I have the utmost sympathy for men and women who feel they are trapped in the wrong body. At the same time, Western society is heading in the direction of what can only be called transgender insanity, or transanity for short.Now hang on here for a second and have a look at this:
If I was a red-faced Christian minister with a giant handlebar mousetache humping - sorry, PUMPING - a book called A Queer Thing Happened to America I might want to be careful about my word coinages, especially as regards gender issues. Transanity doesn't sound all that bad, does it? I mean, OMG THE KITTEN APOCALYPSE shouldn't be shortened to the OMG THE KITTYLYPSE, right?
Ha ha, there were several places to go with that and you should be goddamned grateful.
Anyway, back to the MEAT. Of the COLUMN. Of MEAT.
Consider these recent examples.OMG three things happened - disagreements even! - and Michael L. Brown is confused and nobody got fired or ripped off or had a house reposessed or invaded a country or put their boner inside the wrong hole at the truck stop. So if it qualifies as transanity, GIVE ME SOME TRANSANITY!
1) In England, two married men (and fathers) divorced their wives and began living together as a gay couple, after which they decided to identify as a transsexual “lesbian” couple (yes, male “lesbians”), after which one of the men had sex-change surgery, which makes them eligible to be married as husband and wife, even though the husband still identifies as a woman.
2) Chaz Bono recently received criticism from the transgender daughter/son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, born Kaitlyn but now, at age 19, known as Stephen. (Remember that Chaz, who remains female from the waist down, danced as a male on Dancing with the Stars, raising the legitimate question: What constitutes male or female?)
3) Dan Savage is a gay sex columnist and a vocal critic of traditional Judeo-Christian morals, best known today for spearheading the “It Gets Better” campaign.
Recently, he became the target of trans activists who glitter bombed him twice in November. He was branded a “transphobe” for using terms like “shemale” and referring to “freak tranny porn” (although Savage, on his part, claims that he was simply repeating words used by a questioner in his audience).
Does this qualify as transanity?
Before you dismiss all this as totally fringe, remember that Chastity/Chaz Bono is a very public figure, that in 2006, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority ruled that men who identified as women could use the ladies bathrooms at all subway stations, that more and more TV shows are normalizing (and even celebrating) transgenderism, and that, in one high school, a male teen was voted class queen while in another school, a female teen was voted class king.Remember that "utmost sympathy" thing up at the top? Is being nice to people or letting them use the bathroom an especially large amount of sympathy? I feel that the "utmost" sympathy is here sliding down from ultimacy perhaps to penultimacy or perhaps penpenultimacy or penpenpenultimacy, whatever the proper amount of pen is.
And let’s not forget that Massachusetts just passed a radical transgender bill, according to which, “’Gender identity’ shall mean a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth.” (Yes, this is now the legal definition in Massachusetts.)Transanity anyone?
Yes, there is more complaining about that which has apparently had zero ill effect on nearly everybody and a tiny positive effect on a small group of people who could stand a little help, but there are only so many pixels here and I do not want to go to the store for more. End column:
Should we have compassion on those who feel there is a “mismatch” between their body and their brain? Absolutely. But we should devote our energies to understanding the causes of their mental and emotional conflict with the goal of helping them from the inside out. Otherwise, if we craft laws and embrace social categories based on how people identify themselves, we had better get ready for more and more “feminist gay trans men” along with “pansexual genderqueer transdykes” – and that’s just the beginning.Indeed, some lunatic might insist that all manner of kooky cults get preferential treatment somehow and pay no fucking taxes because Popsicle Zombie. I might call that TAXSANITY. Makes sense, right?