North Carolina and gender dysphoria

A small number of North Carolinians and outside agitators for the past year have been obsessed over people with the mental disorder “gender dysphoria”—the unknown numbers (but probably very few) of those who think they have intense, persistent gender nonconformity, and an emotional state characterized by distress.

These people claim, and the press perpetuates the idea, that State legislation (“HB2”) “excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.” Yes, these people should be protected—in psychiatric facilities.

Most educated, rational people understand that biological science has identified two sexes in the animal Kingdom: male and female—we don’t get to choose the one we are assigned at birth.

Yet the activist homosexual lobby wants normal people to accept the idea that “transgender” people, who identify as something different than their biological birth sex (gender dysphoria), should be able to use whichever public bathroom they choose—leaving women and girls potentially exposed in their private places to men posing as women.

This situation has generated comments from many people in the State, and elsewhere—mostly political activists bent on trying (unsuccessfully) to make North Carolina look like an undesirable place to live. (Link below) The latest comes from, of all places, the newly appointed University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings.

With all due respect, she doesn’t know what she talks about in an Associated Press article that tries to make her seem that she does. (Link below printed above the fold on the front page of the Wilmington StarNews) The idea behind this story is that because of House Bill 2 candidates for university employment won’t move here. Bunk.

Spellings says “I know people have withdrawn their candidacy,” in an AP interview this week. Yet in the same paragraph she says she doesn’t know how many, or what effect they had, or if they used the “Bathroom” issue as an excuse for not moving to the State anyway. “We’ll never know,” she said.

Right, but the press will use people like you, Ms. Spellings, to make it appear that they do.

Later, commenting on the State legislature, Spellings said, “They believe it’s had some unintended consequences for the state.” Of course it has. Every piece of government legislation has “unintended consequences.” But this has been blown way out of reality.

Well, thanks for your knowledge and insight Ms. Spellings. If this is a sample of what you will offer UNC, in my opinion, we could have saved a lot of money by leaving your position vacant.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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