John Hawkins from Right Wing News posted a list of 20 issues which are considered too politically incorrect to discuss openly in America anymore. I am not a regular reader of this site but found this post through a link aggregator and recognized the list as topics on which I’ve written. These hot topics are great for discussions so I figured we’ll go over them and see what we come up with.
(Number 1) — People who want to change sexes should be treated by a psychologist, not deformed through surgery, given hormone treatments, and falsely told that they can change sexes.
Without taking any moral stance on the issue of sex-change surgery or sexuality, this should be uncontroversial. If one’s physical body is in ordinary working order why should we believe the problem is with the physical body? I think even more importantly we should ask why we should accept that the mind is in the correct state and the body isn’t?
For example, if someone believed they were born in the wrong body and believed they should be a rabbit, would we give credence to this feeling? Would we foster this belief and encourage surgeries to make this person more rabbitlike? Of course not. And this notion is patently absurd. Why then do we foster feelings about being in the “wrong body”; whether it’s a man who believes he should be a rabbit or a man who believes he should be a woman?
Hawkins rightly states that someone who has these feelings — regardless of how long they have felt this way or how early in life the feelings were discovered — should seek psychological treatment, not sex reassignment surgery. The problem is the mind, not the body.
If you believe that a sex-change surgery is a proper way to address these kinds of feelings, can you make a case for making the normal functioning body to conform to the mind rather than making the mind conform to the normal functioning body?