By Trish Randall
As a human, I have done quite a bit of pondering about the idea that gender dysphoria is unique among the experiences that are known collectively as the human condition. In a recent episode of the show “I am Jazz,” this dysphoria is characterized as a feeling about oneself that is “persistent, consistent, insistent.” Both people who experience this phenomenon, and people close to those individuals report this self-experience can last for very long timeframes. There are psychological and medical professionals who claim that this is a lifelong feature of an individual’s personality and/or body and that the only way to address it is by taking steps to make others view or accept one as a member of the opposite sex. The form of the change is up to the person — anything from verbally announcing one is the opposite sex with no external change at all (because trans isn’t about physical attributes), all the way to multiple plastic surgery procedures that leave the individual sterile (to remove features of the body the individual links to the unwanted sex).
Whatever the degree of physical action the individual wishes to enact to decrease dysphoria, the consensus among trans ideologues appears to be that in addition to biological sex, there’s an internal sense of what one would prefer one’s sex to be, and that is “gender.”
I’m sorry, but I don’t think there is any such a thing as having an internal sense of who one is that would include a firm conviction that one’s bodily sex is incompatible with one’s real, true identity. I’m certain that it is possible, and probably not as infrequent an experience as one might expect, for people to be deeply disappointed with one aspect or another of the body one was born in. Exhibit A is the plastic surgery industry. Exhibit B, the makeup industry.
When I was a young teen, there were places one could go to learn to walk, speak, and present oneself in a more pleasing way. This unhappiness might even take the form of being disappointed about not being a boy or a girl. But unhappiness, disappointment, and even longing to be different in this or that way, is not the same thing as confusion — even if the individual reports this unhappiness stretching back as far as earliest childhood memories. This feeling may not even go back that far, as people’s memories of childhood events often contain distortions from frequent retellings by the individual or by close family members, or the fading of memory as decades go by.