I came across a really interesting article about a woman who desperately longs to be physically disabled. She wants to have to live in a wheelchair. Check it out – Chloe Jennings-White reveals she wants surgery so she can be permanently disabled. The article has much light to shed on how we think about transgender issues.
What would you tell someone you met who told you they wanted to do this, who wanted to surgically alter themselves to be disabled?
What would you tell your child if they wanted to do this?
Our culture is extremely passionate about tolerance right now, so perhaps most of you would say “live and let live” and “let them do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t hurt others.” To me, I think the issue of freedom is tricky here. On the one hand, we do need to let people do things that are stupid, out of freewill. For example we let people smoke and get cancer. We let people eat fast food and get heart attacks. On the other hand, this seems so extreme to me that I’d put it up there with suicide or people cutting themselves. In other words it seems to me to be a situation in which we are morally obligated to prevent someone from misusing their freedom in such a grotesque way of mutilating and maiming themselves.
This condition seems so similar to transgenderism. In both cases you have someone who desperately feels that they need surgery in order to alter their body to be themselves and be happy. In both cases, people on the outside have great difficulty in understanding, and it looks like they are mutilating themselves, not setting themselves free. So why do we treat transgenderism differently? Why would we suggest counseling instead of surgery for the person this article is about, but suggest counseling plus surgery for a transgendered person? What makes the issues different? They are both completely subjective based only on feelings. They both can arguably be treated by counseling and mental help. They both harmfully alter a healthy body.
Chloe in the article argues that in fact it is no different from a man cutting his penis off. Is she wrong? Is it different or not? What do you think? And if you do think it is different, what are your reasons? Right now, until someone gives me reason to change my view, I think that the two are the same just as Chloe does. I think you have to say that to be consistent. But that doesn’t mean that getting surgery as a transgendered person is wrong. Maybe there are those of you out there who think the two issues are indeed the same but think we should give Chloe our blessing to mutilate herself “in order to be happy” just as we should give our blessing to those who want to surgically change their bodies to appear as the opposite sex. That is very sad to me. Perceived happiness has become a god in our culture. A god that goes against all reason and common sense. I get the shivers reading this article. Our world is such a messed up place. All of us are messed up, in our bodies, our minds, and in our souls. All of us need Jesus for forgiveness and healing so that we can be the people he intended us to be.