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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gender Confusion and Double Minorities. I had an adverse reaction to my post yesterday about gender-confused children, so will share that and my reply. Here's the adverse email:

As a frequent reader of your blogs, I have noticed a pattern of bigotry and animosity toward those with gender identity disorder. Even if you think it unnatural, it would seem your response should be steeped in compassion, not in animosity. However, you, who spew such judgmental and loathesome terms as "monstrosity" and "loons," advocate in your latest Mr. Gay Pride update confining the gender-confused to hospitals meant for those who present a danger to themselves and others and offering them suicide as the only alternative to lifetime confinement if they do not accept their sex of origin. This is nefarious, insensate and totally unnecessary.

I not only find this repugnant but also conspicuously hypocritical given that you consider sex-change operations violent crimes against the "insane." Assisting suicide violates the very "first, do no harm" mantra you use to impugn the case for sex-change operations. In fact, your views are far worse even if your attitudes about sex-change operations are to be taken as valid: You would permit not "mutilation" but DEATH!

I am also curious as to why you are so doctrinaire about gender identity disorder when homosexuality might also be said to be a delusion. How do you know you are not delusional or insane? Why are you not at least open to the idea that you could be wrong about this? After all, it was proud, dogmatic bigots like you who once categorized homosexuality as a mental illness. Let's confine gays to mental institutions, educate them about biology and sexual reproduction, and force them to accept reality or kill themselves.

I do agree with you, however, on allowing minors to alter their bodies. Parents should not permit that but should instead force the child to make those decisions for themselves as adults. Children are simply too young to make life-altering, irreversible decisions about their bodies, and their parents may (justifiably) incur wrath and blame later should the children regret it.

Gender identity aside, there are a number of other areas where I think you're dead-wrong.

You speak for all gay men in deciding they are all drawn to masculinity to the extent that the effeminate are doomed to lives of unhappiness. How then you explain some men's fascination with twinks? I am somewhat effeminate, albeit not ostentatiously (OR ARTIFICIALLY), and men are attracted to me. It happens. Mr. Schoonmaker's experiences and preferences don't define the entire world's.

I also found it reprehensible that you decided to denigrate blacks and Hispanics who voted for Proposition 8 as "niggers" and "spics." It's hypocritical to take the stance that bigotry is wrong and depraved, then quickly descend to it yourself. You were capable of educated, valid criticisms of blacks, Hispanics and OTHERS who voted for Proposition 8 without resorting to hurtful racist terminology. It was almost as if you used it as an excuse to unleash your latent feelings of racial superiority. I happen to be both black and gay and found it sad. I had black bigots alienating me on one side and gay bigots on the other. It is worth noting, though, that early results overestimated minority support for Proposition 8, though you irresponsibly never addressed that.

My reply:
These gender-confused loons ARE a danger to themselves, and to others. They MUTILATE their bodies; and someone who is perfectly willing to harm themselves CANNOT be trusted not to harm others.
I expressly stated in advocating permitting incurable lunatics to commit suicide: "Here is a supply of pills that can end your misery." Psychology cannot help everyone, and there are dangerous lunatics in and outside of institutions who are consigned to decades of misery before death relieves them of pain. Suicide is wrong when it is a permanent solution to a TEMPORARY problem, not when it is the ONLY solution to a PERMANENT problem. People with a terminal illness may well be right to end their misery. Permanent madness is a terminal illness; suicide is a rational choice in such a circumstance.
Homosexuality, or any genuine sexual orientation, is not a delusion but an attraction. Homosexuality is found in a very large part of the animal kingdom, if not in every mammalian species. A man who knows he is a man and knows he is attracted to a man and derives pleasure from men is in no way delusional.
This is the base problem with allowing the gender-confused to vent their madness: it taints everything and everyone around them. Madness is not usually transmissible, but sanity is easily eroded in people of weak identity and weak will. In legitimating the "woman trapped in the body of a man" or the reverse madness, society attacks the whole concept of reality as controlling the universe, and leads some people to indulge and rationalize away insane thoughts rather than understand that they are insane thoughts and either get over them on their own, or seek professional help -- and NOT from someone who will tell them, "Oh, that's not crazy. You are entitled to choose your gender, and we have the knives to help."
Gay men's sexual identity is under CONSTANT ATTACK from a vast CASTRATION CONSPIRACY, into which you have apparently been recruited. If there were skin-change surgery that could replace black skin with white, and white-controlled media were to promote such surgery as a "cure" to the "problem" of the black race, would you be equally at ease with that "solution"? (Note: I made this comparison before I got to the point in your email that said you are black. Perhaps this comparison is particularly appropriate to make the point for you.)
You confuse bigotry with certainty. If someone insists that the world is flat and the moon landings never occurred, is society supposed to say, "Fine, you're right, and we are all wrong"? When a person who is obviously a woman is called a "man", but then she has a BABY, there are some stupid, evil people like Oprah Winfrey who will leap to say not, "Well, so much for the pretense that she is a man" but "A MAN just had a baby!"
The attraction of some gender-insecure men to effeminate men, even men who dress as women, is a desperate attempt to recast their homosexuality as heterosexuality, and thus to deny their own nature and psychosexually castrate their partner. It is NEVER healthy, and it is NEVER genuine but always a willful falsification of reality to preserve a hoped-for "normality" as a "sort-of" heterosexual man who just happens to have sex with (a technical) man.
My point in saying "niggers and spics" was made very plainly in that passage: "if they can be bigoted against us, we can retaliate in kind"; thus, it is dangerous for one minority to attack and deny the rights of others. The words of the old Negro spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" enjoin "If you get to Heaven, before I do ... just bore a hole and pull me thru." Gay men have, in general, supported civil rights for blacks, Hispanics, etc., partly from simple fairness but also partly in the hope, even expectation, that as they advanced, in part because of our help, they would return the favor. Didn't happen as fully as we had hoped.
And whereas blacks are easily spotted, gay men may not be, but be in position to harm blacks or Hispanics he comes to regard as enemies, by passing over them in hiring, entering negative notations in personnel records, voting against them, etc.
I don't understand whatever point you seek to make by "It is worth noting, though, that early results overestimated minority support for Proposition 8, though you irresponsibly never addressed that." Are public-opinion polling errors germane to the issue of human rights?
As for your being a double minority, black and gay, I long ago learned that double minorities tend to have ENORMOUS, sometimes insuperable difficulty in becoming well-adjusted gay men. One minority status is hard; two is nearly crushing. The same process of self-liberation should work twice, but perhaps it's like a pint of courage trying to fill a quart container.
This is where backup from the law, or social approbation, comes in, to fill in that other pint. When, instead, social disapproval and legal pariah status evaporate or siphon off some of that pint of courage, a double-minority person is in worse condition than the single-minority whose pint of courage need only fill a pint container.
I don't know if there are organizations dedicated to double minorities (2- or some such) that address such issues and provide strategies for dealing with the special challenges of double minorities. A general-purpose gay organization might not suffice, just as a heterosexually organized 'gay' organization that by its very structure promotes a message of men-and-women-together-now! cannot really liberate gay men from impositions of heterosexuality.

Friday, February 19, 2010

TV Personalities Who Need To Be Punished. Tyra Banks yesterday praised a transvestite model (posing as a woman, modeling women's clothes) as a credit to the gay-lesbian-transgendered community. Tyra Banks needs to be punished. If she is promoting castration of gender-confused gay men, she needs to be imprisoned or flogged.
When I turned the Tyra Show off, in a rage, I found that at the exact same time, Dr. Mehmet Oz was promoting gender confusion on his show. A stupid, evil woman is shown with her little boy, dressed in girls' clothing, whom the mother calls "her" and permits to be called a "girl". She too needs to be punished.
A teenaged girl is then introduced to the audience as "Isaac", whose parents permitted her to have a double mastectomy and undergo treatment with male-hormone therapy — at age 17! The parents should be executed, and the insane child should be compelled to accept her reality. If she cannot, she should be put into a mental institution, where her actual sex is known to everyone. And if the costs of taking care of this monstrosity get too high, she should be told plainly:
You are NOT a boy/man. You are a girl/woman. If you can't accept that reality, you will be confined to this mental institution for life. If you cannot adjust happily to reality, feel free to commit suicide any time you want. Here is a supply of pills that can end your misery. There's a glass of water on the nitestand.
A vile, monstrous quack in Dr. Oz's audience advocated grotesque mutilation of gender-confused children as early as age 16. He dares to talk about the safety of a child as being paramount. Safety! The child is mutilated by "medicine". That is not keeping the child "safe"! That "doctor" should immediately be stricken from the rolls of doctors and refused permission to practice medicine. If he has actually committed sexual mutilation of children, he should then be executed, publicly.
All these adults need to be stripped naked, tied to a post, and flogged. The insane children need to be forced to accept reality, and told very plainly that believing yourself to be something you are not is the very definition of madness.
I was so livid that I sent this message to the Dr. Oz show by feedback form at its website:
Re "Transgendered" Children

What kind of quackery are you pushing? You are actually telling the world that it is a good thing to accept madness and mutilate people's body to conform their appearance to their delusions, to the point of double mastectomy of an insane female child who wishes she were a boy! Josef Mengele would be very proud of you.

Surgical mutilation makes a person the opposite sex, does it? Well, how about if we castrate you, chop out your Adam's apple, pump you full of female hormones, and change your name? Will that make you a woman?

What will mad "medicine" come up with next? If a schizophrenic hears voices, doctors should tell the world that there really are people inside his head, and the messages have to be accepted as valid? If a 6'4" American man thinks he's Napoleon, chop out the middle of his thighs to shorten him, teach him French, change his name legally, dress him in period costume, and tell the whole world that he "is" Napoleon?

Madness is madness, and telling the world that an obvious delusion is reality is a crime against sanity and society, not just against the sad, tragic lunatic. You actually allowed some monster "doctor" in the audience to talk about committing double mastectomy against a child as keeping her "safe"! How is committing a horrible crime of irreversible mutilation keeping a child "safe"?

You should be ashamed of yourself. You are PROMOTING sexual mutilation and entrapping unsuspecting third persons in same-sex emotional and sexual relationships without their knowledge. You are an enemy of society. Your license to practice medicine should be revoked, your TV show driven off the air. You are a danger to society, an enemy of sanity, an enemy of troubled children. Children have an identity problem? Your solution: Just chop off what causes them problems and parade them as something they're not.

Crazy people cannot consent to anything, because sanity is a legal precondition to consent. So all these mutilating surgeries are violent crimes against the insane. Real doctors are commanded, "First, do no harm."

Plainly we cannot permit "doctors" who accept lunacy as valid and good, to set policy on "transgendered" people. Society needs to outlaw all treatments that validate madness and promote physical mutilation of the insane, on pain of DEATH.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Gay or Straight Matters. I left this comment today at "Ramon [Johnson]'s Gay Life Blog", about a post concerning Johnny Weir, U.S. championship figure skater who refuses to come clean about his sexual orientation. The original post is from January 12th, but it was linked to, indirectly, from a FanHouse.com article yesterday, so is not pointless. (CAPS are for emphasis; not all online Comments areas permit HTML coding, so rather than risk italics or boldface codes appearing onscreen, I just used caps.)
There are gay kids who commit SUICIDE because they are convinced they are alone in the world and always will be, because COWARDS in public life refuse to come out publicly. If Weir is gay, it is NOT his own business but EVERYBODY’S business. And if Weir doesn’t accept his manhood but grew up thinking that “gay” means “feminine”, then he needs to FIX HIS ATTITUDE and find his manhood as a homosexual man. “Too gay” means EFFEMINATE, not masculine. Gay men are drawn to masculinity, so taking on an artificial ‘feminine’ persona dooms the effeminate to unhappiness. No straight celebrity has ever denied being straight [nor, I might add now, refused to deny being gay]. Ergo, Weir is gay (I avoid the convenient but oppressive rhyming Q-word). Gay boys and men all around the Nation, and world, need to know that, need to be able to point to someone and say, “Look — he’s the best in the Nation, and he’s gay, like me.”
Oh, and I used my real name.

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