In reaction to an article published by the Atlanta Progressive News, Mr. Sandeen quotes GLAD's media guide:
I mean really, this is possibly the dumbest thing I have read in some time. According to this logic, sex is effectively a meaningless term. First they claim that "gender is just a social construct," effectively claiming that what a transsexual or person with HBS feels is meaningless. Now, they state that having surgery is, in effect, a waste of time and money. Why go through all that pain when you can just "change your sex" by saying, "I have changed my sex."
Problematic: “sex change,” “pre-operative,” “post-operative”
Referring to a sex change operation, or using terms such as pre- or post-operative, inaccurately suggests that one must have surgery in order to truly change one’s sex.
Ironically, this is the same crowd that has been known to attack HBS women who have completed their transitions as "men with inverted penises." This is a perfect example of the division between true transsexuals and HBS women from those who are "transgender." And it is also a perfect example of why some of us decline, in most cases, to recognize the claims of womanhood of those who so loudly proclaim their transgender status. They attack us, but demand that we respect them. Sorry, but no.