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Transgender discussion

An essay and a posted comment on Crisis Magazine

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Crisis Magazine, is a web site described as "A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity." Dr. Anthony Esolen is a regular contributor to that web site. He wrote an article there on or about 2018-OCT-18, titled: "Contemporary Life Is Not Just Unreal -- It’s Irreal." 1 Dr. Esolen is a teaching fellow and writer in residence at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts, in Merrimack, NH.

In his article, after discussing women in the military and how most men refrain from violence against women, Esolen wrote:

"But perhaps, despite our fantasies, there really are such things as men and women, and men owe women an immunity that they do not grant to other men.

Yet wait -- we are told that there are no such things, really. A man can be a woman by declaring himself to be so. He then pranks himself up with lipstick and affects a girly voice, and instead of being a rather unpleasant and boring fellow who is engaging in some bad impersonation, he is taken seriously. He is a trans-woman, [sic] which I believe is supposed to be a man pretending to be a woman, as I believe a trans-man is supposed to be a woman pretending to be a man. Of course there need be no end to the pretending. What do we call a man who is pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man? A boomerang? Or a man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a marsupial? A boomerangeroo?"

B.A. Robinson, the main author of this web site, posted a comment as "ocrttol" on Dr. Esolen's article on the morning of 2018-OCT-18, shortly after the article was posted. It said:

"The human body has components which typically come in male and female forms.

1. About half of all humans have no Y sex chromosome in their DNA and are considered female; the rest do have one or more Y sex chromosomes and are considered male.

2. Typical men have male genital structures; typical women have female "lady parts."

3. Typical men have recently discovered male structures (larger and with a higher neuron density) in the center of their brain that "tells them" that they are male; typical women have female structures in their brain (smaller with a lower neuron density).

Over 99% of adults are cisgender: all of the components agree: all three are female or all are male.

Unfortunately, society has yet to reach a consensus on how to view transgender persons where the three indicators of gender conflict in some way. Many transgender persons will have male genital structures; have XY (male) sex chromosomes; and have smaller (female) brain structures. Their birth identified gender will be male and their gender identity later in life will be female. The reverse also happens. Sometimes, their gender identity will be neither male nor female, or they will switch between male and female from time to time.

Until the public accepts reality, the murder and suicide rates of transgender persons will remain much larger than necessary. See:"


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  1. Anthony Esolen "Contemporary Life Is Not Just Unreal -- It’s Irreal." Crisis Magazin, 2018-OCT-18, at:

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