Tuesday, May 07, 2019

LGBTQ--When Fantasy Fails

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A biological male who "identifies" as a female is fighting for the right to compete with girls in weight lifting.

"He" says disallowing "him" to compete against girls will deny "him" the right to find strength within.

"He" says it wouldn't be fair. The girls say if he's allowed to compete against them, it "won't be fair."

When fantasy fails.

Democrats in Congress are trying to pass what is called the "Equality Act". They apparently believe that if they declare men and women to be the same--- have no unique qualities--- it will become fact.

The fantasy.

JayCee Cooper, 31, has lifted in several powerlifting competitions but was told by USA Powerlifting that male-to-female transgender people have a direct competitive advantage and therefore they have banned him from lifting with the girls.

Cooper says,
"In a world that wants to take away our power and strength, powerlifting is a way to gain that strength back and feel powerful and feel ownership of our own lives. It helps us find strength within ourselves and helps us find strength within our bodies."

USA Powerlifting is set to discuss their problem May 9, but so far they're saying Cooper would have an "unfair" advantage.

Dr. Kristopher, with the powerlifting organization, told Cooper in an email, "The fact that transgender male to female individuals having gone through male puberty confers an unfair competitive advantage over non-transgender females."

Males and females are the same, except where they're different. They're interchangeable except when they're not.

Another powerlifting organization---100% RAW Powerlifting Federation---has revoked awards to a transgender weightlifter who claimed to have broken several women's weightlifting records.

The head of that organization is saying, "Our rules, and the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather than identification."

In other words, go ahead and fantasize about being a woman all you want, we'll change laws, textbooks and social norms, but you're not going to mess around with our profitable organization.

Transgender activists are now claiming "racism" is at the bottom of this discrimination.

Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives became aware of this "unfairness" and created an amendment to the "Equality Act" that was designed to fix the "unfairness."

The amendment would have prevented biological females from being forced to compete against biological males in sporting events.

Common sense.

The Democrats, however, said not on my watch, and easily defeated the amendment last Wednesday with a 22-10 vote in the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee.

Now even supporters of the "Equality Act" are opposing the Democrats response. In fact, 3 well-known women athletes, including Martina Navratilova, a lesbian, are saying the "Equality Act" will "make it unlawful to differentiate among girls and women in sports on the basis of sex for any purpose."

Science has proven time and time again that there is a significant performance difference between biological males and females from puberty on.

Rep. Greg Steube of Florida, who proposed the rejected amendment, says it just makes sense. But progressives are not looking for things that "make sense."

Steube says,
"From percentage of lean muscle, to heart size, body fat and joint angles, the bodies of men and women are distinctly unique and produce a vast and tangible athletic performance difference."

The Equality Act advocates say all this is "hyperbole and outdated stereotype."

Advocates who have changed their minds, like Navratilova, say this "Act" will discriminate against women athletes forever.

The sex change revolution is based on ideology, not science.

In 2004, Dr. Paul McHugh, distinguished professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, stopped sex change procedures because he found that patients were no better adjusted or satisfied after receiving the treatment.

At the time, he said, "Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness by catering to the desires of people who wanted surgery to change their biological sex."

He continued, "We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia."

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy and has written a paper affirming that sex change is based on ideology, not science.

He says,
"America is in the midst of what has been called a 'transgender moment'. In the space of a year, transgender issues went from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights."

But can a boy truly be trapped in a girl's body? Can modern medicine really "reassign" sex?

Anderson notes that Dr, McHugh at Johns Hopkins did put a stop to the procedures some years ago, but there has been a resurgence of "sex change" procedures in recent years---not because of any scientific discoveries, but as a result of a growing ideological movement.

The movement is currently focused on children. The most vulnerable.

In the past few years, dozens of pediatric gender clinics have sprung up across the country---45 gender clinics have opened in the past several years---all telling parents that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones may be the only way to prevent teen suicides.

Anderson says the clinics and the concerned parents overlook the fact that "according to the best studies, even those that transgender activists themselves cite, find that 80 to 95% of children with gender dysphoria will come to identify with and embrace their bodily sex."

"Never mind that 41% of people who identify as transgender will attempt suicide at some point in their life compared to 4.6% of the general population," he says.

People who have had transition surgery are 19 times more likely than the average to die by suicide.

He says,
"Many psychologists and psychiatrists think of gender dysphoria as similar to other dysphorias, or forms of discomfort with one's body, such as anorexia," which leads to actions in accordance with those false beliefs.

Anderson says, in his book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment", "McHugh got it right. The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex."

"Biology isn't bigotry," he says.

Nature affirms that Harry cannot biologically become Sally.

It's a fantasy.

When fantasy fails, we must turn to the source of human experience.

Nature's God tells us in Genesis 5:2, "He made them in His own image and likeness, Male and female He created them, and He blessed them."

Jesus, in Mark 10, affirming marriage as between a man and a woman, says,
"However from the beginning of Creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be united with his wife."

Erasing the biological significance of our maleness and femaleness destroys the script that God knit into human experience for how the sexes interact with one another and how children know the difference between a father and a mother.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.