Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dancing With Mr. D: Pope Francis and Gender

In a recent post I told of Pope Francis' statement that "Gender ideology is demonic!" We now read of a 73-year-old American transsexual who has just won a verdict that Medicare must pay his/her medical expenses for genital reconstruction surgery. He (or she) had been living as a woman off and on ever since he was a teenager, but at the age of 68 he decided to make a permanent sex reassignment. Given that same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states, many are pushing the cause of transgender people as the new new civil rights movement. The complete normality of transexualism is becoming the new accepted view, as people are increasingly afraid of saying no to any desire as long as it hurts no one else. Before jumping on this bandwagon, it might behoove us to consider the the fruits of this procedure. Those with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behavior, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Findings suggest that sex reassignment, although lessening gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group. Yes, patients who suffer from gender dysphoria deserve sympathy and psychiatric treatment, not government funding for mutilating surgery.