20 November 2021 ~ 0 Comentarios

LGBTQIA and the gender identity dispute

By Carlos Alberto Montaner

There are no longer two genders. There are 20. Before it was very easy. There were men, women and crazy people who did not fit into the two main categories. To me, a self-confessed liberal, it seems nonsense to assign an ideological color to the gender-identity-dispute. It is not right-wing or left-wing. There is no point in opposing people choosing their sex or gender, the same way I think it’s absurd to deny the use of the urinal to human beings who urgently want to empty their bladder, just because they insist on being women. How many cases are there? Undoubtedly, just a few. Isn’t it better to tell girls that some women pee standing up? Or are we willing to believe the legend of the rapist who claimed to be a lady and did his thing in a bathroom of naive and unsuspecting girls?

Let’s explain the strange word LGBTQUIA while fanning the environment with a cheery colorful flag. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, “Queer”, Intersex, and Asexual. There is no doubt about the first three. We all know lesbians, gays and bisexuals personally or through references.

Let’s start with Transgenders. They are so numerous that the UN has agreed with them. One has the right to rewrite the identity card. In any case, the approval of that high body has not served them much. They harass, beat and even kill them without compassion. It depends on the culture in which they live. They often say that “they are trapped in a body that does not belong to them.” They are not satisfied with the sex they were assigned at birth. Some resort to surgery, hormones, or both. They are “trans women” or “trans men.” Others only dress like the opposite sex, but that detail does not give anyone the right to prejudge the sexual orientation of the aforementioned. They can be ardent lovers dressed up to mislead or simply because they like that kind of clothing.

When I was young the word “Queer” was used to insult any gay or lesbian. Fortunately, it’s not like that anymore. The “Queers” today proudly identify with that word that means that they temporarily assume the role of man or woman.

Intersex are people who have biological characteristics of the other sex. Frequently that comes from the inherited chromosomes, but not only from that. What is hirsutism in women? What is the tiny penis in some men? (Always so witty, Heberto Padilla described Lezama Lima’s penis with an evil smile saying that it was “a slight hint of the skin”). Human beings have 23 pairs of XX (female) or XY (male) chromosomes in all cells. But sometimes that reality is not so transparent, and it is debated whether the lady is, in fact, a man, ignoring the rest of the elements that make up the genre.

We also have the Asexuals. A long time ago I met an asexual teacher in Puerto Rico. He was not gay. He just wasn’t interested in sex. They can be of any gender. They depend on the enthusiasm generated in them by people with testicles or vaginas, muscles or breasts. In general, they are indifferent to that type of attraction. However, there are those Asexuals who are attracted only by the intelligence of a person. It is a case of “Demisexuality.” I have only seen it up close once in my life: the attraction that Pau Casals aroused in Marta, his wife, half a century younger than the brilliant cellist. She was genuinely in love. The other case that I know of, but from a distance, is that of the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, tied to a wheelchair due to a degenerative disease of the nervous system that gradually denied him movements until he became a thinking machine that communicated by means of a pencil that he held between his lips. His wife adored him. Or she adored his intelligence. She was an asexual of the “Demi” variant.

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