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News Weekly, October 6, 2018

SEX SCANDAL: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female

by Ashley McGuire

Regnery, New Jersey
Hardcover: 256 pages
Price: AUD$47.99

Reviewed by Christopher Murray

Common sense tells us that men and women are different. There are physiological differences that cannot be denied. But any person who has met both men and women and had any interaction with them will also note that the sexes differ in other ways – emotionally, psychologically and in their interests, reactions, priorities, likes and dislikes.

It is the common experience of the vast majority of all humans throughout history that males and females are not the same. Sex has always been considered a biological reality, not a social construct.

Yet, there exists a growing movement that seeks to eradicate the distinction between male and female, as well as introducing a whole spectrum of other (sometimes changeable) identities.

Those who drive this movement make a distinction between biological sex (that is, genitalia and the chromosomes that make us either male or female) and gender, which they claim is a fluid construct influenced by cultural norms and stereotypes.

These radicals claim that an individual can identify as male or female (or any number of other gender identities) regardless of their physiological make-up. There are many implications for society if this radical idea takes hold, which unfortunately it is doing. It is symptomatic of the decline of the West that such an absurd notion (that sex/gender is fluid, or an invalid category) can be taken seriously.

Ashley McGuire’s 2017 book, Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female, outlines how this idea has taken root in the West and gives shocking accounts of the results it has already had in schools, universities, the military and broader society. She asks the incredible question (incredible in that it needs posing in the first place): How did we get here? How did we get to this brave new gender-fluid world that defies common sense and the common experience of all history and humanity until very recently?

The book is easy to read – journalism more than a detailed analysis – and McGuire uses anecdotal evidence alongside academic studies to support her two main arguments. The first argument is that an elite segment of society is seeking to eradicate any distinction between the sexes in the name of gender equity.

This thesis is easily advanced, with numerous examples of the drive to abolish gendered language, toys, workplaces and communities.

McGuire writes about the banning of Lego in preschools, the push to draft women into the military, the ever-growing list of pronouns that we all must use, and the changes in language adopted by various professional bodies (women in labour become “birthing individuals”, sportsmen become “sportspeople” and in one ridiculous example, women become “uterus owners”).

No one who follows the news will be surprised at McGuire’s examples, as the same sorts of things are happening in Australia, from the schoolroom to the boardroom, from the ADF to the AFL.

The second argument that McGuire advances is that women are disempowered and disproportionately affected by the eradication of sex distinctions. This reviewer had not considered the idea that one sex would suffer more than the other from the dismantling of traditional gender roles. Although McGuire does acknowledge that men are in a difficult bind (at the same time having to treat women differently and the same as men) she focuses on the impact of the gender wars on women.

McGuire argues that, beginning with the sexual revolution in the middle of the 20th century, portions of society (namely, the radical left and feminists) latched on to the idea that equality of the sexes meant sameness of the sexes; that the way to treat men and women equally was to treat them as if they were identical. She argues that this is a derailing of feminism and that “women are the biggest losers in a world that denies the differences between the sexes”.

When universities like Harvard eliminated single-sex clubs, it was the women who lost out most, having valued those places as oases in sometimes dangerous and male-dominated campuses. And, recently in the UK, the admission by the Labour party of candidates who identify as women regardless of their biology led to 500 women quitting in protest. The admission, they fairly argued, ran counter to moves that aimed to increase the role of women in the party.

Ultimately, if anyone can be a woman just because they feel like it, what is so special about actually being a woman?

Another consequence of abolishing the common-sense truth about sex is that children’s lives become the testing ground. An article recently published in Quadrant, “Experimenting on Gender Dysphoric Kids”, and several articles in these pages, as well as Patrick Byrne’s book, Transgender: One Shade of Grey, outline how the underlying causes of gender confusion, such as pre-existing mental illnesses, go untreated.

The later onset of gender confusion is then dealt with by adopting the Dutch protocol, which is a medical intervention that follows five phases: social transitioning, puberty blocking, administration of drugs to develop characteristics of the desired sex, surgical remodelling of the anatomy, and the commitment to ongoing use of drugs to maintain these physical and psychological changes.

McGuire also outlines how children in classrooms are being subjected to erroneous ideas about gender, sex and identity, and have the innocence of their childhood interfered with by the liberal ideals of overbearing teachers and administrations. (This is not a hypothetical warning of what is afar; it is happening now in our own schools in Australia.)

It is difficult to navigate the jargon and the utter ridiculousness of the gender wars, but Ashley McGuire’s book helps.

In promoting her work, McGuire came up with a useful, pithy truth; a takeaway grounded in reality: “Sex means something, gender means nothing”.

The book arms its audience with a range of material showing that when a culture rids itself of fundamental realties, the consequences are dire. The gender wars are beyond parody, which is a shame, because if the delusional propositions of the radicals did not have such terrible consequences, we could just laugh at them and dismiss them.


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