Rethinking Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Light of It

I was holding off writing this simply because I've had, and still have, a great deal on my plate and have been, and still am, trying to work on things in order of survival-priority. However, there's a great deal happening in this gender-identity sphere right now. It's pulled this post forward.

As Arkansas bans treatments for transgender youth, 15 other states consider similar bills

I found this video interesting and informative.

Straight Guys and Trans Girls

For me, the fact of inter-sexed people has always been the pivotal issue. It's a fact that the human race is not born simply binary. There's a spectrum upon which everyone falls. In addition, that spectrum is not fixed but subject to constant changes, individually and societally.

The hard, "conservative" position that there is only a strict, unchanging binary is simply untenable. It's intellectually dishonest. It's a contrived, arbitrary cultural construct with no basis in reality.

Yes, there is the Y chromosome, but that is not the be-all and end-all of the matter. Real people range from one end of that "binary" to the other and every place in between. They range that way physically, psychologically, socially, and culturally.

I will share my own testimony concerning myself right here to help make the point. I am gender nonconforming. I'm not a trans person, but I'm still gender nonconforming in that I totally disagree that men can't or shouldn't wear open bottom clothes known as skirts and dresses. Men have worn skirts and dresses throughout more of prehistory and history than not. It was only recently and in only certain societies that the prohibition against men in open bottom clothes arose.

The truth of the matter is that open bottom clothes for men are actually healthier. The testes require cooling in order to properly perform their function to the fullest. I'm not sure of all the different changes in the environment and culture that have contributed to it, but males, and I use the term loosely rather than the hard-binary, have much less naturally occurring testosterone in their systems than in previous generations. The slide downward has been happening for several generations now. When I was a fairly young man, it was said that we weren't half the men our grandfathers were, testosterone speaking.

In addition to fully opposing the ridiculous rule against open bottom clothes for men (by the way, Jesus wore open bottom clothes), I also totally reject the ban by "macho men" of pinks and violets and such for males. I love those colors. That doesn't make me trans, not that I'm saying people can't be freely trans. They can.

The "masculine" was hijacked somewhere along the line to exclude any signs of "weakness." Well, those think typically considered feminine in a male don't make that male necessarily weaker. There are plenty of very strong people who like soft, comfortable, delicate, even "frilly" things for and on themselves.

The video did a good job concerning sexual orientation and gender identity. I don't need to go into it further. It's a fact that many trans women and men pass, meaning one can't readily tell there's been a transition but rather take the person as having been born that way.

Over the last few months, I've become a great deal more sympathetic. It's been a process of facing the fact that arbitrary dictators have been mentally and physically indoctrinating generations into believing there are only male and females and each is born fixed and shouldn't even ponder what their true, natural selves might be absent that extremely harsh indoctrination.

Personally, I think the whole process started so that rulers would have more subjects and larger armies so those rulers could further enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else.

As for the new laws discussed in the linked article, it's true that children change their minds. However, more don't than do and by magnitudes of order.

There's no perfect solution right now. One size doesn't fit all. But believing only in the hard binary is to live in denial of truth, and that's never good.

Published by Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.