A post with the above title was posted to the Trans-Theory List last night, well actually a non-inclusive version, “The Transgender Conundrum.”
This got me to thinking about the idea that the existence of transsexual and transgender people is some sort of puzzle, a mystery that needs figuring out so that people like me can be prevented from existing. Of course psychiatrists and well meaning people aren’t as blunt about it. Only the right wing ass holes and radfems talk about actually eliminating us with pre-natal interventions or post-natal cures.
Well actually no… Quite a few highly educated psychiatric professionals have engaged in dubious experimentation and abuse of the sort one might have expected from Dr. Mengele.
When I lived in Hollywood I met a sister who had been lobotomized in an attempt to cure her transsexuality.
I’ve met numerous other sisters and brothers who have been institutionalized in attempts to cure them of being transsexual or transgender.
People who are appalled with reparative therapy on gay and lesbian people are perfectly okay with the same sort of therapy when it is performed by Dr. Green and Dr. Zucker.
Parents who do the right thing and give their transkids a space to be themselves, who allow them to transition as children and have as ordinary a life as it is possible for a transkid to have are looked at as though they are crazy.
After all being a “normal heterosexual man or woman” is the pinnacle of something and all those who aren’t straight men and women are somehow tainted as lesser human beings.
Its a p ity Jan Morristitled her well written 1970s memoir, Conundrum, as that has left too many people thinking transsexualism or transgenderism is some sort of puzzle with a cause that needs searching out.
To me this demonstrates how little humanity has moved beyond the Middle Ages when demons and witches were blamed for all sorts of things.
As recently as the 1940s and 1950s teachers in schools tried to cure left handedness.
You have creationists, who believe the universe is six thousand years old suddenly become “Darwinists” and speak emphatically about how homosexuality, transsexuality and transgenderism can’t be natural since it doesn’t promote species reproduction.
As though these morons think every member of the species must reproduce and multiply.
Why is it so hard for people to accept the idea that things like transsexualism, transgenderism and homosexuality happen simply because it is a natural occurrence and one in X number of people happen to be born that way.
Just as a few people are redheads or left handed.
It is time for the Psychiatric Industrial Complex to give up on the idea that transsexual and transgender people represent a conundrum that needs to be figured out.
Their actions of labeling us as having a psychiatric condition, so that the Psychiatric Industrial Complex can bleed money from TS/TG people who need medical treatment has to end.
The GID Label is harming TS/TG people. Just as labeling homosexuality a mental illness harmed gay and lesbian people.
We, TS and TG people do not have the answers to gender, nor is our gender a key that unlocks the secrets of some sort of enigma.
We get our gender and our personal interpretation of gender the same way non-TS/TG people do. It is as much a part of our socialization as theirs. Gender is like a dance a team sport that requires interaction with others. We learn the steps and rules the same way anyone else does.
There is no conundrum.
Perhaps it is time for the Psychiatric Industrial Complex to move past its role in oppressing women, LGBT/T people and other minority groups for not being straight white men. Perhaps it is time for the Psychiatric Industrial Complex to start examining the whys of real insanity like religion, racism and war.
Until the Psychiatric Industrial Complex is willing to turn its microscope upon things like greed, racism and misogyny it is part of the problem and not part of the solution.