The controversial human right

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: May 21, 2019

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The future government parties of Finland have a disagreement about something that's been an issue for years. That's the transgender legislation, that's outright ridiculous and humiliating in Finland. As a Nordic country that's one of the best countries for women, children and nowadays lets gay people get married, Finland should get this taken care of.

If you are a transgender here and want to change your sex juridicially, meaning official papers for example, you must be unable to have children. It's ridiculous, as that doesn't have anything to do with having children. Finland is one of the few countries in Europe that requires that, and has gotten critique from the EU for it, as it's degrading and goes against what are seen as human rights. 

What has now divided the Center Party and the others, is the age limit. The Center says that in case you want to change your sex in paper, you must be 18. Others, the Social Democrats, Greens, Swedes and the Left Alliance would let underage people do so as well.

What is also seen as degrading is the psychological aspect, as in order to physically change your sex, you must have a psychiatric statement that proves you are not crazy. Why? This is 2019, why is it so hard to accept that there are transgender people in the society? Their identity should be up to them. If you have a problem with it, who cares? It doesn't affect your life, but renewing the legislation will make their lives easier.

There is one issue with the age limit here, and that's military. Since all males are obligated to serve from the start of the year they turn eighteen. If I were a man, I would join in less than two months. This is tricky, because what happens if you change your offcial gender to female before the year you turn eighteen? Does this mean you don't have to serve at all, or do you? Then what about when you turn 30 and decide to change it back to male, as at 30 you are freed from service? Then what about females who change their gender to male? Are they subject to that law, or not? This is a possible issue, although it's not probably going to be very common.

This is obviously a big issue in Finland altogehter, as many people feel conscription for males is discriminating, for both genders, in fact. For males, because they have to do that, and for females because we don't have to do that and we'd most likely wouldn't mind. 

Moving on, the transgender law is just old and needs fixing. It has been in the parliament for years, but the last government didn't get anything significant done. I hope this one will, if they just can come to their consenses about it and agree on what needs to be done. Overall, it should be a human right to be who you want to be, and it shouldn't require irrelevant requirements.


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