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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

The only trouble is, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that YOU are the one who is retreating from reality. You're the one who clings to a mistaken belief that genitalia always matches brain development, hormonal development and genetics. But science has utterly disproven that belief. The reality is these things do NOT always match. You however, are, retreating from that reality and refusing to confront it.
Which has led to a mental illness in your case that causes you to lash out angrily, and in future likely violently, towards people who do not fit your desire about what you want reality to be.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

There are numerous other variations. Some biological women have abnormally high testosterone levels - for a long time they were barred from competing in the olympics. Then there is a condition where the body is incapable of absorbing testosterone. And sometimes these can occur in the same person. For a long time women barred from the olympics due to high testosterone levels were allowed back in if they also had that condition.

Human bodies are extremely complex machines and come in many varieties - and most of them are harmless variation. There is nothing harmful about transgender genetics - the only harm they suffer is from the way people treat them, it's not their genes causing that, it's a flawed culture. One of the greatest Winter Olympians of all time had a rare genetic trait that made his body produce far higher than average red blood cells (Polycythemia). What some sportsman try to achieve with drugs like EPO - he had by nature of his genes.

When she was 3 months old my daugher swallowed a peanut which went down the wrong hole and got inhaled. She needed an endoscope to remove it. While doing the endoscope we learned that she had only one tube connecting her airways to her left lung. Generally there are two. I asked the doctor if this was anything to be concerned about and she said "Absolutely not, it's entirely harmless and will have no impact on her life whatsoever. It's a known and perfectly natural genetic variation and it's quite likely either you or your wife also has it. The only reason I pointed it out is because I found it personally interesting because though I knew about it, I hadn't seen it myself before".

Humans are not simple and don't fit into such super-simplistic categories as "male/female" very well and never really have. Just like anybody who says "people have two passages connecting the left lung to the airway" would be saying something that looks extremely obvious on the surface but simply isn't TRUE of all people.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

It's been different ever since the words were first coined ! It predates western civilization itself (which is STILL the ONLY culture on earth to only have two recognised genders). Just a few posts up you can see Black's legal dictionary being cited proving that these things have different meanings in current law. Black's have been the standard legal dictionary in the USA for many decades and it's about as conservative a source as you can get for anything.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

You can say the same about people with Down's Syndrome. Do you also go around shouting "retard" at them ? If you did, would you be shocked and surprized when people complained ? Would you call it censorship when told you, you were not being nice and were, in fact, being a dick ?

Why is one genetic trait you consider negative worthy of your disrespectful, rudeness and another is worthy of your concern and pity ? Why not offer the same consideration and concern to both ?

I'm not sure why you would deem either an "evolutionary dead-end" since Down's sufferers and trans people alike can and often do have children.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

Go look it up in an old dictionary. It HAS always been that way, that's WHY there are two different words.

They only got muddled in the last few decades - because of social conservatives who got upset at having to fill in the block on a form marked "sex" and so the form-makers started using "Gender" as the next closest one - and conflated the two concepts in the public mind. But they were ALWAYS two different things.

Hell, one of the heroes of the French Revolution was a trans-women who was also famously one of the best swordfighters that ever lived, Chevalier D'eon. One of the greatest pirates of all time was a women disguised as a man (Mary Reed) - most likely a trans man in reality (and by all accounts - a fierce warrior who with one other woman Anne Bonney held off the full might of the British navy for hours while Jack Rackham was passed out drunk in the hold).

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

No one "compelled" you to do anything, we just called you an asshole for acting like an asshole.

You can go shout n***** all you want in Harlem without committing a crime - but if the locals start complaining you don't get to say they are censoring you.

Telling you off for being a dick does not ammount to "compelling" anything. We asked you to respect her wishes, nobody FORCED you to.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

Unless YOU have done a DNA check - you have absolutely no proof of what her DNA is.

There are more than two human chromosome setups. We are NOT all XX or XY and a great many trans people are different varieties such as XXY. So why, in every thread about Manning, do we have people confidently declare that they KNOW something which has never been tested or confirmed and which all the statistics say is almost certainly NOT true ?

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

You really shouldn't be caring about the shape of strangers genitalia so much... seriously, what the fuck does it have to do with you ?

The point where you can reasonably choose to politely enquire about the shape of somebody's genitals without being an asshole of the first order is when you are both seriously considering a sexual relationship in the extremely imminent future.

Now don't come with "free speech" bullshit, nowhere did I say it should be ILLEGAL for you to make such enquiries, but I sure as hell am NOT going to pretend it isn't creepy as fuck.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 503

>Snowdon seems the logical "other pardon".

I'm not sure how true it is, but Obama has claimed he cannot pardon Snowden as "Pardon's are reserved for people who have acknowledged their crimes before a court". How that squares with Ford pardoning Nixon is a question the journalists covering said speech apparently did not think to ask - so the answer (or at least his answer) is apparently unknown.

But his position appears to be that if you run away before you can be charged, he can't pardon you.

One minor correction though - Manning was NOT pardoned, she had her sentence commuted. There are significant differences - both legal and philosophical between the two concepts. Commuting a sentence is merely an act of mercy "we forgive you for your crimes and consider your debt to society paid", you are still an ex-con, you still can't serve on juries or get a gun license etc. etc. A pardon is "we erase your crimes", somebody who is pardoned does not have a criminal record, can serve on a jury etc. etc. etc.
The standard usage for a pardon is "your actions were illegal, but so justified that you should not be punished for them. The standard usage for a commuting is "your actions were crimes, but have significant mitigating circumstances, and there are real reasons to show mercy on you and not punish you further".

Basically - a presidential commute is akin to throwing yourself upon the mercy of the court and actually getting it (only belatedly).

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