Well, it appears that Mr. "Cristan" Williams has decided to co-opt those he has vainly claimed victory over. Mr. Williams, who has spent quite a bit of time telling us that the transsexual separatists movement is dead, and that we all must accept that our true motivation is really gender transgression, has suddenly decided to embrace the very positions he has fought so hard against.
It appears that he is trying to be a "born again HBSer." On the Transadvocate site that he apparently inherited, he has posted a link to a video entitled Intersex Conditions Within The Transsexual Brain. Of course, Mr. Williams, never one to leave things well enough alone has added to the title, making it out to be "Gender Orientation: Intersex Conditions Within The Transsexual Brain," which sort of implies that the video is an endorsement of Mr. Williams' attempts to explain transgender behavior. Actually, the mishmash of psychobabble that Mr. Williams came up with has nothing to do with the topic of the video, which is simple statement that transsexualism can be thought of as a type of intersex condition. Not a new idea, actually...it was suggested by a long line of scientists both before, and including, Dr. Harry Benjamin. In fact, some actually coined the term "psychic hermaphrodites" to describe what would become know as transsexuals. The idea being that transsexuals have brains that actually female. Hmmm, what some have suggested as the basis for the concept of Harry Benjamin Syndrome. Could Williams suddenly have decided to "co-opt" this idea he has hated so much? Possibly. He has certainly taken a video from Stanford, added a new "title page" that makes it look like it is an endorsement of the crap he dreamed up, and posted it to YouTube. Classic Williams....
Another transgender blogger who has jumped on Williams' bandwagon is none other than Suzan Cooke, who reposted Williams link to the video.
Now, in the video, nothing new is really presented. It is simply a rehash of information on several scientific discoveries that led some of us to suggest the idea of reclassifying transsexualism as a medical condition and not a mental illness. Gender identity disorder could, and probably should, remain as a classification those cases where a mental, or at least behavioral disorder diagnosis it appropriate.
Funny, but this is the very stuff that Williams, and others, have rejected, but now seem to want to claim for themselves....maybe they realize, they are actually about to face a major backlash.
They haven't much of a leg to stand on. They have tried to claim status as transsexuals, but when compared to true transsexuals they look, well, like the kooks they really are. So, maybe they think they can claim the stuff they have rejected. This could be interesting....
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