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Truscum, Tucutes, and Kelpselves

Progressivism’s chosen people (divedog/Shutterstock [1])

From this morning’s mailbag:

I wanted to write to you about this article – https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-cult-of-transgender/ [2]

I agree with most of the article. I believe being transgender has become a trend in America today and there are too many kids and adults who are jumping on the surgery/hormones bandwagon without a second thought. Many transmen and transwomen will become outright abusive and aggressive if you try to tell them they may not need surgery/hormones in order to be happy. I was assaulted by a transwoman screaming at me “You’re straight! You’re straight” in a park over a year ago. Why? Because I am not getting surgery to mutilate my body.

My name is Jay. I have felt like a man born in a woman’s body most of my life, but I have always been against taking surgery or hormones or modifying my natural body in any way. I identify as a man, but I don’t shove it in people’s faces and I don’t correct people when they call me a “she”. I have more important things to worry about than that insignificant nonsense. I don’t want to change my body at all. I don’t even have piercings or tattoos, but I am still transgender (female-to-male). Because of the “cult of transgender” which insists that a person is only transgender if they mutilate their bodies with surgery and hormones, I am not accepted by the transgender or LGBT communities. They question my decision to not take surgery or hormones over and over and over and over again. They abuse and belittle me and call me a “transtrender”, “tucute”, etc. Transgenders tell me that I am unwanted and that there is no God, so I am all alone and on my own.

If you want to know how bad the Cult of Transgender has become, look up “truscum” and “tucute” on the internet and particularly on websites like Tumblr which is popular for teenagers. The transgender kids who identify as “truscum” regularly harass and bully people they see as “tucute”. Tucute is a derogatory term that these kids use against anyone they think is a fake transgender or “transtrender”. They bully people to the point of suicide.

There is an entire Instagram page where these transgender kids who call themselves “truscum” do nothing but harass and bully other transgender, gays, lesbians, nonbinaries, etc. They bully anyone who isn’t willing to get surgery/hormones and anyone who disagrees with them. The page has over 2,000 followers and it is nothing but hate against other human beings and making fun of them. You can see it here-https://www.instagram.com/tucuteflops/ [3] or look up @tucuteflops on the Instagram app.

The cult of Transgender has become so bad and abusive that they have created entire pages to harass and bully anyone who disagrees with their ideology.

I also want to take this time to say that I am a transgender who is against insurance companies or the government paying for sex change operations or hormones. The “treatments” are cosmetic and transgenders should pay for surgery/hormones with their own money, not with money from other people being forced to give it away against their will for medical procedures they do not approve of and want no connection to.


I do not consider myself conservative. I am a liberal leaning Independent. I voted for Hillary, not Trump. I am also not religious and am a spiritual agnostic. However, your article about what is happening in the transgender now is spot on. Too many of these transgender people have entitlement issues and they are passing on their hateful ideology to teens and kids. We need more articles like yours to keep the transgender problem in check.

Because if we don’t keep them in check, everything will go to hell. And what’s the point of that?

So, I looked up “truscum” (pron. “true-scum”) on Social Justice Wiki. [4] Wow, same planet, different worlds. From that Wiki page:

A large part of truscum tactics boil down to respectability politics [5], the definist fallacy [6], and trolling [7]. They attempt, consciously or unconsciously, to discredit and marginalise [8] other members of the transgender [9]community in order to appear acceptable to people with cis [10]het [11] privilege, thus conforming to cisnormative [12] standards as much as possible.


Based on their understanding of what it means to be trans (i.e., a purely medical condition), truscum accuse trans people who do not experience gender dysphoria [13] of appropriating [14] trans labels and culture as a fashion statement or as a misguided attention-seeking [15] technique. They refer to other members of the trans community, especially genderqueer [16] and non-binary [17] people, as “transtrenders [18]“, further erasing [19] their identities.

Such views are not only extremely harmful to other trans people living in the West [20] (which is where almost all truscum live), but also to all non-Western [21] trans people (some of whom live in the West). This is because the medical pathological definition of trans is a Western invention. So truscum’s form of the definist fallacy [6] leads to the complete erasure of trans and non-binary identities (i.e., binarism [22]) that have existed for millennia in other cultures. Truscum, in short, uphold colonialist [23] and white supremacist [24] norms when they act as gatekeepers [25] of what “trans” is.

Erm… .

Here’s a bit more on the “truscum vs. tucute debate,” [26] about which I knew not a blooming thing until just now:

Truscum is Tumblr slang for those trans people who experience dysphoria, want to medically transition and see their being trans as a medical condition. ‘Tucute’ is slang (that I only found out about yesterday, but I’ve seen those people around without knowing the name) for people who don’t think dysphoria is necessary to identify as trans. (They’re also associated with the people who like to use ‘nounself’ pronouns like ‘faeself’ and ‘bunself’.)

It turns out that truscum vs. tucute is a tribal war among transgenders.  [27]

Nounself pronouns? We got that, from Nonbinary Wiki: [28]

Nounself pronouns are a wide variety of kinds of gender neutral pronouns [29]. By adapting any noun of one’s choosing into a pronoun, one can create a wide variety of very personal and descriptive pronouns. The sets can be themed around concepts that have nothing to do with gender, such as nature, technology, or abstract concepts. This is similar to xenogender [30], in which a nonbinary person describes their gender by means of metaphorical concepts that have nothing to do with female or male. Nounself pronouns are a creative and often light-hearted experiment in gender expression. Unlike most neologistic pronouns that are in this wiki’s list of English neutral pronouns [31], which are intended to be used for all people regardless of gender, nounself pronouns are intended to be used by only a small number of people who feel that they express what is distinctive about themselves.

Nounself pronouns can be especially difficult to use for people who speak English as a second language, or who are neurodivergent or disabled. For this reason, if you ask others to call you by nounself pronouns, it’s good etiquette to offer a secondary set of more standard pronouns, for accessibility.

What are some examples of nounself pronouns? Glad you asked.

Our social norms and legal standards are being revised to accommodate these folks. There is a metaphysics here: the belief that reality is whatever one wills it to be. Reality ultimately becomes incoherent, and that incoherence manifests itself in part through incoherent language. It really does become bedlam. I have an acquaintance whose classmate was female, but who toggled back and forth between identifying as male and female. It depended on the day. Every single day became a guessing game with her friends. Who went along with it out of compassion. Or what they thought was compassion. It seems more likely to me that they were more afraid of being thought of as un-progressive.

Kelpself. Shoot me now.

UPDATE: Reader Mrs. DK writes:

John — I don’t know what kind of idealized world you’re living in. Please see the recent article in the Atlantic. There is no way to “properly diagnose” someone as transgender. My autistic teen daughter was given non-FDA-approved testosterone after signing an “informed consent” form. No diagnosis necessary. In fact, insisting on objective medical tests for these “treatments” is called “gatekeeping” and is considered transphobic.

My federal workplace introduced new honorifics a couple weeks ago, to go along with Dr., Mr., and Ms. The new honorifics are Mx., Misc., and Ind. Yes, in my federal workplace we are forced to comply with honorifics aligned with non-science-based gender ideology, the idea that all people somehow “identify” along a “gender spectrum”.

Needless to say, they left off my honorific, since I identify as royalty and prefer to be called Her Majesty. It’s easy to laugh at this silliness…until you realize that questioning it could get you fired.

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69 Comments To "Truscum, Tucutes, and Kelpselves"

#1 Comment By Brendan On July 12, 2018 @ 8:21 am

And Bisexuality presented problems for all of these narratives. Bisexuals clearly had attraction to both genders and thus their selection of sexual partners was clearly a product of choice, not biology. Second, some bisexuals clearly continued to transition to exclusively homosexual or reverted to a straight identification while others continued to have attraction for both genders. Of course, neither of these realities supported the preferred narrative, so bisexuals were condemned. In fact, a study in 2016 found that bisexuals experienced only marginally less discrimination from gays and lesbians than they did from straight individuals.

Confirmed, from a bisexual man.

I can’t even count the number of times gay men (it usually is gay men and not lesbians) have insisted to be that bisexuality does not exist and that I am just a gay man in denial — as if my head turning to gaze at the hot girl who just walked by at the bar didn’t actually happen, or wasn’t authentic or some garbage like this. The ironic thing is that here we have people who have insisted rather loudly that non-gay people can’t get into their heads and that we must listen to how they describe themselves at face value then turning around and doing the exact opposite with bisexual people!! And it’s not even seen as ironic!!

It’s one of the main reasons I have never “gotten along” with the gay community at all, and have never really participated in it to any significant degree, even when I was living “that side” of my sexuality before returning to the Church. It just didn’t fit, because the angst so many gay men have towards bisexual men is tangible and off-putting. As a result, even back in those days when I was acting out on it, pretty much all of my relationships with other men were with othre bisexual men and not with gay men — it just didn’t fit.

Looking at that tumblr page, I can see some of the same thing happening. The “truescum” appear to be critiquing lesbians who say they are not attracted to transwomen, or bisexual people who say the same, and obviously for ideological reasons. It’s just all deeply, deeply ironic, really.

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 12, 2018 @ 10:09 am

Why does the transgender reader need a “transgender community” anyway? The notion of “community” has been fractalized beyond recognition or utility. These silly mumbo jumbo phrases have considerably less significance than the passwords of a secret fraternal organization. Who cares?

#3 Comment By augusta On July 12, 2018 @ 10:25 am

Regarding the Scarlett Johansson controversy, apparently some are upset that she has been cast in the roll of a FTM transgendered individual:


#4 Comment By Elijah On July 12, 2018 @ 10:54 am

“These silly mumbo jumbo phrases have considerably less significance than the passwords of a secret fraternal organization. Who cares?”

Siarlys, I am constantly amazed by how these communities and “mumbo jumbo phrases” have all but taken over parts of our society. Look at Mrs. DK, who is telling us her government employers are making it compulsory.

It’s crazy, but it’s being embraced by education, Fortune 1000, and government sectors. Those aren’t just the fringes of society.

So I’d love to join you in not caring, but it’s just a question of time before we all meet up with this nonsense face-to-face.

[NFR: True. You may not care about them, Siarlys, but they certainly do care about you. — RD]

#5 Comment By Elijah On July 12, 2018 @ 10:59 am

“Re: …Scarlett Johannson, an actress who is being roundly attacked by the Ts and their allies for accepting the role of a woman.

Huh? Every actress out there accepts female roles.”

@ JonF – non, no, no – marginalized people must be selected to play the roles of marginalized people in any films or theater these days. Anything less is insufficiently woke. Hiring the best person for the role (or job) is so hetero-normative and patriarchal and, well, white Anglo-Saxon. What are you, some kind of bigot?

#6 Comment By Jesse On July 12, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

“Hiring the best person for the role (or job)”

In the vast majority of situations, including acting jobs, there likely is no obvious best person for the job.

But yes, I think it’s a good thing that an actual Asian person would play Genghis Khan, not John Wayne.

If that makes me a SJW, so be it.

#7 Comment By RATMDC On July 12, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

“I’ve known people in the transgender community for a long time, and I’ve never heard a single one of these terms in use by actual people. I suspect this is another example of a tempest in a subculture thimble being spun up into a Katrina by the culture warriors.”

Same here.

#8 Comment By JonF On July 12, 2018 @ 2:57 pm

Re: The new honorifics are Mx., Misc., and Ind.

I don’t know why we don’t just go with “M.” for everyone. A SciFi novel I really liked years ago (Hyperion) set some centuries hence had that as the sole honorific.

#9 Comment By wmwa On July 12, 2018 @ 8:19 pm

Rod, I read this yesterday and thought it was an awesome post. But it reminded me of something similar I saw on Reddit once and hopefully showed my husband. He said, “Yes that’s fine, but is it real?” I felt naive believing so readily that it was authentic.

**I am not calling the writer a liar.** I only mean it’s important to be skeptical (and maybe you already authenticated the story). This person’s message is just so precisely worded to address current trans issues of power, discourse, and politics, that it could really come from anyone with an agenda.

I hope stories like the one above are able to be shared out in the open and influence the discourse. It’s terrible if they’re being stomped out. Theirs is the voice of reason + credibility that we need.

#10 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 12, 2018 @ 11:21 pm

NFR: True. You may not care about them, Siarlys, but they certainly do care about you. — RD

I’ve spent a lifetime telling supervisors, managers, etc. when the emperor has no clothes. I don’t go looking for naked emperors to call out, but when they parade down the street, I’m not shy about pointing them out.

I’ve never heard a single one of these terms in use by actual people. I suspect this is another example of a tempest in a subculture thimble being spun up into a Katrina by the culture warriors.

Its another example of how the infantile disorders and the obsessed cultural conservatives need each other. Remember the Onion headline over photos of BWB and OBL? “Privileged Children of Millionaires Square Off on the World Stage.”

Anyway, the kids I work with are still calling each other gay, and not because they believe it to be true. I tell them ‘There is only one way to know if someone is gay, and I doubt any of you have tried it.’

#11 Comment By JonF On July 13, 2018 @ 6:50 am

Re: Siarlys, I am constantly amazed by how these communities and “mumbo jumbo phrases” have all but taken over parts of our society.

Odd then that one can go through life and never encounter this silliness– transgender people, yes, sure, They are uncommon but they’re out there. However they just want to live as the opposite sex, and be referenced by those regular English pronouns (he/she, etc.).

#12 Comment By Tony D. On July 13, 2018 @ 9:26 am

“I don’t know why we don’t just go with “M.” for everyone. A SciFi novel I really liked years ago (Hyperion) set some centuries hence had that as the sole honorific.”

This reminded me of the simple and elegant solution the later Star Trek movies, and then the “Next Generation” TV series, used: Just call everyone “Mister.” Now this seems quite quaint and naive, thirty-plus years later.

#13 Comment By Elijah On July 13, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

“Odd then that one can go through life and never encounter this silliness–”

I doubt you’ve personally experienced smallpox, either, but I’d like to think you’d take seriously the stories of people who have.

#14 Comment By JonF On July 13, 2018 @ 5:41 pm

Re: I doubt you’ve personally experienced smallpox, either, but I’d like to think you’d take seriously the stories of people who have.

A strange disease to cite since it only exists in frozen samples. Nowadays. How dangerous is it? I suppose we could invent a scenario where it gets loose again and stacks up quite a death count, but in the quotidian reality we live in, the next flu epidemic is probably the bigger worry we should have.

#15 Comment By Elijah On July 14, 2018 @ 7:44 am

Just keep whistling past that graveyard, JonF…

#16 Comment By TerrieN On July 14, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

Rod Dreher has been misinformed.

Truscum are in no way representative of the broader transgender movement. They do, most of them, actively try to distance themselves from other transgender activists, as they do not recognize the broader spectrum of transgender identities.

They are, most of them, culturally and often also politically, conservative, believing that they can escape the transphobia of society by adhering to the strict gender binary.

Their aggressiveness and tolerance are in most ways reflections of attitudes found among many extremist conservatives, and not of the the ones found among transgender people in general.

That does not mean that all conservatives are transphobic. Where I live, most of them are not, but it seems to me that the truscum often come from the more bigoted fringes of the right.

Another point of clarification: I see that some of the comments reflect the misunderstanding that being transgender is a mental illness.

There are two manuals used by the medical community world wide, the DSM-5 and the ICD. The DSM does NOT list “gender dysphoria” as a mental illness, not does the new edition of the ICD.

The general consensus among health experts these days is that being transgender reflects some kind of misalignment between experienced gender identity and assigned gender, most likely caused by several factors, some of them biological.

#17 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 14, 2018 @ 12:33 pm

“I don’t know why we don’t just go with “M.” for everyone.

How about “Citizen”? I passed on “Comrade” because that implies some degree of agreement and solidarity. But “Citizen” is reasonably universal.

#18 Comment By JonF On July 16, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

Re: Just keep whistling past that graveyard, JonF…

Not sure what graveyard you are talking about. Perhaps I could state my point more clearly? In a little while I am going to bike over to Ace Hardware and the grocery store. Now, what should I be wary about in that bike ride?

1. Getting hit my a car or truck? Absolutely– that’s a danger, if not a huge one (if it were I wouldn’t bike).
2. Getting set upon by muggers? Well, maybe– this is Baltimore although the neighborhood I’m going to (Fed Hill) I’m traversing aren’t notoriously bad for crime and this will be in broad daylight, but still…
3. Getting hit by a meteor falling from outer space? Well, there’s nothing impossible about that, but it’s wildly unlikely.

All of us have limited mental bandwidth and therefore limited time and energy as to what we worry and take precautions about. Fretting about very low probability events not only wastes that time and energy but it may prevent us from concerns that are a greater danger.
Worrying about people in some academic or ideological oubliette who tie themselves in knots over nonsensical pronouns is the equivalent of my worrying about meteors raining down on me on my trip to the hardware. OK, maybe, just maybe the next Hitler or Stalin will emerge from that milieu and bring vast ruin. But it’s far more likely such ruin will come from more likely places among people who actually the money and power to effect great harm and reason to do it, and not from people who can’t even agree on how to communicate with each other let alone the rest of us.

#19 Comment By Fleur On July 21, 2018 @ 4:01 pm

There’s no time given to question or doubt or to explore the kid’s actual feelings, because if we don’t intervene right now, They Might Kill Themselves, and as soon as suicide is mentioned, the conversation stops. No one wants to be blamed for a kid committing suicide.

So very this.
It’s actually quite normal in the growing up years to feel uncomfortable in your own skin and to have very intense emotions for your friends and the people you admire, and it can even be sexual.
But it’s not the feeling of a mature adult who has completed frontal lobe development…