Posted 27 April 2015 - 01:26 PM
1) I actually agree that (most) transgendered people have a mental disorder ( some have a genetic one). I think it's a leap to speculate that it's like addiction, however.
2) I think it's really doubtful anything Bruce Jenner does or doesn't do will lead directly to anyone having any kind of surgery. I mean, SHE isn't having the surgery, from what I understand. Anyone who goes through the mountain of shit and expense you have to go through, to have that surgery done, isn't doing it because of a star they see on TV. They are doing it because they fundamentally think that they were born the wrong sex.
3) My issue with Tilt's post wasn't really about the mental health aspect of it. I've said before I think the APA made a mistake taking gender identity disorders out of the DSM, and I think the LGB community make a tactical political mistake, by hitching their stars to the "T" community. My issue was with Tilty's complete disingenuousness. If you think it's ridiculous that we, as a society have to treat crazy f4ggots like women now, then say it. But couching it about how you'd respect Jenner, if she just kept quiet about it, that's just nonsense.
4) Even though I think most transgendered people are mentally ill, I don't think the way we deal with mental illness is with shame and pushing people into the shadows, ignoring their pain. If someone, even a crazy person, wants me to call them "miss" and use female pronouns when talking about them, why on earth wouldn't I when it costs me literally nothing to do so. In steadfastly refusing to do so, I think are needlessly causing trans people pain, and for what reason? From everything I understand about transgendered people, their lives are quite often filled with pain and mental anguish, and why add too it? If I think they are delusional, so what? If there's one thing I've learned, in dealing with delusional people, is trying to tell the "truth" to them, does nothing but intensely upset them and does zero in helping them see the truth.
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