Monday, June 1, 2015

We are not minds in meat suits

Unless you’ve avoided every sort of news or entertainment source today, including but not limited to websites, social media, and the checkout lane at the grocery store, you have probably seen an image purporting to be a man, Bruce Jenner, dressed and Photoshopped (tm) and otherwise altered to look like a woman.

I’m not going to link to the image.  You’re welcome.

It took less than twenty years for our society to go from disapproval of homosexual activity to apparent approval of that ontological impossibility known as “gay marriage.”  It will take less than twenty, unless certain things happen which are not on anybody’s radar right now, for the idea that no one is actually born male or female, but we all just sort of make up our gender identity as we go along, to become the only acceptable thing to say about gender.

That is why the media grabs hold of stories like Jenner’s and applauds his “courage” and celebrates his “heroism.”  Because, you see, in the trendy media narrative of the post-Christian era, nobody actually has a biological sex, let alone a gender, and those people who insist despite their male bodies and their male reproductive organs and the six children they have fathered and so on that they are actually women, specifically an aging would-be sex kitten named Caitlyn, are the bravest in the land, for boldly going (forgive me!) where no man has gone before.

We used to have better notions of courage and heroism, to say nothing of honor, veracity, and sanity.

My “default setting” for transgender people is the exact same one I have for people who earnestly insist that they are Napoleon, or a lobster, or a space alien, or a traitor to the Trilateral Commission on the run from the hit man hired by the Bilderbergers: nod, smile, say noncommittal but humoring things, ask what their favorite flavor of ice cream is, etc.  If “Napoleon” tells me to address him as “Your Imperial Majesty,” or the “lobster" insists she’s terrified of drawn butter, or the "space alien" assures me that all forms of spinach are fatal to his people, there is no harm in my playing along; similarly, if a man named Bruce assures me he is now a woman named Caitlyn, there’s no need for me to be mean about it.  I know he isn’t, and can’t be, a woman, and deep down he probably knows it too.

In other words, and I say this clearly: I see no reason to think that transgenderism is anything other than a new manifestation of a fairly old variety of mental illness, in which the person looks at the reality of who and what he or she is, and insists that he or she is really something different. At one time, it was quite popular for people to insist that spiritualism had revealed to them that they were really the reincarnation of an Egyptian princess or an ancient Mayan monarch (oddly, few people claimed to have been street-sweepers from Liverpool, or something).  Some people took that to extremes and began living as though they actually were the historical figure whose reincarnation they thought they might be.  I see that as very little different from a man who looks at his body and rejects it and cultivates the idea that he ought to be a woman--or, vice versa, a woman who rejects her body and cultivates the idea that she ought to be a man.

Yes, gender identity disorders are complex and knotty problems, and the psychological and emotional pain that accompany them are real.  And, yes, a relatively tiny number of people really are born with ambiguous genitals etc. which can lead to difficult situations.  However, the vast majority of transgendered individuals do not have ambiguous genitals or similar birth defects; they are simply convinced, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that they were born the wrong sex.

Compassion and kindness for people suffering from this sort of emotional and psychological trauma ought to be a given.  But that’s not what our elites appear to want; they appear to want a world where a girl decides she’s a boy and then lives as a man before reverting to being a woman long enough to have children who will know her as their mother AND their father, and so on.  They want the whole idea of biological sex to disappear as people use technology to decide what they want to be today; they want to see people as minds and souls trapped in meat suits--which is pretty much how the devil sees us, when you really think about it.

The truth is that a man can’t be a woman, and a woman can’t be a man.  We are not minds in meat suits; we are not blocks of animated carbon with interchangeable parts.  I fear that many very emotionally fragile people, some of them children, will be gravely hurt by our nation’s absurd and dangerous insistence that gender is one of those things like hair color which is easily changed and not particularly meaningful.  Because that is the kind of lie that the father of lies likes to tell us.

20 comments:

Helen Grover said...

Thank you,Thank you,Thank you!!!!

freddy said...

It amazes me that the more we understand the science, the more we dig in our heels and shout "No! You can't make me!" to nature.

Vince C said...

"...I see no reason to think that transgenderism is anything other than a new manifestation of a fairly old variety of mental illness, in which the person looks at the reality of who and what he or she is, and insists that he or she is really something different."

Exactly; except now the inmates are running the asylum, and (almost) everyone is is enabling them to do it. I had a cousin who posted Jenner's Vanity Fair cover shot on Facebook, and all her girlfriends were cooing over it saying how amazing "she" looks and how "she" looks like this or that actress. Not a single expression of doubt or sorrow over this poor man's delusion.

DJL said...

Excellent, excellent excellent. I could not agree more.
Sincerely,
DJL

Cheryl Ruffing said...

So the emperor truly has no clothes? Thank you for having the courage to point out what so few others are willing to.

Patric Peters said...

How can you say these things? How can you be Christian and say such hurtful and vile things? Are you able to look within the heart and mind of a transgender person and understand what they undergo? Did you experience all that Bruce Jenner did? How dare you be so insensitive as to compare someone in this state with someone who insists they are a lobster or space alien! Why should outward, exterior biological factors be the only determining factors in determining whether one is male or female? Psychological reasons are ultimately based on biological factors as well, how the brain operates, and how the person develops overall. To restrict how a person is defined to a mechanical operation alone of reproductive organs is a huge assumption on how one should base morality. Conservative and traditional Christians say this is Christian teaching, yet is simply a traditional interpretation of a strand of Natural Law, which assumes certain things about the design of sex. The New Testament says that in the New Covenant, there is no longer Gentile or Jew, slave or free, woman or man. It seems this means more than an equal access to salvation, as the Church has gradually understood the equivalence of those first two categories. As your post suggests, it seems many in the Church have a bit more understanding to do.

- A Catholic

Howard said...

"Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves." Psalm 100:3

I remember thinking as a child that that last part was pretty blatantly obvious, but much of what we see today is a denial of it.

Red Cardigan said...

I am posting the following comment on behalf of a reader who wishes for this instance to remain anonymous. The reader’s comment, sent to me via email, follows:

"Yes to everything you wrote. My 80-something-year-old father suffers from this. I love him, and thank GOD that he never went through with mutilation surgery. He certainly thought about it though, and even bought property near a hospital where this surgery is performed, I believe in anticipation of it being done. Poor Bruce Jenner, and all who think like him.”

Red Cardigan said...

Patric, I’m afraid you are not expressing Catholic teaching or thought in what you wrote. I’m sorry, but empirically speaking external and biological factors DO determine whether one is male or female. It takes a persistent and determined avoidance of reality to ignore that.

Sr. Iris Marie of the Magnificat OSMM said...

Wow! A breath of fresh air just filled my lungs as I read this. I have been thinking this for so long. While I have compassion for individuals of this leaning and will respect them to be addressed as they "choose", I am still not convinced that it is God's will to go under a knife and select an identity. If I am not mistaken, there was an episode of the Twilight Zone that hinted at a society that embraced the thinking of "progressives". Scratch the word "hinted" and enter the verb "predicted".

Alan said...

You're not Catholic. Stop it or you're gonna end up in the same boat with Nancy Pelosi.

Alan said...

Thank you, Red. I like your expression 'minds in meat suits'.

Scott Waddell said...

My “default setting” for transgender people is the exact same one I have for people who earnestly insist that they are Napoleon, or a lobster, or a space alien, or a traitor to the Trilateral Commission on the run from the hit man hired by the Bilderbergers: nod, smile, say noncommittal but humoring things, ask what their favorite flavor of ice cream is, etc. If “Napoleon” tells me to address him as “Your Imperial Majesty,” or the “lobster" insists she’s terrified of drawn butter, or the "space alien" assures me that all forms of spinach are fatal to his people, there is no harm in my playing along

Well, I can try to change the subject but I won't humor him. Nothing wrong with saying "You are putting me on the spot. I'm not comfortable discussing this. Can we please change the subject?" If pressed, then I would have to tell the truth.

Dave said...

Patric,
Obviously they are going through a lot to completely lose touch with reality. Certainly there could be a hormonal or other bodily problem which causes this sort of thing. Regardless of the cause or whether they are personally at fault, it's still a problem and not something to be celebrated.

It's absolutely in the same category as someone who thinks they are a lobster or an alien...and all you said could apply equally to the person who thinks he is a lobster or an alien.

Norman Bates said...

Mr. Peter's, I have a sister with schizophrenia who thought she was Madonna at one point (she's not); how dare you imply that her decision making is somehow less important than Mr. Jenner's.... A psychology student told me that a transgender 's autopsy revealed that parts of his brain were oriented like a woman 's "so tax money should pay for his sex change because he really was a woman on the inside"- but what is a cosmetic surgery on genitalia going to do for his brain?
The man who runs sexchangeregret.com said "no amount of surgery, hormone injection, or anything else can, or will, change the birth gender of our DNA. It is absolute.", he did go through what Mr. Jenner went through and then some. How dare he?

Xavier Abraham said...

Dear Erin,

Thanks to newadvent, who directed me to your blog and this article. I completely agree with your views. However, I find you are not updated about the recent changes in the classification of this disorder. The DSM-5 has removed "gender identity disorder" from the sexual dysfunctions and paraphilias under "Sex and Gender Identity Disorders", and replaced it with what they now call, "gender dysphoria". That is, psychiatrists no longer view it as a disorder. However it's still diagnosed, but only as a distress or a sense of conflict. The reasoning given is this: a person has two genders - an expressed gender and an assigned gender. The conflict between expressed and assigned is termed as "gender dysphoria". Susan Schultz, M.D., says, "This is one of the new developments in the DSM that is most likely to continue to evolve over time as we grow in our understanding of the gender experience".

Alas!

Regards,
Xavier

Elizabeth said...

Not wearing meat-suits.

Or, are we?

http://www.studio360.org/story/168264-theyre-made-out-of-meat/

Enjoy!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The reasoning given is this: a person has two genders - an expressed gender and an assigned gender.

So, is the expressed gender the one your physical body expresses, and your assigned gender a social construct?

Or is the expressed gender the one your fertile mind conceives of, and your assigned gender a matter of what your chromosomes and physical anatomy "assigns" you to?

Either one is riddle with contradiction.

L. said...

Did the spam filter eat my comment agaaaaaaaaaain?

And maybe you're not wearing a meat suit, but I sure am! Me & Lady Gaga.

Red Cardigan said...

L., I went and checked, and there’s not even a comment from you in the spam folder. You’re not the only person who is having this problem on my blog lately! I’m sorry, but unfortunately I have no idea what’s wrong or why some comments aren’t going through.