I’m fine, but it was very unpleasant!
We’re gonna have to stage an intervention, aren’t we, Jesse? Stop going to Twitter.
You're very brave for continuing to interact with these people - the transactivists, the journalists (I use the term loosely), and everyone else in this garbage fire. Twitter itself is designed to encourage this type of engagement, which is one reason why I'd be pleased if Elon Musk destroyed it.
Please don't kill yourself. Also, please stay off twitter.
I am shocked! Shocked! at the wholly unexpected discovery that the "trans affirming" crowd includes an elevated number of truly despicable people.
One of them speculates how many "trans" kidz have killed themselves as a result of your writing; I confidently peg this number at zero. knowing how few of them can take a long enough break from "my pronouns" and "my gender identity" to read anything that isn't wholly "affirming" an' "inclusive" an' "supportive" an' stuff.
And their entire sense of righteousness is based on the "trans teen suicide" lie, yet they pile on you with advice to kill yourself.
If you lose a single wink of sleep over this kerfuffle, I'll be very disappointed.
A madness has seized the American left. Most people I know are leftish, and they simply refuse to acknowledge how acute the problem is. I've lived through the rise and fall of the religious right in the '80s, paleo-political correctness (late '80s-early '90s), the neo-con lunacy that led us into Iraq... I've never seen such abject insanity in a major American political faction as we see now on the left.
Accepting the patent irrationality of (trans)gender ideology is already a level of irrationality I could never have predicted. Sure, a fringe might accept such madness...but ten years ago I'd have bet almost any amount of money that no major American faction could adopt such a view as *orthodoxy*. But on top of believing outright contradictions like *Some women are male*, progressivism is now all-in on child sexual mutilation. Furthermore, they accept these positions with such dogmatic fervor that they commonly believe that appropriate punishment for disbelief is rabid attacks by online Reaver mobs. Their aim [is] to destroy careers and lives--something they relish. We now see them edging toward the belief that infidels who deny their superstitions deserve death.
You deserve praise for standing up to this, JS. I hope that you have it firmly in mind that these people are insane. Some aren't ordinarily so--they've been infected by a kind of mind virus that emulates insanity. Others are just plain crazy and have been brought out of the woodwork opportunistically, b[y] the ascendance of political madness. But insane they are. Don't let any corner of your mind think that you owe *them* an explanation. [And by 'them' I'm referring to the propagators and defenders of the madness, not the kids (and adults) afflicted by gender ideology, who are themselves generally victims.]
Finally: funny that voicing any opposition to gender ideology--no matter how sober and well-reasoned, is alleged to be impermissible on that grounds that it will lead the "gender"-confused to suicide. But outright encouraging suicide is apparently lauded by their side... Madness.
Jesse, stop going back to Twitter like it's an abusive ex.
The "cool kids" of journalism are assholes. You don't need their approval and nobody's mind is going to change, because nobody engages in good faith.
Absolutely fucking disgusting how these supposed journalists, experts, and public figures are acting. It's just insane to see how they're all 100% in lockstep. This whole movement is totally mind blowing, every single day I can't understand how it's transformed so many people into this.
Or maybe this is just how people have always been?
This whole "kill yourself" phenomenon on Twitter is one of the saddest examples of our society's discourse sinking to new lows. There is just no excuse for that kind of talk. Is it possible that people can debate ideas and to disagree respectfully? Is that too much to ask?
Been reading you for awhile Jesse and this one really got me. Thanks for fighting the good fight - normal people are listening to and appreciating you!
For some reason, this post reminds me of this interview of a guy who had the shit beaten out of him in DC. https://twitter.com/thesierrafox/status/1673560453279105024 "In fairness to him [the attacker who beat the shit out of him], I was distracted" -- Jesse saying he shouldn't have tweeted is exactly what these psychos want -- to shut down discourse, shut down questioning, just affirm whatever they want to believe and don't you dare ask for evidence or point out the 180 degree pivot in viewpoints by so many formerly reputable organizations. Jesse SHOULD have tweeted. They NEED to be held accountable but they're so awful (see all these people egging on suicide) from their insecurity over needing to have the "correct" opinion that they just cow most of us into not getting into it. Bravo, Jesse. And I'm glad you're fine.
I'm a doctor. "Primum non nocere" is one of our mottos (above all else do no harm). 10 minutes for a life altering decision? Our medical societies have gone off the cliff and some over busy practitioners are following like lemmings. Thanks for injecting some common sense and data Jesse. Don't waste any more time or emotion on the rantings of 7,000 idiots. Doctors advice.
Nothing changes the fact that a ten-minute screening isn't even perfunctory.
The part that galls me most that I think you should expound on more here is that 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 "𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬" is absolutely outrageous, especially considering the clear role played by "social contagion" and Smile. "A lot of my friends are trans! Me too!!" That is the worst thing about the DSM5 redefinition. Teen girls are intensely conformist and impressionable and no self-report that opens the gate to such catastrophic intervention should be given any weight whatsoever.
I read about one classroom where seven of 28 girls claimed to be "trans." The odds are that many GID-afflicted girls are lower than the chances of firing a gun in outer space and hitting a dime sixty light years away.
Glad you’re okay but many would not be, like the educator in Canada Those people are depraved. The fact that they call themselves “journalists” is why i mistrust mainstream outlets. Stay off Twitter!
Jesse, I think I finally understand what's going on. This is _exactly_ what Orwell described in 1984 with Emmanuel Goldstein and the Two Minutes Hate. They've created a fictional Jesse Singal, and are bonding with each other & ideologically virtue-signalling by vying to be the person who can be the most hateful and vile towards this imagined enemy. The truth of what you did or didn't do (whether this time or with any of your previous writings), what kind of person you are, etc, is utterly irrelevant.
Not to be presumptuous, but I will join the chorus of folks encouraging you to just log off the-site- formerly-known-as-Twitter once and for all, and be done with it. Even if it survives in some form, it is a shadow of what it once was - and a dark and deranged shadow at that. As you yourself have noted, the people who have remained, who can tolerate what the site has become, are disproportionately the more damaged and sociopathic users. You don't need this.
If you still must use a microblogging platform, imho Threads may be the least-bad option, especially once the app adds the promised chronological feed. For all the many problems with Meta, Threads does have by orders of magnitude the biggest user base of any of the Twitterlike alternatives, and they're predominantly normies, rather than the internet-poisoned hall monitors common on Bluesky or many Mastodon instances.
You are a good person. That's why they come for you. The key to using Twitter is to ignore the replies. Just pretend they do not exist. Then you never know the terrible things they say. My good friend David Carr who is no longer with us, sadly, told me never to get in Twitter fights. "Just leave them shouting down a hole." It was great advice. I like your presence on Twitter, just like Katie. Fighting the good fight. Thank you for that.
"Again: I could have avoided all of this by tweeting less."
That's funny, but the truth is these people are deranged. Every single one of them deserves a block.