Boys have penises or the rise of the reductionist thinking
Federico García Lorca, Nobel Prize Literature and Spanish writer, was persecuted and killed by the Spanish dictature, just for one simple reason: he was gay. Alan Turing, the computer genius whom we owe the British victory during The Second World War, committed suicide after being treated with chemical castration. His indecency? Being homosexual. These two examples portray the extreme conservatism that led in the past century.
Today, those persecuted are back into the closet since they are being as threatened as the ice in the Poles. The neoconservatives have taken the power once more, and the battle for the language has been their latest conquest. The Lynch and The KKK are back. In this post-Trump era, politics have become a reality show; The New York Times is the enemy and Pope Francis, the heretic.
In Spain, an ultra catholic group has developed a new tool to stop once and for all the very worst of modern sins. Transsexualism. Hazte Oír, (make yourself heard), also called the transphobic bus, displays a very clear and direct slogan: “Boys have penises, girls have vulvas. Do not be fooled. If you are born male, you are still a male. If you are a female, you will always be one.” The ultra conservative association, responsible for this campaign, is considered cool and hip because it promotes our values. It fights, as well, against a forward-looking approach that drives heterosexuals to the background, and it rises up against abortion and same sex marriage. The bus is now banned and has been ordered out of the roads. It is unknown whose decision it was to stop it, however this campaign is awaiting a judicial decision.
We thought conservatism was a thing of the past, but there are more and more ultra catholic movements spread across the country. These groups label Francis as the ultimate Black Pope; when this Pontiff, was in fact, the one who apologised to homosexuals for the cruelty of the Church and its priests. He also spoke in the name of the Catholic Church itself, for allowing gay persecution.
What seems barbaric now will be soon avant-garde, because a Third World War is already in the making. It is a battle against the so called Progressive Fundamentalism, that has gripped the world with, what some see, as weakness and stupidity. A battle against postmodernism and its numerous ideals such as ecologism and feminism. Tolerance is in danger of extinction. Perhaps, the settling of accounts with political correction came to its apotheosis when Trump won the U.S. election and his followers claimed vengeance. Perhaps the exact moment of revenge can be found in one of Hillary Clinton’s speeches when she respond to Trump’s backers: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.” Perhaps those who Clinton tough to be inside that basket of snakes were the ones who got out to vote and probed that the flower power party had come to an end.
It is true that boys have penises and girls have vulvas but it also a fact that there are girls with penises and boys with vulvas. If this reductionist thinking continues spreading we will be soon persecuted for being different.