Open letter to the Henrik Palmgren
and the Alt Right on Transsexualism
I’m writing this because it is about an issue that is coming up more and more in the online networks I inhabit and I see a lot of misunderstanding or just plain ignorance about the subject.
I’ve done a couple of interviews on YouTube recently on the subject, to which I have received mostly reasonable responses, but there have been a couple of ignorant comments which demonstrated that their authors had not actually listened to the content, and one of them actually admitted that this was the case.
I also feel the need to respond to the rant which Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice TV made on last Saturday night’s live stream about transsexuals. (Weekend Warrior #32 members’ content http://www.redicemembers.com/.)
Firstly, may I preface this by saying that I have been a listener to Red Ice Radio for something like eight years, and not only have I greatly enjoyed an immense amount of the content which Henrik has presented over the years, but also tremendously respect the open minded attitude he has taken in his research and inquiry on subjects which many others fear to approach.
I was greatly honoured when I was invited to appear on Red Ice’s sister channel Radio 3Fourteen by the estimable Lana Lokteff about eighteen months ago and given the opportunity not only to discuss the ideas behind my book Waking The Monkey Claire Rae Randall ~ Hundredth Monkey: Cultural Marxism and the New Age (R314)but also, in the second interview to explain my views on the world of transsexualism and transgender. Cultural Marxist Model of Sexuality and Biology of Gender Dysphoria
For those of you who missed that I will briefly summarise that it is my scientific conclusion based on experimental and other material evidence that while there may be socialised forms of transgenderism as the proponents of Gender Studies claim, classic transsexualism develops out of neurological developmental abnormalities which remain as permanent structural defects within the brain.
News stories such as the mother/child ‘transition’ which was featured on Weekend Warrior are troubling. Any psychologist or psychotherapist worth their salt must surely consider the possibility of some kind of collusion or folie-a-deux taking place. Having experienced severe gender dysphoria myself from the earliest age I have deep reluctance to accept what is called ‘late onset’ transsexualism. The mother of this child seems to have been claiming this. My own view is that if one has not had this sense of being/wanting to be the opposite sex from the earliest age, and it has not been immovable, then claims of sudden epiphanies later in life must be regarded with suspicion. Especially if it appears to have been triggered by the child’s announcement that they want to be the opposite sex. Who knows what kind of unconscious mechanisms have been at play here?
So far, I’m probably on the same page as Henrik, or at least close.
Here, our paths will diverge I suspect.
This mother/child story is, I agree, deeply troubling, and probably quite messed up.
But there are tens of thousands of fully transitioned transsexuals out there invisibly carrying on their lives without most people knowing about this.
I recently came across this piece of research by Lynn Conway which suggests that at least in terms of strong feelings of gender dysphoria the population of people for whom this is an issue, in the USA at least, could be as high as 1 in 500 or even more.
That is a figure of 0.2% of the population, and similar to other neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis.
The population who have had such strong feelings of gender dysphoria seems to have existed for possibly several millennia, at least as far as evidence can be found, and could well have existed long into prehistory. Communities such as the hijra in India, and the kratoey of South East Asia are well established social niches that have been evolving for a long time.
The individual instances which we may find questionable, such as the mother/child one featured, should not be used as a straw man to attempt to eradicate the actual phenomenon itself.
I hear Henrik, and others on the Right expressing sentiments to the effect of ‘Why do they do this? Why can’t they just be normal?’.
Sadly, we can’t, and your saying so won’t make it happen.
There are two ways we can approach this. I can go into the developmental neurology but it is probably more important to understand that what is probably triggering Henrik and others on the Right about this is the way it has been exploited by the left.
I have explained here, and on the R314 show how I believe that these conditions arise in neurological development. This is a testable hypothesis, and there is already evidence such as that I have cited, Gooren and Zhou’s work in the early 2000s, and my own favourite, Professor VS Ramachandran’s work on the likelihood that there is some brain mapping mismatch, which closely corresponds to my own experience.
So, having established that the phenomenon of severe gender dysphoria does exist, and has existed for thousands of years with many tens of thousands of people who have gone to extreme lengths to reduce this dysphoria, and having proposed probable brain structure mechanisms as to the aetiology of this phenomenon, which I fully acknowledge is not survival adaptive in the greater scheme of things, I have presented the material evidence demonstrating our existence and the likely reasons for it.
Where I believe that Henrik, and others in the New and Alt Right are missing the point and attacking the wrong target is that this genuine phenomenon, which has existed for thousands of years and found at least some small niche in some societies has been hijacked and exploited by the LGBT and SJW crowd to their own ends.
There are acknowledged to be several prominent homosexuals in the Alt Right, which has attracted criticism from some quarters, but doesn’t seem to be a problem for most. Similarly, I don’t think you will find any of these homosexual Alt Righters promoting LGBT and SJW agendas or multiple made up genders with accompanying pronouns. As is the case with myself. Richard Spencer himself recently tweeted that homosexuality is a fact of existence and shouldn’t be a stumbling block.
Richard Spencer 'Homosexuality isn't going away'
Richard Spencer 'Homosexuality isn't going away'
Homosexuality has been a part of European societies and culture for millennia. It's not going away, not something to get worked up about.— Richard 🥛 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) November 1, 2014
I saw a comment on the Red Ice YouTube channel below my interview with Lana accusing me of trying to take over the Alt Right with my trans agenda.
Puh-leeze. I have no intention or desire to subvert the Alt Right, and am quite happy to let it evolve in its own way. The only thing I seek to influence is awareness of this issue so that its energies are not misdirected in the way we sometimes see.
As I have pointed out, there is a large population of unnoticed transsexuals out there. My own experience of this is that most of these have no wish to ‘deconstruct’ the gender binary, and feel that it would only make the situation more confusing if it was.
However, the LGBT left want to promote transgenderism rather than simply acknowledge transsexual gender dysphoria as a problem which a very small percentage of the population experience and find themselves having to deal with.
What this amounts to is suggesting and promoting the idea that transgenderism is something that almost anyone can engage in, that it is perfectly normal. Associated with this is the notion that ‘gender roles’ as such are an oppressive cultural construct and that it is good to ‘queer them up’ as the activists say, by doing this kind of thing.
The sudden emergence of the 38 invented pronouns or whatever it is and the demonisation of all who refuse to use them (like Dr Jordan Peterson) alongside all this is clearly a viral cultural psychosis, and I would liken it to the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution in China in the late sixties. Eventually it burnt itself out but after having done terrible damage to the country, its people and its heritage.
I rather see the current War on Gender, as I call it, in these terms. It is one theatre of conflict in the great cultural war which is being waged against Western Civilisation and its people at present.
This is the target that Henrik and the new right should be focussing on. Yes, point out the ludicrous nature of ‘late onset transsexuals’, cast doubt on dodgy relationships where weird dynamics are at work and stick up for the normalisation of the gender binary as the principal basis not only for our society, but for our entire phylogenetic class of mammals.
But the enemy is the libertine left who want to parasitise themselves upon a class of people who, by our nature, seek social invisibility. It is very self contradictory for me to have to engage with this subject, because I do not gain anything by outing myself as transsexual. I may hope to spread some understanding on this subject more widely than already exists, but at the same time I find myself subject to abuse from people who don’t even bother to listen to the material in my podcasts.
The only substantial thing I can hope to get from this is a redirection of hostilities away from the 0.2% of the population of whom I am a member, and hope that it will be aimed at the proponents of Queer Theory and Gender Non-Binary who are as much, more even, my enemy than that of the person in the street, because it turns them against us, when it is the Gender Theorists who are the enemy who are responsible for all the confusion.
As I will describe in my forthcoming book The War on Gender, when, some years ago, I was considering applying to take a Masters in Gender Studies at Leeds University (something of a Ground Zero epicentre for the world of Gender Studies, I discovered) I realised that to do so would involve having to listen to theories of gender which entirely resisted acknowledging all that I already knew, and which imposed an interpretation on me with which I did not agree myself.
It seemed probable to me that I would have been considered something of a catch, possibly a poster child for the promotion of their fake reality had I pursued that path.
This is the world to which we must direct our critical attentions, not the medical concept of transsexualism itself.
Gender Studies rejects the application of taxonomy to atypical gender conditions. ‘Late onset’ transsexualism in someone who is middle aged and a parent is considered just as valid as someone who has had strong feelings since childhood and transitions successfully in their twenties. All gender is fluid and choice, and any firmly fixed position is oppressive in their world.
The simple problem is that to the non specialist all this conflates to a point where the baby is thrown out with the bath water. All we are left with is political demands from people whose only interest is to deconstruct society, which is entirely the opposite to what I and many like me want.
So, I address this directly to Henrik Palmgren. All I ask is that you understand that this is a more complex and nuanced subject than previously it might have seemed. I’m not Calling you out or trying to raise some big internet flame war.
I love your material, and I’m really proud to have been on your network, but one of the things about the Right is that we accept what is and don’t try to impose solutions because we think that’s how the morality of the world should make it. If the SJW left hadn’t been exploiting this lately you probably wouldn’t even be aware of it as an issue, because people like me like to blend in and not be noticed, certainly not wave a flag and say 'Look at me!'. Which is why it is a pain that I have to do this, because I am sick and tired of the Gender Studies morons spreading lies about people like me and trying to destroy society through viral contagion and imitation by weak minded people.
But I have to do it because someone has to, and I am in a position where I can laugh at the critics from the left who might otherwise accuse me of transphobia. I’m sure I will still get that from gender fluid queers but they are an even smaller minority than my own group, and I don’t care about them. I had expected to have to deal with them but of course SJWs tend to ignore things they don’t like. It grieves me to have to address this to the Right, but if we can clarify this amongst ourselves, then we will be stronger against the left.