Originally posted at There Are So Many Things Wrong With This
When I first started reading about the “transgender” rights movement, one early response I had was “you all have got a serious troll problem.”
Several years down the line, this thought still seems appropriate, in that any real clinical criteria for gender dysphoria have been divorced from legal developments protecting “gender identity.”
Outside of the context of a clinical condition, “gender identity” doesn’t mean anything. While it would be a worthy project to work to give personal presentation more legal protections, to the extent that doing so did not enable predatory behaviors, “gender identity” protection does not rise to this bar, and in fact reinforces rigid codification of personal presentation as it applies to males and females.
The “transgender” rights movement falls down in other ways as well. Treatment with artificial hormones is a kind of poisoning, and genital surgeries often have complications, or fail entirely, and are not effective imitations of natural genitalia.
Medical ethics demands such treatments be reversible. Practice does not bear this out. You cannot unscar the scarred, you cannot replace what has been disposed of.