October 7, 2013
November 21, 2012
Bailey, J. Michael.
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Volume 50, Number 4, Autumn
2007, pp. 521-534 (Article)
A COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF male-to-female transsexualism is that all
MtF transsexuals are, essentially, women trapped in men’s bodies.The standard
narrative of men who become women goes something like this: “I have
always felt that I was born in the wrong body. I have always been feminine in
my interests and feelings. My desire to change sex is about my gender identity
and not my sexuality.”This narrative, which Dreger (2007) has termed “the feminine
essence narrative,” represents both what most laypeople believe to be true as well as
what transsexuals are likely to say publicly.The narrative has been extended to an
etiological theory, which Lawrence (2007b) has called “the brainsex
theory of transsexualism.” The transsexual advocacy website, transsexual.org,
puts this theory succinctly: “A transsexual is a person in which the sex-related
structures of the brain that define gender identity are exactly opposite the physical
sex organs of the body.”
The standard, feminine essence narrative, and the associated brain-sex theory,
are incorrect, in the sense that they do not represent reality, even if they do correspond
with many transsexual individuals’ beliefs and identities. The best scientific
evidence (discussed below) indicates that there are two distinct subtypes of
MtF transsexuals, and that the feminine essence narrative at best approximates
the life history of only one subtype. Paradoxically, this explanation of MtF
transsexualism persists because it is the explanation preferred by the other subtype, to
which it does not apply at all. The popularity of the feminine essence narrative
reflects factors other than the strength of scientific support. Its persistence has
likely had negative consequences for both science and transsexuals themselves.
Those who follow trends in gender, and even some casual readers will be well familiar with transgender activist Andrea James. A graduate of men’s-only Wabash College (which describes it’s mission as teaching males “The Gentleman’s Rule”), James E. Mead rode to fame in the genderist community in 1996 after undergoing and championing a series of radical facial cosmetic surgical procedures in an ongoing plastic surgery diary called TS Roadmap. James was the first autosexual genderist man to promote the surgical ideal of inserting a female-looking face on a male skull and body. He helped popularize these surgeries – now known as “facial feminization surgery”- among gendersexual/autogynephillic men. James helped spur the gendersexual trend away from genital surgeries and toward facial surgeries: which help the men who derive stimulation from imagining themselves inhabiting an approximation of a sexualized female body to achieve a “face passing as female” socially (at least on first glance). He paved the way for men to claim facial cosmetic surgery as a form of “sex-reassignment” surgery.
In addition to his surgical diary (and grudge blog) TSRoadmap, James makes bank on hair removal sites HairFacts and HairTell and produces consumer videos for men in voice instruction in imitating a female tone. He has been accused of charging kickbacks for surgical and electrolysis endorsements on his websites.
James started using Wikipedia to post articles promoting his hair removal sites, then began editing feminist, lesbian, gender and transgender entries (including his own biographical entry which he has had edited and removed several times). As wikipedia editor “Jokestress” he has edited over 45,000 articles, with special attention given to hair removal articles which he publishes as free promotion for his websites and products.
Andrea James is perhaps best known for posting photos of a nine year old girl stolen from a social networking site and captioning the child a “cock-starved exhibitionist”. In response to public outcry James deleted the posts before he was arrested yet later claimed the child “deserved it” because James was angry at the child’s father, sexologist Michael Bailey. You can read about this in the NewYorkTimes article exposing James here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/21/health/psychology/21gender.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
James still holds some sway in the transgender political movement, largely on the basis of his previous celebrity as a facial surgery diarist, and his political campaign against all psychiatric and medical research into treating gender dysphoria. However his antics as a disreputable activist using unethical tactics and exhibiting poor impulse control are so widely documented (he once held up a graphic of what he called “a greedy Jew” at a seminar where he went on to elucidate on “greedy jew children” as a supposed correlative to male gender stereotypes) that his influence is widely diminished. His last media splash was to promote a video he created called “I Like Big Dicks”. Surprisingly, he was added in 2007 to the Board of Trustees of a marginal group called “Trans Youth Family Allies” which purports to support “transgender children” but became embroiled in controversy when one of it’s graduates and “success stories”, a female teenager and daughter of one of the group’s founders, committed suicide after “treatment”.
James popped back up this week when long-time transgender activist Denise Manger died of cancer. James was disturbed because Alice Dreger- the woman who exposed his unethical tactics (and his sexualized targeting of a nine-year-old girl) to the New York Times eulogized Denise on her blog. You can read Dreger’s detailed account of Andrea James’ actions here: [PDF] http://www.springerlink.com/content/0753m756162q4236/fulltext.pdf?MUD=MP
Dreger has reported extensively on medical ethics surrounding sex and gender. While not a feminist, she has researched, written and advised on sex-typing in Olympic sporting events – taking issue with discrepancies in regulation of female-generated testosterone levels while male levels of testosterone are un-regulated, taking issue with the medicalization of children who reject sex-role stereotypes and the transgender activists that seek to colonize such children to present a “pre-sexual” face to the transgender movement, taken issue with the transgender movement’s colonization and disregard of Intersex individuals/ those with congenital disorders or differences in reproductive development, and perhaps most importantly, spearheaded a campaign against the outrageous medical experimentation being conducted on pregnant women using off-label pre-natal dexamethasone “treatment” to “prevent lesbianism”. Dreger is the founder of FetalDex.Org, an organization created to document and protest off-label medical experimentation on pregnant women the sole purpose of which is to prevent Lesbian, Gay and non-sex-stereotypical female birth.
Read a VERY interesting account (arguably more interesting than anything else in this post) by Dreger of the challenges in medical and nursing practice regarding ethics related to experimentation on gay, lesbian, and transgender children here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fetishes-i-dont-get/201210/the-dex-diaries-part-9-the-real-silent-majority
Whatever your views, Dreger’s work is critically important and her writings essential.
Sigh. But back to wack-ass Andrea James. Because it is also important to document historically the hideously misogynist attacks and harassment on Dreger by the transgender movement by men like Andrea James. This is history, baby.
What follows are the terms James uses to characterize researcher and medical ethicist Alice Dreger in his post this week on his TG Roadmap site. In a creepy spree of pedophilic prose he characterizes female children who are predated and raped by adult male high school teachers as “needy”. He speculates on female-authored academic work which disagrees with his beliefs as reflective of our “Daddy issues”. Dear lord. This list is a pretty good illustration of how James helped foster a culture of sexist misogynist heterosexual male autosexual transgender activism, and also why he is now considered a marginalized activist among mainstream genderists. Creeps be creepy! Enjoy.
Descriptors presented in order he posted them.
James Mead/Andrea James’ terms for female ethicist Alice Dreger in his latest article:
Blinded to the truth by [her] own incompetence.
Highly susceptible to flattery.
Willing to believe anything from anyone who agrees
Willing to believe anything from anyone who disagrees with a perceived enemy.
Dreger is the kind of needy person who loses her virginity to an exploitative high school teacher.
Dreger and her desire to please him seem very similar to her high school behavior
Dreger’s weird fixation with presenting herself as sexually desirable
Dreger is what passes for an academic these days.
blinded by her own histrionic self-righteousness.
tries to stir up old controversies to make a quick buck and get the attention she craves
Daddy was probably a strict disciplinarian, and Dreger found the best way to get attention was to get in trouble.
thrives on feeling persecuted.
keeps picking fights.
can’t get anything done unless she feels persecuted/angry
tries to pick fights with people who threaten her livelihood or veneer of credibility.
incompetent and blinded to the truth
easy to exploit
eager to spread misinformation and lies without checking them
If you like accident scenes and have time for cray here’s the link to James’ whole speil, er, account:
OH GOOD GOLLY! Looks like James has removed his “apology” to sexologist Bailey’s kids! Oh NOEZZZZZ! Guess I will have to print the (non)apology here. See where James “apologizes” for the “analogy” of POSTING PICTURES OF A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL CAPTIONED WITH “COCK-STARVED EXHIBITIONIST by ACCUSING Bailey of “failing” his “emotional and religious commitment to his family” BY GETTING DIVORCED. HAHAHAHAHA
OHHH MYYYY GODDDDD.
See it here folks. James the “Big Dick” has scrubbed his site. But GenderTrender has your back, yo! Enjoy reading where James blames the children he sexually targeted for their own distress! And blames their Dad for James’ sexual exploitation of them for his sin of dedicating his book to them! Holy SHIT! KEEP ALL KIDS AWAY FROM THIS MAN. Creepy-ass-fuck. This is an insane man.
July 7, 2011
Just a quick plug for an interesting article that ran last week in Seattle’s The Stranger by noted Bioethicist (and non-feminist) Alice Dreger. Even though Dreger remains somewhat uncritical about the causes of objectively observed statistical differences in male and female behaviors, the article is quite interesting and well worth a read for anyone with an interest in the medical/surgical “reparative treatment” of gender non-conforming (mainly gay) children and the promotion of such by the Transgender Lobby.
Unlike many writers Dreger is well aware of the research and statistics around gender non-conforming children and presents the data objectively.
“Sex-changing interventions are nontrivial. They involve substantial physical risk, including major risk to sexual sensation, and a lifelong commitment to trying to manage hormone replacement. Most people seem to get how serious sex-changing interventions are when we’re not talking about transgender. A couple of weeks ago, a man writing into Savage Love mentioned that he had voluntarily been castrated—a fetish, don’t you know—and the commentators went, well, nuts. And most people get that it was wrong for doctors in the past to take baby boys born with small penises and sex-change them with genital surgeries and hormonal interventions.
But somehow if we wrap these major interventions around gender identity, we’re supposed to believe they are not that big a deal in terms of planning for a child’s future? And the clinician who tries to get a gender dysphoric kid to learn to like her or his innate body really is a Nazi? Not buying it.”
Read the whole article (and see why I posted a pic of Tommy the Train 😉 ) at: