Whether You Like It Or Not, Folks, There Are Only 2 Genders

Whether You Like It Or Not, Folks, There Are Only 2 Genders

You're either a male or female, and that's all there is to it.
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Regardless of what your opinion is... there are truly only TWO genders. Male and female, and that's how it has always been. Gender is not any different than sex, and in agreeance with Ben Shapiro "I'm not going to modify basic biology because it threatens your subjunctive sense of what you think you are." Gender is the state of being male or female, and there is no other option.

You are born as a male or as a female and there is no other option. There is no third, fourth, or fifth gender. It does not exist. You shouldn't be able to identify as whatever you please. The set of chromosomes that you are born with, either XX or XY is what dictates your gender. Your gender is determined far before the development of the fetus begins, and that's all there is to it.

With that being said, you cannot wake up one day and decide that you want to be a fish, can you? You cannot decide that you are going to grow scales, breathe underwater, and live as a fish for the rest of your life, can you? Could you legally register yourself as a fish? No, you can not do that. You also can't randomly decide that you want to be 21. You aren't allowed to wake up and say I feel 21 today if your real age is 18, and then go buy alcohol. It should be the same exact way with "gender reassignment."

Gender Dysphoria (which used to be called gender identity disorder, but is now an offensive term) directly correlates with depression and anxiety, which are both mental disorders. Although the two of those are mental disorders, we as a society are not allowed to call Gender Dysphoria a mental disorder. Follow this carefully: according to Daniel Payne, the transgender suicide rate is 40%. A massive part of the population says that this is because of the discrimination against transgenders. You cannot attribute the transgender suicide rate to discrimination because if that was the case, the suicide rate for blacks would be higher than it is due to the amount of discrimination they face. The black suicide rate is lower than the white suicide rate, and that alone destroys Gender Dysphoria not being a mental disorder... this is a prime example of society ignoring facts and the truth while conforming to the trans-society.

While reading on planedparenthood.org I learned about the names transgender people want to be called and do not want to be called. Some of the terms they want to be called or associated with are a crossdresser, drag king, drag queen, gender dysphoria, gender fluidity, non-binary, genderqueer, intersex, trans, a transgender man, a transgender woman, Ze, Zie, Xe, and (singular) they.

There are also multiple terms that are now considered "offensive" or "outdated," because it's 2017. Some of those terms are gender identity disorder, hermaphrodite, sex change operation, shemale, tranny, and transsexual.

This never affected me in any way, until people started getting upset about what I was calling them (when they clearly look like a male or female but aren't.) This never had an impact on me until a man dressed as a woman who claimed to be transgender went into a woman's bathroom and allegedly sexually assaulted a little girl. This never bothered me until a group of people challenged my freedom of speech, and said that they MUST be referred to as one of the "acceptable" terms. I will not redefine our terms just to please someone who feels like the opposite of what they biologically are.

As Ben Shapiro says, "It's not a matter of being open-minded and accepting..." It's about the truth, and not defying it or sugarcoating it so that a group of men and women can feel more comfortable. We as a society cannot crumble and conform to people trying to change their biological properties because that is when it starts to affect others outside of the trans-society.

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I Define Who I Am

Exploring certain philosophical issues about transgenderism.
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Transgenderism has become a new territory for hot debate and controversy. Whether we are talking about the use of public bathrooms to a new gender ideology being taught in public schools, there is bound to be widespread disagreement about the transgender phenomenon. This will be the last piece within certain fields of science where certain philosophical questions and issues linger. There will be a few questions that are crucial for understanding this issue. This questions will involve the nature of sexuality, gender, rights, and identity among several others.

How should we understand the concern of gender reassignment surgery? For space constraints, I’m not going to delve into the consequences of gender reassignment surgery since that would require an empirical study. I’m primarily interested in the philosophical questions that one might encounter in the field of medicine as it specifically relates to transgenderism.

I will illustrate two competing views about transgenderism. One view says that a person has the right to identify as one gender, another, or no gender at all. One reason in support of this view is because gender is either a social or individual construction or perhaps both. If this view is correct, then technically there’s no objectively correct “gender” because that would imply that a person can fail to make the right identification.

A second way of looking at this, from the view of those who support the transgender view, is a general view of the good life. The “good life” is generally about what makes for a humanly fulfilling life. Does a person discover what the good life is all about or does he define it? If the good life can be defined subjectively, then it can be linked to how a person identifies himself or herself. Basically, it is the view that gender and the good life can be defined by each person for themselves.

To build off the first paragraph, there are two rival metaphysical (having to do with what is real) theories about gender that could be the central mark of where the disagreement ultimately lies. There are constructionism and essentialism. Constructionism states that gender is a construct. It would be constructed by the individual and/or by the society he/she lives. This would imply a separation between one’s biological sex and gender identity. One is a fact of science in the field of biology and one is a fact of the self as it has been defined by the individual.

The second view called essentialism is the view that there are essential characteristics or features that make a certain gender what it is. For example, this view says that there are characteristics of maleness that are exclusively tied to being a man and likewise a woman. These characteristics are not invented or constructed but are discovered.

The outcome of this view is that we can make - to varying degrees - groups of opposite genders based on their natural characteristics. You can roughly call this view "Natural Kinds." It’s the idea that certain biological things can be naturally grouped together and separated based on certain differences and commonalities they have. What this view implies is that a person cannot define his or her gender and thus can be wrong about how they view themselves.

One last issue I would like to discuss briefly is about gender reassignment surgery. Once again, with respect to this issue - and which could apply to the issue of abortion in certain cases - there can be at least two opposite ways of understanding what surgery is. On one hand, surgery is the act of attempting to restore the body to its proper functioning. An alternative view is that surgery is the act of changing certain features of one’s body for certain interests or desires.

A couple of examples can illuminate the first understanding of surgery. Heart surgery, leg amputation, and even brain operations on the fetus in its development are all attempting to fix a certain problem and to enable the body - with outside aid - to function the way it’s supposed to.

The first view also assumes a few things about the nature of the body that could potentially be hotly contested such as: (1) The body has an objective, empirically detectable function that determines its trajectory. We can call this the body’s telos. Second, the body - according to this view - has built-in ways of how it should operate that are not determined by external factors.

Basically in a nutshell, what the body’s purpose and its inherent capacities that set the limits for how it should operate indicate that there is a proper and improper way of how one can use his body. According to the first view on the transgenderism issue as well as the view that one’s gender is based on his biological sex, that implies that one’s psychological ego or self should conform to the reality of one’s sex rather than the other way around.

On the other hand, surgery can involve changing certain features of one’s body for the purpose of fulfilling certain desires or interests. For example, one might choose to undergo plastic surgery which is specifically intended to fulfill certain cosmetic or aesthetic desires. A woman might choose plastic surgery because she’s unhappy with how her face looks. Another example would be abortion. Abortion is an act on the unborn and the woman’s body. Thus, it could count as surgery in a rather loose sense.

However, even though abortion is different from gender reassignment surgery, they both share at least one thing in common. They’re both acts on the woman’s body for the purpose of a potentially fulfilled desire that inherently has nothing to do with how her body is designed to function. For the abortive surgeries, I am not including surgeries that are intended to save her life but one’s that are done because they conflict with her interests about having a career, traveling the world, and so forth. None of these reasons are exclusively health-related reasons but are personal reasons.

As it relates to gender reassignment surgery, the person is seeking to make his or her body align with their gender self identification. Just as they have adopted a constructionist view of gender, one could say they have also adopted one for their genitalia in particular. The purpose for their genitalia lies not in its distinctive/internal capacities and its overall connection to the body as a whole but in the interests of the person. The purpose has become external rather than internal.

As I hope you have seen, one’s view about the nature of the body, truth about gender and its relationship to biological sex, and what surgery actually is can impact how one understands or what one believes about those who seek to have gender reassignment surgery.

This is the last piece on how certain philosophical questions lurk in different fields of science that any scientific major or lover should consider as he or she think about their area of passion.

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