Facebook switched our accounts today. Their efforts to broaden the spectrum of gender means that we should kindly acknowledge the trans-pan-bi-genderqueer struggle for identity. Let me tell you why this bothers me.
We don’t hear the word “hedonism” much these days. The word inspires in my mind the picture of a fat, bald, Southern preacher screaming hellfire and brimstone. Try to scrub that image from your mind, and focus: At its core, hedonism means self-pleasure is the only intrinsic good. In other words, being good equates to feeling good.
This isn’t hatred or ignorance. I’ve spent large amounts of time with individuals who struggle with their masculinity and femininity. One of my best friends battled demons that few people will ever face. Significant sexual abuse, prostitution and gender twisting were all a part of his memories… his earliest, and his most vivid memories.
By opening this door, we (society) are championing the most significant erosion of the family we have ever seen. This is not just allowing individuals to express themselves; this is encouraging gender exploration, self-gratification and hedonistic investigation in a way I was not even aware was possible. There are now 57 – FIFTY SEVEN – gender labels according to Zuckerberg’s team:
Female to Male
Male to Female
My heart goes out to those who struggle in their sexual identity. Being inter-sexed, for instance, is a very difficult thing in any culture, and we should show compassion to those who are burdened under the yoke of physical gender confusion. I am not as understanding for those who see their gender as a thing formed into whatever shape pleases them today. Offering this sort of assistance is an explicit encouragement for hedonism under the guise of “helping”.
Approximately 1.2 billion people use Facebook every month. Many of those are teenagers who are undoubtedly questioning their value, purpose and yes, sexuality. Facebook, you’re not helping them.
Any you might say, “so what”. To that, I offer my primary reason for my rant: Facebook should be a neutral social platform. It is the biggest, most influential website in existence. It is the most influential social tool ever, fueled by the growing hedonistic wants of our society and led by individuals who have a motive to take us somewhere we might not want to go.
When I ask for neutrality, I mean that when an issue like gender identification comes up, why can’t they leave the field blank? (A la Twitter or Instagram) I’ll give you a hint: we’re not the consumer, we are the product. I don’t believe Facebook is an honest capitalist exchange. I think they want both my money and my mind, and I am bucking against the yoke.
Now, to post this on Facebook.