The GQBLT gestapo informs me that congratulations are in order. Playboy has paved the way for all of us to someday become the Playmate of the month. Ines Rau is the first man to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reshape, contort, twist and mangle his body into a mimicry of the female form and be rewarded with the coveted front cover of that bastion of dignity and respect for femininity. Playboy has built its brand on the basis that it will always ooze with sex appeal. Now, for the right price, any of us can ooze, too.
But Playboy airbrushes away the ugly reality. TheÂ horror storiesÂ of reality are anything but scintillating. We rarely hear about individuals who scraped together enough money to undergoÂ someÂ surgeries for so-called “sex change.” Years of bleeding genitals don’t make for a good centerfold. An endless roller coaster of hormonal therapy isn’t a recipe for a “sizzling hot” photoshoot.
We are being adjured by all that is spineless to affirm that “trans women are women, too.” This mantra, however, only opens the floodgates for womanhood and femininity to become entirely meaningless. To top off the madness, what is being normalized and glamorized only perpetuates the abusive objectification of women. Young girls have been told not to find their worth in trying to look like magazine covers. Ines Rau strikes the most clichÃ© “come hither” pose which has conditioned a generation to treat women as objects. We now have men not only objectifying women, we have men posingÂ as objectified women.
Trans Women Ain’t Women
The glorification of transgender “models” is nothing short of irresponsible. This is an age old sales tactic. Prey on peoples’ insecurities and discontentments. Convince them they shouldn’t be content with how they are, and persuade them to shell out money to obtain what they could be. What Playboy doesn’t glamorize is the small fortune that must beÂ shelled outÂ in order to “look the part.” On average we are talkingÂ tens of thousands for basic surgeries, and anywhere fromÂ $55k, to overÂ $1,000,000Â in some instances.
Feminists have complained for years about the media’s tendency to objectify women. Yet when it comes to transgenders, they get a pass. Ines Rau and Bruce Jenner might have the hundreds of thousands of dollars to get all the surgeries necessary to play out their fantasy. They are held up as the “role models” for all transgenders, butÂ they don’t show the price tag. Being a sexy transgender is sexpensive.
It is true that sex sells. Hospitals, like the ones we have here locally (Grittman and Pullman Regional), love a steady stream of revenue. Sex change surgeries provide a great bottom line. Lust and greed are best of friends. Playboy has made its hay by taking advantage of the insatiable thirst of sexual lust. Collective, society-wide lust will never know when it has had enough, and will gladly watchÂ others mutilate themselves for its own enjoyment.
Leeches Gonna Leech
Leeches don’t ever have enough (Pro. 30:15). Hollywood has objectified women for years, degrading them from glory to shame, from queens to harlots. Women are no longer enough to satiate the lusts of our erotic addictions; so it should be no surprise that our culture is now turning to lust after men who pay enough money to be sufficiently titillating. “It’s kind of kinky, I guess I could be turned on by that,” the bleary-eyed fellow engorged with decades of porn consumption mumbles.Â We have objectified and degraded women for decades in our entertainment, and it is clear that until God grants repentance or sends judgment we will happily objectify anyone in order to feed our lust and greed.
Christians must insist on the grotesque reality of transgender temptation. It isn’t time to be polite or nice. We must plead against the insanity and the impending harm that will be done to a generation of young people. The ratio of sex change surgeries is 75% men becoming women. Our entertainment industry, like a drug dealer giving away free samples, has hooked a generation on objectified women. Sin perpetuates sin. Thus, some of these young men are so obsessed with the feminine physique, they wouldn’t mind having it around 24/7. They can’t get enough, so they become their lust itself.
Sexual liberation, however, only brings sexual exploitation.Further, the suicide rate amongst trans is off the charts. Mind you, this is not because of bullying. Bullying is a sin (1 Pt. 3:9). However, discontentment is a far more deadly enemy because it kills you from within. It is not shocking that after shelling out all the money to become the “real you,” they find that they are still discontent. The truth of that folk proverb comes to mind, “Money can’t buy everything.” Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6), and ungodliness with discontentment is a recipe for earthy and eternal misery.
Beauty is now something to be bought, not beheld. It is no longer objective, it is procedural. It isn’t transcendent, it is “whatevs.” We sought all this world could give, and found it cannot give what our heart truly seeks. We thirst and yet settle for sand. Our hearts will be forever restless, as Augustine might have put it, until they rest in God alone. Every other cistern is dry. Every false god demandsÂ your blood. ChristÂ givesÂ hisÂ blood.
While those who identify as transgender are somewhere in the ballpark of 0.3-0.6% of the population, we have convinced ourselves to bend society over backwards to not only accommodate, but to glamorize the whims of this segment of society. This is all part of the programme of sexual liberation. Our culture has been demanding sexual liberation for an entire generation or more. One form of God’s judgement is giving a nation exactly what it asks for. Sexual liberation, however, only brings sexual exploitation. We’ve weighed the cost, and deemed that endlessly consuming our fellow man is worth it for a burst of erotic pleasure. Cannibals would likely understand.