Spencer Ritchie

New Thoughts on Current Issues


Post 1 Part 1|| Transgenderism: Compared to an Existing Disorder

Currently, it seems that one of the most controversial issues in our society happens to revolve around the ideology of transgenderism and the LGBTQ+ Society. This post is going focus solely on the T section of that society. What is transgenderism? How does transgenderism compare to mental illnesses? 

 

Transgenderism, by dictionary definition is denoting or relating to someone whose biological gender does not align with the gender they identify with.

 

First and foremost, I am not a fan of transgenderism. It's hard to be, with all of the spewed hatred from supporters and transpeople aimed at those that are gender-conforming. You hear it all; "Trans rights are human rights", "State's rights means Bigots' rights", "It was never about bathrooms, just like it was never about water fountains". Let me tell you, it is about that. Actually, it's hard to pin down exactly what it's about because it seems to change from day-to-day in regards to who the movement is alledgedly meant to protect, and that's frustrating. It's also frustrating to even have a different opinion, like I'm expressing now, so let me get this straight. No, I'm no self-righteous bigot nor pig because I don't believe that genders can or should be changed like door codes on a frat house. If the extent of it is just so that you're a man that feels more comfortable in a dress and makeup with painted nails, then whatever. I feel that it turns into an actual psychological disorder when you start mutilating your body and messing with chemical composition.

 

If we compare gender dysphoria (the conflict a transperson faces when the feel that their biological gender doesn't match with the gender they identify as) to an existing disorder, say, anorexia, we can we striking similarities in behavior of these peoples.

These people often feel trapped or betrayed by their bodies: Someone with anorexia isn't happy with the way that they look. Someone with gender dysphoria (GD from now on for convenience of typing this post) isn't happy with the gender they've been "assigned".

These people often become consumed with trying to change the way they feel: The anorexic will stop eating or resort to binging and purging in order to achieve their goal. The one with GD will take supplements, act as others will act, and essentially destroy their body. 

While we can sit here and name more and more similarities between people with eating disorders and GD all day, there's a huge piece of the puzzle that we haven't looked at; A devastating difference.

Yearly, approximately 5.2% of people die from unspecified eating disorders, 4% from anorexia nervosa, and 3.9% anorexia bulimia. These numbers are drawn from about 8 million people nation-wide, or 3% of the entire U.S. population. When we look at GD, we can see that approximately 0.6% of the population has this, which equates to about 1.4 million. Out of these 1.4 million americans that surveyed as transgender, almost 41% have attempted suicide. That's huge. Out of 1.4 million people in the U.S. who are non-gender conforming, 8,400 of them have attempted to end their lives commonly due to unacceptance after not accepting themself for so long. 

 

Personally, I feel that people just buy into what others say way too much. If you're concerned with finding who you are or what you want to do, stop being concerned with what others have to say and stop feeding into the fire. Fighting fire with fire never works and you just end up dousing your flame.

 

This post is to be continued with another in the near future.

 

God bless.



Post 1 Part 2 || Transgenderism continued

There was quite an array of mixed opinions on my first post, which I should point out as more of an experiment. I knew that it would become wildly unpopular, but let's establish a common ground before I dive further into this concept.

 

I'm a person, you're a person. Transpeople are people, homosexuals are people, and everyone else under the umbrella ideology of transgenderism are people. Gender is as much of a social construct as debates and differing opinions are. 

 

With that out of the way, I feel as though I should clear up a misconception about me: I'm not out here trying to tell anyone how to live their lives, I'm not calling anyone out, and I'm certainly on no level for my simple opinion to be regarded as "being a terrorist for attacking a society". This site is simply just a place for me to put my thoughts down, and a place for you to read if you would like to.

From here on, if you don't like something that I post, please refer both to what this page is for, and if you still have something to say, utilize the contact page built into this website; It's hard to believe I added that for a reason. 

 

To start off the continued section of my views on transgenderism, recall in my first post looking at the first few sentences of the third paragraph (more specifically the second sentence) regarding the difficulty of having a separate opinion. Last night's post was a trial run to see how the community and its supporters would respond to someone that simply had an opinion, rather than someone oppressing them or telling them how to live.

Funny enough, that was the backlash it received. In my DM's, a young lady told me that if I were to compare transgenderism and GD to an eating disorder, I would undoubtedly have to compare it to: someone going to the gym, someone getting a tattoo, getting plastic surgery done on their nose or breasts, etc.. My question is, how do those relate to GD and anorexia?

It's easier to compare and contrast all of these circumstances if we can determine and filter out which is actually a choice.

Say you see a picture of an underwear model on a billboard, you're inclined to think "well, maybe I could lose a couple of pounds", so you go to the gym. That's a choice. 

Say you create a piece of art, or you see something that means so much to you, you'd like to keep it on your body, so you go to a tattoo parlor. That's a choice.

This last one is somewhat more of a complicated issue. Say you're upset with how the bridge of your nose sticks out too far and you're uncomfortable with how it makes your face look but you have the money to change it, so you go to your plastic surgeon and have him/her reconstruct your face. That's a choice. What turns it into less of a choice is when your nose constricts your ability to breathe, or a woman's breasts start to cause her back pains. These are not choices.

We know that sexual orientation is built into DNA, as well as the notion that you don't feel like you belong to the sex you were birthed into.  That's biology, it's a part of your brain, and it's not a choice. However, it is a choice to mutilate your body.

Let us use Jane Doe as an example. Jane was born a girl with XX chromosomes. By the time she was 5, she no longer felt like she was a girl, and that she was supposed to have been born a boy. Jane now faces a choice, she can decide she wants to be known as John and wear khakis, polos, suits, and act as men typically do in society, or she can remain Jane until a debilitating depression kicks in, leaving her with little-to-no options. John, however, is uniquely situated. You see, John can talk and act as men do, because as a person, John can do as John pleases.

What starts to make the difference in it all, is when John (previously Jane with female genitalia) decides he wants a penis. Say he goes through the gender reassignment surgery, and he is now actually a he. Well, not quite. John now has a penis that isn't actually really his, and he's starting to introduce hormones to his body. While these hormones aren't foreign, the quantity of these hormones are. Not only that, but now that he has transitioned from woman to man, John is now 20 times more likely to commit suicide within the next ten years. 

Everything John did outside of having a predisposition to being a man was a choice.

 

Now that we've determined what was a choice, we can see that you really don't have to compare transgenderism to someone going to the gym, getting a tattoo, or getting a nose job. Transgender isn't a choice, physical gender reassignment is.

 

Much like my first post, feel free to reach out to me (preferably not via twitter), but by e-mail or strictly DM's. 

 

P.S. Again there may be another installment to this topic based on how the community responds.

 

God bless.



Friendly reconciliation

After review of my first post, I would like to sincerely apologize for the vulgarity of the original title I placed on the article, moving forward I will make sure such content does not make it onto this page and amend the original title. I appreciate anyone and everyone who takes the time to read my page, and I'll be sure to reciprocate that.

 

God bless.