Now that Bruce Jenner has revealed that he is transgender, every man who wanted to dress up and play with Barbies now is rethinking who they are. The military is preparing for transgender soldiers so the rest of society should get ready as well. It takes a while to get use to the idea.
I used to believe God knew what he was doing when he created us. Obviously that is not true if he keeps putting people in the wrong gender specific bodies. Thanks to all the enlightenment about being true to ourselves, I have come to a realization that I must be trans-species, an alien. That might explain my fascination with Star Trek. Inwardly I must have been seeking the truth about myself. My love of traveling is the restlessness of being out of place.
I grew up thinking I was human and did not pay attention to all those clues. People said I was “spacey.” They would ask me “What world do you come from?” Other comments like “You behave like an animal,” “You have the manners of a monkey” and “What a space cadet” didn’t register before.
My parents didn’t treat me any differently than my siblings, but I’ve always wondered about them as well. On the outside I seemed to be normal and functioned well as a human. Most people never seemed to notice anything inhumane about me. Sure, I may have seemed to be a little odd but who isn’t.
Catechism taught me that God made me, but now I am wondering where did I really come from? I thought being different was a sign of individuality. The diversity of human types reflected the infinite imagination of God. Not all males are macho and not all females are feminine. Who set those expectations anyway? A person is no less male because he prefers ballet dancing than is the quarterback on the football team.
In the Victorian Era men wore hose, ruffles, powdered wigs, and makeup. Today a woman who wears a business suit is still considered feminine. Men have been encouraged to get in touch with their feminine side. Women in the workplace are expected to demonstrate masculine assertiveness if they expect to succeed. Where do those ideas come from?
Already I miss the good old days when I was just a male human. Life was so simple when I thought I was made in the image and likeness of God and that God knew what he was doing.
Father Patrick Toner is pastor at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 140 West Ave., Plain City. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-873-8850.