Bruce Jenner had a sex change. The Media lauded his choice.
The dictionary states the definition of a normal person as being: “free from physical or mental disorders”, more broadly it states normal as: “Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.” These are not things one would label a man who declares himself to be a woman. That is quite abnormal: “Deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying.”
In an even more bizarre development, Wikipedia for Bruce Jenner now redirects to his chosen female name and all sexual references refer to him as a her. This apparently makes him the only “female” in history to win a gold medal in the Men’s Decathlon. There is now an effort being made to strip him of his Olympic Gold medals, since he now believes he was always a ‘she’, though that appears to be all for naught.
It also came out this week that Jenner would be winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN during their ESPYs, seemingly for his “courage” in admitting publicly that he is mentally ill. This flies in the face of common sense, especially since there were other much more deserving candidates in the sports world (and how long has Jenner been out of the sports world?) in Noah Galloway and Lauren Hill. Instead, lets celebrate a man deciding to go through the process of mutilating himself…
“ What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” — Bruce Jenner
More disturbing is actual quote’s from Jenner himself during his interview with Vanity Fair gossip magazine, like seen above. He questions what he’s done to himself and refers to himself, or ‘theirself’ as multiple personalities start to appear, in the third person with both names. A counselor from a place called the “Los Angeles Gender Center,” because these places apparently actually exist, assured Bruce that the above reaction is “normal” and temporary when one decides to mutilate their body to support their delusions.
John Hopkins Hospital was the first hospital in the nation to offer sexual reassignment surgery in the early 1960s, but later in the 60s or early 70s they stopped performing these surgeries. According to Dr. Paul McHugh, formerly the Chief of Psychiatry at John-Hopkins Hospital, they stopped doing sexual reassignment surgery (as quoted above)because they realized that the results weren’t relative to success in making these patients healthier, just in disfiguring them. He goes on to detail how the “transgendered persons disorder” is one of assumption, which is similar to an anorexic viewing themselves as overweight.
In a studies conducted by Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic they discovered that 70–80% of children that expressed transgender feelings spontaneously lost them over time. A separate study found that patients who did end up going through with a sexual reassignment surgery were 20 times more likely to commit suicide. Instead what we see is a media largely fawning over this decision, which could likely be Jenner’s demise.
While we consider all of that we should also take into account that ‘transgender’ didn’t exist as a word until 1971, 5 years before Jenner won gold at the Olympics, but wasn’t widely used until 1979. Although ‘transsexual’ was first used in 1949 it was ‘transvestite’ that came first in 1910 and was coined by Magnus Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld setup the Institute for Sexual Research under a much more liberal Weimar Republic in Germany, and performed the first recorded sexual reassignment surgery there.
In a similar fashion ‘homosexual’ wasn’t a word until 1892 and was used in a translation of “Psychopathia Sexualis”, before that the common english used to refer to people with that particular infliction was to say they suffered from “sexual inversion.” The word ‘homosexual’ was actually listed in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 1986. Transgender and transsexual have never appeared in that manual.
The media, in fact, cheered Jenner’s decision so much that his twitter account gained one million followers in its first 4 hours. Time, yes that Time, tweeted about the “news” of Jenner’s decision 12 times in the first 5 hours (and 47 times from 8pm on June 1st to Sunday afternoon) and that is an example from just one news outlet.
Those of us from the Cincinnati, Ohio area are adeptly familiar with the case of Joshua Alcorn, a boy from Warren County Ohio who identified as a girl and committed suicide by walking out into a freeway. Practically before he was declared dead the media turned his parents into repressive bigoted monsters and ‘LGBT internet crusaders’ targeted his parents and started sending them threats.
You see, instead of being concerned about the mental well being of these people the media and pop culture have instead propagated them as being part of a normal society. Instead this quite abnormal infliction is no where near being part of normal society. We don’t quite know the exact number of ‘trans’ people, but it could by anywhere from .3% of the population up to 5%.
While all of this is quite abnormal, it is also immoral. It is not moral (re: ethical) for one to mutilate themselves to achieve ‘their’ mythical vision of themselves, nor is it for anyone to endorse their actions in doing that either. Instead these people should be seeking help, help that reinforces biological norms rather than allowing people to mutilate themselves.