This is not my final opinion on the topic of gender. I have found myself, in this past year, evolving in how I view gender and gender identity. So please be kind if you are commenting on this blog and know that I do not know everything about the topic nor am I firm on my beliefs at this time.
With that being said I have been presented with a couple comments and I have replied to them. The comments are in bold italics below.
In the very diverse world we live in today, what do you do when you encounter someone who tells you they're non-binary or that they feel they were born into the wrong gender? I'm not asking you to defend your opinion per say but this is a thing that comes up frequently. I have several friends who would classify themselves in this way. I mean how do you react if it's a stranger? A co-worker? A friend?
I don’t encounter anyone like that. In our area we have gay people who are men and women. I’m not sure about the schools because I’m not in them but that gender bending nonsense seems more like a ‘city thing’ in Ontario. The problem is the definitions are being re-written and this isn’t possible.
A male is born with male parts, a female with female parts. No matter what you call yourself you are still male or female unless you get all your parts changed. When I see transgenders in the media I refer to the sex they were born with and all language as such. For example, that one, in the US the treasonist who says he’s a woman. He still has his man parts as far as I know so to me he’s a man.
I don’t classify them more than male or female. It doesn’t really matter to anyone but yourself what you “identify” with. And we went for generations accepting that some women were tom-boys and they just, like you, accepting that society saw them as women wanting women things. It’s no different than how society thinks I should act based on the media out there. I’m not aggressive but protective, I’m not negative just realistic but society labels me one way or another. You read about that in my daughter post. Me not liking it doesn’t change things and when I had the opportunity to morally I couldn’t.
I don’t “react”. First, strangers don’t come up to me and tell me they identify as one way or another. Around here I think they know that people don’t give a damn what you are. I have a couple gay co-workers, males who are attracted to other males, but we don’t sit and talk about it. That’s their personal business not something for discussion around the water cooler.
As you know I have very few friends in my life at the moment to really draw a rounded opinion from, but those who do are straight or perhaps bi-sexual to my knowledge. Any women who were bi- so what, they identified as females attracted to females and none of this gender bending crap. And hey, what guy isn’t turned on by a woman who likes guys AND girls?
I am quite content with people being attracted to the same sex. Who cares. But don’t make me change words that have been around for centuries just because you (the generic ‘you’) feel bad. I just watched a discussion the other day between a trans-gender man and he makes a valid point from 1 minute on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbTwoLah2VY
I agree if you want to create a new set of pronouns to describe them, then fine, but don’t force me to change existing pronouns that have been around forever. I won’t bow to the social bending of reality. I would call Blaire White a transgender woman, but it doesn’t change the fact “she” is a man. In public, I’d call her a woman because she looks like a woman.
the push to force me to change has only made me more anti-gay than pro-gay, now I couldn't give a damn about gay rights (outside of basic human rights that is) concerning marriage etc. I'll support it still but the whole conversation has gotten ridiculous to the point of insanity.
I see gay and transgender as separate things though. You can have people with same sex attractions who are VERY entrenched in society's male and female stereotypes even.
The same thing is happening with these sex stories in Hollywood, which I refer to as "McCarthyism wearing a dress". Some of these people have gone on 20 years accepting it and only now through #MeToo are speaking up. Lauren Southern did an excellent video about it from the early days of this whole thing how people will jump in. Let me see if I can find it quickly... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CrCp6UKYVs her video doesn't entirely support my comments, but it's interesting how she basically predicted what is happening now
We are the only animals who can change our bodies or identities by choice. I mean a caterpillar to a butterfly is a process, a set pattern. And no you cannot change your race, even though I read one rather unusual news story of a woman faking being African American with extreme tanning, but you can by choice change a great number of physical features. I mean I think of people who have cosmetic surgeries, are heavily tattooed and pierced etc. It's not changing your gender; which is way more invasive, but some of those choices are quite significant. I don't know I always think of the science of it, and there's probably more I could be reading. But in science we frequently think we've understood all the variations of an organism, and then all of a sudden more variations are discovered. It's possible that some of those variations are psychological.
Well first one who claims they are another gender would argue the change is not by choice but because nature made them wrong. Only when Man intervenes does nature make mistakes. In the end however changes to ones physical appearance does not change their genetic sex. You can gut all of the plumbing out of a house but it's still a house.
Psychological and physical attributes are not interconnected. I can feel pain yet no body part shows pain. I can feel I'm a woman but my physical body still says I'm a man.
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