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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Would YOU be Transgendered Today?

The current criteria for Transgenderism is a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, soon to be called gender incongruence. The ONLY treatment for a diagnosis of transgenderism, is transition. Here is the list medical experts will be using to diagnose gender incongruence in children: 


1. a strong desire to be of the other gender or an insistence that he or she is the other gender (or some alternative gender different from one's assigned gender).
2. in boys, a strong preference for cross-dressing or simulating female attire; in girls, a strong preference for wearing only typical masculine clothing and a strong resistance to the wearing of typical feminine clothing.
3. a strong preference for cross-gender roles in make-believe or fantasy play.
4. a strong preference for the toys, games, or activities typical of the other gender.
5. a strong preference for playmates of the other gender.
6. in boys, a strong rejection of typically masculine toys, games, and activities and a strong avoidance of rough-and-tumble play; in girls, a strong rejection of typically feminine toys, games, and activities.
7. a strong dislike of one’s sexual anatomy.
8. a strong desire for the primary and/or secondary sex characteristics that match one’s experienced gender. 
If six of these symptoms can be applied to a subject for at least six months, a gender incongruence diagnosis can be made and a transgender label employed leading to a transition treatment. Given this, tell us, would YOU have been or be transgendered today?
 

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  1. The thing is that there are women who prefer to dress in what is typically considered menswear and vice versa. I happen to prefer jeans and tank tops and I have short hair. But I enjoy putting on lip gloss and a skirt sometimes. In fact, I totally girled out at Mich Fest this year, because I was in an environment that allows womyn to be whoever they want to be. That said, i don't think you can deny that there are people who are truly born in the wrong sex. Just as I couldn't *become* a heterosexual, many transsexuals are living a lie inside of something that they can't easily fix. Yes, they have mental issues around their bodies but that is because it isn't really their body.

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    1. Who's body is it then? Quit buying into the trans crap.

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  2. You can not be born in the wrong sex! You are born with sex organs and that is it! This is why doctors can tell right away if a baby is male or female, just by looking at the genitals. No need to wait to see if the baby will eventually happen to prefer pink or blue, skirts or baseball caps, dating someone with the same sex organs or not. How is that not making sense? The only people to whom this does not make sense are sex/gender essentialists.

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  3. "Yes, they have mental issues around their bodies but that is because it isn't really their body."

    Lets stop right there. Evidence please, that your body can be disconnected from your brain in any other way that physically severing nerves.

    Meanwhile, there is a shit ton of evidence that dissociation, i.e. FEELING like your body doesn't belong to you, is a symptom of psychiatric illness or a defence mechanism from trauma.

    Enabling the mentally ill is cruel.

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  4. I wanted to add:

    I ticked all the boxes on that transgendered checklist at one time. Nobody asked me to think about WHY I might have these thoughts. Its all -brain sex- boom. done.

    My father fantasised that I was his son - including calling me his son, at an age where I dont have much recollection of him doing it. Its logicall to assume this is why I reffered to myself as a boy from a young age and was genuinely confused about my sex until later than other children. I can only imagine what gross, misogynistic views I internalised off him. He openly praised me for not showing emotions and 'not being a bitch'.

    Who knows how much children have been influenced by their parent's fantasies when they are ticking these boxes?

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  5. Here's the source:

    http://www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevision/Pages/proposedrevision.aspx?rid=192

    The list, and the whole 'diagnostic' approach is screwed up in any case. I know people who are trans who would not have fit that list, and people who aren't trans, who would.

    - Mary

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  6. I just read an article in the Advocate about a trans kid who presented his gender very early. Hormonal tests revealed an equal level of testosterone and estrogen in his body, which is inconclusive evidence for anything in a kid so young. What is worth noting is that the kid tried to commit suicide when his parents enforced "girl" things. The parents made strong efforts to present femaleness as cool and desirable. His parents were told by a doctor, " For God's sake, just let him be a lesbian" and that he only wants to be be male because of strength and power. But the mother says she knew in her heart that the kid was right. I believe her. I don't think there is anything at *all* in her life that's easier because she has a trans kid instead of a lesbian, except knowing that the kid is getting to live the way he sees fit.
    You can argue about society all day long, but there are other factors that make a person who they are. Maybe you should stop arguing and start wondering if, in fact, *you* can be trusted to define someone else's gender for them when you are so warped by your personally investment in having "girls" like you around.

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  7. Yeah I'm trans and I don't fit the list also the first commenter is a moron.

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  8. "I just read an article in the Advocate about a trans kid who presented his gender very early. Hormonal tests revealed an equal level of testosterone and estrogen in his body, which is inconclusive evidence for anything in a kid so young. What is worth noting is that the kid tried to commit suicide when his parents enforced "girl" things. The parents made strong efforts to present femaleness as cool and desirable. His parents were told by a doctor, " For God's sake, just let him be a lesbian" and that he only wants to be be male because of strength and power. But the mother says she knew in her heart that the kid was right. I believe her. I don't think there is anything at *all* in her life that's easier because she has a trans kid instead of a lesbian, except knowing that the kid is getting to live the way he sees fit.

    You can argue about society all day long, but there are other factors that make a person who they are. Maybe you should stop arguing and start wondering if, in fact, *you* can be trusted to define someone else's gender for them when you are so warped by your personally investment in having "girls" like you around."

    More Trans Indoctrination At Work

    http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2012/08/16/mother-transgender-toddler-gets-lesson-love

    Apparently, the mother has some serious issues with having a butch lesbian in the family. I urge the reader to re-read the following paragraph from the article. If it's true that the psychiatrists who was the head of the pediatric psych ward blurted this out, perhaps he is wiser than we think. Unfortunately, it does appear that LESBIAN PHOBIA TRMUMPED OLD FASHIONED COMMON SENSE. The mother ignored the psychiatrist who is the head of pediatrics.

    "The psychiatrist, who came with great credentials and was the head of the pediatric psych association here in Oregon, had no clue how to handle the situation. Our final meeting with him concluded with him stating: “For God’s sake, just let her be a lesbian.” Of course by this time I knew that gender and sexual identity were two different things. I was upset that there was so little help for children like mine, nor did I know of any other children like mine."

    Question: Is Izzy a genetic female or intersex? Was this ever determined?

    "We learned that in a child so young, however, hormones can ebb and flow, and that this was not conclusive to anything. So what could we think? The endocrinologist said our child was transgender, but that we should not let a lab test alter our path."

    Unlike intersex, I didn't know that transgender was a medical diagnosis. If this is a little genetic female then, in my opinion, she should be left alone and not called "he" at age five.

    Some parents are eager to jump on the trans bandwagon as a way to assuage their fears at having a sissy little boy who might grow up to be a limp wristed fag, or a little rambuncious tomboy who might grow up to be a butch lesbian. This way they can be "fixed" to appear like happy heterosexual men and women.

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  9. Question: Can people honestly say that "gender dysphoria" in five year old children isn't problematic?

    Before I have the audacity to pose some sensitive questions that others won't touch, let's review what we do and do not know. First, compared to twenty or thirty years ago, children are being slapped with a label of GID or transgender at much earlier ages. Second, with puberty suppressing drugs, transitioning can start when children are pre-teens. While the trans community constantly dances and darts around some very uncomfortable questions, I prefer to bring this all out in the open.

    What do we know about these little gender non-conforming children? Most knowledgeable people know that gender identity is not the same thing as sexual orientation. So, the mother is partly correct, but it is far more complex than this. Scientists and researches have known for some time that many little sissy boys and tomboy girls do, indeed, grow up to be gay men and lesbians. That is, unless they are chemically and surgically castrated. Because it's so nightmarish and frightening, no one wants to face the ugly truth. In order to identify and the help the few "gender dysphoric" kids who actually do decide to transition upon reaching adulthood, a whole generation of future gay and lesbian children are being chemically and surgically castrated.

    According to my http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18981931,

    "Most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty. Children with persistent GID are characterized by more extreme gender dysphoria in childhood than children with desisting gender dysphoria. With regard to sexual orientation, the most likely outcome of childhood GID is homosexuality or bisexuality."

    An article in the Atlantic states,

    The most extensive study on transgender boys was published in 1987 as The “Sissy Boy Syndrome” and the Development of Homosexuality. For 15 years, Dr. Richard Green followed 44 boys who exhibited extreme feminine behaviors, and a control group of boys who did not... Green expected most of the boys in the study to end up as transsexuals, but nothing like that happened. Three-fourths of the 44 boys turned out to be gay or bisexual (Green says a few more have since contacted him and told him they too were gay). Only one became a transsexual. “We can’t tell a pre-gay from a pre-transsexual at 8,” says Green, who recently retired from running the adult gender-identity clinic in England. “

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/11/a-boy-apos-s-life/7059/3/

    A science daily article says,

    "Research which follows these children to adulthood shows that between 50 to 80 per cent of gender nonconforming boys become gay, and about one third of such girls become lesbian"
    (source:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110707173319.htm

    Questions:

    In order to identify and offer support to the few children who might really be GID, how many future lesbians are we willing to "transition"? This child is already being called "he". What happens in the mind of a five year old female who is constantly referred to as "he"? Do five year old children really understand gender, or even have a fixed gender identity?

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  10. Since the mother apparently was deeply offended when the psychiatrist blurted out, “For God’s sake, just let her be a lesbian", why should people care if there is one less dyke in the world. Who cares about lesbians anyway? Well, this is my advice to gay men, and I suggest they listen carefully. They are doing this to little sissy boys too. With puberty suppressing drugs, "transitioning" can start even before they hit puberty. Historically, sex reassignment surgery has been a way to erase gay and lesbian identity. This is one subject the trans community constantly darts and dances around.

    In my opinion, the mother in the Advocate article has been brainwashed by nothing more than trans talking points and propaganda. Perhaps the mother is in desparate need of pscyhotherapy, and this is why the head of the pediatric psychiatry department made the comment.

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  11. When I was a younger, I used to play baseball with my older brother. I rarely if ever wore dresses. There were times when I fantasized about being a boy. I don't believe I actually wanted to be a boy. Rather, I wanted the freedom that came with being a boy. At any rate, I'm glad my parents didn't drag me from therapist to therapist until they found one who would slap a label of gender incongruence on me. Then, start me on puberty suppressing drugs followed by cross gender hormones, and finally surgery at age eighteen.
    I identify as a butch lesbian, and I'm proud of my female body. Being a teenager was tough, but it's never easy for anyone. I've had the privilege of loving women as a woman. It took years, but I know who I am. If I were born about a decade ago, I probably would have been on testosterone, or might have had my breasts removed.

    "Who knows how much children have been influenced by their parent's fantasies when they are ticking these boxes?"

    I completely agree with this statement. The main problem with "gender dysphoria" or gender incongruity is that it cannot be completely separated from cultural and family influences. There is no way around this fact. The diagnosis of gender incongruity especially in young children is not an exact science. It's not like a lab test or Xray. We cannot quantify it because it still is largely subjective.
    I'm especially disturbed by fifteen and sixteen year old girls who are already talking about "transitioning" and testosterone. Several months ago, there was an article and video in the Washington Post about a five year old transgender girl. The parents are already calling this little girl "he". What kind of parents repeatedly refer to their five year old girl as "he" or "him" because she doesn't play with dolls? Common sense tells us that this has to influece this little five year old girl. This is the link to the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/transgender-at-five/2012/05/19/gIQABfFkbU_story.html video and article.

    Many of the faces of the children at Trans Kids Purple Rainbow don't look much older than twelve or thirteen.

    “Chris started last year as “Grace” and “she”. I had thoughts over the years that he may be transgender as he always dressed in boys clothes and “acted” like a boy. BUT I as most people figured he was just a “tomboy.” I really thought thought that he might be transgender when at around 7 years old. He said “Mom, I am supposed to be a boy would you care if I had sex change surgery when I was older?"

    http://www.transkidspurplerainbow.org/transyouth-stories/meet-chris/

    Question: Do seven year old children really understand what sex change surgery is? Where do they hear this, and where is this coming from?

    I've always said that I believe that there might be a few people who might be so"gender dysphoric" that it's debilitating, and transitioning might be beneficial for a few rare individuals. However, when I hear fifteen or sixteen year old teenage girls talking about "transitioning" it's rather disturbing to me. When I watch videos of five year old "transgender" kids, I'm so stunned that I honestly don't know what to think. Or, when I look into the faces of these ten, eleven, or twelve kids at Trans Kids Purple Rainbow, I'm struggling to understand what is happening because none of it makes any sense to me. In all honesty, about 90% of what I see, especially in young people, is nothing more than confused children who have no idea who they are.

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  12. "Maybe you should stop arguing and start wondering if, in fact, *you* can be trusted to define someone else's gender for them when you are so warped by your personally investment in having "girls" like you around."

    Question:

    What type of "girls" are we talking about? Do you mean "girls" who like other girls? What does society think of these "girls" who like other girls? Could the chemical and surgical castration of female children who might possibly grow up to be lesbian be considered an ethical issue? There are already fifteen and sixteen year old girls who can't wait to go on testosterone and later "transition" (get both healthy breasts removed).

    Question:

    FTM or transman "transitioning" often includes testosterone and surgery (removal of breasts and possibly surgically altering female genitals) Historically, has there ever been a time when the mutilation of female bodies has not occurred? Isn't the mutilation of female bodies an ethical issue? Is the erasing of female identity an ethical issue?

    Since we are on the subject of girls and the erasing of female identity, 163 million female fetuses are missing from China and India (Mara Hvistendahl). Although banned, this still occurs as does various forms of the mutilation of female bodies. Even in industrialized countries girls ARE devalued. So, when we are talking about surgically cutting off the breasts of young women, or giving them testosterone for life, or erasing female identity perhaps we should think about this.

    Question:

    Would this person be happy if lesbians no longer existed? Let's come right out and speak from the heart. How many would be happy if there were no lesbians? Don't be afraid to say it.

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  13. Question: Do seven year old children really understand what sex change surgery is?

    I don't think a seven year old child needs to know what "surgery" is to display behavior like attempting to mutilate their own genitals. Children are naturally curious about what they've got down there, even from being a toddler. Most will accept what they have but there are a very small number who don't, and their distress only increases as their genitals mature. I don't feel that it's unreasonable for a parent to seek some sort of help if they are witnessing their child attempting or even go through with harming themselves, regardless of what biological sex that child is.

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  14. You are stupid. If lesbians no longer existed, half of my friends wouldn't exist. Your persecution complex is clouding your thinking. The kid in the aforementioned article was VERY persistent and VERY unhappy for a long time. The kid brought it up over and over and I'm sure that the parents would rather the issue go away by itself. You are unable to see yourselves or any young transkid as anything other than a victim.
    Lesbianism is a sexual preference. Gender identity is much deeper, and I trust the kid to know what he wants.

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  15. "I believe her. I don't think there is anything at *all* in her life that's easier because she has a trans kid instead of a lesbian, except knowing that the kid is getting to live the way he sees fit."

    No one is saying this little five year old girl is a lesbian. This is about as ridiculous as calling a five year old girl "he". No one knows for sure. She could grow up to be lesbian or heterosexual. I don't care what she wants when she grows up, but all options should be open.

    People HAVE already determined that a five year old girl is "he". Being "he" is an option, but being lesbian when this person grows up is not an option. If this little girls transitions (surgery, hormones), "he" will be a chemically and surgically created "he". So, surgery and a life time of testosterone is better than being a lesbian.

    Read the article and read the post that already calls this kid "he". Watch the video of another five year old female called "he". Read Trans Kids Purple Rainbow in which seven year old kids talk about sex change. Have we all gone insane?

    Some of us refuse to drink the Koolaid. I don't like living in a trans fantasy land.

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  16. "I don't feel that it's unreasonable for a parent to seek some sort of help if they are witnessing their child attempting or even go through with harming themselves, regardless of what biological sex that child is."

    Well of course not. No ones saying dont seek help for a self harming child! But explore other options before latching onto a pseudoscience explanation which promotes further mutilation of their little body. Geez.

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  17. "So, surgery and a life time of testosterone is better than being a lesbian. "

    Your logic sucks! A lesbian is a woman who is attracted to women. When did he ever say ANYTHING about sexual attraction?

    I think I see what's happening here. Lesbians are conditioned to interpret everything about a person through the lens of their own sexuality. This means that they are literally *unable* to understand anything which doesn't hinge on their own sexual identity and choices. Furthermore, their sense of persecution is so severe, regardless of strides towards equality being made in the public sphere, that they literally don't know where they end and other people begin. How can you claim someone as a potential future lesbian when they don't even have a concept of sexuality?? It's clearly based on YOUR choices and YOUR life experience, which you are unwilling to accept may apply to fewer people than you had previously thought. I've met so many older "butches" who wish they could have transitioned at an age when their hormone receptors would actually respond to the testosterone. How do we know that the social pressure and "protection" of the lesbian community is not unfairly hindering actual transmen from transitioning with the threat of rejection and isolation. I know it occurs, so maybe I can start blaming lesbians for that.

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  18. http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2012/08/16/mother-transgender-toddler-gets-lesson-love

    “My child is now ten. He transitioned at the age of five.”

    “The psychiatrist, who came with great credentials and was the head of the pediatric psych association here in Oregon, had no clue how to handle the situation. Our final meeting with him concluded with him stating: “For God’s sake, just let her be a lesbian.”

    A Parent’s Worst Nightmare….

    Apparently, the worst thing a psychiatrist can tell any parent is to let a child be lesbian when she grows up. Since this was the head of the pediatric psych where she lived, I don’t imagine that this doctor actually told Izzy’s parent that she IS a lesbian, or SHOULD ever be a lesbian. After all, this is a little girl for heaven’s sake. According to the mother, the psychiatrist said, “let her be a lesbian” which is different than saying she should be lesbian. No parent should have to go through the awful, traumatizing nightmare of being told that there is a possibility that his or her child could be a lesbian when she grows up.

    Instead…

    Start “transitioning” the little tomboy when she is five or six years old. By age ten, this little girl is already being referred to as “he”.

    To arrest normal adolescent puberty, start with puberty suppressing drugs. No tomboy should ever have to experience the shame of developing abnormal breasts. Puberty suppressing drugs have been around for some time, but as I understand it, they are used for precocious or early puberty. The use of puberty suppressing drugs for “gender dysphoria” is a relatively new phenomenon, and I’m not even sure it’s approved by the FDA for this purpose. Nevertheless, people shouldn’t be the least bit concerned about side effects in developing children (bone growth, brain development etc). If cross gender hormones are given immediately after puberty suppressing drugs, can’t future fertility be compromised?

    “This last fall, Izzy had an implant placed, which will last for a year, to stop puberty.”

    At seventeen or eighteen, start testosterone. When she is eighteen (earlier in some countries), a surgeon can take a scalpel and surgically remove both healthy breasts. Since this female child was put on puberty suppressing drugs, there probably would be little breast growth. There is also the issue of what do to with Izzy’s ovaries and uterus. If the ovaries and uterus are removed, this individual will never be able to have children. If the ovaries and uterus are kept as many FTMs do, PCOS is an issue. There is some concern that long-term testosterone treatment may cause the ovaries to develop similar symptoms as those seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS has been linked to increased risk of endometrial hyperplasia (a condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows too much) and thus endometrial cancer, as well as ovarian cancer. At a later date, a surgeon might once again pick up a scalpel and surgically alter this individual’s genitals to create a “penis” that will never function exactly like the penis of a biological male. The surgical creation of something that resembles a penis might require multiple surgeries, but this isn’t important. Of course, nothing ever goes wrong in surgery, and everyone is always pleased with the results. Since “transition” NEVER ends in that testosterone has to be taken for life, the person that was once “Izzy” will be wedded to the health care system for life.

    Multiple surgeries and a life time of testosterone are better than letting her be a lesbian. Shame on this psychiatrist for even mentioning this horrid option.

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  19. "Lesbians are conditioned to interpret everything about a person through the lens of their own sexuality."

    I apologize for being conditioned to question things I don't understand. It's the awful conditioning that is to blame.

    I'm sorry, but I still am struggling to understand how a five year old kid "transitions". I'm still trying to understand puberty suppressing drugs given to twelve and thirteen year old kids.

    Fifteen and sixteen year old girls can't wait to go on testosterone,and can't wait to get their breasts surgically removed.

    Let's be specific when we talk about "transitioning". People toss that word out as if it has magical properties or something. Doesn't this mean (1.) the possibility of puberty suppressing drug which might impact future fertility and normal development (2.) In FTMs, the surgical removal of healthy breasts (3.) The possible surgical alteration of female genitals (4.) (5.) The removal of ovaries and uterus thus making a female sterile (6.)A life time commitment to testosterone. "Transitioning" involves cutting into female flesh, and the removal of healthy tissue. Sometimes multiple surgeries are required.

    Unless we can say with all certainty that both are true:

    (1.) No one ever lives to regret "transitiong".
    (2.) As it relates to FTM, internalized misogyny never plays a role in transitioning.

    Isn't this just another form of the mutilation of female bodies? After all, the mutilation of female bodies in one form or another is certainly nothing new. Historically, it's been repeated throughout recorded time. No one is ever allowed to pose this question. We aren't allowed to ask some very uncomfortable questions.





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  20. Of course you are allowed to ask questions, and I am allowed to believe that all of your questions come from a very biased and pre-disposed point of view. You just keep writing the same thing over and over again. I'm trying to get it through your thick skull that this has nothing to do with lesbianism.

    We are not an offshoot of lesbians. We are not OF you. Gender is distinct from sexuality. I'm sorry you are suffering so much trying to process this, but you should probably let it go.

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  21. The young Trans are never going to understand the older Lesbians. I'm going to try to explain it clearly for them.

    WE KNOW gender and sexuality is different

    WE KNOW your childhood stories of wanting to hang out with boys etc

    WE KNOW you don't like your female body

    WE KNOW your stories

    WE RECOGNISE your stories as THE SAME as our own

    WHEN you talk about your childhood and/or past trying to explain yourselves - It is the same EXACT story as we would tell

    WE KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW and it's this:

    We did not have a messed up male medical machine interfering with our heads or butchering our bodies when we were young - like you do now in 2012.

    UNDERSTAND THIS: Your story is the same as ours.

    UNDERSTAND THIS: Older Lesbians (femme and butch) and some straight women are very VERY worried for you.

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  22. I'd like to say something in support of dirtywhiteboi:

    Regarding the scientific study where 44 extremely effeminate very young boys were followed through to adulthood and only 1 in the 44, in adulthood identified as Trans:

    Maybe it needs to be made clear that in 2012, these very effeminate boys would all have been labelled trans and had their bodies mutilated, like they our doing to our very masculine girls right now.

    Maybe it needs to be made clear that what DirtyWhiteBoi is standing up for the 43/44 who would have been misdiagnosed!

    This standing up for the 43/44 is being misinterprested by the Trans Community as hatred.

    It is not hatred of trans dirtywhiteboi has. It is a love of all gendervarient children who used to grow up to be healthy, adjusted adults; who now (2012) face years of midf*ucking, chemical castration, and in the case of the girls butchering of body and lack of self-esteem.

    I don't read this blog as hatred for the 1 in 44 who became a trans. I see concern for the 43 out of 44 who should be left alone to grow naturally into adults.

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  23. All hormones should be banned because they are destroying plant life and distressing our already stressed eco-system.

    People don't like to think about the consequences of their drug and hormone use. But remember, you pee this stuff out and it goes into the environment. Anti-depressants are contaminating our water supplies and affecting little creatures who do no harm to us.

    Our selfish need for drugs, hormones, and synthetic substances will be the ruination of innocent animals and plant life and eventually us.

    You don't need hormones unless you are ill. Try to befriend your body instead of making an enemy of it.

    Your body keeps you alive, it is your home, your anchor and ultimately, your best friend.

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  24. All hormones should be banned because they are destroying plant life and distressing our already stressed eco-system.

    I applaud your logic! In fact, why don't we just ban condoms because they don't degrade and while we're at it, lets do away with cell phones because they contain minerals being illegally mined in horrendous conditions which abuse both the environment and human rights!

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  25. Wow...

    It is always so sad when you can tell someone has not been anywhere NEAR an educational institution.

    You poor uneducated woman.

    Praying for you always, Dirt.

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  26. Wow...

    It is always so sad when you can tell someone has not been anywhere NEAR an educational institution.

    You poor uneducated woman.

    Praying for you always, Dirt."

    I don't know whether or not Dirt has been anywhere near an educational instituion, but I have been near several respected institutions. The true mark of an educated person is the ability to question current dogma.

    As to the Advocate article,I will attempt to break this article down paragraph by paragraph and sentence by sentence.

    http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2012/08/16/mother-transgender-toddler-gets-lesson-love

    "My child is now ten. He transitioned at the age of five. By eighteen months I knew that this child, my fourth daughter, was different from the first three. In particular, she was very boyish, a characteristic which I had never thought about much before. Until Izzy, there were a lot of things I never thought about."

    How exactly does a five year old child "transition"? The fact that many people can't see how problematic and disturbing this is astounds me. Intuitively, we know something seems amiss, but we are supposed to nod our heads in an agreeing manner and go along with this charade. This article states, "He transitioned at the age of five". She states that, "At eighteen months I knew that this child was different". So, at one and a half years old, the child appeared boyish. I wish someone would explain to me what boyish means. Could different people define boyish in different ways, and how do cultural and family influences shape this definition? How is it possible to clearly distinguish between "gender dysphoria" and parental uneasiness and disgust at having a tomboyish daughter? In essence, isn't this mother simply stating that in her eyes her child doesn't meet the stereotypical view of how females should behave. So, instead of changing society, we must change the child to fit into society, and as we later see, this is carried out by chemical and surgical means. Doesn't "transitioning" simply re-inforce and prop up some rather sexist views of how women and men should appear? That is, girls must act one way and boys act another way.

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  27. "I then went to an endocrinologist, who drew some blood from Izzy for lab work. When discussing the results, we found that my child had been making both sets of hormones, estrogen and testosterone, in equal parts. We learned that in a child so young, however, hormones can ebb and flow, and that this was not conclusive to anything. So what could we think? The endocrinologist said our child was transgender, but that we should not let a lab test alter our path. In short, we should continue to do what is right for Izzy."

    This particular paragraph should
    make the astute reader question sit up and wonder what the heck is happening here.

    Has it ever been confirmed if Izzy is intersex or not? This article does not answer this question, nor does it appear to care one way or another. Is this a little genetic female who wouldn't fall under the category of intersex, and is just a little gender non-conforming tomboy? What exactly is this paragraph trying to tell us? Does this little genetic female have some type of endocrinal medical condition? Well, according to this paragraph, "When discussing the results, we found that my child had been making both sets of hormones, estrogen and testosterone, in equal parts. We learned that in a child so young, however, hormones can ebb and flow, and that this was not conclusive to anything." By the mother's own words, even the lab test was not conclusive. Even if this little female child had some hormonal problem, why would this automatically mean she should start to "transition" at such an early age? The last sentence should make the careful reader sit up and take notice. She said, "The endocrinologist said our child was transgender, but that we should not let a lab test alter our path. In short, we should continue to do what is right for Izzy." I do NOT believe transgender is a medical diagnosis. Where did this come from, and if this five year old child is a genetic female why would an endocrinologist say such a thing? This is most unusual. There are several intersex conditions that are medical diagnoses, but the word "transgender" is a socially constructed word that lacks precision. It's a label placed on people, and in this case a label slapped on a five year old person that I'm assuming is a tomboyish genetic female. Gender dysphoria or GID are psychiatric diagnoses that might be treated medically or surgically. Of course, even a diagnosis of gender dysphoria in such a small child is problematic. Some claim that transgender is something of a variation of intersex, but there are conflicted studies as to this issue.

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  28. "By age five, I was in the doctor’s office again, and consulting a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist, who came with great credentials and was the head of the pediatric psych association here in Oregon, had no clue how to handle the situation. Our final meeting with him concluded with him stating: “For God’s sake, just let her be a lesbian.” Of course by this time I knew that gender and sexual identity were two different things. I was upset that there was so little help for children like mine, nor did I know of any other children like mine."

    No one knows what did and did not occur at the office of the head of pediatric psych association where this mother lives. However, it would sure be interesting to know exactly what was and was not discussed, and I would like to know what the psychiatrist really said. How did the subject of lesbians even come up? Let's look at this logically. This is the head of the pediatric psych department, and even the mother said he came with great credentials. Did this psychiatrist with the great credentials tell this mother that her five year daughter was a lesbian, or should be a lesbian when she grows up? In all honesty, I can't see this happening. Isn't it more logical to believe the following? The psychiatrist told the mother that there was a possibility that this little girl might grow up to be a lesbian, and she should be left alone to decide on her own. Even if the psychiatrist said, "let her be a lesbian", this is not the same as saying she should be a lesbian. Perhaps we should delve deeper into this most unusual paragraph. Since this is the head of pediatric psychiatry, I'm sure he has experienced numerous occasions in which parents simply could not stand the dreadful thought of having a child that might grow up to be gay or lesbian.

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  29. It's interesting that the mother states, "Of course by this time I knew that gender and sexual identity were two different things." This is only partially true.

    As I see it, this is the current reality. First, compared to twenty or thirty years ago, children are being slapped with a label of GID or transgender at much earlier ages. Second, with puberty suppressing drugs, transitioning can start when children are pre-teens.

    What do we know about these little gender non-conforming children? Most knowledgeable people know that gender identity is not the same thing as sexual orientation. So, the mother is partly correct, but it is far more complex than this. Scientists and researches have known for some time that many little sissy boys and tomboy girls do, indeed, grow up to be gay men and lesbians. That is, unless they are chemically and surgically castrated. Because it's so nightmarish and frightening, no one wants to face the ugly truth. In order to identify and the help the few "gender dysphoric" kids who actually do decide to transition upon reaching adulthood, a whole generation of future gay and lesbian children are being chemically and surgically castrated.

    According to my http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18981931,

    "Most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty. Children with persistent GID are characterized by more extreme gender dysphoria in childhood than children with desisting gender dysphoria. With regard to sexual orientation, the most likely outcome of childhood GID is homosexuality or bisexuality."

    An article in the Atlantic states,

    The most extensive study on transgender boys was published in 1987 as The “Sissy Boy Syndrome” and the Development of Homosexuality. For 15 years, Dr. Richard Green followed 44 boys who exhibited extreme feminine behaviors, and a control group of boys who did not... Green expected most of the boys in the study to end up as transsexuals, but nothing like that happened. Three-fourths of the 44 boys turned out to be gay or bisexual (Green says a few more have since contacted him and told him they too were gay). Only one became a transsexual. “We can’t tell a pre-gay from a pre-transsexual at 8,” says Green, who recently retired from running the adult gender-identity clinic in England. “

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/11/a-boy-apos-s-life/7059/3/

    A science daily article says,

    "Research which follows these children to adulthood shows that between 50 to 80 per cent of gender nonconforming boys become gay, and about one third of such girls become lesbian"

    (source:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110707173319.htm/

    If it is true that there is a one in three chance that this little female might grow up to be a lesbian, the end result will not be an adult woman loving another women. The person that was once Izzy is already "he" at age ten. So, for all practical purposes, if he is attracted to women at adulthood, by outward appearances and societal standards, the couple is now male and female and thus heterosexual. Well, isn't this what society wants all along. In many cases, "transitioning" is erasing gay and lesbian identity. We just don't want to admit it. Historically, there have been times in which "transitioning" was used to erase gay and lesbian idenity. An example of this is Iran.

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  30. "This last fall, Izzy had an implant placed, which will last for a year, to stop puberty."

    To me, it's interesting how this article only mentioned puberty suppressing drugs once as if halting normal adolescence is a standard medical practice. I hate to say this, but there are no drugs that are completely safe. This is something that is being done to Izzy, and I'm sure Izzy doesn't even understand what is happening to her. As I understand it, puberty suppressing drugs have been around for some time, but they are used for precocious or early adolescence. That is, puberty when it normally should not occur. Their use in "gender dysphoria" is a new phenomenon. Of course, they can be discontinued and normal adolescence will start. As I understand it, if cross gender hormones are given immediately after puberty suppressing drugs, there is an issue of future fertility being compromised. It's believed that going through puberty will be traumatic for gender non-conforming children. For example, developing breasts would cause great discomfort for Izzy. One of the main reasons for puberty suppressing drugs is that they make later "transitioning" much easier. That is, there are fewer female or male characteristics to surgically remove later. The kids essentially are little sexless beings. The rationale is that these puberty suppressing drugs "buy time" in that they give these kids time to decide what they want. At any rate, this is the current trans talking point. As to "buying time", how much time are we talking about? Is it six months time, one year, five years, or ten years? This assumes that the time is the same for all kids. Moreover, it assumes that parental influence plays no role whatsoever in a child's decision. The mother is already calling this child "he". Perhaps puberty suppressing drugs should be given to ALL adolescents because there is NO human alive who hasn't experienced some level of discomfort, rebellion, and angst during puberty. Wouldn't it be such a relief for ALL parents just to shut off the flood of hormones during adolescents? There are serious ethical questions involved in essentially de-sexing humans, and shutting down a normal part of human development, but what the heck. We are halting normal human development, and we are making the assumption that genetic female children should be denied womanhood based on gender dysphoira. I HATED my breasts when I was a teenager,and it took about ten years before I began to love them. I'm glad I was allowed to develop, and I'm happy they weren't surgically removed.

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  31. Wow - leave this blog for months, come back because I'm bored, and it's the same old witch hunt. Dirt... get over it. Trans folk aren't going anywhere, you can't do away with us, you can't change it, and I'm sure you would enjoy life A LOT more if you stopped obsessing over it.

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