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Boy oh boy, so many wrong things in so few sentences. First off, you’ve sorely misinterpreted the message of the Ghunga Dhin if you use it as a way of insulting people, and if you get that so wrong I wonder if it’s worth debating in a written format as you’ll likely just go ahead and misinterpret my comments! (Also, the reason I researched it is because I knew of the poem and couldn’t see how one could use it as way of insulting someone, so I decided to see if there was a secondary usage.)

As for reading comprehension, I think you’ll find I do just fine. When one’s parent has a PhD in Comparative Literature, it would be a feat to not have decent reading comprehension. However, just because I can read your comments doesn’t mean they’re written well. When you’re having a debate, especially with one like this where there is much nuance to it, you should clearly and concisely make your point. Proper punctuation, capitalization, pragraphs, spelling, and grammar reduces the chance of misinterpretation, and makes everything that little bit easier on both sides. It also changes the way a cursory reader may think of you. If you were reading a debate about something inconsequential and one participant overused capitals and punctuation in some parts then went on to act like there was a hard limit for the rest of the comment and use too little, whereas the other clearly formatted everything and made sure sentences were short and contained in order to make their meaning clear, who would look more knowledgeable and reasonable? (Rhetorical question there, by the way.)

As for the suicide, that’s just not true. Individuals who elect to have SRS show reduced rates of suicide, depression, bipolar, and other negative things when compared to trans individuals who cannot transition or strongly desire SRS and cannot have it. However, when compared to the general population and balanced for other influences, the rates are higher, just like when other minorities who are also subject to severe discrimination. It is not a problem with the nature of being trans but rather the effect of being shunned and reviled for doing something that hurts noone, and/or the effect of being forced to live in the wrong body for an extended period of time.

As for what I said about the wrestler, it’s scientific fact. What testosterone does is exactly what I detailed. Human bodies are “default female” in many ways, and testosterone intereacts with the body in ways that override other things. It changes the musclular structure, bone mass, etc in the bodies of teenage boys undergoing puberty, and does the same to a trans boy taking testosterone as part of their HRT. It’s just how humans work with these hormones. As for facial hair, he’s a teenager. Teenager’s facial hair doesn’t look too good. It’s a good idea to shave, unless you’re genetically lucky. You don’t want a “cricketer’s mustache.” (A mustache with 11 a side. Funny little term I’ve learnt from down under.) Or bumfluff sideburns, for that matter. If he didn’t shave, he’d look unkempt.

And finally, note the language. You seem to be using language with very negative connotations to describe perfectly innocent people, whereas I do my best to remain neutral, or at least adjacent to it. Do you not hear the difference? Think about what that might say, someone getting angry over people who look and act like men asking to be called men, and women who look and act like women asking to be called woman. Compare that to someone remaining fairly calm while a person calls their closest friends crazy and deranged. Just pointing that difference out.

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