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Apart from the vileness of this tweet, I just don’t understand why or how someone feels better by this pretending. Using a prosthetic penis to pee would remind me every time that I’m not actually a man. How have we got to this position that we cater to this instead of treating it as a mental illness?

When I was seven or eight, I desperately wanted to be a boy because they had all the best stories. Even at that age, I felt the disparity between how girls and boys were treated - and this was in the 70s, before the pinkification of everything girl. If someone had offered me a packer at the time, I might have taken it, but I would always have known it was fake. I grew out of wanting/pretending to be a boy and turned that feeling into feminism.

I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t understand how trans people cope with the cognitive dissonance, and that frankly they’d be better off if we didn’t coddle their delusions.

I have been thinking about this a lot. It's like we've reached this point where the majority of people are TOO accepting. We accept these people that want to mutilate their body to be something they can't be, that clearly have a mental disorder and we cater to them. We watch so many people with horrible body image destroy themselves with plastic surgery and go, "good for them!“ We can't even tell a morbidly obese person who clearly has a food addiction that they're being unhealthy, because no, they're" beautiful". Hell, where I live we are supposed to be accepting of heroin addicts and their "lifestyle choice".

No! These people need help and therapy! People should be encouraging them to get help/treatment/therapy, not applauding them for having a mental illness or disorder.