Trans issue: change of wind among progressives

The 'la' is given by the American Democrats, but also in the rest of the West the trans-filia of the progressives is beginning to show signs of breaking down. Electoral opportunism, sure. But the change must be registered. Keeping our eyes wide open
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Michele Serra is a friend and I really appreciate that he has taken it upon himself to break the silence from the left -finally- on the unbearable injustice of male bodies in women's sports (The Hammock at The Republic yesterday, 22 June), an injustice against which we have been fighting for a long time (here you will find plenty of texts on this subject). A note, if possible: I would have avoided using the definition woke cisgender, imposed by transactivism, and in which the vast majority of women in the world, athletes and non-athletes alike, do not wish to identify themselves.

Albeit late, since it comes after the world federations of many sports -from cycling to swimming to rugby and now awaiting athletics- have recognised that male bodies in women's categories are unfair (disloyal), the signal is very interesting. Of course, if it had come sooner, a lot of suffering would have been spared for the athletes and non-athletes who rallied around their battle, but better late than never.

The signal is interesting because along with many other signals arriving simultaneously tells us that progressives and liberals are finally realising that continuing to uncritically and 'correctly' espouse the transactivist and queer cause will quickly bring them crashing down: By 'quickly' I mean, for example, the elections of midterm in November in the US.

The testing ground was Virginia, won by the Republicans last November: conservative Glenn Youngkin, told precisely The Republic, won as it was "capable of breaking all democratic taboos, dismissing the transgender issue at school, fluid sexualitypromising to close school curricula that were based on the critical analysis of race theory'.

No less a person than the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate has come out to announce the change of course. Hillary Clinton in an interview with the Financial Times, braking sharply on policies trans-friendly inaugurated by the Obama administration -said trans-president- and vigorously pursued by President Joe Biden: one of his very first executive orderday 1 as a newly elected president, was the readmission of transgender athletes in women's sports categories, which may give an idea of the political weight of the issue. If we go down this road, Hillary said in essence, we are gambling with the presidency.

Another clue, the change of wind at the New York Times, newspaper of the US liberals: capturing the readers' discontent -that of trans-centrality and in general of wokeism can't take it any more - in a sensational editorial published on 18 March had admitted 'social silencing' and 'de-pluralisation': 'The robust defence of free speech was once a progressive ideal' while today many progressives have 'become intolerant of people who disagree with them' assuming attitudes of hypocrisy and censorship that have long been typical of the right wing.

One of the issues on which the New York Times decided to romposing silence is the drama of girls and children gender nonconforming -always more and more- started early in the transition with the administration of puberty blockers and hormones, medical scandal which some have compared to the lobotomy of the last century and which represents an open wound for the progressive trans-philic mannerism (Joe Biden again, just a couple of months ago, released a document in favour of the hormonisation of minors against which thousands of American paediatricians revolted).

Put together, these signs indicate the liberal - admittedly belated - attempt to change course, attempt to which, sooner or later, the progressive parties throughout the West. PD included, which currently remains stranded in the nonsense of the 'either Zan or death' (a choice that will deprive the country of a good law against homotranssphobia: all that was needed was the old ddl Scalfarottoas we have repeatedly said, in order to find a parliamentary majority: a proposal appreciated only by Italia Viva) and in a guilty confusion over the priorities on the agenda, ill-concealed by a zero-cost diktatism.

One does not know whether to be happy or not: years of bare-knuckle battles, humiliation, marginalisation, deplatformisation and contemptuous non-hearing on an infinite number of issues, from the uterus for rent to gender identity: it was OK to confront even Fedez and porn-influencers, with us never. And now the impassable wall we had in front of us is filling with cracks, largely for reasons of electoral opportunism (and in the case of the media, of survival: cancellations of subscriptions like it was raining).

We will have to witness the spectacle of those who have so tenaciously obstructed us trying to cash in on the gains of our labour.

Amen, what matters is the result. But It is also important to keep one's eyes wide open, not to take a single step backwards, not to give up one's leading role, not to give in to easy flattery. The road is still long and bumpy.

Marina Terragni


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