SuperJail Warden wrote:Because not accepting your gender is mental illness. You never hear dogs chewing off their genitals.
you are on a level with jay with this shit.
transgenderism basically is the newfangled term for people who don't identify with the binary gender system. seeing as even in biology, not to mention psychology and sociology, that it's uncontroversial to criticise the construction of 'gender' as a strictly x/y thing, transgender people aren't exactly freaks.
transgender people don't want to 'self-mutilate'. wanting to undergo a sex change has always been referred to as transsexualism. there is, putting aside a lot of genetic and evolutionary nuance, a male and female sex. people debate the social construction and psychological makeup of 'manhood' and 'womanhood', however, especially given how one's sex is determined in the early stages of foetal development (not to mention the much deeper questions about how far physiognomy determines identity: there are varying levels of female hormones in dudes with penises, and vice versa; our physical perception and intuition of ourselves is a delicate psychochemical and hormonal balance).
none of this is even controversial. people have been discussing the idea of a 'spectrum' of gender and sexuality since about the 1970s. transgenderism is just a trendy new set of terms and the fact these ideas are now going mainstream, mostly with young people who, let's face it, love adopting new movements and terms in order to distinguish themselves from their elders (not to say 90% of them aren't being genuine and authentic, just that new generations always adopt new ideas with a special fervour; they are, after all, the ones who are most flexible in their ideas and identities).
for the record, self- or auto-castration is a very real thing in men, and the urge normally presents itself in straight people. there are many cases of mentally ill men cutting their dicks off. often men with compulsive issues, porn addictions, drug dependencies, underlying issues with sexual perversion or child molestation, etc. a lot of men are taken in to A&E every year after attacking their own genitals. not many of them do so because they want to be a woman.
by the way i've never identified as anything other than a heterosexual male. cisgender? even that term is probably out of date now. i don't keep up with it and am incurious about my own gender. but the point of the transgender issue has always seemed pretty salient to me. macbeth you should stop casting aspersions. you are the least mentally stable person here and would make a lot of married gay couples ane transgender teenagers look eminently sensible. ditto with jay's bullshit. i'm sure a young guy who feels as though he's a woman by temperament and social identity is a much bigger danger to his self and others than all those white supremacist rednecks who want to blow up government buildings.
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