Read this article – Recognition for Australians who identify as neither sex. I learned before kindergarten that boys and girls are different. They are not exactly the same. They have different bodies. This used to be basic common sense knowledge. How has our society gotten so confused?
It’s such a warped view of freedom. We tell little kids so often, “you can be whatever you want to be.” I used to think people just meant by that phrase that kids could do whatever type of job and work in the future that they wanted to (though that is not even true, life is hard and we don’t all get to do whatever the heck we might want). But I think now society thinks of that phrase quite literally, “you can be whatever you want to be.” Oh you don’t like being a little boy? We can alter your body through surgery so that you can be a girl. You don’t like having small breasts? We can get you breast implants later.
People in Australia and everywhere else should have a good amount of freedom to dress how they want to (within reason, I happen to appreciate laws against public nakedness). And they should have freedom to give themselves names that are usually given to the opposite sex. They should have freedom to live how they want to within the bounds of the law. But transgendered folk should not impose upon me, and upon the government, that we must view them as not being either a man or a woman. You can go around calling yourself a woman when you are really a man. But don’t make society go along with your charade. That is ridiculous.
This article is very strange in that society has recently adapted to a distinction between “sex” and “gender” (a distinction which I have found unhelpful and misleading. They use “sex” to talk about biology and “gender” to talk about behavior. Unfortunately they qualify “gender” according to old worn out gender stereotypes. And then tell people they can choose what gender they want to be). But even if we grant that those two things are different as most of society tends to do these days, then wouldn’t this person in the article be registered with the government as either male or female sex (which can be scientifically proven and is not a subjective thing!), even if his gender was not specific?
I understand that the case for intersexed people (who are born that way), makes it a bit more complicated, but my understanding is that the vast majority of people born intersex still identify clearly with one sex, and most of their physical conditions make clear what sex they actually are, and what other aspects of their body are an anomaly.
Am I being too harsh or am I missing something? I know that if had given fuel to the transgendered feelings in myself, and actually went on to try to live as a woman, I personally would not have expected the government to pretend I was not actually biologically male.