Jessica Winfield, a transgender formerly named Martin Ponting, is a convicted rapist who for years has been held at Whitemoor prison in Cambridgeshire. Recently, Winfield was transferred to HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, which happens to be a women’s prison. Put in simpler terms, the staff at Whitemoor prison moved Winfield to a facility not based on his biological sex, but rather based on the gender he felt he was on the inside.
A decade ago, when Winfield was a male transsexual, the convicted rapist wrote an article in prisoners’ newspaper Inside Time in which he complained about being bullied and given a “hard time because of my sexuality, possibly through lack of understanding and empathy.” One of the women who had been a victim of Ponting called the fact that the prison allowed him to change genders “diabolical.” She told the newspaper, “There are not enough words to describe him and the evil he has done.”
This move does far more harm than good. The female prisoners will now be forced to share a facility with someone who is biologically a male, which may make some feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or both. Furthermore, Ponting himself is put in danger because many of the female prisoners may not take too kindly to being forced to live with a transgender, and may respond with anger and violence.
It is time that we as a society ask ourselves how far we are going to let this go. The past five years alone have taken us further and further down the slippery slope, with things that weren’t acceptable in the past now becoming norms of society. We were told first that America wasn’t diverse enough, and that we had to learn how to be more accepting of people who were different. But even after gay marriage was officially legalized in all fifty states in 2015, we were told that we still weren’t making enough progress and that there was still a lot of work to be done.
Of course, most recently the focus has been on transgenders. Americans are being encouraged to use gender-neutral pronouns and schools have been instructed to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. The question now is, what will the next battle be? Will the next national debate be over the legality of polygamy? Or perhaps pedophilia?
At some point, this social engineering has to come to an end. If we continue down this path of immorality, and if we keep making decisions based solely on preventing people from feeling left out or offended, then the foundation of our society will begin to crumble. Sadly, by that point, it will be too late.