I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about Gender Dysphoria. Normally at 7am I find myself on twitter, however yesterday I got suspended for a reply to someone in which I simply stated “Gender Dysphoria is a psychological illness”. I stand by that comment.
The term Gender Dysphoria is thrown around so much these days in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways that it’s no wonder that many are confused. This confusion is no accident either. Until recent time it was almost universally accepted that you needed GD to be trans; a somewhat inconvenient truth when you seek to present yourself as the opposite sex and don’t have it.
As I often do, I turned to the dictionary and immediately found myself annoyed. The definition we see here is the most ridiculous definition I have seen. We now have a definition that means that any self identified person can lay claim to the term. Feeling like a woman ?
Of course the modern trans machine have shown that redefining language is something they are rather adept at.
Women don’t have penises ? Let’s redefine woman. Who cares how that impacts women ?
You need GD to be trans ? No problem let’s redefine GD. Who cares what that does to those who have GD ?
Let’s consider what dysphoria is (since clearly the definition of GD is tainted):
Dysphoria (from Greek: (dysphoros), δυσ-, difficult, and φέρειν, to bear) is a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction. In a psychiatric context, dysphoria may accompany depression, anxiety, or agitation. Common reactions to dysphoria include emotional distress; in some cases, even physical distress.
From this definition it is easy to see that Gender Dysphoria sees the unease, dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety and distress directed towards natal sex.
For some GD may be mild; an occassional unease. For others however GD can be a very debilitating condition, impacting every aspect of daily living and leading to significant mental health issues, even suicide. Sadly the suicide fact is thrown out far too easily to manipulate society into blindly indulging modern ideology. One could call it emotional blackmail.
For myself unresolved GD caused a number of other significant mental health issues in my life leading to multiple psychiatric hospitalisations and yes, I did attempt suicide. I say this not for sympathy but to simply demonstrate a point. I think you can probably imagine why it makes me angry to see GD watered down and erased. Someone with severe GD would not be self identified; something that impacts on your life so profoundly needs medical intervention and a significant amount !
Currently we are seeing a conflation of Gender Dysphoria and gender non conformity. There is nothing wrong with non conformity, quite the opposite. Sadly, it often isn’t enough nowadays to simply be a man that rejects traditional roles and stereotypes; many now feel the need to claim to literally be a woman and defy biological fact. In part this has been acheived by the hijacking of transsexualism, Gender Dysphoria and intersex.
Medical transition should never be a lifestyle choice. Anyone who sees it as such is woefully ignorant of the risks associated with hormones and blockers. Why does gender non conformity require medical transition ?
Hormonal and surgical intervention is a treatment for severe persistent unresolved Gender Dysphoria. Its not a game for the non conformist. Its not a fetish for the sexually motivated. It’s a treatment of last resort for those who have had their quality of life severely impacted by a condition that could not be resolved by less invasive means.
I did not start hormones to become a woman; I know I never will be. I do not take hormones to “feel like a woman” or to grow breasts. I started hormones because my life was severely impacted by GD and I was desperate. Desperate enough that I was prepared to risk potentially dangerous side effects to start living again.
Don’t let GD be erased. Don’t let it be redefined. Accept GD exists as a psychological illness where resolution starts with psychological and psychiatric support and occassionally ends, as an adult, in transition.