If thine eye offend thee and all that.
Face it: The current issue of “Vanity Fair,” which features a glam-photo spread of one-time decathlete Bruce Jenner “remade” into Caitlyn Jenner, is so yesterday. A new “cause” has emerged that makes sex reassignment surgery look like child’s play.
So hello to the “transabled” movement, the logical next step in realizing the dream of living inside the body nature intended you to have. Transabled individuals believe they were born with extra limbs that don’t really belong to them and need to be excised.
An article in Canada’s National Post chronicles the struggles of a man born Jason who now calls himself One Hand Jason. For months, Jason “tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own.” When he finally succeeded in severing his arm with a “very sharp power tool,” he initially lied about what happened, telling people it was an accident.
Jason, the article goes on to explain, was stigmatized by a society that views self-mutilation as a sickness — as opposed to how Alexandre Baril, a Quebec-born academic, views it: i.e., as the newest normal. Baril, who is himself disabled and transgender, is quoted as saying:
We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment.
The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.