See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Monday, April 04, 2011

Transgender equality advocate.



"The last frontier of equality."
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I looked at Sunday's paper and there was this photo and I laughed out loud.  Then I read the article which confirmed my first thought that this was a man dressed as a woman.  Her name is Vanessa Sheridan and she is a business consultant who seeks to rid the workplace of transgender bias.  I stopped laughing at that point.  She's got herself a job, that's for sure, and big corporations obviously have enough money to pay her for her services.  Fine.
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The world is nuts, therefore this stuff seems almost normal when it's all dressed up in a wig and a business suit.  In the meantime, all of this gender-identity-mental-confusion-poltically-correctness is quietly foisted upon  Americans, from pre-school to corporate employee handbooks.  I'm not saying these people should be discriminated against or pilloried in the public square, but is all behavior to be protected and given special protections?
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What disturbs me about this story is that in reality, Vanessa actually leads a double life.  She's out to the corporate HR speaker circuit, but she goes to church as a man.  How is that well adjusted?  She's a part-time cross-dresser. 
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Tillotson writes:
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"For all her transgender advocacy and workplace assertiveness, Sheridan leads a life in which she keeps much private, including her legal, male name. She said she is in a long-term romantic relationship, but does not identify with whom. Nor does she name the church she attends, because she does so as a man. However, she doesn't see herself as having two identities."
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"I don't become another human being, I'm just accessing more of myself," she said. "Quite a few people in my life know, and I've never lost a friend over it." - Strib
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This is nonsense.  It's like an Emperor's New Clothes rewrite.  One of the things Sheridan seeks is insurance coverage for the hormones needed by transgendered employees to keep up the appearance of the gender they identity as. 
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"On a recent Friday at Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, Sheridan was part of a panel advising representatives of 11 prominent area employers, including Land O' Lakes, Thomson Reuters and Blue Cross Blue Shield, on how to address transgender issues in the workplace and adapt health-care coverage.  "The session, which included vivid, real-life situations along with pointed and educational dialogue, was a way for attendees to sharpen their LGBT cultural competency skills," said Best Buy spokesperson Susan Busch." - Strib article
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The article also mentions that Obama appointed a transgender woman as an advisor and reported there are lobbyists currently on Capitol Hill working for transgender rights.  Somebody is making a lot of money on these 'civil rights' issues.
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Photo credit: Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

21 comments:

  1. Part time cross dresser. LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!! Terry, I am sure that the Jesuits at America Magazine would be happy to have her write for their blog. She/he could explore the meaning of identity and what it means to be a part time cross dresser cum capitalist, huh? The Jesuits would ask: why hasn't she/he the right to imagine Jesus as transgendered.

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  2. This is how women will become priests in the Church - after a man is ordained, he will gain notoriety demanding the Church pay for a sex change operation, and expect to remain a priest in good standing. You watch.

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  3. I thought exactly the same thing after I posted this last night.

    I could say something really funny right now, but I'd get in trouble.

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  4. If you were going to say what I think you were going to say, you're right. That's pretty funny!

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  5. Maria - a bit off topic, but do you think that the very nature of the Jesuit order's structure is what makes it so difficult for them to be reformed? They are very top-down. Other religious families, like the Franciscans and the Carmelites, can always count of some new group withing their family working to renew the order as a whole. But it seems like the Jesuits are doomed - and so fast, too.

    Just a thought / question. It's sad that "SJ" used to mean "I can trust this guy" to "Let's see what liberal BS this guy has to say"

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  6. Mercury: They have always been vulnerable, I think, as they are immersed in the life of the mind and very prone to arrogance; however, I don't think that they are any different than any other order that has become corrupt: they abandoned community living, (often) communal prayer, discipline of silence, the collar--all the things that help preserve holiness. Once a priests loses prayer I think he also loses faith and stops being an "ambassador for Christ". At America Magazine it is all about THEM and the homosexual agenda. Who could have imagined such a thing? It is heartbreaking to watch, having known so many wonderful Jesuits growing up. All of the men in my family for several generation were educated by the Jebbies.

    I went to confession about a year and a half ago. My confessor was simply wonderful--probably 75 or 80. He suggested that I speak with the Maryland provincial to get the name of a spiritual director.I wanted to be taken through the Exercises (St. Ignatius has had a deep, deep impact on me). Sadly, I could not bring myself to go near them, too afraid of their corruption.

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  7. Haha, I'm afraid of the Spiritual Exercises :)

    Seriously, it is sad. I know Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN is a decent one - perhaps someone associated with EWTN could direct you to some decent ones?

    I just started spiritual direction with my parish priest - a Benedictine, but I have no idea how it's supposed to proceed. He's solidly orthodox, though, and that's good. So far it's dealt with handling my scrupulosity and just being able to pray with confidence. I'm not ready for any of that purgative/illuminative stuff yet. Of course, maybe that's exactly what I am doing.

    I do know I am not ready to read any of the great mystics and spiritual writers - I panic immediately, and seem to have an uncanny ability to draw harsh conclusions the Saints never intended. I really do hate this because I want to get int the spiritual tradition of the Church.

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  8. Oh, Mercury, be easy with yourself. His yoke is easy. Read Faustina. Divine Mercy.

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  9. This weekend at my parish we had a Jesuit fill in - he was in his 60's - he was terrific. I've gone to confession to him before. I would take a liberal minded Jesuit who is faithful to the Magisterium over a cloak wearing TLM or nothing kind of priest any day. I mean that with all due respect, I must say.

    Ed Grimley

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  10. Absolutely, I would too, Terry. The enemies of the Church are found in both camps.

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  11. You know, Terry, liberal vs conservtive is a false distinction. I think we use these terms, understandably in some ways, as a short hand to conceptualize our faith and I think it is wrong. It is really a reflection of how how secularist we have become. We extrapolate the divisions of politics and attach them to the church as if they are one and the same. The real distinction is between those who are faithful and those who are not, right? You can ignore what I'm saying. It is just sort of something that bothers me. Don't get me wrong, I fall prey to this too.

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  12. "We refuse to participate in your sin"

    I say it all the time, everyday, to practically everybody I meet.

    It's not a hard thing to do.

    Satan will push until he is rebuked.

    To not stand fast and rebuke sin is to be an accomplice.

    And please stop calling him 'she' and 'her'; it just encourages the beast.

    I just ran across an anti-pedophile group on the web.

    It exposes hard core pedophiles and other child molesters.

    We need more sites like that one.

    Rufuse to lose Heaven.

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  13. I refuse Pablo, good reminder.

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  14. One of my current professors is transgender, male to female...
    I have prayed alot about this, especially as to why I am taking this so personally....this person will be out of my life in a few short weeks...

    And I have come to the conclusion that it is not for me to try and understand or psychoanalyze this person, why they are the way they are..

    But to look at her as God sees her, as a human being, made in God's image, to love and treat with respect and kindness. And pray for her daily with kindness and love, that God may touch her life.

    And I have become a better person because of this trial.

    I sure would like to know where she gets her boots :)

    SWara

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  15. Sara - I almost didn't publish this because I didn't want to offend transgender person. I can't figure it out either. Especially when they really end up looking like men in drag. If they were really attractive that might be different. Now I feel nuts.

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  16. http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/02/surgical-sex--35


    Surgical Sex
    Paul McHugh

    "When the practice of sex-change surgery first emerged back in the early 1970s, I would often remind its advocating psychiatrists that with other patients, alcoholics in particular, they would quote the Serenity Prayer, “God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Where did they get the idea that our sexual identity (“gender” was the term they preferred) as men or women was in the category of things that could be changed?

    Their regular response was to show me their patients...."

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  17. michael r.8:43 AM

    How would one know that you are dealing with a transgender, unless they are just beginning their transition? The photo seems more like a cross-dresser, and I believe the story, but I could point you to a superior at a very famous cloistered Benedictine convent who looks exactly like a man in nun's habit -- more so than your example. (The photo has been on their website for years.) I'm just saying...

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  18. It's like gaydar Michael. I can tell.

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  19. Oh! Oh! But you are right about old women - even old men start looking like old women sometimes. It's sad - but I think they have a pill for that in the UK - a friend sent me an email about it last night.

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  20. Oh - and if Vanessa is going to dress like that, she needs a makeover. Blond or highlighted hair helps soften the older face, and lighter lipstick whould help - red is too hard for an older woman - softer tones - 'pretty in pink' isn't just a saying - although peach suits an elderly woman.

    I should have a show on TV.

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  21. Michael R--

    In my example I know personally...I had the professor previously about 15 years ago as an undergrad student..he was male at the time...

    In her case she has had quite a bit of work done..and portrays a 60ish woman quite well, not the "man in drag" as has been described. Makeup hair clothes nails very tastefully and professionally done. Even has a huskey Lauren Hutton-type voice, and even has alot of our "girly" mannerisms...Actually much more attractive than some of the granola girl type liberal arts professors I know :)

    Sara

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