Gender Dysphoria: When Feelings Replace Fact
America is suddenly the upside down kingdom: our culture daily calls “…evil good, and good evil.”
One symptom of our values turned on their heads is the bathroom skirmish, which has become a full-scale battle. Many pundits snort and wave it off as passing nonsense. After all, what’s the big deal if a man wants to use the ladies room or a genetic female wants to use the men’s room?
And why is this occurring?
Politically correct terms are being forced on society in a tsunami of messaging from Mainstream Media, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Human Rights Commission, Hollywood and others. We simply must move forward, we’re told, and accept “gender fluidity.”
Never mind that “gender fluidity” contradicts science and DNA.
Interesting that the very arguments touted by the left concerning God and Christianity, “You Christians just rely on faith and feelings, not science!” are now the cornerstone of gender dysphoria.
What is “gender dysphoria”?
Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there’s a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. It’s sometimes known as gender identity disorder (GID), gender incongruence or transgenderism.
Gender dysphoria is a very recent term — the American Psychiatric Association changed the condition known as “Gender Identity Disorder” to the milder and more accepting “Gender Dysphoria” in December of 2012. Suddenly the APA redefined normalcy.
Here is the criteria for gender dysphoria:
Gender Dysphoria in Children
A. A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender, of at least 6 months’ duration, as manifested by at least six of the following (one of which must be Criterion A1):
1. A strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that one is the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender).
2. In boys (assigned gender), a strong preference for crossdressing or simulating female attire; or in girls (assigned gender), a strong preference for wearing only typical masculine clothing and a strong resistance to the wearing of typical feminine clothing.
3. A strong preference for cross-gender roles in make believe play or fantasy play.
4. A strong preference for the toys, games, or activities stereotypically used or engaged in by the other gender.
5. A strong preference for playmates of the other gender.
6. In boys (assigned gender), a strong rejection of typically masculine toys, games, and activities and a strong avoidance of rough-and-tumble play; or in girls (assigned gender), a strong rejection of typically feminine toys, games, and activities.
7. A strong dislike of one’s sexual anatomy.
8. A strong desire for the primary and/or secondary sex characteristics that match one’s experienced gender.
B. The condition is associated with clinically significant distress or impairment in social, school, or other important areas of functioning.
Also, remember that The American College of Pediatricians released a profound report, “Gender Ideology Harms Children” in March 2016. As written in the report (emphasis mine):
- Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.
- No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.
- A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.
- Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.
- According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
- Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
- Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries.
- Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.
Gender Dysphoria is particularly addressed under point number three (emphasis mine):
3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.
Gender dysphoria is another symptom of a culture that has traded transcendent truth for the dogma of secular humanism, wherein man is the center of the universe and “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Rather than the millennia-held view that man is the height of God’s creation, for over a century Progressive academia has disseminated the secular religion of Darwinism and situational ethics.
No wonder our culture is adrift, cut loose from the moorings of God’s righteous and life-affirming truth.
Common sense should tell us that any activity that calls truth a lie and lies truth, that ends ultimately, frequently in death by suicide, should be avoided.
Gender dysphoric boys and girls, men and women, have definite biological sexes, immutably written in their DNA, and denying that biological fact is both physically and spiritually harmful.
We should treat those with gender dysphoria with compassion and God’s grace. But acquiescing to a culture of lies helps no one: not the culture, and certainly not the confused individuals seeking answers.
We would do well to remember that truth alone, borne out of love, is healing.
After all, the Great Physician, the one who made us male and female, also instructed, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
First published at Illinois Family Institute
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