So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis i:27
For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate. Mark 10:7-9
Gender confusion is a persistent topic in our culture. What should I identify as; male, female…other? As a Christian, I take God’s Word as the authority, so my answer is to look between your legs. The answer is there.
Yes, it can get very complicated, but based on a recent article, I’d have to say the issue is more psychological than physical. This is a very loaded issue, so I’ll do my best here to go slow and stick to the facts.
Sex Reassignment Surgery: Walt Heyer was 43 years old in 1983 when he was married and already had two children. That was when he had sex reassignment surgery. The change lasted eight years. He then realized he had made a huge mistake and had surgery again back to being a man.
His experience has led him to believe that troubled people are being pushed toward a sex change when there are really underlying psychological issues that need to be dealt with instead (See yesterday’s Part One).
He says that “…the notion of Gender Dysphoria as illness and gender re-assignment surgery as cure is, one of the most widely perpetrated and most dangerous lies of our time.”
He goes on to explain that there are several underlying issues in gender confusion, for example, child abuse, transvestic disorder, and others. People who are confused are given a premature diagnosis and pushed toward sex change. He says this is especially true when it comes to children.
His troubles started at age four when his grandmother started dressing him in girl’s clothing.
“I was about four years old when my grandmother made me a purple chiffon dress and would dress me up in it when she looked after me and tell me how cute I looked and affirm me in it.”
Not long after he was sexually abused by a trusted uncle. When he tried to report the abuse, his parents refused to believe him. He had no one to go to, no haven from all this abuse and confusion. He’s spoken to thousands of others in similar situations. They all confirm that they can point directly to some trauma or abuse that underlies their gender confusion.
“It’s not about wanting to be a different gender. It’s about wanting to be a different person – not wanting to be the boy or the girl who was hurt.”
Heyer led a successful life, personally and professionally. He worked on the Apollo missions and later was the National Operations Manager for Honda in America. Still, his childhood haunted him.
Living in San Francisco in 1981, he heard about a therapist who approved people for sex changes. The therapist told him he needed hormone therapy.
Today Heyer shakes his head at the fact that there was never any question about underlying issues, about mental health problems or historic trauma or abuse.
He expressed doubts about going forward with the change, but the therapist kept assuring him that this was the right path. Heyer admits that, by the time he had surgery, he was convinced that he was doing the right thing.
Afterward, he started reading books and started seeing others who were also transgender. They often suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder or dis-associative disorders.
“I began to see that it’s just a cosmetic change. And so, there’s got to be something underlying and pushing this to cause you to not like who you are. So much so that you try to become someone that you can really never become…It’s a costume. It’s a masquerade. It’s Halloween.”
He pointed out that he never really became a woman. “Transitioning back” was no big deal, because he was still a man who had had cosmetic surgery to appear as a woman.
Obviously, Heyer did his research with books and interviews. This isn’t a strictly emotional point of view he’s developed; it’s fact and experience-based.
I Googled the topic, curious if there was any more data on sex change operations. I found Sex Reassignment Doesn’t Work by Ryan T. Anderson. He also wrote When Harry Became Sally; Responding to the Transgender Movement.
His bona fides – Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, where he researches and writes about marriage, bioethics, religious liberty and political philosophy.
He writes that “…the medical evidence suggests that sex reassignment does not adequately address the psychosocial difficulties faced by people who identify as transgender. Even when the procedures are successful technically and cosmetically, and even in cultures that are relatively “trans-friendly,” transitioners still face poor outcomes.”
Echoing what Heyer says, Anderson says that men do not become women, nor women, men. Men simply become feminized and women become masculinized. Bruce Jenner included. Heyer’s article starts out with suggesting we see how Bruce Jenner feels after eight years.
Dr. Paul McHugh, the university distinguished service professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine also writes –
When ‘the tumult and shouting dies,’ it proves not easy nor wise to live in a counterfeit sexual garb. The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over 30 years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to 15 years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to 20 times that of comparable peers.
Chris Hyde, Director of The Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility, agrees:
“there’s still a large number of people who have the surgery but remain traumatized—often to the point of committing suicide.”
Hyde also admitted that there are those who clearly do well with such operations, but the research doesn’t do well in reassuring people how many do badly and just how bad it can get.
I urge you to read both articles for yourself. There’s nothing better than looking at the whole thing before making up your mind.
One last thing as far as the sexes go; get the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. Here’s a very broad summary of the theology of sex as I take it from the book.
God is definitely masculine, but He also possesses the feminine nurturing qualities as well. The Holy Spirit has a feminine expression in the original languages. God symbolically split Himself in two when He created Adam and Eve. Their marriage – and every marriage since – is a symbolic reunion of those two essential parts of God. The union of a man and woman in marriage and producing children is our act of creation, symbolically showing God and His creation in earthly acts.
Do you see now why marriage is so important to God? Do you understand now why sexual sins are especially abhorrent to God? Sexual sins are a perversion of His message of marriage and monogamy.
The facts have told us more about gender issues, which are definitely there. It’s important to deal with the issues factually without throwing names at each other. Maybe then everyone will have at least a chance to heal.