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The WHO expects this move to help remove stigma and make transgender people more socially acceptable (although this idea says something about people with mental illnesses not being socially acceptable). In turn, removing stigma could help to reduce violence against trans people, says Vanessa Victoria Crespo, counsellor and advocate at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP).
I am a nonbinary trans menstruator ― someone with a uterus that bleeds monthly, but who identifies outside of the fixed categories of male and female. Because of that, I have to navigate the challenges of getting my period every month in a world that refuses to acknowledge that not everyone who gets their period is a woman, and not every woman gets their period.
The representation of periods in the media has never matched the reality, but that’s even more true when you’re a trans person just looking for something that doesn’t scream, “You’re a W-O-M-A-N.”
If you must ask which pronoun the person uses, start with your own. For example, "Hi, I'm Alex and I use the pronouns he and him. What about you?" Then use that person's pronoun and encourage others to do so. If you accidentily use the wrong pronoun, apologize quickly and sincerely, then move on. The bigger deal you make out of the situation, the more uncomfortable it is for everyone.
But we lose the ability to effectively call out bigotry when all disagreement is condemned as bigoted—and when lies are told in the process.
As I explain in “When Harry Became Sally,” contrary to the claims of activists, sex isn’t “assigned” at birth—and that’s why it can’t be “reassigned.” Sex is a bodily reality that can be recognized well before birth with ultrasound imaging. Cosmetic surgery and cross-sex hormones don’t change the deeper biological reality.
originally posted by: NiNjABackflip
a reply to: shawmanfromny
On the one hand, I understand how the trans person feels. Stigma, bullying, cognitive dissonance, suicide etc. could arise from gender dysphoria. Society should do its best to accommodate and welcome them.
But on the other hand we cannot simply dismiss biology. Men do not get periods. Men do not menstruate.
I don't think we should label it a mental illness for the very reasons the WHO states. But we should come up with clinical language that doesn't dismiss, obfuscate or politicize basic biology.
I don't think the term "mental illness" dismisses, obfuscates or politicizes the topic in anyway. I believe it sheds a little light actually. Quad
originally posted by: neo96
originally posted by: kaylaluv
(Checks calendar) Yep, it’s about time for another “Transgender people are a bunch of crazy freaks” thread. I could set my watch by you guys...
I can't remember does that come before or after the crazy gun owners threads?