“Do no harm” is why I am against transactivists, not necessary transpersons themselves.
Everyone has the right to live free from violence, to do, act and dress how they please – as long as it does not hurt anyone else. It is that expression “your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose”.
In general, I have sympathy for transpersons, those that have bought into the gender roles and have had themselves modified to swap from one gender role to the other. They just want to find some peace that they could not find in their assigned gender roles. Unfortunately, I do disagree that mutilation, chemicals, or dressing up to change which gender role you fit into, is the way to do it. I cannot stop you doing it, but I will not encourage you to do it.
Not so the medical profession and the government. They are all over it like a rash. The medical profession (primarily doctors) are supposed to uphold ethical standards, which included not doing harm to their patients. Harm should include psychological harm as well as physical harm.
At any given time there are a number of humans in the population that want to self-harm, whether that is suicide or some kind of physical damage to themselves. In many of these cases the condition can be a temporary one, and with the right treatment, they confront or overcome the underlying issues that caused the desire to self-harm. The compassionate thing is to try to help these people, not indulge their delusions, or to aid them harming themselves.
Body dysmorphia has been around for quite a while. It usually involves the person not liking a specific body part, or collection of body parts. It has long been recognised as a psychological condition. Some patients do not like a limb, and want a healthy limb amputated (some of these patients actually want the status of a disabled person, rather than abhorrence to the limb itself). The compassionate (and ethical) response is to try to help that person overcome the psychological condition, not to indulge it.
Now we have a new entry called ‘gender dysphoria’, roughly translated is supposed to mean ‘dissatisfaction with the sex a person was born into’, which is an incorrect definition of the problem. If it is dissatisfaction with the ‘sex’ (as in biological sex) that one was born into, then look to body dysmorphia – you are what you are, the standard configuration of human is two arms, two legs, and the primary and usually secondary sex characteristics of either female or male. Of course there are congenital misconfigurations, but most of the population fit that description. What we have here in body dysmorphia is a desire to go from the healthy/normal, to the not healthy/not normal configuration of standard human.
But that is not what supporters of ‘gender dysphoria’ are on about, the clue is in the name actually, “gender”. Now whilst there is some common language interchangeability between sex and gender (read more here), it is not the simple substitution of terms that is meant by ‘gender dysphoria’. What is generally meant by the term is a dissatisfaction with gender roles (or gender role identity), and that my friends is a completely different ball game. Gender roles (and gender identity) are societal constructs, within this nasty little system we call patriarchy. Therefore, as ethical humans, we should again not be encouraging folks to mutilate or harm themselves in the quest to conform to these artificial gender roles. Both the medical profession and the government are indulging this by supporting the idea of ‘gender dysphoria’, as are the transactivists. The transactivists want people to modify themselves into one or the other categories of gender roles, by sexual characteristic modification. Generally this is only convincingly achieved by chemical and surgical modification.
Evidence of indulging the illness, rather than trying to treat the underlying problems can be seen in ‘sex change’ flip-flops in the trans community. There are a growing number of trans that buy into the ‘gender dysphoria’ concept, assume that is their problem, get ‘treatment’, then find it did not ‘cure’ their problem at all, and want to change back. There are a growing number that actually want to “de-transition” and reverse the medical/surgical alterations that have been done to them. Take Sam/Samantha/Charles Kane, who was born male, got the full works to ‘transition’ into the female form, and (obviously had enough dosh) to change back again. In his own words:
No matter how feminine he looked, he felt he was merely playing a role.
Because that is exactly what ‘transitioning’ the ‘gender roles’ is all about. It also goes a way into explaining what a shock it becomes when ‘transitioning’ into this other role, what it is like, and what it entails. M2T rarely have an accurate idea of what it is really like to be “a woman”, they assume all the good and frivolous bits that they see as an outsider. Only when they master the appearance of a FAAB woman, do they get to experience the realities. They assume this is due to their status as trans, but in reality, they are finally getting the full flavour of the misogyny we FAABs have lived with since birth. It sucks. Hence feminism and women’s liberation dudes – it ain’t about wearing pretty party frocks. There is a shitload of downside that you never ever figured on, because you viewed us from the outside.
Most radfems would fit into the category of ‘gender dysphoria’, because we are completely and utterly pissed off with the gender roles assigned to females. But, we know there is nothing wrong with our female bodies, it is the way society treats anyone with female appearance. Many of us actually did realise, from a very early age that boys were treated differently, and much much better than we were. We noticed. We were not stupid, not blind to this different treatment. And this is why it is with great sadness when we read stories of girls ‘wanting to become male‘. We know what it is about, we know that as a girl we were treated as second class, denied opportunities and treated as stupid and inferior. In the case of this 17yo teen awarded the right to take (testosterone) hormone treatment that is was a combination of the child-view of noticing this different treatment of boys vs girls, plus the bodily awareness (usually between 2-5), has become jumbled in her brain to become the following: “I don’t like being treated as a 2nd class citizen, the ones afforded 1st class status have penises, therefore, I want a penis”. For whatever reason(s) (probably environment and upbringing) some girls internalise the misogyny and carry it through to their adult lives. Internalised misogyny is a post of its own.
M2Ts far outnumber the F2Ts. Surgically it is easier to imitate femaleness with breast augmentation and even manginas. Fake penises always look fairly fake, and because they are an artificial body part that needs erectile tissue, do not function without surgical ‘hydraulics’. It is actually surprising that, given the rampant misogyny in society, that these numbers aren’t reversed.
In conclusion, there is growing evidence (de-transitioning) that the trans agenda is not resolving the problems of various individuals, but doing them harm. Those persons and establishments (particularly the cosmetic surgery industry making a bundle) are to be criticised for promoting this bandaid solution that does not tackle the root causes of individual distress.
Postscript: You were probably wondering about the cat graphic at the top of the post! Body dysmorphia does not just include people wanting to chop off healthy body parts, but includes people who really think they are cats and other animals (you will agree, this definitely falls into the ‘unsane’ category). At your peril, google images for “extreme body modification”. Yes, some people go all out and modify themselves to look like felines. I used to have a better picture of a dude who went all out to look like a cat, but can’t find it, so you will have to be satisfied with this ‘handsome’ fellow.
And before pro-extreme-piercers go “mwahwahwah… they is just expressing their induhviduality”, yeah they might well be. But just ask the ER staff that deal with torn body piercings post-accidents. Not pretty.
PPS: Don’t google the penis modifications, just ewwww.