October 9, 2017
For some, a male dressing up as a female, it causes eye shores. For some others, having a drink with a transgender without the other part knowing it, is a crime. For me, gender is all about one’s chromosomes. It is not about identity. Accepting the freedom of choice on gender identity as a human right through systematic mechanisms, does it really make it right?
In conservative societies, there are more restrictions in the way we could express ourselves. When it comes to gender identity, things get rougher, making some people fear for their whole existence. “Feel the freedom and then become”, simply does not apply to this case. Conservative societies or societies that are more reluctant to change according to the needs of the people are formed according the needs of the topsmen.
Topsmen are goal-oriented people, feeding their existence by gaining power from the rest in order to fit their agenda. To do so, they baptize various ridiculous freedoms as “human rights”, keeping us busy and choosing over times to form controlled crisis so that they can have a pie on the table to negotiate with other topsmen.
So assuming that it is common knowledge that “with power comes money”, why the society never stops buying into this game? There are various types of communities and groups, each embracing its “own” type of personality they could fit. For me, the freedom of choosing over the group or community someone could fit is by nature given to us. It is there as much as it is for the animal kingdom. What it is always at stake in a human society is about accepting the existence first and therefore respecting the other communities or groups that are as humans as we are. No more, no less.
In this time and age, doctors define the gender of the embryo according to its chromosomes. Meanwhile, plenty of doctors that make this assumption have the ability to change the human body according to someone’s preferences. So, human beings have now the freedom to choose over their community, friends, gender identity, express their selves freely into it, form their own family and change their bodies accordingly.
But. Some fear while moving around their city. Some fear to have a drink with someone who is lucky enough that the gender he/she was born in is in total synchronization with the way he/she wants to express himself or herself. Some fear to raise children and some fear to form their own family. There is still fear out there for them. Fear that are not accepted as human beings above all.
We as human beings have the ability to recognize other human beings through all or some senses and in some cases through just one of our six senses. Believe me or not, we can. Just try it. One human being at a time. Not all at once. Only then you will see, that they look like you, they are hurt like you, they need to try and gain for a living like you, they laugh like you, they love like you, they hate like you, they are hungry like you and so many other basic things, “needs and wants” similar to yours.
Once you are able to see this, you will understand that you are not socially handicap. Not anymore. A human being that belongs to a system, whether we like it or not, accepts it in the way it is. In order to coexist with other human beings, we simply should accept our own existence and therefore that of others. We do not need a topsman for that. Topsmen cannot educate us respect because we, the rest, are assumed as tools for them. They just know whether and who should make feel respected depending on their agenda.
Respect is the key and this does not apply only to gender issues or human rights as topsmen refer to. Accepting our existence and basic needs as human beings takes us to the key step of self-respect and respecting others. As long as topsmen have not yet officially set out love as a human right to fit their agenda, there is still time and hope to this matter.
* Opinion Piece by Martha Syrdakla on the occasion of the bill over legal gender recognition, submitted today by the Greek government in the Parliament plenary.
Author : Dimitris Rapidis