The Lancet goes Trans
The prestigious British medical journal The Lancet has dedicated more than a dozen articles in its June 17 issue to affirming trangenderism as “diversity and not pathology”. This is not the first time The Lancet has adopted a controversial cause and been proven wrong. In this instance, The Lancet accepted, without any supporting evidence, the claim that a transition from one sex to the other sex with or without surgical alteration is an appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria.
Gender dysphoria is the new name for Gender Identity Disorder. Dysphoria is a fancy word for unhappiness. The gender dysphoric are unhappy ecause they don’t feel comfortable as the sex they were born. They envy the other sex and want to be (or may believe contrary to the obvious evidence that they are) the other sex. They are willing to go to extremes to achieve what they covet – acceptance as the other sex.
Men who have been surgically altered to resemble women are referred to as transsexual women (M2F). It would be more descriptive to refer to these men as M2T –male to transsexual.
The authors of The Lancet articles admit that persons who self-identify as transgendered have problems. A survey taken in the U.S. found that 41% of those who self-identified as transgendered had attempted suicide. M2T are more likely to be HIV positive than any other group and more likely to engage in prostitution. While it is true that some trans people are victims of violence, much of this may be attributable to sexual partners and to their involvement in prostitution and other illegal activities, not trans bias.
The authors of The Lancet issue would have us believe that all that is necessary for trans people to be healthy is for them to be totally affirmed — that level of affirmation would require every institution and every individual to pretend that trans persons are the other sex. According to one of The Lancet articles, “The only valid route to understanding a person’s gender identity is to listen to them.” However, many of those who have listened closely to the transgendered demands don’t hear diversity, they hear pathologically disordered rationalizations.
In the 1970s Dr. Paul McHugh, chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, who had long been skeptical of the hospital’s so called sex change program, took over the department and ordered a review of the results. The conclusion was that surgery did not improve the psychological state of those operated on. The program was terminated. Since then Mc Hugh has not changed his mind. He continues to believe that surgery is not the solution.
A number of women both on the right and the left are unconvinced. They insist that they know a woman when they see one and these men claiming to be women aren’t. Lesbian/feminists are particularly offended at those men who claim to be lesbian women and invade women’s spaces. Feminist Germaine Greer, using rather more colorful language, rejected the idea that amputating a man’s private parts and putting him in a dress makes him a woman.
Clayton Channing, a gay man, started an on-line petition “Drop the T” a campaign to remove transgendered activists from the LGB coalition. He points out that transgender activists who demand full coverage for the cost of transition from one’s biological sex to an imitation of the other sex for anyone who wants it, including incarcerated sex offenders and murderers, but ignore those who feel they have made a mistake and want to de-transition. Channing is concerned that young children with GID are being pushed into transgender support therapy when 80 to 90% of them would, if left alone, spontaneously give up their desire to be the other sex. There is also concern that some of the mothers, who are insisting that their children should be accepted as transgendered, have Munchhausen’s by proxy, a condition in which a parent creates a condition in the child in order to gain attention or sympathy. Kenneth Zucker and Susan Bradley treated numerous children with GID and found that in the majority of cases the mothers were profoundly disturbed.
Gender dysphoria is a profound unhappiness with the reality of one’s biological sex. Many of the transgendered suffer from pathological narcissism. Anne Lawrence, a M2T in an article entitled “Shame and Narcissistic Rage in Autogynephilic Transsexualism,” points out that:
“After gender transition, the situation often becomes no better and may become worse. Nonhomosexual MtF transsexuals who transition to live as women want to be regarded as women and treated as women. The male-typical aspects of their appearance and behavior, however, often make it difficult for them to be seen as other than transsexual women. Sometimes they may be seen simply as men pretending to be women. This makes it likely that they will experience frequent unempathetic reactions, including overt disrespect or derision, harassment, denial of basic civil rights, or violence.”
“Because their feelings of being or wanting to be women are so central to their sense of self, they may experience the negative reactions of others as implying that they are inadequate in a deep and fundamental way, leading to further feelings of shame.”
“Autogynephilic transsexuals may also find it harder to fully identify with women after transition than before, because the differences they inevitably observe between themselves and natal women become harder to rationalize after transition. Before transition, these differences can be attributed to the necessity of temporarily maintaining a socially acceptable masculine persona; after transition, when this excuse evaporates, autogynephilic transsexuals may be forced to confront reality. Nonhomosexual MtF transsexuals often seem to expect that, with enough effort, they will be able to pass undetected as natal women after transition; but because their appearance and behavior are rarely naturally feminine, this expectation usually proves to be unrealistic.”
Persons prone to narcissistic disorders ‘‘typically develop many unrealistic expectations for themselves…that, in effect, set the stage for shame.”
Envy and Gender Dysphoria
Envy is pain caused by the good fortune of others. The envious feel that they have been unjustly deprived of something essential to their happiness and resent those who have what they believe they have a right to. Envy differs from admiration which involves joy at other’s blessings, or emulation which is the realistic effort to improve oneself using another as a pattern.
The following are quotes from Thorin25, a Christian man who is trying to overcome the temptation to cross-dress. He recognizes that these desires involved the sin of envy and coveting:
“We envy specific articles of clothing, whether we see them online, or in a magazine, in a store, or in our wife’s closet. We envy those objects and covet them to such a degree that they consume our thoughts and hinder us from getting our work done. We covet them so much that we take foolish risks to obtain those articles of clothing even if it means a storekeeper finding out about our crossdressing, or a wife catching us in the act, or us losing our jobs by being found out.”
The following come from a website for crossdressers.
“What’s your strangest ‘crossdresser’s envy’?…Many of us here have admitted to envying girls and women from a young age onwards for what we perceived as being their traditional gender-based ‘perks’ – i.e. the ability to wear what they chose (and when) without necessarily being forced by society to adhere to certain established male/female dress code strictures, being able to be ‘tomboys’ without fear of criticism or being subjected to strange looks, being given a ‘free pass’ to express their innermost emotions as they saw fit, and being given free rein to use all manner of artificial enhancements (make-up, cosmetic surgery, pretty clothes, sexy lingerie etc.) to improve their attractiveness and appearance, while we are generally consigned to dressing in ‘drab’ in more ways than one. So – given that – what is your strangest example of the type of ‘crossdresser’s envy’ that I have described above?…When I was younger, I not only envied girls and women for the items already mentioned, but also priests and Scotsmen (yes, and Prince Charles as well) for being able to wear, respectively, dress-like cassocks and kilts while otherwise presenting as men, and without anyone ever batting an eye over that”.
Being unhappy with one’s sexual identity starts with envy. From a Christian point of view (a view other religions agree with) envy is a sin, and leads to coveting, which is a violation of the commandments. At the root of this unhappiness is envy. The gender dysphoric think they would be happier, safer, or receive more positive attention as the other sex. Most of them have extremely stereotyped view of sex difference. They don’t really understand the sex they envy, only the surface features.
When the sin of envy is surrendered to on a regular basis, it can take over a soul and the person can fall into a pathological narcissism. The person can become addicted to the feelings engendered by cross-dressing. Society can’t force people to resist temptation, but it does not have an obligation to facilitate sinful desires.
 Kenneth Zucker, Susan Bradley
 Anne Lawrence, “Shame and Narcissistic Rage in Autogynephilic Transsexualism,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (2008) 37:457–461.