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Activism to normalize gender transitioning now comes at children’s expense

“Live and let live,” you may say, but that’s precisely what trans ideology does NOT do.

In Oregon, the law now says that “gender questioning children and adolescents” will get “puberty suppression therapy” at the first sign of pubertal change. “Puberty suppression therapy.” Just let those words sink in. In what world does that sound like a rational, healthy thing to do to a child?

They are taking perfectly healthy children who don’t conform to the rigid patriarchal norms that are attached to sex (this is called ‘gender’) and giving them an untested treatment that isn’t medically necessary or proven to be beneficial. In fact, health problems abound. And yet this is supposed to fix the problem of being ‘born in the wrong body’ –which is such a hateful, evil notion to support and enable that I fail to understand how the critical people are the ones being labeled hateful and oppressive.

This is like buying a pair of shoes for your child, discovering that they are slightly too small, and proceeding to hack off your child’s toes to make them fit rather than getting a better pair of shoes.

Trans laws are only just getting started. And it affects every single person, not just those who identify as trans, when a country’s laws are changed to reflect the idea that males behave and think one way and females behave and think another way (codifying ‘gender identity’ into law does just that), and that feeling uncomfortable with the gender role assigned to us due to our sex is a sign that our bodies need extensive modification, or that we are in fact ‘not what we seem’.

All those who identify as trans deserve full human rights, respect, and protection just like all other humans. But legislators, medical professionals and parents need to hear this message loud and clear, before we find ourselves in a world that leaves no space at all for those who would escape the rigid, sex-based definition of what we are supposed to be:

STOP CRIPPLING KIDS AND MAKING THEM SICK TO BETTER CONFORM TO SEX-BASED STEREOTYPES AND TO MAKE HOMOSEXUALITY DISAPPEAR. LET CHILDREN BE HOW THEY WANT WITHOUT PATHOLOGIZING THEIR BODIES. YOU ARE ENABLING AND PROMOTING SEVERE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HARM.

“Do not adjust your mind, it is reality that is malfunctioning.” (Robert Anton Wilson)

“We aren’t born in the wrong body, we’re born in the wrong society!“(@ThedirtfromDirt)

The blog I am linking here is truly excellent; read it even if it’s a long post.

Sex matters.

It was recently announced that the Oregon Health Plan, which provides healthcare coverage to low-income residents of Oregon, will cover “medical care” for “transgender” children starting October 1, 2014. [1]

The official text of the Oregon Health Plan guideline reads:

“Hormone treatment is included on this line only for use in delaying the onset of puberty and/or continued pubertal development with GnRH analogues for gender questioning children and adolescents. This therapy should be initiated at the first physical changes of puberty, confirmed by pubertal levels of estradiol or testosterone, but no earlier than Tanner stages 2-3. Prior to initiation of puberty suppression therapy, adolescents must fulfill eligibility and readiness criteria and must have a comprehensive mental health evaluation. Ongoing psychological care is strongly encouraged for continued puberty suppression therapy.”

Under this guideline, services covered by the State of Oregon will include:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Evaluation by a pediatric specialist
  • Procedures…

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4 comments on “Activism to normalize gender transitioning now comes at children’s expense

  1. This is insanely cruel and wrong. In some ways we all don’t fit the gender stereotypes because gender isn’t real. This is stupidity and worse yet that money should be going towards supporting females!

  2. I am way too tired to form any coherent response to this other than eyes widening, jaw dropping a bit, and then a big WTF!!!! I wanted to be a boy when I was a kid, and sometimes I did throughout adolescence too. This had nothing to do with wanting a penis per se, I’m not entirely sure the vast majority of kids even think that way. Looking back, it was because the gender roles for girls were seriously messed up and I could never identify with the female characters in the media. I always wanted to be the strong, cool warrior– the hero. The magician, the wise one, the awesome character. And let me tell you there weren’t any ‘awesome’ heroines who were relatable (ie, no thanks to the bikini clad ‘warrior women’…that was NOT a strong image to me, I found it repulsive), not compared to awesome heroes. To be a girl was to be weak and passive, to wait to be rescued. Stories sear that into your mind. And if someone had told me at that fragile age “Hey, you can be a boy, do you want to be?” I could have easily said yes, and if parents are coerced into thinking that’s a good idea then well you know how that goes. And yet here I am in a female body and doing fine, dealing with the different sides of myself and finding it quite interesting. I am who I am. Even though I still hate some of the cons of this body I do enjoy it nonetheless…it’s natural and it’s mine. I am female, and I was never male. There are as many faces of the female as there are of the male. How about we represent more of them for children instead of giving them surgery to conform to absurdly limited beliefs?

    • Thank you for your comment, H. A lot of what you said resonated with me. I used to consider myself ‘unfeminine’ in the extreme even if my outward appearance didn’t necessarily reflect this in every way, thought of myself as ‘tomboy’ and ‘not like other girls’. I was too young and had no feminist thinking to guide me, so I didn’t understand what you also explained above, that I wasn’t actually ‘not-girl’, I was just not the patriarchal feminine gender role, because no matter how you dress it up, being the patriarchal feminine gender role is to be a domestic beast of burden, a dependent and subservient slave, living out a passive, wasted humanity in a tortured body.

      I never thought that I was actually a boy or that becoming a boy was an option for me. But I shudder to think how far this can go once it has become normalized to medicate and mutilate children’s bodies in such ways to match feelings of their bodies not fitting, feelings which are only too common in this messed-up world. Had I been born a few decades later, and had I encountered other people and narratives in the media, who knows? I stopped taking birth control because I had taken it for so many years, already starting in my teens, and I was and remain convinced that I was actually harming my body by doing that. The dose of hormones and what BC does to a female body is nothing compared to taking hormones to resemble a male.

  3. And as a side note, I’ve also always been fascinated by androgynous people, transgender and transsexual people. I find many of them beautiful and interesting in numerous ways. I am in no way ‘transphobic’, but childhood is NOT the best time to make such a big decision about your body and your gender identity. There have been many times when I felt I could identify more as an androgynous male than as a female, but ultimately this is but one facet of myself.

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