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Peikoff: A War Against Reality

Posted: June 3, 2015

Author: Jonathan Hoenig

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From Leonard Peikoff:

 

Gay and lesbian I have no problem with. But when you get to the transgender, I regard that as a metaphysical assault on reality. It’s a through corruption and something I’d never voluntary associate with.

The nature of man is immutable. There are freaks in every species, but you don’t define the nature of a species by reference to freaks.

You can not change a woman into a man and vice-versa, no matter what hormones and what surgery. They end up lacking certain crucial capacities of either sex, and the best example of this is to see what kind of sex lives they live, what kind of pleasurable experiences they can get from sex.

From what I can tell, from what I’ve read, they simply mimic the sex act, because they don’t have the pleasure part connected to the nervous system.

Nature does give us an either/or metaphysical absolute. If you say, “I don’t like nature’s choice, I want to be the other sex,” you are rebelling against nature, against reality.

If it were true that by some kind of magic you could take a man and transform him into a woman, OK, I can’t oppose that. But there is no such magic, we’re talking about in reality. All you can do in reality is remove, destroy and mutilate.

The desire of any individual who is formed already as one sex and not a hermaphrodite to say, “nature has made a mistake, I am really the opposite gender and I have to operate to fix nature’s mistake and give myself the right body” is an arch example of a whim over reality.

The definition of male and female is biological. So to say, “I know more then the biological, I feel regardless of fact” is more than an evasion on reality, it is a war against reality. It is a way of saying, “reality gives me this, and I’m going to smash it and turn it into something else.”

Suppose a person was to say, “I was really intended to have no fingers. They feel alien to me and funny when I move them and I want to get back to what I really am, which is a non-fingered person, therefore I want them amputated.”

Now imagine this person goes to a doctor and the doctor says “Oh fine!” The doctors who perform those operations are corrupt, without qualification.

Cutting off your genitals is the worst. You can weigh which is worst, that or scooping out your brain. It’s a tough call.

 

Excerpted from The Leonard Peikoff Podcast


14 Comments

  1. Bill Sekerak

    Brilliant observation.

  2. Mary Naylor

    I must disagree with Dr. Peikoff; transgender people are NOT freaks. They are living, breathing, FEELING
    people. According to Science Daily (2/15), “They (researchers) conclude that current data suggests a biological
    etiology for transgender identity.” We need to make room for such people in our understanding, to look past
    the difference, to that courageous person inside, struggling for a meaningful life.

    I don’t like the idea of a sex change operation, but it’s not my body. Just like in most cases it’s up to the woman
    as to whether she wants an abortion.

    It is not physical normalcy that makes a man a man, but the quality of his (her) inner character.

  3. Mary Naylor

    I must disagree with Dr. Peikoff; transgendered people are NOT freaks. They are living, breathing, FEELING
    people. According to Science Daily (2/15), “They (researchers) conclude that current data suggests a biological
    etiology for transgender identity.” We need to make room for such people in our understanding, to look past
    the differnce, to that courageous person inside, struggling for a meaningful life.

    I don’t like the idea of a sex change operation, but it’s not my body. Just like in most cases it’s up to the woman
    as to whether she wants an abortion.

    It is not physical normalcy that makes a man a man, but the quality of his (her) inner character.

  4. Rickster

    Finally, a voice of reason and objectivity. Thanks.

  5. Trans&Objectivist

    I’m sorry, Dr. Peikoff, but you are lacking some information about reality. There are, in fact, evidences that suggest that transgender people are born with a brain more similar to the brain of the opposite sex. This is probably what makes you wittness a reality in wich some people change their bodies to be percieved as the “other” sex. Because in reality if they don’t take hormones, the chances that people will perceive them as the sex they identify are close to zero.
    As you may understand, since this is a rare birth defect, the efforts of science to explain this condition were not enough untill this moment.

    I don’t see any incompatibility between beeing transgender and Objectivism. In fact I am transgender and I try to guide the course of my life through objectivist philosophy.

  6. Patricia Shapiro

    It’s rare, but I’ve seen “boys” that everyone mistakes for “girls” from a very early age. They want to wear dresses, play with dolls; they feel like girls. Yes, it’s unusual, but it exists. And hermaphrodites also exist — that’s reality.

  7. MamaBear

    So what is someone supposed to do, if they were a liberal years ago, transitioned from male to female, and then after several years more, came to become an Objectivist?

  8. Yuval Ginbar

    “Rebeling against nature” is an expression only an atheist who hasn’t transitioned well from religion uses to morally condemn humankind whenever we refuse to accept the hand we’re dealt with. Contraception and abortion are also forms of rebellion against nature, which is geared towards being fruitful, multiplying etc. So what? Banning them is nonetheless the epitome of immorality. And I pity the man for having such a woefully limited experience of sexual pleasure. Get a life!

  9. Dan Langlois

    ‘The nature of man is immutable. There are freaks in every species, but you don’t define the nature of a species by reference to freaks.’

    This begs the question, how do you define the nature of a species? Really, this sentence about ‘freaks’ and so forth is very difficult to unpack. I think of a silly-looking creature that eats ants. What does an anteater think of as being a ‘freak’. Consider the panda. Their false thumb, their very large head due to larger jaw muscles, required to bite and chew the thick bamboo. Note: Pandas did not evolve… in zoos. This eating bamboo, must have started with a freak panda, freaking the other pandas out, with this notion of adopting a remarkably inefficient diet. But I’m of course assuming that we all believe in evolution. How, by the way, do biological scientists define a ‘species’? They do it arbitrarily, in cold blood, by fiat. That’s fine, but what does Piekoff take himself to be doing? Of course I am very uncomfortable with his notions about rather “unfit” characteristics. If male and female are some kind of ontological property of the species, then that has the virtue of being as simple as you want it to be, but man, this guy is going to need things to be simple. Next, he’ll be saying that anybody smarter than him is a freak. And it’s true.

  10. Louis Boliou

    Transgender may have a biological or environmental basis. However, these are evolutionary side-shows, and beyond respecting individual rights, no other mainstream cultural modifications need changing. In the area of species, a freak would be an extreme deviation from the species mainstream biology, or behavior. Departing from our species sexual dimorphism is quite a leap.

    There may be an increase in numbers of such individuals in modern, long term societies, as the dramatic population increase in humans in the last few centuries has come at the expense of many objective selective pressures. Those are the pressures which humans evolved under for 99% of our evolutionary history. My point being, that as survival pressures become “relaxed” due to modern technology, then the selective pressures for strict sexual dimorphism become reduced as child survival rates (for one) become extremely high.

    If one only considers these individuals as being the result of cultural effects, then the equal possibility that they suffer from a form of mental illness (inc. physiological /brain chemistry) is evaded. There is little evidence for epigenetic effects which would result in transgender conditions. And, the idea that pre-pubescent children who have “gender confusion” should be defined as transgender is disgusting, and dangerous!

    Concerning Peikoff’s essay; transgender effects are likely not related to philosophy.

  11. Leonid Fainberg

    It’s not neurological but philosophical aberration. People who deny the evidence of their senses , namely their primary and secondary gender characteristics and substitute them by feelings have serious epistemological problem. They live in the make believe world and I don’t need to conduct case studies to know that. In this regard they are not different from the religionists who believe in god because they feel like that. The source of their feelings is irrelevant since they are obviously wrong.

  12. Leonid Fainberg

    The basic premise -feelings are irreducible primaries. The reality is not what it is but what I feel. And if my feelings don’t correspond to reality then it’s too bad for reality. I will adjust it in accordance to my feelings, cut off healthy organs, inject hormones which my body normally doesn’t produce and create a mimicry of the desired gender which has no substance. If that what makes some people happy then they have very sick idea what happiness is all about. Now it’s not surprising that other people refuse to see transgenders as variant of norm. They deserve acknowledgement and maybe help but not a recognition as a healthy normal trend. Their philosophy is deeply mystical and their practice is mutilation , which always goes hand in hand with mysticism.

  13. Leonid Fainberg

    The basic premise -feelings are irreducible primaries. The reality is not what it is but what I feel. And if my feelings don’t correspond to reality then it’s too bad for reality. I will adjust it in accordance to my feelings, cut off healthy organs, inject hormones which my body normally doesn’t produce and create a mimicry of the desired gender which has no substance. If that what makes some people happy then they have very sick idea what happiness is all about. Now it’s not surprising that other people refuse to see transgenders as variant of norm. They deserve acknowledgement and maybe help but not a recognition as a healthy normal trend. Their philosophy is deeply mystical and their practice is mutilation , which always goes hand in hand with mysticism. And there is no such a thing like male or female brain. Otherwise all theories of gender equality have no basis

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