The transgender movement—the demand that society accept, protect, and subsidize the choices of those who reject their inborn biological sex—was brought into bold relief last year when Bruce Jenner announced he now identifies as a woman named Caitlyn. In tandem with television programs featuring transgendered characters and even consideration of allowing transgendered persons to serve in the military, the issue of transgenderism has become a source of great cultural and political controversy.
The movement is generally presented as a campaign for the freedom of all to pursue their own “gender identity.” However, writer and cultural critic Stella Morabito argues that it is about the opposite of freedom. In waging war against the nature of gender and human sexuality, language, identity, free expression, privacy, and free association, transgender activists are replacing the laws of nature with the power of the state.
Stella Morabito is a senior contributor at The Federalist. Her essays have also appeared in the Washington Examiner, American Thinker, Public Discourse, Human Life Review, New Oxford Review. In her previous work as an intelligence analyst, she focused on various aspects of Russian and Soviet politics, including communist media and propaganda. She has raised three children, served as a public school substitute teacher, and homeschooled for several years as well. She has a B.A. in journalism and international relations from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in Russian and Soviet history, also from USC.
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