I’m the new normal. ~Caitlyn Jenner
I remarked a few weeks ago that “gay marriage” is in our culture’s review mirror. In fact, it seems almost passé. Transgenderism is all the rage now.
But is the “new normal” rational? Should gender be changed? Can it be changed?
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, answers “no” to all three of these questions. He contends that transgenderism is a mental disorder.
This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.
. . . And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.
. . . “Sex change” is biologically impossible . . . People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.
Upon what rational grounds do those who favor “surgically amputating normal organs” stand? Do the pro-transgender folks favor surgically removing fully functioning feet or hands or eyes?
Perhaps you are thinking that I am being absurd; that no one advocates such irrational procedures. If so, you couldn’t be more mistaken.
When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself "One Hand Jason" let everyone believe it was an accident.
But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn’t bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher.
“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,” he told the body modification website ModBlog.
His goal was to become disabled.
People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.
“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa.
“The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”
Researchers in Canada are trying to better understand how transabled people think and feel.
So I ask again: What’s the essential difference between surgically removing a fully functioning foot and surgically removing a fully functioning penis? How does one rationally advocate for either?
Transability. Before you know it, Caitlyn, it’ll be the new normal.