If you want to know what I think, it is that he is a man, and no matter what he does to himself, or pays people to do to him, he is a man.
The emperor, in short, was born with male genitalia. He still has it, too, apparently. (It's tucked away for the "iconic photo" in drag-queen fashion.) Why? Could it be that he wants the option of changing his mind? And when that happens, will everyone suddenly start calling him "he" again? I am suspect, however, that the collective disappointment over the disappearance of his imaginary friend may be too much for him to make the "brave decision" to do that.
Naturally it is all very sad, but sadder still is the collected will of the thousands to force thousands upon thousands of other people to bow to a lie. Truth is what is, not what a person--or the mob--wants it to be. It is determined by the INTELLECT, not the will.
There are, of course, people born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. These are males who are born with what look like female bodies. To be very brief, I have a friend with AIS, and she had no idea until she was in her twenties. She was raised as a girl, and when she went in at 16 to have certain inner parts removed, she was told she was having a hysterectomy. She was told the pills she had to take were to prevent menopause. A change of doctors led to revelations as to what was in her medical file, and suddenly things that had been unclear became clear. She also began to keep an eye out for other women who might be, like her, an AIS male.
So, although I am a firm believer that there are men and women, and men are the people who have a Y chromosome, I also recognize that NATURE (under God) through AIS sometimes chooses to give male babies female-looking bodies and, these bodies being indistinguishable from female bodies without an internal examination, everyone treats these male babies like girls. They are socialized as girls. They might as well be girls, albeit girls who can't (usually, anyway) have babies when they grow up. I continue to think of my friend as a woman--a woman who is also an AIS male.
Well, if you can't get your mind around it, imagine her when she found out.
"Do you think of yourself as male or female?" I asked her one day, many years after the revelation.
"I think of myself as me," she said.
That struck me as a brilliant answer. At any rate, the fact that she has AIS is not something she shares with many people these days. It's just one of those things. She never changed her name, or her body, or her mode of life, or anything much at all. She certainly didn't go to the newspapers about it! After a brief flurry of interest in her condition, she continued to live the life nature chose for her.
I don't really think we can say the same for the hero of the hour. But I am not particularly cross with him. Celebrity can do bizarre things to people, and he has been a celebrity since he won the Men's Decathlon in 1976. No, my anger is reserved for those who are brainwashing the simple and lambasting the strong into saying that a man--a man whose physical feats and siring of children could be done only by a man-- a strong and healthy man--is now a woman because he and--above all--they say so.