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.
Assistant Village Idiot
Perhaps the son does indeed think he is a female and not the more common case of simply being somewhat mentally ill and pushed into this belief by his mother, teachers or society. But how then does it make sense for a minor to go through a sex change process when he has so little worldly experience? I know there are some who will say that this will make him happier and live a better life but that does not seem to be the trend and in fact the very opposite of that is the truth about this mental health condition. Most likely what will happen is some combination of the following, continued mutilation of his body, continued deeper and deeper bouts of mental illness and of course suicide. I honestly do not know if those likely consequences are the 'result' of the sex change process or in spite of the sex change process. But going through the process to change if body chemically and physically surely can't help his mental illness. IMHO the failure is one society. That is clearly this young man is not competent to make these decision and clearly allowing him to is detrimental to his health and well being. We should treat this as a mental illness and not as an excuse to accommodate his weird desires simply because that is the popular thing to do today. To allow a youth to make this decision and to follow through on his decision is child abuse pure and simple.
A long-term Swedish followup on sex-change shows a higher rate of depression and suicide for those who go through with it. So they don't even get happier.
I did this work and I knew a few and more importantly, I knew a few who had sex changes in the 80s or 90s and were still getting admitted to the hospital in the 00s. It's just sad. Some of them sere simply confused, troubled young people who became convinced that this would fix everything. It didn't.
I knew some staff who changed as well. They were all either victims or perpetrators beforehand and that didn't change when the gender did. There were exceptions, of people who were fine to work with before and after.
Assistant Village Idiot
I wonder what percentage of young people who go through this horror are offspring of the upper 10% income earners, mostly living on the east and west coasts, compared to kids of middle-class and below families, and if there is any correlation.
This week we are being primed for a military crisis in the Ukraine. War~! they keep saying. One network is even being so bold as to provide helpful forecasts on their upcoming coverage of the story! "This is going to become a much bigger story next week!" they say, thrillingly. Almost no details of course. What are Russia's interests? What are the Ukraines? What are the key conflicts to be resolved, the grievances? Crickets.
I hope nothing comes of it. Because, I'll tell ya - I'm down a deep rabbit hole this weekend researching family genealogy, and trying to suss out some information on the family veterans going back to pre-WWI. Every single government-run website (Repeat: website) on Veteran Affairs or military records is notifying visitors that their services are curtailed due to COVID19. Every single one. Immediately followed by urgent messages and whole sections devoted to diversity, gender issues, inclusion, equity, and even the occasional climate change issue. I'll tell you something....This stuff, it's rotting us from the inside out.
It might just take a war to clean the mess up. Of course, we could be speaking Chinese or Russian by then.