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Cosmetic surgery is not politically correct, but sex-change operations are. Why ?

In Over the kitchen table discussions with my daughter on December 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

The existence and continuing success, of the cosmetic surgery industry as explained by the politically correct, is driven by body-images presented to us by marketers. Presumably, these body images are designed to make us feel uncomfortable with our physical appearance and push us towards buying products we hope will change our look into something resembling that of some unattainable cultural ideal.

Transsexual persons are uncomfortable with their physical appearance since as explained on wikipedia: “They experience a gender identity that is not culturally associated with their assigned sex”. The sex of the body they present to the world is the opposite of the sex that they feel they belong to.

Why is it ok to change your appearance when the association you disagree with is based on cultural definitions of sex when at the same time it is frowned upon to change your appearance based on other cultural definitions ?

I do see that the personal consequences of deviating cosmetic appearance may be dwarfed by the feeling of being in the wrong sexual category. However, feeling ugly can be devastating and mental problems associated with transgenderism need not result in gender dysphoria and subsequent sex-change. This is not a black/white issue.

Both cosmetic surgery and medical sex change are actions driven by a need to adapt to cultural preferences.

Any argument saying that only one of them should be acceptable is by logic incorrect, political or not.


I am writing this to eliminate disease

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

I am running this marathon to aid victims of disaster.

I am walking across this continent to correct unjustice.

I am climbing this mountain to support cancer research.

No !

Best case: You have this unreasonable personal thing you want to do and you need an excuse.

Worse case: You are exploiting whatever issue at hand to get funding.


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Quote of the Month – Climate change vs. Genetically Modified Crops

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2017 at 8:20 am

This months quote is provided by Cornell Prof. Sarah Davidson Evanega, a mother of three children, an environmentalist and a plant scientist:

“You cannot at the same time uphold the scientific consensus around climate change and deny the scientific consensus around the safety of GM crops.”

You can of course argue that this is not entirely true since politics to fight climate change and politics to stop GM-agriculture are both driven by fear over worst case scenarios.

She nevertheless, has a really good point. The quote perfectly exemplifies how we choose our scientific facts to suit whatever political means we want to support.