Equality for the ‘Trans-abled:’ Amputees by Choice
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is upon us
This week, we’ve all celebrated the real proof our society’s highest evolution to date, the dissolution of gender. We’ve worshiped the revelation on the cover of our holy book, Vanity Fair. But, as we hail the prophet of our age (an aged man, ballgowned and boob-jobbed), we must now look for the next horizon of equality for our ever-progressing utopia.
As always, our friends in Canada lead the way.
The next front in the battle against traditional notions of humanity, morality, and reality, is the cause of the “trans-abled:” people who want to cut off their own body parts to become “disabled by choice.”
The disorder…er, identity issue is being highlighted this week at Canada’s largest academic gathering, by Alexandre Baril, a “visiting scholar of feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University,” who is both disabled and transgender.
Not transabled though…that’s totally different.
“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” Baril told the National Post.
“The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”
And based on that desire, they “need” to cut off their functioning limbs, disconnect vital organs, and permanently damage their body…so they can be who they truly think they are.
The article features the story of One Hand Jason (his chosen moniker), who arranged an “accident” with a buzz saw to help achieve his goal.
Researcher Clive Baldwin has interviewed 37 people worldwide who identify as transabled: “Transability is the desire or need to go from being able-bodied to being disabled by choice rather than happenstance…people who identify as “transabled” feel the need to align their physical body with their “body-map.”
So it’s not science or physical fact that determines what a healthy body is…it’s our inner “body-map.”
Not to question such elite wisdom, but I’m not sure we should trust a “map” that looks totally different that the area it claims to chart….or one that contains an abundance of dead ends.
Baldwin says most of these people are men, and most want either their arms or legs (though perfectly functional) amputated: “One person we’ve spoken to wants to become blind. Another wants a penectomy, the removal of his penis.”
Which we already know is totally normal. Not transgendered, though….that’s totally different. He’s not a woman on the inside (who wants his penis removed). He’s a just man who doesn’t want to have a penis. Duh.
Baldwin says that “transabled” individuals are trying to deform their bodies based on their feelings and desires…but that it’s legitimate, because the feelings are strong, “they don’t just go away.”
For indeed, the answer to any desire we have, no matter how socially unacceptable, physically damaging, or clinically deranged, is just to want it harder.
“Society needs to appreciate that, however strange it sounds, it isn’t beyond the pale to allow people to align their body with how they feel they ought to,” Baldwin says.
The arguments all sound very familiar, no?
Some of his study participants do draw parallels to the experience many transgender people express of not feeling like they’re in the right body….He suggests this is just another form of body diversity — like transgenderism — and amputation may help someone achieve similar goals as someone who, say, undergoes cosmetic surgery to look more like who they believe their ideal selves to be.
Ah, there it is. Our tour down the slippery slope is complete.
As the public begins to embrace people who identify as transgender, the trans people within the disability movement are also seeking their due, or at very least, a bit of understanding in a public that cannot fathom why anyone would want to be anything other than healthy and mobile.
When will we learn that being “healthy” is not the goal…being happy is. And happiness is lopping off your own leg because you feel like it. Also, forcing the whole world to celebrate your “true identity,” by rejecting the scientific fact that the human body functions best with all its parts in whole, working order.
How dare we insinuate that there is some sort of right design for ourselves! That our bodies have any sort of beauty, dignity, or purpose, other than as vehicles for our urges.
“They tend to see transabled people as dishonest people, people who try to steal resources from the community, people who would be disrespectful by denying or fetishizing or romanticizing disability reality,” Baril says, adding people in both transgender and disabled circles tend to make judgmental or prejudicial statements about transabled people. “Each try to distance themselves.”
And as we’ve established, they are totally different things.
Transgender people want to surgically alter their bodies to fit who they deeply want to be, while transabled people want to surgically alter their bodies to fit who they deeply want to be…in a wheelchair.
And who are we to tell them they can’t? Those folks with actual disabilities, who have fought long and hard to be valued and protected as they deserve to be? They’d better move aside; they’re just not marginalized enough.
Forget the actual struggles and personal triumphs of disabled people like Christopher Reeve, Joni Eareckson Tada, or scores of American veterans, overcoming physical and social obstacles; we have a group of 37 men who feel like cutting off their own feet today. They are our new poster children for equal rights.
Who says that willfully, needlessly destroying your physical body is a disorder? In fact, who are we to tell our children not to play in the streets, run with scissors, or touch hot stoves?
Perhaps they’re just expressing their latent desires to crush and mutilate their limbs and senses. We should be more sensitive to their wants…because when you want a want long and hard enough, it becomes a need.
And when you have a society now literally hobbling, maiming, and castrating ourselves to remake humanity in our own image, nothing is a disorder anymore. Disorder can only exist where order is expected. And we’ve evolved far beyond that.
Our Darwinian “survival of the fittest” mantra once asserted that the physically strongest of man will lead the way forward, while the weaker will be naturally culled from the genetic pool.
Now, we uphold as saints of the new era of progress, men who believe their greatest need is to cut off their legs, ears, and gentalia, in order to be “complete.”
We’ve evolved beyond even evolution now, living to reverse reason and topple truth, to have our way. We are all Ozymandias, “the king of kings”–lost in the drifting sands, without even a leg to stand on.
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