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February 7, 2017

Collapse into Incoherence

Once upon a time, Katie Couric was a journalist. Today, she shines forth as the woman who has demonstrated beyond all argument the utter incoherence of the libertine left. From Newsbusters via, of all people, Ellen DeGeneres, behold the pulverization of the only argument left standing for abortion rights, all for the sake of supporting transgenderism:

Last week, Ellen DeGeneres invited Yahoo anchor Katie Couric on her show to discuss her “incredible” upcoming National Geographic documentary, Gender Revolution, which confronts “gender identity in this country.” And, according to her, even the unborn can feel a different gender

From the beginning, Couric stressed the “whole new vocabulary that exists” and the “generational divide” in regards to gender.

In today’s world, “it’s much more open and accepted, I think, for people to not fall into this binary that I was raised… with, this boy, girl, blue, pink,” she said on Jan. 23, “and I think for people who are a little bit older, like me, a ‘cisgender woman,’ which means I identify with the gender in which I was born, it’s very hard to wrap your head around these new concepts.”

Actually, for those of us used to using the logical reasoning part of our brain to deal with questions like this, it’s impossible, since it makes no sense. But do proceed.

Referencing to Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, Ellen prompted, “So explain what happens to the brain with estrogen and testosterone when a baby is formed.”

Although Couric warned that the science “is really in its very nascent stages,” she relayed what she had learned.

The science being “in its very nascent stages” means–to those of us who speak English–that not very much is known, which suggests that a great deal of caution should be exercised before turning social norms upside down for the sake of social justice warrior (SJW) virtue signaling. But once an activist like Couric has started rolling downhill, there’s little to stop her.

“We all start out as girls,” she said of pregnancy, “And then a – a surge of testosterone in the first trimester creates different genitals.”

When that process is “interrupted or something happens,” a child can be born intersex or have “ambiguous genitalia or sex characteristics of both… male and female.”

Yes, that’s right, Katie. That’s what known as a “genetic abnormality,” and is typically considered problematic rather than laudatory.

Couric reported that intersex babies provide a “great foundation to talk about where gender comes from.” Rather than “imposed,” gender is “really a deeply biological thing,” she said.

At this point, it’s clear where she’s going with this. She’s thinking, “claiming that homosexuality is genetic worked with the rubes, so why not transgenderism?” She assumes that genetics is a magic wand to get what you want. When people thought that homosexuality was something unalterable and in-born, they concluded that it didn’t make sense to discriminate against people based on a condition they had no choice in. The fact that there was no actual scientific evidence to prove this assertion didn’t matter. It was Goebbels’ Big Lie technique honed to perfection. So Couric has decided to go with the same playbook. Despite the fact that anyone who is paying attention knows that leftist gender theorists have been pounding the “gender is a social construct” and “gender is fluid” drums from years, Couric the media maven figures she’ll go with what works, and that’s repeating “they were born that way” over and over. But there’s a problem.

“Just because you operate on a child and tell that child you’re a certain gender,” she added, “that doesn’t necessarily coincide with who that person feels he or she actually is.”

So which is it, Katie? Does sex-reassignment surgery actually change anything? Is it really possible for a male to become female or a female to become male through a surgical procedure? Or is it entirely a function of their mind? Are we talking about a psychological malady, or a physical one? Her insistence on making the genetic abnormality of hermaphroditism into some kind of paradigm for dealing with the psychologically disordered doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense, which is to say that it is typical SJW emoting.

Even in the womb, a baby can “feel” like a different gender, she went on to say.

“In the later stages of development, it’s when your brain is wired, and sometimes a surge of testosterone can make… a female fetus feel as if that baby is male or that person is male,” she said. “And the opposite, if there’s not enough testosterone.”

That sound you hear is the beautiful music of abortion cultists’ heads exploding as they realize that Couric, in the interest of making a fallacious case for the genetic basis of transgenderism, has cut the legs out from under the last remaining argument (as opposed to emotive “I WANT WHAT I WANT!” temper tantruming) in the abortion religion’s arsenal. That argument is that the unborn child is not a person, and because he or she is not a person, can be disposed of as the mother wishes. The argument that the baby is not a person, in turn, has been based on the assumption that unborn children are incapable of responding to the world the way born people can. In particular, it is usually put it in terms of mental ability–unborn children can’t think or feel or relate even to themselves as individuals, so how can they be considered people?

But Couric upends that in mindless pursuit of her agenda. Suddenly, the unborn, even though not intellectually developed, are capable of feeling, which makes them at least as self-aware and sentient as the average SJW or Madonna. If a baby in the womb is able to “feel” that it is male or female, without even having been exposed to those Platonic forms, how in the name of all that is holy can Couric and her fellow Molech worshippers justify killing them?

Don’t misunderstand me. I have no illusions that Cecile Richards is suddenly going to wake up and say, “you know, I never thought of that. We need to shut down Planned Parenthood’s abortion business pronto.” I realize that with the Molech cultists, it isn’t about arguments, logic, or evidence. It’s about the four-year-old demanding its way and threatening to pee on the carpeting if it doesn’t. But for those who aren’t members of the cult, maybe the acknowledgement from someone like Couric will enable some to throw off the miasma of fog surrounding the issue and realize what it is that they are supporting, or at least tacitly submitting to: the deliberate killing of a living, feeling, entirely unique individual human being, almost always for the sake of someone else’s convenience.

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Don’t search for logic or continuity in any of these arguments.

[1] Posted by Br. Michael on 2-7-2017 at 12:30 PM · [top]

Insane! These people don’t seem to have even a passing acquaintance with logic. Their ignorance is - to borrow their word - incredible. Nothing matters to them except dead babies - and hazy sexual identification. When the two conflict, they run into difficulties!

[2] Posted by Nellie on 2-7-2017 at 01:05 PM · [top]

Another point about all this is the slide of National Geographic into insanity.

Being compassionate to children born with genetic abnormalities is right and reasonable.  These days, I think genetic testing is used to assist in determining the right set of treatments for these children.

Pretending that men can become women because they “think” they are or that women can become men by “thinking” themselves into another “gender” is wildly unscientific and unkind to those people suffering from mental difficulties.

[3] Posted by Katherine on 2-7-2017 at 02:06 PM · [top]

I was watching one of the talking head shows - might have been Tucker Carlson - who had an “alleged” moderate democrat on.  They were discussing abortion and the politician said that he believed abortion should not be allowed after a certain stage.  Carlson pushed and the answer was “after viability.”  After beating all the leaves off the bush, the politician finally admitted that the fetus was viable “when the mother said it was.”

Jesus weeps.

[4] Posted by Jackie on 2-7-2017 at 06:01 PM · [top]

Remember the “gay gene” fiasco.  This is the same ilk.  And about as “scientific”.

[5] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 2-7-2017 at 08:48 PM · [top]

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