Feeding Delusions

Kevin Williamson has an interesting post at National Review about Bradley Manning, the gender confused young man convicted of espionage and other crimes for leaking massive amounts of military intelligence to Wikileaks. In case you missed it, the day after his conviction and dishonorable discharge, Manning said he wants to be called Chelsea and live as a woman. I thought it was a joke at first, until I realized it wasn’t.  But it is tragic the way our society and medical professionals feed these delusions.

We have created a rhetoric of “gender identity” that is disconnected from biological sexual fact, and we have done so largely in the service of enabling the sexual mutilation of physically healthy men and women (significantly more men) by medical authorities who should be barred by professional convention if not by conscience from the removal of healthy organs (and limbs, more on that later), an act that by any reasonable standard ought to be considered mutilation rather than therapy. This is not to discount the feelings of people who suffer from gender-identity disorders — to the contrary, those feelings must be taken into account in determining courses of treatment for people who have severe personality disorders. But those subjective experiences do not render inconsequential the biological facts: A man who believes he is a woman trapped in a man’s body, no matter the intensity of his feeling, is no such thing. The duty of the medical profession is not to encourage and enable delusions, but to help those who suffer from them to cope with them. It is worth noting here that as a matter of law and a matter of social expectation, the fiction of sex change is treated as the paramount good: We are not expected to treat those who have undergone the procedure as men who have taken surgical and hormonal steps to impersonate women (or vice versa) but as people who have literally changed sex, which they have not — no more than Dennis Avner, the famous “Stalking Cat” who attempted to physically transform himself into a tiger, changed species.

Read the whole thing. How long will it be until Medicare and Medicaid start covering these surgeries? Then insurance companies will be forced to comply, and all of us will be paying to feed these delusions, while those afflicted with this disorder will never receive the treatment they really need. As much as some try to wish it away, reality is what it is. Bradley Manning is a male, no matter how many surgeries he has or hormones he takes, he will always be male.

Our society continues to find ways to deny reality rather that deal with it. At some point it’s all going to catch up with us.

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