The Transgender Wars — Part V

This is the final part of a five-part series on the transgender wars in Virginia.

by Tom Pafford

Around the 5th Century BC, Sun Tzu wrote a book on War.  No one comes close to what this Chinese master of battle devised. Chapter 6 in his book is titled, Week Points and Strong. Here is Sun Tzu’s advice…

You may advance and be absolutely irresistible if you make for the enemy’s weak points… Though the enemy be stronger in number, we may prevent him from fighting… Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.

In Part One, I mentioned that Virginia has become a battleground for all things Transgender. Here’s how this came to be and why Fairfax County is important…

As you know, Fairfax County, Richmond, and Hampton Roads are Democratic Leftist strongholds. The vote there moves all of Virginia left. The Left has big goals for Virginia. Since 2013, major news outlets have stated that, “As Virginia goes, so goes the nation. Why? Because Virginia is a state that increasingly resembles the United States as a whole. Millions of dollars are funneled into Virginia to gain National momentum for a 2020 Democrat win and force the Transgender Catechism upon parents, children and society. I do not know their Virginia strategy, but it appears that Virginia is a must-win state.

Between 2015 and 2018, the Democratic Party controlled Fairfax County School Board (FCSB) “ushered in Trans policies allowing boys in the girls’ toilets, changing rooms, and showers.” Similar policies are enacted in other areas of the Commonwealth. In 2018, FCSB Policy 1450.56 was approved by a 10-0 margin, protecting Trans from discrimination.

Over the past four years, across the Commonwealth, several parents have rebelled. In Fairfax County, when policy 1450.56 hit the streets and as more and more hear about it, they have come forward to complain. But the FCSB allowed only “10 parents 3-minutes each to voice concerns” at FCSB meetings. Board members that opposed (and there were some) were labeled Anti-LGBT by Democrat news. However, the complaining had effects – all but one current school board member are not running for reelection.  The FCSB has shelved 1450.56 until after the 5 November election when new board members will be elected.

Why are they retiring? The Democratic Party does not want people to know what they are doing. They prefer to pass the Transgender Catechism without many knowing it. By removing the current School Board members, there is no one to blame. Their hope is that new board members will placate the voters and allow the Catechism to become policy.

So, how many Commonwealth parents have been complaining? Fewer than 100!  Why? Transgender is a background noise, not the talk around the dinner table.

How many in the Commonwealth know about the Trans agenda, the Trans Wars, or Transgender Catechism policies? Very few, maybe less than 2,000 in all.

The Democratic Party wants to keep it this way.

And, here is where Sun Tzu’s instructions apply. Because of these few parents rebelling, we are offered, on a silver platter, a weak spot. Attack this weak spot, inform the parents and voters of the Trans agenda, move them to vote and even though the Democrat vote is greater in number, they will be unable to put up a fight because we force the Democrats to reveal what they are up to. It is their vulnerable spot.

The Transgender Catechism can be stopped if it is widely broadcast! That if is a big “IF.”  Do you want it stopped?

Now that you know about the Trans Wars, the Transgender Catechism and the weak spot, for those who want it stopped, what can you do?

  1. Tell other Conservatives, Republicans, and Christians that need to know the information in this paper. Tell them about my website, are-you-happy-yet.com. This paper, The Transgender Wars, is on my website.  If you know people in Fairfax County, please let them know about this issue and The Transgender Wars paper.
  2. Tell your pastors, priests, and clergy about the Transgender Wars. Lead them to my website to read the paper themselves.
  3. I will email you my book, No Boys in the Girl’s Bathroom. Please ask for one at [email protected]. This 10-page book quickly explains what is taking place in Fairfax County and, by extension, the rest of the Commonwealth.
  4. For a $25 donation, I will mail you a yard sign, No Boys in the Girl’s Bathroom, that will arouse your neighborhood. Donations can be made at https://secure.anedot.com/tom-pafford/noboysingirlsbathroom

Encourage the Rebellion started by the few! Reach out, educate and motivate Conservatives, Christians, Republicans and others in your local area.

Connect with others. Spread the word.  Stir up this Rebellion.

Tom Pafford, an Annandale resident, is running for a seat on the Fairfax County School Board. View his campaign website here.

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14 responses to “The Transgender Wars — Part V

  1. This has been interesting and I appreciate your providing it, Mr. Pafford. I’m a bit surprised it hasn’t engendered more discussion, although with this one and yesterday you start making the “so why should we care” argument. Frankly, my attitude toward much of this is fairly libertarian, probably more than it was 30 years ago, but if/when advocates for these lifestyles start evangelizing my grandchildren and their generation then my concern rises. Then again, I got a pretty good dose of a vision of social “live and let live” 50 years ago in sci fi writings like Robert A. Heinlein. (Stranger in a Strange Land, right?) Those of us who grew up on Heinlein, Orwell, Bradbury and Star Trek reruns shouldn’t be surprised by anything these days….

    I know from plenty of careful discussions with young voters that this focus on social issues and traditional (by our standards) views of marriage and family has really damaged Republican electoral chances. Not my job to win elections any more, just saying….

  2. It’s not an easy issue for a lot of folks – even on the left – but turning it into an “us against them” culture type war is not a way forward and especially so when you’re in a conservative minority in a region that is majority “progressive”.

    It sorta walks and talks like how we walked through the homosexual issue in that we had folks who were fearful that homosexuals threatened us and our kids and would actually try to convert them to be “gay”, etc… and we’re not fully settled about it yet but it’s calmed down a bit and the younger generation is now a lot more accepting of it even as we have older folks who will never be.

    Just FYI – “live and let live” is not a bad approach unless one purposely wants to pollute it with thoughts like ” until those wackos come after us and make us turn into them” or some such hysteria.

    But Steve finally recovered at the end with: ” … has really damaged Republican electoral chances” which sorta illustrates whether the GOP in is NoVa or RoVa they seem to latch on to these divisive social things as “election issues” because the Dems are inherently immoral and evil and we must stand up to that… yadda yadda … blather blather… oh woe is us – the country is going to hell in a handbasket – and all that rot.

  3. Our nation was founded on the concept of freedom and the notion that we were endowed by our creator with certain basic rights.

    The more freedom we have, the greater our responsibility to exercise that freedom in a way that does no harm. What harm is being done by those expressing themselves as transgender? Certainly harm can be done to them by forcing them to behave in a way that is different from what they believe themselves to be.

    Much of the research shows that conditions in the womb during early gestation can affect fetal brain chemistry in ways that affect gender identity. This occurs after the genetic makeup has already begun to express physical sexual characteristics.

    This is life’s process of forming that unique individual. Imagine how confusing it must feel to see an image in the mirror that is drastically different from what you believe yourself to be.

    What a struggle it must be to love yourself enough to appear as who you believe yourself to be instead of who people want you to be. Even your parents.

    As a culture, we are insecure. Humans are hard-wired to be in a group. Not being accepted is a survival issue.

    In order to feel good, we strive to be accepted by a group whether it is a political party, a religion, fans of the same football team, whatever.

    The puppet masters exploit this need. They use fear to set us against those that are “not like me.” If you define yourself as a “white, straight, Christian, Republican” (or whatever combination you choose) that leaves many to be fearful of. When we divide ourselves in that way, we either want to make the other person “just like us” in order to be accepted; or we ostracize them, so we can still feel safe.

    If we define ourselves as “humans” or “living beings” – much more will be included in our circle of belonging and we will relate to others and other living things in a far different way.

    Nature has taught us that ecosystems are more sustainable and resilient when they are more diverse. Our nation will be more successful and better able to withstand challenges if we accept our diversity. We can’t have freedom for some and not for others. Let’s loosen the grip on our fears and the labels we assign, and try acceptance for a change.

  4. Agree with you, TomH.

  5. My philosophy is live-and-let-live. If people want to identify as members of the other sex, well, that’s their business.

    If only it were so simple.

    Question #1: Should former males be allowed to compete in women’s sports?

    Question #2: If someone wants sex-change surgery, is he/she entitled to have that surgery subsidized by taxpayers or private health payers? In other words, is the surgery truly “medically necessary” — or should it be treated more like elective surgery, like cosmetic surgery?

    Question #3: To what extent is gender confusion typically a transitory phenomenon among children, and to what extent can someone be subjected to irreversible harm by undergoing sex-change surgery?

    Question #4: When we’re talking about minors, do parents have any say-so?

    Question #5: Should differing views on these subjects be purged from the public sphere?

    • TMT touched on these in Pt II. All are tough questions. But in every case they are part of larger debates under those headings that go way beyond “trans” consequences: E.g. should an athlete qualify for women’s sports who is born anatomically female but has high testosterone levels naturally? E.g. should insurance pay to correct a hand deformed at birth in order to enable the kid to hold a pencil better? E.g., how much say should parents have when it comes to any teenager self-identity issue? The one that should divide even libertarians is #5: that’s a freedom of speech, if not a freedom of religion, issue. I’m with the West Point school board on that one (see Pt IV) because of the public shaming component, but what do you think?

      • E.g. should an athlete qualify for women’s sports who is born anatomically female but has high testosterone levels naturally?

        Yes

        E.g. should insurance pay to correct a hand deformed at birth in order to enable the kid to hold a pencil better?

        Yes

        E.g., how much say should parents have when it comes to any teenager self-identity issue?

        Complete say until they are 18. If teenagers are too young and immature to order a beer they are too young and immature to have their penises cut off.

        Libertarians would not be divided by #5. Nothing gets purged from discussion in the public sphere unless it constitutes an illegal threat or involves matters of national security.

    • These are genuine questions that do need a resolution – but that’s not a reason (or should not be) to oppose. I don’t know the answers and to a certain extent, we probably will have to work our way through them but again do we want to do that or do we just want to try to stop it all together?

      This so much reminds me of how we dealt with homosexuality 10-20 years ago. Same lines drawn – same folks grouping up on one side or the other – and we still have issues but overall people are more accepting than before especially the young.

  6. I would not pretend to fully understand issues related to gender identity. I am certain, however, that there are people who believe their body does not reflect their gender identity. What lifestyle these people live is beyond the boundary of the things that concern me. I have no trouble with someone with the outside appearance of a male but with female genitals using the same men’s room as me. (Ask my wife what she thinks of uni-sex restrooms that we interacted with while in the Bay Area last year.)

    I don’t care what a person wears to work, school, shopping, etc. I don’t care if someone uses a different name than the one they were given at birth so long as there is no attempt to engage in fraud.

    Moving forward, it begins to get more complicated. What is the role of parents of unemancipated children who profess serious gender identity issues? It strikes me that the rules should be no different from those governing any other child health issues.

    People without clothes. It seems to me that the situation becomes much more complicated in situations like locker rooms, shared showers, etc. where we have traditionally allowed separation by gender. You need the same “junk” as everyone else to share nudity at a school locker room, public gym or swimming pool. Seeing someone showing the opposite genitals in the presence of people without those same genitals can be very upsetting to those in the majority. I know my daughter and my nieces, as well as my mother, aunts and grandmothers would have been very uncomfortable to see a transgender woman with male genitals nude in a locker room. I don’t by the argument that the minority rights trump those of the majority in this case. And speaking of which, cite a case that shows transgender rights are superior to those of non-transgender.

    Competition in sports. Males are generally bigger and physically stronger than women. That’s the key reason we generally have gender-separated teams and sports. If males could join women’s teams, there would be a lot fewer opportunities for girls and women to play competitive sports. A transgender woman with the body size and strength of a male is likely to be advantaged over a non-transgender woman with a female body. It seems very unfair to allow athletes with male size and strength to compete with athletes who can do nothing to condition themselves into the same state of strength as the woman with the male body. I don’t by the argument that the minority rights trump those of the majority in this case. And speaking of which, cite a case that shows transgender rights are superior to those of non-transgender.

    I won’t even get into a discussion of who pays for gender-altering characteristics or the logical extension of a rule of law that says people can chose their own gender without condition. Having said this, we need to open and respectful to people who do have gender-identity issues.

  7. re: ” People without clothes. It seems to me that the situation becomes much more complicated in situations like locker rooms, shared showers, etc. where we have traditionally allowed separation by gender. You need the same “junk” as everyone else to share nudity at a school locker room, public gym or swimming pool. Seeing someone showing the opposite genitals in the presence of people without those same genitals can be very upsetting to those in the majority. ”

    Let me tell you – they have SOLVED this problem in of all places, Mesa Verde:

    • As I wrote, ask my wife what she thought about the uni-sex (private) bathrooms in San Francisco. We males are a bit less careful and sanitary than women, at least according to my wife. And how much would retrofitting all the public locker rooms cost?

    • Private showers and changing rooms in high schools? How long would it take for a 45 member football team to finish showering and dressing in a high school with 5 private showers? I’d like to see some nice chai tea dispensers as well … you know … for athletes who may feel triggered by bad calls from refs.

  8. Here’s another shot of the showers at Mesa Verde.

  9. Back to Heinlein, with the fully unisex facilities for the gropos (? was that it), the troops in the Storm Troopers movies. Read the book so long ago….The business about the bathrooms has never bothered me.

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