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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Male Medical Machine-a series

 During the decades from 1870-1910, middle-class women were beginning to organize on behalf of higher education, entrance to the professions, and political rights. Simultaneously, the female nervous disorders of anorexia nervosa, hysteria, and neurasthenia became epidemic; and the Darwinian "nerve specialist" arose to dictate proper feminine behavior outside the asylum as well as in, to differentiate treatments for "nervous" women of various class backgrounds, and to oppose women's efforts to change the conditions of their lives.


At the end of the nineteenth century, hysteria, the classic female malady, became the focal point for the second psychiatric revolution, the emergence of psychoanalysis. It was in dealing with hysterical women, after all, that Freud first developed his theories of the sexual origin of neurosis, and his techniques of dream analysis and free association. Yet the transition to psychiatric modernism occurred, not during the heyday of the famous female hysterics, but rather during the First World War, when the urgent necessity of treating thousands of shell-shocked soldiers-male hysterics-made the theoretical and therapeutic bankruptcy of Darwinian approaches all too clear. In coping with shell shock, psychiatrists were forced to experiment with a variety of new therapies, including psychoanalytic methods that exposed unconscious conflicts and repressions. It was men's illnesses rather than women's that made this transition possible. And although the incidence of classic hysteria in women seemed to decline after the war, the new female malady of schizophrenia soon arose to take its place. In modern literature and art, the schizophrenic woman stands for the alienation and fragmentation of the age. In medical psychiatry, which has treated schizophrenia, and which in England has taken precedence over psychosurgery, and psychotropic drugs.

In each of these three periods, the prevailing attitudes are shaped both by moments of social upheaval that challenged psychiatric thought, and by the careers of those individual physicians who not only dominated their generation's thinking but also transformed the social rose of the psychiatrist in line with the age's cultural ideals. John Conolly in the early Victorian period, Henry Maudsley in the last decades of the nineteenth century, W.H.R. Rivers during World War I, and R.D. Laing in the 1960's are exemplary in this sense. Their lives and ideas establish the psychiatric contest for the discussion of female insanity in each period and for the ways it was experienced, diagnosed, treated, and represented over two centuries of English culture.

It is significant that all these figures are men. Changes in cultural fashion, psychiatric theory, and public policy have not transformed the imbalance of gender and power that has kept madness a female malady. Despite the wide acceptance of psychotherapy, psychiatric modernism has not led to significant changes in the cultural construction of female insanity. The presence of several women among the pioneers of the British Psycho-Analytical Society did not produce a revision of Freudian ideas of female psychology and sexuality; and psychoanalysis, with its emphasis on penis envy as the main determinant of female psychosexual development, has not offered much scope for a revolutionary discourse on women and madness. Most disappointing, even the anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960's, which protested against shock treatments, and which promised to analyze women's situation in the family and in society, not only failed in its theoretical effort but may well have been the most sexist of all in its practice.  (E. Showalter-Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980)

"And although the incidence of classic hysteria in women seemed to decline after the war, the new female malady of schizophrenia soon arose to take its place".

There has since been a never ending supply of "new female maladies" of which female transition is just another in a long line. Like all the female maladies of the past, the male medical treatment issued, then and now, are nothing more than barbaric band-aid's meant to hide the problem rather than heal it.

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  1. I've been reading up and looking into the whole "trans" thing, and to me it seems to be similar to an extreme form of identity crisis, or a disorder not much different than the kind an anorexic person expreiences in terms of their body. If anything, they are feeling and experiencing a reality that their mind and subconscience have created systematically over a long period of time that cannot be convinced of anything else. So all of the (often gruesome and contradicting) steps of transitioning (all of which are not inevitable) seem perfectly justified and rational. Railing against the binary of gender and how it has hurt you irreversably, and yet desprate to exchange what are essentially one set of insignifigant gender cliches for another.
    Also, the endless desire and pursuit to "just fit in with everyone else" or "be no different than XYZ" is always a dangerous one. Shame and denial is dangerous also. These both seem to be the foundation on which trans people build their entire worlds around.

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  2. [JTC said...]

    For some, it can be. The issue has such a wide spectrum of variance because the definition has become so loose. Harry Benjamin's original definition is still the one to go by: "True transsexuals feel that they belong to the other sex, they want to be and function as members of the opposite sex, not only to appear as such." Notice how gender is nowhere included in there? Even the very word transsexual has nothing to do with gender. This should have never become a factor in the first place, and yet it has.

    There are doubtless many reasons for that change. Two primary reasons that I can see are a) the psych establishment could not profit off of such a definition, and b) it served their intentions to turn gender deviance into mental illness. Even a transsexual who deviates from gender roles is 'not a transsexual' according to their scheme of things. Fucked, isn't it?

    To prove such a statement, I submit to you that MTFs must have two letters from separate psychologists to get SRS or even a castration (last I knew, the newer FTM side can get a mastectomy without one in most areas). We must have lived at least a year in a gender role under their watchful eye to get at least one letter. That's not even counting the hoop(s) they want you to jump through for hormones, as well. So you can see why those transsexual patients are likely to buy into all of this gender garbage. That's how it is peddled to them and sadly, they do not know any better.

    [cont...]

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  3. As a result, the matter shifted focus to this 'gender identity' lie that has been foisted on the world for decades, one of the biggest lies of transsexualism. We have this nonsense thanks to John Money, the same pedophile piece of trash who proved that same gender definition of transsexualism and any absolute social construction of gender wrong with his experiment on David Reimer. Wasn't for lack of him trying to cover that up, of course.

    Obviously, knowing and talking about this (and a lot of other uncomfortable topics) tends to make me one unpopular lady with the trans crowd. You are very right that some of them are just swapping one fake life for another. This is also why somebody like Kate Bornstein is so despised. Belongs to neither gender? Poppycock! That lady must be a loon, lock her up!

    I fit the sex definition above myself. My internal sense of self has always contrasted being male. Never in my life did I feel the belonging or happiness that I have found in being a woman, and many lovely women have done so much for me ever since. Dirt included.

    I also have no interest whatsoever in patronizing gender roles, or chomping at the bit to get any surgeries that I do not need to exist as a woman. Don't feel that having the current version of a high maintenance neo-vaginal hole is necessary, for instance. That's just what a psychologist, some delusional people, or the state tells me makes a woman.

    Instead of any set gender, I prefer to blend the feminine and masculine together in a way that is comfortable to me. I look androgynous, so I actually fuck with those lines just for fun. If I feel like being a tomboy some days, I do. If I feel like wearing dresses on others, why not?

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  4. If someone born male wants to wear a dress, or someone born female wants to wear a tuxedo, and that's what they like and how they feel comfortable, there literally cannot be anything wrong with those things, because those things don't actually mean anything or have any biological value of any kind.


    HOWEVER...


    When those same people start saying things that are factually and biologically not true, have no possibility of ever being true, and base the way they feel about it on performative and material things...THAT is when YOU start sounding like the ignorant one.

    No, BIOLOGICALLY/FACTUALLY you cannot be a woman with a penis.

    No, BIOLOGICALLY/FACTUALLY you cannot be a man with a vagina.

    No. You cannot be. NO.
    If you are born a hermaphrodite, that is an isolated instance unto itself

    And these are not statements of hate, ill-will, condesension, prejudice, bigorty, etc etc
    These are statements of FACTS.

    If you choose to believe otherwise, than you are choosing willful ignorance. You are choosing to be wrong.

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  5. [When those same people start saying things that are factually and biologically not true,]

    In all likelihood, somebody with the wrong brain for the job is plausible; Mother Nature is known for her sense of humor, after all (otherwise, how does one explain duckbill platypuses?). I only get one life, so I don't see why I should live it based around an inflexible society that does not give two fucks about women based on the exact same criteria you insist on. The sex binary is just as restrictive and harmful as gender is, because the moment you are designated female is when you are to be trained like a dog.

    [No, BIOLOGICALLY/FACTUALLY you cannot be a woman with a penis.]

    I am quite aware that I am not a biological female; I have shed more than enough tears over that. If all you want to consider women is walking vaginas on legs, more power to you. I choose to believe that there is more to a person than that, and I am starting to think I was put here to fuck over that sex binary and those gender roles. Maybe someday in a better world, people will be seen as individuals... not by whether or not they have a dick or a vagina, outside of sexual matters.

    [No. You cannot be. NO.]

    I am, and I regret to inform you that there is nothing you can do about it. In reality, your type of thinking is exactly what results in transsexuals who feel they *must* have surgery. It's damaging, it's archaic, and I think we should be long past judging fellow human beings by their biology alone.

    [If you are born a hermaphrodite,]

    Essentialism is grand, isn't it?

    "Well, if you happen to be a fluke of nature, that's cool. The rest of you who happened to be born with the wrong set of working genitalia, you're shit out of luck."

    [And these are not statements of hate,]

    You are more than welcome to criticize me. As I told Dirt, I respect her opinion that I'm still male. That is still not how I think of myself, and never will be again. My sincerest condolences if that disturbs your comfort zone, but that is just the way it is.

    [You are choosing to be wrong.]

    Somebody has to step up and be 'wrong' before many things ever go right with humankind; history is full of examples of that.

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  6. "When those same people start saying things that are factually and biologically not true, have no possibility of ever being true, and base the way they feel about it on performative and material things...THAT is when YOU start sounding like the ignorant one."

    Quoted for truth. Nowhere in Lane's post does she or he imply that women are just walking vaginas. Women HAVE female anatomy,* that is what makes us women. Not "identifying" as women, or thinking Woman Thoughts.



    *No need to go down the old "but what about women who've had mastectomies or hysterectomies...what about men whose penises got shot off in duck-hunting accidents..." hypothetical question road. They were still born with those parts.

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  7. [Women HAVE female anatomy,* that is what makes us women.]

    I wouldn't stake your hopes on biology as absolute, because it a) is far from a flawless binary in the sex category and is way more flexible than most people realize, b) makes known, glaring mistakes, and c) is nothing that any human being should be judged by anyhow.

    Talk to a biologist about that binary, and you'll find that matters are not so simple. Look at the people who had their genitalia changed and how it made little difference in the way their brain sex functioned during their lives.

    That is because it is not genitalia but hormones that made you everything you are, and every single human body is a variant on the female default. Welcome to the real truth of biological sex.

    If intersex people are acceptable for having some differentiating scraps of flesh from a transsexual, I fail to see where your judgments are not shallow and empty. Either those who happen to be different are acceptable, or they are not. It doesn't make any logical sense that you should be picking and choosing which ones you like. Unless, of course, you plan to discriminate one category over the other.

    Besides, playing favorites with differences just makes for more transsexuals pretending to be intersexed. I could do that too, but why in the world should I have to? To make your sensibilities happy? Would all be right in the world if you thought I was born with messed-up reproductive organs? If so, perhaps you should ask yourself what 'important' criteria your opinions are based on.

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  8. Trans people do not make me uncomfortable, and as I said this is not about bashing anyone or putting anyone down. All I (and this blog) are stating are facts.

    No matter what gender you were born, the things you like to do and the manner in which you present yourself, dress, speak, talk, walk, etc etc does not actually have a sex or a gender.

    if anything, it is TRANSITION that reduces people to nothing more than walking gentials. If what is between your legs has no signifigance whatsoever, than why does it even matter so much to you in the first place?

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  9. ["In reality, your type of thinking is exactly what results in transsexuals who feel they *must* have surgery. It's damaging, it's archaic, and I think we should be long past judging fellow human beings by their biology alone."]

    Do you not understand the point of this blog and other info sources of truth and fact like it??


    ["Somebody has to step up and be 'wrong' before many things ever go right with humankind; history is full of examples of that."]

    Ummm...Ok then? Creating "facts" that are convient to you and a bunch of apologists who likely are just too polite to say otherwise at risk of hurting your feelings isn't going to help prove or change anything, rather it will stand as a monument of delusion and endless pain, amoung other things.

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  10. and since when did you have a vagina or you have a penis make your gender?

    im pretty sure its not about that i think its more to do with societies treatment of such.

    WHY DO YOU CARE SO GOD DAMN MUCH ABOUT GENDER i mean, there is more important things in life, like people dying people in poverty we are at 'war' so we have WOMEN AND MEN dying over money, and politics, and your hear talking bull shit over a fucking penis or vagina.

    lets put all this effort into HELPING women in afganistan who have to cover from head to toe, or else they are raped and stoned to death.

    dont we care about them or are you to comfortable behind your computer screen while women and men dye every day

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  11. So, where do you think hormones come from? That's right, from actual primary sex organs, the ones men and women are born with. Those "scraps of flesh" are, in fact, what differentiates men and women. That has nothing to do with judging anyone's worth as a human being.

    You can change your fat distribution and the amount of hair you produce by injecting some synthetic approximations of male or female sex hormones, if that makes you happy. But the idea that hormones make you all you that you are is not scientific. Otherwise, there would not be such a range of personality types among both men and women with absolutely typical hormone levels for their sex.

    There are women, for example, with fully functioning reproductive systems and normal hormone levels who simply do not have the "emotional range" or lability you have associated with estrogen is some of your posts. It is patently offensive that you equate the result of dumping a lot of synthetic female hormones into a male body to the experience of actual women.

    Anne Fausto-Sterling notwithstanding, sex is mostly binary. Pointing to biological exceptions to justify the notion of transsexualism is grasping at straws. As for gender identity, it's a fiction.

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  12. " It is patently offensive that you equate the result of dumping a lot of synthetic female hormones into a male body to the experience of actual women."

    WORD.

    "Anne Fausto-Sterling notwithstanding, sex is mostly binary. Pointing to biological exceptions to justify the notion of transsexualism is grasping at straws. As for gender identity, it's a fiction."

    WORD. WORD. WORD.

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  13. [No matter what gender you were born, the things you like to do and the manner in which you present yourself, dress, speak, talk, walk, etc etc does not actually have a sex or a gender.]

    Nobody is born a gender, they are born a sex. The things you're talking about are gender, which is mostly a construct, a dab of biology, and the rest is habit; those things you list do indeed have a gender.

    [if anything, it is TRANSITION that reduces people to nothing more than walking gentials.]

    Only if you believe that's all that makes up a female. The fact that one makes eggs is what makes you reproductively female. That still has nothing to do with your brain sex, which was controlled by hormones before either of us were born. So no, the genitalia doesn't matter as much to me. I will never be able to be pregnant as it is, and it doesn't really apply outside of a locker room or so on. I will fix it eventually when the better technique for SRS comes out, but it's not priority one for me.

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  14. [Do you not understand the point of this blog and other info sources of truth and fact like it??]

    Sure do, and my personal lack of knowledge on the biology involved got me to look into it and do a bunch of homework. If you understand the way biology works, there is no sex binary. The existence of intersex people disproves a sex binary. Every sex comes from the female default anyhow, and male is just a female variation that results from special instructions. Any part of the sex processing in the womb can go wrong, to where many people are intersex and never even know it. That's why I don't need your approval to know that my brain sex is female for myself; that was decided for me before I was born.

    [Creating "facts" that are convient to you and a bunch of apologists who likely are just too polite to say otherwise at risk of hurting your feelings isn't going to help prove or change anything,]

    If you look into the biology for yourself, everything I said above is true. Your side created facts and assumed I wouldn't check. Every bit of what we know about how the science works supports that the brain is the most important sexually differentiating organ in the body, not the genitals.

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  15. [But the idea that hormones make you all you that you are is not scientific.]

    They do when it comes to sex, and that handily deconstructs the majority of what remains of your argument after that.

    [As for gender identity, it's a fiction.]

    I agree. Look for my upcoming blog post about that, it'll be a doozy.

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  16. [WORD. WORD. WORD.]

    Since you feel these are particularly worthy snippets, I'll respond.

    [It is patently offensive that you equate the result of dumping a lot of synthetic female hormones into a male body to the experience of actual women.]

    Feel free to be offended. I went through hell on earth to get to this point, more than paid my dues. This makes me happy where nothing else could, and the positive shift to my life has been staggering.

    It's not as if I am denying my past, either. Outside of the things I did not get to experience or am otherwise incapable of doing, claiming that there's some kind of special, unattainable thing about being female that I cannot possibly wrap my head around or experience on my own is absurd. You'll have to do better than such nonsense.

    [Anne Fausto-Sterling notwithstanding, sex is mostly binary.]

    About 1 in 60 people are intersex, and most are never even aware of it. So no, sex is not mostly binary. The gametes are, but sex itself is actually quite fluid.

    [Pointing to biological exceptions to justify the notion of transsexualism is grasping at straws.]

    Hardly grasping when scientific evidence points toward sexual orientation and transsexualism being biological in nature. It's not some kind of coincidence that this suddenly became a 'mental disorder' and turned gender-based as homosexuality was pressured out of the DSM.

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  17. To the MTF who just keeps dominating the blog with her non-sense.

    Very stereotypical of you, you think you are so different from other transsexuals out there but you are not. You are doing the same thing that most MTFs do, dominating female spaces, become controlling and attention seeking. Not respecting that females at birth just need their alone spaces, as usual you are trying to force yourself into the club. You want to be accepted so bad, that you try to paint other transexuals as baddies and yourself as some kind of exceptional "tranny". Nomatter how you slice and dice it, you are still part of that "male medical machine". You are as much to blame for perpetuating the "trans ideology" as much as other trans people. Trying to paint yourself with a different brush whilst the truth is very obvious will not score you any points, just makes you a bit dense.

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  18. How droll. Do you have any facts to share, or just opinions on my motives? Way to go on your sweeping generalizations there, but I do not at all believe I am better than anybody else. Different sure, but not any moreso in the nature of my transsexualism. I am certainly more well-informed than most, and that is a result of countless hours of hard work and research. Just because the other side cannot or will not respond to my points does not mean that I am dominating the conversation on purpose. As far as the rest of your accusations, I will just say that you don't know me. So let's not jump to conclusions until you do?

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  19. To the anons who get it and are telling nothing but the truth, the ultimate truth is that trans folks are narcissistic people with alot of issues, not really unlike the rest of any of us. But instead of trying to sort through it and find a healthy harmless balance they choose the extreme and only find continued unfulfillment and further confusion/rejection. They simply will never get it. Lastly, this dude Hexy needs to go somewhere else with his rambling and convenient truths personally, as a bio womyn I find his mere presence offensive. As said before This space is not meant for you, go rant on a anti MTF blog.

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  20. @ the MTF

    It's strange that you feel the need to be on a blog like this attempting to "defend" yourself and being trans.

    We've heard it all before and it's still tired and nonsensical.

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  21. "Feel free to be offended. I went through hell on earth to get to this point, more than paid my dues. This makes me happy where nothing else could, and the positive shift to my life has been staggering."

    If you're happy being an MTF, it's no skin off my nose. Do what you think best -- it's your right, and more power to you. However, please understand that women do not pay dues to "become women." We are born certain equipment, and then have to deal with the second-class citizenship imposed on us because of that. You might say that dues are extracted from us whether we want to pay them or not, and they are not the same dues that you have paid.

    "Outside of the things I did not get to experience or am otherwise incapable of doing, claiming that there's some kind of special, unattainable thing about being female that I cannot possibly wrap my head around or experience on my own is absurd."

    You did not "get" to experience growing up female, which in another post you aptly described as "being trained like a dog." It's no privilege, let me tell you, to grow up being treated the way girls are treated. However, it is formative for all women, including the ones with feminist parents. (Once those step outside their feminist homes, they get the full-bore second-class citizen and sex object treatment.) No MTF is in a postion to understand what this is really like.

    There's nothing "special" about being a woman, but it is unattainable for men the same way being black is unattainable for whites, even if they manage to pass with the help of drugs and cosmetics.

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  22. "It's not some kind of coincidence that this suddenly became a 'mental disorder' and turned gender-based as homosexuality was pressured out of the DSM."

    First, it's a right-wing fiction that homosexuality was pressured out of the DSM. It was removed in large part due to Evelyn Hooker's study of gay men whose only diagnosis was homosexuality, rather than homosexuality and something else, e.g., depression. (All the previous studies had had significant numbers of homosexuals who happened to be in the mental health system reasons other than being gay.) The study found that they were no more pathological than heterosexuals.

    The GID diagnosis has always been based on gendered behavior, and has become more common because some mental health professionals are still 1) sexist and 2) homophobic. The fact that the criteria have become more oriented towards gendered behavior rather than feelings about one's anatomy, in recent years (especially for girls), has more to do with the lingering wish in some quarters to punish children for being sissies and tomboys, and to provide a smokescreen for what's really just old-fashioned reparative therapy -- the degaying kind, not the detrannifying kind. Saying it's to prevent possible transsexualism is just a smokescreen for that. I think it's pretty damend ironic that some (not all) transsexuals have made life harder for a lot of gay and gender-nonconforming straight kids by defending the GID diagnosis.

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  23. ["Outside of the things I did not get to experience or am otherwise incapable of doing, claiming that there's some kind of special, unattainable thing about being female that I cannot possibly wrap my head around or experience on my own is absurd."]

    yikes, your ignorance is showing. your replies are giving me so much second hand embarrassment.

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  24. nobody (here at least) has ever said that your genitals define your entire existance or life, you are completely spinning what is being said to fit your insipid argument.

    but what is this whole thing of acting like they're just some insignifigant meaningless part of us? "just pieces of flesh"? "junk"?....for those of us who do not hate our bodies and are not (or no longer) afraid of our bodies, this does not sound like a healthy way to think about your sex organs. Dysphoria can be helped!

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  25. I am not here to invade your spaces. I respect boundaries when they are set by women, and I am not in favor of things like the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival protests. As far as I am concerned, you make the rules if it is your place. I am very polite and courteous in real life, not at all what you would expect from my fiery Internet incarnation.

    While I certainly think of myself as female, I am too down-to-earth not to realize that the rest of my body doesn't back it up. I'm not trying to force myself into your biological sex. My aim is only to peacefully coexist with all of you as a woman without being constantly thought of as some kind of loathsome freak; that kind of treatment does hurt, I won't lie to you. Many times, other transsexuals have wronged you and left those like me to handle the fallout.

    I defend transsexualism because I am obligated to do so from being a part of it, not that I feel many of the rest of these people are worth defending. It's not at all unusual to see me disagreeing with them just as much or moreso than I might with you. I have been called many things by the trans side, such as a traitor, a 'trans Uncle Tom' or otherwise told that I am 'catering to the wants of the dominant group' for desiring acceptance from and common ground with the rest of you.

    Truth is that my brain left me no option about where to go, and other women are all I have. Even if I seem self-centered to you, that is not the case; I am grateful every day for a wife who loves me and female co-workers who support me. I have venerated women since I was very young, and being able to participate with the rest of you is like a dream come true. That's what really makes me happy: all of you. Every woman that provides companionship and more for me despite what I am is a woman that has a place in my heart.

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  26. Every woman that provides for you has a place in your heart.

    Typical fucking man.

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  27. Can anyone show me one bio girl, just one, who "venerates women" as a category? And I don't mean individual women, such as a favorite musician, culture hero, athlete, or cool female relative, I mean Women as Representatives of Womanhood.

    Didn't think so. You know what ol' Sigmund Freud said about girls? "A little girl is a little man." And for once in his life, he was right, even if the terminology he used was sexist. Little girls still think of themselves as default human beings, and in Freud's world, as in ours, default human beings are men. Ideas like Womanhood are instilled into girls, and boys too, by culture.

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  28. I wonder if the medical community is taking some kind of note of trans trenders and how many women are getting top surgey these days. Just think, for the literally hundreds of women who have documentented their top surgey on Youtube this year, can you imagine how many more there are out there who are not making it public? Scary.

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  29. Something I've observed about FTMs is that a lot of them seem to have an out the gate claim of "I respect women and treat women right, unlike actual men. I worship women, I am a feminist and anti-misogyny. I just don't want to be one."

    It seems like they are trying to BE the way they wish men would treat THEM as women or other women...Get what I'm saying? Clearly there are some way deeper issues there than "I liked playing sports instead of Barbies as a child...THAT MUST MEAN I AM MALE!!"

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  30. @8:36AM

    You just need to get some CLUES! Get a clue. You say you are not self centred, yet you just dont notice obvious things around you. A lot of people have been polite in not calling you out, but would rather not have an MTF identified person dominating their women spaces from time to time. A NOT self centred person would notice that despite what they see themselves as, most people do not see them as a woman or female. You just need to respect that, and not try and force people to see otherwise. but since you are always busy defending your idenity and "correcting" people, i doubt you will ever notice this.

    It doesnt matter how much you say you despise other transsexual people, you are still one. you can say all the bad things about them, divorce yourself from their contact, it will still not change the fact that you are one. When the article is "anti trans" guess what it involves YOU too and thats means your opinion is not the one thats most people want to hear dominating the conversation half the time. You are a man in most people's eyes, so i dont get it when you just dont get the clue that you are seen invading and interfering in women's discussions.

    By all means it your right to contribute, the blog owner allows you to, there is nothing wrong with you saying opinions. I just think you need to tone it down and realise that you are not the main sort after audience of the blog. Even if you would like to be, you are not.

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