I was doing some reading of other blogs, and found these posts interesting. Disclaimer – I don’t subscribe to everything that is written on these blogs. I’m interested in the arguments they present, not their whole agenda. In the past people have judged me based on what sites I link to. So again, I don’t know much about the authors, but I find their arguments worth pondering.
Here is the first – The ‘treatment’ for non-gender conforming girls/boys is child abuse. I think this person is arguing similar to how I have argued in the past. That much of what we view as masculinity and femininity in our culture are actually social constructs. (Though I think I believe in more natural behavioral differences between the sexes than this author probably does). Those who are confused about their sex are usually getting caught up in the stereotypes and social constructs. The solution is not to change the biological sex. This cannot truly be done anyway. Only illusion is possible. The solution is to be yourself and not try so hard to conform to the social constructs. Although I am strongly against crossdressing, I think we can even draw this argument out to being yourself in regards to clothing. But I would add caveats to that: a. being yourself in clothing as a man would not mean you could wear clothing especially designed for the shape of a woman’s body. That makes no sense. b. you would need to make sure your reasons for dressing against the stereotypes did not have to do with wanting to dress “like a woman” for whatever psychological feelings of comfort or sexual pleasure that might give you. I don’t know of many men (besides a few random websites of men out of billions in the world) who want to go against the cultural stereotypes of clothing for reasons other than the psychological or sexual reasons I mentioned. The few that have other reasons probably just do it to be unique and get attention and shock people, and that bothers me for other good reasons.
I agree with the author that this is a form of child abuse when we allow children to make these changes to their bodies (and confuse their identity). It may be well-intentioned child abuse, and very different from the violent perverse child abuse. But it could still be termed a form of child abuse.
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Here is the second – M2T transgenders fetishize and crave man-made simulacra of “female” biology. I’d have to read more of what the author says elsewhere because it’s not clear whether he thinks all m-t-f transsexuals have/had these feelings, or if its only a certain type of m-t-f transgender or transsexual person who has these feelings. I think for some people the desires might be highly sexual as described, and for some people not nearly as much. As written elsewhere, I believe there are generally two types of transsexuals. I would probably say though that sexual feelings are involved at least a tiny bit for any male who is wanting to become a female. But I say that without evidence, just is a hunch.
I know that much of what is written seems to fit my own experience. It fits in well with what I have written elsewhere about crossdressing easily becoming idolatry. It is certainly thought provoking to think of crossdressing as a fetish, something that we worship. And worshiping meaning not only that we have reverence for its power and beauty, but also want to possess and control it. And that would also fit in with my post about crossdressing as envy.
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