**12-10-13 edit – I don’t condone the anger and seeming hatred that come out in many of the shared posts. As Ralph points out in his comment below, they become not so helpful posts after all because of their tone. Perhaps they were not worthwhile to share because of this. In the future I shall post articles that not only have logically persuasive arguments, but that are also said in a loving, or at the very least civil way. I apologize for my poor judgment in this posting. **
A blog I follow had this post – Transgender Tropes 101 – which is actually him sharing what he read from yet another blog which is called by the same name. He suggests reading the 10 links on that blog, and I must say, I found the arguments helpful. Again, as I’ve said before, I disagree strongly with much of radical feminism, but on this area of transgenderism we seem to have very much agreement.
I’ve heard the first one a lot, “you should educate yourself on the subject” when dialoguing on the blogs of transgendered individuals. Of course, many of them have been very civil with me. But unfortunately, many have said that I’m an ignorant bigot otherwise I would not have dared to ask such questions which they find offensive, and they end the conversation with this. I confess, that at times I do feel very uneducated on these subjects compared to others. But then I think about all the books on transgender and crossdressing topics that I’ve read, and countless blogs and articles, and then I wonder – how much do I have to read about this stuff before I’m allowed to talk to others about it and ask questions in debate? Are there books and articles on this stuff that I haven’t read yet? Of course there are. Some are probably really good or important. But I’ll never be able to read it all. And I’ve read more than 97-98% of all other Americans on this stuff I’m sure. I think that qualifies me to speak about it.
The third one is worth commenting on. Transgendered people say they are subverting gender roles or stereotypes. But as I’ve always argued, they are actually keeping them going in our culture and giving in to them. We need to realize we can be real men, or real women, even if we are different than the average man or average woman. In contrast to some feminist beliefs, I do think the biology of our sex plays a large role in our gender expression, so that most men can be said “to be like this” and most women can be said “to be like this.” It’s sort of a delicate balance. There are true biological sex/gender differences. But each person is still unique and so there is no set grouping of stereotypes that will fit every individual. So in the end, be a man, or be a woman, and be yourself, knowing that each man doesn’t totally fulfill all the gender stereotypes. We all fit some and don’t fit others.
The fourth one I’d like to comment on as well – Denying gender “identity” denies our very existence. A transgendered person is still very much human whether or not I recognize them as the sex they want to be recognized as. Further, I don’t see why there is so much offense taken when I do not assent to how they want to be recognized. Being a Christian is THE most important part of my identity. But if someone thinks I’m not a true Christian, I still know I am, why would that need to offend me? If a Muslim said I’m not a true worshipper of God, why would that offend me? I know it’s his belief that is different than my own. If I disagree with a transsexual about whether they have truly transformed into a woman or that they are still a man, why should that offend them? Why do I have to pretend that I agree with them?
Number 8 is so important, which talks about how the existence of intersexed people do not in any way truly support the claims of transgendered individuals. Best line from this one – Plenty of people are born with birth defects. Some are born with no legs, some missing an eye, etc. But no one claims humans are not a bipedal species. No one claims that sight is not a human trait (barring grave disability). The reason we can safely say that hominids are a bipedal species is because -except in case of developmental disorder or amputation injury- humans are born with two legs. Roughly one in 400 humans is born with some sort of congenital anomaly (birth defect). About one in 800 is born with Down Syndrome. About one in 14,000 is born with a disorder of sexual development or “intersex”.
Number 9 is a bit raw and uncomfortable to read. But the main thesis of it is true.