Have you forgotten something, Gramps? In order to feel something, you have to be there. You have to be 18. You’re not 18, you are 78. Old fool sold his soul for a strap-on.
-William S. Burroughs, “Words of Advice for Young People”
This story is almost a week old, but I was busy writing bad fiction and was only able to give it a quick link yesterday. RS McCain linked last week’s story of Nancy Verhelst, a Belgian female-to-male transsexual who died of physician-assisted suicide (which is apparently legal and on the rise in Belgium) after the new surgical body she received didn’t help her lifelong depression.
Nathan, born Nancy, Verhelst, 44, was given legal euthanasia, most likely by lethal injection, on the grounds of “unbearable psychological suffering” on Monday afternoon. . . .
“I was the girl that nobody wanted,” Mr Verhelst told Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper in the hours before her death. . . .
Mr Verhelst had hormone therapy in 2009, followed by a mastectomy and surgery to construct a penis in 2012. But “none of these operations worked as desired”.
Transsexuality is the new gay among the PC crowd, and as such we are never allowed to question whether or not something that looks completely unnatural is anything other than a normal expression of sexuality. If we were allowed to question these things, Verhelst’s words about her own childhood might put things into perspective.
“While my brothers were celebrated, I got a storage room above the garage as a bedroom. ‘If only you had been a boy’, my mother complained. I was tolerated, nothing more.”
When Mommy Dearest was questioned by the Telegraph after Verhelst’s death, she said, “Her death does not bother me. I feel no sorrow, no doubt or remorse. We never had a bond.” Can anyone guess why Nancy Verhelst might have hated herself and wanted to be a man?
Here is The Political Hat, expanding on McCain’s short post:
This insistence on destroying “cis-normative” values had led to the Progressive Left to deny that anyone who has ever questioned that they might be the wrong gender or sex could possibly be wrong. The possibility that a girl is really a girl and just confused, or that this case of transgender/transsexualism was itself a “social construct,” has become “H8″ that must be banished and condemned as absolute evil.
An adult who had a shit childhood is very likely to have all sorts of issues that need to be worked out. Nancy Verhelst needed decades of therapy and probably medication, but instead she bought a fake penis and hormones because that seemed like the easy way out, and our (and it is our) culture didn’t tell her that there really is no easy way out. And then, at the end of the day, she took the easy way out.
McCain offers a very fitting epitaph: “The distance between one’s desires and one’s reality can most easily be shortened by accepting reality.”
Update: Dead Richard Nixon is way quicker than you would think with the reblog thing.
Update II: Linked at The Political Hat.