Somewhere in between the extremes of people who demand no trans people should have surgery, and those who demand all trans people have surgery there is middle ground that recognizes that no group of trans people really should dictate what trans experience is the universal trans experience.Huh? "Those who demand all trans people have surgery...?" Now, I realize this is in the context of Mr. Sandeen trying to cover up the fact that he is darn close to one who claims that no one needs surgery (he has denigrated those who have the surgery, and implied that we still have penises, etc.) but really, even he can't be that completely ignorant, can he?
First off, I think anyone who identifies as a "trans" person probably ought to serious question the wisdom of having surgery. If you are that attached to your past, well then you just might miss certain parts when they are gone. For example, let me be very clear on this...I would never suggest that Mr. Sandeen have surgery. By beef with Mr. Sandeen is not that he has not had surgery, or that he does not need surgery, but that he has taken to claiming to be a transsexual, and that he claims to be a female. He is neither, and even if he had surgery, it would not make him a woman. It would simply make him a man with a vagina. Like several other transgender kooks who made the mistake of going too far.
No, there are a lot of "trans" people who really, REALLY, REALLY should never have surgery, and more than a few who should not have done it who already have. Some publicly regret it, others regret it while denying they regret it, but acting in ways that harm true transsexuals.
I know of no one who remotely demands that anyone should have surgery. Yes, I believe that surgery, including vaginoplasty, should be a requirement for changing a birth certificate in the case of a male to female transsexual. I think that male to females should at the very least have to have upper surgery, a complete hysterectomy and removal of the ovaries, and the vagina closed before being allowed to change their birth certificate. I understand the limitations of FTM surgery, and am sympathetic to their plight.
Retaining the physical genitals of one sex, while claiming to be a member of the other is simply dishonest. But then so is a lot of things Mr. Sandeen tries to pass off on society.