Identification Politics

Is the tide lastly turning on trans? It will probably usually really feel as if each public determine is toeing the woke line, with any dissenting view crushed by cancel tradition. Even these rock stars who consider themselves as rebellious, from Billy Bragg to Neil Younger, have grow to be boringly conformist. Thank God, then, for Alice Cooper.

In an interview with on-line music journal Stereogum this week, the American rock legend gave some refreshingly commonsense takes on gender-identity ideology.

Cooper was particularly sceptical concerning the rising variety of children who determine as trans. ‘I’m understanding that there are circumstances of transgender [children], however I’m afraid that it’s additionally a fad’, he mentioned. ‘I discover it fallacious if you’ve bought a six-year-old child who has no thought. He simply desires to play and also you’re complicated him [by] telling him, “Yeah, you’re a boy, however you possibly can be a lady if you wish to be”.’

Cooper went on to speak about how bewildering it have to be for kids and younger folks to develop up beneath the shadow of trans ideology, whereas nonetheless struggling to work out their very own identities. ‘Let anyone at the least grow to be sexually conscious of who they’re, earlier than they begin desirous about in the event that they’re a boy or a lady’, Cooper mentioned. In different phrases, as fellow rockers Pink Floyd as soon as mentioned: ‘Depart these children alone.’

Cooper additionally touched on the threats trans ideology poses to ladies’s rights and single-sex areas: ‘A man can stroll into a girl’s toilet at any time and simply say, “I simply really feel like I’m a girl immediately”, and have the time of his life in there.’ Sadly, that is now a really actual concern for a lot of ladies. Predatory males have been given a inexperienced mild to enter ladies’s non-public areas, and girls who push again might be branded as bigots. ‘The place do you draw this line?’, Cooper rightly requested.

Saying what we’ve all been considering, Cooper additionally summed up ‘the entire woke factor’. ‘It’s attending to the purpose now the place it’s laughable’, he mentioned. ‘Everyone I discuss to says, “Isn’t it silly?”.’

Predictably, Cooper’s commonsense takes have since sparked outrage within the media and on-line. Rolling Stone has accused him of ‘spewing debunked bathroom-predator myths’ and utilizing ‘right-wing, anti-trans scare ways’. Woke hacks are particularly aggrieved as Cooper was as soon as well-known for carrying make-up and confounding expectations of gender. Cooper was ‘fairly progressive’ on sexuality within the Nineteen Seventies, says Rolling Stone, however he has apparently taken a ‘decisively extra conservative’ stance on the trans query immediately.

In fact, there’s nothing progressive about insisting that boys who play with dolls should actually be women. The gender-bending of previous rock stars was about liberating folks from these gendered expectations and stereotypes. The trans ideology, then again, repackages them in a woke guise.

Alice Cooper’s feedback on trans are a breath of contemporary air. Whereas most of our ageing rock’n’roll heroes have accepted all of the elite orthodoxies, at the least there are nonetheless some rock stars left who’re kicking towards the pricks.

Lauren Smith is an editorial assistant at spiked.

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