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Quick link, because it's important that people know about these things...

Trans abuse in hospital TRIGGER WARNING I AM NOT KIDDING

Those of my readers who are in the medical field need to consider this, and understand what it means to be transgender in a society that refuses to accept trans status as natural and normal. What would you do if a trans person (post-op or pre-op) was under your care? Would you treat them as an autonomous human being who has the absolute right to their self-identity, or would you treat them as a mentally ill aberration? What gives you the right to decide for someone else what gender they are? And do you think "it causes less confusion for the staff" is a legitimate reason to force unwanted treatment on a person in your care?

These may be academic questions for all the cis (your body matches your gender) people reading, but these are the nightmares that keep trans people up at night. Everyone deserves the right to autonomy. Trans people are not anomalies, defects to be fixed; they are simply people who have been born with a body that does not match their gender. It is our society that needs to be fixed, to stop thinking in male/female absolutes, and to acknowledge that sexuality and gender are fluid. It is our society that forces trans people to hide their identity for fear of being assaulted, raped, and murdered. It is our sick society that thinks gender is something to be regulated for the comfort of other people at the expense of the individual.

This story should fill you with rage at the abuse perpetrated on this woman. If you think gender should be forced to match with the physical state of the genitalia at birth, does that mean you would go against a person's express wishes if you had the power to force them against their will to fit what you think they should be?

Human rights are for everyone.

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bertana
Jan. 13th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
I find this both horrifying and, at the same time, not at all surprising. And that just makes me sad.
helblonde
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Sadly, this is where I find myself, too. Poor woman.
brickhousewench
Jan. 13th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
That is the saddest thing I've read in a long time. Shame on her family and caregivers. It should be obvious why she has stopped improving. =(
mooselover13
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Argh. I follow you on this one.

Having had my husband be in a life-threatening situation, I can support all of this author's ideas. Upto and including that even if you are "normal" in society you can get hosed. Saying you're someone's spouse doesn't automatically get your rights either. I was questioned several times about my status as his wife, and they took several medical liberties without consulting me... WHILE I WAS ON THE UNIT'S FLOOR PHONE JUST OUTSIDE THE UNIT telling them that I was there and they did not have permission without consulting me.

I learned to bring our marriage certificate with me all the time after that, and I'm reminded that I should probably put that back in my purse (and a copy in his wallet) in case of unforseen accidents.

:::sigh::::
cathgrace
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
so sad.
wulfsdottir
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Some of the most evil things people have done to each other have been done for the victim's "own good."

de_chanson
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Words fail.
lindseyerin37
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
That makes me sick. But thank you for sharing. You've really helped me education myself on trans issues.
tattooofhername
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
^ What they said. From what I've learned over time from trans friends I like to think that I'm pretty on the ball, but the likely answer is that I don't have much of a clue.
hugh_mannity
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

seticat
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I *am* a care provider and I 'see' the patient and all that goes into them - both outside and inside - physical, mental and emotional. They are entrusted to my care and I would no more think of dismissing someone because their world is different from mine than I would refuse to treat/care for someone based on skin color, religeon, etc.

This incident is an abomination!
weaverrhi
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
I don't get the "confusing" for the caregiver"
statement.

What's so hard about posting something over the patients head with their name and the word "she" for the first week or so to cue people in on what's going on? They do that for patients who can't speak for themselves all the time (My name is X, I like Y, Z and Q". It's better for the patient to be in familiar surroundings and have as much of a positive self-image as possible. It's not the best solution (especially if they have the same caregiver every day, but in a hospital, that's not always the case)

The whole "it will confuse the caregiver" is bullspit.
fitchwitch
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
This crap goes on all the time...
I have friends who are gay, and one of the couple is a trans man. His partner had to take a taxi to the hospital because the ambulance wouldn't take him. Then they tried to refuse to let him see his partner until he literally threatened to bring in a lawyer AND the media.

Sometimes people suck.

Edited at 2010-01-14 02:27 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 14th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that cause a bodily crash to just remove her hormones so quickly? I'm cis and no medical professional, but just by stopping birth control I've torn myself up internally and among other things, went through puberty part 2. I imagine heavier hormones in a body that naturally produces the opposite set might kill her by giving her body yet more to deal with.

I may be dumb, but through some half-assed deduction, isn't it criminal negligence to do that?
attack_laurel
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
You would think so, wouldn't you? >:(
nusbacher
Jan. 14th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
It maketh the flesh to creep.
albreda
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
The original post that you link to is password protected, so I can't read it. ??
villana
Feb. 10th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Does anyone know the password?
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