In late Feb. sexologist Ray Blanchard made a guest appearance on a YouTube show hosted by Edward Dutton, a white supremacist anthropologist who also goes by the moniker âThe Jolly Heretic.â Blanchard promoted discredited theories about transgender people â particularly trans women â and implied that it is acceptable to ask transgender people about their genitalia.
âThe Jolly Hereticâ
Edward Dutton is a prolific vlogger and author whose books have been published by Arktos Media, a Budapest-based white nationalist publishing house, and Richard Spencerâs Washington Summit Publishers. Dutton is listed as part of the âEditorial Circleâ for Spencerâs online publication Radix Journal. He also sits on the advisory board of Mankind Quarterly, a pseudo-academic journal that traffics in scientific racism.
Unsurprisingly Dutton was denounced as a âwhite supremacistâ in an op-ed for The Gaudie, the student newspaper of Duttonâs alma mater Aberdeen University, over his racist rants and associations with antisemites and white nationalists. Indeed, Dutton has made appearances on multiple white nationalist shows where heâs claimed white people have higher IQs than nonwhites and fretted over declining white birthrates.
In a jovial discussion of racial differences during a Dec. 2020 livestream with Richard Spencer, Dutton claimed that âwhite-Blackâ marriages are the âleast likely.â He explained that âBlack females are penalized because they are not particularly feminine looking,â but that âitâs Asian women that of course everyone wantsâ because they âhave these child-like featuresâ which are a âsign of good genes.â
Dutton also said he conducted research into âmore obscure racesâ like âthe Bushmen,â whom he described as a âsmall raceâ that âused to be dominant in southern Africaâ but was âpushedâ further south by âNegroids.â
âAnd theyâre being increasingly put on reservations where they[âre] just drinking themselves to death,â he said. âAnd they are very low IQ. Average IQ seems to be something like 50 where the Black IQ is 70. And they have enormous buttocks called steatopygia which is so large â and of course theyâre muscle, not fat â their children can stand on them and be transported around.â
With regard to alcoholism Spencer noted that âmongoloidsâ in general have âserious issuesâ with alcohol.
In a Feb. 2020 episode of Red Ice TV, Dutton claimed that Muslims have lower IQs on average than non-Muslims while promoting his book Why Islam Makes You Stupid . . . But Also Means Youâll Conquer The World. As he told white nationalist host Henrik Palmgren, Muslims are âless intelligent than usâ with IQs that are â15 points lowerâ than those of Europeans.
âSo they are less intelligent. But they are heavily outbreeding,â he warned. Dutton went on to claim that the high birthrates of nonwhite Muslims are part of a strategy to conquer the West.
âThey talk about settlement from below,â he told Palmgren. âThey are conquering Western countries with the wombs of their women. And that is precisely what they are doing. And it is a conquest. Itâs an act of conquest with all the hallmarks of a conquest. Even this controversy over grooming young girls and whatever. What does that do? It is undermining the confidence of the men.â
Two years ago Dutton gave a speech at the conference for the Patriotic Alternative, a white nationalist British group founded by Neo-Nazi Mark Collett. In a 2019 appearance on This Week on the Alt-Right, hosted by Collett and white nationalists Jason KĂ¶hne and Patrick Slattery, Dutton claimed that feminism was responsible for women with higher IQs having fewer children than women with lower IQs.
âBecause what feminism means is âŠ the stupid girl will drop out of school at 16 and have loads of children by unsuitable men,â he said.
âAnd she is a grandmother â itâs not just more children but more generations â she is a grandmother by the time her more intelligent contemporary whoâs spent all of her twenties, and perhaps even the first part of her thirties, concentrating on going to university and concentrating on a career begins to become a mother.â
On his Twitter account, where he uses the handle @jollyheretic, Dutton wrote that a âsociety of declining IQ will become ever-more âThird Worldâ-like,â joked that âWestern universitiesâ should instead be called âdiversities,â and claimed that â[Social Justice Warrior] females are literally modern-day witches.â
And in a Mar. 25, 2021 tweet Dutton shared a meme suggesting that different âracesâ of human beings are actually separate species or subspecies:
Ray Blanchard and âAutogynephiliaâ
During the Feb. 25, 2021 livestream Blanchard promoted his claim that trans women â whom he repeatedly referred to as âbiological malesâ â can be divided into two basic categories.
The first category, Blanchard said, consists of trans women who âcould be thought of as just extremely effeminate homosexual males who went the extra step to conclude that they actually are women, and that they want to be living as women.â He further described them as âdrag queens who take their work seriously.â
The second category, according to Blanchard, is made up of people who begin as âfetishistic crossdressersâ who, at a young age, engage in âmasturbatory activities around womenâs clothes,â a practice which âgradually gives rise to a more generalized sense of being âŠ women.â
Blanchard coined the term âautogynephiliaâ to describe this latter category, though it is not widely accepted as a reason for why trans women experience gender dysphoria or choose to transition.
Author and scientist Julia Serano has written extensively about the weaknesses of Blanchardâs autogynephilia theory.
In her 2019 essay âMaking Sense of Autogynephilia Debates,â Serano noted that the âprimary evidence Blanchard offered in support of his theory was a mere correlation: Individuals in his âautogynephileâ group were far more likely to report having had sexual fantasies centered on being female or feminine than his âhomosexualâ group.â
She went on to write that there are âplenty of exceptions to this correlationâ such as âindividuals [Blanchard] categorized as âhomosexual’â who experienced what Serano calls âfemale/feminine embodiment fantasiesâ â or âFEFsâ â as well as ââautogynephilesâ who did not.â
Moreover, the âautogynephilesâ who experienced FEFs âgenerally reported that they first occurred only after they had already experienced gender dysphoria or a desire to be female (thus ruling out that the former causes the latter),â or âexperienced a sharp decrease or complete absence of FEFs over time (thus undermining the notion that these fantasies are central to these trans womenâs identities or sexualities).â
Blanchardâs autogynephilia theory is further undermined by recent studies which have âshown that FEFs are quite common in cisgender women, and that cross-sex/gender embodiment fantasies also occur among the greater cisgender population.â
Serano wrote that âit seems reasonable to concludeâ that such fantasies are âfairly common,â may take other forms (e.g., having different body shapes, genital appearances, or personalities), and may be experienced âfor a variety of reasons.â She concluded that âautogynephiliaâs taxonomy and etiology have been disproven, and alternate models that better explain all the available data have been forwarded.â
âMuch like earlier sexological theories, such as âall girls suffer from penis envy,â or âboys become homosexual because they have dominant mothers,â I can understand why people once found them to be compelling,â she wrote. âBut the science has not borne them out. Like its predecessors, autogynephilia theory should be viewed as a historical artifact.â
Ray Blanchard Misrepresents Medical Guidelines for Treating Trans Patients
Dutton asked Blanchard about cases where people who underwent sex reassignment surgery, then had it reversed. These cases of so-called âdetransitionersâ do occur, but are uncommon â in spite of media coverage to the contrary. Blanchard replied that detransitioners are âbecoming more prominent in the media and onlineâ because the âstringent criteriaâ for such treatments have been ârelaxed.â
Blanchard told Dutton that âpeople are getting sex reassignment surgery and are getting hormones who would not have been approved for these procedures 30 and 40 years ago.â He added that a âconsequence of the retirement of the gatekeeping model is that more people are regretting surgeryâ because they werenât prevented from doing so by physicians.
Blanchard said that when he worked at a âgender identity clinicâ from the 1980s until the mid â90s, patients had to âlive for two years as the opposite sex before considering them eligible for approval for surgery.â These patients would have to âwork full-time or go to school full-time as the opposite sexâ and provide the clinic with supporting documents.
He complained that the âgatekeeper model is almost universally regarded as if it had been some kind of gross oppression,â and that the current model is âinformed consent.â
âSo how long â do you have to live as a person of the proposed gender at all?â Dutton asked.
âI donât think you have to now,â Blanchard answered. âThere might be individual clinicians who have their own personal requirements for how long they wanna see a person have cross lived before approving them for surgery, but I donât know of any institutional policy requirements of gender clinics saying âAt this clinic you have to live for X amount of time before weâll even consider you for approval.’â
He alleged that such requirements have âpretty much gone out the windowâ or if they âstill exist, it would be a very short period of time compared to the two years that we used to impose.â
The idea that there is no set of current institutional guidelines for how to treat transgender patients, including with hormone therapy and surgical procedures, is false.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has published Standards of Care with the goal of âprovid[ing] clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves.â
The Standards of Care describes surgery, in particular genital surgery, as âoften the last and the most considered step in the treatment process for gender dysphoria.â For many âtranssexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming peopleâ surgery is âessential and medically necessary to alleviate their gender dysphoria.â
It encourages surgeons to âtalk at length with their patients and have close working relationships with other health professionals who have been actively involved in their clinical care.â It adds that surgeons must discuss with their patients the different surgical techniques, the âlimitations of a procedure to achieve âidealâ results,â and any risks and complications.
While the Standards of Care âallow for an individualized approach to best meet a patientâs health care needs,â a âcriterion for all breast/chest and genital surgeries is documentation of persistent gender dysphoria by a qualified mental health professional.â Additionally, some surgeries first require âfeminizing/masculinizing hormone therapy and one year of continuous living in a gender role that is congruent with oneâs gender identity.â
The 7th version of the Standards of Care is free, available in 18 languages, and is relied upon by clinics across the the United States â including the Mayo Clinicâs Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic, the International Center for Transgender Care, and Mount Sinaiâs Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery â and throughout the world.
Ray Blanchard Defends Asking Transgender People About Their Genitals
Later in the livestream Blanchard defended asking transgender people invasive questions about their genitals.
âAs far as them being touchy about people asking questions about their genitals, all I can say is there are many shibboleths around that transsexuals impose because they have a fragile story that they want maintained,â Blanchard said. âAnd if people ask too many pointed questions it becomes threatening.â
Blanchard told Dutton that he had seen âmany, many times the outrage youâre describing when people wonder what genitals a transsexual has,â and that âtheir rant is always âHow dare you wonder what my genitals are.’â
He added, âIn reality, 99.99% of normal, straight normies who meet a transsexual are wondering âGee, whatâs between their legs?â Thatâs whatâs going on in the head of most people. But transsexuals donât want this question raised, and so they act as if itâs some gross breach of etiquette that only you and your stupidity were ignorant of.â
Unlike the rest of the nonsense Blanchard spewed on this show, it doesnât take a professional organizationâs guidelines to figure out whatâs wrong with it. Donât harass anyone â transgender or cisgender â by asking them about their genitals. Itâs gross, itâs rude, and itâs just plain wrong.