Sometimes when I listen to TG/TG folks I get the impression that they think they are the only people in the world who are oppressed by discrimination with regards to access to medical care.
In case people missed, it the war against transsexuals and SRS paralleled the rise of the religious right and the war on abortion.
There is one harsh truth people need to face: “Religions, virtually all religions, hate women.”
They hate non-conformity as well hence the hippie punching, liberal punching that goes along with homophobia and transphobia.
Julia Serano points out that transphobia is actual a variation on standard misogyny. That alone should be reason enough for TS/TG women or women of TS history to be feminists.
There has been a lot of focus on Janice Raymond and her infamous book, a book which grew out of a doctoral thesis. I’m researching Raymond at this point looking for the smoking gun that actually shows Snopes survivable evidence that she was the one who caused insurance companies to stop covering SRS in 1980 or thereabouts. (If you have actual evidence as opposed to hearsay evidence contact me with it)
Prior to 1980 SRS wasn’t covered by most insurance policies because transsexualism was either deemed a pre-existing condition or SRS an experimental procedure. The change was that policies began codifying this exclusion during the rise of Reagan and the neo-fascist right wing/Religious Right.
Gaining even minimal coverage under the neo-fascist right wing corporate pandering state that has risen since 1980 has been an up-hill battle because the Religious Right fights every gain and because we don’t have National Health that requires coverage of everyone. Instead we have private corporations who profit from the suffering and deaths of those they insure. Every needed medical treatment they don’t pay for helps fund another Mercedes for some rich fuck.
The fanatical Religionists are a major problem, everywhere on the planet. We are staring at an Armageddon, but not the one those fucks imagine. The unmitigated disaster we are facing is due to having created the perfect environmental storm: We’ve exploded the population bomb instead of heeding Malthus and Ehrlich. Now we have passed the point of peak oil. Have runaway climate change. Etc, etc.. . We have ceded the power of people to self govern to the rich who own corporations. Globalization has destroyed the ability of nations to govern themselves, as corporations can bring legal action against nations that act in the interests of their own people, or to protect their people from ravagement by the corporations.
Add to this a political mix of religious fanatics that couple the politics of Nazism to the fanaticism of fundamentalist Muslim clerics and you have a war against women having any rights including the right to control the most intimate portion of her own life, her ability to decide to reproduce or not.
Is there a transsexual or transgender person out there who thinks that a group of people who would insist that a rape victim bear the fetus of the rapist would actually let transsexuals have sex change operations?
Particularly since the mindset encouraged by these right wing neo-Nazis is at least partially responsible for creating and encouraging male behavior that holds women in contempt, particularly women who fail their standards of being a “good woman”. Women who fall out side that definition are considered fair game for any sort of violence or abuse that befalls them. All transgender, transsexual and post-transsexual women fall outside the territory of “good women”. Even the right wing born again upper crust women of transsexual history, who think they are part of the dominant group.
Maybe in the pre-computer days. Maybe in the days before computerized womb to tomb tracking. The target may be smaller, but it is still there, just like it was for the Jews who thought they were German first.
Standing up in support of women’s access to abortion and contraception is absolutely vital. It should be obvious that if the religious fanatics and neo-Nazis take that away that our access to medical treatments we need go with it.
Any society that permits that level of misogyny is pretty fucking twisted. I wouldn’t count on the Dominionists having the level of sensitivity shown by the radical clerics in Iran who sanction SRS as a cure for homosexuality. These are people who would “final solution” us.
From The Scientist: http://the-scientist.com/2012/01/26/dont-beat-your-breast-implant/
Breast implants leaking contaminated silicone are causing a fuss in Europe, but all breast implants carry risks.
By Hannah Waters
January 26, 2012
The current breast implant scandal in Europe has nothing to do with celebrity news. On December 23, the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products recommended that more than 30,000 French women with silicone-filled breast implants made by the medical device company Poly Implant Prothese have them removed because more than 10 percent ruptured within a year of surgery, releasing the implants’ contents into the body.
To make matters worse, these particular implants are filled with industrial-grade silicone, instead of medical-grade, which could contain unregulated and dangerous chemicals.
“They used industrial grade silicone; I cannot believe this,” said polymer chemist Judit Puskas from the University of Akron, who is developing new implant materials. “You have all kinds of additives in there that are carcinogenic.”
Breast implants are composed of a silicone sac that contains silicone or saline gel, and the silicone sacs of the PIP implants are weaker than normal, leading to rupture. In this case, the implants were filled with silicone that has not passed regulatory approval and was intended to waterproof bricks: not exactly a material doctors want circulating in women’s bodies.
After an implant ruptures, the silicone filling slowly seeps into the body’s tissues, bloodstream, and lymphatic system. The French health agency has confirmed that the leaked silicone from PIP implants causes generalized pain and irritation, and that the material can be identified in lymph nodes with an ultrasound. Fortunately, preliminary animal studies showed no evidence of higher DNA mutation rates as a result of rupture.
Continue reading at: http://the-scientist.com/2012/01/26/dont-beat-your-breast-implant/
From The New Civil Rights Movement: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/pelosi-to-boehner-stop-defending-doma/politics/2012/02/22/35206
by David Badash
February 22, 2012
”A Waste Of Taxpayer Resources”
Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi today responded to a federal court’s finding today that DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional, by telling Speaker John Boehner to stop defending the 1996 law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages. After President Obama and Attorney General Holder announced they would stop defending DOMA in court, as it had already been declared unconstitutional, Boehner decided to allocate at least $500 million to “defend” the unconstitutional law, being to social conservatives and ignoring logic.
From The Washington Blade: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/02/22/solmonese-joins-obama-campaign-as-national-co-chair/
By Chris Johnson
February 22, 2012
The Obama campaign has tapped Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese for a position as a national co-chair to advocate for the president based on his work for the LGBT community and the country as a whole.
On Wednesday, the Obama campaign issued a statement saying Solmonese had been selected for the role as part of a group of 35 individuals who had been chosen as national co-chairs.
In a statement, Solmonese praised Obama’s work on LGBT issues over the course of the more than three years the president has been in office, saying the president’s leadership “has brought about great change for LGBT Americans.”
“From ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ to prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in the federal government, to signing the hate crime prevention act into law, the Obama administration has improved the lives of LGBT Americans more than ever before,” Solmonese said. “President Obama has made it clear that LGBT Americans deserve a fair shot and has taken steps across his administration to make the lives of those most in need in our community better.”
Others on the list include Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and actress Eva Longoria, who stars on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”
In a statement, Jim Messina, Obama for America’s campaign manager, said the national co-chairs “will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history.”