My Dad’s Left Hand and the Insanity of Transgenderism

That’s a picture of my 94-year-old dad’s left hand. His left hand is a birth defect. Early in his embryonic development a cell or two zigged when they should have zagged and the rest just tried to make sense of instructions which no longer worked—and that hand is the result.

It is unfortunate, but from my observations I don’t think it ever really slowed him down. There are very few things he can’t do because of that hand.

He isn’t defined by his left hand and he isn’t somehow morally less than the rest of us because of that hand.

On the other hand, it isn’t something that needs celebration or validation, either. It’s just a rather mundane, unfortunate reality which happens now and then.

But if there were more and more babies being born with hands like this, we would aggressively investigate and try to fix whatever was causing these birth defects and we would be right to do it. In doing so, however, we would not be negating my father’s identity in any way. 

There would be even greater urgency if these defects were concentrated in specific communities. Is it something in the water? In the air? If we discovered it, something would quickly be done because this isn’t the way a hand is supposed to be.

Yet in what can only be described as societal insanity—driven primarily by activist groups, a willing media, and using people’s innate goodness against them—we do just the opposite with gender dysphoria, or what is more commonly called transgenderism.

In all other areas of medicine—every single one—the overall goals are diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Somehow this one mental health issue is treated differently and we all know why—because it is related to sex, especially gay sex—and for some this seems to be the raison d’être of their entire being. 

This issue isn’t treated as the mental health issue it obviously is, but rather as a real, physical reality. They really are one gender trapped in the body of another. 

So the diagnosis becomes the scientifically and evolutionarily laughable position that one can have a Y chromosome with all its biological realities and drives, yet really be a woman. Or one can lack a Y chromosome and have two X chromosomes, with all those biological realities and drives, yet really be a man. And one gets to choose—on an almost daily basis if one so desires. 

And since this is “true,” the approved treatment doesn’t try to address the core mental health problems but rather to help the individual “transition”—to become what one supposedly already really is. This is “accomplished” generally through massive, untested, and irreversible hormone treatments, often culminating in significant and irreversible surgical self-mutilation.

In a matter of a few years this insanity has so pervaded our society that in almost any high school you will find precious young women who are growing a beard. And it is considered normal by the enlightened among us.

This is even more obscene since the facts overwhelmingly show most young people will simply outgrow these feelings—some studies say well over 80 percent—as they mature and become more comfortable with their sexuality, whether straight or gay. Permanently mutilating these children on the altar of this scientific insanity is pure evil.

And of course, there is no effort at prevention since there is nothing wrong with these poor souls other than the transphobic world they must confront. Rather we are supposed to cheer for it and hope for more.

This is done even though “transgender youth have a two- to three-fold increased risk of depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self-harm without lethal intent, and both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment.” 

And did you know that blacks and Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to be transgendered? What if these same populations were twice as likely as whites to have a hand like my dad’s? Would we treat it the same way? Of course not.

“Transgender” people do not exist. These individuals suffer from a mental condition called gender dysphoria. They are not morally inferior because of this, it just is something with which they must cope. As adults they can live their lives as they choose but that still doesn’t make transgendered people real. The activists have been quite successful in positioning transgenderism as a civil rights rather than a mental health issue. This leads to the absurd argument that men who “think” they are women can share private places with them, compete with them in sports, and so forth.

A man just set women’s national college swimming records. A man was just named one of USA Today’s “Women of the Year.” One of the greatest male athletes in U.S. history was named Glamour magazine’s woman of the year—after taking, and continuing to take—massive amounts of hormones, getting two nose jobs, a tracheal shave, multiple rounds of facial-feminization surgery, and, of course, breast augmentation.

Regardless of what many want us to think, Caitlyn Jenner is not a woman but rather a man with a mental issue and we should deal with it as such. Why don’t we encourage confused people to get surgery so they can have their hand made to look like my dad’s? 

Many in our society think they are so far advanced—and at their core, fundamentally better—than their ancestors. Yet they are so easily duped into thinking it is ok for young women to take enough male hormones to grow a beard and that she will then happily be a guy.

We need to discard this foolish notion that we can decide what is real and what isn’t based solely on our desires. Far more than innocent young lives are at risk.

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About John Conlin

John Conlin is an expert in organizational design and change. He holds a BS in Earth Sciences and an MBA, and is the founder and President of E.I.C. Enterprises, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to spreading the truth here and around the world, primarily through K-12 education. He has been published in American Greatness, The Federalist, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, Houston Chronicle, Denver Post, and Public Square Magazine among others.