Dogs, hold onto your kibbles and bits.
Molly is a two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who is also transgender. Yes, you read that right: a transgender dog. It is no longer enough for progressive parents to push gender fluidity on their children -- now, we have people questioning the gender identity of their dogs.
This is 2017.
Before we get started here, I want to assure you that this story is 100 percent real. It was published on the U.K. website The Guardian this morning with the title, "Experience: my dog underwent gender reassignment surgery."
The subheading gets even better: "Molly seemed like a perfectly normal female pup at first. It was only when she started taking walks outside that we noticed unusual behaviour."
Molly's owner is a real-life U.K. resident named Mary Finlay, who dictated the story of Molly's surgery to a reporter.
In fairness, poor Molly is a pseudohermaphrodite, which means that she was born with extra male genitalia even though she is a girl dog. This condition happens to about 6,800 every year and is extremely rare. There is a medical necessity for this to get...um...fixed.
However, the sheer ridiculousness with which Molly's owners talk about her new "identity" is doggone crazy:
She’s still unmistakably our Molly, whatever her genetic makeup. When our grandchildren visit, she jumps all over them and licks their ears; she’s clearly much happier than she was before the operation. She still loves her soft toys, too – just not in the same way.
Rather than describing their dog's medical condition as a rare yet known genetic deformity that needed to be surgically fixed, Molly's owners have projected human sexuality and gender "identity" onto their dog.
She is a dog.
Best wishes to Molly, though! I hope getting her extra parts removed has made it easier for her to do things like chase squirrels and catch dinner scraps.
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