sábado, 4 de febrero de 2017

The transgender agenda: when young people are most at risk...

Flexible Genders and Fanciful Selves

by Wanda Skowronska

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made “transgender” aprotected status under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Catholic moral theologian Christian Brugger states that a “baffling multiplication of categories of sexuality” are now seeking “rights,” including transsexualism, transvestism, bi-genderism, genderqueerism, pansexuality to name a few. As Brugger further explains, “transgender” is the catchall term referring to all persons who do not identify with their sex. Within this umbrella term “bi-genders” are those who alternate between feminine and masculine gender typed behaviors in different situations; “transvestites” find satisfaction in dressing in clothes of the opposite sex and “genderqueers” refer to persons who do not identify themselves as either male or female—some feeling they are both male and female, some neither male nor female, and some believing they are a “third gender.” Any identification is acceptable and it can change over time into any desired permutation.

In case you believe this is too difficult to believe, an Australian called Norrie took his desire to be “no gender” to the High Court in Australia in 2014 and won. However those New Yorkers wishing to change their birth certificates because they don’t feel they are what they were born with are having a more difficult time as this makes paperwork a nightmare.

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. think of transgender “rights” being included under the term “civil rights” as the transgender activists would like it to be? And what is all this about?

The transgender issue has not suddenly emerged but has been on the boil for many years. The first calls for recognition of transgenderism came from a German physician called Magnus Hirschfield (1868-1935) who observed and categorized 64 possible types of sexual categories ranging from masculine heterosexual male to feminine homosexual male. His advocacy of “rights” for all genders found a voice in John Money who was born in New Zealand to a Plymouth Brethren family and who later completed his studies at Harvard. He became professor of pediatrics and medical psychology at Johns Hopkins University and furthered the notion of the social construction of gender from the 1950s onwards and wrote Man & Woman, Boy & Girl (1972), which was used as a college level textbook.

Money coined the term “gender role” in 1955 proposing that the term gender role signifies all those things that a person says or does to disclose himself or herself as having the status of boy or man, girl or woman, respectively. That is, having a gender is a socially constructed role and is not limited to the fact that one is a ‘male’ or ‘female’ at birth. After homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, the challenge remained to remove any negative reference to transgenderism or gender identity disorder from the manual, which occurred in 2015.


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