It’s a good thing if you’re questioning who you are. Perhaps you have noticed that people are doing so quite a lot these days, “it’s a hot topic”. Even though gender is said to be varied instead of black and white, many people try to find their true selves through a black-to-white movement of female to male. The transition from woman to man specifically has become an idolized and life-changing sensation among young adults. Most teens who consider themselves trans wish to fix themselves from female to male in order to “become their true selves”. But here is the paradox: why should someone change in order to become their true self? Doesn’t becoming your true self mean self-acceptance - not cutting up your body parts?
The transgender movement has done significant work in Western countries in order to change the definition of biological sex. Identifying with trans individuals’ heroic tales is easy, especially for a youngster just gaining independence. Transition is always accompanied by elements of a gripping story: the trans person is living their everyday life, but something is wrong, then they discover their “true self” and begin a battle against biology and society, backed up by the trans community which may even overtake and replace family bonds. Finally they find their “true self”. Those who do not fare so well are not around to tell their stories, as they are no longer included in the trans community. These are people who, during their transition or after completing it, realized that gender ideology is like a religion promising paradise for those who follow their advice and see the community as a family. Religions are also joined consensually and with good intentions. If you have been encouraged to believe that your body is not your own, remember that you are the victim here. You have nothing to be ashamed of and no reason to feel regret. Your actions have been in good faith.
Transgenderism is not based on medical facts or studies. Although the experience of being in the wrong body may be whole-hearted, it has yet to be proved as reality. Transgenderism is indeed one (often ideological) way to describe people who experience anxiety relating to their body, sex and/or gender. From an adult’s perspective, trans identity among teenagers often seems to be linked to certain subcultures or even lifestyles. Psychiatry is aware of many conditions in which a person’s anxiety transforms and they then seek help for their anxiety through a different condition. Anxiety may manifest itself as inexplicable pains, states of terror, there is Munchhausen’s, anorexia nervosa, etc. Usually individuals suffering from such disorders do not form mass movements that draw other people in. However, it has happened before with other types of body dysphorias such as eating disorders. People suffering from eating disorders (or gender ideology) do not intentionally lure others to join them, but social media and the opportunity to share experiences and search for like-minded people online has lead to the situation escalating dramatically. Instagram, for example, has now needed to delete certain eating disorder-related hashtags which were seen to increase the number of afflicted people. Certain psychological phenomena spread easily through social media. In particular, girls have been observed to be susceptible to so-called social contagion, which means developing symptoms “caught” from other people.