Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gender identity and basic rights

(I forgot to publish, and closed the window too soon)

Good editorial here on the attempt to protect transgender rights.

The anti-transgenders took the lead at 3:45 am, and kept it until normal people woke up and started commenting.

I left two comments. The second one is here

While I'm at it, there are some posters here who are clearly disgusted by transgenders. To them, I ask that they please explain how one goes about changing their sex--

-When do they realize that their gender is at odds with their internal sense of which 'team' they best match up with and belong to?

-How long have they pondered making the change before they commit?

-Did they realize all the [animosity] from a significant portion of society they'd have to deal with?

-Did they get their genitals mutilated first? Or were there other steps they needed to complete to prepare for 'getting it cut off'?

-How long does it take to complete the transformation?

-Are you only disgusted by male-to-female transsexuals, or do you save some revulsion for female-to-male transsexuals?

-Do you know how to spot a female-to-male transsexual?

-What is the success rate of ANY form of treatment that has the goal of preventing someone who is experiencing gender disphoria (what some of the lay folk call 'gender confusion',) from making the attempt to change their sex?

-What is the rate of undesirable outcomes, such as depression, suicidal ideation or successful suicide, from the above treatments meant to 'cure' the gender disphoric of their 'gender confusion'?

(If any would like to add to this list of questions, please do so. ~Hazumu)

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