|Transgender: Enforced Sterilization|
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|Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:05|
This opinion column is one of two interrelated entries from Joanne Proctor. See Gender Reassignment: Western Australia for more. — Ed.
Aotearoa (New Zealand). In most countries laws have been adopted to allow post-corrected transsexual women and men to change their legal sex. Transsexual people do not undergo enforced sterilization. They resolve a fundamental incongruity between their neuro-biological sex and their anatomical sex.
There is nothing forced or non-consensual about the process.
David Reimer was deliberately sterilized as a baby as part of the plan to make him grow up believing he was a girl. [N1] The loss of his penis did not make him infertile. That only happened with the surgical removal of his testicles on the advice of John Money. The Reimer case is a perfect example of non consensual sterilization.
On the subject of identities sexologist and biologist, Milton Diamond has this to say.
Just as sex is biological and gender is social and cultural, sex identity is biological and gender identity is social and cultural.
Post corrected women and men are routinely abused, vilified and condemned by TG activists for asserting their independence and rejecting the transgender 'umbrella'. Transgenders have succeeded in almost completely subsuming and colonizing the Transsexed experience to their own ends. As a result transsexuals are now openly exploited by individuals who desire to pass themselves off in public by adopting the clothing and presentation of the opposite sex!
So we come to this, a story about Mandatory sterilization & trans men in Australia:
(These claims misrepresent the Appeal Court's decision. For an analysis see Case Study, previous post.) [N3]
And from Canada, a story about a Petition: Improvement of trans people's rights in the Quebec province.
Not Surprisingly the Transgender's co-dependents, WPATH, are right behind them!
Transsexuals (as opposed to trans-people) seek out SRS as a remedy for their conflicted biologies. After they have obtained a degree of congruity between their somatic or anatomical sex and their neuro-biological sex (are post corrected) they are able to register the correction on public documents in most countries. They are not coerced or forced, nor do they, as the Canadian excerpt suggests, undertake the medical and surgical process merely so they can change their public documents!
Armed with that information the enforced sterilization claim is revealed for what it is. Little more than a cynical, self absorbed and unprincipled attempt to exploit the distress of biological transsexualism whilst not actually experiencing the condition. Furthermore the TG's who raise it demonstrate exactly as much comprehension of transsexualism as the John Money disciples and WPATH behaviorists who they depend on for validation.
Notes[N1] Sex Reassignment at Birth: A Long Term Review and Clinical Implications. Milton Diamond, Ph.D. and H. Keith Sigmundson, M.D. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 1997; 151(3): 298-304. [Full Text]
This report is a long term follow-up to a "classic" case in the pediatric, psychiatry, and sexology literature. In this case an XY individual had his penis accidentally ablated and was subsequently raised as a female. The initial reports were that this individual was developing into a normally functioning female. The present findings show the individual did not accept this sex of rearing. At puberty this individual switched to living as a male and has successfully lived as such from that time to the present. The significant factors in this switch are presented. In instances of extensive penile damage to infants it is standard to recommend rearing the male as a female. Subsequent cases should, however, be managed in light of this new evidence.
Keywords: sex assignment, sex reassignment, gender, traumatized genitalia, penis ablation.
[N2] Sex and Gender are Different: Sexual Identity and Gender Identity are Different. Milton Diamond, Ph.D. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2002; 7(3): 320-334. doi:10.1177/1359104502007003002 [Full Text]
This article attempts to enhance understanding and communication about different sexual issues. It starts by offering definitions to common terms such as sex, gender, gender identity and sexual identity. Alternate ways to discuss one’s sexual attractions are also presented. Terms are defined or redefined and examples given of their preferred use in different clinical situations, including those associated with children. Adherence to the usage advocated here is proposed as helpful in theory formulation and discussion as well as in clinical practice. When reference is made to individuals of various sexual-minority groups such as transsexual or intersexual persons, the distinctions offered are particularly advocated.
Keywords: ambiguous genitalia, gender identity, intersexuality, sexual identity, sexual orientation, transgender, transsexuality, transvestite.
[N3] Mandatory sterilization & trans men in Australia. Mary-Beth Snow. Global Comment (11 April 2010) [link]
[N4] Petition: Improvement of trans people's rights in the Quebec province. Submitted by Arvan. sexgenderbody (21 June 2010) [link]
[N5] The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, HBIGDA). Press release (16 June 2010).
SourceThis article is adapted and extended from Transgender: Enforced Sterilization by Jo Proctor, published concurrently on the Trans Fried Fluff website.
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