Folks, if you are following the Tuvel – Hypatia story, it’s actually a lot worse than we thought. People are real shit. I mean, I know academics are beyond mousy but this is just the limit.
I totally agree. This is virtue signalling at its worst. In fact, I would even make the argument that these people (the vocal, nasty critics of Tuvel) actually don’t really care about transgender rights; instead, they are more interested in public shaming so they can feel good about themselves.
I wrote this before seeing this post. But, here are some quick thoughts on “transracialism.”
“some quick thoughts on “transracialism.””
I address that a little
I only recently discovered that the accepted dogma is that physiological differences of race and ethnicity “don’t exist.” This is a very American fear of the human body coupled with consumerism. It doesn’t occur to people that this belief can have very harmful effects for health and even life if it becomes the basis for public policy.
Why it’s so hard to accept that different people with different bodies should have equal rights and protections under the law is a mystery. It makes sense to take political activism in this direction and not in the deranged direction of denying human physiology.
“the accepted dogma is that physiological differences of race and ethnicity “don’t exist.”
Yes, there were good reasons for the original promotion of the (true) ideas that racial categories aren’t discrete and that different societies sometimes can and do categorize the same person differently and many people don’t fit into one neat category… but lordy! it’s all been carried beyond any possible usefulness into being an active danger… I expect any day to read the blood types are a social racist fantasy and that blood is blood…
“very American fear of the human body”
Partly, and partly the American fear of biological realities that cannot be wished away or “overcome”…
I’ve been following the Tuvel fiasco with morbid fascination since it first blew up last week. I’m a managing editor for one journal and on the editorial boards of 2 others, and from that perspective it’s the actions of the associate editors that really strikes me.
As far as I can tell, they didn’t go through any kind of formal process, but reached the decision to post their creepily abject apology after about 24 hours of informal discussion on social media. Instead of signing with their own names, the signed their statement “The majority of Hypatia’s board of associate editors”, thus inviting the impression that they were speaking in some official capacity on behalf of the journal, which turns out to be false. On top of everything else, they apparently did this without letting anyone else at Hypatia, including the editor-in-chief, know what they were doing.
It just looks like breathtakingly unprofessional behavior from start to finish.
If anybody wants to read the original Tuvel article it is at the link below.
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