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  •  OK, thanks for that good example. (0+ / 0-)

    So the question for me is, where and on what basis do we draw the lines around diseases, illnesses, or disorders (which are not necessarily all the same thing.) I can see your analogy between pregnancy and transition. I think many people are concerned with the idea of transition because it doesn't seem to be a process which is easily reversible. So if a person is suffering from some mental disorder they may seek out transition and regret it later. But the likelihood of this may be very small, and the same thing could be said about many other medical procedures.

    I am not spooked by SRS, and I realize that it isn't up to me. I have no desire to control anyone. I know that you are not asking me to understand. I am seeking to understand more anyway, even though I know that there is a limit to that understanding. I'm not trying to cause any aggravation, or get in the way of anything. I think it is natural that I am concerned about issues which are closer to home for me, such as the stigmatization of mental illness. What I want is for the concept of mental illness to be looked at objectively without moral judgment.

    •  Many people are concerned with transition (0+ / 0-)

      Oh, tell me about it. I only lost a human lifetime because of that tender "concern".

      Suicide is also irreversible. How many more of us have to kill ourselves before cisgender males stop trying to "save" from us from doing something that gives them the creeps?

      I predict that no number of suicides of trans people would ever make you comfortable with SRS.

      Therefore this is a purely political issue, exactly like abortion rights. We will simply work to take our rights regardless of whether cisgender males like it (and it is usually the cisgender males who are ultra-creeped-out)

      •  Abortion rights is a political issue, but (0+ / 0-)

        abortion itself is a medical issue. That point aside, are the high rates of suicide caused by the inability to have SRS, or as a result of being abused and tormented by others, or both? Dealing with suicide and trauma should be of primary concern, of course.

        Anyway, I personally have no more discomfort with the idea of SRS than any other procedure which alters the body. I am currently recovering from a total hip replacement, and even though that is a pretty straightforward procedure which has a high potential of greatly improving my life, it's not something I easily jumped into. I would think the same would be true for most people undergoing any kind of surgery, including SRS. These aren't things a person jumps into willy-nilly. However, I did need a diagnosis to proceed with my surgery. Whether that should be the case for SRS, I don't know. Should I care, given that it has no impact on me? No, not really. My initial concern with this diary had more to do with the attitude about psychology, although I am interested in the general subject matter.

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