The Hypocrisy of the Transgender Movement


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.

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3 Responses to The Hypocrisy of the Transgender Movement

  1. pikaperdu says:

    There are a few things worth addressing here.

    Firstly, regarding the individual choice to identify as one gender or another: There are many people who are depressed and suicidal because they feel they are in the wrong bodies, and because our society has very rigid standards regarding what is and is not appropriate gender expression for genetically “male” and “female” people. Read some transgender blogs and forum posts; it’s not an uncommon theme. Better yet, read this article: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/08/4808436/i-am-a-girl-transgender-children.html . It’s well-written an is an example of just how early people begin to identify themselves as one gender vs. another. This is not a condition that can be erased by therapy, just as being homosexual is not a condition that can be erased by therapy. The medical community as a whole recognizes these facts, although science has yet to explain why either condition occurs.

    How should the rest of society respond to genetic males who dress in womens’ clothing, take hormones, or otherwise display themselves to the world as something other than typical genetic males? How should society respond to genetic females who display themselves to the world as something other than typical genetic females? What happens in too many cases is that the person who does not fit into society’s norms is bullied, either verbally or physically. Without laws in place to protect the outliers of our society, this negative reaction can extend to the workplace (harassment by coworkers, being fired for something completely unrelated to the quality of work accomplished, or not being considered in the first place for a position that a person might otherwise be well-qualified for); to the home (refusal to rent to somebody based on that person’s non-traditional gender presentation); and to daily activities outside the home (not being allowed to shop in certain stores, for example). ‘Normal’ people may feel threatened by the existence of people who do not fit into typical gender and sexual roles, but the truth is, it is those people who do not fit into the norm that are actually being threatened.

    Civil liberties are important for everybody. You may not like the person next to you, but they might not like you, either, and the one thing our system of law needs to ensure is that you, like they, are allowed to scrape together the basic elements of a good life: getting an education, finding work, finding a place to live, going to the store, raising a family. You have the right to live without fear of verbal and physical abuse from your neighbor. Your neighbor has the right to live without fear of verbal and physical abuse from you. How can assuring civil liberties exist for all people be a waste of governmental time or money? This IS the role of government.

    On a more personal level, I do understand that transgender people can be snippy about things transgender-related (I have on one occasion been on the wrong side of some of that snippiness), but before you get too offended, think about the kinds of negative attitudes they have to struggle with in the general population, day after day. Why should you as an individual spend your time and energy criticizing somebody else for, as an example, dressing like a woman, when that person appears to be a man? If a person wants to be addressed as “he” when you think that person looks like a “she,” why shouldn’t you do so? If you have kids and they see you actively or inactively belittling another person’s identity, you are encouraging your kids to belittle other people as well. And for what? Please, rationalize hatred for me, because I see no rationale for it.

  2. foundersten says:

    Pikaperdu:

    When I said “I am not interested in emotional please for “tolerance” ” I was and am very serious. If we are going to have a discussion about this, then the whole “rationalize hatred” thing needs to be dropped pronto. I can’t stand that default manipulation of the discussion and I will not be falsely characterized as a hater, so the knee-jerk reaction to defend myself is not going to be found here. Read my post again if you seriously think I am a hater and then actually address the hypocrisies I pointed out instead of talking around the intellectual challenge presented with irrelevant emotional banter.

  3. pikaperdu says:

    “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.”

    Umm… Emotional banter? Maybe I’m confused about the point you are trying to get across. Okay, let’s talk about legislation. No legislation that I am aware of is forcing you as an individual to do the “nice” thing and address a transgender person you meet on the street by their preferred pronouns. Unless perhaps you are referring to the kind of legislation that allows people to change the sex listed on things like birth certificates and drivers licenses? There is a very good reason for allowing that — People whose appearance does not match with their official paperwork receive all kinds of harassment, and may face questions as to the legitimacy of their identification. Harassment is a real thing with real consequences. Most trans people don’t want to stand out from the crowd as ‘abnormal,’ and allowing them to change their paperwork so they are not being constantly outed to society is important.

    Here’s an example of the kind of legislation I see happening around me: In my state, Idaho, there are two house bills (426 and 427) being pushed through right now that would protect business owners and employers who choose not to serve or employ people base on a “sincerely held religious belief.” These bills are bad in a lot of ways, and have the potential to affect more than just the LGBT community — but the representative who introduced this legislation, Lynn Luker, specifically did so to target the LGBT community. The bills would effectively remove protections that anti-discrimination ordinances individual cities around my state have put in place. At the same time, our state has refused for the last eight years to even discuss the addition of the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s human rights act.

    Wish I could convince you that some of these things are important, but if you still think I am pushing a bunch of irrational arguments at you, then I don’t really have anything else to say here.

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