Today I went to the drugstore to pick up supplies to deal with a birthing-related condition that still plagues me 40 years later. Ah, the joys of owning a female body. I came to the counter with my inflatable donut, stool softener, benzocaine and cortisone cream and noticed the cashier behind the counter. This was a tall teenager with a big jaw, wide shoulders, narrow hips, an adam’s apple, chin length styled blonde hair, peach fuzz on his baby fat cheeks and a pair of breasts like golf balls mounted on his chest. He was puffy all over, which I recognize as a side effect of cross sex hormone treatments. Of course I knew I had to pretend everything was just fine and nothing abnormal was going on. The kid had a shy smile and was in nowise one of the “special snowflakes” who threaten to rape and burn TERFS, and I certainly do not blame kids like him for getting railroaded into hormones and surgery as a cure for not fitting into the man box or the woman cage.
I put myself in a state of mild dissociation in order not to betray my actual outrage, paid for my butt supplies and left the store. But all I could think of was that this poor kid, who was probably just a garden variety homosexual who likes ballet (or whatever gender nonconforming thing infuriated his idiot parents) is never going to be a father because the drugs the docs are shooting him up with are destroying his reproductive capacity. That is what puberty blockers and cross sex hormones DO. That is what they were designed to do.
So, basically, this kid is being exploited, experimented on by greedy medical assholes, systematically sterilized and even deprived of the ability to feel sexual feelings, because his penis is atrophying. And his life will be drastically shortened by cancer, heart attack, stroke and other deleterious effects of synthetic hormones. He has been made into a lifelong medical patient, dependent on Big Pharma for the rest of his life. I felt violated by this eugenic horror going on right in front of my eyes and I could not have been more horrified if this poor kid had been wearing a yellow star. I am writing this post as a way to relieve my trauma. Thanks, Patriarchy for all the ways you daily shock me and keep me off-balance, like the good abuser you are!
The tranzgendering of children is taking place here in Iowa City. The University of Iowa Hospital has a special clinic for treating tranzgender patients. When I first read that this service was being offered I naively assumed that what they MEANT was that they had provided “sensitivity training’ to doctors so that could be more effective in treating the ordinary medical problems that the tranz have in common with all humans. Apparently I was wrong and what they are providing is the actual transition procedures. Capitalism and Medicine, what a nasty pair they make!
Just about every day I read some article in the local paper that talks about the rights of the transgendered and never once do these papers report on the fact that children are being harmed by this procedure. Hence I believe that I have somehow migrated to the State of Tranztopia where everyone believes that drugging and cutting up children is part of a groovy little lifestyle choice that everyone has to approve of lest they be considered a hater.
The effects of cross sex hormones on children;
Promoting the tranzgender ethic in young girls in Iowa City: