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05 December 2007 @ 09:45 pm
Interesting Discourse on The View  

Interesting clip of Walters and the Women of the View discussing gender roles, transgendered identities and the discourse surrounding childhood. Thoughts?

Did anyone see the piece of transgendered children?
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Nikolaifaygoredpop on December 6th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
My friends who are transgendered have commented that the diagnosis affirms who they feel they are, confirming in some official way an identity that isn't often confirmed in the official.

However, I struggle, as always, with the blatant label.
Duncan Major and Alanna Feltcarmel_devine on December 6th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
I guess that makes sense, and admittedly I haven't thought about it much from that perspective. Though some friends of mine (and myself included) who identify as being trans, queer, gender queer, etc. just feel that such a diagnoses attempts to push them into a relatively rigid category that is essentially contingent anyway.

Right now, homosexuality isn't considered a medical disorder though it used to be listed as such under the DSM-IV. I'm wondering if people being diagnosed with such a disorder back in the 70s were comforted with the notion that the diagnoses was affirming their identity in some way? I can't help but think that medicalizing the issue is just a way of illegitimating it. It's like our society splits the population into to broad categories: those who are normal and then those who are abnormal (all of which is of course socially constructed and thus arbitrary anyway), and then medicalizes those who fit into this abnormal category, since they don't adhere or conform to particularly expectations that our society deems as being 'proper.'

Here it an excerpt from a previous post I made on the issue, if you care to read it:

Why is it so difficult for people to realise that such broad concepts as sexuality and gender only exist because we decided to compartementalize them into such categories to begin with? They are not these distinct, 'natural' entities that have always existed, but rather mere categories that have been (and are) socially produced and regulated (I should probably cite Gary Kinsman in here somewhere...).

So, when it comes time for me to write my next test - seeming as how they are of an 'objective nature,' that is, true/false and multiple choice - I'm going to have to agree that 'sexual and gender identity disorder' is, in fact, a disorder.
The perpetuation of sexual norms and opression in our society continues...