A Guy Named Jennifer
The Senate, in an act of cynical self-interest, just voted to strike the word "lunatic" from a federal law defining mental illness. The Senate errs dangerously. While U.S. Code Title 1, Chapter 1 does describe the mentally ill in pejorative terms, its language regarding idiots and lunatics fits too well in many cases. Take for example the university professor who inculcates his students with disdain for Western civilization; an Occupy Wall Streeter (public defecator, street corner "masturbationist," rapist, and political imbecile); or a university bureaucrat, Justice Department lawyer, or congressman.
In short, the word is too critically important to be repealed. Lunatics must be identified, restrained, and promptly sedated.
Finally, the lunatic may be found in a subculture dedicated to the chemical/surgical invention of new and fantastic genders. This lunatic intends to force multi-gender acceptance upon a society at once rational, traditional, and religious. That the Code's drafters intended to prohibit such lunacy in all its anti-social and political manifestations is self-evident in their unmistakably brutal language.
[T]he words "insane" and "insane person" and "lunatic" shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis.
I rest my case.
Enter now of all spontaneous creations a fabulous guy named "Jennifer." I shall refer to him as "Guy Jennifer." He is a man through and through, and the biological father of children. One day he appeared at the University of Arkansas wearing a dress, sporting makeup, swishing about like a teenage cutie-pie, and in all manner of charming and coquettish ways pretending to be a woman.
Politically correct bureaucrats occupying the university, shamefully surrendering to threats leveled by what should be only euphemistically known as the Justice Department, ordered that "Jennifer" have access to all women's bathrooms and gym showers.
The university apparatchiks were not at all reluctant to command the extinction of privacy for all campus women. Nor did they give a fig that they were exposing vulnerable women or their children to the risk of assault, embarrassment, anger, and mortification. No, they extinguished with enthusiasm a woman's right to dignity and privacy, the better to attest to their masters a trembling, faithful, and witless political correctness.
Like Shakespeare's Ariel in The Tempest, they were eager to indulge Guy Jennifer's best pleasure; be it to fly, to swim, to dive into the fire, to ride on the curled clouds, to his strong bidding task -- and to bid thee Woman, "Surrender to the ways and wiles of Guy Jennifer. Share with him thy campus bath rooms; step together naked into the tempestuous shower.
The Justice Department and university apparatchiks were dictatorial and ruthless in their demand that all campus women surrender their privacy and safety to an aging male decked out in drag -- or following his conquest of the University of Arkansas, his fellow male gals. They could not have been more overt in their contempt for women.
Because Guy Jennifer has simply decided to refer to himself as a woman, a perverse lunacy mandates that all American citizens must now actually believe that he is a woman or forever keep their silence -- that is, if they know what's good for them. Although Jennifer is a man -- a fact confirmable merely by the lifting of his dress -- the lunatic has held that all male pronouns -- when referring to trans-gendered males -- are hereby and forever repealed. All and everyone therefore must refer to Jennifer as a "she" or a "her" or face unpleasant consequences.
For those with the temerity to suggest that Jennifer is still a man, the lunatic has created yet another epithet calculated to defame the reputation of the dissenting man or woman, to characterize him or her as a knuckle-dragging, heartless beast barely risen from the primordial ooze. The epithet is "transphobe." The lunatic's invention of such epithets is of course a vile political instrument crafted to intimidate, to silence rational debate, to mandate fanatical dogmas, to stop dissent -- in short, to banish reason in a celebration of the irrational and insane.
Jennifer, of course, sued the University of Arkansas, demanding that it coerce its female population into the acceptance of his decision to allege that he is a woman. Guy Jennifer might have used the gender-neutral bathrooms provided by a kowtowing coven of university bureaucrats, but to do so would have been too terribly demeaning -- and doubtless as well a corruption of Guy Jennifer's constitutional right to privacy.
The university's repeal of a woman's right to the most personal privacy is based upon the theory that gender for the past four thousand years or so has been and continues to be a calculated, transparent, and false "social construct." That men and women, in all ages and places -- in ancient Babylon and Egypt, in modern Paris and New York City -- have consecrated their lives to one another and to the loving conception, birthing, and raising of the next generation of children simply proves the perniciousness of a social construct that ignorant commoners over the eons have had the audacity to revere as family. In fact, Guy Jennifer is the new social construct.
Still, the lunatic wonders: why can only biological men and women conceive, birth, and raise children? Why not let somebody else do it -- say, Guy Jennifer and another female guy just like him? Indeed, for the lunatic, the very notion that conception and birth, the sacred creation of life itself, must be restricted to a biological man and woman smacks of elitism, inequality, and discrimination. That only men and women should be allowed to conceive and raise children is a view so narrow, provincial, and discriminatory that their cohabitation should be immediately and forever prohibited. Four thousand years is enough. Discrimination must end. Our country must have equality über alles.
However fantastic this pseudo-scientific collage of perverse chicanery is, the lunatic intends to force Americans to believe that the historic and prehistoric man-woman social construct is readily impeached merely by injecting into healthy males massive doses of female hormones, by wishful thinking, and by genital redecoration. In fact, however, at the University of Arkansas, the definition of "transsexual" does not even require that a man submit to injections or surgical excision. The Arkansas test is simply whether the male really, really and truly believes that somewhere inside his hirsute geography is a woman, doubtless beautiful and pining to be set free. Furthermore, "[a]t the University of Arizona, all students are allowed to use whichever restroom, male or female, that they choose, putting heterosexual students at risk for assault and violation of privacy" -- and doubtless sparking many a metaphysical man/woman debate at the men's urinal or the gym shower.
All this gives a new and deeper meaning to lunacy, does it not? But how wonderful for lunatics. Henceforth, Guy Jennifer may go where he will, or shower where he will -- and damn to perdition those women, and their friends, husbands, children, and family, who object to his violation of their personal privacy and dignity simply because he is a man addled by the notion that he is a woman.
Personal privacy and rational inquiry, freedom and dignity, rights ancient, natural and constitutional are close to extinction in this land of the free and home of the brave. Still, Guy Jennifer has raised an existential question for those who treasure a society whose heritage is the splendid religious, literary, and philosophical wisdom of Western civilization.
Just think about it. If the lunatic is imbued with the power to compel the acceptance of Guy Jennifer and his outrage against privacy, then tell me: what idea, however outrageous, obscene, nihilistic and absurd may not be imposed upon an American people?
Robert Harkins is the author of Renegades: Their Betrayal of America, Her Revolution & Renaissance. His new book is available at Amazon.com in hardcover and kindle editions. Type in "Renegades" and "Robert Harkins."