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Monday, February 20, 2012

Q&A with Dirt

Through the blur of comments received, I frequently get asked various questions. Some I catch and answer, while others get lost in the mix. I'm going to try and start a weekly Q&A post to recoup any questions I might have missed from the last week of posts and give readers an opportunity to ask any general question they may have.

Ask and I'll answer.

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47 comments:

  1. How do you maintain you patience with the same tired arguments over and over? (Ex: You just hate men. Why do you care what other females do? You must be trans because you are questioning us. There is no such thing as female oppression. Women rape too. Etc etc)

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  2. Have you thought about creating a series on how to deal with dysphoria? Advice, suggested reading, and steps on how to accept your female body and so forth? As someone who suffers from gender dyphoria this would make a real difference for me.

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  3. Why do you think you have any useful help or factual information to give any rational human?

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  4. Anon@9:24am,

    How could I fail to be a woman and NOT fight for a better world for women?

    And women committing crimes doesnt negate female oppression, its a clear indication of that oppression and the patriarchal structures that be.

    dirt

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  5. Anon@10:50am,

    I have thought of more posts regarding dysphoria besides the weekly reminders about it. How would you feel about a cross between a series of posts coupled with some step by steps followed by discussion?

    dirt

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  6. Anon@11:20am, those who have been helped by my blog are why and why I will continue and expand that help. Women deserve better than the female hatred we're born into, we all deserve to know we're supreme just the way we are. And the way we are knows only the bounds we allow through patriarchy.

    Female equals no frontiers!

    dirt

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  7. do you think m2t can be categorized as either homosexual-transexuals or autogynephiles? Do you think there is a meaningful difference between the two?

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  8. Anon@1:05pm, this blog is about women, not men.

    dirt

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  9. A series of posts with step by steps sounds like a great idea, thanks, I think that would be really useful for many people. Also information/history surrounding butch identity would be interesting.

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  10. irritated psych postgradFebruary 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Why do you continually misrepresent the fields of science and psychology? Do you have any specific training in any scientific discipline?

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  11. some people would contend that transsexualism (as a belief system) has created a whole new realm of misrepresentation of science and psychology

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  12. Misogyny and the GST surpass all areas of science and the like. I merely work to dismantle both as both are responsible for social illnesses such as the trans disorder, anorexia and other eating disorders and a host of other issues that create self hate in women.

    dirt

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  13. "the fields of science and psychology"
    Interesting, that you (the psych postgrad) separate the two. I (AI postgrad) think neurology and psychology is science too, but there really is a distinction.

    I have followed a cognitive neuroscience and biopsychology course.
    They provide no basis whatsoever for trans disorder. Bottom line is that the difference between male and female brains is VERY small and even that may be better explained by nurture than nature. Social psychology courses also show how stereotyping (on sex, and race, etc.) affects math performance on an age as young as 5.

    Fine, so far, but the odd thing is, medical students seem to learn very different things. I don't know what *exactly* they learn, but if we look at what medics do, it seems quite incompatible with the things described above. But yet they eventually get the power to decide. Seems very weird to me, and as a psychology student, THAT should infuriate you most, imho.

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  14. You've lost me anon, and I do not see a question amid your misinfo.

    dirt

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  15. lol @ you've lost me.

    that's because you have only a high school education Dirt, if that.

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  16. Why are some people only attracted to a single gender if gender is a social construct?

    If you found yourself attracted to a women and later found out she was actually male, would you stop being attracted to him?

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  17. i was pleased to hear on npr's morning edition this morning a short piece on the increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with and 'treated for' gender identity disorder- i'm sure for many people that was their first time hearing of the tragic phenomenon
    off topic, sorry

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  18. 3:53
    I, for one, am homoSEXual, meaning I'm attracted to people of the same sex, biologically, as myself, not a homoGENDERual, gender being exclusively based on presentation

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  19. here's a link to the NPR story
    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/21/147180163/pediatricians-more-patients-want-to-change-their-gender

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  20. I was wandering if you could recommend some good feminist literature?

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  21. Can you write a post on the origins of the surge of trans, esp in relation to plastic surgery and the DSM 4 (or is it 5). What changes happened in the last few decades? How has trans become the disorder we now know of and the solution to be surgery and hormones?

    Can you make a post about this?

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  22. Also, who are the key players in terms of changing the DSM changes and you have mentioned in the past that plastic surgeons have really benefited from this new classification of trans.

    Name names that we can go look up. I'm trying to piece this all together... and this would be helpful info for me, and probably others.

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  23. You've mentioned bisexuality before and I was wondering if you could clarify your views on it?

    Thanks

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  24. "How has trans become the disorder we now know of and the solution to be surgery and hormones?"

    This book:

    Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology and the Idea of Gender by Bernice L. Hausman

    makes the point that transsexualism as such didn't exist until the surgery did.

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  25. "here's a link to the NPR story"

    More and more children are sterilized for the sake of bloody conformity. Since when is gender nonconformity a bad thing that has to be corrected by lifelong drug treatment, sterilization and surgeries? What the hell happened?

    Dirt I have a question about hormone treatment - I guess you know more than me about it:

    Is it true, that hormones are like drugs? Someone telled me that they induce euphoria. There are also studies about how the mortality and depression rate among trans people is higher after transitioning. It's known that the body get used to drugs and therefore higher doses are needed. So could it be that for many of these people the depression starts again because of the drug tolerance which is setting in?

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  26. Why do you insist so surely that transmen, or female transitioners if you will, are being lured into it by the society and that they are in fact women in reality when the society is the one that treats them so cruelly if they are trans?

    Also, how can you be so sure when you yourself don't know how they feel?

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  27. "You've lost me anon, and I do not see a question amid your misinfo.
    dirt"

    Dirt, I understand that you were unhappy that the poster in question didn't ask a question but instead was answering to another poster... But why did you say "misinfo", when the poster to whom you have replied (the AI postgrad or whatever) was basically supporting your theories, and saying that science in fact even shows that you might be right?

    And following from that, my question to you is: Do you think ALL science is mistaken? No matter if it is supporting your theory or contradicting it?

    And if you see all science as mistaken, what kind of logic should we use instead, in your opinion, when we try to prove the "trans theory" wrong?

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  28. " No matter if it is supporting your theory or contradicting it? "

    As a scientist, it MATTERS a whole lot whether the science supposedly supports your 'theory' or not, since we all ought to be on the look out for science that gets twisted and misinterpreted in order to supposedly support one theory or another.

    Science in these cases usually a bit of a red-herring, in that we all KNOW that the main support for the trans ideology is political rather than scientific, and no surprise when the science gets cherry-picked and misinterpreted in order to try and show otherwise.

    Plus another common tactic, trying to present Dirt and others as anti-scientific for objecting to an ideology...............

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  29. "Also, how can you be so sure when you yourself don't know how they feel?"

    Ah, the old my personal truth about gender trumps your personal truth (and in particular the many women who insist they don't HAVE a gender anyway, in congruence with their sex or otherwise.......).

    Like saying -- how do you KNOW god doesn't exist, when you're not a believer yourself, so have no experience of having such a personal relationship with god. And like for a DAMN good reason, because the trans ideology and gender beliefs ARE just a belief system, despite claims to be scientific.......................

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  30. "society is the one that treats them so cruelly if they are trans?"

    The bulk of violence and against trans-identified is motivated by misogyny and/or homophobia.

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  31. MNDR, but those in the never ending state of transition refuse to fight misogyny, because misogyny is the foundation for their "trans identity"

    dirt

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  32. "The bulk of violence and against trans-identified is motivated by misogyny and/or homophobia."

    ........and perpetrated by MEN (not by gangs of baseball-bat wielding feminists and butch lesbians, as some would have us believe). And do we think that these MEN spend their days reading dirts blog in order to get themselves all good and roused for a night of trans-bashing? I think not.

    Let's face it, any strays that have shown themselves here seem to find trans folk and feminists and lesbians (and women in general) EQUALLY offensive.............

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  33. Anon@February 21, 2012 3:32 PM,

    My education didnt stop in 1985 or clearly I wouldnt be writing about the things that I do here.

    Also I could have 10 doctorates, they're not going to help me decipher gibberish.

    dirt

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  34. Anon@February 21, 2012 3:53 PM,

    As a lesbian, I'm attracted to women, not men.

    dirt

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  35. Anon@February 21, 2012 7:59 PM,

    I wold begin with Monique Wittig. Anything will do.

    dirt

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  36. AnonFebruary 22, 2012 6:55 AM,

    Depending on the amount of internalize misogyny/familial issues, some men and women will engage in same sex, sex. Women predominantly do it to please men (again internalize misogyny at work).

    dirt

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  37. Bee,

    Once the person begins hormones, they immediately glean a trans high. The high is about the potential to achieve their self created identity that they have banked all their hopes and dreams. As changes occur, they highs continue, as changes cease the high wears thin.

    Once changes they can see taper off, and its merely about continuing their drug of choice in order to maintain changes, towards the end of their drug cycle they will get depressed due to lack of hormones.

    They may go into clinical depression once they've achieved all the changes their bodies can. Usually the 3-5 year marks. This is when trans suicide rates go up.

    dirt

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  38. Artist, See any Trans Trending post here, the proof is in the pudding.

    There isnt anything I do not know about this disorder, especially as a Butch lesbian.

    dirt

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  39. Anon@February 22, 2012 3:02 PM,

    This is a social issue, not a scientific one. Science has used medicalism, to eradicate homosexuality and in the process "trans" was born.

    As a lesbian and as a feminist, I work to dismantle the social issues that both put the desire for science to eradicate homosexuals to begin with and that now through transition are trying to maintain strict gender norms per the GST.

    dirt

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  40. Dirt, why is it that you feel the way you do? I am curious. What drives you? Its almost as you put every Trans man in the same category. Are all females the same? All men? All lesbians? All gays?
    There are Trans men who don't fall under this view you have. So just curious

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  41. ASD, And how do I feel?

    ALL women suffer under patriarchy, the GSJ and misogyny.

    dirt

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  42. "Are all females the same? All men? All lesbians? All gays?
    There are Trans men who don't fall under this view you have. So just curious"

    The difference between trans fantasy-land individualism, and the fact that feminists spotted long ago that ALL women are oppressed under patriarchy, just because they are FEMALE. It doesn't matter how nice they are, or how politely they ask to be treated with respect, or how hard they demand such respect..........or how nice some individual men are to individual women.

    It's looking behind the individual, and seeing what the structures are that oppress ALL women.

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  43. Hi, Dirt I have another question for you:

    Is it true that there are reports of deteriorating eyesight in females who inject testosterone? Do you know more about this? I've read about this over at the GenderTrender blog but I can't find more about this. It sounds horrifying doesn't it? The more I learn about the health risks the more concerned I am because it gets worse and worse.

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  44. "Is it true that there are reports of deteriorating eyesight in females who inject testosterone? Do you know more about this? I've read about this over at the GenderTrender blog but I can't find more about this."

    As I said on GenderTrender, seems to be related to the known variations over the menstrual cycle. Hence women who take HRT can get dry eyes AND sometimes eyesight changes due to changes in hormone levels.

    Hence I would not be at all surprised if taking T also messed with your eyes, although in my estimation, I'd say probably a change in your spectacles prescription would be the worse case scenario, rather than your eyeballs falling out.

    As I said elsewhere, not just looking like your bald uncle, but now your bald uncle with specs..........

    I don't know if you've heard anymore dirt?

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  45. Other than rare cases, I've not read/heard anything about T and decreased eyesight. We can assume since T decreases mortality rates due to shortening the lifespan of female transitioners that like males their increased aging would increase the time eye sight would become poorer.

    Mtf's on the other hand do have decreased vision, especially peripherally, some even lose their sight due to HRT.

    dirt

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  46. "Mtf's on the other hand do have decreased vision, especially peripherally, some even lose their sight due to HRT."

    I've never heard about that before, are there any links on the internet about this? How common is it?. I guess the community doesn't like to talk open about the high amount of health risks. That's bad especially for the young people. God, I'm so transphobic right know.

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