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The Self-Defeating Logic of Transgenderism

By now you are fully aware that Bruce Jenner would like to be a woman.  He has had some work done and is now presenting himself to the world as “Caitlyn.”

Earlier this week, we stated the obvious.  Bruce Jenner is still a man.

However, there are a few less obvious points worth making as we try to wrap our heads around the bizarre world that is America in 2015.

The argument in support of transgenderism is that sex and gender are different.  While proponents are forced to acknowledge that DNA determines anatomy, they deny that anatomy is necessarily connected to gender.

Gender, they argue, is a social construct determined more by the way a child’s parents, siblings, teachers, and friends treat a child rather than any innate, fixed difference between the biologically male and female.

The irony is that a sex change itself reinforces the gender stereotypes they claim to be rejecting.

You can’t become a woman if being a woman doesn’t mean something and the moment you try to switch your gender, you are acknowledging that male and female are distinct.

“But gender is determined by the way you feel, not by your anatomy,” they respond.

And they still have the nerve to call other people “anti-science.”

But this is just the start of the confusion.

While the transgender world poses on the front of a magazine with “come hither” eyes as if to say, “See, I’m in lingerie. How much more woman can I be?”, the feminist and lesbian wing of the family is making the argument that women need not be feminine in order to be fully woman.

The caricature of femininity being presented by Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is typically insulting to the feminist world.

Feminists could be insulted by the idea that womanhood can be purchased by a man with enough money.

One of the rare times they missed their cue to be indignant.

But feminism isn’t the only movement that abandons its core principles to support transgenderism.

It seems that once you are willing to change your gender, the implication that one can choose their sexuality is no longer offensive.

The Vanity Fair article discussing Jenner’s makeover included the following: “Bruce Jenner as Bruce Jenner had a sexual appetite exclusively for women. Caitlyn has no idea what the future will hold as Caitlyn Jenner. But, she adds, it is not important to her right now. ‘If you have a list of 10 reasons to transition, sex would be number 10.'”

Of course the implication that choice has ever had anything to do with sexuality provokes outrage in any other context.

While feminism, transgenderism, and homosexuality hold positions that cannot be reconciled with each other, it is of no concern to them because their goal is not to discover what is true. Quite the opposite. They are united by a common desire to make the world embrace their belief that nothing is true except the things they want to be true.

They are declaring independence from a fixed reality.

Unlike Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights movement, which was rooted in the notion of a fixed natural law that the racist laws of the time were incongruent with, the goal of these movements is to demonstrate that there is no natural law.

“Being born a man doesn’t mean I have to be a father if I want to be a parent.  I can be a mother if I want to.”

If there is no standard, there is nothing to be incongruent with.

While they see themselves as pioneers, they are in fact the current players in the oldest campaign in human history.

Ever since Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden, convincing herself that it would make her like God, man has been fighting for the idea that there are no rules except the ones we like.

We shouldn’t be too harsh in our critique because this is a campaign we have all been part of to varying degrees.

But we don’t do anyone any favors by telling the person who is frustrated by the rules that there are no rules.  Because sooner or later they will confront reality, even if they spent all their life convinced it didn’t exist.

Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is Still a Man

The Emperor’s New Clothes is an illustration about peer pressure. But I always thought it was an overstatement.

Of course peer pressure is real, but the prospect of a crowd actually gathering to cheer the clothes of a naked emperor was simply too ridiculous to take seriously.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday, was the day that former Olympic Champion Bruce Jenner revealed his new identity as “Caitlyn” through the release of photo’s in Vanity Fair Magazine.

The pictures are remarkable.

They demonstrate what’s possible with surgery and airbrushing.

But the avalanche of congratulations and plaudits for finding “your truth” proves something else entirely. They prove the adage that there is nothing so ridiculous that if you say it often enough people will believe it.

Or, in biblical terms, “Professing to be wise they became fools.” (Romans 1:22)

Feeling the need to whisper when stating the obvious feels odd.

But the fact is, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is a still man.

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a Y chromosome from Jenner’s father met an X chromosome from Jenner’s mother. The result was the biological reality of a male person. They called him Bruce Jenner.

He was not consulted.

However, if anthropologists stumble upon Jenner’s remains thousands of years from now, they might know nothing of his surgeries or personal struggles, but those stubborn chromosomes would betray his maleness, even if the whole parade shouted from the grave, “But, but…she’s a woman!”

It’s true that I don’t understand what it’s like to be “transgender” and feel stuck in the wrong body.

As best as I am able, I’m sympathetic to what is clearly a challenging situation because I do understand what it feels like to believe I’d be happier if reality was different than it is.

Don’t we all?

My concern is not with the desire to wish things were different, or even the impulse to take radical steps taken to make thing seem different.

My concern is with how thoughtlessly people join the fantasy that things actually are different.

Is the man with the toupee and six-inch elevator shoes no longer bald and short…er?

“But we’re progressing,” you say.

Great.

Next time I take my vertically challenged progeny to Disneyland, I will be sure to inform the staff that all of my children feel tall enough to go on the ride and therefore we’d appreciate it if they would step aside so my kids can live their truth.

Or maybe I’ll just explain that they’re still “transitioning.”

Like your date of birth and your species, the selection of your gender was determined the moment you became a zygote.

You can take steps to change appearances, but that’s all you’ve done.

Anti-aging treatments and cosmetic surgery can make one look younger, but they cannot change your age.

If you can be convinced that a man becomes a woman after surgery, you can likely be convinced of anything provided there are enough people with good intentions and pouty faces telling you it’s true.

What about the eighty-pound anorexic convinced she’ll be happy if she loses just a few more pounds or the “transabled” person who believes he would be much happier if his healthy body were disabled?

Are you going to hurt their feelings?

I certainly hope so.

Facts are not the same as feelings, opinions, or preferences.

We better figure out that difference. Soon.

Otherwise, we actually will be holding parades to celebrate the clothes of naked emperors.