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脱はんこ「反対」へ共闘 自民印章議連と山梨知事 https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2020100800761&g=pol
A journey to understanding
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I say this as my opinion, as unfounded in actual knowledge as it may be. For the record, I don’t know anyone transgender. I’m not transgender. I don’t think I’ve ever even talked to someone transgender. So honestly, my opinion is next to worthless. And if someone who actually is trans, or knows someone who is, or studies it, has something to tell me, wants to correct me, I’m all ears. I don’t want to insult anyone, hurt anyone, anything like that. And if I do, even involuntarily, I’m sorry. And I in no way want to endorse or in any way encourage any sort of discrimination or persecution toward transgender individuals, and I condemn anyone who takes part in such activity. But with that said, here is my opinion.
A guy should be able to do just about everything a girl can do. If a guy wants to dress up in dresses, and wear pink, and play with dolls, any of those obviously stereotypical ‘feminine’ things, he should be able to do that. A girl, in the same way, should be able to do just about everything a guy can do. If a girl wants to dress in blue, play football, play with trucks, any of these again, obviously stereotypically ‘masculine’ things, she should be able to do that. I know saying this is easy, and I know that there are so many ways in which inequality between the genders exists, inequalities that go both ways. I also realize, as I’m typing this, that it’s honestly weird for me even… not even weird, it’s discriminatory of me to be writing this, trying… well basically to give reasons against the existence of transgender people. I know that’s wrong, that I honestly shouldn’t give a damn and just let people live their lives. But it’s a big issue, that’s impacting all sorts of people. Especially in the aforementioned sports.
The question that I ask is based on a utopia, where there is as close to perfect equality between men and women as possible. Would there then be a need… not a need. I’m unsure how to put this, but would there be any transgender people in such a society? When the only differences are those that are there from birth, the biological differences that exist between a man and a woman? Why are people transgender. Is it because they feel uncomfortable in their own bodies? I’m sure there are many people uncomfortable in their bodies, short, tall, fat, slim, facial shape, bone structure, so much more. And yes, things like plastic surgery are almost mainstream now, where you don’t have to accept the body that you have from birth, where you can change the way you look. (I don’t mean to single out people who have facial or other reconstructive surgeries due to injury or other uncontrollable/medical reasons, I’m thinking more of purely cosmetic surgery) But is that and sex-change surgery the same? And it almost seems to me that this kind of surgery or procedure is limited to those rich enough to afford it. Recently, there has been backlash over people pretending to be of different race than when they were born. But…. tell me then, why is that so different from being transgender? And if we accept transgendered people, can we not accept trans-racial people? After all, biracial people, who struggle with their identity already exist, all over the world. Where do we draw the line? I know there is a fallacy in this way of thinking, to claim that there’s a huge slippery slope, and that someday people will claim to identify as, well, Apache Attack Helicopters. I don’t think that that will happen.
However, I do think there are some conflicts emerging between the argument for gender quality, and the acceptance of transgender individuals. I also think there are some very real effects, most notably in sports, that transgender individuals are causing. For example, how do you feel about male to female transgender athletes participating in women’s sports? Below are some articles for further reading; but be warned, they do have a bias, and they are a collection that I assembled. To get your own opinion, research the issue for yourself.
I went and did some research. Transgender, has the word gender in it. Gender isn’t about the biology, it’s about ‘social constructs, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for boys and men or girls and women. These influence the ways that people act, interact, and feel about themselves.’
That’s from the American Psychological Association. And if someone feels like they don’t want to be forced into a role that their gender dictates, I completely agree with that. Absolutely. I have no disagreement with that. However, I do wonder about sex-change operations. I guess, now, thinking about it, that it’s a horrible thing to be forced into. That society is so segregated, so divided and cubby holed, that someone had to cut themselves down from a square and sand themselves into a circle, just to fit into the hole that society provides. There is a certain amount of crossover, inevitable, unavoidable crossover from sex, the ‘biological status as either male or female, and is associated primarily with physical attributes such as chromosomes, hormone prevalence, and external and internal anatomy.’ (Again, from the American Psychological Association), and gender (refer to earlier definition).
But I wonder, again, not being transgender myself, so not fully understanding, but is an operation, a full physical change the best way to solve these problems? It seems that in a way that kind of procedure exacerbates the problem, making people think that if they don’t fit in with gender norms, that they have to change their entire physical appearance and structure. That if a person born a man wanted to act in a ‘female’ manner, they have to surgically alter their body. That if a person born a woman wanted to act in a ‘male’ manner, they have to surgically alter their body. That doesn’t sound right to me. No one should have to go through all of that just to fit in, and that shouldn’t be the accepted way to solve this. We should be fighting to reduce the inequality involved with gender.
In a perfect world, I would hope that the word ‘transgender’ wouldn’t have to exist. Because in that perfect world, all but the necessary, completely unchangeable biological things would separate men and women. Everything else, pay, roles, toys, sports, would be equal. I know that our world isn’t anything like that. It might never be like that. But I think that we should be working to make strides in that direction.
That was my opinion. Jumbled up, messy, completely cluttered, and incomplete. Lacking so much information. But that’s it. So, if you have anything to say, any opinion you would like to share with me, if you want to yell at me and tell me why I’m such an idiot, why I’m so damn wrong, by all means. I welcome it. I want to start a civilized discussion, discourse about this topic. If you disagree with me, that’s perfectly fine, and I’d love to have a conversation with anyone who disagrees with me. Thank you.