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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You are whoever you say

A friend sent this article yesterday. The relevant excerpts:

[On] Monday, the AMA said transgender people should be able to switch the sex designation on their birth certificates without having sex-change surgery.

Most states make the operations a prerequisite. But the new AMA policy acknowledges that gender identity doesn't always match a person's birth anatomy.

An AMA report says identification documents that are consistent with gender identity rather than anatomy is essential to basic social and economic functioning.

The report also says patients deserve medical care that is appropriate to their birth anatomy even if they self-identify as the opposite sex.

The new policy won praise from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

"The AMA's support for eliminating surgery requirements to update their birth certificate will send a strong message to states that lag behind on these policies," Mara Keisling, the group's executive director, said in written statement.

In other words, you can be whoever, or whatever, you say.

But why stop with gender identity? Why prevent a wigger from simply amending his birth certificate to declare that he is African-American, so that he can reap the benefits of affirmative action? Maybe he actually feels black inside; perhaps he just yearns to be black. Either way, should the AMA not approve of him simply changing his birth certificate to coincide with his innermost wishes and desires?

After all, to paraphrase the AMA, racial identity doesn't always match a person's birth race. 

There are a number of things I'd like to change about myself -- with AMA approval, of course. I'd like to have an IQ of 200. I'd like to be an Olympic champion. And I'd like to be a billionaire. While these things normally aren't listed on one's birth certificate, they do happen to be my innermost desires. So, using AMA logic, why can't I just say so and have it be so? 


Anonymous said...

Even transsexuals themselves are embarrassed by this. Transsexualism is a condition where someone suffers terrible dysphoria as a result of their body (41% of pre-op transsexuals have attempted suicide). Psychotherapy doesn't work - the only thing known to help is the surgery. That's why genuine transsexuals are so insulted with the "identify as you like" bullshit. For them, it isn't a case of mere identity that you can switch on and off - it's of wanting to get over suffering. Even scientists have found a genetic cause of transsexualism - there were autopsies showing that TS people have different brains and some chromosomal abnormalities. The postmodern 'identity politics' phenomenon leaves transsexualism open to appropriation by people who aren't really suffering dysphoria and are only transitioning to make a political statement, hence why they don't want surgery.

- Gethin

John Craig said...

Gethin --
Very well put, and you show appropriate sympathy for a group which is obviously mentally tortured. (I hadn't known of that suicide statistic.) And yes, the idea that they now have to share their space with those who don't suffer from their condition must be galling. You're very well informed. (I hadn't been aware of the different brains and chromosomal abnormalities either.)

Spychiatrist said...

"The new policy won praise from the National Center for Transgender Equality".

Such an organization actually exists? NCTE?

Probably tax-payer funded too.

John Craig said...

Spike --
I guess so. I'd never heard of it before either, but its existence doesn't surprise me.

I have to agree with Gethin in the first comment: there are legitimate transsexuals (who want the operation) and suffer until they get it. But this idea what you can say you're whatever you want is pretty ridiculous.