Now, I will grant, the people quoted are trying to paint with a very broad brush. They are not likely to differentiate between true transsexuals, and frauds like Mr. Sandeen. And that, for the benefit of those who question how the transgender extremists have harmed transsexuals, is yet another example.
You see, most of the quotes Mr. Sandeen provides rather accurately describe him and his behavior, For example, he quotes Ellen Makkai, from the religious right web site WorldNetDaily:
Gender gymnastics are going on out there. Transsexuals disenchanted with their chromosomal selves are having parts lopped off or stitched on in attempts to change sexual identity.
Now,this remark is totally inaccurate when applied to a true or classic transsexual, but it perfectly describes those like Mr. Sandeen who really do believe that they can "change" their gender. He is trying to override his clearly male brain. Remember, this is a man who served, quite successfully in the Navy for 20 years. While I suspect during this time he was a closeted transvestite, that is not the same as having a female brain. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Transvestitism is a very male behavior.They hope to override male XY or female XX hardwiring - thinking a newly configured appendage or cleft re-defines gender. And they enlist a surgeon to mutilate the body accordingly.
This is the problem. Men like Mr. Sandeen think they can somehow make themselves women just by saying the magic words,, "I am a trans woman." No, they are men. One does not "become" a woman by choosing to be such. It is not something one can just claim. If you lived a good portion of your life happily and successfully as a man, even if you were sneaking off to put on a pair of panties when you got the chance, you are not a transsexual, and you are certainly not a woman.
In the meantime, Mr. Sandeen and others continue to be perfect examples of the sort that the radical feminist rant about. As Janice Raymond said:
This is very true of a man like Mr. Sandeen. He lived his life as a man for many years, more specifically he successfully lived his life as a man for most of his life. He has never experienced the conflict that drives a transsexual. He has chosen to behave as he does. And that is very telling. He provides the example that someone like Raymond, or the others can point to, and say "Well, he says he is a transsexual so therefore, he is a transsexual." Unfortunately, they both are wrong. And quite frankly, they both are lying.No man can have the history of being born and located in this culture as a woman. He can have the history of wishing to be a woman and of acting like a woman, but this gender experience is that of a transsexual, not of a woman. Surgery may confer the artifacts of outward and inward female organs but t cannot confer the history of being born a woman in this society.