Police Homicide

When you call 9-1-1 for a situation you can’t handle you expect the best possible outcome to be reached. You do not expect to watch as your son is murdered by police officers using tasers and their knee to crush him to death. Police homicide should never happen and should never be treated in a light manner. The justice should be swift and terrible for officers who commit murder in the name of law and order.

 

 

Research: 

 

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/21/us/chase-sherman-video-georgia.html?_r=0

Underfunded Police Dispatch

We are taught from a young age that the police are there to serve and protect, and all you need to do is call 9-1-1. Public servants will swarm to your location and save you. Is this the full story? Underfunded Police Dispatch is a human rights issue. Imagine your right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is threatened and the police officer isn’t dispatched because they can’t find your location. 

Research:

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/23/us/flow-of-money-and-equipment-to-local-police.html?_r=0
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-XlyB_QQYs

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Off the Cuff 02

#maybehedoesnthityou is trending on Twitter. This hashtag brings awareness to emotional abuse in relationships towards women. Is this an accurate depiction of the full story?

Research

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3876290/
  2. http://www.saveservices.org/2012/02/cdc-study-more-men-than-women-victims-of-partner-abuse/
  3. http://shrink4men.com/services/
  4. http://acculturated.com/women-who-emotionally-abuse-men/

Transgender Psychology

Recent events in North Carolina have catapulted the “T” in LGBT into national attention. The arguments being made and the legislation being pass are reminiscent of laws that kept blacks from accessing many of the same facilities whites did. Only this time it is turned on a person for their gender identity. On the surface this issue looks like Religion against Modern Secular society, but when we look deeper it is a very serious human rights issue. Remember the number 280,000

To reach any logical conclusion we must define our arguments:

  1. Religion is against transsexualism arguing your sex determines your gender
  2. Science is against Transsexualism merely by arguing in the neutral ground that your sex is determined at birth.
  3. Psychology cannot make up its mind
  4. Transgender arguments are simple: gender determines sex

What is gender and sex? A quick Merriam Webster check confirmed this: Gender; the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex. Sex: the act of intercourse… Wrong definition. Either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male especially on the basis of their reproductive organs and structures. Gender is psychological and Sex is physiological.

  Valid and invalid:  

If P then Q. P therefore Q. Not Q therefore P.

Deconstruction has argued against an objective reality and pushed for a more subjective one. Therefore, we can have a discussion about whether gender determines your sex. However, I first want to offer you a glimpse at the logical end.

If Gender determines sex then the ultimate test of reality is what the mind says. Therefor, there is no mental disorders, crimes, and we all live in a utopia.

However, no one would disagree that pain would cease to exist and people would cease to die in this utopia. Because of psychopaths (a mental disorder where the brain accepts certain lies about a person and allows them to feel very little). So, now we’d have murder, rape, and mental disorders with no definition. People would exist in the reality they crafted for themselves. All that is bad would be ignored, but wouldn’t go away.

This leads us to the necessity of empirical evidence. Our mind must accept reality is superior. There is a measuring stick and reality is that measuring stick often pain and pleasure are used to help the brain recognize reality from fantasy.

The Psychology of Transgender people: 

Psychology is in agreement that gender dysphoria is a disorder. Transgender lifestyle begins with confusion over your sex and culminates in a lifestyle change. John Mchugh from Johns Hopkins University wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street journal:

“The transgendered suffer a disorder of “assumption” like those in other disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one’s maleness or femaleness. Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight.”

Answering questions about Transgender psychology Walter Bockting on American Psychological Association’s website wrote this about the difference between gender identity disorder and gender dysphoria (two terms used to classify transgender people).

“Gender dysphoria” is a term that reflects more accurately than gender identity disorder when an individual is distressed about a conflict between their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity/role. “Gender identity disorder” suggests that their gender identity is disordered, yet having any gender identity, including a transgender identity, is not a disorder. However, having any gender identity, including a transgender identity, is not a disorder. Rather, the distress that some transgender people may experience at some point in their lives may be of clinical concern and can be alleviated through clinical management. The change in the DSM from gender identity disorder to gender dysphoria was a way to depathologize having a gender identity that differs from one’s sex assigned at birth and recognize the concern and clinical care that transgender individuals may need to achieve comfort with their gender identity, their body and gender role.”

Ann P. Haas (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)  and Jody L. Herman (Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law) published research in 2014 that showed a 40% suicide rate among transgender persons. In 2015 USA Today published an article about suicide attempts amongst Transgender people which put the percentage at 41% compared to a 4.6% among the whole population. Nearly half of transgender people in the United States will attempt suicide. In June of 2015 the New York Times published an article saying that 0.3% of the population was transgender. This comes to 700,000 adults. 40% of this means 280,000 transgender adults will attempt suicide. The total United States population in 2014 was 318.9 million. 4.6% of this population is 14,669, 400. Perhaps the real human rights issue is suicide?

What is the conclusion.  

If a or b then c or d: A then C. B then D.

Our brains need to align with empirical evidence. No one would accept an argument that the grass is purple therefore the sky is green.

Moderate

  1. Educate our children on the uniqueness of their sex
  2. Promote inclusivity for those with gender dysphoria
  3. Stop directing hate towards transgender people
  4. Enable science and psychology to do their jobs

Rights

Transgender people do not have access to the rights of those opposite their gender. We cannot assign them rights lest we create anarchy. Furthermore, no one has a right to the bathroom.

Treatment

Transexual people are humans confused over their identity. They deserve respect from their fellow human beings. They should be treated with dignity, care, and no differently than you or I am. They should not be allowed into bathrooms, not because some sicko will rape our daughters, but because we cannot as a society promote confusion over logic. This will lead us to anarchy.

Fallacies

North Carolina passed HB 2, known as the bathroom law, which prevented government facilities and towns from changing who can use their locker rooms and bathrooms.The argument used was that if we allow transgender people into the bathroom we will also allow rapists and pedophiles into the bathrooms. This is a slippery slope fallacy.

Moderate answers 

  1. Don’t make laws that exclude when you can include
  2. Enable psychology to answer this question for us
  3. Promote a healthy society that doesn’t condemn, but encourages
  4. Don’t use fear arguments to exclude a group of people because of another groups actions
  5. Treat everyone with decency, respect, and honor.

Resources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/gender-dysphoria
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21788238
  3. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chris-hemsworth-daughter-penis-ellen-degeneres-884698
  4. https://www.logicallyfallacious.com/tools/lp/Bo/LogicalFallacies/162/Slippery_Slope
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction
  6. http://www.wsj.com/articles/paul-mchugh-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solution-1402615120
  7. http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/transgender/
  8. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/11/psychology-transgender.aspx
  9. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J082v51n03_04
  10. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/293814161_Suicide_Attempts_Among_Transgender_and_Gender_Non-Conforming_Adults_Finding_of_the_National_Transgender_Discrimination_Survey
  11. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-scientific-journals-are-still-confusing-sex-and-gender-180949424/