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 are playing with fire. It is political, but probably enabled by ignorance. The countless crazy fantasies of youth can be sort-of interesting to some, but adults are supposed to be the ones with intact reality-testing. Grown-ups with decent reality-testing are the only buffers against the really hard and dangerous realities of life.
I am not really sure what transgender means. I thought I knew. I thought it meant a person was one of the two sexes and through medication and surgery became the other sex/gender. But in most cases where I see a picture or a video of a transgender they appear to still be their original gender but are claiming to be transgender. So is a man/boy who has had neither surgery nor medication to transform him to a female a "transgender"?
Having said that, it seems to me that allowing/forcing a child under age 18 to undergo surgery and medication to change their gender should be considered child abuse. It is IMHO questionable ethically for doctors to through surgery or medicine change an adults gender. This appears to be mental illness and should probably be treated that way and not with medical resources to actually fulfill the madness.
This social worker has a mandated training this Tuesday on "Culture of Respect." I'm pretty sure where this is going.
Assistant Village Idiot
In the spirit of reality checking -
there is no evidence of a genetic/biological cause for homosexuality - no "gay gene" was ever found.
There is clear evidence - from self-report studies! that at least 1/3 of homosexuals were physically or sexually molested in childhood, and at least that number had traumatic/strained family relationships in childhood.
The pattern of dysfunctional behavior for homosexuals is also clearly documented - compulsive promiscuity, inability to maintain relationships, heavy substance abuse to mask depression unsolved by "coming out" and "being proud"... as if basing one's identity on dysfunction were ever a solution.
And it almost exactly matches the patterns of dysfunction seen in anorexics and bulimics - in all these cases, a natural appetite (sex. food) has been hijacked to cope with trauma.
The decision to pathologize eating disorders while celebrating homosexuality was entirely political - eating disorders jibed with the feminist narrative of toxic, oppressive male patriarchy, but the false narrative of "born that way" homosexuality is more useful to the Left as a way to undermine healty, sexual norms.
The other day I believe it was you who said American Indians don't believe gelded stallions are mares. I put that in my old-fashioned mental file box. Those who believe the transgenderism lie don't accept simple common sense.