We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
These people who seem to believe they are the spawn of aliens, animals inside a human body, boys who believe they are girls, and all the other sorts of silly fantasy lives that people put on display today, are people with only the slightest grip on reality.
I would never claim that we shrinks and psychoanalysts have the power to change such unfortunate fantasies/delusions, but seeing other physicians collude with such fantasies disturbs me more than a little bit.
Many rightly criticize Psychiatry for over-pathologizing human variation, but normalizing total weirdness is another matter. Strange is strange, and nobody should be afraid to say so in fear of the Thought Police.
Thanks for your comment. I don't see that opinion expressed elsewhere, and I agree entirely. It seems to me that professional ethics should prevent physicians catering to such beliefs. We have someone who wanted to be a lizard or snake and had his tongue split, and the cat man who had extensive plastic surgery to become, in appearance, a cat. Without even touching on the sexual alterations.
I don't remember ever reading about such things before the Sixties "sexual revolution" made sex in all its variety the most important thing in life. Are the "Sex Week" campus aberrations and the "hook-up culture" a leftist attempt to find something more interesting than calculus or history, or just some kind of societal transformation plot? I think it may be becoming a kind of child abuse to send your child to public schools and large universities.
The Elephant's Child
Johns Hopkins was an early pioneer in sex change surgery. They have since thought better of it and no long have such a service. One reason was the number of patients who asked to have the change reversed after several years.
I liken this to those who believe they should have been born without arms or legs. They actually find ways to damage said unwanted limb in order to have surgeons chop them off, so they can live their limbless fantasy.
It is called a mental disorder! Treat it as such.
The problem is, I think if we identify these transgenders as mental patients, it gets too close to the topic of homosexuality and what that implies. Heaven forbid we should ever suggest that homosexuality is a defect of any kind!
There's a percentage of people born with incorrect chromosomes, who have neither XX nor XY, but XXY.
Those people quite frequently have mental development that's different from their physical development.
And quite apart from that, who are you to judge? You consider deviants who believe in an invisible ghostly spirit with a wicked sense of humour without any evidence to be perfectly sane.
You consider the very shortest display of particular parts of the human body to be so evil it should be against the law, yet revel in looking at just those bits.
Now who's the real deviant? You, with your mixed up sense of good and evil, mores and realities, or someone who feels very strongly, most likely due to some hormone imbalance combined with decades of having specific mental self-images reinforced, that they are a different gender than their birth certificate (which is based solely on their physical body) tells them they are?
I much prefer the process of rebuilding a T-person to be covered by health insurance over nosejobs, abortions, drug rehab, boob jobs, and such things where there is no medical reason the patient had to need that procedure (I'm fine with corrective surgery to recover from severe injuries, abortion in case of rape, but that's about it).
I have read about these chromosomal abnormalities, but how common are they? Say as compared to the prevalence of Down Syndrome? And are they related to the age of the mother or father? Are they detectable prior to birth like other chromosomal abnormalities and are people choosing to abort a pregnancy when they are discovered?
I'm sure you have to sign a lot of forms, disclaimers, etc. etc. before they start.
At least where I live, there's also years of mandatory psychiatric counseling, hormone therapy, and things like that before you're even considered for the procedures (I've a very dear friend going through that right now, despite it estranging her (on paper still his) parents, losing her job (despite anti-discrimination laws), most people she thought her friends running away.
People do feel that strongly about it, and being transgender is a recognised medical condition. It's not "just between the ears" (and even if it were, that'd be recognition as well as a medical condition, albeit of a different kind).
Now, I fully agree far too much is being turned into diseases, mostly mental issues, but we're talking physical here, and these are not freaks, at least the ones who end up going all the way, as for a freak (your typical "crossdresser" who hangs out in sex clubs trying to pick up lesbian girls) the emotional, monetary, and social cost would be far too grave.
I may have once agreed with you.
I know my own trans son was always a male.
Hated dresses babysitting. Loved sports and the outdoors.
No happiness being a lesbian.
Finally decided to live as who he understood himself to be; much happier.
Until everyone knows someone who....judgementalism will rule.
I take it as a lesson that God's world (and what He asks) is bigger than I could have expected.
I think we look at even ourselves as through a dark glass; Am I telling someone else how to be so I can avoid the fight with myself?
The prayer of serenity asks for the wisdom to know the difference between what I should try to change and what I need to accept. I pray for that wisdom because I wasn't born with it. I haven't met anyone who was.