Monday, August 24, 2009

The Latest Fad in TG Land

I suspect it started with Chloe Prince. Part of that story is the claim that Prince has Klinefelter syndrome. Now, Klinefelter syndrome occurs when a male is born with a XXY chromosomes instead of the normal XY. Now having XXY occurs about once in every male 500 births, but only half of those actually develop Klinefelter syndrome.

Klinefelter syndrome may have any of the following symptoms:

  • Developmental delay
  • Undescended testicles (cryptorchidism)
  • Pea-sized testicles
  • Hypospadias
  • Tall stature
  • Knock-knees (genu valgum)
  • High arches (pes cavus)
  • Protruding lips
  • Projecting jaw (prognathism)
  • Very widely-spaced eyes (hypertelorism)
  • If he is Caucasian or Black, epicanthal skin folds on his upper eyelids at the inner corner, giving him an oriental look
  • Poor coordination
  • Fused bones inhis forearms that make it difficult for him to rotate his arms (radioulnar synostosis)
  • Quiet, tractable personality with occasional tantrums and aggression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Learning disability (especially dyslexia, reading difficulty, and data retrieval problems)
  • Mental retardation (IQ drops 15 points for each additional X chromosome)
  • Poor expressive and receptive language skills
  • Poor short term memory
  • Osteoporosis (bone thinning)
  • Lack of sporting ability
  • High-pitched voice
  • Sparse beard and body hair
  • Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
  • Feminine fat distribution
  • Taurodontism (enlarged molar teeth)
  • Breast cancer or germ cell tumors from elevated estradiol
  • Inability to deal with stress
  • Psychological problems, like anxiety, neurosis, depression, or psychosis

Now, Klinefelter syndrome is sometimes classified as an "intersex" condition, but unlike most, it is not caused by hormonal imbalances in utero. Now, there is a lot of controversy about referring to intersex conditions as "Disorders of Sexual Development," but in a sense that would be a more accurate term. Klinefelter syndrome does not, for example, actually result in one having any significant intersex characteristics with regards to the genitalia. In fact, the only actual symptom that would be considered intersex would be the hypospadia, which does not always occur, and which is considered the mildest of intersex conditions.

I mention all of this because in a recent post at Pam's House Blend, lead gender fascist "Autumn" Sandeen claims to have decided that he might have Klinefelter syndrome. Worse, he wants to use this to gain some boost in his credibility:

To say it doesn't weigh on me though would be an understatement. Let's face it: Even though there is mounting evidence that transsexual people's brains are literally cross-gendered or bi-gendered, there is a perception among many that transsexual people have a "bad" mental health disorder, whereas the apparently cross-gender identities of intersexuals are allowed for.

The problem for Mr. Sandeen is that Klinefelter syndrome is not that kind of intersex condition. Notice that in the list above, taken from a web site that provides information for the parents of children who might have the condition, that there is NO mention of cross-gender identity. That is because, with a few rare exceptions, those with Klinefelter Syndrome are not transsexual. Of course, now that Chloe Prince has claimed Klinefelter as an excuse to transition, it may become a popular condition to try to claim.

Mr. Sandeen then goes on to claim, quite erroneously, the following,

Well. Then I go from someone many will see as a parody of a woman to someone who has a verifiable medical condition that "explains" what at first blush appeared to be my transsexuality. Nothing will have actually changed, except for how others perceive me.

No, Mr. Sandeen will continue to be a parody of a woman. Having Klinefelter syndrome will not change that, but it might give him seom special cachet in the imaginary hierarchy of the trangender world. Being sort of, kind of intersex will, presumably, making him even higher than a transsexual in their imaginations.

He continues on:

For me, the consequences of found to be intersexual instead of being found to be transsexual would mean there are many more who would accept me as female than accept me as female now. And, being painfully honest with myself, I would want that; it would change everything -- and nothing -- both at the same time.

Again, this is simply not the case. At best, Mr. Sandeen would still be an autogynephile. More likely, he will still be simply a transgender who has become carried away. His comments make it ever more clear that surgery is not a good choice for him.

I experience having my gender questioned all the time. For those of us trans women who have throughout our lives have never been fully allowed to doubt that we were male, the criteria that folk like Germaine Greer apply to us seems equally bizarre. We know we think like women, and we have psychologists and psychiatrists out there daring to distinguish our thought processes as female.

What Mr. Sandeen does not grasp is that the question is not whether or not he imagines himself to think like a woman, but whether or not women agree that he thinks like a woman. What some refer to as "vibing as a woman." He clearly does not. For example, as pointed out in a previous post, he admits to preferring to stand to pee. Mr. Sandeen imagines he can just claim womanhood, and it becomes his by some inherent right.
So, is it any wonder that when I examine the feelings in the deepest recesses of my soul, I find I deeply hope that my recent genetic test comes back "Klinefelter's Syndrome"; I have a certain amount of internalized transphobia. Everything and nothing, it appears, rides on how my genetic test comes back; whether or not I'm perceived as a ghastly parody by Ms. Greer and her ilk appears to ride on how my genetic test comes back.

No, Mr. Sandeen's latest fantasy is just that, a fantasy, nothing more. Even if he is able to claim that he is XXY, he will still be a man. It will change nothing, period. He will still be transgender. He will still have a male brain. He will still be making a mistake if he actually pursues surgery. He has not advanced to "transsexual," and he cannot really climb up his imaginary ladder to "intersex."

No, when Mr. Sandeen realizes that he is never going to accepted by those who are HBS, classic transsexuals, or women, and when he accepts this fact, he will be a lot happier.


anoldfriend said...

Perhaps this is Mr Sandeen's self hatred emerging. In a way you can't blame him with all the goofiness going on like pregnant men and cross dressing political officials who dress like transvestite hookers.

Maybe Sandeen has finally realized how much of an embarrassment being transgender really is.

lisalee18wheeler said...

Too little, too late. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes...

Hopefully, this *might* be a wake-up call to all the ts women riding the fence, to hop off and start living!

Just Jennifer said...

You msy well be right. But I strongly suspect he believes that intersex is part of TG, and that it is even higher up their imaginary hierarchy than being a transsexual. He is probably looking for status within his own little world.

Just Jennifer said...

Yes, as I have said many times, I did not go through all I went through to be anything other than just a woman.

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