In a particularly disturbing and macabre case, Harvey Marcelin, 83, was
Marcelin allegedly dismembered a 68-year-old woman, leaving her body in various places, including Marcelin’s apartment and in the neighborhood.
Marcelin has previously been convicted of murder and manslaughter, spending decades in prison before being released in 2019. The victims in both cases were Marcelin’s female partners. During a parole hearing in 1997, Marcelin spoke of having “problems” with women.
In previous court records, Marcelin was listed as male but now identifies as female. The media therefore referred to Marcelin as a “woman” and used female pronouns in reporting on the case.
I want you to take a moment to let that sink in.
Transgender activists have been so effective with their intimidation tactics that preferred pronouns must be used, even in contexts like this.
News consumers don’t always have enough time in the day to peruse the coverage. Many are just skimming the headlines. Unless readers make an effort to carefully read an entire news article, they may not find a single reference that an alleged attacker, otherwise described as a woman throughout the article, was born male.
As someone who has worked with violent offenders, including violent sex offenders, I would recommend being very skeptical when you hear or read stories of women committing these types of crimes. This is not to say that violent or sexual female offenders do not exist, but sexual and physical abuse is far more often perpetrated by male offenders.
Some male-born offenders may suffer from gender dysphoria and prefer to identify as female, but this does not change their biology. If their presentation is typical of a male offender, they should be profiled that way.
It has no relevance to the rights of transgender people to live as they see fit. In fact, one would think that transgender activists would want to draw attention to such cases to emphasize that these people exploit activism and are not part of the community.
Women deserve to be alerted when someone with a history of victimizing women has re-offended. If the public has the impression that an offender is a woman rather than a man, that does not help anyone.
This brings me to the next pertinent point — where are male offenders who identify as female housed when sentenced? When transgender activism threatens women’s safety, it’s no surprise that concerns come to the fore.
Dr Debra Soh
is a sex neuroscientist, the host of The Dr. Debra Soh Podcastand the author of The End of Gender: Debunking Myths About Gender and Identity in Our Society.