by Shelt Garner
I, on occasion, have hours-long conversations with my far more conservative relatives and one thing that really spooks them is how freaky gender politics have become. They’re Traditionalists and they are at a loss as to how fluid and weird gender has become for a lot of people.
I struggle with what to tell them.
I generally support trans rights, and, yet, it can be really difficult to know what the orthodoxy on that particular subject is at any particular moment. As such, people keep coming at me from the cultural Left and it really fucking annoys me. I’m on your side!
I have to say, though, that I really am impressed with Ethel Cain. She’s a trans woman and her music is really, really good. Probably some of the best new music I’ve heard in years. But I have to admit, it takes a moment for me to realize that the heartfelt songs from a female POV are being sung by someone who was is biologically male.
It’s all very curious. What’s worrisome is the always-changing orthodoxy about trans rights so upsets Traditionalists that they are VERY receptive to fascism. I worry a lot about this because trans people are the very people who are most at risk should we become a MAGA autocracy.
I shutter to think about that particular future.