Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The canary in the American coal-mine is transgender

Making the hatred relevant for all

The Trump Administration is not going after the Jews first. It’s attacking transgenders.

Now, one could say that it was already strong on racism and weak on anti-Nazism, and therefore evil. But there has been a lot of protest against those measures, and that is what counts.

The danger is that there will be hardly any opposition when it goes after transgenders. It’s an issue harder to grasp than racism.

The importance of silence against this bigotry is that that enables many other oppressions. Let me, therefore, explain parallels that there are between transgender and other repressions.

Lack of pride in girls and women, lack of respect for girls and women in boys and men and other signs of sexism are enforced by trashing transgenders.

Saying that the gender you feel you are is unimportant is like saying that your wish not to be pregnant is irrelevant.

Oppressing people on their gender identity is as unfair as racism against people on their ethnic background – neither thing can one change.

Although there are not so many transgenders, attacking them lowers the threshold for attacks on gays, lesbians and bisexuals, and one-in-every-three people (yes!) has a very close relative who’s not straight!

The brunt of these anti-trans measures is going to be felt by people without much money to defend themselves or to afford the health care they need, which is exactly the way the working class is always swindled.

The US being oppressive against transgenders makes the US look stupid the world over, as if in the same class as Russia where gay propaganda is forbidden and Iran and Uganda where homosexuals are killed.

See here an earlier blog post with background information.


About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation) and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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