4 Myths Jon Stewart Perpetuated About Radical Gender Theory

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Jon Stewart hosts “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” #JonVoyage on August 6, 2015 in New York City. |

In an Oct. 7 episode of “The Trouble With Jon Stewart” podcast, “The War of the Sexes” the comedian and political commentator discussed sex and gender.

The episode made a lot of noise. Leftists praised him for supposedly debunking what they called “hateful liesand said it was “a breath fresh air. But closer examination shows that the show began with a significant bias that perpetuated at least four myths and misconceptions harmful to the debate and to children in particular.

Myth #1: Sex and gender are complicated

It didn’t help that Stewart entered the podcast determined to highlight the complexities of sex, gender and gender transition. Proprietary to Stewart promotional tweet said the episode was dedicated to him “pause[ing] down the binary and gender spectrum. So he didn’t go into this with skepticism, but with a pro-transgender bias.

The former host of cable’s “The Daily Show” immediately mocked conservatives for asking the question, “What is a woman?” first raised during Senate confirmation hearings in March for current Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. He claimed the simplicity of the question was old-fashioned and the answer much more nuanced than it first appeared.

“We are in a new dawn of gender and sex complexity, where those who don’t fit into a simple binary are meant to be viewed humanely,” Stewart said. “The problem with gender and sex? It turns out that none of this is simple.

Reality: The number of people who are intersex, who have both male and female genitalia, make up less than half of 1% of the population. The sex and gender debate is not about this small percentage of people. To suggest otherwise is dishonest.

The sex and gender debate is quite simple. It’s about whether or not a person can have gender dysphoria since the optimal ‘cure’ is to enact social change, followed by sex reassignment surgery to appease it.

The facts are that 99.9% of men and women are born with specific genitalia that designate their gender, and most tend to adopt mannerisms and dress that match that gender. This whole debate is about the remaining tiny percentage who think gender is fluid, contradicting centuries of science and tradition.

Myth #2: Transgender bills are hateful

Stewart has repeatedly pointed out that dozens of states have introduced legislation that protects girls and women from the privacy and safety issues associated with being forced to share otherwise gender-separated spaces with biological men. .

Instead of acknowledging why there have been so many state bills like this, many of which have been signed into law, Stewart immediately took the left-wing position that such legislation is “anti-transgender.” “. He scoffed that so many measures like this were introduced across the country in the first place.

“Anti-trans legislation is up over 800% since 2018 — 800%,” Stewart said. “What could justify this unprecedented urgency? Have trans people stormed the Capitol? Did they steal classified nuclear information from the White House and store it in a basement in Florida? What is the threat?

Reality: Forcing girls and women to compete with biological boys who “identify” as women is simply unfair. Forcing them to share private spaces with biological men, whether in bathrooms, locker rooms or women’s shelters, is also unfair and dangerous. Predators have taken advantage and will continue to take advantage of areas where legislation does not protect females. It is misleading to claim that legislation protecting girls is rooted in bigotry. This is certainly not the case.

Myth #3: Only transition can help suicidal trans youth

In a moving plea, Stewart suggested that parents who genuinely care about their children’s pain provide whatever treatment is needed to soothe it.

“If my daughter or my son came to see me in agony, and I knew there was a program I could involve them in that had positive effects on their mental health, I would swim through the rivers and climb the mountains and dig whatever I needed to save this kid’s life,” he said. “And, I guess you would do the same.”

Stewart’s comments imply that if parents don’t immediately help their child transition to the opposite sex, when they complain about it, those parents are being heartless or hurtful. It’s not just presumptuous, it’s wrong.

Reality: First there is lots of evidence that children who complain of gender dysphoria in adolescence are experiencing the effects of contagion, not true dysphoria. For this, there is no need to rush to treatment.

Second, The Heritage Foundation has demystified the myth that “gender-affirming” care reduces the risk of suicide. In fact, until about 2015 when treatment became more mainstream, data shows there is no difference in youth suicide rates between children who access “gender-affirming” care. “without parental consent and children who do not have it. (The Daily Signal is the medium of the Heritage Foundation.)

The availability of treatment without parental consent is ironically what appears to increase suicidal ideation, not the lack of availability of treatment.

Incidentally, Stewart’s comedian-commentator Bill Maher, a traditional liberal but not a reflexive leftist, in May on his HBO show “Real time,” offered a diametrically different perspective: “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pirate. Thank goodness no one took me seriously and scheduled me for eye removal and peg leg surgery.

Myth #4: Young people don’t overcome gender dysphoria

Stewart was applauded for the segment of the show in which he interviewed Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Rutledge repeated a common stat that many transgender supporters want to ignore; namely that 98% of all young people with gender dysphoria ultimately become mature. “It’s an incredibly made-up number,” Stewart said, saying it didn’t “match” any of the existing studies from medical organizations.

Reality: Rutledge’s statistic is by no means fabricated. Full of studies support him. It’s just often seen as defective because he does not support the current left narrative that kids have to go through gender reassignment surgery or hormone blockers to be happy.

A “wait and see” approach is best for young people who experience dysphoria later in childhood. Transgender activists just don’t mention it because it doesn’t fit their narrative.


Originally posted on The daily signal.

Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Daily Signal. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, National Review, Politico, The Washington Times, The American Spectator and Parents Magazine.

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