Monday, March 16, 2015
Transgenderism is a Mental Disorder
In the classic TV comedy M*A*S*H, Corporal Klinger's plan to get out of the army was to wear dresses, which would clearly show that he was crazy and should not be allowed in the army. Even crazier is the unsupported claim that there are now 15,000 servicemen (and some women) who are transgender.
Yesteryear's comedy is today's reality. A Florida teen is getting his own realty show on TLC. Jazz Jennings is a biological male, who was decided to pass himself off as female. He's getting nothing but love from the media about this confusion, although there is an 80% chance that he will later decide he is a man after all.
Until the most recent edition, Gender Identity Disorder was considered a mental illness in the DSM used by psychologists. This is no longer the case. The DSM has once again decided that being politically correct was more important than pursuing science. This happened before in the early 1970's when a political vote removed homosexuality as a mental condition from the DSM rather than debating peer reviewed science research.
Despite the relabeling, knowledgeable experts are not convinced. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, once the John Hopkins Hospital psychiatrist-in-chief and currently a Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry is plain spoken. He says transgenderism is a mental disorder and sex change is biologically impossible. A sex change is not the solution these people need. He has noticed that people who have had sex change operations have a suicide rate 20 times greater than the non-transgender population. Gender change is not the solution to the problem and only makes things worse.
Dr. Meg Meeker is another advocate for not ignoring the science and to not appease to the propaganda of the LGBTQ advocates. In her practice, dealing with non-celebrity transgender patients, she has observed that most people with gender identity disorder are not happier after changing their self identified gender. In fact, many who change gender, later change back, showing that it is not a cut-and-dried-no-choice condition. Dr. Meeker's view is that being transgender is just a symptom to a more complicated problem, one that is not helped by surgical mutilation. She is particularly concerned when children are encouraged to decide they are the wrong gender. The science tells her that sexual orientation is not solidified until someone is an adult.
The LGBTQ community, with it's allies in Hollywood and increasingly the main stream media, and Democrat Party are moving on from their victories regarding gay marriage. As you can see from the higher positive profile being given to transgendered individuals, there is a concerted attempt to normalize an even more bizarre fringe behavior. The goal is drive mass opinion to accept gender identity disorder as a positive thing and to label those that disagree as haters.
This is unfortunate, since the very people they think they are unburdening, are the ones that are not getting the professional help they need.
A recent North Carolina law requires that people use the bathroom and locker room that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate. LGBTQ activists plan to challenge the law in the courts. Will they be able to explain how someone can be transgender today, but decide tomorrow not to be?
Transgender people should not be bullied, but we shouldn't allow bathroom laws meant to accommodate them to at the same time basically open such facilities to anyone of the opposite sex.
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