[Editor’s Note: As women, we are the mothers of society. We’re teachers. We’re molders. What we think and embrace, how we philosophize and our conclusions endorsed, encouraged, and lived out, become commonplace for the next generation; they become reality. No, we’re not gods, but our influence is powerfully enabling, for better or for worse.
Feminist fore-mothers brought us the “sameness doctrine.” The subduing influence of equality for women with men wiped out distinctions, roles, jurisdiction and with that artistry, creativity, absolutes, human flourishing, authority, responsibility and moral character. Sameness has been masquerading as a rule for life more compulsory than God’s law, more liberating than the work of Jesus Christ.
We’re now on the precipice of transgenderism becoming reasonable. It will, as all cultural transitions have, wash away, for many, the knowledge of our foundation and a virtuous appraisal of what men and women really are; our newest spokesman being Bruce Jenner.
When sameness becomes the norm in one form, it becomes the norm in many forms. Sameness vindicates all our vices and all our sins. We are exonerated by it and we love it. Sameness applied by a morally unanchored population is destined to take on varying disfigured appearances. And with that we have the coming of transabled. Once one cultural transformation settles in the next precipice enters our sights and we always say, “No possible way!” and a decade or so later the same people say, “How did this happen?”]
From Canada’s National Post:
His goal was to become disabled.
People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.
“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa.
Researchers in Canada are trying to better understand how transabled people think and feel. Clive Baldwin, a Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies who teaches social work at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., has interviewed 37 people worldwide who identify as transabled.
Some of his study participants do draw parallels to the experience many transgender people express of not feeling like they’re in the right body.
“It’s a problem for individuals because it’s distressing. But lots of things are.” He suggests this is just another form of body diversity — like transgenderism — and amputation may help someone achieve similar goals as someone who, say, undergoes cosmetic surgery to look more like who they believe their ideal selves to be.
As the public begins to embrace people who identify as transgender, the trans people within the disability movement are also seeking their due, or at very least a bit of understanding in a public that cannot fathom why anyone would want to be anything other than healthy and mobile.
Read the rest here (mature readers only)