Here Are The Top Ten Reasons Why 'Gender' Lost Its Luster In 2023
The list is not exhaustive, just effective
10 - The Dylan Mulvaney Effect
Dylan Mulvaney was the biggest inflection point in ‘gender identity’ issues this year. Disgust with woke branding reached a boiling point in April after the ‘influencer’ did a paid endorsement, and a storied beer brand was destroyed. This revolt of the masses continued after Budweiser lost billions in revenue, expanding to Disney films and comic books, for example. Americans have spoken with their wallets on topics that were not safe to discuss out loud, with the effect of making it safer to speak.
9 - The Audrey Elizabeth Hale Effect
The mass shooting at The Covenant, a private Christian school in Nashville, dispelled the illusion that trans activism is inherently non-violent, that ‘trans people’ are always the victim. Of course, many women had been assaulted in public by that point, including Kellie-Jay Keen, so everyone who was paying attention already knew what lurks under the surface. Not enough people were paying attention, though. While the shooter’s full manifesto has been withheld from the public, breaking all the usual rules of disclosure, pages leaked by Steven Crowder were quite disturbing.
8 - The Hannah Barnes Effect
Barnes published her book about the GIDS clinic at Tavistock in the UK this year. For the first time, cracks started to appear in the solid, silent wall of Very Serious Journalism. Something approaching objectivity on the topic of pediatric transition has started to appear in the pages of The New York Times. The English-speaking world is having a very different conversation about this issue now than we had a year ago.
7 - The Sall Grover Effect
Things have gotten very strange, Down Under. Lesbians are not allowed to meet without men, and women are not allowed to have woman-only apps, because it has been declared “sex discrimination.” Sall Grover and Jessica Hoyle are taking these matters before the courts. They are going to win because they have Katherine Deves and the law on their side. Much else has been going on in Australia, so we rely on Bernard Lane to keep us up to date.
6 - The Lia Thomas Effect
While the Lia Thomas affair happened in 2022, its effects on the American sports fan showed up in polling this year. Women in sports also stopped putting up with nonsense during 2023. Riley Gaines became an outspoken leader. Males cheating at sports began to receive pushback, and better yet, women got support. Courage calls to courage. This issue has knock-on effects as well: it is a mental foot in the door for other forms of wrongthink.
5 - The Richard Dawkins effect
Once you see the cult of ‘trans,’ you cannot unsee it, and you see it everywhere. Furthermore, attempts to enforce intellectual orthodoxy upon intellectual heretics will always backfire. ‘Peak trans’ is a process, a series of insights, and therefore very much like a successful cult deprogramming. It is not a single moment in time, although there is usually a moment everyone remembers when they first figured out there was a problem. The number of prominent people who peak in public is growing.
4 - The Prisha Mosley Effect
The wave of detransitioners is here. We knew it was coming and we gave good warning. The year began with zero detransitioner lawsuits but it will end with a dozen filed or ready to file. Detransitioners spent this year talking to legislators who would listen, and many of them did listen. I have met Prisha Mosley and she is dynamite. All of these young detransitioners are amazing in person. They are not even supposed to exist, but they will be impossible to ignore in 2024.
3 - The Erin Friday Effect
Parents have had enough. Schools are not supposed to indoctrinate their children in secret. Trans activism has twisted American public education into a sickening drama triangle with the American family. Frustrated moms and dads got organized this year and in California, that has started transforming into an historic ballot initiative. This will be the single most important political story we cover next year. Please consider supporting our coverage with a paid subscription.
2 - The Jamie Reed Effect
When whistleblower Jamie Reed emerged this February, I said it was the beginning of the end for the cult of the ‘trans child.’ She has spent the whole year proving me right about her. Thanks to Reed’s courage, Missouri’s ban on pediatric ‘sex trait modification’ has been upheld by a court and the university hospital where she worked has given up on pediatric ‘gender medicine.’ You can find her writing at the LGBT Courage Coalition Substack.
1 - The Amy Hamm Effect
Nurse Amy Hamm (here is her Substack) has spent the year being punished for her wrongthink through a professional disciplinary review — she has been put on trial for believing that women exist, and that medicine should know what women are. Meanwhile, public opinion in Canada has seen a profound shift on this issue just during 2023. Our correspondent Eva Kurilova has reported from Ground Zero as the countermovement to ‘gender identity’ galvanized. Please consider supporting Eva’s coverage here with a paid subscription.
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