Considering the fact that science backs up the claim that transsexualism is a medical condition, if that makes me “decide who is transgender and who is not” then sure. I honestly don’t understand how you and many other people pull that out of thin air.
IF you self identify as trans without dyshoria of any kind, it doesn’t matter. You’re not trans without dysphoria. It’s like otherkin hijacking lycanthropy and making a joke out of it. Both transsexualism and lycanthropy are serious conditions and this website has made those appropriating the terms into little angels.
Transsexualism is a medical condition:
         
If you do not feel dysphoria, the symptom of transsexualism, how could you even think you’re transsexual? That’s what I don’t understand. I’ve been trying to explain this to you the whole time.
The above studies I gave you even talk about the brain chemistry of transsexual people. By saying transsexualism is not a medical condition you and everyone who claims that is only making it harder for transpeople to even get access to the heath care they need to live.
Medical insurance companies will not cover something unless it is medical. Considering many insurance companies and the general population thinks transsexualism is a choice not a medical condition, that is why it is so hard for transsexual people, myself included, to have their expenses covered.
And yes, the idea that transsexualism isn’t a medical condition has affected people. Check out this post by toplioncub. It talks about how this whole umbrella and ~everyone can be trans~ thing has made the process much harder. In fact, the process went from three months to a year because everyone and their brother seems to think they can be trans without dysphoria now. The people on this website confuse gender and gender presentation all the time, and in fact enforce gender rolls. Are you a masculine woman? Damn! You must be trans.
A feminine guy? Well shit! You must be transsexual too! Anyone can be trans! You don’t need dysphoria! It isn’t a medical condition!
Then these same people whine that their hormones aren’t being covered or how their doctor is an evil ~truscum~. I hate to break it to you, but it’s the real world. Medical professionals aren’t going to just change their mind about something that is backed up by medical research because it hurts some teenagers feelings online.
Yesterday I was having a debate with someone who agreed dysphoria was a medical condition, but tried to claim that transsexualism was not when transsexualism is the condition and dyshoria is the symptom. Essentially, this would be like a straight man claiming he was gay without liking other men. Dysphoria is the one and only criteria to be trans and yet people seem to think we’re gate-keeping by saying that.
If you, or anyone else that seems to think that having medical studies to back up our claims is false conduct one yourself and prove us wrong. Then, at the same time have fun obliterating any chance of transpeople being able to be insured by medical insurance from that point on. HRT and SRS are not cosmetic. They are medically necessary.
truscumunruhe also has some wonderful point. Their post here, essentially sums up what I just said:
- It implies that being trans is a choice.
- It lumps gender, gender roles, and gender expression into one giant, swampy lump where anyone who isn’t a masculine man or a feminine woman falls somewhere on a “spectrum” of gender.
- It implies that it would be a terrible thing to classify transsexualism as a medical condition, which is ableist as all hell.
- If transsexualism were not a medical condition, the chances of HRT and surgeries being covered by insurance is nonexistent, which would fuck over people who can’t spend thousands—even hundreds of thousands—of dollars out of pocket. (Though I failed Economics the first time I took it, my guess is that this would be quite a lot of people.)
- It both trivializes gender and makes it out to be the single most interesting thing possible about a person.
- It almost never mentions dysphoria, which is the factor common to all transsexuals.
At this point, this is the third time I’ve explained this to you. Read the sources I will know if you don’t.