Public Discourse 27 April 2017Family First Comment: Bravo to Walt Heyer who once again hits the nail on the head – based on his own experience. “No objective tests can prove that the transgender condition exists. No physical examination, blood test, bone marrow test, chromosome test, or brain test will show that a person has gender dysphoria. It is a condition revealed solely by the patient’s feelings. Yet the recommended treatment is extreme—cross-gender hormones and sex-reassigning surgery. …. My message attempts to help others avoid regret, yet the warning is not welcome to the advocates whose voice for transgender rights rings strong and loud. Some will find my words offensive, but then the truth can be offensive. Personally, I cannot think of anything more offensive than men diminishing the wonder and uniqueness of biological women by suggesting women are nothing more than men who have been pumped with hormones and may or may not have undergone cosmetic surgery. Cheers and bravo to the offensive truth. Let’s reclaim the beautiful reality of male and female sexual difference and reject transgender ideology.”A recent New York Post article tells the story of a Detroit mom named Erica who changed into a transgender dad named Eric. If that is not enough, his son had already changed genders: born a boy, he transitioned to living as a girl. Thus, mom became dad and son became daughter. Similarly, back in 2015, a fifty-two-year-old Canadian man made the news when he traded in his wife and seven kids to fulfill his “true identity” as a six-year-old transgender girl.Stories like these remind us that transgender identity is a product of LGBTQ social ideology, not of each human person’s innate identity as male or female. Transgender identity is not authentic gender but man’s attempt to socially engineer the family, sex, and gender identity.What Makes a Person Trans?The accepted LGBTQ standard for being a “real” trans woman or trans man is simply that a person desires to self-identify as the opposite of his or her biological sex and to be socially accepted as such. If a person feels distressed about his or her birth gender, then the politically correct action is for everyone to affirm the new and “authentic” gender identity—the one that exists only in the trans person’s feelings.In a recent interview on Fox News, transgender lawyer Jillian Weiss, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was asked repeatedly by host Tucker Carlson, “What are the legal standards to be transgender?” Finally, the legal specialist admitted, “There are no legal standards.”That’s right—no legal standards or legal definitions of transgender exist. Yet, as Carlson pointed out, $11 billion of federal money is spent on sex-specific programs, such as the Small Business Administration investing in businesses owned by women. Without a legal definition, these funds become easy prey for, as Carlson puts it, “charlatans” who will claim to be women simply to get the money.When people feel that their biological sex doesn’t match their internal sense of gender, they are typically diagnosed with gender dysphoria. This is defined as “discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth.” In other words, the medical diagnostician simply listens to and affirms the patient’s own verbal self-identification and self-diagnosis.No objective tests can prove that the transgender condition exists. No physical examination, blood test, bone marrow test, chromosome test, or brain test will show that a person has gender dysphoria. It is a condition revealed solely by the patient’s feelings. Yet the recommended treatment is extreme—cross-gender hormones and sex-reassigning surgery.Don’t be duped when trans activists conflate the unrelated condition of intersexuality with transgenderism to gain sympathy for a trans agenda. People with intersex conditions are not the same as self-identified transgender people. Being intersex is verifiable in the physical body; being transgender is not. People who identify as transgender usually have typical male or female anatomies.How to Become TransgenderThe wikiHow article entitled “How to Transition from Male to Female (Transgender)” outlines a simple five-part system for men who want to become women. Here is a small sample:Seek a qualified therapist. . . . Ask your friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist. Browse the internet in search of a therapist experienced working with members of the trans community. . . .Receive a diagnosis. Over the course of a series of sessions, your therapist will evaluate your individual situation issuing a diagnosis. After determining that you have consistently experienced symptoms such as disgust with your genitals, a desire to remove signs of your biological sex, and or a certainty that your biological sex does not align with your true gender, your therapist will likely diagnose you with Gender Dysphoria.These instructions are typical of the advice offered to those who believe they may be transgender. I myself followed a similar series of steps. Yet, in hindsight, after transitioning from male to female and back again, I see that many important topics are ignored by such advice, placing vulnerable people at risk. Four crucial omissions are most obvious and problematic.First, these instructions fail to caution the reader about therapist bias. Asking friends in the trans community to recommend a therapist guarantees that the therapist will be biased toward recommending the radical step of transitioning.Second, no mention is made or warning given about sexual fetishes. If a person has been sexually, emotionally, or physically abused or is addicted to masturbation, cross-dressing, or pornography, he could be suffering from a sexual fetish disorder. As such, he is probably not going to be helped by gender dysphoria treatment protocols.Third, the high incidence of comorbid mental conditions is not mentioned. Those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiance behaviors, narcissism, autism, or other such disorders need to proceed cautiously when considering transitioning, because these disorders can cause symptoms of gender dysphoria. When the comorbid disorder is effectively treated, the gender discomfort may relent as well.Fourth, regret after transition is real, and the attempted suicide rate is high. Unhappiness, depression, and inability to socially adapt have been linked to high rates of attempted suicide both before and after gender transition and sexual reassignment surgery. My website gathers academic research on this topic and reports the personal experiences of people who regret transitioning.When Real Looks FakeAs simple as it is to become a “real” transgender person, it’s even easier to turn into a fake one. “Fake” transgender people like me start out as real, but when they eventually see through the delusion of gender change and stop living the transgender life, transgender activists give them the disparaging label of “fake.”If someone comes to the difficult and honest conclusion that transitioning didn’t result in a change of sex, then he or she is perceived as a threat to the transgender movement and must be discredited. Name-calling and bullying ensues. To be considered real, the transgender person must continue in the delusion that his or her gender changed. The problem with basing a diagnosis and irreversible treatment on people’s feelings, no matter how sincerely held, is that feelings can change.My message attempts to help others avoid regret, yet the warning is not welcome to the advocates whose voice for transgender rights rings strong and loud. Some will find my words offensive, but then the truth can be offensive. Personally, I cannot think of anything more offensive than men diminishing the wonder and uniqueness of biological women by suggesting women are nothing more than men who have been pumped with hormones and may or may not have undergone cosmetic surgery.Cheers and bravo to the offensive truth. Let’s reclaim the beautiful reality of male and female sexual difference and reject transgender ideology.READ MORE: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/04/19080/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=cefaa5125b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-cefaa5125b-84094405
13 YEARS?!?!I should have played baseball.MORE: Ten questions about Bryce Harper’s mega-deal with PhilliesNow that Harper is one of the richest people in sports, he has plenty of cash to spend without the worry of going broke. He’s officially secured the bag, so now it’s time to go wild and start buying ridiculous things. His life should be like a rap video every day.We did some of the dirty work for Harper already, so he knows what to spend his money on. We listed some of those items below.Bryce Harper should go to spaceDid you know you can spend 10 days on the International Space Station? Probably not, because you’re poor like me. Houston-based company Axiom Space announced last year it will cost $55 million to take the adventure up above the clouds. Harper would be dumb not to go to space at a cost like that.He has $330 million; $55 million is nothing to him. If he wanted to go all out, he could waste his entire contract and spend, like, two months up there. I don’t know what he’d do all alone in the galaxy, though. Maybe he can go find that baseball he hit into the solar system.Axiom plans on sending people to space starting in 2020, so Harper has a full year to start saving his cash.Bryce Harper should fix the Fyre FestivalWe have two documentaries explaining how much of a desire Fyre Festival was. Did you watch the Netflix one? A man had to ███████████ (we had censor this because Sporting News is a family website). There wouldn’t have to be such drastic measures if Bryce were in charge.Founder Billy McFarland was ordered to forfeit $26 million following his six-year prison sentence, and Harper has more than enough to cover that. Cardi B revealed she was paid $70,000 for each of her two performances at Coachella, which seems like a steal of a price. Bryce could easily make her a headliner for Fyre.The promo for Fyre Festival looked amazing, and Harper needs to be the one who makes it a reality.MORE: Bryce Harper and the biggest contracts in sports historyBryce Harper should buy an islandFor starters, the island could be used for Fyre Festival Part II.There are several price ranges for buying ones own island, but since the Phillies are giving Harper so much cash he can get the upper echelon of islands. Take a look at all of the amazing islands available to buy on Private Islands Online. Some cost so much money, they don’t even tell you how much they are.But on the ones that do, the most expensive one I found costs $160 million at 110 acres. This will probably eat up too much of Harper’s overall contract, so let’s lower the price a bit. His best value is the Nengo Nengo atoll, which only costs $55.7 million. This one is 2,223 acres, which is perfect if he wants to host a music festival there. Plenty of space. Bryce Harper has finally made up his mind on his baseball future, and he reportedly settled on a 13-year deal with the Phillies worth $330 million.A few takeaways: Bryce Harper should buy expensive foodsThere’s no single food item that’s going to break the bank for Harper, but we’ll list a few ridiculously priced items below.$2,000 pizza from Industry Kitchen: It has 24K gold leaves for some reasonBillion Dollar Popcorn from Berco’s: Costs $5 a kernel, also has gold in it$777 burger from Caesars’ Burger Brasserie: Made with Kobe beef and Maine lobsterBlack Diamond ice cream from Scoopi: Why do people like eating gold?$5,000 burger from Fluer’s: How does it cost that much?$25,000 taco from Grand Velas Los Cabos: Again, gold is involvedBryce Harper should go HollywoodThe budget for “Avengers: Infinity War” was reportedly between $316-$400 million, so hopefully Bryce saved up from his previous contracts because he might need some extra cash. The good news is the movie made $2.048 billion at the box office, so there’s good potential for return on investment.This is obviously the best way for Harper to invest his money.