Why Transgender Activism Will Fail: Biological Differences Are Real

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.

Transgender activism will never succeed in reshaping our society for one simple reason: It is not natural. Biological differences are too deeply instilled in the human race. Male-female distinctives are too obvious and real. It is futile to declare war on gender.

It is one thing to be asked to empathize with those who struggle with gender identity confusion. It is another thing to declare that biological categories do not determine reality.

It is one thing to recognize that some people do not fall within the normal, male-female spectrum due to genetic abnormalities. It is another thing to claim that gender is whatever you perceive it to be.

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Every time we hear the announcement that someone is having a boy or a girl, we are reminded that transgender activism is failing. Otherwise, shouldn't the parents-to-be say, "We just saw the ultrasound, and we're having a human!"? Or, perhaps, "How exciting! We saw the ultrasound, and the packaging is female!"?

If we really believed the transgender talking points, that's how we would communicate. And yet even liberal celebrities like Kylie Jenner, the daughter of none other than Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner, announce the sex of their babies when they learn it. (Note this TMZ headline about the baby: "Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott: IT'S A GIRL!")

And how many parents are choosing not to name their children in accordance with their biological sex? How many are choosing gender-neutral names in case the child happens not to line up with the sex they were "assigned" at birth?

Last month, two high-school students complained to their school when their bus driver insisted that they sit on the girls' side of the vehicle. (Apparently, it was his custom to have boys sit on one side and girls on the other.) The problem was that, although biologically female, these girls identify as "neither male nor female," which, we are informed, "is referred to as trans nonbinary."

I know that the school was sympathetic to their plight, pledging to speak to the driver in private. (They got off the bus rather than change their seats.) But are we really to believe that these kids are "neither male nor female"? Is this the new reality? Will society buy it as a whole? Certainly not.

Other schools are already witnessing a pushback.

For example, also last month, "A Florida elementary school teacher who asked students to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom is being transferred to an adult education program.

"According to a Tallahassee Democrat report, Leon County Schools officials announced Tuesday that Chloe Bressack would no longer teach fifth grade at Canopy Oaks Elementary School."

"Superintendent Rocky Hanna said Bressack agreed that 'given the complexity of the issue,' a transfer would be best for the teacher's career and the fifth-graders."

Parents were not willing to have their kids call Bressack "Mx." (pronounced "Mix") and refer to her as "they" – for good reason. It's just not natural.

Earlier this month, a new study proposed that, "Schools should make sex education more inclusive of transgenders by not referring to biological body parts with the correct term because it might make transgender people uncomfortable."

Do you really think this will fly? Will the whole world be turned upside down because of the confusion and sensitivities of less than 1 percent of the population?

And what about the all-female college at Cambridge that recently announced it is accepting males who identify as females? I wonder what will happen when the other students discover that these so-called transwoman can still impregnate them.

The statement of Barbara Stocking, president of Cambridge's Murray Edwards College, is ludicrous: "We are a college that is open to all outstanding young women, and so it is absolutely right, both legally and within our set of values, for anyone who identifies as female to be able to apply to study with us."

How long will it be before people look back at these words with incredulity? This new definition of "outstanding young women" will not fly either.

Not surprisingly – and quite sadly – numerous headlines recently reported on "The rise of transgender reversals: Surgeon in sex-change hub of Serbia reports a surge in the rate of patients changing their mind."

But this is hardly breaking news. For several years now, former male-to-female Walt Heyer has devoted his to these all-too-numerous stories. And Ryan T. Anderson devoted a whole chapter to this in his forthcoming book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.

What is remarkable is that "the United Kingdom's Bath Spa University turned down an application by James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with transgender people, to conduct research on gender reassignment reversals. The university deemed the subject 'potentially politically incorrect.'"

This too is creating a backlash, both within and without the university. Political correctness – in this case, fear of offending transgender activists – is devouring itself.

That's why the same parents who changed their views on homosexuality, wanting to be "tolerant" and "inclusive," are not changing their views on gender. After all, it's one thing to say, "Who am I to tell two men or two women they cannot love each other?" It's another thing to say, "I have no problem with 15-year-old Jake sharing the locker room and shower stalls with my daughter Tammy, since he now identifies as a girl and wants to play on the girls' basketball team."

It's not natural, biological differences are too real, and male-female distinctive are too foundational for changes like this to be accepted widescale.

Watch and see. The pushback against transgender activism will continue.

Dr. Michael Brown ( is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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