Making SRS For Transsexuals Instead of for the Medical Establishment

Why do we look at the idea of surgery on demand as though it would be a bad thing/

Well not quite on demand nor on a whim but without having to pay for a bunch of therapy that many of us do not need.

Why couldn’t counseling be something that happens at your publicly funded LGBT/T Center maybe with a sliding scale donation.  With various problem related rap groups tackling specific issues.  One for employment, one for legal, one for substance abuse issues etc?  Attendance being voluntary.

Hormones something you get based on a physical and your signing an informed consent that says the Doctor explained what they would and wouldn’t do.  The risks and benefits.

I realize what I am suggesting is scary to some because it is about the freedom to act and taking personal responsibility for your actions.

Why shouldn’t SRS be covered by health insurance when infertility treatments are?  Some may call both of those both those matters lifestyle issues and perhaps they are.

So what?  I mean it so what if they are lifestyle issues and are related to the matter of personal happiness and satisfaction with life.

One of my favorite founding fathers, the free thinking, Thomas Jefferson described the pursuit of happiness as an inalienable right in The Declaration of Independence.

I was part of an idealistic faction of the Baby Boomer generation.  Contrary to popular thinking we weren’t monolithic.  When some of us were fighting for racial equality the YAFies were supporting racism and becoming the right wing draft dodgers that make up the modern Republican Party.  Us lefties went on to found things like Ben and Jerry’s, Green Peace, the Feminist Movement and the Modern LGBT/T movement along with the creation of a lot of good music etc.

Some people blame us for the thirty years of ultra right wing back lash while ignoring how rich and powerful those pushing that agenda were and how fragmented into our identity politics we were.

A couple of years ago Obama gave us hope and the idea of change we can believe in.

While some accuse him of studying Lenin, I think perhaps they are mistaken and that like a lot of us he was listening to Lennon.

Imagine…

Imagine how much better it would be if none of us were denied decent work with a living wage that didn’t leave us so drained at the end of the day that we felt like slaves.

Imagine our bosses treating us with respect.  Imagine not having to fear homelessness.

Why do we feel compelled to act like little fascists enforcing dress codes?  Are they really that important? Would the world truly end if we didn’t join the bullies in enforcing rigid gender roles?

Would the sky really fall if we all stopped acting like sociopaths straight out of a bad Ayn Rand novel and started building a society based on equality and respect.

Acting like a bunch of lumpen prole gladiators fighting against each other for the amusement of the 5% that control 50% of the wealth sucks.  There are a lot more of us than them and we have computers now.

They haven’t taken away our right to vote and as we saw in the last election if we can all get together and agree on someone who isn’t too bad or even really awful for any of us we can elect that person

I’m looking at this health plan and the fact that the Obama administration may have gotten the economy going again and I’m thinking , maybe…  But we’ve got to keep the right wing fucks from bullying and threatening their way back into power.

The accused Right Wing Terrorist Cell that was disrupted this week and the conviction of Right Wing misogynist  and terrorist Scott Roeder are a start in the prevention of a coup by these anti-American elements called Tea Baggers.

4 Responses to “Making SRS For Transsexuals Instead of for the Medical Establishment”

  1. Caroline Says:

    Your path to SRS is not quite the one you propose here in the UK but it is the one I have forced them to take with me! Makes a lot of sense but as we know sense has little to do with running this world.

    Caroline XXX

  2. Willow Arune Says:

    While I am not sure that the medical route is right for all and is the best system, I really cannot see anything much better. “SRS on demand” strikes me as insane – it might work for some but there is, to me, lots of evidence showing that it does not work for a large number. Like so many things we humans do, the “right”answer lies beyond – somewhere, sometime.

    Yes, as a society we have lots of rules to prevent people from themselves. At times, I say to myself the law cannot protect idiots from bad investments or transactions, bad judgement in safety issues and more. Yet generally I support laws that do just that.

    And yes, we all deserve happiness – yet I wonder how many of us truly sit back an ask ourselves what will make ME happy, not in simply a superficial way. Well past the “winning the next lettery” stage. I took that question seriously for over two years and the “new me” is the result. But I also thought that I needed help along that way. As a lay councellor, I try to pass some of that help on to other TS. There may well be a number of TS who do not need any help along the transition way, but I have not met any in person yet, and I’ve met quite a few. (And yes, my project was successfull- for I am far happier now than I was in years past).

    It’s not just an easy answer. At least, not to me.

    As to the right, left and other wings and the current mess, I suspect strongly that defining and taxing to death “unearned wealth” might go a long way to stop the abuses of gross bonuses on Wall Street (and other places). Right now, we have an economic system based upon a casino. (Speaking of which, we have a large casino here that is always busy and one proposed in Vancouver that is huge. Just how do you protect people from themselves when this example is open?)

    • Suzan Says:

      While I am not sure that the medical route is right for all and is the best system, I really cannot see anything much better. “SRS on demand” strikes me as insane – it might work for some but there is, to me, lots of evidence showing that it does not work for a large number.

      War doesn’t work for a large number of people and is clearly insane.

      Jumping out of airplanes strikes me as stupid.

      Becoming a parent insanely risky.

      It becomes a matter of believing in freedom to do with one’s body as one will even if that fucks with the patriarchal concept of male supremacy.

      Am I alone in noticing how all the theories about how sick transsexualism is relate to those of us who go from “male” to female? Could it be because the male medical/psychiatric profession cross its legs and makes a sign of the cross at the very though of our doing “the unspeakable to our unmentionables”/

      I dare say that most of the regreters get sucked into some sort of religion or other. That strikes me as clearly demented. Perhaps religious belief should be treated as apsychiartic illness.

      Most of the damage is not due to being transsexual or transgender. Most is due to a life time of abuse and discrimination.

  3. Caroline Says:

    life time of abuse and discrimination.

    Society blindly hammering round pegs into square holes!


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