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.
... gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it. With youngsters, this is best done in family therapy.
I believe that gender surgery is, or is close to, medical malpractice. Psychotherapy is not likely to change these people either. Same with effeminate gays. Like it or not, we must all just accept that there is a lot of variety, strangeness, and discontent in the human species. Blame our hypertrophied cortex.
I am concerned that trans-activists are going to ruin the lives of many youngsters by falsely identifying a natural exploration of life (boys liking dolls; girls liking short hair and pants) as hard evidence of the necessity for hormonal and surgical intervention. Children need to be able to explore their environment, their preferences, and their options without being forced into treatment by transgender activists needing to justify their (the activists) own choices.
No kidding. Growing up I liked all kinds of things that people said were odd for girls. My conclusion was not that I was "really" a boy but that people had silly ideas about what it meant to be a girl. How pathetically disconnected from your own nature would you have to be to believe otherwise? I was evidence of what a girl was. Their opinions were not.
I don't know about that cortex thing but I would attribute a lot of it to the doleful effect of the sexual revolution. After we've spent our adult lives rutting, swapping, catching STD's and devouring traditional families, what's left? Surgery, screwing goats, necrophilia ? Yet the hunt goes on for perfect bliss, terminal emptiness or something.
Rather than one causing another, I see them both as mutual symptoms of what the doctor named the post: the belief that feelings trump all other considerations. Perhaps that is an unavoidable side effect of personal sovereignty and individual freedom.
Peter Frost notes a cultural context in which the issue never arose until quite recently, and suggest that at minimum, we do nothing until people are adults. http://www.unz.com/pfrost/gender-reassignment-of-children/
This whole issue makes me very sad. I want these people to get the mental health treatment they need. To let these children and adults be encouraged in their delusion goes against everything the medical community should be doing. It's sickening. The worst are people I know who are actively engaging in promoting this junk.
I am wondering what will happen when/if Bruce Jenner becomes suicidal. Will Hollywood and the liberals finally get they allowed someone to commit suicide by pushing this fake 'agenda' for their own political gains?
The worst part is having my sympathies and my worries be treated a 'hate' and 'bigotry.' As a Christian, it is a terrible place to find yourself.
To me, gender reassignment surgery is just a special case of cosmetic surgery, and everything Dr. Bliss said could equally apply to face lifts and tummy tucks.
Many people get face lifts because they unrealistically expect that the operation will give them self-confidence or miraculously improve their social or love lives. The doctors who perform these things know very well that that is a common source of regret-lawsuits afterward, so they try hard to weed those people out by doing psychological screening before any operation takes place. All this is true of gender surgery as well.
But we do need to do away with the stupid notion that there's a disease called gender dysphoria and that surgery treats it. These patients, like other cosmetic surgery patients, may have mental issues or may just see their body as machinery and want it changed. Either way, we should not ban it but neither should we have to pay for it.
It's none of my business if you get bunny ears grafted on your head, as long as I don't have to pay the bill. But if you insist on showing them to me, I may laugh.