Bruce and Caitlyn Jenner, the Birds and the Bees and Settled Science

Posted on July 21, 2015

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This is another instance of my patience in waiting for an aspect of a widely reported story to present itself that gives a fresh look at the issue in question. The issue in question is Bruce Jenner and his elaborately publicized female impersonation, dubbed by the mass media, progressives and the GLBTQ political movement as a “gender transition”.

Every time anyone has publicly expressed doubts or contradictions to Bruce Jenner’s actions since his debut as “Caitlyn”, they have been attacked on the grounds of being offensive, hateful and insensitive. Progressives have redefined cross dressing as a personal identity instead of a behavior and we must follow the new rules or be considered adversarial and destructive.

My first objection to going along with this particular flow, was based on the same grounds that got Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro into hot water on Dr. Drew’s TV show on HLN, in which some legitimate questions he post led to a hostile cross dresser, Zoey Tor, threatening him that he could be sent “home in an ambulance”. Dr. Drew attempts to adopt a morally neutral position on the trans gender controversy, but the rest of the panel were contemptuous of Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro and I both object that Bruce Jenner cannot medically or biologically be classified as a woman.

The reason Jenner cannot factually claim to be a female, is that Mr. Jenner is physically and biologically a man. Wikipedia notes Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer, in which he told Sawyer that while he has undergone some cosmetic surgery, he has not undergone sex reassignment surgery or ruled it out; and stating that, for him, life as a woman is primarily a matter of mental state and lifestyle. This is a direct admission, whether he realizes it or not, that his claim to female gender status is not based on science, but purely a psychological state.

Even if Jenner did opt for sex reassignment surgery, he still would not qualify to be categorized as a woman. It is a plain medical reality that men and women have genetic markers that are distinct from one another. This is Biology 101 from way back, called male and female chromosomes. Bruce Jenner, with all of the hormone replacement and cosmetic surgery, still has heterogametic (XY) chromosomes. That basic genetic identifier is immutable. Therefore, it is not mean spirited or hateful to refuse to refer to Jenner as a woman or as “Caitlyn”. You are what your DNA says you are.

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This entire situation is very revealing of the intellectual dishonesty of progressives in more than one respect. Take for example the sort of reactions they exhibit if someone rationally questions the facts about global warming or the current euphemism they prefer – “climate change”. They will (incorrectly) contend that scientists are “unanimous” in their consensus and that climate change is “settled science”. Although it is far from settled; critics are branded as “deniers” – a pejorative designed to equate a climate change skeptic with an individual who irrationally claims that Jews did not perish in the Holocaust.

Yet, when confronted with the clear and undeniable bedrock established fact of genetics as it pertains to gender identity – science for these cultural Marxists, is no longer relevant. Not only not relevant, but if you resort to science in a debate about gender identity, as Ben Shapiro boldly did, you’re being deliberately insulting. Facts not in conformance with our emotional worldview are insulting. At least this is so for the politically correct among us.

Apparently, what were commonly referred to in past years as Transvestites and colloquially as “cross-dressers” are now known clinically as Autogynephilic transsexuals (AGPs) and the emotional state that leads them to this is Gender Dysphoria. The nomenclature was devised by Ray Blanchard at the Clark Institute. The website Transkids, is very frank and honest about both the category of Homosexual Transsexuals and Bruce Jenner’s variation – AGP.  Here is their description of an Autogynephilic Transsexual (emphasis, mine):

Autogynephilic transsexuals (AGPs) on the other hand, transition to satisfy an intense internal urge to be the opposite gender. This urge is sometimes described as a paraphilia, a fetish, or an inverted heterosexual drive where they, attracted to women, want to become the objects of their desire. They are attracted to the female physical form, so their core sexuality is heterosexual (as men), but since their preferred object of desire is not another person but themselves, they have a very atypical and complicated sexuality. They often find it confusing, and mysterious, and while they are in the vast majority of cases originally attracted to women, their perceived sexual orientation may shift. They are not physically attracted to men but may be interested in men for other reasons, to complete their autogynephilic fantasy of themselves as a woman. Autogynephilic transsexuals are etiologically similar to transvestites. They tend to view becoming a woman as a life goal in and of itself, one they are willing to abandon important features of their life such as a wife or children, job, and being seen as a normal person in order to accomplish.

The writer goes on to detail how masquerading as a woman and the impulse to do so, is something that often manifests itself in middle age or later for many men, as it did with Bruce Jenner.  It is noteworthy that even homosexuals, such as the administrator of the site admit to being, see individuals such as Jenner, not as women, but as men consumed by a fetish – transvestic fetishism. They also note that such men find that placing their impulses in the context of “gender identity” was culturally and psychologically beneficial – or so it seemed.

Gay activists such as Lisa Scheps contend that “a person is male or female based on their personal gender identity and not on physiology or what the states decides (sic) to put on an identification card.” This obviously demonstrates that the conversation is really not about science, and neither is Gender Dysphoria. Interestingly, along with other mental conditions and deviant behaviors that were once classified as “disorders” by the medical community, so was transvestism.

But now, as with homosexuality – the term “gender identity disorder”, has been stricken from the vernacular of researchers and academics in the field, not because new information has surfaced, making the disorder designation obsolete, but instead because labeling it a disorder is prejudicial and potentially harmful. As a consequence, the American Psychological Association, now defines gender identity as “one’s sense of oneself as male, female, or transgender.” Physical traits and DNA are troublesome bits of trivia.

Even more, the gay political juggernaut has introduced the term, Transphobia – an irrational fear of, and/or hostility towards, people who are transgender or who otherwise transgress traditional gender norms. Therefore, “transphobics”, are all who refuse to assent to the redefinition of the disorder. A closer look into gender identity in this sub-culture, reveals that many trans-sexuals that have had the entire surgical reassignment process, don’t consider men like Bruce Jenner, to be authentic women.

There is much more to this however – and this was pointed out to me by one of my immediate brain trusts within the family. The false compassion and politically correct posturing of the left on gender transition, is not only not compassionate, but it is deadly. In the publication, Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden Authors: Dhejne C, Lichtenstein P, Boman M, Johansson AL, Långström N, Landén M – the authors sum up their research with the following conclusion:

Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.

The report also stated, “Previous reports suggest that transsexualism is a strong risk factor for suicide, also after sex reassignment, and our long-term findings support the need for continued psychiatric follow-up for persons at risk to prevent this.”

If the authors of this study are recommending psychiatric treatment, how can it not be obvious to any clear thinking person that a disorder is not indicated? Accompanying the increased suicidal rates for post gender reassignment patients, were other ailments and risks, such as the increased likelihood of the need of psychiatric care, an increase in felony criminal convictions for female to male reassignments and higher rates of cardio-vascular diseases.

Here’s a key contradiction. No responsible medical professional would ever agree with or encourage the victim of anorexia nervosa and anorexia bulemia – eating disorders in which the person afflicted see themselves as obese despite objective evidence to the contrary, that their delusion is perfectly normal. They would not, because the health consequences of anorexia are often fatal.

The abnormal eating habits are tied to the belief by the sufferer of the syndrome, most often female, that she is fat and unattractive. This, even when some of the afflicted are no more than skin stretched over a near skeleton. Anorexia nervosa is classified under the Feeding and Eating Disorders in the latest revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

But, conversely, a man or a woman who lacking any other concrete evidence that they are not the gender of their birth, and subject to higher risks of suicide, depression, drug abuse, STD’s and other detrimental health conditions – are encouraged to pursue the self-delusion. In January of this year, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf appointed Dr. Rachel Levine for state physician general. Among Levine’s goals is to help “individuals with their myriad, complex, medical, and psychological problems.”

Remarkably, Dr. Levine, brings to the post, a background of specialization and recognized expertise in eating disorders with nearly 30 years of medical practice in pediatric psychology and behavioral health. Even more remarkable however, is the fact that “Rachel” Levine is a man, formerly known as Richard, who has been in “gender transition” for the last 10 years. As Regis Nicoll, writing in Breakpoint, discerningly observes:

Were it not for the fact that Dr. Levine will be setting health policy for the state, this would be little cause for concern. But Levine is a physician with a disorder caused by feelings about himself that are at odds with his body. And, whereas, he treats his anorexic patients by encouraging them to accept their bodies and change their feelings, he treats his own disorder by accepting his feelings and changing his body—a treatment fully sanctioned by the psychiatric establishment (one that no doubt contributed to his divorce in 2013 from his wife of 30 years).

Bruce Jenner, as “Caitlyn”, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards. ESPN executive producer Maura Mandt, explained that Jenner was given the award because “she has shown the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years, and to embark on a journey that may not only give comfort to those facing similar circumstances, but can also help to educate people on the challenges that the transgender community faces.”

I see matters entirely differently. The network equates “courage” with gender and sexual dysfunction. The first openly homosexual drafted by an NFL team, Michael Sam, recently released by the Dallas Cowboys, was the recipient of the award in 2014. There is no “truth that had been hidden for years” and Bruce Jenner’s splashy publicity tour is not courageous. In reality, Jenner is actually promoting a mental disease that leads most who suffer from it to self destructive acts, and considerable anguish. How is this courageous? Even more culpable are those in the media, the entertainment industry and in politics that are applauding him.

One can’t help but be reminded of the children’s fable with a very profound adult message, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. In it, the Emperor believes he is wearing exquisite new duds, but in reality is buck naked to the world. But, being as he is the Emperor, none of his subjects can muster up the audacity to tell him so. Instead, they praise the magnificence of his garments. That is except for one little boy, who doesn’t understand the mass psychology or the charade that attends it. What most of us forget about the story, is that even after the boy alerts the Emperor to his true condition, the charade continues on and all the Emperor’s subjects maintain the fiction as if the boy’s statement of the obvious truth was never uttered.

This is an actual named psychological syndrome, the “Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome”. It seems to relate to situations where people willingly adopt and express an opinion or belief, not because it seems reasonable or in accordance with objective data, but because they place a greater value on being in sync with whatever they suspect to be the popularly accepted view. Group think and herd mentality are other terms that describe this impulse to willingly accept logical fallacies – such as gender dysphoria and gender transition.

Bruce Jenner is a troubled man, who has surrendered to his delusion and himself, is being encouraged in it by dishonest persons in the media and the world of celebrity and entertainment. In turn, Jenner is leading others with his own mental illness, not to seek recovery, but to sink further into his same affliction.

The science is settled and the truly courageous are real women and girls like Malala Yousefzai who are bravely fighting for the rights of women in hostile, repressive places in the world.

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