Changing Gender

A Sensitive Topic

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A boy was born with the name of David Reimer. While doing his circumcision, things went extremely wrong. It was decided to change the gender of the boy entirely making him a transgender. Because of this, David grew up all his life feeling wrong and later committed suicide because of it. According to The Irish Times, gender is largely biologically determined, and the idea that most human characteristics, physical and mental, are determined when children are conceived in the womb. Changing gender is a decision that risks frustrating natural development and can ultimately lead to depression or even suicide like in the case of David Reimer. 

 People who decide to change genders or what they identify as may get made fun of or bullied. According to Human Rights Campaign, more than 35% of high school students report being bullied traditionally and 15% reported cyberbullying. This proves that schools can be very judgemental, vulgar, and indecent. This may drive the students into depression.

The Bible, the highest-selling and most read book in the world, says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” This passage in Genesis states that you were created perfectly by God, perfectly in his image and not your own. According to the Bible, changing gender should not be allowed.

The process to change your gender completely is a long, stressful, and expensive process. The cost for a female-to-male reassignment can be more than $50,000, and the surgery can take up to six hours. This is a very painful and invasive surgery, and the recovery time can be up to three months. 

In an article titled “My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy” published by The New York Times, Andrea Long Chu had surgery to change from a male to a female. She began taking hormones to make herself more like a female. “I was not suicidal before hormones. Now I often am,” says Chu. The choice she made to change her gender is putting her life at risk because she is now considering suicide. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently showed the results of a very alarming study they conducted. The results showed that 29.9 percent of transgender female teens said they attempted suicide while over half of transgender male participants reported attempting to end their lives. This shows that in the majority of cases the person changing genders ends up depressed and potentially suicidal. 

Based on the facts I just stated, people should not be able to change their gender. This decision can lead to depression which is what happened to Andrea Chu or potentially even suicide like in the case of David Reimer. Changing gender is dangerous, and it ultimately may never solve the issues of a person struggling with his or her identity. Feelings, desires, and emotions can all change. It is illogical to spend thousands of dollars, undergo invasive surgery, risk having depression, and ultimately not solving the issue of identity at hand. 

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