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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sexual Abuse and Transition


Going on face value to those who responded to this poll, 7 out of 45 trans females were sexually abused prior to transition. Clearly that sexual abuse is going to have a hugely significant impact on all aspects of that girl's self esteem, sense of trust, sense of power/agency and over all sense of mental health and decision making.

Should victims of sexual abuses be allowed to transition without serious therapy for the sexual abuse?

Should victims of sexual abuses be allowed to transition at all?

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  1. Wow, 15% of those trans-identified females who read your blog were sexually abused. That's horrible!

    But of course, let's ignore the other 84%, who were NOT sexually abused.

    How about another poll, maybe asking the same question of your readers who identify as lesbians? Those results would really be interesting!

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  2. Survivors of sexual abuse shouldn't be allowed to have sexual relationships at all or be around children. There is too much risk of them becoming abusers themselves.

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  3. If we disallow transition for those who have been sexually abused, we have taken away another thing from the poor woman who was raped.

    Even if the vast majority or even all of transitions are for the reasons you say they are to disallow these women to transition, we would be yet another person or agency, taking power and possession of that woman's body.

    Even if you are 100% right, (I am of the opinion you are probably 80%on the mark based on the FTMs I have met.) how can we as feminists say to a woman 'you no longer own your body, you may not alter it to your desires'?

    This is a very sticky quagmire.

    We personally dismantle the patriarchy by our own actions and words. We can not coopt or coerce other women into the cause. We can not claim agency over women's bodies. That is just using 'the tools of the master'.

    Even if you are right 80%+, even if you are right 100% there is still no reason that any one should be able to take away control of someone else's body. We can not force our morality on others. When we do we are no better than the very patriarchy we would dismantle.

    You need another venue. Another angle.
    This blog is just a place for you and FTM's to argue with each other. Very few people outside of lesbian and trans circles read this blog.
    Education is the key to winning hearts and minds, so you have been doing that.

    You have a passion in you other writings that are not trans related I have not seen in a generation. When you write about these issues there is a quality to your prose that is not present in your anti transition writings.
    Write a book. Get some 'cred' in circles beyond the blogosphere and educate young women and get to them before they even hear about transition. Let that baby butch know she is not alone and there are other women just like her. As it is you are just sitting here and fighting with FTM's. You are not reaching tweens and young women.

    Have a good day,
    A Part Time Fan.

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  4. Nice attempt at manipulation and control there Anonymous at 1:37. And p.s. no one's forcing anything. Abuse, and subsequent suffering and self-harm go hand in hand, and this post is thought provoking.

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  5. Anon@1:37 So those, including females suffering from BIID, you advocate the removal of healthy limbs?

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  6. Wow, 15% of those trans-identified females who read your blog were sexually abused. That's horrible!

    But of course, let's ignore the other 84%, who were NOT sexually abused.

    How about another poll, maybe asking the same question of your readers who identify as lesbians? Those results would really be interesting!



    Most credible sources say that one in five women are victims of sexual assault or rape.

    "An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought...Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point"

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/health/nearly-1-in-5-women-in-us-survey-report-sexual-assault.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1379477732-HdUWchNXpMlZ1V5NLhax2A

    •1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
    •Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
    •During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
    •Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
    •Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.

    http://www.victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics

    I know they don't want to hear this, but FTMs were born female, and still are female. It's no secret that sexual assault, particularly childhood sexual abuse, can impact how a female feels about her body. For example, many cutters (women who intentionally cut or scratch themselves) were victims of incest.

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  7. Even if you are 100% right, (I am of the opinion you are probably 80%on the mark based on the FTMs I have met.) how can we as feminists say to a woman 'you no longer own your body, you may not alter it to your desires'?

    I guess it all depends on how we define "alter" the female body. Female genital mutilation, Chinese foot-binding, and breast ironing are all "alterations" of the female anatomy. Getting one's healthy breasts surgically removed and one's areolas and nipples whittled down to size is more extreme than getting a tattoo or piercing. Sewing about half a foot of skin grafts onto the female pubic area, extending the female urethra aren't minor alterations.

    Here is a video on breast ironing. Some girls actually say they want this. They would rather have their breasts ironed than endure unwanted sexual attention, etc. from men.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJz00zgMBz4

    In Cameroon, they have breast ironing. In the U.S. and western countries, we have elective mastectomies with the surgical trimming down of areolas and nipples.

    http://www.surgerytheater.com/video/6423/Dr.%20Daniel%20Medalie%20performs%20FtM%20top%20surgery%20(double%20incision%20mastectomy%20with%20nipple%20grafting)%22#.UjkyOr7n-M8

    The mutilation of healthy female bodies is ancient and never seems to end. It just morphs into something new.

    Why are there more women anorexics and bulimics (85 to 95 percent of anorexics are female? If women want to starve themselves to death (some actually have), it's their body.

    http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/anorexia-nervosa.html

    Culture has a huge influence on how girls and women view their bodies.

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  8. Survivors of sexual abuse shouldn't be allowed to have sexual relationships at all or be around children. There is too much risk of them becoming abusers themselves.

    I see the trolls are out making their wise cracks. It's all so hilarious, but I wish they would say something intelligent for once.

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  9. "Teena Brandon is remembered today as the female-to-male, transgender victim of a brutal murder motivated by transphobia. When she was eighteen years old, three years before her death, she had been admitted to a crisis center as a result of a drug overdose, which may have been intentional. At the time, she was seriously underweight from an eating disorder and taking seven showers a day, with seven complete changes of clothing. Drinking heavily, she faced twelve pending charges of forgery and a possible charge of sexual assault on a minor, was suffering from a recent, unreported and untreated rape, and was involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a fourteen-year-old girl, in which she was passing as male. She reported to therapists that, as a child, she had been a victim of years of sexual abuse perpetrated by a male member of her family. According to her biographer, she was diagnosed with "mild gender identity dysphoria," reporting to her friends that a sex-change operation had been suggested. I want to talk about an inconvenient truth. I want to talk about the fact the person who was named Teena Brandon was a survivor of incest. You won't hear this mentioned in Boys Don't Cry, and you won't hear it mentioned in the documentary "The Brandon Teena Story." You won't read about it in the current Wikipedia entry. It is, like I said, inconvenient.

    "Inconvenient" means "causing trouble or difficulties." The inconvenient truth of Brandon's incest history causes trouble because incorporating information about child sexual abuse into the narrative of Brandon's life pathologizes the transgendered identity adopted by Brandon and for which she has become an icon. This is perceived as disrespectful and transphobic—as an attack on Brandon's identity and a posthumous attempt to appropriate a victim's identity.

    But the omission of Brandon's incest history is disrespectful and phobic to survivors of child sexual abuse. It also constitutes a posthumous attempt to appropriate a victim's identity. As a survivor, I am disturbed by the revisionist histories of Brandon that omit Brandon's status as a victim of child sexual abuse—and all of the subsequent inconvenient truths accompanying that status.

    Inconvenient truths have a way of remaining unarticulated, because they exist outside the frame of reference that has been established. The first difficulty one encounters in telling this inconvenient truth about Teena Brandon is the issue of pronouns. Brandon was sexually abused as a female child, born biologically female, by an adult male perpetrator who was a family member. The gender of victim and perpetrator are clinical details that are critical to the understanding of the perpetration and the impact it had on Brandon. Because of this, I will be using a female pronoun to refer to Brandon as a child, even though, in adulthood, Brandon would identify as male. This places my narrative outside the accepted protocol of respectful dialogue about trans identity."

    http://www.triviavoices.com/the-inconvenient-truth-about-teena-brandon.html

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  10. Question:

    If women feel so secure and comfortable with their own bodies, then why are most plastic surgeon patients female? There must be certain cultural forces at play. There has been research, analysis, and commentary from feminists and various credible sources that point out the ways in which culture influences how women view their bodies.

    Why is it that scholarly articles can state that culture plays a role in why so many women flock to plastic surgeons, but culture plays no role whatsoever in FTM (female "transitioning")? Some of the plastic surgeons that enhance breasts by making them larger are the same plastic surgeons who make money by doing elective mastectomies with nipple resizing.

    Women had almost 8.6 million cosmetic procedures, 92% of the total. The number of cosmetic procedures for women increased over 164% from 1997. The top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, breast reduction, abdominoplasty, and eyelid surgery.

    http://www.cosmeticplasticsurgerystatistics.com/statistics.html

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  11. Regarding lesbians and sexual abuse, females (lesbian or not) who partner with other women (lesbian or not) are not diagnosed and required by the medical community to under go the removal/rearrangement of healthy body parts and put on a drug that will immediately shorten their lifespan at best and kill them at worst. All the while doing nothing for the reasons they found themselves in this position in the first place.

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