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.”