A guide for the gender-perplexed

In our transgender moment, as Anderson calls it, bullying is the favored method of advancing the cause. It is, after all, easier than debating a change in government policy. Laymen, ordinary citizens, are generally unaware of the extent to which the vocations of medicine, psychology, and psychiatry have been overrun by cultural warriors, especially through their professional organizations. Politicized psychologists and psychiatrists are quick to flash their guild cards the moment an uncredentialed skeptic questions their “scientific” findings, no matter how implausible.

No less a personage than the director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Gender Care at Duke University, Dr. Deanna Adkins, can make claims like this about “gender identity”—the feeling we all carry within us about whether we are a man or a woman—and face only the mildest dissent from her peers: Gender identity, she declares, is “the only medically supported determinant of sex.” In other words, the doctor says, we are what we think we are rather than what we are.

Nobody likes to argue with a doctor. But surely that can’t be right, can it? What about chromosomes, genetic makeup, sexual organs? For that matter, what about reality—the world that exists beyond our feelings about the world?