The first flashpoints to erupt in the gender wars have involved activists awakening a sleeping giant — millions of parents across the political spectrum.
Mostly thanks to outraged parents, the resistance against gender ideology scored its first major victories in 2023.
States passed dozens of laws prohibiting secret “gender-support plans,” protecting women’s sports or restricting gender drugs and surgery on kids.
There are, as yet, no such victories for another class of victims who lack a natural political constituency to protect them: female prisoners.
There have been thousands of stories in the last two years of schools that “socially transition” kids behind their parents’ backs, males joining female sports teams and teens harmed by “gender-affirming” drugs and surgeries.
Thank God this disturbing trend is being spotlighted.
But the media should pay more attention to the plight of women behind bars.
The latest such victim is revealed in a lawsuit just filed against the New York Department of Correction.
The anonymous plaintiff Rose Doe — a former female prisoner in Rikers’ Rose M. Singer women’s jail — says she was groped and raped by a male prisoner in 2022.
The suit alleges the perpetrator told a prison mate he claimed to be “trans” just so he could gain access to women.
And, as is common in these cases, the perpetrator had allegedly racked up enough offenses to provide fair warning of what was to come.
A correction officer even allegedly coached the defendant on how to get transferred.
Two female guards are also named as defendants, for ignoring complaints about the male prisoner in question.
No doubt, given these details, some will propose a Solomonic solution: Authorities should ensure only “true trans” men enjoy the company of women prisoners and weed out the cynical, sex-starved fakers.
Such a policy may seem clever, but it’s bound to fail.
According to gender ideology, a person might be born in the wrong body and so be “assigned male at birth” but “identify as” a female.
Hence, the only criterion for determining a person’s “gender identity,” per orthodoxy, is to ask.
There’s no blood test, brain scan or infallible battery of questions that could allow a prison doctor to separate the trans wheat from the cheater chaff.
If a man says he identifies as a woman, that’s enough. No extra verification is needed.
I don’t want to belabor this argument, however, lest we miss a crucial point.
For far too long, we have allowed ourselves to be gaslighted into conceding what we all know.
Out of misplaced compassion and confusion, we avoid affirming the real, observable, biological differences between males and females.
Instead, we talk about “gender diversity” and “natal males” and “gender identities” and “sex assigned at birth.”
We should have compassion for anyone so distressed that he or she wants a whole new body.
But justice requires us to drop the gassy euphemisms and state the obvious: Just because a man — whether sincerely or cynically — “identifies” as a woman doesn’t magically make him one.