as comfortably-entertained and well-fed consumers, have meekly accepted progressive censorship. (After watching this video, I made a donation to the group that produced it, for certainly the worker deserves his pay.)
What can motivate us, and clarify for us what is happening in the marketplace of ideas today? As always, follow the money trail. Who is out to make money? Someone who produces a video questioning gender theory, or someone who produces a video enforcing it? There are very simple economic reasons for blocking certain videos on the internet, and for moving other videos to the top of search engines.
But there is another aspect to the transgender phenomenon: the many people who suffer confusion about their sexuality. Most of us feel awkward, embarrassed, and underconfident just before and during puberty, but we get through it with the support of our parents and mentors. A mother told me that her 12-year-old girl, upon seeing blood on her underwear, shouted from her room “God hates me!” It was her mother’s constant love and affirmation that got this girl through the trauma of adolescence, not surgery or chemicals. But note well that a mother’s love can’t be monetized like surgery and puberty blockers.
The acute sexual insecurity that used to be suffered only by teens has been pushed on pre-teens and post-teens, largely through social media. And it has been monetized. People suffering from sexual insecurity do not need puberty blockers or mastectomies. They need something that costs very little: the love of their parents and friends, and the courage to accept their bodies as naturally good and beautiful. They need a grandfather and a grandmother that cares for them as whole persons, body and soul.