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May 24, 2017

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MC

I can't imagine why the Islamists think they'll win.

Jeff Guinn

We am an airline pilot.

We wonder how many people would be thrilled to hear us decide which of we would be getting in the cockpit this evening.

David

We wonder how many people would be thrilled to hear us decide which of we would be getting in the cockpit this evening.

Well, quite. It is, I think, grimly comical. And while I’ve no wish to be gratuitously mean to the person in question, it’s bizarre to assume, as it seems we’re supposed to, that the enabling of such behaviour among the police force isn’t without issues of credibility. Or indeed surrealism.

Trevor

A friend who worked for a major English police force told me of a trans-whatever gentleman who was appointed as a Special Constable and insisted on being assigned to the team patrolling the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights. This individual, alone among the 'female' officers, eschewed the practical heavy-duty trousers in favour of a skirt worn very short. His appearance, deportment and demeanour attracted the attention he no doubt desired from the late-night revellers, with the result that most of his colleagues' time was spent responding to his complaints of 'transphobia' rather than doing any actual policing (or being available to respond to emergencies.) All because some narcissistic freak fancied a bit of blue serge for his cosplay. Our pusillanimous public 'services' really are beneath contempt.

I sneeze in threes

I'm feel I may need to repair to my fainting couch now that I have seen your acknowledgment on the main page. Where is that tip jar!

Surreptitious Evil

My daughter's MSc course rep used to change their "declared gender" several times a day. And bollock people who addressed them in the female when they were (badly) dressed as a female but had decided they were a bloke for a couple of minutes.

She was prepared to have him (it was a bloke, they seem to be far more insane than the limited numbers of women who pretend they're blokes - or are they just more numerous so we spot the nutters and confirmation bias?) incinerated. And she's an academic psychologist!

David

I may need to repair to my fainting couch now that I have seen your acknowledgment on the main page.

Fame and babes are sure to follow.

Lab Rat

So how do people with multiple personality disorder fit into the BLT sandwich acronym paradigm thingie? Some of their personalities can be of different genders. And they really believe, and act, and do, as that personality, when they are that personality.

Why do "transgender" people get all the forced acceptance and kowtowing and the poor schmucks who are anorexic or who have multiple personality disorder and who just as validly believe what they believe they are as the "transgender" people do get stuck with a mental illness?

I swear if the people with anorexia could somehow make it about sex they could tack on the the BLT acronym and be put on diets and get liposuction as easily as the "transgender" people get their breasts and penises lopped off.

I know, I know - WrongThought! To the Correction Booth with me!

Pogonip

I'm old and used to think I'd seen it all...

(David, I recently discovered your site and greatly enjoy it.)

David

I recently discovered your site and greatly enjoy it.

Happy to hear it. Welcome aboard.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Fame and babes are sure to follow.

Say, aren't you assuming what the sternutatitous one would prefer to have following ?

Regardless, back to the rozzer in question, does he get to decide on his own what sex he is when it comes to doing strip searches of perps ? Hot female comes in, he turns female to get to do the search, a drunken yob comes in, he stays female to avoid it ?

They said: “The first time I walked into a Met building as Abi, I was hyperventilating so much I almost passed out. “I’ve done it a handful of times since and felt so happy that I got to be me at work".

Well, that is what is important, now, isn't it ?

Daniel Ream

So how do people with multiple personality disorder fit into the BLT sandwich acronym paradigm thingie?

Ooh! Ooh! I got this one.

There's not really any such thing as "multiple personality disorder". Like most psychological fads, the few cases that were claimed turn out to be have been grossly overrepresented by the treating psychiatrists, aided by sensational and largely fictional accounts like "The Three Faces of Eve".

It should come as no surprise that the etiology for the alleged multiple personality disorder is our old friend, sustained childhood sexual trauma. Similarly, it should not be terribly shocking that many cluster B personality disorders manifest as emotional lability and an unstable personality and sense of self. It's not hard to see how an agenda-driven psychiatrist could overstate the extent to which a cluster B patient will modify their apparent personality to appease those around them.

Also, go see Split, it's an awesome movie. Shyamalan's back on his game.

Hopp Singg

How do we end "Love Potion Number 9," then?

But when I kissed a cop down on 34th and Vine...

Now what?

Geezer

Now what?

He broke my little bottle.

Tell Sackett

Draw the line forward a few years and there will - officially, at least - no longer be any such thing as mental illness. It's all just "expressing yourself".

champ

What, no pictures? I was envisioning Sarah Hill in a police uniform...

Hopp Singg

So if a male police officer wants to pat me down, I can identify as female and request that a female officer do it. Then, when she shows up, I can switch back, and so forth. Because I'm fluid.

But with Callum/Abi, it becomes a race to see which of us can switch faster. He/she better be quick if they wanna avoid a lawsuit.

D all caps

1st question asked at mgmt/staff meeting following the announcement: Does this impact pension benefits in any way?
2nd question: do we all get provided paid leave to explore whether we want to become bi-gender like AbiCalum?
3rd question: can i transfer the provision for leave over to physiotherapy and massage appointments?

Chester Draws

Fame and babes are sure to follow.

Just make sure the babes actually are babes.

So if a male police officer wants to pat me down, I can identify as female and request that a female officer do it.

Ah, but the issue is not whether you are offended or not. No-one much wants to be patted down. The question is whether the police officer is suitable, given that a man patting a woman may get off on it.

This is not an issue for straight people -- I can pat down males and never, ever get off on it. (I've never patted anyone down, but I have strip searched quite a few.)

However it does sort of rule out any bisexual or switching or similar coppers from ever patting anyone down (or strip searching).

In practice there isn't any actual law about this. Any officer may do any legal act. You may not like being patted down by someone of whatever sex, but they are not committing any offence.

Pogonip

Thank you, David!

Sporkatus

Detective Jekyll and PC(Ms.) Hyde?

Sporkatus

I observe that if he/she has two identities within the force, they really ought to be required to seek promotion separately. One bonus, however: perhaps they'd require separate suspensions for any misconduct.

Darleen

Ok, so this police department is allowing one of its male officers to come to work in drag from time to time.

I guess the agency has all the money in the world for settling cases brought by female arrestees physically searched, even stripped searched, by a male.

David

What’s odd, I think, is the assumption that Callum/Abi’s desire to feel “validated” – i.e., to feel as if nothing at all were anomalous about their psychology and behaviour - trumps all other concerns and any potential complications. It seems that some unstable personalities are officially more welcome in the police force than others.

Herp McDerp

What happens if Callum is summoned to testify in court and they are Abi that day?

David

Ok, so this police department is allowing one of its male officers to come to work in drag from time to time.

I can’t speak to the behaviour of the person quoted in the article, but from the little I’ve read on the topic, “bigender” people may sometimes attach markedly different and contradictory characteristics to their male and female manifestations, such that one persona may be more outgoing or behave in ways that their other ‘identity’ finds uncomfortable, even repellent. Which presumably creates further problems if those ‘identities’ are alternating rapidly and involuntarily, say, as by some accounts, daily or even several times a day. And in general terms, unstable personalities tend towards behaviour that is erratic, impulsive and often manipulative. Traits that aren’t exactly ideal in, for instance, police officers, who occupy positions of authority and trust, and to whom one is expected to defer.

And while I’m generally willing to defer to the police, I’m less keen to defer to someone who isn’t entirely sure who or what they are.

Maybe Daniel can offer more.

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PiperPaul

"unstable personalities tend towards behaviour that is erratic, impulsive and often manipulative"

I'll just leave that there, maybe it should be bolded and in MUCH larger font.

I want to know which of them is getting paid more and how is that possible in today's world of pay equity for women. Especially in a government job.

I sneeze in threes

I'd love to hear that officer give evidence in court.
Officer: "I was proceeding in a westernly direction when I saw a man or woman running from the jeweler's shop".

Judge: "man or woman?"

Officer: It's not for me to assume someones gender."

Judge: "You're obviously an unreliable witness, case dismissed,"

Lab Rat

So given that Everyone Knows that women get paid less than men, are they gonna have two pay scales for this policehuman, depending on which one, Abi or Cal, shows up that day?

Daniel Ream

Maybe Daniel can offer more.

Aside from the state inexplicably allowing me to operate a motor vehicle, I am not a licensed anything, so keep in mind anything I say is anecdotal observation based on a smallish sample of people who have never been formally diagnosed. That said:

“bigender” people may sometimes attach markedly different and contradictory characteristics to their male and female manifestations, such that one persona may be more outgoing or behave in ways that their other ‘identity’ finds uncomfortable, even repellent.

I have seen exactly this kind of behaviour (radically different personality trait sets at different times and/or different societal contexts) in two different people with the textbook etiology for cluster B disorders. Severe enough in one case that it's easy to see how the theory of "multiple" personalities might have gotten started.

One thing I've mentioned before is most cluster B's loose relationship with the truth, manifested as an internal narrative that absolves them of wrongdoing and the questioning of which can lead to extreme reactions, up to and including hysterics.

This doesn't seem like a good trait in a police officer called to testify in a court of law.

RightofGenghis

Quite frankly, if I were running this police department, I would *encourage* this kind of behavior. Think of the cost savings alone. Whenever Abi shows up for work, you can pay her 30% less than when Callum is on the beat.

Dennis

Ha! Chester Draws. Love it.

Lisboeta

This nonsense has surely gone beyond the pale? Being hauled in by the police, for whatever reason, is scary enough for the average citizen -- who probably (especially if it's in the US) hasn't really done anything wrong. Even scarier is being confronted by an arresting/interviewing officer who, from one moment to the next, doesn't know which gender s/he is. Even Kafka didn't envisage anything as contorted as this.

Paul Carlton

“Yesterday’s mental illness is today’s social policy.” - @kshaidle

mikesixes

Callum is a guy with a mental disorder. Indulging his delusion is not helping him.

Hopp Singg

Indulging his delusion is not helping him.

Agreed. And sharing his delusion actively makes it worse.

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