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Transgenderism: An Idealistic State of Mind

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Sexual orientation. Sexual preference. Gender. All of these terms have been associated with the motif that one has the unworldly ability to, as if by magic, transform themselves into whatever type of individual they please. While many recognize the transgender crusade as an act of self love and achievement for the LGBTQ community, it is very easy to recognize that the driving force behind the movement is, at its core, a byproduct of a psychological illness.

In all fairness, it is the right of any human to have a unique opinion on most everything. Some areas however, including the backbone of cultures all around the globe, are a bit out of reach. According to a 2015 article written by Kenny Thapoung, a social media writer for Marie Claire magazine, only 700,000 American citizens in 2011 identified as transgender. Fast forward to 2016, only five years later, and NPR claims that number to be 1.4 million. While only a mere 0.6% of the population, it’s almost impossible to not notice the more than doubling of the group’s population in such a short time span. The growth is unreal, a true epidemic spanning all across the United States. But it doesn’t end there. Among the greater than one and a half million U.S. adults that identify as transgender, as many as 65% of them have attempted suicide. That’s 910,000 individuals attempting to end their connection with life. Should any of them succeeded, which many have, they are losing their friends, their family, their entire perception of reality gone with the bang of a bullet. The snap of a rope. The crash of a body against the still water of an under bridge channel. But why am I alluding to such a topic just after I openly opposed the victims’ lifestyle? Because it’s just that. A lifestyle. To brand yourself as someone completely different than what you are is one thing. But to give yourself your own pronouns to differentiate yourself from the rest of society and then burst out in uproar about the rising statistical violence, both sexually and on a physical level, is immoral. It’s unjust and, quite frankly, rude to impose that your peers are on a lower psychological level than you are just because they can’t accept the dilemma of  calling you by a title that you simply aren’t. To be a male, you need male parts. To be a female, you need female parts. It is hard to take seriously anyone who combats the most fundamental factor of biology as we know it. To be transgender is to change how you want to be perceived, seemingly out of thin air. And because the transgender movement isn’t a true demographic like sex or ethnicity, one must wonder, “Who are they to place themselves into a category all its own when the only difference between they and other people is an opinion and maybe a haircut?”. And this is not to hate, I am accepting of people from all walks of life. But how understanding is someone really when they’re asking their friends, family, coworkers, even children, to accept that they’re something they aren’t?

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Transgenderism: An Idealistic State of Mind