About a year ago I was making observations on the irrationality of the transgender argument and people were asking why I was so focused on it. It was because I could see the social tide shifting to what I’m seeing today by every media outlet trying to explain why being confused about transgender just makes a person obtuse. I’m going to try to make this as brief as possible because…well, just because I am deeply befuddled by the whole thing and just don’t want my head to hurt too much as I lay this out.
I am not interested in emotional pleas for “tolerance”. I don’t have to and won’t tolerate irrationality and when I see it on the verge of legislation I get a little burned up about it especially when I see so much money being wasted by government and our children having to pay the consequences of our ill-conceived economic and social experiments.
The central condition to biological sex assignment is at the chromosomal level: XX is female while XY is male. That is a condition that never changes regardless of what surgeries a person may undergo to alter the result of those chromosomes (estrogen, testosterone, vagina, penis, ovaries, testes, breasts, facial hair, etc.). In fact, hormone therapy is a lifelong requirement for the medical equivalent of a sexual transition. Lately, there has been a lot of hoopla over transgender people being offended when people refer to them as formerly another gender or, really, make any reference to there having been a change. Herein lays the first great hypocrisy. Transgender is by its very definition a change. Deal with it. That means when a person goes a show about being a trailblazing transgender model he/she ought to be prepared to answer some questions about the trans part because without it there’s probably nothing particularly exceptional about yet another model.
An argument often thrust into the spotlight lately is that reducing sexual assignment to mere boy and girl parts is objectifying. Well…yeah. Assignment is identified at the biological level by “objects” and the most fundamental of them is microscopic and unchangeable. In fact, the subject is so object-centric transgender people go through lengthy and difficult procedures attempting to modify those objects. Therein lays the second hypocrisy. If focusing on “the parts” is so superficial and objectifying, then what does that say about spending hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime on what amounts to plastic surgery to change the appearance of those parts?
There is where I want to stop the discussion. What more needs to be said? You are biologically male or female (with a few androgynous exceptions) and that’s that.
Obviously, that is not enough for the transgender community. Now we must talk about what it means to “identify” as male and female. Here is where my blood starts to boil. Rather than delving into each silly argument that is being heaped upon us by the media lately, let me ask a very simple question:
What defines male and female beyond the objects?
It shouldn’t take much thinking to realize that within that question are layers upon layers of nothing but stereotypes. So, when a male says he identifies as a female or a female says she identifies as a male what exactly are the rest of us supposed to celebrate there? Please, tell us what the criteria is you used to determine that you are a woman without going into a diatribe of shallow generalities.
Please explain to us how you have ACCEPTED AND DEVELOPED YOUR OWN IDENTITY rather than having simply conformed to what you perceive as society’s standards. Then we’re told to accept that if you “feel” like a woman you should look like a woman. Obviously, there wasn’t much thought put into what “feeling” like a woman actually means, so when expressing that feeling becomes wearing a dress, purse, and high heels I am deeply perplexed as to how women- feminists in particular- aren’t outraged at the shallowness of it all.
What the hell do you mean you “feel like a woman”? Are you growing up with the sexual stigmas? Are you facing puberty and the confusion of menstruation? Are you shaping your decisions in life around the possibility that you could become pregnant? Am I missing anything else that might actually qualify someone to “feel like a woman”? Beyond this, what else is there that someone should be able to say that qualifies them as a woman when they are, in fact, a man or vice versa? I’d love to hear it.
I’d love to hear it because my final point addresses the argument that gender identity is simply an individual choice. Well, that’s great except the unspoken reality of the agenda as it is presented is that gender identity is simply the choice of transgender people. Everyone else is obviously just conforming to biological assignment. If gender identity were truly just an individual choice and all standards be damned, then that choice is as much in the person identifying with a gender as it is in a person observing the gender. In other words, if you can selectively apply standards to determine your gender, then I can selectively apply standards to determine your gender. Fair is fair. And herein lays the third hypocrisy when the transgender community pushes for legislation calling it discrimination when someone refuses to recognize a transgender female as a female.
Live your life and let me live mine and stop being so damned irrationally sensitive when we come together.