As we scroll through our Timelines and see the myriad of posts about Trans rights and Trump's latest ban on transgender individuals in the military, something like this makes us stop and double back.
Kelly Sharp wrote an opinion piece for Eagle Rising on Jewel Shuping, a woman who identifies as "transblind," claiming she felt destined to be blind and purposely poured drain cleaner into her eyes.
The video attached to the article feels like something straight out of TLC's "My Strange Addiction." There are some mental or emotional imbalances at play but it begs two questions:
1) Why would someone do that to themselves?
2) Why is this labeled "transblind." Trans rights are on the front line of media coverage and political debate right now. This is insulting to the present issue at large.
Shuping claims the narrative often heard from actual transgender children. The ones that say "growing up, something just didn't feel right. I didn't feel normal. I wanted to be a girl/boy." Shuping says her mother used to tell her that if she stared directly into the sun she would go blind. She wanted to be blind so badly that she would stare at the sun for hours on end.
The whole story is cringe-worthy. The worst part is this happened back in 2015 and for some reason has resurfaced to a viral sensation status.
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