One of the most troublesome problems in the discussion of transgenderism versus transsexualism is the use of underhanded tactics to turn every exchange into a bitter argument, in order to obscure the truth. It makes me wonder what is so terrible that we can’t be allowed to even bring it up. I don’t see a huge problem with crossdressing, but apparently the TG types do. Why else turn every comment on every thread on the internet into a referendum on transsexuality, using transgender as an avatar?
The fallacy of equivocation is one that can take on a dark tone when one side of an argument gets desperate. Some fallacies are simply errors, but often these “errors” are used as a tactic to win when one of the positions is clearly inferior. When this happens, equivocation has been used with the intent to deceive and obscure the truth.
There are two aspects to the transgender paradigm. One, is the political choice to be an “out and proud” transgender person. The second is the nebulous state of being “transgender” because certain people may think you belong to a group based on a recent attempt at creating a dictionary definition.
What both of these have in common is that they are not born, immutable conditions. Clearly, being politically transgender is a choice, and being shoved into a group against your will is not a birth condition. The duplicitous nature of what passes for transgender discourse would have us believe, however, that the choice to belong to a political group is the same as being considered part of a group defined by those self-same politicians who created it- and who now demand membership (or silence) from those who may not want it. This is classic doublespeak.
This is the usual pattern when one tries to bring up simple truths such as the difference between nouns and verbs with the transgender apologists. These people will switch back and forth between the two aspects of the word simply to obfuscate and throw everyone off track. The next statement is usually a backhanded appeal to fairness through the mechanism of accusation be it bigotry, ignorance, or what have you.
The discussion on the net can be quite heated, as we all know. It can be very frustrating to try to talk to people about this topic when the entire discussion is premised on fallacies like this equivocation. We have arrived at a point where the ridiculous is considered sublime by people caught up in the maelstrom. Things like this can only go so far before they finally run out of gas though. After a time, the protestations simply fall on dead ears. And then people begin to wonder who these people really are.
So… what is so wrong with the word transgender? If these people are so proud, why run from the term they preach in a headlong dash to redefine “transsexual”? And after that, what comes next?