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.
The world is full of all sorts of confused and neurotic people, borderline people, and psychotic people too. Only a tiny fraction of them ever get help with it, but probably most couldn't be helped much anyway.
"Society" is free to normalize whomever it wishes. I don't care much, but when it comes to MD's altering normal genitalia I have to draw a line. Doctors can buy into peoples' fantasies a bit - a nose job or butt-lift doesn't bother me much because human vanity is assumed, but buying into the gender fantasy seems like colluding with craziness to me.
On the other hand, some do quite well with the surgery itself.
Deirdre McCloskey has written about it and is currently a well-respected economist. She has a very firm outlook about dealing with choices, and I'd hesitate to call her decision to have the surgery anything but life-affirming, and hardly fantasy.
There are several others who have gone through the surgery and I know little about them. Renee Richards comes to mind, and if I remember correctly, she claimed to be quite happy (outside of the annoyances from the media and society in general).
I would agree that the surgery won't help most people. I certainly have no problem with today's decision banning transgendered people from the military. From my point of view, the economic consideration is the ONLY one of any value. My money should not be going to help people pursue a personal choice, and surgery is a personal choice.
Being gay/lesbian/bi may not be a choice, and I don't believe it is. But choosing to have the surgery certainly is - but it's a PERSONAL choice, not a PUBLIC one. Having our military pay for it is absurd.
Chelsea Manning? I paid for her surgery? Sorry...not buying into the reasoning behind it.
Someday I hope that it will be both social opinion and the law that nobody's genitals should have anything done to them until they are 18. That goes for everyone. Just leave the kids alone! No circumcision, no FGM, nothing.
An indication of the bias in the media this morning:
The headline on USA Today--
"Transgender soldiers cost U.S. less than Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips"
just proves it. There is no connection between the two. They deliberately miss the point to be able to print something negative.