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.
And few people are entirely satisfied with their souls and minds either. Often, we make reasonable efforts to work on all of those things, but at what point do our goals become crazy? If I need to look like Melania, I am crazy. If I need to look like a man, I am double-crazy and should want help separating fantasy from reality.
Fortunately in the USA it is rare that Psychiatric help can be forced, but it distresses me when people seem to endorse double-crazy as normal. But, as I say, in a free country you are free to be crazy, and free to get help with it if you want to. Lots of people are half-crazy, crazy, and double-crazy, but I see no need for the culture to pretend to deny that reality. Or any other reality.
It is interesting to me that the Psychiatric officialdom is expanding the list of "disorders" to the point that nobody can keep track of them anymore, at the same time that the elite culture is normalizing other ones. Something strange is going on on both sides.
In my opinion, putting a 16-year-old on sex hormones (which is the current 'standard of care' for teenagers who claim to be transgender) is child abuse. Encouraging 'transitioning' in people so young is unconscionable.
A 16-year-old by law cannot get a tattoo. Many of the changes brought on by cross-sex hormones are permanent. Why are we allowing children to do this?? Hormones are the equivalent of a full-body tattoo. There is a girl at my stepdaughter's expensive private school who is already on male hormones. What will happen in a few years if she decided that this was all just a phase, but now she has male-pattern baldness.
Why is helping someone explore and hopefully resolve the feelings of deep discomfort they have in their own skin considered to be a bad thing? Have we lost our minds as a culture??
I am enjoying the stunning experience of liking how I look. At my age, yet! It's a matter of contrast: I look pretty normal now after losing a bunch of weight, and normal seems fabulous. But honestly, I can't remember a time even in my youth when I felt this self-satisfied in the looks department. Who knew such a thing could happen?