Up and down and back again

Matthew became Chelsea and then became exhausted fighting through the make-up each morning.

So now ‘she’ wants to become a he again. Of course, this also involves demands that the British taxpayer fork out for all the surgery involved. By the end of all the nips and tucks, it will cost around £24,000. In Aussie lingo, that’s about $45,000.

So it’s an expensive way of proving that women can’t make up their minds.

Except that this time it’s not a woman at all. And Matthew/Chelsea knows it too:

‘I have always longed to be a woman, but no amount of surgery can give me an actual female body and I feel like I am living a lie.

‘It is exhausting putting on make-up and wearing heels all the time. Even then I don’t feel I look like a proper woman.

‘I suffered from depression and anxiety as a result of the hormones too.

‘I have realised it would be easier to stop fighting the way I look naturally and accept that I was born a man physically.’

‘I thought the surgery would make me feel complete, but it didn’t.

‘I knew deep down that, even though I had had surgery, I had still been born a man.

‘But I tried my best to block out my feelings.’

It’s also a great way of highlighting that ‘celebrity advice’ should not just be taken with a pinch of salt. Whenever it’s given, the sensible person should run screaming in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately for Matthew, he went ahead with ‘sex-change’ surgery against the advice of his doctor. Instead, he listened to Katie Price, AKA Jordan, who told him ‘to go for it’ one evening in a darkened nightclub. So he did. And then the bright light of day truly showed the lady that all that glitters is not gold. Matthew had not found his stairway to heaven, but the express lift to hell.

Now Matthew is going round and round. And while he does, those in power continue to pretend that he’s a woman. Even the newspaper articles describing how he’s ‘becoming’ a man ‘again’ use female pronouns. Everybody wants him to be something else. It’s almost as if this whole situation is summed up in the final verse of the Powderfinger song, Up and down and back again:

If everybody knows just who you are
When your walk on role becomes a major part
Have you ever attempted to be yourself
When everybody wants you to be someone else
Up and down and back again
Going up and down and back again

There are four points to make about this saga.

Firstly, I feel pity for Matthew. It is clear that he suffers from a deeply troubling and uncomfortable affliction. The Matthews of this world carry enormous mental anguish from a difficulty accepting who they are. Most of us will never know that pain, but I can easily understand why it would lead to severe depression and suicidal thoughts. But for the grace of God, we could all be there. And by the grace of God, such afflictions can also make a man truly great. There is no courage without fear; there is no growth without facing and overcoming adversity.

Secondly, this pain cannot be erased by living a lie. The truth cannot be hidden. The very term ‘transgender woman’ implies that the person has a different essence than real woman. And if that’s the case, then whatever ‘transgender women’ are, it does not involve being a woman. The qualification screams out that the construction of femininity is fake. And if it’s painful accepting the sex that you were born with, the long term agony of living a lie must always be worse. It would surely crush a soul to wake each day with the gnawing knowledge that you are an adult trying to play dress-ups for real.

Thirdly, the solution for those who suffer from an individual inability to accept reality cannot be found in forcing an entire society to accept a lie. Matthew was a man, is a man and will forever be a man. The truly compassionate response to this situation is to help him to accept that truth. Instead, we all take on the burden of deceit when we allow political-correctness to overcome sanity. Matthew might have individual issues, but a society that pretends he was ever a woman is engaged in collective fraud. In many ways, that is much worse.

Fourthly, it must be recognised that these situations are always intimately linked with a brazen level of self-obsession and selfishness. Matthew’s anguish stems from an unhealthy inward focus. And he admits it too:

‘It was draining to constantly think about how to walk and speak like a girl.

That one sentence says it all. A person living a transgender life is constantly focused on themselves and whether they fit the expectations of others. They are trapped inside a self-imposed mental prison, unable to live freely as who they really are. And from this self-obsession comes selfish demands. In Matthew’s case, he simply expects that the British taxpayer will fund his next batch of operations:

‘I can’t afford to have them done privately, so I am hoping to have the op on the NHS.

‘I can’t work at the moment because I am too upset after what I have been through.

‘I am considering having penis reconstruction too. I don’t feel bad about the NHS paying for the surgery as I don’t consider it a choice.

‘I need to have these operations for the sake of my mental health. I am lucky enough to live in a country where there is free health care.’

‘I know I need these changes to make me happy and no one should deny me that.’

I am glad that Matthew has found the courage to stop living a lie. But he has not yet accepted the responsibility that he carries for his decisions. Having a ‘sex-change’ operation is a choice, and it is lie to say otherwise, just like it is a lie to pretend that they actually work. If Matthew wants cosmetic surgery to correct his previous cosmetic surgery, he should accept the responsibility for funding it himself.

And if he can’t do that, instead of demanding that the state step in, he might like to consider humbly asking for help. If he did, I would gladly chip in. I’m sure many others would as well.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. I object to taxpayer dollars being used to fund a living lie. It would make more sense for this money to be spent on providing counseling and support to help these poor individuals accept who they actually are.

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    • I agree totally with you Fiona.These poor individuals definitely need counselling and support but only from the right people. The media love to publish all the hype about transgender but never come up with any suggestions of help. Does all this free advertising, almost sponsoring, put doubt in the minds of impressionable people?

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  2. I’ve two comments to make:
    1. Many years ago a fellow parishioner was a bloke who got up like a woman. I’m not aware that he had any superficial surgery to change his plumbing gear, but there was an obvious effort to be a female; and it was painfully fake. We did out best to include this bloke in our life, but he could not fit in. This may have been the self obsession entailed in always seeking to act the woman, without any acting aptitude. No one belittled or sought to exclude him, but it just really never worked. Sad in many ways.
    2. Could not sex change be part of a play to self-legitimise homosexual activity?

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  3. Not a bad lifestyle is it, being on welfare. Nightclubs with celebrities, holidays in Thailand, a certain sort of fame, absolute belief from sections of the media and public in what the sexually confused say and subsequent elevation to superiority over we mere mortals. Has the word “transgenderphobia” been invented yet to shut us all up? And why am I not surprised the psychologists have bought right into this? And first thing in the morning when I look in the mirror I’m not necessarily pleased with what I see but then that individual responsibility takes over and I just get on with it. Fantastic tits though. Probably.

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  4. What a farce! What a complete, laughable farce! This is a perfect example of the absolute stupidity of everything that is politically correct. It is nothing less than layer upon layer of folly mixed with deceit mixed with untruthfulness. And all of it funded by the taxpayer! It would be hilarious, in a sad and pathetic sort of way, except for one thing: laws are being introduced across all of society that obliges all of us to agree with this foolishness, by compelling everybody to pander to these pitiful people through use of language. If Matthew says he is Chelsea, you will be compelled to call him “her” and “she”, if you want to keep your Public Service or Defence job. Folly ceases to be amusing when politically-correct authoritarian bullies order you to lie.

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