LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — So, another trans-hate article crossed my desk and looked to be another piece of hack journalism from a fringe blogger. Upon further reading, the level of bizarro triggered the Satire Alarm — it was looking more and more like something right out of The Onion.
A quick search on the net revealed the writer, John Hawkins, is legit. He’s appeared on a live Huffington Post panel and according to wiki: ‘listed by Alternet as one of the 10 Young Right-Wingers Being Prepped to Take Over the Conservative Movement.’
For a guy who supposedly has a psychology degree and seemingly ought to know how to use Google, he certainly discredited himself with the number of inaccuracies in the article. In fact, it the article appears to exist for the sole purpose of unleashing on the masses his personal hate and disgust of transgender people.
Here’s a sampling of Hawkin’s prose (and a few quick rebuttal comments from me):
“Transgenderism is a mental issue, not a civil rights issue.” (American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 — which has been out for over a year — says its not a mental issue.)
“If you’re a man who mutilates yourself to look like a woman, you’re not going to actually be a woman.” (Appealing to emotion invalidates the entire argument, never mind that that the comment is factually incorrect.)
“You’re also probably not going to be the attractive fantasy you imagined yourself being because you’ve had male hormones pumping through your body for a lifetime.” (Virtually all people, cis, trans, or otherwise, fail to live up to their “attractiveness fantasy.” The hormones pumping thing is pure nonsense.)
“. . . your mortality rate will be 51% higher than the general population because of suicide and all the female hormones you’ve pumped into your body en masse.” (Hormones have nothing to do with trans suicide and Hawkins is overall confused about the causes. Suicide occurs because of rejection of trans people by society, not because they are trans. In fact, people like Hawkins trigger trans suicide.)
“Certainly, there are some people who are happy and successful after having gender reassignment surgery, just as there are happy and successful people in every other walk of life, but they are exceptions to the rule.” (Exception to the rule? Cite a peer-reviewed source, Mr. Hawkins, or admit to making this up.)
“. . . you can rant about “bigots,” “gay pride” and “civil rights” all day long, but it doesn’t change the fact that encouraging troubled people to permanently disfigure themselves instead of working through their issues with a mental health professional is a thoughtless, cruel, and monstrous act.” (In addition to the inaccuracy of his mental health argument, the fact Hawkins appealed to emotion in this statement reveals that it is Hawkins who is conducting a “cruel and monstrous” act — against trans people.)
I suppose Mr Hawkins is within his right to make things up to entertain his readers with, but likewise, he should expect to be held accountable for his actions.
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