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Is What You Feel What You Are?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 20, 2012 by conservativewerewolf

I  keep wondering why the assumed best way to help a person with Gender Identity Disorder (described as feeling like a female in a male body or vice versa) is to change their bodies [change, mutilate, whichever – oh, and don’t click that if you’re eating].

I suppose it’s just easier to hack off an appendage than to address the feelings.  The brain is a complicated thing that we don’t fully understand, and feelings are intangible and unquantifiable.  How can doctors guarantee results, particularly when working with a patient, who, desiring to be the opposite gender, will likely resist efforts to change his mind?  But hacking shit off?  Humans have been doing that for generations!  It’s practically tradition!

Still, what if it’s the wrong approach?  Surgery is a big deal, and, as reported in an article on the increase in children receiving “treatment” for GID, those hormone drugs “especially in high doses when used long-term, can have serious side effects, including blood clots and cancer. Spack [a doctor] said he uses low, safer doses but that patients should be monitored.”  Um, yeah.  Or, how about we try to understand WHY people experience feelings of being in the wrong body?  Have they come in contact with something weird that messed with their brains?  Or, if they were born with this condition, what is different about them that makes their feelings not match their bodies?

What say you, Dr. Jo Olsen, “medical director of a transgender clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”  She says, “It would be so nice to move this out of the world of mental health, and into the medical world,” Olson said.

Yeah, because if you feel a certain way, you should risk cancer and have surgery to look that way.

I read an article about a five year old boy who feels he is a girl.  His parents took him so a child psychologist:

The dedicated specialists explained to them that gender identity disorder is a conflict between a person’s actual physical gender and the gender that person identifies himself or herself as.

Theresa said: “They told us that although he had a male body, his brain was telling him he was a girl.”

Stupid brains. They can be awesome, but if yours tells you that what you feel is what you are, you should tell it to stop being a hippie.  As Albus Dumbledore, my favorite fictional gay man, said to Harry Potter, “It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are” (CS18)  Remember that Harry had part of Voldemort’s soul trapped inside him; oftentimes, he felt Voldemort-ish (eeevil), and even took on Voldie’s ability to speak to snakes.  That, however, did not make him Voldemort.  What made him the Harry he grew up into, according to the wise bearded one, were his choices: he was the kind of person he decided to be.  If he decided to be the best parts of himself (brave, loyal and self-sacrificing), then he would be an awesome Gryffindor Jesus-figure who saved the world.  If he decided to be like Voldemort, or even just like an average whiny wussy person (which he could have been – he wasn’t written as a perfect character), he would have been either a complete dick or just a loser who allowed millions to suffer and die.

“What are you saying, Conservative Werewolf – that kids with GID are possessed by Voldemort?”  Uh, no.  (Voldemort is fictional, silly!)  I’m just saying that just because you feel a certain way, that doesn’t mean those feelings should be accepted without question.

Now, if an adult decides to have gender reassignment surgery, that’s fine.  That’s his/her decision.  Good luck, be well.  But to treat surgery/meds or doing nothing as the only two options is absurd and unfair to people with GID.  What if there were a safe treatment that caused a person to feel like the gender they physically are?  Wouldn’t this non-invasive treatment be a better option than surgery?  I hope someone out there is working on one so we can offer people a choice.


RIP Remus Lupin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 19, 2011 by conservativewerewolf