Evaluating long term studies on the efficacy of “sex reassignment” procedures: objective versus subjective measurements
March 21, 2015
Posting as a follow up to a conversation here:
Originally posted on Sex matters.:
The success or failure of medical treatment can be evaluated in a variety of different ways. Objectively measurable criteria generally provide the most stable, repeatable, and transferable results. Subjectively measurable criteria, on the other hand, are more vulnerable to unconscious bias and manipulation.
In the context of the “sex reassignment” procedures, patient satisfaction outcomes are often given primary importance. But they are not the only relevant factor for consideration. This is especially true when looking at what happens years out, after transition. We should look past immediate gratification to sustained realities. Long-term studies necessarily give us the fullest picture of transsexuals’ lives.
In order to highlight differences between subjective and objective criteria, I will review and comment on the results of four long-term follow up studies on transsexuals. Here are examples of criteria used to measure the efficacy of “sex reassignment” procedures:
OBJECTIVE: mortality, suicides, hospitalizations, criminal convictions, surgical complications…
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December 18, 2013
Originally posted on FireWomon:
Misogyny is alive and well and thriving on Twitter. ‘Twitter?’ you say, ‘Twitter is not real life’. Well with over 500 million users worldwide and as one of the top ten most visited websites, Twitter is very much real life. Twitter is a very powerful tool and, like any powerful tool, in the wrong hands it can wreak havoc.
If you’re a woman with an opinion on Twitter, be prepared for regular misogynistic onslaughts from people you have never met and are never likely to meet. Twitter is the bully’s manna from heaven: they sit behind the relative anonymity of their computers, seeking out victims to taunt, mock and abuse. At the merest whiff of blood, they tweet their bullying comrades, inciting a ‘pile-on’ of their quarry – and apparently taking a perverse pleasure in doing so.
If you are a woman who dared contribute to the current #sharedgirlhood hashtag, the…
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November 10, 2013
No idea what this person is talking about re: percentages? ! For one thing, the transgender population is not 88% male by any measure. Hello? Reblogging for links only. Great data collection here. If I had to guestimate the percentage of MALE transgenders who transition due to autogynephilia? I’d say around 100%.
Originally posted on OUT of My Panties, Now!!!:
Okay, I rounded… I admit it. I rounded 88% up to 90%. Substantially all still applies. Do not mistake that.
88% of the transgender population, those people who are protected by gender identity and gender expression laws, are, as reported by their own advocacy organizations, males with a psychosexual disorder. (1)
Many men with psychosexual disorders practice their fetish in the privacy of their own homes. But as many as 13,946,348 of them in the US, at the time of this writing, will be free to practice their fetish in public, in front of your children, in women’s locker rooms, in the girls bathroom at school. (2) This will be enabled by current and pending transgender legislation throughout the US. (3)
Transgender fetish is the largest sexual disorder reported in convicted sex offenders.(4) Almost 100% of convicted sex offenders have a documented history of transvestism, crossdressing, free-dressing, Autogynephilia, transsexualism…
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“Men have never dreaded anything more than women talking together, realising our condition and acting upon each of our realisations. “
Originally posted on radical wind:
Or where has thinking gone? Why are so few feminists interested in THINKING (and writing those thoughts down for other women to read)? It’s interesting to notice that while women are made to feel no longer qualified enough to listen to other women’s suffering, to relate it to our own, to support each other and see what we can do for ourselves, at the same time discussions about how men’s violence affects us has been mostly wiped out of feminism as a regular or central practice.
Feminism has indeed become much reduced to tedious, boring organisational meetings, institutional work or media campaigning, hierarchical and professionalised, father-state-controlled-and-paid women’s aid, conferences or lecturing, planning one action after the other up until exhaustion. All have in common that there is very little profound thinking, horizontal talking about our lives and furthering radical feminist thought, because it’s either focused on changing men in male-defined…
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August 27, 2013
A must-read post. Not to be missed. Wow.
Originally posted on redressalert:
My unpopular perspective is that the adoption of trans identity is frequently a trauma response. Some of the first cracks of daylight that could pierce my former ideology came from Carolyn Gage’s article on how the reality of sexual abuse can complicate FTM trans narratives (“The Inconvenient Truth about Teena Brandon,” Trivia, Issue 10, February 2010).
I recently learned that in the mid-90s, Aaron (still Holly, then) Devor even did a study suggesting that some FTM identity formation is a response to abuse, perhaps a form of dissociative identity disorder. (This resonates: approximately 2/3 of my sexual abuse support group transitioned ftm and identified as “multiple.” This was years after I detransitioned but before I really got what it had meant in the first place.) The study interviews FTMs and specifically some who are trained therapists. According to Devor, “all three of the participants who were therapists mentioned that…
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