The linked article is about about a male-to-female transgender athlete. I consider this to be a part of the war on women, but in a much newer way, and starkly more deleterious. In essence, a young man didn’t do stunningly well when competing against men, but upon “becoming” a woman, he beat all of his female competitors soundly. This makes sense, as he has a different skeletal structure and chromosomes; the internal writing on his cells, with which he was created, are different than those of his competitors. https://www.washingtontimes.com/…/cece-telfer-franklin-pier…
It is notable that, meanwhile, three Connecticut high school track-and-field athletes have filed a federal Title IX discrimination complaint over the state’s athletic transgender policy, stating that it has put them at a competitive disadvantage and harmed their chances of earning college scholarships.
Following are some of my thoughts, which represent a mere fraction of what informs my view, and I hope that I present them not stridently, but with some gentleness, and in a way that, should you disagree even most emphatically, is not angering. I also hope that it might be understood that I detest injustice; I will go to bat for anyone who is being oppressed, as I am able, because I highly value the human life, and have been helped in the past by those whom I have only hurt.
Transgenderism is a troubling and, as atheist Richard Dawkins would say, seemingly “memetic” thing. That is, once it entered into the public consciousness, it spread in a manner that is almost viral. It is also associated with a high-rate of co-morbidities. According to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,
“30 percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting. The study also discovered a higher frequency of suicide attempts among transgender youth who are dissatisfied with their weight.”—”Suicidality, Self-Harm, and Body Dissatisfaction in Transgender Adolescents and Emerging Adults with Gender Dysphoria. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior” (19 AUG 2016)
So, before I mention anything else, I need to be up-front and say that being vicious, cruel, and unloving is simply not needed, nor is it profitable. There is a tendency to simply lose perspective, and to become human steamrollers, covered in spiked words and fueled by bile. This is not what any of us are called to do, nor should we behave so unbecomingly. Every life should be regarded as having amazing potential, no matter how much we disagree with its current state. That said, examining ideas carefully and with charity can be helpful in considering a portion of the population that is seemingly statistically worse-off. We must always be vigilant to tear down ideas, but not people.
At the most fundamental level, I think that encouraging gender transition is not only damaging, but also represents a profoundly troubling view of the human body and mind. Under this view, the body may become a persistent and seemingly damaging impediment to the mind, as one sees the two as entirely disconnected. Broadly speaking, there are three views of the mind-body interaction in this regard. They can be construed as,
- A. The body provides guidance as to who one (the mind) is and how one lives one’s life.
- B. The body is disconnected from the mind and provides no guidance, but may act as an impediment to the mind/spirit.
- C. There is no such thing as the will or mind, and such is an illusion. (This is the terminus of atheistic thought, as I’ve noted before.)
Transgenderism seems to fall along the lines of view “B” above. The body has no guiding force in one’s life; it is a mere collection of cells; an allocation of atoms that, in some cases, are seen as having given one a collection of 50% of the wrong chromosomes. It causes a person to ask,
“Why should my body, my identity as male or female, have any voice in my moral choices, what I do sexually? Why should my chromosomes determine in any way who I am?” More specifically, Jessica Savano, a male-to-female model, commented, “Why are you even looking at my penis anyway? I am a woman!” on Kickstarter. Jessica requested funds on Kickstarter as,
“Jessica’s mission lies in helping people love themselves and break free from dogma and mediocrity and to live a life of true fulfillment and Joy.”
Yet it seems that with the memetic spread of transgenderism, true fulfillment does not result. How can it? At the most basic level, it’s a view that is thoroughly disrespectful to the human body, which says, “No, my body is not my authentic self.” And so, the implication is that all that counts really is my mind, feelings, and desires.
But consider the desires. A person wishing to transition to a different gender often attempts to model the exterior, classic appearance of the other sex as well. That is, one denies that gender is based on exterior genitalia or chromosomes, but, when transitioning, still desires to mimic the exterior of the other sex (upon, which, remember, we are saying that gender is not based).
How can one have true fulfillment when one knows that, no matter the external change, one’s external genitalia have been altered? That, no matter what, one’s skeletal structure is different than that of what one wishes to be? That one’s entire chromosomal makeup is 50% “incorrect?” It is a creeping thorn in the flesh that one can deny, but of which one can never truly be rid.
It seems to me that we have a number of different options. We can encourage people to take atheism to its terminus, in which there are no actual choices or free will, and in which case, none of this matters. We can teach people that their DNA—the information that makes them, them—is not only faulty, but that their bodies are not their authentic selves, and that this must be challenged, altered, and trod upon.
Or we can teach people to embrace and love the bodies they have been given; to align the mind and body in harmony. A memetic spread that appreciates the body as a part of the authentic self might perhaps have a population wherein the following is not true:
“30 percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting. The study also discovered a higher frequency of suicide attempts among transgender youth who are dissatisfied with their weight.”
There is much more that we should all examine, and ultimately, it is my firm conviction that we need to decide if there is anything such as the mind/spirit, or if determinism is fully sound.
With love, always,