Not strictly about money, but this seems the best choice. Please explain to me like I’m 5 your understanding of how gender should function.
I’m not an asshole*, but I am almost 40 years old. I haven’t lived the transgender revolution the same way I lived the homosexual revolution. I’m too old to have intuitive understanding, but I’m not too old to be educated. So help me out.
To someone standing on the side lines, there appear to be 2 major, but contradictory themes.
Gender is fluid, and strictly a societal construct. In fact, society needs to gtf over it, and discard the concept of gender. The post-gender society will be marvelous because misogyny and toxic masculinity will be dead.
Gender is fundamental, and so deeply ingrained that a mismatch between biological sex and gender identity will destroy the psyche. Those who were born into the wrong body must be ushered into the gender expression as quickly as possible. The society that allows everyone to be the gender they’re supposed to be will be marvelous.
I struggle to understand these contradictions. I fully believe transgenderism (correct word?) exists, and I embrace the increasing acceptance. I’m happy kids are being diagnosed earlier, and allowed androgen blockers and cross-sex hormone therapy. I don’t think being transgender is a mental illness (yeah, yeah, I know. how big of me) but I don’t have the same fundamental understanding of transgenderism that I have for the cultural upheavals that happened during my youth. I’d like to learn.
*I am, actually. Just not about this particular thing.