Bradley Manning, the man who divulged classified information to the website Wikilinks, has since disclosed his desire for sex reassignment. You see, Bradley now wants to be referred to as ‘Chelsea’. Hey, whatever floats your boat, I guess. But on top of his psychological disorder, he wants the U.S. military (U.S. taxpayer) to fund his psychosis. Is there any rationale, which isn’t connected to political correctness which could be employed to defend this?
Well, the ACLU has made a statement regarding Manning and the military’s thus far refusal to provide hormone therapy and reassignment surgery.
(ACLU) — Yesterday, Private Manning was sentenced to serve 35 years in military prison. After sentencing, Manning issued a statement, in which she bravely called for a more just society and stated that if she is not pardoned, she “will serve [her] time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.” Today Ms. Manning again spoke her truth and bravely came out as transgender: “I am Chelsea Manning,” she announced. “I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” The Army responded by stating that it does “not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder.” Not only should Chelsea Manning not have to pay the price of a 35-year prison term for sharing information with the press in the public interest, but she should also not have to experience the added punishment of going without necessary medical care.
Policies, like the one the Army announced this morning, that categorically withhold hormone therapy violate clearly established standards of care for the treatment of Gender Dysphoria as well as clear constitutional proscriptions against deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of individuals in government custody. Gender Dysphoria (formerly known as gender identity disorder or GID) is a serious medical condition, and hormone therapy is part of the accepted medical protocol for treating this condition. Without the necessary treatment, Gender Dysphoria can cause severe psychological distress, anxiety and suicidal ideation. According to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the leading medical authority on the proper standards of treatment for people with GID, “hormone therapy…is a medically necessary intervention for many transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals with Dender Dysphoria.”
Manning cites a reason for this desired change that I’ve only ever heard from people who suffer from “gender identity disorder”, it’s the way he feels and has always felt that way. Political activists have kept the public at bay by shouting down anyone who may think people like Manning need a psychiatrist instead of a scalpel. They insist on placating to the psychology of the person because challenging sexuality has become an abomination in America as long as activists have a soapbox and a megaphone.
I find it disturbing and disappointing the way political activists like the ACLU and whoever they enlist to their cause treat transgender people. The situation seems to be, someone, a man for example, believes they are a woman, but have been placed in the wrong physical body. Rather than seeking psychological treatment in order to feel more in-line with their physical body, they are encouraged to surgically mutilate their body and suppress their physical attributes with hormone therapy.
Why is it assumed that the physical body and not their mental state is what is in need of alteration? Why has it become an improper response to suggest that one’s body is correct, and it is the mind which should be changed? At what point did sexual desires and one’s psychological state when it comes to sexuality become properly incorrigible? Why is this incorrigibility limited to a person’s sexuality? What if a person genuinely believed they were meant to have only one arm instead of two? Furthermore, what if they sought the approval of their parents to have one of their arms surgically removed; would loving parents secure a surgeon to remove a properly functioning arm simply because the person truly believed they were meant to be in a body with only one arm? Of course not. We would rightly condemn anyone who fostered such a notion. We would demand the person who desired one arm seek therapy, there is obviously a problem with the psychological make-up of someone who would suggest the only way for them to feel comfortable in their own body is to surgically alter their body.
Bradley Manning is a man who mistakenly feels like he should be a woman. He needs a psychiatrist, not a surgeon. He needs medication which will aid him in recognizing there is a problem with his mind, not his body. Manning doesn’t need support, he needs a reality check. What is normal about suggesting that when one’s psychological desires conflict with their physical body, that it’s legitimate and proper to submit the body to the mind? As society placates the LGBT activists for fear of being labeled ‘bigot’ or ‘homophobe’, it actually does more harm to the individual experiencing gender identity disorder. Manning will likely never receive the medical attention he actually needs because politics have stifled honest discussions about sexuality. What a shame.