April 212016

By Dr. Michael Brown

Within a 48-hour period this week, a Federal court ruled that a school could not require children to use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex, Target announced it was making all its bathrooms gender neutral, a school council in England sent out a letter to parents, telling them to encourage their 4-year-old children to choose the gender they most identify with before starting school, be it male, female, or something else, and baseball legend Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN for sharing an “anti-transgender” post. (Note that ESPN fired Schilling because it is an “inclusive” company. The Orwellian doublespeak continues.)


It is high time, then, that we stand up to this social madness and say, “Enough!”  The emperor has no clothes, and if enough of us stand up and make our voices heard, society will be jarred back to reality.


That does not mean that we bash those who genuinely struggle with their gender identity.

To the contrary, it means we recognize the depth of their struggles, we reach out to them with compassion, and we encourage qualified professionals to work harder to discover the real roots of their problems. Otherwise, we will continue our descent into the madness of relative reality.


I pointed out last week that we not only have men who identify as women (and vice versa), but we have whites who identify as blacks and human beings who identify as animals, including cats, dogs, parrots and even mythical dragons. (For my illustrated video commentary on this, go here.)  Yes, we not only have the categories of transgender and transracial but also transspecies, better known as “otherkin.”


As noted by Max Read on gawker.com back in 2012, “An otherkin is a being born into the wrong body. Not just with the wrong parts, but as the wrong species: people who identify as otherkin believe that they are wolves, or elves, or really any kind of being, born into a human body.” (According to Read, “The community of people who identify as otherkin is more than 30 years old,” with the term itself dating back to 1990.)


Some believe they are part alien, others believe they belong to different ethnicities, while still others believe they are fictional characters appearing in real life form.  But why not?


At the risk of asking the same question I’ve been asking for many months now, if perception is reality, why can’t I be a fly trapped in a human body or a black Viking woman trapped in a male, Caucasian body or anything else for that matter?  If that is what I genuinely believe and feel and if I’ve felt that way for as many years as I can remember, why isn’t that reality?


If Bruce Jenner is a woman, why isn’t Richard Hernandez a female mythical dragon? (For the record, Hernandez has altered his appearance far more radically than Jenner has altered his.)


Amber Roberts, writing for vice.com, interviewed a number of online otherkin. She noted that, “It would seem, from reading otherkin message boards, that a significant percentage of otherkin are also transgender, and there are many forums online arguing that if you support transgender rights, you ought to support the rights of otherkin. Feef is transgender and can ‘personally see the correlation between transgender and otherkin.’


“She explains that, like transgender people, some otherkin do feel dysphoric with their human bodies, ‘they want to become more like that animal,’ just like how some trans people want to alter their physicality. Some otherkin actually have surgery to look more like their animal or creature, Feef tells me. ‘I do know some people that have done that and yeah. It just doesn’t look that amazing.’”


And then there are those who suffer from BIID (Body Identity Integrity Disorder), being so troubled by the presence of healthy limbs or functioning ears or eyes that some them have successfully amputated limbs or blinded themselves, claiming great peace and satisfaction now that they are handicapped. (For the story of Jewell Shuping, who blinded herself, see here.)


Some researchers claim there is a neurological basis for Body Identity Integrity Disorder, just as some researchers claim there is a neurological basis for gender dysphoria (previously called Gender Identity Disorder, before transgender activists successfully has the term “disorder” removed).


Others, like Margaret A. Hagen, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, state that “there is no consensus on the etiology of the diverse expressions of ‘gender identity variants’ and that “evidence-based conclusions are utterly lacking, whatever the claims of activists.”


She rightly asks, “Without clear distinctions, not only among categories of the potentially mentally disordered but also between the mentally disordered and the normal population, how are diagnosis and treatment decisions to be made? It is hardly possible to pass disability laws without reliable diagnostic categories.”


Yet that has not stopped the courts from adopting the latest trans-activist terminology, with the majority opinion in this week’s federal court ruling stating that, “G.G.’s birth-assigned sex, or so-called ‘biological sex,’ is female, but G.G.’s gender identity is male.” (G.G. is the girl who identifies as a boy and who was the subject of the lawsuit.)


Who needs diagnostic categories? Who needs evidence-based conclusions?


All we need is perception, and the rest


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