Charles C.W. Cooke hanging with the only doctors he can stand.
Charles C.W. Cooke, National Deja Vu:
Too Young to Decide
Today’s article is 5 months old.
Which, okay yeah, on the surface of it looks pretty bad. We here at Sadly, No! pride ourselves in bringing back only the freshest mangos (okay, fine, reasonably fresh, like from the last month tops) from our bi or tridaily safaris into the Heart of Darkness. So what gives?
Has the laziness endemic to our profession finally collapsed to the point where we’re quoting things from the Pleistocene era because we cannot even bother to pretend to keep abreast of the continuous stream of diarrhea that the right-wing calls a river (honestly, I’ve been mostly sending robots for the last year at least)?
Well, okay, yes, but I swear this has nothing to do with that.
See, it all began with this tweet by resident National Review shithead Charles C. W. Cooke Esq. (previously highlighted on this site arguing that contraceptives for people with vaginas must be easy to acquire because he could get some free condoms from liberal sex health services the wingnuts were trying to shut down) made yesterday (See? Ha! Within the last century, score one for me):
Why is "gay conversion therapy" so terrible that it must be banned but physical sex-change operations not? Seems a bizarre double-standard.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) August 19, 2013
Which, um, several things.
A) Bob damn, do I need to get on twitter one of these days. Not because I thrive when my word count is limited (BWAHAHAHA, yeah right) or because I look forward to thriving social connections (OTHER PEOPLE SCARY!), but because the wingnuts have decided that the short character limit and tradition of retweeting makes it the perfect medium to show their “wit” and “argumentation techniques”.
B) “Gay conversion” “therapy”. Really? There are still massive marks among the right-wing willing to flog that dead horse and make all sorts of “we’re the real oppressed class” bullshit noises about how nobody is taking their little child abuse racket seriously? I would have assumed that having even the heads of the racket admit the complete failure of that little joke would have put an end to the desperate sweaty love-making with its damp and dirty sheets. At least among the “ooh, take us seriously, we’re totally the moderate intellectuals of this dead-brain movement” types. Guess, I apparently assumed too much of the right-wing.
C) Durr. I dunno, why. Those things no make sense. Why people no support a fake abuse racket that is no medically and psychologically supported, has zero success rates, has no means of ever being successful, and which is only good for abusing and reinforcing shame so that kids are emotionally destroyed in order so their parents can pretend that only “straight” is natural. Durr. I mean. It no make sense. And why would scienamatists support a therapy focused around actual research into harm reduction and based around actual medical realities of transgender children and which if correctly used is a dramatic necessity to prevent suicides, allow trans* kids the correct puberty, and greatly increase child happiness and life satisfaction with an immensely high efficacy rate.
But anyways, it’s just one tweet. Not worth really going into.
Except, apparently, Charles C.W. Cooke has been spared the attention he so richly deserves and has a wee bit of a thin skin. So he’s been going around to all the threads that have mentioned him and either bitching about them on his twitter feed like a catty drag queen stereotype in a slightly offensive semi-indie movie or JUMPING INTO THE FUCKING COMMENT THREADS to post today’s complete fail of a post and get his ass kicked by an army of liberals.
Which… fuck. If the wingnuts are going to drag their hairy little troll bodies into my off-time “pleasure” reading to shake their purple baboon asses in my face, then fuck, I might as well give it the firm smack it’s so desperately begging for.
And so here we are, 5 months from home and with the faint scent of despair and poor life choices in the air not at all regretting where last evening’s activities have dumped me (NOT EVEN A LITTLE, DO YOU HEAR ME? *Sob*).
Shorter (or the last port before Jungle):
- Now, I’m not saying I don’t believe in trans* people and want to make sure trans* children go through the suicide mill and unending Hell that is growing up with the wrong puberty. I’m just really concerned about the children and worried they’ll be forced into a permanent “choice” by over-eager parents. Wink wink. And if you don’t get what I’m getting back at you freaks over, I’ll make it plenty obvious in a couple of months time.
So yeah, if we’re hitting the wayback machine in terms of collecting our fodder for the grist mill, we might as well have a moldy oldy in terms of the actual post’s arguments.
So yeah, this bit of concern troll fuckwittery is painfully, brutally known by transsexuals around the globe.
The whole “no, we can’t possibly give you access to the medical interventions necessary to alleviate your suicidal-ideation-inducing gender dysphoria, because what if you are a deluded fuckball? Then we would have made you infertile for nothing? I mean, who cares if you kill yourself or are suffering under our arbitrary hoops. The infintessimal chance you’d seek hormones and a gender change you actually didn’t and the fate of your future babies matters far more than tiny shit like that” rigmarole.
It’s the bane of every transsexual. The justification of an ever expanding ring of hoops to dance through in order to prove that no, you weren’t actually just randomly waking up for the past several years thinking “gosh, you know what I’d love today, unnecessary medical bills that I’ll regret pursuing”. And most infuriatingly, the “given reason” (the real reason is limiting transitions to only those so androgynous in frame that they can pass without hormones) for why transsexuals have to go through the infamous “year of hazing” that is the stage when you actually do get a psychologist and are forced to live a year “strongly presenting” as your correct gender without the aid of any hormones, because if you can withstand that brutal backlash of societal disapproval, then hey, maybe we’ll almost believe you aren’t just joking with us… as long as you fit our mental idea of what a boy or girl “looks like”.
Naturally, this state of affairs means that most transsexuals just get their hormones the super-totally-legal-and-safe way of using the internet and hoping the best guess based on self-reported stories from other trans* people won’t land them in a hospital bed they can’t afford.
And it’s way WAY worse for young trans* people. Because puberty is a ticking time bomb and doctors are so pants-shittingly afraid of ruining those precious future babies that they usually want to avoid any medical interventions whatsoever, no hormones, and rarely even current-hormone blockers.
Which is nightmarish. I mean, it’s bad enough going through the wrong puberty when you don’t understand what’s going on. But when you do. When you understand exactly what you need. And that if you can just get access to the right hormones, you can have all the correct body growth that comes with it, far more successful and able to pass than if you wait? And then being denied it?
Because some doctor doesn’t want you to go through the “wrong” “irreversible” process, yanno, if you changed your mind and decided not to be a freak.
So yeah, Captain Cooke’s arguments aren’t exactly coming from the deep right-field of right-wing conspiracy theories, but it’s no less damaging and life-destroying for those being “concerned” over.
We can all agree that children should not be able to change their sex.
And we’re not even past the tag line before I want to punch a motherfucker in the neck. Oh, I most definitely do not have enough booze for this.
When children look to adults to give them guidance, adults often fall short of their charge;
As exemplified by every right-wing hack known to man and the society they have decided to leave behind.
but few fall as short as Dr. Norman Spack of Children’s Hospital in Boston. According to a scattering of reports that have consistently struggled to gain attention when pitted against more important topics — the Oscars, for example — there has been a dramatic rise in the number of incidents in which children are given treatment that is designed to halt their development as males or females and, ultimately, completely change the sex of their birth.
That RAT BASTARD!
How dare he? How DARE a doctor actually pay attention to the current medical and academic recommendations on the subject, seeking to minimize harm to his patients within the legal allowances of his state?
I mean, doesn’t he understand that wingnuts need trans* people to be an eternal joke, something they can point to as a hideous delusion brought on by our “backwards PC culture” because blah blah blah trans* people are weird and their condition is not as socially well regarded and accepted for the fact it is as say, ischemic heart disease?
And here he’s ruining all of that, by actually accepting that trans* people are real and forcing a child to endure the wrong puberty, when he can at the very least delay things for a few years in service to our broken ass medical policy on trans* people, is a cruelty no compassionate doctor could willfully perform.
And that respecting the “assigned sex of one’s birth” means fuck all when one is fucking trans* and that assigned sex only means that some doctor done fucked up in their coin-toss guess based on the state of the natal genitals.
Cause, you know, your body is a cage and you better die in it rather than ever admit the well-documented reality by this point that best-guess outward genital states dictate very little about how male, female, or other you really are.
Spack is the procedure’s champion.
True, in a way. Norman Spack is, in fact, the co-founder of the Gender Management Service clinic. And that clinic is one of the few in the world that is even willing to prescribe hormones to minors as long as they have full parental permission (oh, life saving medical intervention, but only if their parents accept their transition and strongly back their decision and only in one location and even then, it’s usually only hormone blockers, not the full treatment with the right hormones so they can experience a “normal” puberty experience? Well, slap me on the ass and call me a slutty sub. Fuck, and they wonder why current trans* kids put their lives and health at risk just guessing at what their bodies can take with no actual endocrinologist advice.). Which can bring joy to any young transsexual.
But the main focus of the clinic actually is more focused on those conditions that fall within the intersex spectrum seeing as how the usual doctor response to intersex conditions is usually to bury one’s head in the sand and pretend it all away. Which is fan-fucking-tastic! Intersex kids and adults need specialized medical support, especially with regards to conditions relating to the genitals, from doctors who are actually informed about the condition and are able to respond both to the physical state of the genitals and the preferred gender identity of the intersexed person.
But I’m getting off track, Charles Cooke was about to demonstrate that his concern trolling bullshit was based in only the most current academic understanding on the issue.
He rejects the traditional notion that children who are confused about their gender are suffering from what psychiatrists term “gender-identity disorder” — which varies in severity from normal growing pains to fully-fledged disorders — and believes instead that they have innate differences in their brains that render them, literally, of the wrong sex.
That’s what “gender identity disorder” means, you absolute cretin.
Your biological, in-born, mental sex differs from the state of your genitals and what sex you were assigned at birth by one’s doctor based on that. That’s what “gender identity disorder” means.
Also, um… “normal growing pains”? Go fuck yourself with a rusty chainsaw. Imagine if you had grown up and when you hit 10 or 12, you started growing breasts and every time you looked into a mirror, you felt nothing but revulsion and shame. And so you stop looking in the mirror and you try and chop off your hair and wear really tight training sports bras and when blood comes out you weep for hours and every day you dream of suicide and…
But hey, that’s equivalent to getting dumped by some broad and feeling like “totally bummed out dude” for a weekend. There are literally not enough fucks for that little elbow jab of trans* denialist, trans* minimization bullshit on display right there.
Ditto, also, for dog whistling “disorder” in such a way that you can pretend you were using it by its accurate medical nature in the DSM for insurance purposes rather than as a pejorative for “trans* people are deluded fruitcakes”.
Such “transgendered” children, argues Spack, need “correcting” before it is too late.
Fuck, the assholes among the cisgendered, seem to recognize that being trapped in the wrongly sexed body would be a terrible thing when they are “just so worried” about that obviously huge and not at all nearly non-existent number of people who medically transition and then regret how they’ve “ruined their bodies”.
But ask them to apply the same empathy to people currently living that nightmare of biology and doctors deciding that what they really need is to go through the wrong puberty and be trapped in the wrong body, because, ermigod, what if you changed your mind, it would have been terrible if you had briefly experienced being in the wrong body? Bah!
It’s no more nightmarish when the accident of biology and social conditioning is doing it to you, yanno?
And also, let’s again point out the blooming obvious. Despite the best desires of wingnuts everywhere, it turns out that kids aren’t actually stupid. If they know what’s going on inside them, know what medical interventions they need, and what it means if they don’t receive it. And frankly, many of them who know at an earlier enough age also know all that (hello, internet, nice to see you there) and they WILL seek out alternate methods if denied.
And this is done, he explained in the Boston Globe in 2009, with “puberty-blocking drugs” that “work best at the beginning of the pubital process, typically age 10 to 12 for a girl and 12 to 14 for a boy.” The results are remarkable. One patient was a “girl from the UK,” who “was destined to be a 6-foot-4 male. With treatment, she’s going to end up 5-foot-10.”
Yeah, anti-androgens and anti-estrogens are pretty fucking boss.
I hear even on people post-puberty you can, with these “scary” “puberty-blocking drugs” totally change your body, making it exhibit all those “in-born” and totally immutable traits of sex and gender, such as breast size, hirsuteness, amount and thickness of hairs, actual genital shape including cock size (for transmen) or that area shrinkage (for transwomen), when combined with the correct hormone regimen.
Cause just because you delay the correct puberty doesn’t mean you don’t get to go through it once the fucking system or your best guess DIY experiment lets you.
I mean, yes, I understand that Cooke’s article is supposed to scare us about “oooh, bodies changing” “unnatural” and all that malarkey. But puberty is all about “scary” body change. Hairs in weird places, strange fluids, growth of secondary sex characteristics.
And there’s no reason to deny trans* kids their correct puberty if they are lucky enough to figure out things beforehand because we want to pretend that those body changes are somehow “more scary” if we don’t approve of the genital state of the person going through it.
Or as we see in our current fucked up world, just kicking the can a few years down the road so “we can just make sure and hey, why are you using your parent’s credit card to order drugs from Vanautu?”
Spack’s ideas are growing in popularity. “If you open the doors, these are the kids who come,” he claims.
Shock and outrage. Trans* peoples IZ REAL! And being real, they will gravitate towards whatever meager resources are available to help them no matter where they are or where they want to or are willing to go.
It’s almost like if you actually stop pretending away an issue and actually provide some form of service to those in need, those in need will use it. No matter how many threatening letters or “we swear it’s not terrorism” death threats you try and unleash your rabid monkeys to send on your behalf.
Well no, actually, they don’t.
Ha! Gotcha, trans* people are imaginary creatures much like pixies and have no need for medical services to avoid having to go through an incorrect puberty.
“These kids” are brought to Spack’s Huxleyesque “Gender Management Service Clinic” — and other such institutions across the country — by their parents;
PARENTAL CONSENT IS WRONG!
Oh wait, we’re always pretending we’re just staunch defenders of this when we’re trying to force teenagers to give birth or block incest victims from finding a way out of their abusive home environments.
Um, er… Ah, they are brought to the clinic, hint hint, not at all like those gay conversion therapies that we support I mean… OOH, yes, exactly like those. I mean, gotcha libs! You want to argue that that’s child abuse or a kid can’t consent to my love rocket of justice? Then eat that!
I mean, it’s not like there are ways to independently verify what a kid knows about these issues or that there are already established mechanisms for children to get necessary medical interventions despite their “consent status”.
their futures are discussed primarily between their parents and a doctor;
I mean, let’s leave aside that there is not a single child psychologist on the fucking planet that is ever going to exclusively or even primarily conduct their work with the parents of the child. And even accept a tiny minority of truly EPIC parents who are not only cool and accepting of their child’s condition, but are absolutely game from Day One even beyond their children. Even then, the world is a cold and transphobic place and it takes one hell of an iron will to convince a therapist in this country as an adult, much less as a kid that you understand who you are and how that differs from what you were assigned.
There is not a doctor on the planet who will allow a child to go on blockers and/or their appropriate hormone without spending weeks upon weeks with the child in very intensive therapy and a very conservative notion of what fits the bill for gender identity disorder.
As much as dumbfuck conservative trolls might like to imagine that trans people can just walk right up and demand the drugs they need and the social acceptance they crave with so little as a nevermind. THAT IS NOT ACTUALLY HOW THE WORLD WORKS!
and crucially, the decision is made by their parents, who then sign off on treatment that is undertaken by an (adult) doctor.
Yes. Consent laws make it so. And Bob damn does it suck to know at an earlier enough age, but have unsupportive parents or full-on abusive ones.
But going back to the consent laws. It’s sort of how all medical laws work.
I mean, here, let me do the scary voice.
Ooooh, children go in to the doctor, but the doctor and parent discuss the future of the child what with their super scary congenital heart condition and crucially, the decision is made by their parents on whether or not the child will receive heart medication and/or potential surgical intervention. OH NOES! And the parents may even discuss these options openly with the child (they probably will) or decide to make the final decision based on what the child has already reported! AND THEY SIGN OFF ON IT! LIKE ON PAPER! AIEEE! EVIL DOCTORS! HATE THEM! HATE THEM!
Yeah, sounds fucking stupid, don’t it?
That’s because it is.
No child in the history of the United States has ever walked into a doctor’s office and organized his or her own sex-change therapy, much less prescribed themselves and administered the requisite drugs.
Oh I can think of one potential candidate.
Some suggest that a child is unlikely to prescribe their own hormone therapry or organize their own sex-change surgeries what with them not being fully licensed doctors by the age of 10 or 12. But if the kids today aren’t going to apply themselves and finish med school and residency before their teen years, then I don’t see what business they have begging for the correct puberty regimen like a bunch of unproductive moochers. I mean, for fuck’s sake kids, haven’t you heard of pulling yourselves up by your bootstraps?
But hey, I guess you have to jump to that complete absurdity to try and erase the far more common reality where a child knows who they are, have enough access to the internet to understand what it means and what therapies could best aid them, and are perfectly capable of expressing what is occurring inside of them enough to let a trained medical personnel understand what medical interventions are necessary or ideal. Especially over the course of many repeated sessions.
But hey, if you just glide over it and pretend it never happened, then you can smear a brave medical professional responding to a common enough reality, by pretending that he’s only interacting with parents, never looking at the kid, and prescribing whatever drugs the parents say the kid should get like some complete fucking quack working for some conservative gay-conversion abuse mill.
Fuck. That. *Spit*
But even were a child to “walk through the door” entirely of his own volition, would that constitute an excuse?
Man, can you imagine a world where this wasn’t self-serving bullshit spread in all its bad faith glory?
Where transgender children were so regularly and thoroughly believed by their parents at first casual mention that it was never a hard battle even for those with “good parents” to even take the first steps of alleviating their gender dysphoria? Where the medical system was so accommodating for trans* individuals of all ages that it was never a hard battle for a psychologist to acknowledge what you already knew and would even admit a borderline case, with barely a whisper?
How glorious that would be?
Where a child who knew could be believed first go, rather than run a long battle against the denial and desperation to cling to what they’ve “known” of their even supportive parents? Where said parent would take them to a psychologist first thing and that psychologist reacted correctly first go, rather than needing to be convinced of basic reality?
Where a sentence like the one uttered by Charles Cooke wouldn’t be a laughably bitter pill in grave ignorance of the life experiences of actual trans* children?
Fuck. Again, I wish wingnuts would stop taunting us all with visions of a better world.
A child might also pick up a loaded handgun or avail himself of the liquor cabinet or elect to rub lipstick into the carpet, but we would not consider such agency to be sufficient warrant to cease all parental and societal oversight.
cease all parental and societal oversight.
the decision is made by their parents, who then sign off on treatment that is undertaken by an (adult) doctor.
Can’t even go a paragraph can you? Not even a fucking paragraph without tripping over your shoelaces and knocking yourself out in an own goal.
Spack, however, clearly sees no moral problem with indulging troubled children’s every desire.
Ugh. Such, greedy little children, always wanting to adults to acquiesce to their petty little whims. Oh, mommy mommy, I want to be able to see my eleventh birthday, will you please get me treatment for my leukemia? Or daddy daddy, I really need dialysis for my failing kidney!
And can you believe some parents actually fall for this garbage and waste their money indulging the little brats?!? It just sickens me!
When questioned about the potential drawbacks of his scheme, his only concession to the Boston Globe was “the issue of fertility.” He adumbrated: “When young people halt their puberty before their bodies have developed, and then take cross-hormones for a few years, they’ll probably be infertile. You have to explain to the patients that if they go ahead, they may not be able to have children.
SAVE THE FUTURE BABIES!
It doesn’t matter that we will force you into a traumatic young life experience that will greatly increase your chance of suicide and deny one a “normal” puberty life experience including the reduction in general passing and body satisfaction in the long term.
CAUSE THE FUTURE BABIES! They might be hurt. And be unable to tie their little future, non-existent booties because of mean evil trans* people and the vile doctors who totally manufacture them out of clay.
Yanno, like that won’t already happen when the kid dangerously self-medicates because they know exactly what they are and that those future babies were dun fucked the day that they were born in a body assigned one sex while their mental true sex said otherwise.
When you’re talking to a 12-year-old, that’s a heavy-duty conversation.
Yeah, it’s a heavy-duty reality.
Well, trans* kids do. Trans* kids read up on their condition. Trans* kids look into what their condition means. Trans* kids look into what it will all mean if they get the hormone treatment. And if they make it into a doctor, it’s usually only because they’ve worked out every last dotted i and crossed t and have managed to be eloquent enough to convince their parents and work through their parents’ grasping straws regarding “but grandkids” and “are you sure you’re not just emulating that nice X on TV?”.
Also, note, these are the words of the “good doctor”. The one “super on the ball” on these issues and who is being demonized for providing one of the few avenues of this service.
This is literally as good as it gets in terms of official level support for trans* kids.
But hey, that’s not going to stop Captain Fuckpants from running with those few crumbs thrown his direction in order to claim that kids are idiots and doctors are pumping them full of hormones they don’t need out of fealty to the Grand Transgender Empire.
One can only conclude that, in Dr. Spack’s worldview, children of “that age” are unlikely to “think about fertility,” but are nonetheless capable of making irreversible decisions that will affect them until their dying day.
Yes, because the actual kids know WAY more about transgender issues than you’ll EVER allow yourself to.
And not because you are stupid. Fuck, we could only PRAY that you were stupid. No, it’s because you are deliberately, intentionally ignorant. By. Choice.
Children, of course, are incapable of making either kind of decision, or of fully grasping the gravity of what is being suggested.
Kids are stupid. Derp a derp. And completely incapable of relating their experiences before a trained professional who DOES have the experience and knowledge base to come to a therapeutic conclusion.
Also the sky is orange and ratatouille tastes like butts and the tears of the damned.
It is thus that we maintain laws that prohibit the young from voting, driving, buying whiskey, and starting a family — even when these tasks are within their physical abilities.
Um… okay, gonna let the cheap child molestation bait go right on by.
Also, congratulations, dear wingnut, on belatedly realizing what consent is… kinda.
Next, you just need to understand what “medical laws relating to children’s consent” and what “parents signing off” means and then you’ll finally be able to join the rest of us at the adult table… Actually, let’s find you your own table cause I’m not entirely sure I fully trust that “starting a family is within their physical abilities” line.
It would be made blindingly obvious just how ridiculous are suggestions to the contrary if it were reported that twelve-year-old children were undergoing vasectomies or electing to be sterilized.
FUTURE CHILDREN! AIEEEEE!
Also, indeed it would be, because a prepubescent “needing a vasectomy” (independent of gender identity surgery considerations) isn’t actually a universally recognized medical phenomenon that reduces harm and prevents traumatic events.
If there actually was a condition wherein a child not receiving a vasectomy would cause half the negative effects that a child going through the wrong puberty does, then, yeah, we’d be fucking crowing to the roofs to make sure the sufferers of that condition got the care they needed.
But there isn’t. So it’s an absurdity. Same as if you tried to argue that we don’t need to save a drowning person because fish can swim and you don’t see them needing to be removed from the lake.
(Or, perhaps, changing their skin color.)
Ha! Showed those liberals! I mean, changing your assigned sex! Clearly as absurd as changing your race!
What’s that? One’s biological reality actually almost entirely depends on one’s hormonal composition? And that the contrary of trying to change the “delusion” of one’s mental sex is actually the one that is as fixed and immutable as race? Or rather as the popular comprehension of race, what with actual race being kind of fuzzy concept largely defined by cultural standards. And…
Er… ha ha loony libs! Life is so much easier as long as you pretend away any aspect of reality that makes your thinky box hurt too much! Ow, nosebleed.
If such cases came to light, the condemnation would be swift, with all sections of the country calling for the heads of the parents, doctors, and, ultimately, Congress — all of which institutions, one might note, are filled by adults. In our society it is with adults that the buck stops.
Okay, fine, I believe you. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, I believe that you are in actuality… an adult.
And, yeah, rah rah, ignore studied upon studied reality and potentially fatal consequences for denying them access to a body that doesn’t cause them continuous pain (specifically note the last line) so that you can demonize an “easy target” and “suggest” that riots and demands for blood should be the “proper” reaction to an actual real phenomenon you want people to suffer for so you don’t have to admit it exists.
There are words to describe what that makes you. But I’m afraid that verbalizing them unleashes the Seven Headed Beast that Heralds the End of the World.
Besides… there might be children present.
Dr. Margaret Moon, a member of the bioethics committee at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a teacher at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, is horrified by the trend. She contends that it is devastating for children “to have an irreversible treatment too early.” She is concerned that, in addition to abdicating their responsibilities, adults involved in children’s sex-change treatment often have questionable motives.
I mean, reacting to a reality and trying to ease the life of a child with a very difficult biological reality?
Clearly suspect. Far more than say, parents who decide to bury their heads in the sand and deny the reality of their child, leaving the child at the mercy of a terrifying and soul-crushing pubescence absent any support from their parents.
I mean, what parent doesn’t love burying their kid because the strain of trying to fit a box they can never fit was too much to bear and no one bothered to get them help when they could?
It’s fun fun fun.
Parents, she notes, are much too quick to try and medicate their children’s natural confusion and curiosity, or clutch at straws out of shame at having a different — and possibly homosexual — child.
I mean, duh.
What parent, when given the choice between having some kind of gay child, with their faggoty ways or having a trans* child, won’t choose the latter every time?
I mean, trans* people are so much more socially accepted than gay people and have so much easier lives and never ever face the same social ostracization and…
I’m fucking sorry, but when the fuck has anyone EVER thought “gosh, my kid being a faggot makes them an abomination, I’ll just give them a sex change and then they’ll totally live an easy life of being normal?”
I know it’s a common right-wing scare tactic and argument, but so is the idea that queer teachers “recruit” with “gay propaganda” or the idea that trans* people go into bathrooms in order to have access to the non-stop rape orgies.
But here in reality, there is not a homophobic parent on the planet that’s going to accept a trans* kid more. Not a speck of our broken society that is going to accept a trans* person more than a gay person. That is going to think more highly of someone for being trans* than being gay.
So fuck off with your concern troll bullshit. We don’t need it.
There is a legitimate debate about the degree to which our society’s adults should use medicine to change their gender,
Oh there is?
Pray tell, what is this “legitimate debate” about how adults can alleviate gender dysphoria?
Might it resemble the current atmosphere where trans* people say “this is what is happening and this is what I need access to” and conservatives shout “ARGLE BARGLE! TRANNIES IN YOUR LOCKER ROOMS! GRYAAAAHHH! SAVE THE GENITALS FROM MUTILATION! RAWR! NO SUCH THING! BLARG!”?
Cause somehow, I think so.
but not one that obtains in this case. What the likes of Dr. Spack are doing has nothing to do with sex or individual rights, and everything to do with the welfare of children and our duty to protect them before they cross the threshold into adulthood and make life’s major decisions for themselves.
THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
Well, not what actual children need or what the children themselves are requesting or what the medical realities would suggest as a best case practice in accordance with harm reduction public policy and the advice of trained professionals.
But children in the abstract.
You know, that abstract, fulfilling all the emotional buttons our authoritarian control over others demands, thing completely disconnected from actual smelly physical having real lives children.
The same children that are harmed if you watch an R movie on TV late at night. Or if someone listens to a metal album.
Unlike so much these days, this is an issue that transcends the standard political divide;
… Sigh. Sadly, Yes.
Transphobia is sadly something that transcends the political divide. By which I mean, it is still primarily a conservative phenomenon, but there is no shorter of self-professed liberals or even liberals with really good awareness on other issues who nonetheless are a complete dog’s bollocks on trans* issues.
And it is this oppressive culture of fear, hatred, casual discrimination, and assumptions of being lying delusional bastards that make such a world where in a mother of a young trans* kid turned to me and begged me for mentoring for their kid as an out trans* teacher. Why the first thing I needed to tell that young kid was that it’ll get better eventually. And why I’ll bleed to the death to try and make that better world actually exist if that kid is lucky enough to make it my age (yeah, I didn’t misspeak there, we bury a shit-ton of our own).
It’s bad out there for our young.
And there’s no shortage of baddies who want this painful reality to continue unabated.
Dr. Spack can cloak his sickening procedures with as many euphemisms as he likes, but the only two words that we should hear are “child abuse.”
I remember my father’s words. “I don’t want to hear about how studies say blah blah blah”. The fingers in the ears to a reality that is not what they were taught. So it must be screamed at until it goes away.
One way or another.
Well, fuck that.
We’re here. We’re trans*. Get the fuck used to it.
And Charlie boy, if you’re still reading every piece mentioning your fucked up tweet, then I invite you to join us in the comment threads here. I’m sure the regulars will appreciate the ability to sharpen their teeth.
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. I’d recommend most of the webcomics linked to in the course of this post. Especially Khaos Komix, Misfile, and Rooster Tails. Also, Khaos’s sequel, Discord Comics with an asexual/genderqueer/transvestite parody of Shades of Grey. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™