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Binary Cissexists Unite! Print E-mail
By Austin Ruse   
Friday, 02 December 2011

Chaz Bono compared his transgenderism to a cleft palate and drew scorching fire from Stephen Ira. Who’s Stephen Ira? None other than Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s eighteen-year-old daughter Kathryn, who now lives as a man at Sarah Lawrence College.

Chaz told ABC news, “I think of it as hormones, you know, went in the brain but not in the body, and that’s all being transgender is. It’s just that the sex of your body and gender of your brain don’t match up. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they’re mismatched. That’s all it is. It’s not complicated, its not neurosis. It’s a mix-up. It’s a birth defect, like a cleft palate.”

In the transgender world, however, Bono is an out and out troglodyte. Poor girl, he thought he was on the far frontiers. But no, and Kathryn Beatty (né Stephen Ira) steps in to bitch-slap the 300-pounder.

Kathryn Beatty, a really sweet looking young girl, who reminds you awful lot of her aunt Shirley MacLaine circa 1963, went off to college and announced she was a “trans man.” This is where it gets complicated.

She was born with female parts but has come to self-identify as a man, yet she still wants to be with men just as if she was still a girl. Does that mean she’s a trans man or a trans gay man or a gay trans man? Maybe she’s just a girl who likes to wear jeans and boots. Honestly, I don’t know.

Anyway poor Warren’s daffy daughter took great umbrage at Sonny and Cher’s daffy daughter on a blog called SuperMattachine, “Chaz is erasing the experience of trans men who don’t need top surgery. He’s reinforcing this cissexist idea that having breasts that you intend to keep equals being a woman, which we know from experiences of many non-op, non-binary and intersex people is just not true.”

Got that?

Beatty-Ira goes on to say, “I am a binary trans man, and I do not want Chaz, another binary trans man, representing me and simultaneously mistreating my non-binary comrades in this way.”

Let’s turn to the glossary for a moment. A guy named Asher who, according to his blog “Transanarchism” is becoming a fixture in the San Francisco kink community, defines the terms. “Cisgender” refers to those who have no problem accepting the gender they were assigned at birth, generally by the delivery room team and then reinforced by Mom and Dad and society. That would be almost all of us.

And then there is “cissexist,” which refers to those who think cisgender is the only or at least the superior way to go.

Cissupremmacist refers to. . .ok, you get that.


             The former Chastity Bono

Transgender refers to all those who do not accept the genders assigned to them at birth. According to Asher, “We know that there is a different way, a way of autonomy, self-creation, and self-definition, and that this is the way we must follow. . . .”

“Binary” refers to those who can accept being either man or woman, even if it is the opposite of what they were assigned at birth. Asher says, “I am a man who was assigned to live as a woman, therefore I am a trans man. My father is a man who was assigned to live as a man; therefore he is a cis man. Both of us are binary identified, both men, even though he is cis and I am trans.”

Asher also defines the non-binary:  “There are many trans people who are neither male or female. They cannot be categorized as ‘either/or.’ These people may use terms for themselves like genderqueer, androgynous, agender, or neutrois. They often use gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘ze/hir/hirs’ or ‘they/them/their/theirs.’ They can be both male and female, or none of the above, multi-gender, genderless, or something else entirely.”

I’m exhausted just reading this. Can you imagine living your life this way? They say cissupremacy includes all those cis people who believe they have not made a choice in gender but just “are” men or women. Well, that’s certainly less tiring.

We can sympathize with those who suffer from these conflicted feelings, especially if they don’t want them and are not trying to undermine our children and culture. Psychiatrist Rick Fitzgibbons has analyzed the psychological root of it all, powerfully sad, especially when you consider the psychological establishment has abandoned these people.

At the same time, this craziness may provide an opportunity for fighting the homosexual advance. Homosexuals have largely stopped frightening the horses, but their very strange trans cousins may set the nags going again.

Sun-Tsu said the way to victory is to divide your enemy’s coalition. There is often tension between trans people and the homosexual establishment. All this crazy trans talk has to embarrass groups like the Human Rights Campaign. They’re mainstream now, but have long tried to make LGBT a single package. That makes it hard to say, “We’ll keep the Lesbians, Gays and Bi-Sexuals but leave out the crazier Transgendered.” Middle America may at long last wake up and say, wait a minute, “these guys, too? Maybe there was something wrong here from the start.”

And anyway who wants a daughter dating a non-op, non-binary, intersex, trans man? What would you give it for Christmas?


Austin Ruse is the President of the New York and Washinton, D.C.-based Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a research institute that focuses exclusively on international social policy. The opinions expressed here are Mr. Ruse’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of C-FAM.

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written by jpac, December 02, 2011
Mr. Ruse, can we please leave this trash in the tabloid bins? The Catholic Thing is better than this freakshow narcissism.
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written by Achilles, December 02, 2011
Wow Austen, absolutely fascinating! I bet the devils love Asher, he/she/it/they/legion(?) takes rebellion against God to another level. Pride has gone transgender, powerful inbreding, what hideous progeny.
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written by Titus, December 02, 2011
Science has, sadly, not yet advanced to a point where it will enable me to reclaim the space in my brain that is now taken up with this information. I empathize with Mr. Ruse's confusion and frustration in the face of such vapid silliness, but was it really necessary to share it with the rest of us?
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written by Trish, December 02, 2011
I really, really, really wish we'd all refuse to use the pronouns "he", "his", etc. for Chaz. Chaz will never be a he despite the number hormone treatments she's received, and referring to her with masculine pronouns is like giving in a little. Just say no to the nonsense.
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written by DS, December 02, 2011
Mr. Ruse, you write, "We can sympathize with those..." But you choose not to sympathize. Instead, you use phrases like:
"...bitch-slap the 300 pounder?"
"daffy daughter"
"What would you give 'it' for Christmas?"

Your points are valid, but your dripping sarcasm is not part of Catholic tradition. Mocking "freaks" is the business of schoolyard bullies, not the Church.

However troubled, these are both beloved creatures of God. So when one speaks up for the Church's teachings on sexuality and morality, don't forget to say a prayer for them and the crosses they bear. God wants them to come home, not to be discarded in the trash. That's the Catholic way.
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written by Tony Esolen, December 02, 2011
Let's give Mr. Ruse a break. This is where the bad idea, that we are self-determiners of sexual being and sexual morality, inevitably leads. And we see, in a mad world, that the Church is the last institution left standing that upholds simple common sense. Nobody, for example, will dare to ask whether the horrible life that Chastity Bono had to endure, from her horrible mother, caused her such massive confusion and heartache...
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written by Wendy, December 02, 2011
Austin, not to be nit-picky, but this is a piece about language and definition and I think you've made a vocabularly mistake. Was Warren Beatty's daughter born Kathryn? The French-based word "né" means "born." So if she was born as a girl, you have to write "Stephen Ira (né Kathryn Beatty) . . ." This kind of vocabulary slip-up makes it hard to follow your story. Not being big on celebrity gossip, I don't actually know which way she was born, fyi
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written by Jacob R, December 02, 2011
Good point Trish!

I can put a bunny ear hat on my chocolate labrador and guess what? He's still a chocolate labrador even if I scream at people to call him a bunny!
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written by teomatteo, December 02, 2011
Naming something new is the first step in the chain to force acceptance.
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written by Brian English, December 02, 2011
"Mr. Ruse, can we please leave this trash in the tabloid bins? The Catholic Thing is better than this freakshow narcissism."

There is a clear effort to try to mainstream this type of thinking, and that has to be opposed. Ignoring it will not make it go away.


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written by Stephen E Dalton, December 02, 2011
All this talk by Beatty's daughter and Cher's daughter is foolishness, as defined by Romans 1:22-23, and it lead to the defilement of their bodies, even to the point of sexual mutilation. I hope this garbage gets more coverage in the media, because it will force people to realize how depraved the queer lifestyle is, and it will cause a backlash that will drive these abominations back into the closet where they belong!
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written by Michelle Tessier, December 02, 2011
When did love and understanding stop becoming a part of Christianity? I personally believe that being transgender is not a decision, but rather a circumstance you are born into. Otherwise why would people kill themselves or undergo extremely dangerous and painful surgery over the issue? But regardless of this, it seems like the Christian thing to do would be to love other people even if you disagree with one particular characteristic about them. And the last time I checked, love does not include posting articles that are meant to make fun in a cruel way. I would think higher of a website affiliated with a religion that preaches love.
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written by Graham Combs, December 02, 2011
First, Mr. Ruse is doing Catholics a favor by bringing into the disinfecting light the melancholy moral incoherence of progressivism.

Second, more evidence that our so-called "good schools" are neither. Poor Kathryn...

Finally, poor Warren Beatty. What did he do to deserve this? Oh yeah, that... his career and lifestyle and politics.
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written by Austin Ruse, December 02, 2011
Michelle,

You are a little more than a cissupremecist if you think transgenderism is not a choice. The point of Asher and Stephen Ira's thinking, and others like them, is that it is SELF definition. The transgendered disagree with the choice made for them by the delivery room doctor. But they still believe it is their choice. In fact, they say even cis people have chosen their gender. Everyone chooses!

You have fallen into the trap that Chaz fell into! See how confusing this is?
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written by Patrick, December 02, 2011
Michelle, (Christian) love does not simply mean being nice. Sometimes the more authentic form of love is to point out to others the error of their ways so that they can reconcile themselves to God. It's possible that the author of this article could have approached the subject in a somewhat less sarcastic and more emphathetic way. But if you read between the lines I think he was motived by a sincere concern for the psychological and spiritual well-being of these unfortunate souls.
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written by Aeneas, December 02, 2011
What is with some of the comments here?
First of all, Austin Ruse has to point this stuff out, this is the next madness that will be thrown at our society and called 'normal'.
Second, to those dissenters who try to make Austin a bully, hold up. Its not bullying to point of freakish behaviour, or to call things like they are. This is disturbing stuff, and Mr. Ruse has hardly descended into bullying.
Third, to Michelle Tessier: stop while your ahead. Love does not mean embracing an evil. There is nothing Christian in pretending this kind of stuff is normal. That does not mean driving 'abominations' back into the closet as Dalton suggested (is he a troll?), but pointing out the abominable behaviour, stopping it, and getting those people help.
And lastly, in response to Graham Combs comments, specifically his comments about Warren Beatty, all I can say is this: lol!
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written by Achilles, December 02, 2011
Dear Michelle, I sense your earnestness. People do all manor of painful and un-necessary stuff to themselves, think of plastic surgery and drug addiction. The love you describe is not the love of the Catholic Church we call charity. You describe a sort of tolerant permissiveness. We Catholics are afforded no such luxury. We are to tell the Truth with love.

Although at a glance it sounds unfortunate what Mr. Ruse said: “In the transgender world, however, Bono is an out and out troglodyte. Poor girl, he thought he was on the far frontiers. But no, and Kathryn Beatty (né Stephen Ira) steps in to bitch-slap the 300-pounder.” And I admit at a glance my sensibilities were on high alert too, but if you ponder it, there really is such an absurdity in the transgendered mind set that even this brash humor fails to get at its depths. However, I suspect this humor gets at it better than straight talk.

What should come across as crystal clear to the astute reader with a lucid mind is that self mutilation stemming from the desire to create oneself is a grave matter that affects an entire community. We do no one any favors by making excuses about “being born that way” or saying “he/she can’t help it” this is just putting off our moral duty to justice out of charity and prudence.

For an excellent resource on understanding the 7 virtues, read Joseph Pieper’s two books The Cardinal Virtues and Faith, Hope and Love. This will help you put everything in order.
My God be with you, Achilles
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written by Stephen E Dalton, December 03, 2011
Aenas, I'm not trolling. I think we should help those who really want help. However, many of these twisted, perverted its don't want help, they want to flaunt their perverisons in your face. If they refuse to repent, they will discover that decent people who are concerned about their families and their commnities will drive them back into the closets were such filth belongs.
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written by Aeneas, December 04, 2011
I guess I misread you Mr. Dalton, I apologize, and I see your point.
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written by Joe Hammond, December 05, 2011
The best and quickest way to win the culture war is to tell the truth and do so with love. We are the people of love and hope and as such cannot lose. Let's leave the judging to God; until He renders judgment, I for one will not consider anyone made in His image to be filth.
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written by enness, December 13, 2011
First of all, I refuse to call her 'Chaz.' Second, she's not wrong; there is, in my opinion, some compelling science behind her comment. That presents a great challenge to both our compassion and our integrity, but human beings are prone to a myriad of bizarre disorders. From my point of view, there are two problems. First problem: we can't assume that everybody having surgery, or everybody walking about on the street wishing they could have surgery but not able for whatever reason, has the same underlying issue. They need a brain scan. I have a hard time believing even the doctors' standards are as stringent as they ought to be. Second problem: the treatment is barbaric and primitive. I truly hope this will go the way of the lobotomy (I heard it rumored that they stopped doing these at Johns Hopkins?), but that won't happen soon enough. It was not that long ago in our country that the mental illnesses we have now largely come to accept were poorly understood and patients horribly mistreated.

As for Beatty, we've been transported to a whole different plane of lunacy and I don't know what the explanation is.

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