Sunday, June 7, 2015

Transabled and Transgender: to debate or not to debate?

So, we are told that, as a society, we must not judge.  If someone feels they are a woman in a man's body, we are told we must not judge this person.  We must allow him to become her.  We must accept transgenderism as normal. Those who don't accept transgenders as normal are now considered old school. Regardless of how you feel about this, I have found an article that will get you to thinking.

The media is using the story of Bruce Jenner not feeling comfortable in his own body and becoming Caitlyn Jenner as an opportunity to push an agenda forward, that we must not judge; that we must accept.  No matter where we go the next few weeks we will see a photoshopped photo of Caitlyn Jenner looking like a young Jessica Lang.  We are told we must accept Caitlyn as just another normal person.  If you don't you are old-school; If you think Caitlyn is weird you are weird.


Now, keep in mind that I'm not arguing whether or not what Bruce Jenner did to himself is right or wrong, I'm merely posing an argument here.  I'm merely going to present ideas that are presented by the so-called experts.  
So, traditionally gay thoughts and transgender thoughts were considered abnormal.  Those who had them were considered abnormal or sick.  Rather than enable them, they were sent to hospitals to get help.  They were fixed.  They were forced to conform.  I'm not saying that's what I think is right, I'm just relaying a truth about history here.  
Generally, the gay population is now accepted.  This is good.  And so too is the transgender population.  Yet the article I found might shed another light on the transgender population.  It won't, because the media won't report it.  But it should. If the media did it's job, it would report all the news, not just the news that advances their political agenda.  A non bias media reports both sides of both stories, and lets the people decide -- but true journalism rarely occurs anymore.
So anyway, Ed Morrissey wrote a column for Hotair called "The next wave of “body diversity”: Disabled by choice."  It discusses a "disease" that is mainly present in Germany and Canada called transabled.  He was basically commenting on an article published on Canada National Post titled "Becoming disabled by choice, not chance: ‘Transabled’ people feel like impostors in their fully working bodies." 
The article begins:  "When he cut off his right arm with a 'very sharp power tool,' a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident. But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn't bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher. ... People like Jason have been classified as 'transabled' -- feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order..."

The article goes on:

People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa. “The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.” Most of them are men. About half are in Germany and Switzerland, but he knows of a few in Canada. Most crave an amputation or paralysis, though he has interviewed one person who wants his penis removed. Another wants to be blind. Many people, like One Hand Jason, arrange “accidents” to help achieve the goal. One dropped an incredibly heavy concrete block on his legs — an attempt to injure himself so bad an amputation would be necessary. But doctors saved the leg. He limps, but it’s not the disability he wanted.
Then they have experts say this is a neurological problem and not a mental illness.  This expert says it's just another form of "body diversity" such as trangendnerism.  He says that a physician can help these people achieve their goals by planned cosmetic surgery, the same that occurs when a man no longer wants to be a man and wishes to become a female.

Look, I'm not forming an opinion here, I'm just repeating what is said by the experts.  I'm not forming an opinion either way on this.  I'm just sharing this information go get you to thinking, which is the intent of this blog: to articulate ideas.  

So, are we to think that this is normal? Are we to think that a person who is transabled is normal?  Others say this is not normal, and that these people should get the help they need.  Regardless, these people are not going to get help, because we are supposed to accept this as normal.  So, rather than get them the help they need, we are going to have physicians, cosmetic surgeons, help them to obtain their goal.  

So we have some experts who claim we should not judge these people as weird, but accept them as normal. They suggest physicians should help them obtain their goal. And any one who aims to deny them what they need are old school, homophobes, deniers, abnormal, the new weird, etc. They say we need to tolerate everyone, and we must be compassionate and not judge. The media says we should help these people.  The Academia says we should help these people attain their goals.  

Other experts claim that they are sick and need help.  They suggest that helping them obtain their goal is enabling their disease process.  They say that allowing a transabled person to cut off an arm, or allowing a trangender to have a sex change, is no better than allowing an alcoholic to have another beer.  It's no better than being the person who takes another whopper to the 600 pound lady who is so heavy she can't get off her bed.  By enabling them to engage in certain behaviors, they say, we are just as guilty as they are.

Bruce Jenner said he had a panic attack immediately following his surgery, saying to himself, "What have I done."  Studies suggest that the rate of depression doubles after having a transgender surgery to 20 percent. So, in light of these facts, are we, as a society, right to accept transgenderism as normal? Are we supposed to accept transsgenders as normal even though they represent 0.4% of the population? 

I don't know the answer.  I am not an expert in this regard.  I'm just asking you to think about this.  I'm asking you to think about this because we are expected no longer to judge people.  We are expected to accept such "behaviors" or "lifestyles" as normal or we are weird, we are old school.  

Surely we must love people for who they are, regardless of the choices they make.  And in a free society we should be allowed to make whichever choices we want.  But is letting these people change their bodies the right thing to do? Is it going too far? Is one or the other good or bad for society as a whole? 

Should we be celebrating and promoting the Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner story to show that it is normal?  Or should be not be celebrating and promoting it because it is abnormal? Of course the media is going to do the former and shun the later as old school.  But we are not the media here: We do not just go with the flow and tell people what they want to hear to advance an agenda and to make money.  We have no ads here to sell. 

So, do these people need prayer and help?  Or should we allow them to choose to make changes to their bodies that they can never undo.  Are we being compassionate when we help these people achieve their goal, or should compassion be defined as encouraging them to seek help? Or should we just not go there, and let people decide the course of their own lives?

You decide?  

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