[Philadelphia on 10/7/12] You mock transgender people in some of your recent Substack posts. Why do that? What is it about this community that you are against? Your poetry and literary work overall radiates empathy, tolerance and comradery, to a degree that is in effect more radical than what we find in the writings of other authors from your generation, so this positioning is quite shocking and disappointing to me. Do you not agree that trans people should be allowed to freely shape their bodies according to what they perceive their sexual identity to be—and be treated as any other man, woman or intersex person?
Very good answer to the trans hyteria.Also,I read somewhere that its about taking away shame from children,so they end up not being ashamed of anything.
Well spoken, Linh. It's this kind of cultural truth-telling that got your cancelled. Bravo. It has become a badge of honor in our sick and dying Western society to be spurned by it.
I àm enjoying thoughtful questions and thoughtful answers, thanks Linh.
Best take-down of the trans agenda I've read in a while! To think you just rhymed that off in a live interview. Bravo!
P.S. Methinks the poet in you ain't dead yet!
Here is a good discussion of what's really behind the trans movement, and how little it has to do with actual trans people:
'The War on Reality, Mary Harrington & Paul Kingsnorth' https://youtu.be/x4kms2jkKbA
It has been fascinating to read the exchange between you and the interviewer. He represents the most a leftist can deviate from the approved narratives these days. The minute, though, he is told an idea is compassionate, he has to immediately adopt that view. Social media ensures that there is immediate punishment for unapproved thoughts.
Looking at the big picture and asking why, for example, we are pushing anal sex to 5 year olds or body mutilation to pre teens you are labeled a heretic. Fortunately we aren't yet at the stage where heretics are being burned at the stake but that can't be far off. After all, as long as we allow heresy and blasphemy we won't achieve paradise.
I'm pleased to see that you were asked about your views on transgenderism, since your reply was perfect, particularly regarding the deleterious effect on our society. One big drawback in discussions about this issue (if there is any such thing as a "discussion" any more) is that they almost always begin and end with rage. I think we might gain more insight by considering why this "movement" has virtually sprung into prominence almost out of nowhere.
Since the idea was totally non-obvious to the vast majority of the public until around a decade ago, it follows that the idea has been "seeded" into the social narrative. Why? Although we can't know for certain, I can suggest a couple of reasons.
First and most obvious, ideas that "atomize" society are useful to those that wish to rule. An atomized society is disunited against power. Notice how the envelope is being pushed to the extremes of people's tolerance in so many areas--this tactic is obvious in its attempt to set people against one another, rather than seeking consensus.
This agenda might also be motivated by the depopulation proponents in the philanthropath class. There may be a belief that the natural instinct to procreate is no longer beneficial to the survival of humanity, and society needs to be conditioned away from it. Since there is no way (outside mass medication, I suppose) to eliminate the basic biological sexual urge, anything that can be done to channel it into non-procreative channels will have dramatic downward effects on population growth.
"Transgender" people used to be called transvestites and were a small part of the underground / prostitution world. Multiplying and normalizing this behaviour through the media and schools does not do a favour to them or to anyone. Well, except maybe to Big Pharma, who can make money with extra surgeries, medications, hormones etc.
Love this piece. Agree with everything.
Your observations about what could be called the virtual near-death of poetry are interesting, especially where you explain why you quit writing it. Speaking for myself and perhaps for many others, the appreciation of poetry is a skill difficult to acquire on one's own. Despite brave attempts in my school years to introduce me to this, the skill never quite took hold, I must confess.
I have often speculated that both poetry and music have their earliest roots in the oral culture, a time before the written word when people memorized everything. Song, rhythm and rhyme are powerful memory aids. Then perhaps later in human history, music and poetry acquired independent significance as art forms in their own right.
So... I don't get it. What happened to the actual video interview? Was it removed from Youtube? They are removing everything these days, aren't they? At least anything that mentions --------------
Continuing the previous theme, Ukraine is suing Russia in the Hague for lying about Donbas. Ukraine says that Russia is committing the genocide.
This article says, and I agree, that finding the truth will be difficult. As it was from 2014-2022. What is clear is that Russia's 2014 takeover of the Donbas and Crimea was not beneficial to those people even before Russia made this invasion a year ago February. It has certainly not been beneficial to the Russian speakers in southern Ukraine.