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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Trans Trending-Who is Transitioning



http://www.youtube.com/user/DemonWolfZelda?feature=CAwQwRs%3D (Age-Young)

http://www.youtube.com/user/Dingoslash?feature=CBQQwRs%3D (Age 19)

http://www.youtube.com/user/GeorginaGoreXl?feature=CCAQwRs%3D (Age 16)

http://www.youtube.com/user/MyLifePaused?feature=CBAQwRs%3D (Age 16)

http://www.youtube.com/user/Kallumosaurus?feature=CAgQwRs%3D (Age 17)

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSam041?feature=CAwQwRs%3D (Age 18)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buClnybkGDQ&list=UUlFVm37l7aVYo3zjK32ce9g&index=3&feature=plcp (Age 18)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1U-_puoO4w&list=UUlFVm37l7aVYo3zjK32ce9g&index=2&feature=plcp (Age 20)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aA9XC2CB-w&list=UUlFVm37l7aVYo3zjK32ce9g&index=1&feature=plcp (Age 17)

I've seen in recent online trans area's various remembrances of trans female activist Alex Goodrum, whom killed herself in 2002. I cannot help but wonder how many of the young women here, who once they realize their trans dream is really a trans nightmare, in very much the way Alex must have, seek death as the cure transition promised but failed to deliver.

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  1. When a transman commits suicide, it's because he's trans. When a gay person commits suicide, it's because they are gay. When a straight person commits suicide, it's because he's depressed, his marriage didn't work out, he lost all his money, he was sexually abused as a child, he's suffering from some mental illness, or he was dying already. Because we are trans, we are not fully human in your eyes. Everything we do and are is seen by others through the lens of our transness. We are not allowed to experience life fully, with the same range of human emotions and struggles. We couldn't possible be trans and *anything* else in your eyes. At this point in history, gay people are just barely being seen as having full lives outside of their sexuality. But you can remember the pain of other people's stupidity, I'll bet. You know how incredibly dehumanizing it is to be seen in only one dimension by others, knowing that your own lives are as full as any other. Yet you choose to continue to perpetuate this oppression upon others. And that's how you are a stooge for the patriarchy.

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  2. "And that's how you are a stooge for the patriarchy."

    I really liked this sentence. It's very telling. So, let's talk about thousands of years of patriarchy. Let's carefully examine it from every angle.

    Female genital mutilation…. a 5,000year old tradition

    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision, has a history spanning over 5,000 years across different cultures (Elchalal et al., 1997).
    http://www.csip.org.uk/silo/files/fgm-psychiatric-considerations.pdf

    Although FGM is commonly perceived in present day Western countries to be a ‘foreign’ phenomenon, clitoridectomy (the surgical removal of the clitoris) was a recognized practice in 19th century Britain in the management of epilepsy, sterility and masturbation (Kandela, 1999).
    http://www.csip.org.uk/silo/files/fgm-psychiatric-considerations.pdf
    FGM does have a place in the history of the U.S. In the 1950s and earlier, “clitoridectomies” were practiced in the United States and Western Europe to “treat” women for hysteria, insanity, seizures, epilepsy, emaciation, mental disorders, masturbation, falling of the womb, floating womb, nymphomania, melancholia and lesbianism.
    http://samatatafoundationfgm.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/a-history-of-fgm-in-the-united-states/

    The WHO estimates that 100–140 million women and girls around the world have experienced the procedure, including 92 million in Africa.

    Until the 1950s, FGM was performed in England and the United States as a common "treatment" for lesbianism, masturbation, hysteria, epilepsy, and other so-called "female deviances". (Koso-Thomas, O. (1987). The Circumcision of Women: A Strategy for Eradication. London: Dotesios Ltd.; pp. 57)

    Breast ironing (also known as breast flattening) is the pounding and massaging of a pubescent girl's breasts, using hard or heated objects, to try to make them stop developing or disappear.

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  3. "Because we are trans, we are not fully human in your eyes."

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I believe people who identify as trans are fully human. They are part of the human family.

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  4. You're seen exactly as the victims of the misogyny you are, here. A misogyny that continues to render ALL women as female rather than wholly human. Something the very notion, let alone the fruition of transition continues to maintain.

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  5. All I see are more attempts on your part to shame people, Dirt. To take individuals and portray them as one-dimensional caricatures. You use language meant to try to tear people down and make them feel helpless, like "victim." You use the same tactics as groups designed to try to "cure" people of homosexuality. Try to scare them, tell them about all the terrible things that will happen to them because of their misguided "choice" to be gay. Call them victims, blame the gay community for recruiting them. Tell them that they're too young to know what they really want.

    If you cared about people, you would try to empower them. You would blog about positive alternatives to transitioning, and positive destransitioning experiences. If you think there are really alternatives for people then you would emphasize that and not try to scare people away from being trans.

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  6. "And that's how you are a stooge for the patriarchy."

    The more I stare at this peculiar sentence the harder it is to remain silent.

    It’s amazing how “transitioning” (surgery on female breasts and genitals and a life time of hormones) resembles female genital mutilation and the horrific practice of breast ironing. In terms of the actual surgical alteration of female genitals and breasts, and how much healthy tissue is scrapped and cut away, "transitioning" does appear to resemble something akin to female genital mutilation. "Transitioning" involves drastic and permanent changes to female breasts and genitals. Women have had their breasts enchanced for decades, but the complete removal of both healthy breasts on the scale we see today all in the name of "gender dysphoria" is something new. So-called "bottom surgery" requires multiple painful surgeries, skin grafts using about six inches of skin from a donor site, and can never create a penis that functions exactly like a penis on a biological male. "Bottom surgery" is the surgical scrapping away of female identity. It radically destroys the function and appearance of female genitals, and depending on the surgeon's expertise, can lead to loss of sensation as well as other health problems. In essence, these are profound changes to the very identity of female, the female reproductive system, and female genitals.


    Because of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome, some physicians recommend a hysterectomy within five years of starting testosterone.

    "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a medical condition that may affect as many as 25% of Female-to-Male (FTM)transsexual persons. The symptoms of PCOS may include hirsutism (in the absence of androgen treatment), irregular or absent menses, dysmenorreah (painful menses), obesity, and, rarely, true virilization. However, many people show no obvious symptoms. Persons with PCOS are at increased risk for endometrial hyperplasia (overgrowth of the lining of the uterus), endometrial cancer, and breast cancer. Polycystic ovaries and uterine fibroids, which may or may not be related to PCOS, are common in FTM people and may be aggravated by testosterone therapy."

    http://www.shb-info.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/shbmengea.pdf

    As more and more young women line up to "transition", logic tells us that sooner or later (if it already hasn't occurred) some are going to regret what their healthy female bodies went through in the "transition" process. Also, it's impossible to completely rule out all cultural, peer, or family influences in the decision to "transition". After all, females and all humans can't be completely separated from their culture. When we take all this into account, we can't escape the possibility that we are essentially mutilating healthy female genitals and female bodies. Female genital mutilation is 5,000 years old. It never seems to go completely disappear.

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  7. Your oppressive and frankly impressive, albeit incredibly misguided, cerebral gymnastics aside, why are you constantly searching out underaged kids? It's creepy and voyeuristic. Stop your perverted search of children. There's enough hate in the world, we don't need anymore of it from you directed at other people, regardless of how they identify. Yours is a classic case of one minority attempting to gain superiority over another minority, by oppressing them. I'm not trans; I'm angry.

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  8. Dirt is bringing to light the fact that these kids are being exploited and misguided, there is no malice in this. I believe it is a genuine concern.

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