Surprise, Farah is Clueless About Transgenderism

I didn’t watch the Bruce Jenner interview on Friday, nor do I really care to, but I do recognize that it might be a watershed moment for helping Americans begin to understand transgenderism in the way that Ellen coming out did the same for gay people. Joseph Farah, predictably, clutches his pearls and blathers ignorantly.

There’s something curiously and disturbingly symbolic about one-time American Olympic star Bruce Jenner’s exploitive romance with the idea of surgically transforming himself from a man to a woman…

It’s being called America’s “transgender moment.”

It may also be a signature moment in the rise and fall of a nation, a culture and our definition of the American Dream.

I hesitate to make too much of this tragic carnival sideshow, but someone needs to state the obvious: This poor, tortured soul’s life journey seems to be mimicking the nation’s over the last 30 years.

Yes, yes, yes, America is collapsing because LGBT people are stepping out of the shadows and beginning to be treated like actual human beings with equal rights. Blah blah blah, we’ve heard this all before, ad fucking nauseum.

Today that process is on overdrive. Same-sex marriage, a concept never before considered in 6,000 years of human history, is on its way to becoming the law of the land.

But a bunch of your writers have been claiming that same-sex marriage is what caused Noah’s flood. Which is it?

I’m sorry for Bruce Jenner. He’s suffering from some terrible mental disorder or succumbing to compulsions much worse. By the way, men can’t become women and women can’t become men. There’s more to it than plumbing, don’t you know?

Isn’t that exactly the point, that there’s more to it than plumbing? Farah is too clueless to realize he’s contradicting himself.

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  • dingojack

    Pornstache Joe: Plumbing the depths!

    😉 Dingo

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    It’s being called America’s “transgender moment.”

    It may also be a signature moment in the rise and fall of a nation, a culture and our definition of the American Dream.”

    So those immigrants on Ellis Island, those waggoneers heading across the unknown plains, those business men (and women) starting with nothing but a great idea, those astronauts bound for space, those suburbanites looking for ‘the good life’ —

    all were hoping for nothing more than reliable plumbing?!? That’s it Joe, nothing more?

    Pretty piss-poor dream. Lucky you got better than you dreamed then.

  • cptdoom

    Today that process is on overdrive. Same-sex marriage, a concept never before considered in 6,000 years of human history, is on its way to becoming the law of the land.

    Once again ignoring the significant evidence that same-sex marriages between male couples – or at least a relationship with the same, if not more, respect than marriage – were common in the early centuries of the Christian movement (see Boswell, John), not to mention the existence of “Boston marriages” among ladies of a certain type back in the 19th century.

    By the way, men can’t become women and women can’t become men. There’s more to it than plumbing, don’t you know?

    Farah’s exactly correct. Gender identity is hard-wired in an individual and cannot be changed. What he doesn’t understand is that gender identity and sexual organs may not match.

  • John Pieret

    Farah is too clueless …

    You might just have well stopped there.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    If this story were solely about Jenner I would be willing to pay attention. But the media circus (emphasis on the second word) surrounding both families is insufferable.

    In terms of bringing up the discussion of transgender rights, I certainly hope this has some effect (and not just for my own benefit). This could be comparable to Degeneres coming out, but also to Rock Hudson and Freddie Mercury in opening the discussion about HIV/AIDS. It shouldn’t require high profile people or events to bring a discussion to the fore, but unfortunately it often does.

  • eric

    Same-sex marriage, a concept never before considered in 6,000 years of human history, is on its way to becoming the law of the land.

    So I guess Puccini didn’t write an opera called Madam Butterfly around 1900. This non-opera wasn’t based on a story from the 1800s. It hasn’t been retold over and over again in different formats for the last 115 years. The theme has never been discussed before 2015, and nobody’s ever gone to see it until this year?

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Eric : Hell, its far older than that – its wa-aay back in the Torah / Bible (& not in the story of inhospitable Sodom and arrogant, callous Gomorrah) :

    http://www.bricktestament.com/king_saul/jonathans_feelings_for_david/1s18_04.html

    Jonathon and David later King anyone?

  • D. C. Sessions

    For those of us not hung up on athletes, there have been trans superstars in other areas for a long time. Notably, Lynn Conway, who is a rockstar in the field of solid-state electronics. It’s fair to say that she pioneered an entire industry that have made quite a few billionaires.

    And the funny thing is that very few of us know that she’s trans, and those who do really don’t give a damn.

  • Alverant

    One thing I didn’t get is that Jenner said she’s a Republican because she believes in the Constitution. How does one follow to the other? Has she SEEN the GOP lately?

  • colnago80

    Given his age, the issue of Jenner participating in women’s sports is probably moot. However, this has been an issue in the past. Consider Renee Richard’s demand to be allowed to participate in professional women’s tennis, although at age 39, she was a bit long in tooth (she did make it to a ranking of number 20, so if she had undergone the operation at, say, age 25, this might have been a major issue).

    http://goo.gl/KjYm8w

  • busterggi

    ” gender identity and sexual organs may not match”

    And even if they do they don’t necessarilly live up to expections.

  • se habla espol

    It’s being called America’s “transgender moment.”

    As far as I’m concerned, “America’s transgender moment” happened in 1952, when Christine Jorgensen came out as a successful MtF transition. I was a preteen at the time.

    I remember my reaction to the news: Wow, they can do that now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    Well, I probably won’t watch it either, but good for Jenner. I suspect he especially annoys the religious right because of his former athletic prowess. He can’t easily be pegged as “unmanly” in their senses of the word.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    Perhaps I should have said “she.” Well, good for her.

  • Chiroptera

    aaronbaker, #13:

    Not “perhaps,” you really should have.

    Not that I’m criticizing; I’m still working on my language too. It’s not an overnight process to change an entire lifetime of conditioning.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Chiroptera : Seconded by me.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    FYI Puccini’s Madame Butterfly has nothing to do with gender identity. Rather it revolves around a young Japanese woman’s ill fated marriage to an American naval officer, a marriage which produces a son. M. Butterfly is a 1988 play, later made into a movie, by David Henry Hwang. It is loosely based on the story of a French diplomat who became involved with a male Chinese Opera singer he thought was female.