Here is an argument that I actually hear more often then you would think… and this is one where I will actually give you a quote from someone I encountered from user “SpeechRacer” on YouTube:
I think the trans person is completely correct. I self identify as a dolphin and it’s almost impossible to explain what it’s like to hic-people (human identifying people). I’m worried that any hic-person I meet could try to kill/eat me or put me in a small prison like SeaWorld.
Obviously, this was said with much sarcasm… and when I tried to explain the difference to this user, I was told I was being judgmental of all people with species disorder and that they even “had a friend who self identifies as a cow” and that they “can’t imagine how she can get through the day.” Lesson learned by me, don’t feed the trolls!
The only reason why this is taken offensive by me, is for example in the comment section of the online newspaper I was reading about Medicaid finally covering SRS someone said that they were happy because now they were able to get the body modification of a cow that they were wanting their whole lives. Again, they were being heavily sarcastic and just mentally attacking trans folk. Wait… unless I managed to find SpeechRacer’s friend? Wow, small world!!!
Anyways, so yes, Species Dysphoria (SD) is a real thing that happens to a very small percentage of people, and most commonly the individual’s thought processes and perception were “usually logical”. I can accept this and accept these people for who they are, sure… but if you really have this problem then don’t try to sound sarcastic when trying to share this with the world or you may not be taken seriously, and may be assumed to be someone just trying to insult.
The verdict? Like I mentioned, I can accept someone with this condition for who they are. I have no issues with people like this, nor do I think they are wrong for being who they are inside. It is just in my opinion that this is definitely in the realm of mental issues more-so than having Gender Dysphoria (GD) which the brain itself is physically the other gender. As rare as it is for SD, there is no scientific data saying their brain is for example, half human/half dog. It’s not possible for someone with SD to have a cross-species brain in the same way someone with GD has a cross-sexed brain.