- May 2014
Gender dysphoria is real but very rare; some can make the 'transition' and adapt very well, in others it results in a lifetime of misery. I knew someone who had an operation to become a woman (or more like a woman), but was desperately unhappy and eventually committed suicide. It worries me that this issue is being played up in a typically American manner as just another identity politcs issue, because it encourages exhibitionists, and encourages people to follow a path that might well prove as disastrous for them as in the case that I mentioned. Much better to take things very slowly and cautiously, and yet one sees that they are encouraging even quite young children to make the transition as though mental confusions and disorders of this kind (which is what it ultimately is) were a simple matter that can easily be resolved; and one even sees the unfortunate children being exhibited, which amounts to a kind of child abuse in my view.