The Canadian megastar, Celine Dion, appears to have gone the full Trudeau—and I don’t just mean voting for Justin—by launching her own range of children’s clothing with the distressingly Paltrowish name, Celinununu. To further raise awareness of her new brand, Dion has produced a promotional video where she acts as a secret agent / gender-neutral fairy godmother making the sexes of new born babies magically disappear.
“It’s OK, I’m Celine Dion!” is its leitmotif. But could someone please explain to me how simply saying, “It’s OK, I’m Celine Dion!” means that rational thought—as well as why the rule of law, natural and human—should be suddenly suspended? How is the following in any way a coherent argument?
Our children…are not really ‘our’ children
As we are all just links in a never-ending chain
…that is life!
For us, they are everything.
But in reality…
we are only a fraction of their universe
We? Miss the past
They? Dream of tomorrow
We may thrust them forward into the future
But the course will always be theirs to choose.
And here I was thinking that the Age of Aquarius was something I had missed out on! However, Dion gets away with this new age nonsense because she says it all in that seductive French-Canadian accent. And besides, she’s Celine Dion! Significantly, Dion further explained in an interview with Robin Meade:
I’m not here, Celine Dion—singer with three kids—who’s going to tell the world right now, “You should do it this way… should not do that… this is wrong…” Listen, I’m not doing that! Let them tell you what they feel like…
Do you know what, you don’t know what they’re going to become later? And you don’t want them to have a problem of growth and say, “I’m supposed to be like that… I’m supposed to say that… I’m supposed to dress like this… because I’m a guy, I’m a boy… no! No! You don’t know. Let people be who they are as quick and as soon as possible.’
But, incredibly, Dion lacks the self-awareness to perceive that this is precisely what she is doing. By sermonising to parents that they should let children make up their own minds regarding their biological gender, Dion is preaching a highly controversial ideology herself, that is refuted by most medical professionals. As Dr Paul McHugh—University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—argues in his article “Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme”:
The meme—that your sex is a feeling, not a biological fact, and can change at any time—marches on through our society. In a way, it’s reminiscent of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes. In that tale, the Emperor, believing that he wore an outfit of special beauty imperceptible to the rude or uncultured, paraded naked through his town to the huzzahs of courtiers and citizens anxious about their reputations. Many onlookers to the contemporary transgender parade, knowing that a disfavoured opinion is worse than bad taste today, similarly fear to identify it as a misapprehension…
The basic assumption of the contemporary parade: the idea that exchange of one’s sex is possible… like the storied Emperor, is starkly, nakedly false. Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. All… become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they “identify.” In that lies their problematic future.
When “the tumult and shouting dies,” it proves not easy nor wise to live in a counterfeit sexual garb. The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.’
Significantly, at the end of the interview, two of the women—I hope it’s OK to refer to them that way—who first founded the company Nununu, state their belief that:
Fashion has the power to shapes people’s minds…we bring a ‘new order’ as a concept into the world.
How right they are. Aldous Huxley envisioned a future where sexual boundaries were obliterated and children from a young age were educated in what he referred to as ‘erotic play’, but even he couldn’t foresee how Western Society would wage war on even a person’s gender. For Celine Dion is attempting to establish something that is even ‘braver’ still.
Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.
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