I’ve always been a little uncomfortable with the ‘born this way’ argument.
Amanda Roman
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I agree wholeheartedly. I think your comments about the choice narrative speak to how deeply ingrained it is. And you’re right about the sort of damage it can do — many people contextualize themselves and their feelings in different ways that don’t always include “being born this way.” The “I was born this way” argument is definitely the dominant one, and it speaks to me and my experiences, but it does nothing to speak of ethics and permissibility. Anyone who pretends it does is either naive or unequipped for ethical debate.

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