SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGES-BY CHOICE
When I was a thirteen year old in the 1940`s we rented a basement apartment to a homosexual. It was my first experience in seeing a person who did not live his sexual life in a traditional way and he had many visitors , usually young men. It was a time when men did not come out publicly with their preferences for other men, but in hindsight I can recall many women living together with no questions about their sexual needs. There are many women who lived together as roommates all their lives.It was a well known fact, even then, that some women preferred to have sex with women and men with their own kind. I do not recall seeing in print any problems about this situation but men remained men and women remained women and if they did not make a big deal about their sexual needs, it was ignored. Homosexuality and lesbianism went against the creeds of all religions and was not really acceptable but ignored. Today Homosexuality and Lesbianism in western society has been totally accepted , as the private affair of the individuals involved and many prominent people, like the premier of Ontario,are quite open about their preferences. There are new words in use, transgender, transsexual, transvestite, cross dresser and of course old reliable queer. I am not even going to the trouble to define each of these words as most people know them, and as well the term LGBTQ ,which puts all of these descriptions in one acronym. So what’s new?
What’s new is the idea that the sex that people were given at birth ,does not serve them mentally or psychologically. I use the word “given” rather frivolously . Men, by science, were found to have XY chromosomes and women XX. Or to put it into plain language the male of our species had a penis and the women a vagina. Activists have reframed a sex change as a civil rights issue. Doctors who do not agree can be accused of being bigots. Taking the other side Dr Paul McHugh for 26 years as psychiatrist-in -chief at John Hopkins Hospital says the claim that a person can change his or her sex is false. On occasion the development of the embryo produced sexual organs that were not completely developed but that was just a mistake by nature in the development of the embryo. Nature can produce very effeminate men and “butch”type females, very masculine in appearance. But these people still lived by the sex they were given at birth. Some people want to change that. They have psychological problems with the sex they were born with. A boy whose father abandoned him or a girl who has been abused believe that life would be better as the opposite sex. Children who choose “gender transition” have to depend on doctors for life. They are given puberty blockers at age 12 and cross-sex hormones-estrogen for boys and testosterone for girls-at about age 16. This creates facial hair for women and breasts for young men. Some young people go on to “sex reassignment” such as double mastectomies for girls and removing or creating “penises or vaginas”. Lasting infertility can also be a problem. Vulnerable children are being encouraged to make life-long decisions at an early age . In Britain there is a 2000% increase of children under 18 between 2009-10 and 2016-17 undertaking these procedures. As one therapist has so clearly put it in no other field is the self-diagnosis of a 10 year old taken so seriously They do not want the sex of the individual on the birth certificate or on any public document, like a passport and operations are being performed so that their body conforms to the demands of their psychological wishes. Where human society is headed is unknown ,with the only practical problem now, is that single sex bathrooms may be headed to the ash bins of history. As well, single sports events have a problem now with very masculine women who enter women`s events. Are they really women? Add to that men changed to women surgically and the Olympics will be in trouble. It may have already started. There were allegations that the South African runner Caster Semenya who won the 800 metre race at the recent world championships was not woman enough. As a matter of interest this woman won the gold for that race at the 2016 Olympics.
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