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- Mar 31, 2015
You are either male (XY) or female (XX). Everything else is a mental illness. This does not mean that you can't be a feminine male or a masculine female.
This basically sums it up as far as I am concerned, except for the part in bold. Gender dysphoria likely has biological roots so it's incorrect to label it a mental illness (Causes of transsexualism). Same goes for homosexuality.Just because they are mentally ill doesn't mean they should be treated poorly. At the same time I don't think people should be celebrating mental illness as a lifestyle. The main reason being is that mental illness leads to a poorer quality life which in turn results in additional mental illnesses. They people need help from qualified mental health professionals whom don't facilitate the mental illness.
The underlined part is a major concern. While homosexuality is not a mental illness by any stretch, I'm still alarmed that being gay in some places is seen as being hip/progressive. It's not any "cooler" than being straight. I don't like it when anyone flaunts their sexuality, no matter what it is. The movement, like feminism, has gone too far. Gay pride parades are offensive and should not be celebrated. Events are frequently almost pornographic in nature. Lewd conduct in public should never be acceptable under any circumstances. It's just ugly and crass.
As for the OP, it's kind of a ridiculous thread topic. You are either comfortable with your birth gender or you're not. Everything basically comes down to hormones and genes. Tamper with either of those and you get masculinized men and effeminate women. It's easy to see this has been happening in the US and other countries as well. Labeling various individual personality characteristics as either "masculine" or "feminine" is just flawed and increases confusion. For the sake of clarity, it's simpler and more accurate to conduct studies about what men and women universally find sexually attractive across cultures. Then you can get a clearer picture of the underlying biology that is at work. Once we have that, culture will absorb those findings and social norms will change accordingly to more accurately reflect what human beings actually want and need.
Obesity alters hormone levels, yet there's very little recognition of that, and what changes that might be causing in children and adolescents. In fact, from my perspective, it seems like in America being fat is no big deal because 70% of the country is overweight. Obesity should be condemned. Fat people are a threat to the planet. Here's why: They increase global warming by 1) consuming higher levels of animal products, 2) lowering the fuel efficiency of all transportation vehicles, from airplanes to boats to cars/trucks and trains, 3) increasing power consumption from demanding more air conditioning wherever they go because they have a thick insulating layer of adipose tissue that would make them more suited to living in polar climates. In addition, they increase healthcare costs, use up more healthcare services/products, consume more water, and take up more room on public transportation. Last but not least, they look much less attractive than they would be if they lost the excess weight.
Low self-esteem is more likely to lead to behavior change than positive thinking, and fatties should not try to prop themselves up with "feel-good" mantras.