Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Social justice movements have, as their ultimate goal, undermining our experience of reality and leaving us prey to their ideologically driven narratives. If we can no longer test our beliefs against experience, then the empirical basis of our culture has been undermined.

Today, this effort at extreme mind control is playing out in the condition known as transgenderism. Culture warriors have succeeded in making it nearly impossible to question anyone’s beliefs—if someone says he is transgendered, he is transgendered. If he believes that God mistakenly put him in the wrong body, they he is right and God is wrong. In this context, scientific fact is also wrong.

None of this has prevented surgeons from performing these forms of genital mutilation. Jazz Shaw reports for Hot Air (via Maggie’s Farm):

In yet another alarming trend demonstrating how social justice movements are trumping science, a new study out from John Hopkins indicates that the number of gender reassignment surgeries is steadily climbing in the United States. Once both rare and controversial (for good reason), the number of such surgeries performed over a fourteen year period climbed into the tens of thousands. (The Independent)

Here is the Independent’s reporting:

Gender reassignment surgeries are reportedly on the rise in the United States, according to a major study conducted by The John Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

The researchers analysed data compiled by the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2000 to 2014, which gave them an indication of the number of patients seeking gender reassignment surgery across the country. 

The NIS gathers data from approximately 1,000 hospitals around the US every year, which represents around 95 per cent of the nation’s population.

Using the data accumulated by the NIS, the team assessed a total of 37,827 hospital appointments for gender reassignment surgery.

The ages of the patients ranged from 26 to 49.

The initial analyses of the data were carried out from June to August 2015.

The authors of the study, which was led by Joseph Canner and Omar Harfouch and published in JAMA Surgery, discovered that the number of patients undergoing genital surgeries has risen drastically in recent years.

In some cases children and adults convince themselves that they are transgendered because they have undergone severe sexual traumas. After an eight-year-old girl in Australia was sexually molested, she decided that she was a boy because if she were a boy it would never happen again. In other cases, children or even adults who find themselves attracted to individuals of the same sex prefer transgenderism to homosexuality. It would certainly shock us if transgenderism was really a form of homophobia.

As it happens, the surgeons performing these procedures do not seem to care about outcomes, especially the large number of negative outcomes. Newsweek reported that side of the story several months ago:

Gender-confirmation surgeries—the name given to procedures that change the physical appearance and function of sexual characteristics—increased by 20 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the U.S., with more than 3,000 such operations performed last year. Rates are also increasing worldwide. Now, at least one surgeon is reporting a trend of regret.

Urologist Miroslav Djordjevic, who specializes in gender reassignment surgery, has seen an increase in “reversal” surgeries among transgender women who want their male genitalia back. In the past five years, Djordjevic performed seven reversals in his clinic in Belgrade, Serbia. The urologist explains to The Telegraph that those who want the reversal display high levels of depression, and in some instances, suicidal thoughts. Other researchers also report hearing about such regrets. 

It continues:

A 2011 study found that after sex reassignment surgery, more than 300 Swedish transsexuals faced a higher risk for mortality, suicide ideation, and psychiatric issues compared to the rest of the population. The researchers concluded, “Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.”

So, it’s a cultural nightmare. And a very sad one, indeed. Let’s remember that it’s more about mind control than about compassion for people who are suffering.


Jack Fisher said...

granted we're seeing outliers on the bell curve, but are these freaks any worse than castrati or eunuchs in eastern courts?

David Foster said...

Relevant thoughts and a personal narrative at Ricochet:

Jack Fisher said...

hard to disagree with that -- is it second wave feminism?

Sam L. said...

Newsweek printed something honest? Who woulda thunk it!

Jack Fisher said...

Sam, the rag is called "Newsweak".

Ares Olympus said...

At least these are all adults.
"The ages of the patients ranged from 26 to 49."

The main problem I have is when health insurance is paying for clear "elective surgery." Let's see:
Medicare covers medically necessary sex reassignment surgery.
For many years, Medicare did not cover sex reassignment surgery for transgender people due to a decades-old policy that categorized such treatment as "experimental." That exclusion was eliminated in May 2014, and there is now no national exclusion for transition-related health care under Medicare. This means that coverage decisions for transition-related surgeries will be made individually on the basis of medical need and applicable standards of care, similar to other doctor or hospital services under Medicare.

I have no idea how this could ever be called "medically necessary", and it seems easy to imagine the Hippocratic oath and "First do no harm" would prevent mutilation like this. Of course it should also have prevented circumcisions as well, and I see that's also debatable, and insurance covers that. Circumcision and the Code of Ethics

JPL17 said...

This explosion in "gender reassignment" surgery that's happening now may well become a new field of mass tort litigation or class action in 10 years. I see parallels to the day-care sex-abuse prosecutions of the 1980s / early '90s that were later exposed as fraudulent, but with a key difference: unlike prosecutors, surgeons enjoy no immunity from lawsuit.

jabrwok said...

improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment

Maybe improved psychiatric care *before* the genital mutilation would be helpful.