Popular Culture Catches Gender Identity Disorder
Most Americans feel some confusion when it comes to the issue of transgenderism. The idea that one can become the opposite gender just by getting hormone therapy and by making an identification wish (“I identify as a woman”) is just bad science fiction. Gender is not a social construct.
Perhaps the most famous sex change in modern history was Army vet George William Jorgensen’s transition in 1952. Jorgensen, after becoming Christine, became an instant celebrity. In interviews after her surgery, Jorgensen expressed concern that too many people were clamoring for sex change operations in a fad-like way. She was adamant in cautioning prospective transsexuals to be very careful before taking this irreversible step. She also hinted that there were very few “real” transsexuals.
In today’s world there’s far less caution than there was in Jorgensen’s time when it comes to switching genders. Jorgensen’s warning has been forgotten. Children as young as eight are coming out as transgender, and for the first time ever they are being encouraged to do so by parents who then send them off to sex reassignment operating rooms.
A study at Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic reported that 70 to 80% of children who come to identify with the opposite sex lose these feelings over time. The startling fact is that too many children in the throes of gender role play are assumed to be transgender and then put on hormone therapy routines. This assumes that a pre-adolescent child knows what he/she wants. Encouraging kids into changing their gender because they feel a brief affinity for the opposite sex is madness.
Before I’m accused of transphobia and hate speech, let me say that I respect the right of anyone to do whatever they want to do with their body: Tattoo it to smithereens; punch holes in your forehead or earlobes; pluck an eye out and replace it with an emerald or a rhinestone. Have a ball. And if you want to be a MTF or a FTM, go right ahead and do that too. I’ll respect your decision and your civil rights. And while I may not call you “they,” I won’t look askance, judge, snarl, or roll my eyes when I meet trans people in public. But the one thing I will not do is say that you probably don’t suffer from a sort of delusion, or what used to be called gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID).
Today the label “transphobic” is applied to anyone who questions the current PC politics of transgenderism.
Yet certain facts cannot be ignored. Johns Hopkins University used to do sex reassignment surgery on a daily basis but halted all such operations when Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief there, wrote that transgenderism is a mental disorder which merits treatment and that a “sex change is biologically impossible.” McHugh added: “People who promote sexual reassignment surgery promote a mental disorder.” He cited the suicide rates among trans people after surgery. The suicide rate among transgender people is 20 times higher than among non-transgender people and these feelings are unrelated to societal persecution.