Even though humans possess a great deal of choice, we delude ourselves to believe in immutables in order to protect ourselves from that which we don’t want to accept. Humans do not fear black and white, they fear the shades of grey.
What would be the implications if gender presentation and identity could be a choice for an individual? Would it really be that different from choosing to convert from Catholicism to Islam? From omnivore to vegetarian? Of course, the social conservatives would flip out with diatribes about sin and the conscious choices that lead to it. However, I also think the left side of the spectrum would lose it as well. Their narrative is that gender identity is fixed from birth and thus should be protected from the whims of the majority as having characteristics that are uncontrollable for the individual. Would the standards of care have to change if gender identity was not fixed from birth? Should they change? [Read more…]