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The Emperor is a Crossdresser

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Kirsten Andersen - published on 06/04/15 - updated on 06/07/17

In short, why is the entire world expected to pretend this situation is normal to make Bruce Jenner comfortable, when he has expressed exactly zero concern for anyone else’s comfort – least of all that of his own children?

The drama surrounding Jenner’s transition plays out across the nation on a smaller scale every time someone decides to reject the cards biology dealt them.  Families are torn apart as children lose their mom or dad, or parents lose their son or daughter.  “Better trans than dead,” goes the retort, and of course, that’s true.  But transitioning is neither a guarantee of lasting happiness nor a preventive measure against suicide. In fact, studies have shown that one out of five post-operative transsexuals “deeply regret” their sex change.  Up to 18 percent will attempt suicide.

When an emaciated young woman suffering from anorexia tells us she is fat, we don’t show her to the plus size department and hand her diet pills.  When someone suffering from severe body dysphoria tells us his arm or leg isn’t supposed to be there, we don’t rush him in for an amputation or give him a chainsaw.  If a person is deluded into thinking he’s Barack Obama, we don’t let him anywhere near the Oval Office.  But for some reason, our society has chosen to treat gender dysphoria differently.  We reinforce the delusion instead of helping people accept the reality of their own biology.

Meanwhile, the rest of us are expected to carry on as if nothing is wrong, or even out of the ordinary.  Schools and businesses are forced to permit biological males to use female-only toileting and shower facilities, regardless of how women and girls may feel about it.  Female athletes are forced to compete against biological males, regardless of the added risk to their safety.  And the thought police are ever on the march, seeking to ruin the lives and careers of those who dare to question the sanity of any of it.  Just look at the glee over the Josh Duggar scandal – with trans activists openly celebrating a tragic case of mishandled childhood sexual abuse because it made critics of their agenda look hypocritical.

The most important thing, according to these misguided activists, is that we all keep up the charade, even if it hurts people … even if it kills them.  After Jenner emerged from his facial surgery, Vanity Fair reports, he had a panic attack – his first ever.  “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” Jenner recalled thinking at the time.

His worry was short-lived.  The thought police came quickly to the rescue, ready to stamp out any doubts.  Reported Vanity Fair, a counselor from the “Los Angeles Gender Center” rushed to the house to reassure Jenner, telling him that panic is often induced by pain medication.  (That obviously explains the raging pain medication abuse epidemic in this country.  People just love panic attacks.)  Second-guessing the choice to surgically transform one’s body, the counselor said, is human, but temporary. 

Perhaps lying to Jenner was the compassionate thing to do.  After all, what’s done is done, and I suppose the truth – that he just irreversibly damaged his own body in the search of a happiness he’s not likely to find in this world – would have been too cruel.  But it’s not too late for others.  Let’s stop celebrating the Emperor’s New Clothes, before far too many more are hurt.

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