September 13, 2023

In Brief: Exploiting Trans Kids as Emotional Support Animals

Children shifted from being actual people to props, and that is where it all began.

California is becoming a groomer’s paradise because of politicians’ sick goals, but there’s also a big contingent of parents who are to blame. For that latter factor, commentator Ashley McCully offers a useful comparison: emotional support animals.

Do y'all remember the time an emotional support animal was kicked off a United flight for being disruptive? In this instance, “being disruptive” included a pig defecating and screaming in the cabin. Passengers were quick to complain about the stink, noise, and awkwardness of it all because, when you pay good money to fly, doing so without a barnyard experience is a reasonable expectation.

Thankfully, over the last decade, emotional support animals have been kept on a tighter leash since they are not now, nor were they ever service dogs. …

Everybody knows that the owner of that peacock, hamster, boa constrictor, cat, or hedgehog does not rely on the animal to aid in the performance of specific tasks. Rather, they don’t want to leave their beloved animal behind. Levity, affection, companionship — that’s why we have pets! We also have therapists.

The question is whether accommodating such animals is a reasonable request. Which brings McCully to so-called “transgender” kids.

You know what is unreasonable? A teenager. An existential crisis shouldn’t happen every day, but it does when you’re in that awkward, impressionable place between childhood and adulthood.

For example, she talks about the fact that the criminal justice system does not treat minors as adults before asking the obvious question: If we treat justice that way, “then why are we not applying the same logic to the kabuki theater that is prevalent with gender dysphoria?”

Let me make this easier for anyone who knows this behavior is wrong but is concerned with being labeled a “transphobe” or “bigot”: understand that these adults are literally using children as their emotional support animals.

In these cases, the parent suffers from reality dysphoria. The inability to be the parent in the parent-child relationship is, in fact, a disability. It can cause stress, anxiety, projection, depression, and misdirected aggression. Interestingly, those are some of the very reasons people procure an emotional support animal.

A parent who cannot tell their child “no” (and mean it) is not a parent who can have honest, constructive conversations about the facts of life.

McCully also notes the aspect we’ve hammered home — that “transgenderism” is largely a social contagion.

All of the kids enduring this zeitgeist phenomenon of being born in the wrong body were birthed between 2006 and 2015, about the same time social media really took off. …

Weddings, baby announcements, and first days of school were staged to make good on the lie that Stepford is a real place. For some of the most insecure, children shifted from being actual people to props, and that is where it all began. Parents could not accept that their perfectly imperfect children did not fit the narrative, and so they got desperate.

Desperate enough to warrant an emotional support animal — I mean, child — a sweet and innocent source of love and adoration that makes them feel better about themselves. Exploiting naïveté and gullibility for hey-look-at-me relevance is a small price to pay for likes and self-worth, is it not?

And what happens when people get desperate? They become irrational, emotional, and aggressive.

Her recommendation is simple: “We don’t need protests or hateful rhetoric, just an unwavering commitment to reason and humanity.” It would also help, she argues, to show kids “that we are not mad at them, that they are not broken or a mistake, that we want them to be healthy — essentially, showing them what a parent is supposed to be.”

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