Accessing a space where gender can be discussed is often fraught with hazards.  Many transactivists are violently opposed to hearing about, never mind discussing, the recent trends in gender identity.  When calls for discussion are met with thought terminating statements -“transwomen are women” or manipulative statements “misgendering is violence and I’ll kill myself if you don’t follow my dictates” clarity is often hard to find.   I gleaned this conversation from the Auntie Wanda tumblr about some possible down sides to gender transition or sex ‘reassignment’ surgery.

I read this and asked, why is this particular body dismorphic disorder being treated so differently than other disorders?  We certainly don’t council anorexics to diet, or tell them how fat they are, nor do we give people who suffer from Body Integerity Disorder or Apotemnophilia access to surgeons who will remove their limbs that clearly (for them) do not belong to them.

So why do foster the illusion that men can become women (and vice versa)?  You simply cannot.  And the pale imitations medical science can conjure up are simply that, bad copies the opposite sex, that require a lifetime of medical upkeep and care that often do nothing to solve the body dysphoria (if the condition is present) at all.