It's an apparently successful attempt by the media to normalize deviancy, to "define deviancy down."
They want us to think there are lots of sick fvcks like "Rey," and that we shouldn't think there's anything wrong with them.
They haven't found a way, however, to keep the bile from rising in my throat...
The idea that he might actually want to transition from female to male began to take shape for Rey when he was 14 or 15; ... A transmale speaker guy gave a talk at a meeting of his high schools Gay Straight Alliance, and Rey was inspired. ...
At the end of his freshman year in high school, he met Melissa, ... Melissa, who was immersed in campus gender activism, mentioned the concept of being a transman and spoke of her transmale friends. Rey confided his questions about his gender identity to her, and she encouraged him to explore them further. For most of high school, Rey spent hours online reading about transgendered people and their lives. The Internet is the best thing for trans people, he said. Living in the suburbs, online groups were an access point. He also started reading memoirs of transgendered people. He asked Melissa to explain the gender theory she was learning in college.
In addition, 147 colleges and universities nationwide now include gender identity and expression in their nondiscrimination policies, and students will often use gender-neutral pronouns like ze and hir especially if they post on campus message boards. At Wesleyan last year, students initiated a survey of bathrooms, checking to see if they were transgender-friendly open to all sexes. Many colleges now have Transgender Days of Remembrance in memory of victims of gender-identity-related hate crimes.
As Judith Halberstam, a professor of English and gender studies at the University of Southern California and the author of Female Masculinity, put it, feminist theory offers students a way to think about gender as performance, to create a trans self or a genderqueer one and give that self contours, definition in a way that was simply unavailable 30 years ago.