Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Some Changes Can't Be Undone

I have posted here before about the large number of people who have had sex change operations and later regretted it, many trying to reverse the procedure with yet another sex-change, which often does not work well.  From the Federalist:

But the difference between Love and the guy with phantom penis syndrome is that the guy isn’t allowed to talk about his regret. Not openly. The transgender lobby actively polices and suppresses discussion of sex-change regret, and claims it’s rare (no more than “5 percent.”) However, if you do decide to “de-transition” to once again identify with the sex in your DNA, talking about it will get you targeted by trans activists. So it’s a challenge to understand the scope of regret for sex change surgery. It’s out there, but…
‘It’s Genital Mutilation’Let’s start with Alan Finch, a resident of Australia who decided when he was 19 to transition from male to female, and in his 20s had genital surgery. But then, at age 36, Finch told the Guardian newspaper in 2004:
. . . transsexualism was invented by psychiatrists. . . .You fundamentally can’t change sex … the surgery doesn’t alter you genetically. It’s genital mutilation. My ‘vagina’ was just the bag of my scrotum. It’s like a pouch, like a kangaroo. What’s scary is you still feel like you have a penis when you’re sexually aroused. It’s like phantom limb syndrome. It’s all been a terrible misadventure. I’ve never been a woman, just Alan . . . the analogy I use about giving surgery to someone desperate to change sex is it’s a bit like offering liposuction to an anorexic.
Finch went on to sue the Australian gender identity clinic at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Center for misdiagnosis. He also was involved in starting an outreach to others called “Gender Menders.” The reaction from the transgender community was fast, furious, and abusive, particularly in the Susans.org discussion forum as described in Sheila Jeffrey’s book, “Gender Hurts.”
One of the accounts reminds me of a tragedy from long ago:

Another heart-wrenching story, of a female-to-male transgender, is that of Nancy Verhelst in Belgium. She was aghast after her surgery, saying she felt more like a “monster” than a man. She also spoke of her sad childhood, in which her mother rejected her in favor of her brothers, and isolated little Nancy in a room over the garage. Nancy was so distraught that she asked doctors to put her to death under Belgium’s lax euthanasia laws. They coldly complied.

I have written in the past of a  woman my wife and I talked to in the 1980s whose husband had grown up being dressed as a little girl by a mother who desparately wanted a daughter, with a hypermacho Marine father.  As you might expect he grew up with gender identity problems, and was now intent on a sex-change, encouraged by his pastor to do so.

Unfortunately, the mass media are promoting transgender as part of their campaign to promote the idea that all forms of sex are specially favored, and any disapproval is narrow-minded.


Mauser said...

What the Trans-lobby never mentions to its prospective victims is this: After surgery, you will never have another orgasm for the rest of your life.

No wonder the suicide rate is so high.

Clayton Cramer said...

That would seem like a serious game-changer. Considering all the nerve endings involved, this does not seem like a surprise.