Also, finally was able to read through the article on a computer screen versus skimming on a cell phone. The names listed are a veritable "who's who" of anti-trans arguments; they get pulled out regularly.
Note even in this "positive" retelling, there's a lot of weird stuff in Finch's story. He sounds very confused about who he was; then it sounds like he got a charge out of all the attention he'd receive as a woman and felt powerful. He failed the screening test (this would be in the early 90's?), learned how to answer the questions "properly" and got approval, and then regretted his choice later especially when a female partner asked him to detransition.
The language here is also loaded. There is really nothing such as "female" or "male" skin. We all start with the same tissues. Chromosomes only really determine which hormones dominate at crucial windows of time. The prostate tissue is equivalent to the tissue in the "g-spot area." The head of the penis is the same type of tissue as the clitoris. Etc. It just differentiates at an early stage, but we all really start from the same tissues. The same surgery is used to create neo-vaginas in genetic women born without vaginas; you wouldn't call her vagina a "fake vagina," would you? Even though it was constructed?
Matthew was actually a drag queen, not a transsexual, and was encouraged by a model to "go for it." She finds 'dressing and acting as a woman exhausting' and feels she has never been accepted as female. She actually had FF-cup implants. Quote: "'It is exhausting putting on make-up and wearing heels all the time. Even then I don't feel I look like a proper woman."
Sounds like her idea of what being a woman is, isn't exactly what most women would say being a woman is.
Has the quote by Chris Hyde, ends with rebuttal / more clarirfication of the data from Dr. Kevan Wylie and Dr. James Bellringer.
Committed euthanasia; sounds like from what little was decribed that there could have been direct parental factors involved in the original desire for surgery, as well as judging one's identity by the physical surgical outcome.
"I was the girl that nobody wanted," Mr Verhelst told Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper in the hours before her death. While my brothers were celebrated, I got a storage room above the garage as a bedroom. 'If only you had been a boy', my mother complained. I was tolerated, nothing more."
"Mr Verhelst had hormone therapy in 2009, followed by a mastectomy and surgery to construct a penis in 2012. But "none of these operations worked as desired".
"I was ready to celebrate my new birth," he told the newspaper. "But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself. My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be... a monster. "
In 1983, Richards published an autobiography, Second Serve. In 2007, Richards published a second autobiography, No Way Renée: The Second Half of My Notorious Life, in which she expresses regret over the type of fame that came with her transsexuality—she said in 2007 that she did not regret undergoing the sex reassignment process in itself.
Mike/Christine. I'll just refer here to Penner since that's how he died, but it's still very unclear what the actual "gender status" was supposed to be. This is one of those cases revolving around residual emotional damage. I did not personally know Penner, but I have friends who did.
Penner was an older transitioner (which can create issues physically and socially, in terms of fitting in) working in a male-dominated profession (sports writer). He also had been running a popular blog, so when he came out, there was a LOT of press and exposure. So not only are you undertaking this scary experience, but now you're doing it in front of millions of people. There's also been an issue in recent years where people with a lot of press exposure end up being impromptu "community spokespeople," which again is another huge amount of stress and expectation... not what you need, when you're trying to navigate this kind of change. Penner had no children but ended up losing his marriage (to another sports writer?), which was utterly devastating for him.
There's a very lengthy but in-depth article about Penner here:
It actually tracks the context of the situation Penner was in and the psychological impact. It was a really sad situation. I think it reinforces the need to have proper screening, realistic expectations, and a full understanding of the practical ramifications of the decisions you're about to make. It's less about transition as a solution, more about realistically approaching it and understanding what it does and does not do.
Phil McHugh is a fervent Catholic who, in his favor, was pulled in by Johns Hopkins to clean up after Dr. Money from his excesses in the 70's. (Money was of the "blank slate" school in the 60's, he thought you could make anyone into anything just by raising them differently... a total "nurture" guy.) Besides doing unethtical sexual studies with children, Money is infamous for creating gender dysphoria in a patient named "David Reimer," who lost his penis as a baby in a circumcision accident, and Money had his genitalia converted into a vagina and tried to have him raised as a girl... but it didn't take, and "Brenda" acted like and always felt like he was a boy, and once he found out he had been born as a boy, he switched back to the male life even though things still never recovered for him in the long-term.
Money brought a lot of shame to Hopkins, but McHugh's religious values + deserved indignation of Money's behaviors led to a personal vendetta against trans programs to the same degree that Money had distorted them for his own interests.
Even as late as 2005, he's quoting limited data from the 1970's, sticking with Blanchard's largely outdated "autogynephiliac + homosexual trans" types (which only covers M2F inadequately and F2M not at all) as models of trans experience and expression. Some of his "evidence" is ancedotal. (For example, he paints all the patients he knew as self-indulgent and selfish and only interested in cosmetic trappings; but it's not uncommon for M2Fs to mourn the lack of being able to bear children -- as an example -- as any sterile woman might. In fact, when I finally told my therapist about my gender dysphoria, she told me much later that she knew my situation was serious and not a passing fancy because never once had any male broken down in her office because he could not give birth to children.)
he also misinteprets data. For example, Reiner's study that he quotes actually suggests that however your brain gets "mapped" in the womb or at certain windows of development, regardless of the physical exterior, that's how you perceive your own identity. This is why David Reimer had the difficulties he did. But McHugh reads it as validation that "whatever your external is, that's what you actually are."
Anyway, if you look at McHugh in detail, he comes across as working from outdated stereotypes and data from forty years ago, filtered through intense religious values to lead him to draw wrong conclusions. But pretty much in any "anti-transition" article, he will be the doctor that is quoted.
Transkids are another whole topic; but if you actually have HAD a gender variant child or you examine detailed interviews with the parents of transkids, it becomes clearer that it's not based on the typical gender-play of kids at that age but typically based on a 2-year-old (or older) with extreme and persistent identification with the opposite gender, to the point where life becomes unmanageable, the child can become suicidal even at that young age, etc. IOW, severe and persistent identification that leads to a lot of disruption in daily life. Most parents are resistant and look for all other reasons first, they aren't immediately saying, "Oh, let's make my child a boy/girl!" It's a decision that is led up to, and other pathways are pursued first. The "solutions" taken are also temporary and as conservative as possible, able to be reversed at any time.
You can also examine the work of George Rekers, who spent time in the 70-80's trying to "reorient" gender-variant kids (trans and gay) in a religious context, and who was touted by these same kinds of articles and the Religious Right, but his methods if you read about the studies actually come across more as emotional punishment, and the followups in the last ten years seem to consist of confused grownups, some of whom are suicidal or who have killed themselves. Rekers couldn't even fix himself; he got kicked out as a religious community spokesperson on this topic when he was caught going on long trips with young gay escorts.