Skip to comments.Transgenderism: a thought experiment
Posted on 01/16/2015 11:35:54 AM PST by wagglebee
A recent piece in The Federalist by Stella Morabito captures some of the political and statistical realities surrounding transgenderism. The ease with which societal elites in academia, medicine, and Hollywood sanction a child's war against his own body and call it healthy, normal, or something to celebrate has its foundation in the contraceptive revolution of our culture. Women were told that the very thing that most marks them as a woman, their wondrous reproductive systems, their fertility, is their enemy. If only they can break free from the tyranny of their own bodies, they will be free.
But we cannot break free from our bodies without further destruction. Hormonal contraception has brought us all kinds of "liberation" - cancer, unintended miscarriages, the masking of symptoms of reproductive disease until it may be too late to treat or mitigate, changes to our pheromone profile that attract and repel different types of sexual mates, the commodification of children and reproduction, which has led to designer babies, selective abortions and other eugenic trends, and a general disintegration of children's rights as the foundation for the legal structure surrounding civil marriage.
This is just one example of the catastrophic effects of declaring war on our own bodies, not just for an individual who declares such a war, but for many others in the culture who suffer from the effects of this materialist philosophy. We do violence against human dignity when we agree with someone who has decided that his own body is his enemy. We can not escape our bodies, no matter how aggressively we reject, medicate, poison, mutilate or even kill our bodies, as the sad teenager referred to in The Federalist piece did. In the end, our personhood is an inextricable combination of soul and body. To damage one is to damage them both. To reject one is ultimately a rejection of both and the psychological carnage of this self-rejection can not be avoided. The idea that we can separate our true personhood from our body is an ancient heresy that raises its head in different forms in every age.
I wonder if these elites would be quite so indulgent of this materialist assault on human nature if there were a child or a teenager who demanded racial preferences and affirmative action treatment because he claimed that he was truly black, trapped in a white body. Walk with me through this thought experiment.
A white adolescent hails from a privileged family in a tony suburb, let's say. He learns a little about history in school, and about Africa, and the Civil War, and he begins to experience overwhelming feelings of empathy with his black and African brothers throughout the ages. He thinks that this sympathy explains why he's always felt different or isolated from his own family. He begins to feel such unity with his black brothers that he delves more into traditionally black or African subcultures, including the hip-hop music scene, the nation of Islam, and adopts a fashion and hair style more traditionally associated with these subcultures. His parents begin to worry about his alienation from them, and especially his increasing despondency, anger and depression. He feels isolated from his family, unfeeling paragons of white privilege that they are. They ask their pastor to meet with him. To no avail. They take him to a Christian counseling practice, and his counselors try to talk to him about the healthy aspects of his sympathies and the perhaps unhealthy aspects in the form of his detachment from his cultural identity, his family and community connections. He rejects their efforts as bigoted, racist, and hostile to his true identity as a black man. His friends at first think it's funny and quirky, but as he gets angrier and more critical of them for not understanding him, or not wanting to play along with his "black" identity, they distance themselves from him and he grows more isolated and depressed.
As he ages, he wonders why people reject his claims of blackness, why black girls think he's weird and won't date him, and why the African American club at school thinks he's just quaint and odd rather than fully embracing him. As he applies for colleges, he lists his race as black, writes admission essays about his people's persecuted past, applies for minority-only scholarships and demands to live in the all-black dorm. When he is admitted to college, and his true race is obvious to his dorm mates, he grows aggrieved that his scholarship is rescinded and he is asked to move to a different dorm. He insists on rushing the black fraternities, and when they reject him, he sues them and the university for all their many expressions of bigotry.
What do we think about this man? Do we think that the problem is ours - our own intolerance? Are we the ones that need to change, and to resist the information being conveyed about this man by the biological facts of his skin color, ethnic history, and associated genes? Or do we reach out to him in compassion and love and try to address his deep psychological distress without affirming his self-rejection?
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This is about trans-racialism. Maybe it applies to Holder or Obama, whose genes or minority black. Or maybe it should be applied to Steve Martin, who sensitively explored these issues in his movie, “The Jerk.” And then there’s Dave Chapelle...
I have a very close male relative that is going through the process of hormones, then the mangling phase after. It is a very sad thing. He is very unhappy, and I suspect will always be so. His Mother took him to a counselor/psycho-logist/psycho-therapist that is a man inside of a mangled body of a “female”. I fully expect him to take himself out of the gene pool one day. As I said, very sad.
In a society that makes it illegal to counsel a person that they can change their behavior from gay to straight, how can we then counsel people they can change their sex from male to female? Which one is easier to do? One is a mindset and programming. The other is surgery and permanent need for drugs and hormones. The Muslims are correct about one thing, the “West” is corrupt and corrupting to any trying to stand for what is right and normal.
His name is J-Roc:
Ping for later
Ward Churchill comes to mind.
There’s an inherent contradiction in today’s PC attitudes. A White is always a White, no matter what, and is never entitled to the unfair privileges accorded to non-Whites.
A mentally disturbed person who thinks he/she/it is a different sex, is always believed, no matter what, and is placed in a specially-privileged victim group.
"I changed for all the wrong reasons," Claudia admits. She hoped the surgery would save her troubled relationship with her boyfriend and business partner... Her boyfriend left her in 1987 - a year after the operation. "It was horrible, I'd created a monster," says Claudia. "One day I was making love and something didn't feel right. There was this little ball of hair like a Brillo pad in my vagina." In 1995 she went to see a surgeon who pulled the hair out but warned it would grow back. "He said it would always be there because I hadn't had electrolysis on my scrotum before the sex change made it part of my vagina. When I heard that, I just sat and cried."
The state of the art.
Prayer for Patience
Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of my life, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied. Let me forget myself so that I may enjoy the happiness of others. Let me always hide my little pains and heartaches so that I may be the only one to suffer from them. Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden or embitter me; that it may make me patient, not irritable; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow or proud or overbearing. May no one be less good for having come within my influence; no one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble, for having been a fellow traveler with me on our journey towards eternal life. As I meet with one cross after another, let me whisper a word of love to You. May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity. Amen.
How very sad.
Curious...are you making a distinction between the soul and spirit?
Barf warnings have a purpose! I could have gone my entire life without reading that.
Thanks! Where’s the eyebleach?
two people are transgendered one that is a male claiming to be female and the other female claiming to be male meet fall in love. keep it a secret that they are transgendered from each other. how much do you want to bet that the relationship would fall a part if one or both were to find out the truth about there sexual identity.
It’s part of the journey of self disobey / S.
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