Friday, November 4, 2011

Trans-Sexuality and Pathology

Any discussion that trans-sexuality might be pathological is now frowned upon. Individual choice of sexuality now trumps every other consideration in public discussion, or lack of it. However, there is little talk about the long-range implications of choice.

Walt Heyer, in his 2006 book “Trading my Sorrows,” writes about his troubled experiences as a transsexual. The following was culled from his interview with

• Heyer was a little boy growing up in California in the mid 1940s, interested in cowboys, cars and steel guitars when one day, his grandmother fancied that he wanted to be a girl. She naively made for him a purple chiffon evening dress that he would wear when he visited her. According to Walt, donning that purple chiffon dress triggered something that put him on a 35 year long path that led through a dark valley of “torment, disillusionment, regret, and sorrow.” His gender identity confusion led him into alcoholism, drug addiction, and attempted suicide…

• Ultimately, Walt would resort to vaginoplasty “gender reassignment surgery” to make himself appear like a woman, something that he came deeply to regret and that he now counsels gender confused individuals to steer clear of…

• Walt recounts that the purple dress was only the first of many influences in his life that made him ashamed of being male. There was the sexual molestation he suffered at the hands of his uncle that he says made him feel ashamed of his genitals. There was the severe discipline from his father—practically indistinguishable from physical abuse, he says—that made him feel incapable of being the boy his father wanted him to be. Walt remembers never feeling good enough for his parents, never being able to please them, and never receiving the affirmation that he greatly desired.

This story isn’t unusual and takes many painful permutations. Several women have “married” “women” who had originally been men. These men had had a sex change, and then subsequently met the love-of-their-life but now had the wrong sexual organs.

This is tragic, but it’s a tragedy that the power brokers of our society will no longer talk about. It has become politically incorrect, and any attempt to break through this barrier to a place of sanity is met with charges of “bigotry” and “hate-mongering.”

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