Regarding being trapped in another body, I’m not talking about Donald Sutherland and one of those old horror movies of snatched bodies. Or maybe I am.
Will Alexander has a good article on the subject: Transgender ‘Woman’ Escapes Plato’s Cave. It’s about how a man who thought he was a woman (and tried to pretend to be one) came to the conclusion that he was daft to try to do so.
This post is not an exercise in making fun of the weirdos or feminine males that always exist in a society. There but for the grace of God, etc. But what I’m talking about is the phenomenon whereby it is now common for otherwise normal people to define their problems in terms of “gender identity” – a solution that is 100% a product of the irrational and faddish group-mind you’ll find on Facebook and other places.
It was in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons where he would hold up a graphical sign that would translate to “Screwball” when Bugs had come across a particularly strange case. We seemed to have lost our ability to do so about other people or about ourselves.
It should occur to any normal person not to parse their normal angst in life as “I’m living the wrong gender.” That is, those Screwball thought-bubble signs ought to appear over our heads the moment we beging take to such a thought seriously.
It doesn’t flabbergast me that there are weirdos, feminine-like men, and other strange people. That has always been the case in any society. What seems new is the acceptance of a truly screwball idea by otherwise normal (if troubled) people such as changing one’s “gender” as a solution to one’s problems. There’s a lot we can learn from Bugs Bunny.