What to make of Captain Kirk’s #peaktrans moment
All social shifts consist of people moving through an issue along different vectors at different speeds, a bit like the molecules of gas in a nebula.
Some of us proceed with engines at quarter-impulse, others at Warp Factor One. Sill others finish the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.
So there are bound to be controversies between those who want to go fast, and those who have not gotten up to speed, and people going in even-slightly-different directions.
So while it was pleasant to see William Shatner have a peak trans moment on Twitter, the mix of reactions to the event also bears examination.
As the collective response of genderists has been to ignore the whole episode and pretend it was never series canon at all, radical feminists and GCs have been the most responsive sectors of Twitter.
Some observers are disappointed to see that Shatner would not disown the premise “trans women are women” at a stroke. Such disappointment is understandable; however, William Shatner is not your personal admiral.
The phrase “not your personal army,” or NYPA, came into use more than a decade ago. It is the shorthand dismissal for individuals requesting the aid of a community in pursuit of their petty personal disputes or causes.
A nascent gender critical community on Twitter has always been subject to censorship by the platform. Having lost its effective leader figure when Graham Linehan’s account was suspended, GC Twitter is looking for a new admiral.
Someone with more freedom to speak on these issues than JK Rowling, whose energies remain focused on her fiction. Someone that Twitter has a hard time suspending; someone independent of the toxic right wing politics that allow easy dismissal and cancellation by the woke. That is what they want.
And I get it. I really do.
Personally, I am satisfied that a celebrated person has called any single part of the new gender orthodoxy into question in a public setting and then stuck to their guns. Or phasers, as the case may be.
Shatner is actually famous for doing this sort of thing. It is not out of character at all. If you wonder why a male captain seems less of a subject for abuse and libel than a female captain who speaks out on these topics, I am right there with you, too.
Nevertheless, Shatner’s example matters. Just being able to reject the term “cis” applied to oneself is an important victory against the tyranny of thought that gender ideology imposes. It is a precedent that gender critics must secure in the workplace, the newsrooms, our organizations, and online.
No, I will not put pronouns on my badge or in my email signature. No, I am not “cis,” nor do I have a gender. I have a sex, which is male. Get over it. Stop telling me what to think or how to think it.
The peak trans moment is different for every person, and everybody proceeds from that moment in their own way.
Shatner may eventually take a dim view of pediatric transition, for instance, but he will have to get there on his own, at his own pace. If you are frustrated and want to be mad at him for being slow, or going in a different direction, fine.
I will take what I can get.
Simply by having a public peak trans moment, however incomplete, Mr. Shatner has enforced a boundary — kept the Romulans on their own side of the Neutral Zone, so to speak — and that is a good thing.
We cannot expect him to cross swords with Sulu, at least not in the same episode.