correcting misconceptions

Julia Serano has had to start moderating the comments on her website. All because people who have never experienced gender dysphoria deem themselves worthy of pontificating on gender and how things are supposed to be.

Well I would gladly trade places with those people so they could experience dysphoria for themselves. They would clam up awfully quickly.

We don't get this type of willfull arrogance elsewhere. People don't argue with those suffering other conditions and yet some deem themselves qualified to weigh in on this one. I read many comments ranging from those on the hateful dimwit fringe to the relatively educated but its astounding how much this issue perturbs and excites people.

Transgender people don't ask to be this way so if the general public takes that as a starting premise it will be that much likely that they won't be so cavalier with their opinions regarding something they cannot possibly understand.

Recently I had to explain to a friend I have known for 30 years what the difference is between gender identification and birth sex. For him they were one and the same and of course for most people they are. Once I explained the distinction to him he completely understood. If we all do that for our close circle of friends and family we will do our part to educate.

We can't control the haters but we can educate those who are open to listening and learning.

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  1. "We can't control the haters but we can educate those who are open to listening and learning."

    Those who persist in not wanting to understand, then we have to forgive them their ignorance.

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