U.K. Government Transgender Inquiry

5 Mar

From Transgender Trend.

“We had a look through all the written evidence submitted by medical organisations to the government transgender inquiry to see how the recommendations for the care and treatment of children and adolescents were reached by the inquiry. Here we’ve pulled out the most relevant quotes, with our synopsis at the end:”

You can read the post at the link. The synopsis is most interesting, and indicates a certain amount of understanding on the part of the government,  of the pitfalls of the situation.

This stands out as the elephant in the room, though.

“Gender non-conformity’ framed as a condition requiring explanation”

Thinking children should simply be allowed to be themselves is apparently still a minority position in the UK government, and there is no particular reason to assume otherwise about the USA.

7 Responses to “U.K. Government Transgender Inquiry”

  1. carlalouise89 2016/03/05 at 5:46 pm #

    It’s disgusting how others think they can think and feel the way other people identify, as if it’s a ‘choice’.


    • Miep 2016/03/05 at 5:49 pm #

      I don’t think of it as a choice so much as an imposed narrative.

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      • carlalouise89 2016/03/05 at 5:53 pm #

        That’s a good way to look at it!


        • Miep 2016/03/05 at 6:04 pm #

          All cultures have narratives they enforce. It’s a big part of what cultures do. If you consider gendered narrative enforcement to be based on something innate, you’re on one side of the fence. If you think it’s based on a social construct, you’re on the other side. But anybody who thinks not conforming needs explanation clearly thinks there is something innate going on. Otherwise it would be “oh, that boy likes to practice kung fu moves in a ballerina tutu, isn’t that cute?” Instead, the child is seen as requiring some sort of medical evaluation.

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          • carlalouise89 2016/03/05 at 6:12 pm #

            That is a brilliant explanation. I love it. No one’s ever said it quite like that before, and it’s really it, isn’t it? I hope we can start moving away from that type of conformity. Sometimes, we make so much progress. Sometimes, we make very little progress.


          • Miep 2016/03/05 at 6:14 pm #

            Lol, I am far from original on this topic. Sheila Jeffreys is terrific. Also I recommend Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender,” which picks apart gendered conditioning quite well, and is an easy read.

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          • carlalouise89 2016/03/05 at 6:18 pm #

            Thank you so much!! I might add it to my reading list!!


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