The vast majority of Democrats with a four-year college degree believe that men can become women and women can become men — just because they say so.
Pew revealed the shocking stat in a new poll.
The questions asked of participants were:
Which statement comes closer to your views, even if neither is exactly right?
Is whether someone is a man or a woman determined by the sex they were assigned at birth?
Can someone be a man or a woman even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth?
From Pew's findings:
The survey also finds that Democrats with a bachelor’s degree or more education are more likely than other Democrats to say a person’s gender can be different from the sex they were assigned at birth. About three-quarters (77 per cent) of Democrats with a bachelor’s degree or more say this, compared with 60 per cent of Democrats with some college and 57 per cent of those with a high school diploma or less. No such divide exists among Republicans.
Democrats’ views also differ by race and ethnicity. Some 55 per cent of black Democrats and 41 per cent of Hispanic Democrats say a person’s gender is determined by their sex assigned at birth, a view shared by just 24 per cent of white Democrats.
Millennials are somewhat more likely than older generations to say someone can be a man or a woman, even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. Half of Millennials say this, compared with roughly four-in-ten Gen Xers (41 per cent), Boomers (43 per cent) and members of the Silent Generation (37 per cent). However, this generational gap goes away when partisanship is taken into account.
Republicans, on the other hand, would prefer to rely on doctors and parents when it comes to determining gender.
One of the core issues in this debate is the difference between sex and gender. Sex is biologically determined at birth, whereas many argue that gender is a social construct.
So technically, under this premise, a person's sex could be female while their gender is male. Transgender individuals can identify as a gender that doesn't match up with their biological anatomy.
The left has been quick to normalize transgenderism. Yet at the same time, progressives criticize individuals who identify as "transracial" as appropriating another person's culture. On Tuesday we we reported about a white Florida man who self-identifies as Filipino. It is unclear why choosing to live as a different gender is celebrated, while choosing to live as a different race is looked down upon.
Pew's poll on attitudes toward gender was released as the nation debates a slew of related issues, including whether or not taxpayers should be forced to subsidize gender reassignment surgeries for military members and inmates. The gender that individuals privately choose to identify with has little impact on the rest of us — but when the government starts forcing us to subsidize those decisions by footing surgery bills, the debate takes on new significance.
Whatever the case, it is clear that an increasing percentage of left-leaning Americans are beginning to see gender as fluid and separate from a person's sex. It still remains to be seen how this will impact our society and tax expenditures over time.