In a move that is reminiscent of George W. Bush's appearing on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to declare "Mission Accomplished," Mr. Williams has effectively declare victory. Now, granted, in response to one comment, in one of his classic straw arguments, he asserts that he never said he had "won." Yes, and Bush did not say the war was "over." Uh huh, yeah....
Mr. Williams asserts that he has shown a series of memes, i.e. straw arguments he has created, have been refuted. Actually, all he has done is try to bury the truth under an avalanche of fuzzy claims, and questionable citations. For example, he tries to claim that Christine Jorgensen "identified" as a transgender woman based on a questionable citation that includes an isolated quote she once made. I have yet to see that she said it more than once, if then. And certainly it is highly unlikely that she identified with the word as it is now used.
In fact, this brings up another of his straw arguments. He claims that transsexuals claim that "transgender" did not exist until the mid-Ninties, and that it was invented by a bunch of crossdressers. Now, some may have come to understand the facts in that manner, but what Williams says is, again, a straw argument that hides the truth. It is not clear how early the first use of "transgender" or some variant of that term first occurred. That is certainly not helped by Mr. Williams rather odd collections of alleged citations. Funny how they always come from obscure and difficult to locate sources. This of course leads to the highly dishonest practice by him of demanding that people prove a negative. This, of course, is a classic dodge used by any number of scoundrels.
In truth, it doesn't matter. Even if all of Mr. Williams claims are true, they would make zero difference in the debate, since the fact remains that the transgender movement as it now exists, and the one that many do not wish to be associated or identified with, did begin in the mid-Nineties, and it was invented by a group of crossdressers. The evidence for this really is overwhelming. The only evidence for Mr. Williams claims are some vague incidents where someone might have used transgender, though not in the sense that it is now used.
Mr. Williams wants everyone to pretend that language never changes, unless of course such a change supports his position.
As to the claim that the transsexual separatist movement actually being dead, well he really offers nothing to actually back that up. Granted, he did post this story on April Fool's Day, so maybe he thinks it a clever joke. Or maybe he was just tired of getting zero comments on his blog, as he certainly opened a hornet's nest. No, his entire argument is based on that series of memes he claims to have busted:
- The colonization of transsexuals meme
- The transgender was an invention of the 1990s meme
As pointed out, "The transgender" (sic) might not be an invention of the 1990s, but the moder transgender movement clearly is.
- The transgender was coined by Virginia Prince meme
- The transgender came from transgenderist meme
What is with this "The transgender" silliness. The first one I could see as a typo, but the continued use is just bizarre. Are we talking about "community," "movement," "silliness?" What? In any case, in a very real sense, it did come out of a group that, for a while, identified as transgenderist.
- The transgender originally meant crossdresser meme
I don't know of anyone who claims this. Up until the 1990s it was a rarely used term, and largely meant nothing. Thus, a straw argument....
- The there was no trans community before the 1990s meme
This is another of his classic straw arguments. Were there support groups and and communication between groups of transsexuals. and between groups of transvestites? Yes. Was there the "transgender community" that Mr. Williams attempts to force people into against their will? Not remotely. Another straw argument.
- The as long a transgender exists, progress can’t be made meme
And yet another straw argument. Progress has been made in spite of the attempts of transgender extremists, but they do make things difficult, and in some cases impossible. Further, what Mr. Williams, and others. like to gloss over, is the problem of what transgender extremists want. What he calls progress, I would call a nightmare.
- The before the 1990s, transsexuals lived a problem-free life meme
- The umbrella terms were an invention of the 1990s meme
Actually, the transgender movement as we know it was born of the idea of transgender as an umbrella term. Certainly, before the 1990s some tended to associate transgender and transsexual, though nothing like the current movement's gender fascists do today.
- The transgender was invented by a Commie in the 1990s meme
As I understand it, one of the leaders of the movement has, at least in the past, identified as Communist. Another straw man argument.
- The there’s no such thing as a non-op transsexual meme
Ah, a semantical straw argument. Since the term "transsexual" clearly refers to someone changing sex, and since the only way to change one's sex is to have surgery, then there are no non-op transsexuals...just delusional people who claim they are non-op transsexuals. Of course, Mr. Williams bases this on out-dated information that was written in 1966 and which has been abandoned long ago. Oh, and that information came from Harry Benjamin, who he usually seems quite fond of trashing anyway
- The Non-transsexual trans folk pose a rape risk to women in the restroom and/or Gender Identity protections make women unsafe meme
And he ends his list of grand, but none existent "bustings" with, of course, another straw argument. The issue is not that "transgender" people will be a threat to women in restrooms. The argument is that the way the transgender movement insists that laws be written would result in males, including ones who are not even transgender, being able to enter women's space by simply claiming, if only momentarily, that they identify as female. That does present a very real danger, and that is what most, including myself, oppose.
Well, once again, Mr. Williams lies, obfuscates, and generally makes silly arguments in an attempt to claim some small amount of victory where none remotely exists.
Suffice to say, those who want no part of "transgender" are alive, and healthy.