Inequality isn’t just about being transsexual or transgender the way so many of Transgender Inc seem to view it. Many in Transgender Inc seem blinded by class and racial privilege as well as residual expectations that are the result of having been raised with male privilege. Privilege often prevents our seeing our own levels of privilege.
Or thinks equality means solving just one particular aspect of lack of privilege.
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/opinion/02kristof.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: January 1, 2011
John Steinbeck observed that “a sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”
That insight, now confirmed by epidemiological studies, is worth bearing in mind at a time of such polarizing inequality that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess a greater collective net worth than the bottom 90 percent.
There’s growing evidence that the toll of our stunning inequality is not just economic but also is a melancholy of the soul. The upshot appears to be high rates of violent crime, high narcotics use, high teenage birthrates and even high rates of heart disease.
That’s the argument of an important book by two distinguished British epidemiologists, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. They argue that gross inequality tears at the human psyche, creating anxiety, distrust and an array of mental and physical ailments — and they cite mountains of data to support their argument.
“If you fail to avoid high inequality, you will need more prisons and more police,” they assert. “You will have to deal with higher rates of mental illness, drug abuse and every other kind of problem.” They explore these issues in their book, “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger.”
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