|Sex, Gender, and Bathrooms: A Discussion of Transgender (Part 1)|
|Opinion - Global Warning|
|Lisa Jain Thompson|
|Sunday, 30 December 2007 19:00|
An HBS man or woman is driven to correct their misassigned genitals, the transgendered seem driven only to change the noun on their bathroom door.
HBS men and women are not transgendered. Our brain's sex identity was set before we were born. We are neither transgendered or part of someone's gender theory. Perhaps the question of male or female bathrooms should be added as a descriptive defining whether one is true HBS or only a transgender looking for political and social cover.
Perhaps because I am not transgendered, I should limit my columns to what I personally know â€” Harry Benjamin Syndrome (HBS formally transsexuality) â€” and not analyze and discuss transgenderism: but lack of personal experience or knowledge has never stopped the transgendered or gender theoreticians from pontificating on HBS. Whatever is good for the gander is good for the goose as they say.
Intrinsically, being transgender is neither good nor bad, pure of heart nor an incarnation of evil. Transgender is simply not HBS. Anyone can live anyway they want to live (assuming they have the courage of their publicly stated convictions).
I draw the line, however, when someone tries to throw a net over me and drag me unwillingly into their personal belief system â€” but that is a discussion for another day. I come not to disparage transgenders and transgenderism, but to analyze, dissect, and discuss them.
As many people are aware, Virginia Prince, a male crossdresser and a staunch promoter of heterosexual transvestism since the late 1950s, invented the term "transgender" in the 1990s to distinguish male crossdressers from men and women born with HBS. Calling himself "transgender" rather than a "crossdresser" or a "transvestite" was an attempt to remove himself and other similar "transgenders" from the negative cultural baggage and the concurrent approbation that is linked to male crossdressing.
Leslie Feinberg's 1992 pamphlet, Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come, further expanded and defined the term "transgender" to be an umbrella term that could be used to represent a political alliance between all gender-variant people who do not conform to social norms for typical men and women, and who suffer political oppression as a result.
By Feinberg's definition, HBS men and women are definitely NOT transgendered. We suffer little, if any, POLITICAL oppression as a result of being born with HBS. True HBS is so rare, there is little need to politically oppress us; it would be like writing a virus to infect Apple computers. You could it, but what's the point? You might as well try to spread an STD in a convent.
Feinberg, a Marxist, went on to assert the historical thesis that gender variance is an intrinsic part of human culture that has been suppressed by capitalism. True transgender liberation requires the overthrow of capitalism, just as any truly revolutionary social change must address the question of transgender liberation.
In simple non-dialectic terms, Feinberg believes that capitalism and transgenderism are mutually exclusive. You must be a socialist, or a communist, or maybe even an anarchist if you are truly transgendered.
Transgendered workers of the world unite against our capitalist overlords!
Pardon me while I opt out of political transgenderism (and I'm afraid to ask what Feinberg's opinion of religion is).
In any event, where does this expanded non-definition lead us? Who are the transgendered?
This is not so much a definition as a laundry list in search of potential monetary contributions.
This is a definition that includes most everyone except straight looking men (either heterosexual or gay), femme women (heterosexual or lesbian), or anyone else that society might term "normal."
This is a definition that divides the world into Queer and Western Capitalist.
As for the insistent continued inclusion of HBS men and women under the Transgender Umbrella, I can only think it occurs because we are where they started. We form the logical foundation for the transgender quest for their "rights" (e.g., not getting arrested when they dress up and go into some public bathroom).
But the transgender movement never speaks to the needs of HBS men and women: legal protection during transition, medical coverage, facilitation of legal name change on all public documents and records. Other than the public bathroom issue, the only concern for the transgendered seems to be not getting fired for how they dress at work.
HBS men and women are not transgendered.
What is needed is a concise definition of transgendered that could be used to construct public law. A laundry list or an equally vaguely written law defines nothing.
There are already precise definitions of HBS and the medical determination of those men and women born with HBS. It's time the transgenders defined themselves with equal precision and leave HBS out of it.
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