This debate is still ongoing, but science is still in the lead.
Many people’s opinions have pushed the debate of gender and sex to a very confusing place that is far, far away from the binary fundamentals that humanity has existed with for an untold number of years. Trying to deny the science behind humanity, the science that we’ve lived with and evolved with for so long, feels like an odd thing to do, since the common denominator is that upon birth, a person is either born with male or female characteristics, while a very small percentage is born with both male and female characteristics, though one or the other does become dominant after a while. In the long run, though, one can’t help but scratch their head at the sudden emergence of the trend (yes, I said it) that makes it possible for many people to start claiming that they’re a boy in a girl’s body, or a girl in a boy’s body, or a non-binary individual whose sex can change from day to day. The idea of a person’s sexual orientation being able to change from day to day, or moment to moment, is the kind of thing that makes a lot of people go ‘Huh?’.
Like it or not, humans are born one way or the other
The fact is that nature has been sorting out chromosomes and assigning physical characteristics to every living thing for a very long time. Among humans, the immutable fact is that at birth, we don’t have a lot of say as to what sex we’re going to be born with, but it does appear that our body chemistry doesn’t always determine what we’ll think of ourselves. The idea of intersex kids is very real, but the percentage of people who are born intersex is extremely low, making them outliers and, unfortunately, far more at risk for being treated as one gender or the other by parents who find it difficult to remain neutral in how they raise their child. In all fairness, it’s not the parents’ fault since for medical and other reasons a child does need to possess a gender in order to be treated in a manner that is best suited to their physical needs. Yes, men and women do require different treatment in regard to their health, upbringing, and especially during puberty.
It is a fact that nature creates a binary, and humanity has created a spectrum. Anything outside of that binary is an outlier, despite being just as important as the majority.
It’s true, a person can believe what they want, but science is still important
Here’s the thing: every life matters. No one is bound to look at those who don’t follow the binary gender rules and think that people who claim other genders should be eliminated. The idea that transgenders are in danger because of their beliefs is the type of paranoia that comes from the depths of a mind that is not happy with the decisions the individual has made. It’s true, there are people who take things too far and think that transgenders should be sterilized, separated, or even eliminated. The overall truth is that while their lives do matter (duh) the science behind their beliefs is usually up for debate. Saying such a thing these days is tantamount to saying (in the view of some) that you want to eliminate all genders that don’t fit the binary. How the discussion comes to that conclusion so fast indicates that people who don’t claim binary status are afraid, but also suffering through something else that leaves them incapable of accepting their own decisions. Those who don’t follow the binary aren’t lesser human beings, but in denying scientific facts it does appear that they’re stating that they’ve lost touch with reality, just a little.
Can you love who you want? Sure, why not?
The ideas that crop up when people are afraid, paranoid, and even in fear for their lives are amazing. The fact is that a person can choose to love whoever they want, since who they’re attracted to is difficult to predict and shouldn’t be dictated if one really cares about the feelings of others. Horrible mistakes have been made in the past based on a person’s sexual orientation, but these days it’s not so much who a person wants to love, but who they want to be seen as while loving the people they desire. This type of discussion can open several cans of worms at once since it delves deep into the realm of feelings and nearly abandons science at times. So let’s just put it this way, the fundamentals of the binary system don’t get to dictate who you love, m’kay? You do you, science can explain your feelings, but it’s not in control of them.
Trying to fight nature is an uphill battle
The human body can be manipulated and tweaked in numerous ways to fit the identity that a person wishes to identify with. But the funny thing is, and yes, it is kind of funny to those with a sense of humor, is that it’s kind of like trying to stretch a rubber band into a different shape. It’s possible with a lot of different methods, but the band will always seek a way to reach its original shape, much as the human body will. Hormone therapy, transitioning, and other conditioning make it possible for a person to finally convince themselves of who and what they are. But nature is always there, ready to make sure that its original design is set the way it intended. It’s not a hate-filled rant, it’s a biological fact, messing with nature is often a very strange and none-too-wise idea.
Make-believe is fun, but staying grounded is necessary
There are a lot of reasons why sticking to the binary is not only a wise choice but is also necessary. From health concerns to how people are expected to treat others, the binary does stand out as a very needed aspect of life since it keeps confusion from spreading to every corner of the earth. This is one of the many reasons why people look at those who deny the fundamentals of the binary idea and shake their heads. No one wants to deny the humanity of any individual in this world without good reason, but a lot of folks do find it tough to reason with those who actively try to defy science.
If you can’t laugh then what’s the point?
This is kind of a funny subject to a lot of people, and there are plenty of reasons for it. The wise individual will know when to laugh when to shut up, and when to show a bit of respect. But until those last two are necessary, there are a lot of jokes that are meant to take the sting out of the binary discussion, since the overall truth is that humans do exist in a binary system, regardless of how people choose to believe as they grow older. Hey, you have the freedom to believe as you want, but biology will have its own say one way or another.
WTR? (Why’s That Radass?)
It’s important to respect everyone, no matter how they identify or what they believe when it comes to nature and the biological fundamentals that make us human. One thing to always remember is that we’re all human beings, and as such there are certain measures of respect that are necessary to get along. Be kind, but be aware of what is personal belief, and what’s wishful thinking.