To quote a recent article:
"We have officially stepped off the precipice of reality and are in a postmodern sexual identity politics free-fall. More postmodern indoctrination into imagining a male sexual fetish is really “just like civil rights,” People says. Has anyone ever seen a 68-year-old woman discuss “dating” in a national magazine? No. So why do people buy into this?
The sexual identity crowd is doing what they called in the 1960s a mind game. According to the transgender lobby, sex and gender are way different—completely different. And in the new world order, the more confused you stay, the better for media-generated propaganda campaigns"
This is an unfortunate but expected backlash from a sector of society that would not have transgender people gain any acceptance. If you wanted to know why Blanchard and his group were dangerous you can see how they have found their captive audience. I don't need to tell you that the author of the article I just quoted does not suffer from gender dysphoria.
As a person who was raised and educated in a conservative (socially not politically) and religious environment I can somewhat relate to the way these people think because in some respects I shared their views. I used to believe in a more black and white version of existence. But I’ve since grown up.
Nobody in their right mind would choose to be this way on purpose; absolutely no one. Yet these right wing periodicals would have you believe otherwise. They rail against older transitioners as well as the Jazz Jennings of the world for abandoning their male identity presumably deliberately.
My blog has more and more focused on these topics because we are in a dangerous period right now. While one sector of society celebrates our coming out party, others would have us go back into hiding and be treated for mental illness.
Poor Walt Heyer has become The Federalist's poster boy for the repentant transitioner who has found religion and he appeals greatly to those who accept that everyone one of us is just like him; waiting to be treated and then saved.
I despair in some ways for the increasing polarization that has gotten us here. More and more it seems that the right stands for anti-science, anti-progressive and anti-intellectual. Gone are the fiscal conservatives who would only weigh in on financial matters but leave the social wedge issues alone. Many now sit riveted to their televisions and see reality through the prism of Fox News.
The world has become far more polarized than I have ever seen it. The danger being that social issues are far more divisive and passion inducing than issues of fiscal or political reform.
For me it all boils down to lack of empathy and lack of education. Whether some people like it or not, gender is a spectrum and not a fixed binary. The fact that some people’s dysphoria reaches extremes that require they be addressed with a gender role transition should be respected instead of ridiculed.
This is where our lack of science does not help because it leaves the door open for all kinds of opinions from hopelessly obtuse people driven by their own dogma and nothing more.
I never saw this rapid change coming even a few short years ago but perhaps because of it, the reactions from those who despair the world as they know it is coming to an end, have been that much more pronounced and emphatic.
What this is really about at its root is the treatment of gender dysphoria; nothing more and nothing less. If you can do it without transition then you have saved yourself a lot of potential grief. But people on both sides of the issue distort because they want their own version to be the definitive one.
In spite of some obvious flaws on both sides its no contest for me. Its the one that votes for tolerance of something we know very little about and have barely begun to scratch its surface.