I recently saw a news article (didn’t read it) which mentioned Bruce Jenner’s “transition from male to female.” While I am thoroughly exhausted with hearing about the Jenner-Kartrashian clan(s), I would like to take this opportunity to issue a rebuttal to the trans movement. In addition to Jenner’s pending surgical mutilation, I have seen a good deal of other trans issues and individuals popping up in the news.
First of all, there are only two sexes, humanity is sexually dimorphic. A Y chromosome makes someone male, end of story. If gender means something other than sex, then it refers to an abstraction which does not exist. There is only male and female, and this is genetically predetermined, there is no basis in genetics for a third gender.
That being said, there are a number of people claiming to be a man trapped in a woman’s body, or vice versa. This claim borders on metaphysics, and attempts to take a shortcut around scientific and psychological scrutiny. On what basis can a woman be trapped in a man’s body? How does a woman get inside a man’s body in the first place?
If there is a male or female soul trapped in the “wrong body” then that means the soul or spirit cannot be an emergent property of the physical hardware of the body, because the body is male or female. If the soul or spirit is not an emergent property, then that means someone had to have created the soul and put it there, and this seems strange to me given that the majority of these people reject traditional religions, and therefore have no basis for believing in either a soul or afterlife. Some of these people will say God made a mistake, but that puts the basis/cause for trans beyond scientific scrutiny, and does not hold up to logical scrutiny as there is no way they can know or confirm that statement. The only basis behind that claim is subjective personal feelings of discomfort in one’s own skin, and that is not evidence for anything, except perhaps a psychological imbalance.
Some have argued that the brain of a trans male (who wants to be female) bears similarities to a natural female brain, but again, this does not hold up to logical scrutiny. Neural configurations in the brain are shaped by experiences and behavior. Things ranging from playing videogames to religious beliefs affect the shape and structure of neural patterns in the brain. Imitating a woman could also lead to the formation of patterns in a male brain similar to what exists in a female brain, but this does not mean that the man has a female brain or that he was born with one. A man does not have it in his DNA to form a female brain anymore than he does to form a vagina.
How would someone know that they are a male trapped in a female body or vice versa? In order to know that, one would have to have advanced knowledge of what it is like to be both genders. There is no way a woman could ever have empirically experienced what it is like to be a man, therefore, there is no basis for comparison, or claiming that she has knowledge of what it is like to be a man. That means there is no basis for concluding that one is a man trapped in a woman’s body or vice versa.
I think what this boils down to is thinking that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But this is not a fence which can be jumped. There is nothing which can be done to delete a Y chromosome, or add one, in a fully formed adult. There is no amount of surgery which can create a functioning female vagina or reproductive system. There is nothing which can be done to create a functioning male reproductive system either. I daresay, a woman can never experience a male orgasm, any more than a man can experience a female orgasm.
Now, I am not going to stand in the way of anyone who wants to do this, as it’s none of my business what other people do provided that I am left out of it, but I refuse to participate in the delusion. I will not refer to men by female pronouns, or to women with male pronouns. Reality is what it is, and nothing can be done to change it.