I don't really think that's the point here though. Voodu seems to be saying that he will only recognize someone's biological sex, and not how they identify. I think that is a bit radical, and I don't choose that myself, but he's free to choose that. That's his liberty to do so. I do think it matters whether someone actually passes as whatever they want to be called, and that whatever they want to be called is a real word (he or she, and not xir). But in practice I would generally conform out of courtesy to how someone wants to be called.
And that is not just due to socialization. That's not a tenable idea.
What is worrisome about the current transgender fad is the increasing trend to start the physical transformation before puberty, considering the amount of mental health issues transgender people deal with, and due to the fact that 80-95% learn to accept their biological sex post puberty.
Well, the same can be said about homosexuality can't it? We made the decision that it is normal, because it occurs regularly and naturally. But concerning gender dysphoria a large amount of caution is warranted.
I would call a trans person a "he" or a "she" for the sake of civility but I draw the line at invented pronouns. I also think that the idea of gender fluidity is bullsh*t based on confusion. It's not like I feel (subjectively) as distinctly male even though I identify as one. Why is identity such a big deal to some people?
Because then you would have to wonder where these gender differences came from? At some point they had to have spawned from biological differences.
It is troubling for me as well. As a child you can't be held responsible for anything. Why on earth would it be a good idea to just trust that a kid who wants to transition knows the full implications of such a choice (or could not change their mind as they reach adulthood)?
I keep seeing this comparison being thrown in discussions like this but I think it is a false analogy. Homosexuality is a matter of preference that is based on a number of factors. I can wrap my head around why someone would be into the same sex. Most people can feel some attraction in the way gay people do, but the whole trans thing is hard to understand. It doesn't make sense to me why trans people think that identity is so important when, as I pointed out above, there is nothing distinctly male about my experience and I identify as male. I would honestly not care at all if someone called me a girl (i.e. the wrong gender). I don't see that aspect of identity as a central part of my subjective experience.