The transgender movement has hit an unsuspecting public like a ton of bricks. There have been harbingers, but they were easily dismissed. How many tourists have innocently wandered into a discount show in Las Vegas only be assaulted by a full complement of drag queens? Oh, two-drink minimum, sounds like a good idea. Plus, they are entertainers, what’s the harm in that?
Cross dressers historically have been goldmine for laughs, from Some Like It Hot to The Birdcage to Bosom Buddies. Trans activists often use the example of the practice of using male actors in female roles in Shakespeare’s time as evidence of trans “always” having been in existence. This is such sacred dogma to the movement that it is not even worth mentioning that in the days before electronic amplification that it was better to have an actor with physical presence and a voice that would carry rather than to cast a smaller-framed but role-appropriate female who did not possess the necessary lung capacity needed to project in Renaissance theatres.
The public has been subject to the drip-drip-drip of perversity to the point where it doesn’t seem so bad. Notable actors have been made to dress like women: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Robin Williams, and Johnny Depp—for starters. Old timers like Bob Hope, Cary Grant, and Anthony Perkins have taken their turn in a skirt. Julie Andrews and Cate Blanchett have done man thing. Why? Are there that many story lines that pivot on gender misidentification?
The popular mid-century advice columnist Ann Landers was a proponent of “whatever floats your boat” line of thinking that casually dismissed the fears of readers who found out that their dear husband had a secret stash of lingerie. The long-suffering wife was the one with the problem, not the mixed-up spouse. This type of salacious behavior was stealthily introduced to Americans, who were taught by their betters that they mustn’t judge.
And since no one is judging, there was no one to stop the current parade of transgendered personalities presented on television and in advertising—as reality show participants, guests on daytime roundtables, and as actors or models. On television, the male-to-female trans person is more frequently spotlighted, but the female-to-male trans person does generate some curiosity.
Many people, especially those with limited media consumption, are not aware of the legion of YouTube videos and other social media dedicated to providing resources and instructions for becoming trans. Boys and men are advised on hair removal and makeup application and girls and women are given instructions on chest binding—and they may be invited to enter a drawing for their very own corset! The lessons of history have been lost on these poor souls. There are trans message boards dotted with variations of the catchphrase, “I feel pretty” accompanied by an image of man’s dour face glistening with makeup. Social media is the tool that is being used to actively groom a generation of children and young adults into becoming trans.
A controversial but validated study suggested that social media is a primary driver of a young person’s interest in becoming a transgendered person. Drawing on parental observations of children who insisted they were the “wrong sex,” researcher Lisa Littman noted the correlation of increased social media use with the desire to “transition.” As there is a relatively tight timeframe from being introduced to trans propaganda to making the big announcement, she called this trend “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.” There was an immediate reaction from the trans community, as their secrets were being revealed. Because of Littman’s research, it was less easy for them to claim that a person becoming trans was organic or from birth rather than a result of directed suggestion.
The DSM-5 strives to acknowledge that while gender dysphoria is a mental disorder that should be treated, it should be done so in a way that “avoids stigma.” In practice, avoiding stigma means rushing trans-questioning patients on opposite-sex hormones and encouraging the immediate use of their new pronouns. It had been standard protocol for doctors treating gender confused people to ask them to present in public as their preferred gender before starting meds or entering into serious discussions about surgery. That was the old way of thinking. Now there is a heightened sense of urgency to hustle the trans prospect onto hormones. The need for speed is attributed to the fact that the patient has spent their whole life in the wrong body, and it would be a cruel disservice to ask them to remain in their “gender assigned at birth” for one second longer. Asking people to wait or reconsider leads to headlines such as this: Nearly 200,000 trans people have been exposed to conversion therapy.
Just to be clear: “conversion therapy” is bad when it asks a patient to consider having an allegiance to his or her birth sex. But when a doctor prescribes medications and performs surgeries to cause a “conversion” or transformation to take place—this is good medicine? The modern treatment, in most cases, appears to feed the disorder and its associated delusions.
In an effort to avoid stigma, trans is presented as normal behavior, and of course, a person can say with a straight face (no pun intended) that they were “born into the wrong body.” This is a fallacy on its face. No one is “born into the wrong body.” The proper reaction, as conditioned by television, when faced with the announcement of a person deciding that he or she is trans is to say, “Yay!” and to search for ways to truly validate this person and to let them know how “brave” they are.
If a beleaguered parent does not support the narrative of, “Yay, I’m not losing a son but gaining daughter”—then he or she is ostracized. Their media-addled friends and family will say, “But you have to accept it.” “There is nothing you can do.” “You should go into counseling so you can accept this perversion of reality.”
There is no room for a mom to say, “I am heartbroken that my son has casually tossed over the life that I struggled to give him,” or a spouse to cry out “This isn’t the person I married.” Instead, in the poetry of Ann Landers, confused, wounded, and passionate dissenters are urged to “suck it up, buttercup.” And the full weight of the medical establishment seems to agree.
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