When people are said to gain health benefits, it implies they never had access to a doctor before. Thus, it is fundamentally dishonest to say the city of Rochester has decided to give health benefits to transgender city employees. Those employees have been enjoying the same benefits as everyone else. What they really mean is that now a person can suffer delusions of being the opposite sex (or pretend to do so) and then get their mutilation paid for as a health benefit.
And if you point out the absurdity of this decision, you will get fired from your radio job. Newser.com quotes several of the comments that got Kimberly and Beck kicked off the air. Here they are:
“Transgender or gender nonconforming. What the hell does that mean? Like you’re not a woman or a man?”
That is a completely natural question. I used to think that a “transgender” person was one of those rare birth defects that affected a person’s genitals. But no, it simply means people who report feeling like the opposite sex. Anyone who runs into people who take such reported alleged feelings seriously expresses that kind of confusion and amazement. And why not? The claim to “be” the opposite sex from one’s actual sex is a falsehood. It should be treated like a perverse joke or else a delusion like hearing nonexistent voices.
Notice how the most basic and obvious common sense applied to an insane public policy is treated as a personal attack on others. As if everyone should somehow automatically know and accept the idea of transgenders.
“The dude can look like a lady and the city is going to pay for it!”
No kidding. It is outrageous. I wonder if this is considered a horrible insult because it points out that the plastic surgery can only alter appearances, not reality. “Look like a lady”; not “become a lady.”
“Does that mean then they’ll also, if women want a boob job, they’ll pay for a boob job, because I think that’s only right.”
Indeed. If a flat-chested woman “feels like” a double-d, then how can the city not allow her the surgery necessary to become who “she really is”? A woman can get a fake penis but not silicone implants. How does that make any sense? It doesn’t.
“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage—gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling, because you’re probably a nutjob to begin with.”
Nutjob may not be a charitable word, but it is far more charitable to point out people’s delusions rather than to use them to trick a deluded person into wanting irreversible self-mutilation.
So now even shock jocks get censored. Think about all the things that shock jocks get away with saying and then realize what it means that transsexual policy can get a shock jock fired.
Like Voltaire said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”