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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 07, 2006

If I get a note from my shrink, explaining that I have the psychological outlook of a tall man, can I change my driver's license to show that I'm 6'5"?

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  • Posted by: sparch - Nov. 08, 2006 2:18 PM ET USA

    Another perfect example of our culture turning away from what is reality in the natural law (what is obviously truth) and distorting it to say that what is obviously wrong is really the truth because we as individuals deem it so. Reality is not grounded in ourselves. We are but a small portion of reality. We can not change this by making laws that say otherwise. We have turned into culture of fools.

  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Nov. 08, 2006 6:51 AM ET USA

    Tallness, like Beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, Shorty!

  • Posted by: voxfem - Nov. 07, 2006 10:38 PM ET USA

    I'm still having trouble believing this is for real and not something out of the Onion. It's got to be a hoax, right? Have any of these people looked at the end result of this kind of thinking? It's the ultimate in relativity. Nothing can be defined as real or as reality- it all depends on your outlook. I hope these people who have licenses don't decide that left and right are just a "diversity of nature" so it doesn't matter which side of the road you drive on.

  • Posted by: theguy - Nov. 07, 2006 6:16 PM ET USA

    Hmmm? Do you think it would work if I said on my tax return, "I really don't feel as if I've received that much income this year. Can I be declare a lower income instead?"

  • Posted by: - Nov. 07, 2006 5:52 PM ET USA

    More than humorous, this is actually frightening. This self-definition is made to lead to division and, ultimately, to anarchy. If no one can say, "Since I have male genitals, then I must be a man," or "I have female genitals, then I must be a female," then no one can say, "You are a police officer, then you must be able to arrest me for the items I just stole from the store."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 07, 2006 5:46 PM ET USA

    patriot: thank you for putting it so clearly. Psychology is not a rigorous scienctific or medical discipline but is as you say largely speculative. This needs to be born in mind when our Church leaders and educators begin to use psychology rather than Church teaching in the confessional and in pastoral matters. The adaptation of Church pastoral approach to psycholgical and social work models is a lot of what is wrong in the American Church today.

  • Posted by: Italiana - Nov. 07, 2006 5:02 PM ET USA

    And they get to serve the altar, too. A woman who had a sex change operation and is now a man is both altar person and Eucharistic Minister at our basilica.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 07, 2006 3:45 PM ET USA

    I'm speechless.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 07, 2006 3:40 PM ET USA

    So it finally happened: the inmates seized control of the asylum! It is no surprise that this is happening in a ultra-blue city like New York in a state with some of the worst human excuses for political leadership. This is what occurs as a result of treating psychology as if is was a hard science and not a medium of educated speculation. If one wants to look to the roots of the craziness--look at those looney PhDs, MDs and MSWs who have treated society as if it was their personal libido.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 07, 2006 3:25 PM ET USA

    What happens when a "man" who looks like a "woman" is sent to jail? Does he/she go to a male or female prison? This could get very interesting.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 07, 2006 3:24 PM ET USA

    I love this line: "a move away from American culture’s misguided fixation on genitals as the basis for one’s gender identity." So what do they propose is the basis for ones gender identity? The clothes they wear and the pitch of their voice??? def. Male: A human person that has a deep voice and wears clothes considered to be male and acts like a male. Isn't this called circular logic? When did Science throw out physiology as the basis for human sexuality and replace it with fashion?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 07, 2006 2:09 PM ET USA

    Shark Jump.

  • Posted by: I am Canadian! - Nov. 07, 2006 12:45 PM ET USA

    This is one way to make gay weddings legal. How will the church respond if an obvious male has on their birth certificate that they are female and wants to marry an obvious male. Worse, if an obvious female has changed the brith certificate to male and wants to become a preiest?! Legally, where would the church stand. What does cannon law say about gender, I wonder.

  • Posted by: westcoast subscriber - Nov. 07, 2006 12:20 PM ET USA

    Did she really say, "there are more than just two (sexes)?" Unbelievable. I shudder to imagine what the others look like.

  • Posted by: rpp - Nov. 07, 2006 11:24 AM ET USA

    So what doies this do for the "CSI" TV series? Their genetic material says they are one gender, yet all the vital records show another. Sick, sick, sick!

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Nov. 07, 2006 11:01 AM ET USA

    Diogenes: you can change your driver's license if you want, but I'm going for the pool pass. As I lather up in the shower, I sure the enlightened moms at family swim will be able to explain to their daughters "Oh, that lady must be poor"

  • Posted by: khall356141 - Nov. 07, 2006 10:44 AM ET USA

    Poof, I have a PhD! I'm liking this.

  • Posted by: coach1 - Nov. 07, 2006 9:55 AM ET USA

    We are not slouching toward gomorrha - we are RACING toward damnation.

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