Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Bad Idea From NCTE

A major policy goal for the transgender extremists is to effectively eliminate legal distinctions between sexes.  A major part of this attempt is to make it legal for someone to change their birth certificate without having to actually change their sex.  They want the law to say that women can have penises and men can get pregnant.

The latest attempt at this was written up by "Autumn" Sandeen in a post on Pam's House Blend.  The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has issued proposed changes for the model law that most, but not all, states use for their laws regarding such matters:

  • The revised Model Law should allow people to change the sex designation on their birth certificate by submitting the required documentation directly to the vital statistics agency, rather than requiring a court proceeding. This will eliminate the unnecessary costs and other obstacles sometimes associated with going through the state court systems.

  • The revised Model Law should not require proof of specific medical procedures in order to amend birth certificates. Instead, the Model Law should reflect contemporary standards of care, and require only that an individual's physician certify that the individual has completed the treatment the physician deems necessary to achieve gender transition. This change would recognize that different people have different medical needs, and avoid disclosure of any confidential medical information.

  • The revised Model Law should make clear that a new birth certificate should be issued after an individual presents the proper documentation, rather than a birth certificate that shows the original gender designation or states that the gender has been changed.

  • The first and the last suggestions are actually not bad ideas.  It is someone silly to require a court order instead of simply allowing the person to submit documentation to appropriate agency, and issuing a proper birth certificate is also a good idea.  It is the second suggestion that is outrageous.

    The simple fact is, birth certificates record the sex of the person, not the gender.  They indicate whether the person is a male (i.e. having a penis) or a female (i.e. having a vagina).  They have nothing to so with how a person likes to dress, or how they behave.  To suggest that this should be changed without permanent, physical changes is simply absurd.

    Sadly, this sort of insanity from the transgender movement is not unusual.  And as is often the case, it is pursued without consideration for the harm it will bring to true transsexuals.  It is highly unlikely that the changes will be accepted, but it will very possibly cause a backlash that will lead to efforts to increase restrictions on birth certificate changes.  And it can add fuel to claims that SRS is not medically necessary.

    Sunday, June 19, 2011

    We're Laughing At You, Not With You....

    In a comment to a post by "Autumn" Sandeen on Pam's House Blend, "Monica" Helms made this insulting comment:
    Funny Bone
    I understand that there have been several trans women who have been unwilling victims of unscrupulous SRS/GRS doctors.  While they were under getting surgery, the doctors also took out their funny bone, leaving them with no sense of humor or an understanding of when sarcasm has been thrown their way.I heard that like hip replacements and joint replacements, they can now have their funny bone replaced.  Maybe then, they will lighten up and actually enjoy life and what the SRS doctor gave them.  
    Now, first off, Mr. Helms shows his typical disdain for true transsexuals.  Mr. Helms is a charter member of the "They Will Take My Penis When They Pry My Cold Dead Fingers From It" Club.  Second, he shows his cluelessness by insisting on adding the modifier "trans" to "women."  You can be a woman, or you can be trans, but "trans woman" is just a PC way of saying, "Hey, I am really a dude...."

    Now, what Mr. Helms is really saying is, "Hey, when I make fun of you, I expect you to laugh along with me."  Uh, yes, we do understand that he is throwing "sarcasm" our way, and to be honest, we find it insulting.  I know he approaches all of this with a classic male sense of entitlement, but is he really so clueless that he thinks we should actually appreciate his making such remarks?  Apparently he is.

    Things would be a lot more peaceful if extremists like Mr. Helms, and Mr. Sandeen would simply accept the fact that transsexuals want no part of their "freak show."  They seek to demand that society accept them, and their penises, as female.  Such is, of course, their right. But they should do it without trying to drag true transsexuals down to their level.

    Until then, Mr. Helms should realize, while we don't appreciate his insults, he can, occasionally be good for a laugh when he makes some of his more outrageous remarks.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    There Is None So Blind...

    Well, Pam's House Blend has updated their TOS, apparently in an attempt to look a bit less fascist in their attempts to censor.  Among other things, they are specifically codifying the right of transsexuals to self-identify as "not transgender" while still, rather actively, forcing the label on them.

    And in order to justify this, "Autumn" Sandeen resorts to his cherished GLAAD Media Reference Guide (emphasis is his):
    Transgender: An umbrella term (adj.) for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The term may include but is not limited to: transsexuals, cross-dressers and other gender-variant people. Transgender people may identify as female-to-male (FTM) or male-to-female (MTF). Use the descriptive term (transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser, FTM or MTF) preferred by the individual. Transgender people may or may not decide to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically.
    Transsexual: An older term which originated in the medical and psychological communities. While some transsexual people still prefer to use the term to describe themselves, many transgender people prefer the term transgender to transsexual. Unlike transgender, transsexual is not an umbrella term, as many transgender people do not identify as transsexual. It is best to ask which term an individual prefers.
    Now, I don't know about you, but I personally consider it a very serious insult to be referred to as Gender Variant.  Worse even than having the "transgender" label forced on me.  And, since they chose to use the word "and" to link transsexuals to that term, that is exactly what the bigots over at GLAAD are doing.  Clueless?  Yes, they are...

    Of course, this is all completely lost on Mr. Sandeen.  While he is patting himself on the back because the GLAAD Guide to Insulting Transsexuals for Fame and Profit actually says you should ask how people identify, it still effectively forces two labels on us.  Of course, in his mind, along with being a legend, he is also Mr. Politically Correct.  But, he remains deliberately blind/