One of the biggest problems transsexual women face is having self-appointed community “leaders” who think they need to engage in activism. There is a reason that do-gooders are almost universally reviled throughout the ages. Here’s an example of one that bothers me.
Dr. Kelley Winters has taken it upon herself to get involved with the DSM V, the rewrite of the diagnostic handbook where the silly notion of “gender identity disorder” has become enshrined in the pseudo-medical literature. John Money cackles from his grave every time that diagnosis is made.
On her blog she details her participation in the “GID” workgroup, the latest being a presentation made in June along with two others. Here is a summary of their position from her blog, under a heading of “What We Think”:
* Winters – Individuals whose gender identity or expression differ from assigned birth-sex are labeled mentally disordered in the DSM-IV-TR, inflicting harmful social stigma and barriers to transition care.
* Ehrbar – Practically, diagnosis is needed for access. Conceptually, it makes sense to categorize gender dysphoria as a mental health disorder.
* Gorton – GID (by any name) belongs in DSM-V. Revisions can foster acceptance among consumers without compromising scientific accuracy. Diagnosis facilitates insurance coverage and disability protections.
While Winters states that she has a problem with the stigma, the other two people strongly believe that “Gender Identity Disorder”, a clear fiction, is indispensable and necessary. It is necessary to label people who are different, it “makes sense” to say that the people in question have a mental health disorder, and it is “scientifically accurate” to boot.
I don’t have a problem with Winters viewpoint, and I agree with her. I just don’t think anyone is listening to her. The problem is that she associates with people who do not have our interests as women at heart. They have the interests of the pseudo-medical industry in mind first and foremost. Winters’ presence at the conference appears to be largely ornamental.
Having a token transsexual person on board gives the Psych Industry the veneer of propriety it wants in continuing its cruel domination of not only those who are born differently, but those who think differently as well (the transgender). It is the crassest form of politics practiced against society’s most vulnerable members. But this is completely in character for the so-called mental health profession as a macro business entity. Individual therapists may be good people and help their clients, but organizational needs override any good that may come from books like the DSM. Simply put, the Psych Industry wants to keep its customers, even if those customers must be victimized to do so.
The Public Option
Those like Dr. Winters who live steeped in transsexuality are not doing good for the cause, whatever that cause is. Being born part of a tiny minority carries with it a very different set of rules than such things as race, creed, or any of the identity-based movements that trans-politics tries to model itself after. Being flawed from the inception, the political activism that “transpeople” engage in are inevitably harmful in the end.
When you make your life about a birth defect, certain questions arise in people’s minds, questions that are not what the activists think they are. People question your sanity, as they cannot imagine exposing themselves to such ridicule when it clearly isn’t necessary. Far from supporting “the cause”, being out, loud, and in your face is extremely bad public relations. Media organizations create a freak show, predatory organizations like the APA rub their hands in glee thinking of the research grants they will get to experiment on the marginalized. Being a public figure for publicity’s sake, a favorite pastime of the professional transsexual, has done more harm than those people will ever know.
Take that situation and add a dash of collegialism, the hint of inclusion for a person who feels marginalized, and the promise of a better time to come. This is the recruiting poster for tokens. It’s the way minorities have been solicited in the past to provide an example of “one of the good ones”.
Every person must make their own choices, and live their own life. Nobody should do these things in a complete vacuum of reality, and that is the situation the professional transsexuals find themselves in. The choice facing such people is if they are willing to put their own emotional needs above the good of many others like themselves, or if they will do the right thing and think hard about how their choices affect others before they act.
In the US, we have created a narcissistic society that has bred generations of people who think they are superstars. What will it take to temper the hubris?