By Jonathon Van Maren
If trans activists get their way, pointing out that the emperor has no clothes — and specifically, that his lack of clothes makes it clear that she’s a he — will be illegal and prosecutable. In the U.K. in the past couple of years, a 39-year-old mother was arrested in front of her children and locked up in a cell for alleged transphobia in Hertfordshire; a docker in North England was investigated by police for retweeting a limerick about transgenderism; a 74-year-old woman was contacted by the cops in Suffolk and asked to remove social media posts critical of transgenderism. In 2021, a man in Norway was actually given a 21-day prison sentence and a fine of 15,000 krone for “insulting” and “misgendering” a transgender person—on Facebook.
Thus, it is no exaggeration to state that even as the backlash against transgender ideology grows, people are being fined and even jailed for refusing to bow the knee. The latest is Christina Ellingsen, a Norwegian feminist associated with Women’s Declaration International who was accused by Amnesty International Norway of hate crimes for tweets she sent to Christine Marie Jentoft, a man who identifies as a woman and works with the transgender activist group Foreningen FRI. In an interview on national TV, Ellingsen questioned Jentoft’s claim that he was a lesbian, noting: “You are a man. You cannot be a mother. To normalize the idea that men can be mothers is a defined form of discrimination against women.”
Ellingsen is being investigated for tweets she sent to Jentoft between February 2021 and January 2022 noting that Jentfoft is male—the hate crimes charges she faces could result in a three-year jail sentence if convicted. The feminist watchdog site Reduxx noted that Jentoft himself has been a source of controversy, tweeting in 2018: “Dear queer children of all ages! I know some of us have parents who don’t love us anymore. But thanks to a [Facebook} video I have just seen, I just want to inform you that I am actually a certified mother. So if you ever need a real motherly hug, I will be happy to oblige!” Understandably, many people were disturbed by the adult male’s offer of a “motherly hug”—there is an instinctive discomfort with the consequences of trans ideology even among many who accept it at face value.