Wednesday, August 7, 2013

So apparently there's a cure for transgender desires

We simply have to find out what happened in this man's case.

I will say, I like the fact that he changed his name from Don to Dawn to Don again. If nothing else, he spared everyone the hassle of having to call him some brand new name.

Of course, it's a single case and who knows what variables are at work in it (scientists should really be trying to find out), but nevertheless... here a man was cured of an illness. He thought he was a woman, and then suddenly he no longer thought this. Quite the massive change in brain chemistry if his story is legit. Naturally, no one can call him 'cured' - that would cause outrage. Better yet, in articles, the man spends some enormous amount of time reassuring everyone that he's still totally on-board with the LGBT movement - gay marriage and everything. In fact he comes across as so obsessively repeating that that I wonder if the temporary spate of amnesia is just a lark, on the grounds that waking up one day and realizing 'I want my dick back, this sucks' is a situation no LGBT adherent wants to recognize as event remotely possible.

It reminds me of this case of a lesbian Arizona politician deciding that she likes men after all. Apparently she thought she was straight, then bisexual, then a lesbian in college - and then a pansexual. Of course, downplayed by all media sides was the fact that a lesbian suddenly included 'men' in her list of objects of sexual attraction, or what this means when a woman that old and in that liberal of an environment can either A) still be confused about her sexuality, or B) literally change it. But that would be quite an awkward conversation, so instead we have to pretend she 'came out as pansexual' and entirely downplay that this makes her an 'ex-lesbian'.

6 comments:

Cale B.T. said...

Don't know about you Crude, but I'm inclined to take at face value the narratives which report mutability of orientation and those who report immutability. Another example of the former:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/gigi-chaos-father-makes-an-indecent-proposal/story-e6frg8h6-1226663280154

"The 'born this way' argument is for Lady Gaga; I suppose it does stop people trying to 'pray you straight'."

Crude said...

Well, here's the problem: I don't deny reports like the ones you like me. But I also can't deny the reports of, say... gay Catholics who, while maintaining that homosexuality is a sin and trying to live chastely, also report a lack of change. So that leaves things in a complicated situation.

I think the situation differs between classes of individuals, and between men and women. I notice there's a whole lot of ex-lesbians out there, at least in my anecdotal experience. Ex-gay-men? A bit thinner. And then you get to legitimately ask, well did they change sexuality or were they always bisexual but various cultural pressures intervened?

Part of the problem is I know a gay man who calls himself a gay man, but he seems pretty goddamn sincere when he talks about very specific sorts of women he wants to nail, which leaves me wondering what the hell is going on there.

Cale B.T. said...

And then their are the folks who thought they were of a particular orientation before a drunken encounter and are now not so sure, male prisoners who would never seek out same-sex acts outside of jail, "political lesbianism", folks who report SSA during their teens which fades or disappears (of which I am one) etc. etc.

BTW did you know that many radical feminists fiercely oppose M->F sex changes? They claim something along the lines that it's basically just men seeking to gain benefits which come from "conforming to society's ideals of femininity" and thus supporting patriarchy.

Crude said...

And then their are the folks who thought they were of a particular orientation before a drunken encounter and are now not so sure, male prisoners who would never seek out same-sex acts outside of jail, "political lesbianism", folks who report SSA during their teens which fades or disappears (of which I am one) etc. etc.

Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt that this is in fact very goddamn complicated. You bring up some excellent examples. I suppose I should say, it's a case by case issue. Some guys really are just confused. Some guys are backwards around women for a variety of reasons. Some guys think they're a woman then apparently wake up one day, look down at their drug-induced tits, and wonder what in the hell they got themselves into. Some get m->f transexual surgery, get breasts, keep their cock, and go into porn.

Lots of stuff no one likes to talk about in detail.

The feminist stuff makes me laugh. I actually wondered how anyone could argue for utter egalitarianism and fight against 'cultural stereotypes of women' and how women are not different from men, but could give their blessings to a man who wants to be a woman because 'I feel like that's what I really am'.

Batshit crazy feminism is nothing new, I guess. What is new are all these guys conforming to it. What the hell happened? Who is polluting people with this trash such that they conform to it?

Heuristics said...

Well. Homosexuality was invented back in 1869, I prefer the way it was before then. Man was through to be inherently flexible in his sexuality to different degrees. What more then that do you really need to explain all the evidence?

Modernism has this weird fascination with identity that I tend to reject entirely.

Crude said...

Man was through to be inherently flexible in his sexuality to different degrees. What more then that do you really need to explain all the evidence?

See, I wonder about the degree of flexibility on a per-man basis. I'd be very willing to accept that claim in a general sense. It's a little like saying that athleticism is flexible. No one would deny that, but I think few would deny that some people are just plain at an athletic disadvantage too.

But at this point, simply realizing the *general* flexibility with regards to sexuality is frightening to most of the major sides.