Just like Bruce Jenner will never be a woman no matter how elaborate a costume he wears.
If Jenner were wearing Black makeup and claiming to be African American everyone would be up in arms and rightly so. But why is a man pretending to be a woman any less offensive to women?
The science is clear; male and female DNA are very different. A man is not a woman and a woman is not a man according to biology. To say otherwise is to reject science and invoke bizarre anti-scientific beliefs.
Clearly Jenner has a mental problem just like the guy who thinks he's Napoleon does. Jenner deserves our love and sympathy--he's got an illness not a moral defect-- but most importantly we need to be like the honest boy in the old story of the Emperors New Clothes and tell Jenner, and all other folks suffering from gender identity disorder, that he's a man.
There are things we can change about ourselves and there are things that we can't. We can lose weight, be kinder, drink less but we can't change our race, change our gender, or become a space alien.
To pretend otherwise is simply insane. And if we love people with mental illnesses we don't tell them they're fine; we work to help bring them to the truth.
A shrink who told a patient who thought he was Napoleon that he should go out and rule France would be booted out of the profession post haste yet a shrink who tells a man that with some makeup, hair depletion, and plastic surgery he can become a woman is considered to be competent.
It's time we stop hurting those with gender identity confusion and start trying to help them be who they are.
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