The Transsexual Myth

The transsexual myth

Now, I thought I might finish off my foray into sexual myths by saying something about transsexual/transgender people as part of the mythspace.

What it is is there are these people that want to change their genetic or birth gender.

Their self reports are interesting in that they often say that they’ve always felt like the other gender ‘trapped’ in the wrong body.

No one ever thinks to dispute this because of the believed infallibility of personal psychology. This is actually an extension of the believed infallibility of personal psychology because not only does the person themselves find it indisputable but others find it impossible to dispute. For instance if I said “I have been experiencing the existence of God since I was a child” Others might still dispute whether I have really been experiencing God whereas if I say “I have been a male trapped inside a female body since I was I child” no one will dispute my experience.

My biggest objection so far as transsexuality is concerned is surgery being used to correct the ‘problem’ especially if public money is used for this purpose.

Say if a person had any other sort of delusion would surgery be contemplated in order to change them into the thing that they said in their delusion that they were? Of course not.

See: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Most-of-the-Sex-Change-Operation-Are-Harmful-or-Disappointing-61906.shtml

If a household animal acted as one or another sex from its own then would surgery be contemplated? I doubt it.

(Using such search terms as “sex change surgery for pets” I was unable to find an incidence of someone actually doing that to an animal for that reason even in America!)

So actually people treat other animals better than humans in this case. It’s only because we live in cultural fantasy worlds that people are willing to mutilate themselves. With animals there’s no cultural fantasy worlds – no mutilation.

Secondly, it is so relative that its ridiculous. If you mutilate in that way (and this goes for most plastic surgery) then you’ve admitted that you’re completely subservient to societal expectation.

Basically you’re saying that if you woke up one morning and found that everyone’s nose had disappeared in the night except yours you’d b running to the plastic surgeon crying “Quick cut off my nose – I’m a freak!”

It’s the same for sex changes. If everyone was born in the situation that the transgender person says they find themselves in then everything would be equalised.

So if everyone was born having the behaviour and sexual desires of the other gender then there would be no problem at all – all roles would simply be reversed. It would only be that if there were a few people around that were what we call normal that there would be any problems. Infact they would then have to get surgery to fit in with the societally acceptable body for their ‘felt gender’.

How stupid is that?

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The Hetrosexual Myth

The Heterosexual myth.

In the same way as there’s a gay myth there’s also a heterosexual myth. There is no such thing as gay and there is no such thing as heterosexual (and just incase you’re trying to escape there’s no such thing as ‘bisexual’ either, but we’ll get on to that later.)

The heterosexual myth is that most of the population is heterosexual and a smaller percentage are gay.

The counter myth is that everyone is bisexual.

All ‘gay’ means is a mass of confused concepts.

All that ‘heterosexual’ means is myopic object fetishism.

Sure, if you’re willing to accept being embroiled in that kind of autism you can call yourself heterosexual, but otherwise you should reject it with vehemence.

The classic heterosexual dilemma is the transsexual. This is where the ‘heterosexual’ man may be more attracted to a transsexual than a biological woman (especially if he doesn’t know) because the transsexual may have even more cultural accoutrements than the average woman, and therefore be more attractive to the object fetishist.

The thing that the heterosexual is lusting after is not a human being as such, but a set of cultural and conceptual traits.

Therefore a heterosexual man may make out with a suitably madeup and attired male, but then when the pants come off there is this conceptual shock.

Infact so long as the penis and balls have been cut off, or turned inside out, or whatever, he may be perfectly happy to have sex with someone who is genetically male. He even gets to retain the title of ‘heterosexual’ if he does that.

After all, a heterosexual is not defined as someone who is having sexual relations with someone of the genetically opposite gender, but rather someone who has (or wants to have) sexual relations with someone of the culturally opposite gender.

This is where concepts in our rational minds, that have been developed over thousands of years take over from automatic responses that have been developing for millions of years.

Guess what? Animals don’t define gender by clothes and hairstyles as we falsely teach children to.

If you put a dress and lipstick on a monkey, it’s not going to make any difference what the other monkeys think of it. Why? Because they don’t accept our fucked up cultural symbols that’s why. They’d rather go with their inbuilt biological ones.

Basically the animals are smarter than us when it comes to this.

Bisexuality

With ‘bisexual’ we must reject it because it’s so bound up with the other concepts of homo and hetero sexual. It doesn’t mean that just because I reject those two ideas that I think people are infact bisexual, because that generally means all the stuff that heterosexual means plus all the stuff that homosexual means.

It would be like if we go to the ancient conception of the four elements of earth water air and fire. Now because I would reject something being described scientifically in those terms I would reject even more something being described scientifically in any number of those terms.

Besides if we are to look at the bisexual thing we come across the problem that people may never have experienced sexual attraction to one or the other gender. I’ve been in that situation myself.

So what is there then?

What there is, is you can either produce male or female behaviours, and you can either object fetishise particular culturally identified gender traits or not.

The normal individual in society is forced into producing a range of male and female and ‘other’ behaviours just to get along in the world. However, what matters in our culture is whether they have some or other types of apparel and styles of personal grooming.

If however, they are not interested in object fetishism of that kind then they get to be called ‘gay’ rather than ‘straight’.

That’s the kind of reality we’re trapped in.

Luckily for me in society, I’m heavily into object fetishism, which would be for one indicated by the number of objects I haul round with me such as pieces of vinyl and books etc.

Lucky for that eh!

The Gay Myth II

The Gay myth – Part II, Witches and Stockholm

The latest in my series of myths that practically everyone believes. Last time was part one of the gay myth

We’ve got this big fat question for which there are scientific studies done. The question is: “Why do certain people of the same gender make love, not war – what is wrong with them?”

So you’ve got this supposed group of people unique in their sexual fixations, Oh and there is the additional factors that there is no historical record of such a defined group ever existing before (although it has been said that they were constantly repressed before).
“Oh, but what about the Ancient Greeks?” you might say. Only problem there, is that it was more of a man-boy love thing, so since everyone really hates that, you’re going to have to forget about your Greeks!

Secondly there is no scientific reason why such a group should exist.

“OK” you may say “I know what I am, and I know that some other people are a different way, so all your talk of lack of historical precedent and scientific reason is going to have to fall into line with that.”

This is a version of the old believed ‘infallibility of personal experience’ that I’ve discussed before.

Basically if you see one piece of evidence that seems to be presented to your psychology directly, you will be willing to dismiss the whole rest of your logical understanding of the world to accommodate it no matter how incongruous that may be.

For instance, if you had a minor stroke in the part of your brain that deals with emotional connection to people, when you saw those people you would automatically presume that they had been replaced by identical clones. Yeah, that seems likely!

Now, witches; That seems like the kind of thing that couldn’t exist right? (And I don’t mean members of the modern Wicken movement), I mean the old lady down the street who you presume is putting a curse on you because your dog just died and she looked at you funny in the street one day.

Yet once people did believe just that – they believed that there was this special group of devil worshiping people with special and destructive supernatural powers.

So where are all the witches now?

Hey, here’s a suggestion: Maybe they got all the witches when they had witch hunters and witchcraft trials!
They must have cleaned them all up so that all the genes of people with supernatural powers were made extinct.

The only other explanation would be that the whole witchcraft thing was a cultural myth at that time, which was used to get rid of certain individuals that weren’t liked.
But that can’t be true. Many of those individuals themselves confessed!

At the time of the witchcraft trials did people say “Hey, you know the historical precedent for there being witches is kind of weak?” So far as I know they did not. Did they say “science doesn’t have a clue why such people should exist”? No. (well fair enough because science barely existed then).

Let’s get it right here: What I’m claiming is that we have a concept which doesn’t make sense. It may have started out making some kind of sense, but which got twisted and formalised and now makes no sense whatsoever.

Part of this, is the rigidity with which a variety of sexual strategies that humans have developed over millions of years have then been described and then placed in the formal cultural environment. Now I won’t describe the reasons for people pursuing these various sexual strategies in the environment, because that is massively destructive to the formal environment. Suffice to say; that people’s sexual strategies are many, varied and entirely tending towards their survival and reproduction. To make this understood let’s give the example of one such strategy:

In some long hostage situations it has been noted that women will become romantically attracted to the men that are responsible for taking them hostage, and this attraction will continue past the point where the hostage situation is resolved and the men in jail for instance. This is called Stockholm Syndrome, and it can be clearly seen that there is a good survival reason for it, in that people are probably historically more likely to survive in such a situation if they form such attachments.

Anyway, we have that little bit of formal description of that situation. Now what if we were to formalise it some more, and add a vast amount more judgments to the analysis?

We could say that some women are Stockholm women and some are not. That is their sexuality. If they are ‘Stockholm’ women what they ‘want’ is to be abducted and then be in close confines with their abductors so that they may then form a romantic pair bond.
So once a woman decides that she is a ‘Stockholm’ she can register online and browse various men than might then kidnap her in the middle of the night and then hold her for a certain amount of time in his house and then release her and which point she would make a choice as to whether he was the specifically right Stockholm man for her. Because a man that had the fantasy to do that would be a ‘Stockholm man’.

At that point of understanding in the culture there could be kids playing and some boys lock a girl in a cupboard, so the parents decide that the girl is obviously going to grow up to be a Stockholm women and noone should tease her about that because that is her sexuality that she can’t change even if she wants to.

After all we can all agree that Stockholm syndrome is real and has been known about for X amount of time, so any kind of madness which we might create around it in the culture must be ok!

That’s how bad things are.

If a male is seen to be acting or looking in too feminine a way people say “hey he’s gay” But when some one asks who you define gay you say “Someone who is attracted to men” So the apparently ‘normal’ man who is merely being attracted to some female behaviour is then ensnared in this concept even though both parties actually doing two different things.

But then what if we find out that the guy who is producing the ‘female’ behaviour isn’t even aware of what he is doing, and the whole time his conscious thought is along the lines of “How can I score with a hot chick tonight”?
So then it’s just the other guy who is then ‘gay’ – and what if that other guy has a ‘mate’ or ‘buddy’ who doesn’t notice the first male’s female like behaviour, but instead is scoping out the room for women based on how superficially cute they appear?

By this stage what we’re forced to do is call one guy ‘gay’ for basically noticing female behaviour, whereas another one is ‘heterosexual’ for not noticing, and instead being involved in some sort of object fetishism based on clothes, hair and jewelry.

And as for the guy who was producing the original female behaviour – he’s already half way down the street with a nice young bird, thank you very much.

That is literally how demented our cultural ideas about the social landscape are.

On the other hand what if it’s the guy who notices to the female behaviour that isn’t fully aware of his own attraction? In that case he’s going to have certain feelings which will cause him problems. He’s going to have to run after the person, tell him, try to make him confess and then castrate him with the culture he’s going to make him wear. He can go: “Hey, you’re gay, and for some reason that forces me to attack you.”

…just like they attacked the witches.

How many real witches were there again?

In the year 1548 at Arnhem in Holland one of the city’s most respected citizens was brought before the Chancellor accused of sortilege, or enchantment. This man was reputed to be the regions most learned and excelent physician, and knew ‘the cure and remedie for all manner of griefs and diseases’, according to the churchman-scholar Hegwoad. But his wisdom was not restriced to medicine. He was always ‘acquainted with all newes, as well forrein as domesticke.’
Accusers stated that the physician obtained his powers from a ring that he wore on his hand. Witnesses claimed that the doctor – who later became known as the Sorcerer of Courtray – constantly consulted the ring. It was stated that ‘the ring had a demon enclosed in it, to whom it beloved him to speak every five days.’
Despite the marked reluctance of the Chancellor to pass judgement on such a valued citizen, he found the evidence was so overwhelming that he had no choice but to find the man guilty. The physician was immediately proscribed for sorcery and put to death.

David Day, Tolkien’s Ring, p20

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The Gay Myth

The Gay myth – Part I

Whenever someone comes up with a myth, especially an entrenched culturally reinforced one I wonder exactly how many words its going to take for them to reject the myth. So when my younger sister said that a guy in her class turned out to be gay and that was “ironic” since he was the most popular guy in the class I thought it would probably be quite alot of words.

Actually, it wouldn’t be so hard if it wasn’t for the far reaching extent of this one into the global myth.

This is a dangerous one, because various element s of it impinge upon the global myth as well as people’s believed personal experience.
Furthermore, everyone believes it’s in their interest to promote this myth.

The content of the myth, is that there is this exclusive group of people (often quoted to be around ten percent) who differ from the general population in that they are only sexually attracted to people of the same gender.

It is usually insisted that such people are born like that and thus predestined from birth to act in such a way.

Ok, here’s the counter myth for you:

There are these people but it is merely their immorality and love of sin which causes it, and they can stop if they love some guy called Jesus.

Infact ,although the counter myth is couched in the language of some other myth it is correct in the fact of it it not being innate. That’s all its right about.

Now before I go any further, I just want to mention that I’m totally willing to go along with the part of the global myth about people being able to do whatever they want to, so I’m happy for people to be ‘gay’ if such a thing existed – or even if it didn’t , and it was simply some people’s idea of enacting a good time. The thing I’m set against is it being promoted as something it is not.

So what is it?

Here begins the problem – let me quote from Derren Brown, Tricks of the Mind.

“We know magic isn’t real: It just boils down to a diverse set of techniques expertly employed by a skilled and charming entertainer… we use the term ‘magic’ to describe the end result. The ‘magic’ is the final effect when all those methods are combined to form a particular kind of performance.”

Similarly there is no one thing that being ‘gay’ is.

What’s the diagnosis for ‘gay’? Well, it could be a man who displays behaviour that is very feminine or very masculine or who just seems apparently ‘normal’ – and the same for women.
In other words it could constitute any kind of behaviour. (I am talking here about anthropologically observable behaviour not self reports from people.)

So what this boils down to is anyone who doesn’t fit into their socially ordained gender role basically.

Under the current system any male who is too lively and social, and any female who is too independent and assertive is likely to be denounced as gay which is used as an insult that you can label people with.

Once they have been reclassified they can be excluded from the dominant group and forced into a culture that’s based on chasing their supposed core desire.

The process starts when a person says words or performs actions that are outside the range of social acceptability for their gender. It will then be suggested to the person that they might be ‘gay’ and they will be asked to meditate on that possibility, with the hope that they will have an epiphany of sorts that will lead to a confession. This is called ‘coming out’.

The human brain is very flexible in this regard and will presumably help out, as it always does, to let the denounced person see the previously unrecognised possibilities.

The funny thing is that they’ve actually got these scientists trying to work out how there can be this amazing thing that seems to ‘violate evolution’ when it is no more of a mystery than say masturbation.

There is simply the shortcutting of a natural process (same with drug use) . You gain pleasure without the necessity to go though all the usual mechanisms to get that pleasure.

Actually (for a good example) it’s no more of a mystery than alcohol use except with different social ideas surrounding it .

I’ll give you alcohol using the structure of the gay myth:

There are these people – and when they’re born they’re alcoholics.
If you like to drink alcohol it means you’re an alcoholic.
It’s wanton and leaves you open to diseases.
You can tell if you’re an alcoholic if you try alcohol and you like the taste of it – or even if you have the desire to try it.
Alcohol use will effect your sex life and your fertility levels.

Actually they should use that template to apply to alcohol – they’d save some lives!

There was the temperance movement but that was insufficient in it’s myth building around alcohol. The problem was that they wanted to save everyone from the evils of drink, whereas if they had simply said that some people have an alcoholic disposition and it’s an all or nothing thing then that would have been much more effective.
Because some people are going to drink, and if they could have just cordoned those people off into their own little society and said that they’re not allowed to reproduce, they’d actually have some justification because alcohol harms the unborn!
It could be quite a good social control mechanism – If someone did something socially unacceptable you could call them an alcoholic on the basis that drunk people also often do socially unacceptable things.

[example over]

I’m all for social control mechanisms to wipe out groups of people you don’t like, it just seems that a whole lot of creative and able people are targeted by this one, and although the elimination of such people may help the stability of society I see no ultimate benefit.

The Race Myth

Part one

The interesting thing about the race myth is that the once dominant myth has become the counter myth, but a version of that original myth is now the dominant myth.
Let me explain: I’m racist, right? – But don’t want to be.
I didn’t start out racist but I became that way because society wants me to be, so I have the racism of society.

I remember when I was a child and I continually came up against the concept of race but I couldn’t understand it. I was in effect ‘colourblind’. Don’t worry, society got that out of me quick enough!

Society itself wasn’t always racist either, but it became that way in order to advance the interests of some people. Society then dumped overt racism for a seemingly more benign form that discards the part about superiority, whilst keeping the race talk.
Imagine if scientists discovered that there is no scientific basis for the concept of race. – Well guess what? They already have!
Yet funnily enough even the mainstream media acts as if race a distinct reality behind it.

Consider for example if you got bitten by a dog and there was the question of whether it was a black coloured dog or a white coloured dog that bit you. That wouldn’t seem relevant. It would be like “who cares?” Whereas with humans people think they are going to be able to get some kind of social information out of such a fact.

Infact there are no races but everyone wants to keep on thinking that there are.

“There are races – but they are equal” Is the official myth, whereas the hated counter myth is that there are races, and they aren’t equal! (Notice the subtle difference?)

The thing about the existence of the official myth is that it guarantees the existence of the old myth (now counter myth) of the superiority of your own race.
Think about it in terms of self serving bias as a scientific fact. So, if you identify as being a member of one group, you’re automatically going to see that group as being superior (at least by virtue of your own membership).
You’re going to be automatically sensitive to things that make your own group seem superior and others seem inferior because that’s human nature.

It’s human nature to be racist, once you believe that there are races – Shit, it’s just rooting for your own team! Therefore, since I culturally have that belief, then I am racist.

Don’t worry, you’re probably racist too!

Anyway, even if you manage to defeat your own self serving bias on this issue, and if it was true that there are races but they are equal, then because of some other things we believe, it would only be accidentally true.

Accidentally true?

Say for instance, if you took a group of ‘green’ people and a group of ‘blue’ people, and you gave them some ability testing and determined:

‘That although there is some natural variation between the members of the members of the respective groups, the overall result is that the each group was the same.’

So you have the two races but equal situation all proved and sorted out.

Say if you even had that!

Then you got the highest ability half of people in the green group and you killed them and the lowest ability half of people from the blue group and killed them. Then what you did was you kept the two groups separate and waited for have kids, then you tested the kids.

In that case if there was any genetic influence on the ability levels of the two groups, then it would have to be the case that the green race was ‘superior’ to the blue race.
It would just have to be!
So if there are races but they are equal, then the truth of racism is only a Pol Pot style ethnic cleansing away.
However, if you don’t believe in races then none of that means a damn thing – all you did was kill a bunch of people. (Which is what everyone’s dying to do of course)

Actually, the identified ‘races’ are an arbitrary distinction made on the basis of irrelevant criterion; For instance skin colour. So your ancestors might be from Africa, Southern India or Australia and have absolutely nothing to do with each other at all.

A person from Northern China might be equally ‘white’ in skin colour as one from Europe.

So in that case there’s other parts of the face which people use such as eye shape or nose shape. But did you know that there’s actually more genetic variation within Africa than the whole rest of the world combined? So in other words if you had to categorise three races based on genetics then they would be three African groups, with all Europeans and Asians as an appendage of one of those groups.
Get your head round that!

Of course you could use skin colour and facial features as a kind of rude determiner of cultural origin, although that is becoming less and less relevant with the intermingling of various peoples.
People’s cultural origin is important in terms of how they act. For instance whether they came out of an agrarian or hunter gatherer society will determine how much emphasis is placed on delayed gratification.
What it all might come down to is: Are you predisposed to delay gratification or not?
The reason for this is that people in an agrarian society have to think a year ahead.
If there was any genetic influence upon gratification delay then this it could have quite an effect on perceived differences between ‘races’.

There’s a couple of other considerations: Firstly, if your ancestors were civilization based, then you might be physically less developed than people from other backgrounds and vice-versa .
Whether civilization increases intelligence is debatable, but it certainly allows myth builders to flourish – For instance if you can convince people of a myth they will feed you, as in the case of priests and moral philosophers.


The race myth was debunked many years ago but still persists:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/11392926/The-white-man-who-pretended-to-be-black.html

Race Myths part II – Race mixing

I have a theory as to the arising of a particular kind of racism that is seen in countries such as America and New Zealand.

Generally, if there is a difference between the economic performance of different ethnic groups it can be attributed to the culture of that group. But if you have a smaller less advanced group that comes into contact with a civilized group, then I would expect the tribal group to be genetically superior because they would have more eugenic processes occurring within it.

But if the larger genetically inferior group had all the power, then a complex psycho-sexual process would take hold whereby the members of the smaller group would attempt to become economically equal to the dominant group, and unless there was a strong taboo in intermarriage this would happen at an individual level.

What this means in effect is that men from the dominant group who could not get a desirable enough woman from within their own social structure could instead take women from the marginalised group. That way the woman could share in the resources of the dominant group. On the other hand even desirable men from the marginalised group would only have access to less desirable women.

If there was a no ‘identifier’ such as skin colour then it wouldn’t matter and the group would be absorbed – such as Irish and East Europeans (who were initially considered inferior) into American society.

However if there was an intergenerational identifier then it may well result in the ghettoization of the marginalised group such as American Blacks.

(The ghettoization would initially be a result of a less successful culture taking hold and using some genetically inheritable marker as a way of determining who should have that culture.)

Basically there would be an infusion of genes from lower status people in the dominant group into marginalised group, which might over the course of time take it from being overall genetically superior to being overall genetically inferior however this would be a result of the inferior genes from the dominant group rather than any inherent defect.

It is worth mentioning that this effect (if it were proven) should not be used to discriminate against any person in particular over and above other factors.

Yet it does seem that simple denial of difference is a little naive. There is the situation where various agencies announce that the races are existent but equal, and yet individual citizens notice increased criminality and/or less economic success amongst marginalised ‘race’ groups. So naturally those persons make judgments based on their own personal experience of races, that in turn increases the marginalisation of those groups.

If there is a genetic influence on at least it should be recognised that the object of discrimination is misplaced it is not the original genetic propensities of the marginalised group that is the problem but the rejected ones of the dominant group.

To give a final illustrative example; the British during the 19th century noticed that the Maori were able to construct military defenses that were more sophisticated than any in Europe at the time. So some argument might be made for Maori superiority. Yet now they are a marginalised group so how did that happen?

This theory would account for many ‘superior’ Maori genes being put into the overall European settler gene pool and not being identified by race, whereas in the smaller marginalised group because of its size retains its racial identifiers.

E.g Typical modern New Zealand European might be 1/20th Maori ‘good’ genes which aren’t identifiable and the modern Maori might be 1 half ‘bad’ Maori genes and 1 half ‘bad’ European genes and still identifiable by race.

Note: These figures are totally arbitrary for illustrative purposes only.

Note 2: When I use the term ‘bad genes’ what I mean is genes that may well be more biologically successful than ‘good genes’ but which (if they produced certain tendencies) are currently socially disfavoured.

The whole problem around this issue arises as a result of overt racism by society in western countries being got rid of by the 60s, because that was thought of as the cause of inequality, with the believed result that once blatant discrimination was got rid of then everyone would be equal. When of course it didn’t work out like that those hard won social concession were too important to give up. So what they did was turn it all around into some sort of crypto covert racism of something like:

Well it’s these people’s culture not being accounted for and respected which is now the problem.” – And guess what? They can tell what culture you’re supposed to have by what race you are, (and to do that they’ll still use the same 19th century notions of race)

That is how we got to our current racist society, which says it isn’t, but which infact assigns people to a particular cultural straightjacket based on race, even when it must be admitted that any traditional culture is going to have a negative economic performance in the modern world.

So it could be said that assigning culture by race is a tactic of dominant economic groups to ensure their continued economic domination.