A regular reader ran across this link on her FB friend's page and fearing liberal/queer attacks were she to respond there, she instead chose to comment here in a safe space. This is what she had to say about the article linked:
So its not socially acceptable for a boy to wear a dress but is becoming
acceptable to suppress his natural hormones and have encourage surgery
at 18 young years to fit into what our culture says is sexual/gender
"appropriate"? And for everyone to pretend that he is a girl? He's male.
Some boys are like this. Really. Some boys like Barbie and dress up
and high heels. How about the culture deal with THAT? Cutting off his
penis or even just pretending he's a girl will not change his sex. It
does enforce strict gender roles. And getting him to buy into this all
is brilliantly sad! Because it's not acceptable to like Barbie and
fancy dresses as a boy we will all encourage him to become a girl?
That's the progressive, brilliant choice? There is no such thing as
being born in the wrong body. I swear. We are born into the bodies we
are born into, and it's our job to deal with it, individually and as a
culture. We are in fact born into a gender binary society! There is
something wrong with our culture! What has happened to us all? Are we
asleep? I do feel for this kid and his family family but cant help but
protest the gender straight jacket we all getting behind. (Dirt, I've
adopted the gender straight-jacket phrase!)
I was a kid that would have been called trans if I was growing up
now -- in fact as a young adult I've been encouraged to transition many
times in my life... I'm still wearing "boys" clothes, underwear. Never
once payed with a Barbie. I wanted to be a boy. Wanted a penis, wanted
to fuck girls, wanted to play boy sports... I've been wearing boys
clothes almost exclusively my whole life... Never a Barbie or a baby doll
have I played with. Its been a struggle esp in the last 15 years of
trans glorification to resist the temptation for an easy fix. It seems
like a pill (shot) you can take and start over from a different form
factor. And wallah! everything is better.
Raising a little girl -- even in
progressive San Francisco bay area -- watching gender being fed to her
in so many subtle and not so subtle ways ... has made the gender binary
system even clearer to me. (Although so many parents do not hardly see
it) And honestly, she loves being a girly girl but its so obvious that
it is enforced and rewarded... There is so little choice for GENDER
expression in our culture. It's kind of a nightmare!
about me, or my daughter, any individual though. It's about a
progressive movement that is acting *super conservative* about gender.
I've been upset about this for at least 15 years and its only getting
worse and mainstream. There was not one thing in that article that was
revolutionary about gender. It is so disturbing that so many kids are
just trying to fit into whats acceptable to the culture in terms of
gender. People are willing to hate their bodies and themselves in order
to fit into society. As adults in this society, we must fight for all of
our precious bodies and minds. We must learn to love our bodies. We
must be clear where the problem lies.
It's so PC wrong to be
saying all this but I can't just sit here and watch smart people
encourage or applaud this narrow mindedness and call it revolutionary.
All hail gender transgression! Barbie's for boys! Princess dresses for boys! Freedom for girls.
We are not born in the wrong body, we are born in the wrong society! The brave dare to change their world, not themselves.
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