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Crippen discovers a very non-social model gender identity process / 26 April 2010

By coincidence I've had a couple of messages from Disabled people who are going through the gender identity process.

One is at the stage of applying for an operation and the other is attempting to get the gender on her birth certificate amended.

Both of these people have described to me a process that is so medical model orientated that it makes me want to beat the various consultants and medicos over the head with a large hammer labelled 'social model understanding'.

Why this issue has been given over to the medical profession to act as gate keepers is beyond me. OK, there is sometimes an operation involved but that is a small part of the whole thing.

The medical profession being what it is, they seem to be particularly strict in the application of the various tests that they've constructed for people wishing to have their gender amended to, what for the people going through the actual process, is the correct gender in the first place. It's another of those 'protecting society from .. 'situations as I see it.

Let's have all these tests to ensure that this person who says they are male or female are really what they claim. We can then all sleep safer in our beds knowing that these perverts are not walking the streets at nights up to goodness knows what!

And some of these people are also claiming to be disabled people too ... whatever next?!

Stop allowing the medical profession to drag everything into their medical model based arena and allow such issues to become a part of the process of self determination that all people have a right to expect.

Perhaps we need to get this aired on East Enders. They've certainly raised the profile on other social issues so why not on gender identity?!

 

Keywords: disabled people's movement,discrimination,gender identity,social model,East Enders

Comments

Aura Willow Hazel

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30 September 2012

well if ya can't get him I'd PAY for a crack at harry benjamin preferably with a sledgehammer

Aura Willow Hazel

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30 September 2012

maybe this post may explain a lil of the system to those unfamiliar with it, I wrote it a few months ago in response to radfenm abuse accusing me of reinforcing the gender binary but it explains a lil of what we're put through. http://unchainedaura.com/2012/05/07/for-those-who-still-believe-trans-people-support-gender-roles-and-choose-their-identity-warning-highly-triggerry/

Arty Farty

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26 April 2010

Not sure there are enough hammers for the likes of Leonard Cheshire. Form an orderly queue - behind me!

Crippen

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26 April 2010

Trust you to pick up on this Rich ... go on then folks. Nominations?!

rich

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26 April 2010

I like the idea of a large hammer labeled 'social model understanding'

If you could present it to someone who would you present it to?

If you had a large hammer awards ceremony who would be your nominees and what be your categories?

Just wondering.