Influential feminist scholar Camille Paglia doesn’t toe the liberal party line when it comes to transgenderism.

In a recent interview published by The Weekly Standard, she said:

“The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible. Every single cell of the human body remains coded with one’s birth gender for life.”

The author of the bestselling book Sexual Personae sees the irony in liberals depending on the science of global warming and yet not recognizing the science of biology:

“It is certainly ironic how liberals who posture as defenders of science when it comes to global warming (a sentimental myth unsupported by evidence) flee all reference to biology when it comes to gender.”

Ryan Anderson is a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and agrees about the importance of biology in discussions surrounding transgenderism:

“The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex. Biology isn’t bigotry, and we need a sober and honest assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.”

Anderson is author of the forthcoming book on transgenderism, When Harry Became Sally.

Paglia said the following:

“I am highly sceptical about the current transgender wave, which I think has been produced by far more complicated psychological and sociological factors than current gender discourse allows. Furthermore, I condemn the escalating prescription of puberty blockers (whose long-term effects are unknown) for children. I regard this practice as a criminal violation of human rights.”

Paglia also condemned recent calls for “special rights, protections, or privileges” for transgender men and women:

“In a democracy, everyone, no matter how noncomformist or eccentric, should be free from harassment and abuse. But at the same time, no one deserves special rights, protections, or privileges on the basis of their eccentricity. The categories ‘trans-man’ and ‘trans-woman’ are highly accurate and deserving of respect. But like Germaine Greer and Sheila Jeffreys, I reject state-sponsored coercion to call someone a ‘woman’ or a ‘man’ simply on the basis of his or her subjective feeling about it.We may well take the path of good will and defer to courtesy on such occasions, but it is our choice alone.”

Paglia is a professor at The University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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