Sunday, April 22, 2007

Facilitating Delusion

In the Monty Python movie Life of Brian, one of the revolutionaries keeps insisting that their manifesto of demands include a reference to his right to have babies, even though he lacks a womb. The humor derived from the apparent absurdity of such a demand, using what the Python players though to be ridiculous hyperbole to mock the unrealistic demands revolutionary movements tend to make.

Now however life is imitating art, and somehow it isn't very funny.

Transgender student runs for prom king
FRESNO, Calif. - When school officials announce the name of the Fresno High School prom king on Saturday, Cinthia Covarrubias will be wearing a tuxedo just like the six boys vying for the honor. Administrators agreed to reverse a district protocol this week that limited males to compete for the title after Covarrubias was nominated by her classmates.
Gay youth advocates called it a landmark victory for campus gender expression and said they believe it's the first time in the U.S. that an openly transgender student has run for prom royalty.
Now, I know what you're thinking, why not be open-minded and make allowances for the inevitable cases of hormonal imbalances and/or genetic gender ambiguity?

Well, sure.

But that's not what's happening in this case!
She has no current plans, however, to permanently alter her gender through hormones or surgery.
So what we have here, is really just a butch lesbian who likes to dress like a man!

It's patently absurd, because she is, in fact, not a boy, but a girl. The word "transgender" isn't being used in a specific medical sense, but in a broad one of purely personal whim. Yet, society should change all rules and standards to revolve around her "identity."

The article describes the definition for "transgender" as
an umbrella term that covers all people whose outward appearance and internal identity don't match their gender at birth.
It's not like she's being kicked out of the prom for dressing as a man and taking "a close female friend" as her date.

No, she wants to run as prom king with the boys, instead of as prom queen.
"I'm happy I actually made a difference about changing the law and the policy so you can run for your choice," Covarrubias said.
It would be nice if everything else in the world were just solipsistic props and playthings to be used to satisfy our every infantile urge and whim, but it isn't.

There's an actual, real boy who perhaps had his place taken as a nominee. One student opined, supportively, that
"We live in a generation now where dudes are chicks and chicks are dudes."
Yes, we do, and it's not right.

This is pure madness. The school and the State are facilitating an abnormal delusion, among our youth, and it has to stop.
[T]he district's lawyers had recommended adding Covarrubias' name to the ballot to comply with a 2000 state law protecting students' ability to express their gender identity on campus.
But the law sure felt good to pass, I'm sure.


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