The Trans Dilemma – Human Dysphoria & the Life of Brian

Aug 31, 2017 by

by Gavin Ashenden:

As so often, Monty Python got there first. The Life of Brian placed a mirror before us.

In the amphitheatre the hopeless revolutionaries are sitting plotting in a corner. But Stan keeps interrupting:

“Why are you always on about women, Stan?”-

After a long pause Stan mutters, “I want to be one….. I want to be a woman.  From now on I want you all to call me Loretta.

Reg:    What!?

Stan:   It’s my right as a man.

Judith: Why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

Stan:   I want to have babies.

Reg:    You want to have babies?!?!?!

Stan:   It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

Reg:    But you can’t have babies.

Stan:   Don’t you oppress me!”

When I first saw the film, I laughed and laughed. The comedy was sharp and brutal. But tragedy and comedy lie very close together. I’ve only recently seen the tragedy. A friend of mine has a teenage child who suffers from gender dysphoria, and the whole family has had to make this frightening and strange journey together.

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