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Transgender acceptance is now politically correct and I welcome this.
However, as I say here, its political correctness (PC) may have gone too far:-
I accept trans women see themselves as 'real' women.
I also see it okay if a woman (or anyone) wants to make a distinction between a trans woman and a lifelong female or 'real' woman.
What is not okay is to persecute the other's reality, whichever viewpoint you have.
However, I do think all this makes life far more complex or chaotic in many ways, as we have to adjust a binary society (males and females) to something else. Nevertheless, I do support this societal transition, but not in the exact way transgender advocates ask.
For example, the issue of transgender toilets - see here, here.
As much as we respect transgender people, I think we need to respect those women that do not want to share a toilet with transgender people. We also must value the safety of transgender people disallowed to use the female toilet, who are then forced to use the male toilet where they are likely to receive abuse.
Perhaps three toilet types (or four if disabled is included) are the way, with the third/fourth option being trans-friendly or gender-neutral toilets (which mirror the toilets in many homes)?
The argument for more than two categories becomes even more critical with women's refuges or shelters - for women fleeing domestic violence. I'd prioritise the needs of the non-transgender here.
Prisons require similar sensitivity. In 2017, a transgender prisoner in the UK - Karen White (born male, identifies as female) - sexually assaulted two women in a women's prison. So I feel it is right that the UK's first transgender prison unit was opened in 2019, within a woman's prison, but without allowing access to the other women.
Another case where a transgender woman entering the woman's world is dubious is in competitive sport. David Avellan (posted and accessed 23 October 2018) argues that male-to-female transgender athletes should not be allowed to compete against women. In MMA, it not only gives the transgender athlete a massive advantage in many physical attributes, but is also far more dangerous for the opponent. Just like martial arts already have many weight categories, perhaps there needs to be further categories for transgender athletes.
Professor John Brewer, professor of applied sport science at St Mary's University (cited at BBC, posted 4 March 2019, accessed 5 March 2019) says:-
Is it human arrogance to think that that surgery and chemistry are enough to change gender, something that has taken nature millions of years to differentiate and maintain? Perhaps competitive transgender athletes need their own category, similar to toilets (see above)? So we have male, female, disabled and transgender? There could even be an open/mixed category (as sometimes in chess), free for all to participate in. Obviously, if it’s social sport, these divisions are not essential.
Also see here, here, here, here, here, here, here.
'Real' Man or Woman
I also want to ask is there such a thing as a 'real' man or 'real' woman? I once watched a TV show where a woman had an orgasm for the first time and she said she now felt like a 'real' woman. I suppose everyone has their own thoughts about what is a 'real' man or woman.
Finally I want to look at transgender people from the angle of Animal/Human/Angel, and with reference to personality from a spiritual viewpoint.
The trans person identifies with a gender different from the animal level, the anatomical sex. Science tells us this may be caused by genetic, environmental, cultural, or psychological factors. Current research suggests that like anatomical sex, this gender identity is almost entirely determined in the womb (see here, here, here).
However, one factor rarely mentioned is the spiritual...
Political Correctness [PC1]