James Esses argues that the debate around sex, gender identity and trans has, from the outset, been centred around freedoms. But, he says, instead of broadening the scope of personal liberty, gender ideology actually hinders it. He argues that a contemporary obsession with trans forces many to conform to an ideology they do not believe in, places people into rigid boxes from which they cannot escape, encourages children to take decisions that they may regret for the rest of their lives and detracts significantly from the rights and freedoms of others – particularly in terms of free speech. James argues that we need to make the distinction between supporting people with gender-identity issues, and conforming to a new and censorious gender ideology.
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