This was an interesting resource to look through – Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual,Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health. I didn’t read every word but I looked at a portion of it.
I was struck by how much I disagree with. It seems that the transgender lingo and ideology we are inundated with on the internet and the news, is the same ideology used by these mental health professionals. A quote will illustrate my point –
“Mental health professionals should not impose a binary view of gender. They should give ample room for clients to explore different options for gender expression. Hormonal or surgical interventions are appropriate for some adolescents, but not for others.”
It is one thing to say that someone is born with a faulty body so that they are truly a woman in a man’s body, and so they should get a surgery and live as the opposite sex. I disagree with this, but it makes more sense than these psychologists going along with the idea of rejecting the common sense biological reality that the world is made up of males and females (as well as males and females whose bodies have abnormalities they were born with, who we tend to label as intersexuals). When I think of psychologists, I think part of their job is to work with mental health. In other words, they listen and care for those who are mentally unhealthy, who are confused in their minds, or whose feelings are hurt. I think of them as pointing people to the truth, giving them hope, helping them sort out their confused feelings. But with this issue, it seems the psychologists are instead going along with the false reality and pretending that sex does not actually exist beyond what we feel. Instead of helping people overcome and make sense of the confusing feelings, they prolong the confusing feelings.
I was, however, encouraged by this quote below. I am glad to see that they are willing to explore alternatives to surgery and they realize that at least some people with cross-gender feelings can learn to live with their real body and be happy without surgery. My question is – why do they think only some people can do this, and not all?
“Often with the help of psychotherapy, some individuals integrate their trans- or cross-gender feelings into the gender role they were assigned at birth and do not feel the need to feminize or masculinize their body.”