Earlier this week headlines boasting the appointment of the first transgendered white house staffer. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Personal sexual proclivities are at the fore of our social experience right now. Those who are reluctant to be supportive of these kinds of lifestyles lament the in-your-faceness of the entire enterprise. However, there seems to be a better way to respond to the media saturation of transgenderism than blunt opposition.
Supporters and encouragers of the transgender movement make the normalness of it all a stake in their narrative. They will argue how gender is foundational to who we are. Merely being born physically male doesn’t itself make one “male”. It could be the case that one born male is actually female. Thus the term transgender. So what’s the problem?
In pointing out that someone is transgendered you belie your premise. Here’s what I mean: when there’s a headline admiring the appointment of a transgendered woman to a staff possition, you’re implicitly admitting that the transgendered woman is not a woman. After all, we don’t read headlines about natural women or men being appointed to this position or elected to that office. It’s an admission that they are not women in the same way a biological woman is a woman.
Why is this important? It’s important because the sexuality activists insist that gender identity is not bound by our physical bodies. Thus, according to their arguments, there is no difference of any substance between a biologically born woman and a transgendered woman. If the body is irrelevant to real gender, noting that someone is a transgender woman is akin to saying PIN number, or ATM machine.
Unless you’re making a concerted effort to push an ideology, the mention of being transgendered is moot if the activist’s vision is true. But here’s what I think. Even they know it’s not true. They know it’s merely a facade. Why else would attention need to be poured over them? If they were always a woman, regardless of the body they were born into, their outside change is no different from changing hair colors or styles.
In the end you can hide and deny the obvious. Men are men and women are women. People who are convince they are transgendered need a psychiatrist not a surgeon. Why do we assume the mind is functioning properly and your body is wrong? If your mind is telling you that your normally functioning body is wrong, and in order to feel normal you need to mutilate it, there’s a mind problem, not a body problem.
My favorite example asks this: if your child comes to you pleading that they truly feel, and ever since they remember always have felt like they should have only one arm, would it be loving to aid in its amputation?