ProBoards v6 Announcement: Emoji and Gender Options! May 22, 2016 8:31:43 GMT -8 Dark Hydrak likes this
Post by Clem on May 22, 2016 8:31:43 GMT -8
Exactly: it's 2016. The modern era shouldn't be era based on wishy-washy neoliberal ideas which are completely at odds with rational thought and empirical observation.
If a male doesn't feel male, or if a female doesn't female, then that person has my complete love and support. Gender dysphoria is very difficult to live with, and it is crucial that we, as a society, respond to them with compassion and help. But the answer to their struggles isn't to feed into their dysphoria. We shouldn't lie to male human beings by telling them that they are actually female, just because the feel that way. The same goes for female human beings who feel that they are actually male. Similarly, the way to help people with body dismorphic disorders isn't for society to pretend that their delusions are real. Consider the (real) cases of people who are dangerously thin but feel they are excessively overweight; we shouldn't respond to these people by telling them to continue acting as if they are excessively overweight, when in fact the opposite is true. The same goes for perfectly healthy people who think they are disabled, adults who think they are children, and so on.
I believe in truth. And so I object to people or organizations (such as ProBoards) spreading the lie that there are more than two genders. There are two genders just as there are two sexes: they mean the same thing. The fact that some men feel a bit female, or some women feel a bit male, doesn't change reality. Men remain men; women remain women. To pretend otherwise is not only false, it's also harmful to those people who really do struggle with gender identity. I recommend this article from the former chief psychiatrist at John Hopkins Hospital: www.wsj.com/articles/paul-mchugh-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solution-1402615120.