…also invented transvestites.
Well, he invented the words.
In 1910, he wrote a book called “The Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress”. Two decades later, he released the book “Racism”.
His name was Magnus Hirschfeld. He was a prominent German, Jewish physician in the early 20th century.
Hirschfeld was known throughout Europe and America as a promoter of homosexuality and alternative sex.
The American newspapers called him the “Einstein of Sex”.
He was also an early supporter of feminism and abortion.
After World War I, Hirschfeld founded the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft.
There he rigorously studied sexuality for over a decade. He produced mountains of scholarship papers and at least a half-dozen books.
These days, it’s difficult to find any of his works.
That’s because the Nazis set them all on fire.
In less than a decade, the same society which supported his work and fame became his oppressor.
Hirschfeld never returned to Germany and died shortly after.
Though his work and name are rarely cited nowadays, you cannot deny the downstream effects he had on Western Civilization.
In Hirschfeld’s time, homosexuality was illegal. Now, homosexual marriages are sanctioned by the state in most Western countries.
Racial discrimination followed a similar arch in the public consciousness.
Before Hirschfeld, a supporter of homosexuality or racial minorities risked job loss, social ostracism, and even imprisonment.
Now, public critics of homosexuality or racial minorities risk the same.
The Germany that persecuted Hirschfeld and killed millions for being foreign, now pays millions to come live in Germany…for being foreign.
That’s not to pick on Germany. The same is true across the world.
In the 1970s, women in Kabul, Afghanistan wore skirts and studied at university. The men wore smart suits and planned engineering projects.
Good luck with that now.
Mark Twain said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
We see that over and over again in history. The socially unacceptable becomes fashionable then entrenched. The old way is persecuted, until it becomes fashionable.
On and on the cycle goes, only the destruction remains.
Today’s hero is tomorrow’s villain.