Wow such a good question. The LGBT community is so inconsistent. – Quotation – “Do transgender theories undercut or contradict the idea that sexual orientation is unchangeable?
LGBT theory rests on the assumption that sexual orientation is determined by biology and that it is misguided, even hateful, to seek to change one’s orientation. But, as Morris points out, the spouse of a transgender person is expected to remain and support a partner during and after their transition. And for a wife to celebrate her husband’s transition means she must face questions about her own sexual orientation.”
Some other great quotations –
“If the disjunction a transgender person feels between their gender and their body is psychological, why should we recommend invasive surgical procedures to make the body more closely match the mind instead of seeking treatment that might help move the mind closer to the sex they were assigned at birth?”
“Furthermore, how do these surgeries fit into the broader medical tradition in which the purpose of treatment is (usually) to restore bodily functions and faculties that are ordered toward certain ends? Why is it acceptable to oppose a “transabled” person’s desire to undergo surgery that would blind them, or leave them without a limb, but it is “hateful” and “transphobic” to oppose surgeries that damage body parts that are in no way dysfunctional?”
I am very concerned about the issues of depression and suicide for transgendered people. See my post on that – Suicide prevalence among transsexuals and crossdressers. But I don’t think it’s clear whether the suicidal feelings result from societal rejection, or from other disorders existing alongside the gender dysphoria, or from the pain of gender dysphoria itself.
Quotation – “It is difficult to make the case that transgender persons exhibit no signs of mental disorder while at the same time saying that the wrong pronoun can lead a person to suicide.”
Another great question – “Why are the strongest critics of ‘gender binaries’ the most likely to support gender stereotypes on display in transgender celebrities?”
Good conclusion – “We believe God’s design of male and female to be structurally good, but we also understand gender dysphoria to be another symptom that reminds us we live in a fallen world. For this reason, we must extend love and compassion to anyone who experiences this kind of distress, even as we reject society’s efforts to establish a fluid understanding of personhood.”
There simply is no way to logically argue that someone is truly transgender. This article is not the easiest read, but if you read it carefully, you’ll see that the arguments transgender people use do not really work and they are self-defeating.
Quotation – “Progressives are every bit the gender realists that conservatives are, only they locate the seat of gender in the capricious impulses of the will. This opens the progressive position to any number of reductio ad absurdum criticisms. In promoting the will to arbiter of gender reality, progressives empower transgendered persons to change genders spontaneously and endlessly, oscillating as the mood seizes them.”
Finally a psychologist who is not being taken in by the illogical transgender ideology. I appreciate hearing from a psychologist on this issue who really sees the problems in the current thinking about transgenderism.
I thought that this was a wise statement. Pursuing transgender surgery or life change is a simplistic solution to what is probably a much more complex problem of identity, views of ourselves, doubts, suffering, relationships with others, etc.
We know a great deal about human development. Children achieve gender identity around age three—that is, boys know they are boys and girls know they are girls. And there have always been “sissy” boys and “tomboy” girls, who identify transiently with the opposite sex. Identity, however, is a psychological concept much broader than just gender; it is the defining core of personality. It is an ongoing developmental process, with crucial input in the early years. It shapes our ability to trust both ourselves and others, to achieve autonomy from family, to develop and internalize a value system, to develop mature coping skills, to form intimate relationships, to achieve to the best of our ability. In short, a mature and stable self-image involves knowing oneself and one’s place in the world. Life’s inevitable vicissitudes, at every developmental stage from childhood to old age, can test our self-image and produce self-doubt. Popular delusions such as the transgender craze offer simplistic explanations and solutions for the multidimensional life crises of identity.
“By comparison, anorexia nervosa is a multidimensional disorder, similar to transgenderism in that it involves a profound dissatisfaction with one’s body. However, seriously underweight anorexic patients who see themselves as obese are not treated with weight-reducing liposuction by physicians who go along with their irrational belief. Instead, anorexia is treated as a psychiatric illness. Another body dysmorphia that is currently receiving some notoriety—and acquiring a constituency that would like it to be included in the DSM—is “Body Integrity Identity Disorder” (BIID). Also known as “transableism,” BIID is the desire of an able-bodied person to become disabled—by a limb amputation, or by being blinded, rendered deaf, or even paralyzed. One hopes that common sense, which judges such a desire as grotesque, will prevail over those who would regard it as just another lifestyle choice. The wish to be rid of an offending limb is remarkably similar to the wish of a transgender man to be rid of an unwanted penis.”
This article is generally neutral on transgender issues, and I’m sure I don’t have the same worldview as the author. But it’s a really helpful article for showing just how many different opinions and theories are out there, so many of them contradictory to one another, but many of them being used simultaneously to argue for transgenderism or related issues.
I still have yet to do a thorough study of the brain differences argument that transgendered people use, but thinking about that, this quotation is interesting. Quotation – “Sometimes the research presented by Safer and his colleagues is actively contradictory. At one point, it cites a study that found trans women had a larger volume of grey matter in the putamen of the brain relative to a control group of non-transgender males, and another study finding that trans women had a significant volume reduction in the putamen compared to male and female controls. When I ask Safer about this, he agrees that “opposite data were found, which leads me to suggest that perhaps the original study was a coincidence and we would not use that as any sort of indicator there”. The published paper, however, excises this caution and suggests that the contradictory findings actually corroborate each other: “Although these findings differ… they still indicate that certain brain areas in the transgender group have characteristic structural features compared with controls.” If the John/Joan experiment was once given immunity from criticism because it reinforced a certain political outlook, it seems that the same privileges are now extended to anything supporting the “born this way” theory of gender identity development.”
Another interesting quotation –
“As analytic philosopher Rebecca Reilly-Cooper has explained, it is also an incoherent claim, because there is no standard by which anyone’s assertions about their own gender can be disproven: “If we’re unwilling to allow that an individual can ever be mistaken about their gender identity, if we’re unwilling to allow that there might be any objective criteria at all about what it means to be a man or a woman, then claims to identify as a man or a woman become unintelligible.” If no one can say what it means to be a man other than to feel like one, what does it mean to feel like a man?”