False Assumptions of Transgenderism

By Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT — Proponents of transgenderism and many from the LGBTQ+ community have been arguing for some time that gender is more fluid in nature than previously believed. Researchers have formulated their agenda in concise terms by saying:

The champions of this meme, encouraged by their alliance with the broader LGBT movement, claim that whether you are a man or a woman, a boy or a girl, is more of a disposition or feeling about yourself than a fact of nature. And, much like any other feeling, it can change at any time, and for all sorts of reasons. Therefore, no one could predict who would swap this fact of their makeup, nor could one justifiably criticize such a decision.[1]

One is born male or female. This is not merely defined by one’s whim or disposition at a given time. The human beings are born with chromosomes that determine their sexuality. One may have sexual re-assignment surgery, take hormones, and wear clothing appropriate to the gender they want to be, but these things can never change their genetic makeup. Genetic material removed from a transgendered man will always demonstrate the truth of their biology. Genesis 1.27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

No amount of psychotherapy or surgery can change this essential truth. Instead of seeking normalcy through altering one’s sex, the exact opposite happens. Transgendered people who go through surgeries and hormone therapies still struggle with depression, anxiety and a whole host of other mental disorders. The fact of the matter is that a person who attempts to change his sex ends up with more problems than are solved by such treatments. One scholars has stated,

Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they “identify.” In that lies their problematic future.[2]

One’s gender is not determined in the vacuum of the mind separate and apart from biological and physiological considerations. Our genes and our physiology are predetermined in nature. One writer avers:

Our psyche is embodied. Anatomy, perception, and behavior are integrally united. Dualism is a dead end because it cannot explain the interaction between body and soul. Practically every neuroscientist in the world now agrees that mental life correlates to the material neurobiological signature.[3]

Thus, one does not really change their gender at will. Regardless of how much re-constructive surgery one has, regardless of how much hormone “therapy” one has, they still are male or female. One might change one attribute of the physical appearance, but the psyche of being masculine or feminine remains.

In our age there is a movement to re-define gender. “Gender is being defined as a hormone induced feeling, totally separate from anatomy, as if the development of sexual anatomy were distinct from those hormones in the first place.”[4] Transgendered people and others make the argument that they do not fit into the “binary.” That is they cannot be classified as male or female at given times in their lifespans. Unlike what is being touted by this concept, one is either a man or a woman. This is no such thing as a third sex!

Despite what is being stated by proponents of feminism and transgenderism there is an innate male and female nature. We are created as a man or a woman and have traits that are inherent within each of these genders. Various writers affirm,

. . . The truth is that virtually every professional scientist and researcher into the subject has concluded that the brains of men and women are different. . . . [T]he nature and cause of brain differences are now known beyond speculation, beyond prejudice, and beyond reasonable doubt. As a result, “There has seldom been a greater divide between what intelligent, enlightened opinion presumes—that men and women have the same brain—and what sciences knows—that they do not.” Therefore, they proclaim in frankness, “It is time to cease the vain contention that men and women are created the same. They were not and no amount of idealism or Utopian fantasy can alter that fact.”[5]

These things having been said, it is time that we acknowledged the differences between men and women as being God ordained in nature. These differences were intended to be complimentary in nature. Genesis 2:20-22 says, “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

Rather than expand the rights of transgendered individuals and celebrating diversity in our nation, we must realize the true tragedy of transgenderism. Even in cultures that endeavor to support transgendered individuals, longitudinal studies underscore the horrific truth—sexual reassignment surgery does not solve the psychological problems of one who is transgendered. One researcher states,

The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.[6]

Instead of helping transgendered people achieve more inroads into society, progressives should be revealing the detrimental effects that popular culture is having on the field of psychology. Instead of helping a young person who struggles with sexual identity, various psychologists and therapists are referring them to “gender counselors” and medical professionals that might suggest surgical reassignment. McHugh avers,

They [young people—JOT] have no erotic interest driving their quest. Rather, they come with psychosocial issues—conflicts over the prospects, expectations, and roles that they sense are attached to their given sex—and presume that sex-reassignment will ease or resolve them….The grim fact is that most of these youngsters do not find therapists willing to assess and guide them in ways that permit them to work out their conflicts and correct their assumptions. Rather, they and their families find only “gender counselors” who encourage them in their sexual misassumptions.[7]

In regards to the aforementioned, the APA and the federal government have determined that it is not ethical to help a transgendered person make determinations about gender dysphoria or struggles associated with homosexuality.[8]

In many respects, culture is driving various therapies and interventions associated with psychology and the mental health field. Consumerism and the progressive agenda are defining what is helpful. Instead of taking an educated and informed view of this phenomenon, our nation is allowing emotional hysteria and the drive for equality to define what is good for otherwise disturbed individuals.

The same thing might be said for many modern religions that are seeking change along societal lines. The word of God should be the litmus test for what is righteous, godly and appropriate in the lives of God’s people. Various denominations are allowing people from the LGBTQ+ and transgendered community to mount pulpits and proclaim messages saturated with postmodern twaddle. Again, the progressive culture and emotionalism is driving the narrative not the authority of God’s word.

Gender dysphoria is the mental disorder that is really being discussed in this consideration. Instead of being encouraged and publicized it needs to be treated by a competent therapist. One scholar says,

In fact, gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it. With youngsters, this is best done in family therapy[9]

One might think that young people in the Bible belt would never be introduced to this type of lifestyle. In reality, proponents of the LGBT+ community want to normalize sexual perversion in our communities. The Clarksville-Montgomery County public library hosted an event on August 12th entitled “Rainbow Reading With Equality Clarksville.” A caption on the advertisement reads, “Let’s fill the Shelves with LGBT+ Acceptance…And Love.”[10] This battle is being waged for the minds and souls of our children!

Our society needs to awaken from it fascination with all things sexual in nature. Our immorality over the last few decades has grown at an alarming rate, and it appears to be getting worse. Jeremiah 4.22 (ESV) says, “For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”

[1] McHugh, Paul (2015). Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/06/15145/

2 McHugh

[3] Mullins, Andrew (2016). The Hidden Dualism of Transgenderism. Mercator. http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the-hidden-dualism-of-transgenderism/17982#sthash.mCMD0Ri2.dpuf

[4]Ibid.

[5] Anne Moir and David Jessel, Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Male and Female (New York: Dell Publishing, 1991), 8, 9, 11.

[6] McHugh

[7] McHugh

[8] Ibid

[9] McHugh.

[10] Tennessee Star (2018). “Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Site of Drag Queen Reading Even Saturday Afternoon.” http://tennesseestar.com/2018/08/10/clarksville-montgomery-county-public-library-site-of-drag-queen-reading-event-saturday-afternoon/.

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