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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trans Trending-Who is Transitioning



http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmMhg_fodtZFHz4zTo_Skag (age 19)

http://www.youtube.com/user/LandonWallaceFTM (age 19)

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw521T7E69f9NwWdVcEZxSA (age 17)

http://www.youtube.com/user/tommyattack (age 19)

http://www.youtube.com/user/tylerscarfe (age 17)

http://www.youtube.com/user/SkywalkerDwayne (age 15)


http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkilllzerTard (age 14)


http://www.youtube.com/user/mellamoADAM13 (age 15)

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqI-8XXYWEwbNXq7vPqu4Kw (age 18)

From our earliest historical records, including biblical, hetero-patriarchal society has unashamedly, even violently and ruthlessly sought to change lesbians and gays. The most important element that came out of the Stonewall Rebellion was the very public stand that gays and lesbians were NOT going to change, instead we were going to change society! And several years later through collectively marching, protesting and politicizing we did just that, beginning with homosexuality being removed as a mental disorder from the DSM.

For the next several decades we continued in this same unapologetic mode, sometimes taking a few steps forward and sometimes falling a few steps back, but none the less we kept marching on. And we did so because we KNEW we deserved to exist just as we are, NOT how hetero-patriarchal society said we should be! Even those gays and lesbians who bore societies shame to the bone, knew (intellectually) that their deep shame was a result of a society that ignored, rejected and invisibilized them! This knowledge while not helping to alleviate that deep shame in the immediate, did urge those gay and lesbian sufferers of dysphoria to embrace their differences till relief and pride came around.

The backlash against feminist gains and the very notion of feminism that began with Reagan's election and culminated with Post modernism birthing Queer Theory laid the foundation gay and lesbian youths are stumbling upon today. Gone is the anger to change a still very homophobic society and instead is an internal anger to change the self! None of these girls we see here week after week, year after year once mention in their videos questioning society, questioning that something is wrong with society. Instead all their hatred, anger, violence is directed solely at themselves! Selves they believe are wrong. Wrong because all the sign posts that hetero-patriarchal society and the Gender Straight Jacket has impaled in every conceivable space and direction signifies it is they who are wrong and they who need changing.

Sadly we are currently living in a society that urges us to narcissistically focus all our attention on ourselves rather than the ills of society. Unfortunately the ageist, sexist, racist and homophobic male medical machine that has long colluded with hetero-patriarchal society, for a price, can change what we're too fearful to question and have become too afraid to change.

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  1. The girl in the center says, starting at 4:20 or so, that the one time she tried packing, she was uncomfortable, because she likes her vagina. She says when she's 18 she'll be able to do anything she wants (referring to going on T). I wonder, if she told any honest doctor that she likes her vagina, would that doctor support her in transitioning? A boy wouldn't like his vagina.

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  2. nowadays the queer line is that 'some men have vaginas and some women have penises' so it's probably fine

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  3. The ONLy reason thats the "queer line" is because it cannot be otherwise.

    dirt

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  4. How could society, from the earliest known historical period, have possibly "violently and ruthlessly sought to change lesbians" when being "lesbian" in terms of what we understand to be "lesbian" is a modern construct itself? I don't mean this in a negative way, I am genuinely curious to hear your thoughts on it. Arguing that "lesbians" have been persecuted forever and a day but "trans" is something that has burst into the limelight in a most-modern world makes doesn't really make much sense. The term "lesbian" was coined by the male philosophical and medical machines of the late 19th/early 20th century. I can't see the difference between that and the use of "trans" from the mid-20th century onwards.

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  5. How is being lesbian a modern construct? Homosexuals have always existed. Do you just mean the word lesbian? Trans as a practice/theory/procedure/'corrective' treatment is entirely new.

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  6. So many contradictions dirt. You are clearly not as intelligent as seem to think. Huge ego, big words. But. So many contradictions. You have a strong opinion. I respect that but how do you say that these people are lesbians when it is known that some transmen are attracted to other men, and always have been, before treatment. Your logic is blind. And your followers are blind. I agree some transmen ARE ashamed of their female bodies because they were taught to hate it and they were taught to be ashamed but that is NOT the case for every single transman out there. I for one was taught to love myself regardless or gender, I think I had a pretty damn good upbringing, and I love woman, They are beautiful. But I am just NOT a woman, I was born with female parts but they aren't mine, and there is nothing wrong with them. I am just not that into them :). Live and let live dirt. I do respect what you are doing, I do. But live and let live.

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  7. haha, whose parts are they??

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  8. Actually I'm a humble working class lesbian who utilized a very base language to communicate.

    You cannot despise yourself as a female and love females. That you think otherwise is where the contradiction lies, not with me.

    dirt

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  9. I never said I despised myself.

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  10. Everything you said is a testament to your self despisal.

    dirt

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  11. Dirt can you not read? Like at all? Truly. I'm really asking you...

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  12. Given I'm the architect of this blog your question is moot.

    dirt

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  13. But thinking that one's body parts do not belong to oneself is completely logical.

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  14. "You cannot despise yourself as a female and love females." Why not? The real world is incredibly complex, humanity is incredibly complex - 7billion INDIVIDUALS. You take pride in being butch - which at a phenotypical and probably physiological level is (not male) but a masculinized female - given the typical trend of 'female'. You love women? I bet you wouldn't like wake up with large breasts and a curvaceous ultra feminine body? Would you a butch enjoy a body like the venus of willendorf?

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  15. "But I am just NOT a woman, I was born with female parts but they aren't mine, and there is nothing wrong with them. I am just not that into them"

    Dissociation is a psychological state. Female is a biological state. Why does being dissociative mean you are not female? Can we not be both?

    Queer theory seems to offer a choice here: 'female and mentally ill' or 'not female and special'. Actually the choice is reality or fantasy. Its wrong to enable fantasies in people who will suffer when those fantasies collapse.

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  16. "You take pride in being butch - which at a phenotypical and probably physiological level is (not male) but a masculinized female"

    What does a 'masculinized' female (an XX human with ambigious genitalia) have to do with butch?

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  17. It could be argued that 'lesbianism is a psycological state and a defective of the norm. So are you mentally ill and need treatment? Perhaps lesbianism is a disorder - you need to try harder, find a man, settle down and have children. Its what evolution intended.

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  18. 9:29
    It looks like you're saying that sarcastically, but it's actually in line with the conservative idea on which transsexualism is based- 'correction,' though medical not psychological for some reason... But since homosexuals don't require correcting like transsexuals claim they do, the two have nothing in common.

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  19. 9:29 - indeed. I do see your point. I know its not quite in the same league, but extending the correcting argument: if somone had a tumour or was born with out there left lung surgeons would correct - for the persons physical well being. Well the FTM dysphoria, wether fictious or actual is causing suffering to a persons mental well being. Some people live happier lives when their feet are removed - for some absured reson their can't accept them. FTM's are such a minority they pose no threat? So wether their condition is real or not (incidently the development of a fetus, cordination and affect of genes, and mental development and interaction with these genes is a very complicated reality, which I can't pretend to understand in the full - I am sure you can'y ither)If they live life hapier (despite health risks of T)who cares? Good Luck to them. Do you not buy into your identity? Follow aspirations? Listen to music -love art? Seek personal evolution? have a tatto? Why do they upset you people so much? Do they challenge your inentity or something? Homosexuals have been slaughtered because they challenge society. Why do FTM's upset you so much? WHY!

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  20. Actually I do understand the development of a foetus, the role of androgens, etc and I can tell you all the claims for a biological basis for Transsexualism are based on total junk science. The scientific studies have as much validity as studies that prove homeopathy is effective i.e. absolutely none.

    Transsexualism is a psychological disorder. That needs to be accepted and then there can be research into the best way to treat it. While the medical profession accept the delusions that someone can change sex or is in the wrong body, then we won't know the best way to treatthis psychological disorder.

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  21. Actually, it is probable that many "butches" have been masculinized in the womb by exposure to hormones, or actually produce very high levels of testosterone naturally. I've known a few who turned out to have "double hernias" removed. One on either side. Exactly where testicular tissue hangs out before it "drops". Not coincidently, these very male-seeming woman are some absolute dears, but highly triggered by other's transition. Why? Because they have spent their whole lives having to defend and support their femaleness to the world who questions and violates them. Eventually some learn to be proud of their butchness, even allow themselves to think it is some kind of special "select" race of gay awesomeness. It is not. It's just another variation amongst a million. You might think it's hot or rare, but that kind of thinking is just fetishization. Try evaluating a person based on who they are.

    I never hated my body. I was not born in the wrong body. This is my body-the right body, the one I love. the one that powers my bicycle and loves swimming in the river, soaking up sunlight. I spent 31 years as an apparent woman, and I'll spend the rest as an apparent man. I've always been trans. I don't buy into the pathologization of transness-that's just a way to gain acceptability from the world. The real threat is people realizing there is nothing wrong with who they are-gay, trans, whatever. That's why you people are in an uproar. Because you were fine when you thought there were only a few of us-maybe you could even feel sorry for us. But now that we are taking up space, you feel like things are out of control. Now that we feel less and less like apologizing for who we are, you judge us.

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  22. 4:24 Thank you - a rational person!
    Intresting article below, new scientist does not publish bogus information
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan.html

    I apologise lesely, you must have knowledge. But I take it your not a proffesional in biology or medicine (not that I am). However science dosen't understand a fraction of the truth regarding such complicated matters. Structures and relationships that are incredibly subtle. The fact that intersexed "conditions" exist must surley be a plausible indicator that intersex brain types also exist. And if not FTM's are not hurting you. So why are so many people, yourself included upset?

    I personaly regard myself as a hybrid of genders and would jump at an oppertunity for a hybradised body - not because I want to be a man or regard iether sex as superia, there are strong and weak in both factions and many inbetween. The fact these people exist and have alway's exist indicate something. If it was possible I would mutilate and reconstruct myself because it is an asthetic I enjoy. But both you and I have a bias and to an extent an agenda - which isn't valid when promoting scientific truth - fact and a neutral voice maybe.

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  23. That article is interesting. I thought it would be another study of our brains post-transition, but it's not. It actually looks at myelin (white matter) in transsexuals who are not "treated" compared to males and females who are not trans. I've always suspected some post-transition differences because I've felt that testosterone has changed my brain somewhat.
    It's interesting, but a little scary. I don't want people being tested for gayness or transness so that they might be eliminated or "treated". I'd rather we do the wise and humane thing with the information and believe that people are who they say they are. We, none of us, don't know enough about all the factors to do otherwise.

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  24. Trans as a practice/theory/procedure/'corrective' treatment is entirely new

    It's really, really not. If anything, there is more material culture throughout history which is indicative of trans people than there is of homosexual individuals. The majority of homosexual history is in the written record which I'm sure you'll have to agree doesn't really go back that far in the grand scheme of things. And you've completely missed my point - I never said that "homosexuals" were modern, but the use of the term "lesbian" as we understand it in our culture is. If you'd been around a couple of hundred years ago, no one would have said that same-gender attraction between two women was a "lesbian" attraction, just as the term "trans" wasn't in vogue back then either despite people transitioning their gender to the best of their ability. That doesn't mean that the meaning of what either of them are has changed, but it does mean that the terminology used to describe them has. If you really want to be correct about this, it would read much better if you said that "women with same-gender attraction" had been persecuted through history. Otherwise the use of the word "lesbian" makes it look as though the persecution sprung into being with the inception of the word into common use.

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  25. were the brains of many gender-non-conforming individuals who do NOT call themselves 'trans' also studied? (mine sure wasn't)
    also, not all female trans-skeptics are 'butch'
    also, 'lesbian' is obviously the word currently used to mean female same-sex attraction (and that's SEX, not 'gender.')
    do you consider women who cross-dressed throughout history in order to avoid being treated (generally badly) like a woman 'trans?'
    of course you do
    and you genuinely think that the thousands upon thousands of young females who are learning about 'trans' from their peers amd misguided adults trying to be 'PC' are genuinely 'in the wrong bodies?' or do you really just consider it an aesthetic choice similar to getting a tattoo?
    in either case, why is it grouped together with homo- and bisexuality? why is this month called 'LGBT Pride month' instead of Gay Pride like it used to be? (for this reason I opted out of this 'community' a decade ago or so when I was still a youngster)

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  26. 6:36 have a look at this http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan.html I don't think your needed as a control in this experiment. Of corse not - not all butches are skeptics iether. A lesbian is a homosexual and quite rightly is attracted to tits clit anus whatever of the same biological sex. Yes - of course I do, your not telling me people in the comunity did'nt know they had tits and a vag, it was probably a very difficult life full of persecution - not priviledge - those that did pass would likely live a lonely and mediocre existence while the rest were probably institutionalised - the other percentage probably stumbled into the role that was expected of them and hated themselves. NO! Iam not learning from anyone, I build my identity from truth and knowledge of myself. I am not in the wrong body - I am in a body - there is nothing wrong with this vessel, if I could carve an androgenous form and bask in the vanity of my much longed for aesthetic I would be in rapture! But I can not - and T is not the answer for me. It isn't "I" what and not worth the health risks. Sure - depends on the passion the tatto evokes. A tribute - a seal to some ancient deity or following, an internal reflection - its on your skin for ever not all ink is worthless comerciale smut with no meaning. If there is passion to an aesthetic - meaning to it - its a power and a power of that individual. If the world were to turn on western principles and people who challenged society were institutianolised, destroyed or punished - and they came in the night to drag some small insignificant "trans" creature to its death - do you really think the world would spare you anonymous?

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  27. Firstly Butch's are NOT "masculine", in th womb or anywhere else. That some buy into that ignorance only illustrates their complete subservience to the Gender Straight Jacket which isnt tolerated here.

    Second regarding the nonsensical study posted, see here:http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/8269/

    Again such ignorance isnt welcome here. If you havent the heart and mind to filter this misogynistic social disorder through a feminist lens, this feminist space inst for you.

    dirt

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  28. I hope a piano falls on you and messes up your wonderfully original military buzz cut.

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  29. Anon @ June 14 6:15PM -
    Please site some sources for your claims of trans-specific "material culture" found. Where are these excavations and what exactly was found? Who's doing the interpreting?
    Curious in Germany

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  30. Also to Anon@ June 14 6:15 -
    What evidence do you have that indicates "people were transitioning their gender to the best of their ability"? Do you mean like in the Middle Ages, when one partner of a Lesbian pair would dress, work etc. like a man? They did that for safety reasons in public, but in the privacy of their home they didn't have problems being women together.
    The trans concept started over here, a bit over a hundred years ago - it's a western concept and is very much part of the historical written record. I don't know how much of the Dr.'s notes, etc. have been translated from the original German, but if they haven't been, somebody should do that.
    Germany

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  31. "new scientist does not publish bogus information
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan.html
    "

    Yep, the paper exists, but one paper does not a scientific consensus make.

    Plus I've read the paper (and many others in the area). The figures are ridiculously small, and the stats are dodgy.

    The actual science is that whatever statistical differences there are between the AVERAGE female brain and the AVERAGE male brain, (i.e., gives room for your trans subjects to lie inbetween these two means), this ignores the fact that these differences aren't diagnostic -- the distributions overlap for males and females a heck of a lot.

    Anyway, taking your science from even a decent science mag like New Scientist (or even from the tabloids) isn't a reliable way to assess the state of the actual science.

    "women with same-gender attraction" O lookie, another feeble attempt to convert us all into true believers in gender.

    I'm a homosexual, attracted to persons of the same SEX, not this fantasy notion of jenduh.

    Same ole attempt to appropriate lesbian herstory.

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  32. I haven't had a chance to look at this study. You can't validate the validity of a study by reading an article, even one in the New Scientist. Wasn't it the New Scientist who announced the discovery of a gay gene that was later rightly, rubbished?

    I have read lots of original studies of so called biological theories for Transsexualism. They never ever claim what they say they claim or later studoes show they were based on false assumptions.

    It is impossible to say by looking back if someone who dressed as a man or woman was Trans, unless they said that. Many women dressed as men so they could do and participate in things that they would not have been allowed to do if dressed as a woman.

    It may be that some of these individuals were gay simply trying to find an acceptable way to live their life in a deeply homophobic society.

    But this doesn't detract from the fcat that Transsexualism is a psychological disorder.

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  33. & men have always dressed as women, mostly for sexual reasons, to please other men... still very popular - see all the tranny hookers (usually 'chicks with dicks' so guys can have gay sex & pretend they're straight)

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  34. "It's really, really not. If anything, there is more material culture throughout history which is indicative of trans people than there is of homosexual individuals."

    This statement is NOT true. Any college freshman should know enough about history to dispute this statement. Erotic same sex attraction has always existed. Indeed, Sappho in ancient Greece wrote passionately about the girls in her all girl's school. As to male to male erotic attraction, in classical antiquity, writers such as Herodotus,Plato, Xenophon, Athenaeus and many others explored aspects of same-sex love in ancient Greece. Yes, gender variant people have always existed, and I assume that intersex people have always existed. However, the actual surgical and chemical alteration of the bodies of gender variant people is relatively new. Some native tribes embraced two spirit people, but they didn't surgically alter them so that they would take on the appearance of the opposite sex.

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  35. "herstory' is "an attempt to infuse education with ideology, at the expense of knowledge."

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  36. “I don't buy into the pathologization of transness-that's just a way to gain acceptability from the world.”

    “I would rather my daughter grow up to be a trans man and get the respect that comes from being a man than be steered towards being a carpet muncher who gets no respect.“

    Dirt, is it true that you have received posts like the one listed above?

    During the last decade or so, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of young women who aren’t comfortable with their own bodies, and who feel the need to transition. It’s as if their own female bodies, and their own feel skin are somehow alien to them. It’s not the existence of FTM per se that bothers me so much as the explosion in the number of young women who can’t wait to get their female bodies chemically and/or surgically altered. They are confused, and they are uncomfortable with their bodies because almost all women are conditioned to feel uncomfortable in their own bodies. They see Chaz Bono “Dancing With the Stars” and they are convinced they must be transgender. What can be said about genetic females and transgender in general, the process of actually transitioning or FTM, and what have people observed? First, there definitely appears to be an increase in number of genetic females “transitioning”. Second, girls are being slapped with a label of “gender dysphoria” at much earlier ages. For example, there was a recent Washington Post article about a five year old “transgender” girl. Simple google it and watch the video. Third, with puberty suppressing drugs,
    “transgender” young biological females don’t even experience normal adolescent development, and the “transitioning” process can start much earlier. These genetic females aren’t even given the opportunity to develop breasts, and are denied puberty. In essence, they never experience their female bodies as a female. I want to specifically discuss the issue of FTM because people are afraid to address this emotionally charged and divisive issue from a feminist perspective. By feminist, I mean the collective female sex as a whole, and the unique experiences and history of women. No one dares to ask some very sensitive and disturbing questions for fear of being branded transphobic. Since I’ve always been an inquisitive individual, I’m not afraid to ask questions that might offend or embarrass others, I will forge forward. As it relates to FTM (female to male transitioning) how is it possible to clearly distinguish between real “gender dysphoria” or a so-called “man trapped in a woman’s body” and deep seated internalized misogyny? Do people really believe there is full and complete equality between the sexes? Are we really that naïve? How is it possible to completely separate a woman from the culture in which she is raised? When it’s even hinted that misogyny might somehow play a role in the observed phenomena of the increase of the number of “gender dysphoric” girls, trans activists and the trans community immediately dance and dart around the issue. When this no longer works, they go on the offensive and start attacking feminists and anyone else who brings up the subject. It’s very interesting to me that the new found interest in FTM emerged about the same time as women’s studies was being replaced by “gender studies” or “queer theory”.

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  37. Being male definitely does come with perks, status, power, and privilege. It’s plain economics. I’ve heard women tell me that the reason some FTMs transition is because they want better jobs and more women. Well, I don’t know about attracting women, but it’s no secret that men are paid more than women in most societies, and certainly are valued more in most cultures. Even in western industrialized countries, men control most of the wealth and dominate politics and virtually every segment of society. The devaluing of girls and women is so entrenched and pervasive, and the birth of a boy is so prized and celebrated that it’s no secret that female fetuses have been, and still are aborted. This is why the male to female sex ratio in parts of China and India is skewed. Little girls are erased from the earth before they are even born. Even in industrialized countries, traditional sex roles are often enforced, and women still lag behind men. For example, I know a woman engineer who can talk for hours about how frustrating it was to deal with the daily grind of incessant crude jokes and sexist comments. While women have made some progress, we know that this still occurs all too often. Men get to drive trucks, climb trees, and build things. Unlike women, they can stroll down the street confidently without the fear of being whistled at, gawked at, or raped. What little girl wouldn’t want to be a man? When I was young, I envied my brother’s freedom.

    There are extreme pressures put on young girls from society, parents, their friends, school, and the ever present media. While women in western countries have made some progress, I believe it’s safe to say that few, if any, young women are really comfortable with their bodies. Girls and women can’t watch TV, watch a movie, go online, or even go to the mall without seeing some kind of advertising specifically geared to making women feel insecure about their bodies. From advertisements for makeup to liposuction for women, it’s never ending. The global cosmetics industry nets about $20 billion in sales annually, and its pull is far-reaching around the world. The young girls who seem to lean towards the feminine end of the gender spectrum are so insecure about their bodies that they starve themselves to look thin, buy tons of makeup, and purchase the latest Gap fashion skinny jeans in order to look attractive to boys.

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  38. I’ve briefly discussed what almost all young women will do to attract males, and to fit stereotypical views of how women should act and appear. These are women who, for lack of a more precise definition, probably fall on the far feminine side of the gender spectrum. Now, let’s go to the other far side of the gender spectrum. There are some young women who, for whatever reason, just don’t feel comfortable with frilly dresses and makeup. What do these young women do? If they really aren’t into makeup, dolls, and dresses, then they must be boys. They can’t be girls who like trucks, building blocks, or race cars because these things are for boys. Is there a middle ground? When we look at these girls, what is occurring? This is where it gets complicated, twisted, and frankly rather scary. Indeed, Orwellian and disturbing. Parents who are uncomfortable with the idea of having a little girl who is a bit on the tomboyish side seem eager to embrace transgender, and to wholeheartedly jump on the transgender bandwagon as a way to assuage their fears at having a tomboy girl, or god forbid, a lesbian daughter somewhere down the line. Whether we admit it or not, this is being played out underneath our noses, and we prefer to turn away, or to pretend it’s not happening. For example, I urge the reader to watch the Washington Post video about the five year old “transgender” girl. The parents are already addressing this five year old little girl as “he” as in “he” does this, and “he” does that. This is not an intersex child. This is a biological female child. Listen carefully to the video. The mother said that because their little female child didn’t play with her older sister’s purple tinker bell doll, this must mean she is “transgender”. Well, perhaps she is really not transgender, and just wants to play with Legos or building blocks. What happens to a five year old little girl who is already being called “he”? At the end of this video, the mother says that she already asked about sex reassignment surgery, but the mother says she has to wait until she is older. How did the subject of sex reassignment surgery even come up? Isn’t it rather twisted to be talking about surgically altering a female body before a little girl even develops breasts? Perhaps the reality of five year old “transgender” little genetic females amounts to nothing more than a comfortable way for parents to deal with their own stereotypical views of how girls and boys should act. These are profound questions that the transgender community simply refuses to discuss.
    It seems as if no matter which way girls turn, the way society is structured and the way in which traditional sex roles are enforced, girls never feel completely and totally comfortable in their own skin.

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  39. What does actual “transitioning” of a genetic female to FTM transsexual entail? It’s interesting how the words “transitioning” and FTM evolved, and it’s interesting how easily people fit these words into their vocabulary. Unlike getting one’s ears pierced or getting a tattoo, FTM “transitioning” is, whether we want to admit it or not, radically altering a human body, specifically a female body in that healthy tissue is removed and genitalia are altered. It entails the removal of healthy breasts, a commitment to years of testosterone, and sometimes the surgically altering of female genitalia. To me, it’s very interesting how what are essentially elective mastectomies in healthy young women came be to referred to as “chest surgery”, “top surgery”, or “chest masculinization”. In the Orwellian world of transgender, it’s impolite to mention these things. Historically, the mutilation of the female body in one form or another is certainly nothing new. From Chinese foot binding to female genital mutilation in Africa and other countries, it is a constant that has always temporarily disappeared, then reappeared in another form throughout recorded time. I am always so appalled in how myopic trans FTM bio-females are. For some reason, they really believe that history began in the 1990s when transgender became so widely accepted and started to creep into the vocabulary. They actually think that the chemical and/or surgical alteration of the female body is somehow revolutionary, and even trendy. I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but history has repeatedly shown us that the depth of misogyny inflicted upon the female identity, female soul, and female body is never ending. Do we dare to ask this question? Is the process of FTM “transitioning” with the chemical and/or surgical alteration of the female body just another form of female genital mutilation?

    I wonder what future historians will say about the increase in the number of young women who feel so utterly alien in their own bodies that they have to strip away, or chemically and surgically erase their female identity

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  40. Anon@11:08, please do not use the Gender Straight Jacketed term "gender variant" as in reality no such animal exist.

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  41. A agree with you on many points, and yet feel that your view is perhaps a touch too limiting.

    Yes, there are certainly trends of more and more young women believing that they are some form of trans, and choosing to embrace themselves as male. I've been paying attention to the trends. I see it too.

    I agree with you that there are probably a lot of young women who are wrong in the their choice, mislead by a misogynistic society, or simply lying in to gain interest/sympathy/friends. I find it more than a little unnerving, and am often disgusted by their antics.

    Oddly enough, there seems to be other mental disorders that attract the same kinds of attention - check out autism/asperger's, schizophrenia & ADD/ADHD groups. I don't want to deny the severity of these conditions, nor ignore them; I simply mean to point out that they are laden with probable impostors.

    Getting to my point - does a large volume of people pretending to fit into a specific group destroy the possibility of a disorder actually existing? Does choosing to deny the fact the one's own gender dysphoria as a mental disorder make it any less relevant? Does a psychological disorder that is most easily and effectively treated with hormones/sex change surgery deserve to be denied and abhorred because the solution has physical and sociological repercussions?

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  42. The only thing that existed was homophobia on the part of society/the MMM, little has changed. The trend has occurred as part and parcel of the strong backlash against early feminist gains.

    dirt

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  43. "surgically erase their female identity"

    Can't erase what you never had.

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  44. if you're biologically female, you ARE female, sugar
    just because you don't THINK you are it doesn't change reality

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