Tickbox diagnosis: can you measure trans feeling?

As the mother of a trans who is well-adjusted, taking the lead in her own self-care, and setting parameters to serve the person she has always been… this… this troubles me more than I can articulate.

Dr Ruth Pearce

Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health are currently developing a “Gender Dissonance Severity Scale”.

Gender Dissonance Severity Scale

I can see why some practitioner-researchers might think this is a good idea. The clinical protocols at GICs such as Nottingham currently require trans patients to demonstrate that they can cope with living a “trans” life in order to access “irreversible” treatments such as hormone therapy. At present, this is demonstrated through patients’ adherance to the “Real Life Test”.

“[I]t is the view of many clinicians working in the field – including some of whom are transgender themselves – that living as their experienced gender allows individuals to test their gender identity in the real world before the initiation of potentially irreversible treatments […] transgender people who have poor social and interpersonal skills may be more likely to encounter difficulties when socially transitioning.. […] In order for an individual to be accepted for treatment, they need to…

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Nya Rawlyns doesn’t write typical romance. She writes emotion as a contact sport, rough and often raw. It need not be pleasant, heart-warming or forever after. What she seeks is what lies beneath—a dance of extremes, the intersect of need and desire, and the compromises we make when pain and pleasure become indistinguishable. ***** She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. ***** When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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One Response to Tickbox diagnosis: can you measure trans feeling?

  1. Feeling, dissatisfaction, opinion…all of these are essentially beyond analysis, certainly beyond quantitative analysis. Yet problems remain for those who maintain that an inclination to change sex could be self-harmful. (See also this controversial treatment from a well-known, popular transwoman.) They will continue to stimulate attempts – some of them quantitative – to probe this mystery. But if we stipulate the contention above – i.e., that some who claim to have been “born the wrong sex” are better served by mental-emotional therapy than by hormone treatments and surgery – what is possible?

    I’m of the Eric Frank Russell school on this and just about every other “social issue:” You have the absolute natural right to go to hell in your own chosen fashion; therefore, no one has a right to interfere coercively with your choices. But that’s far from a solution to the dilemma that confronts caring parents whose teen child claims that he/she/it/xe is really a girl despite having a Y chromosome in every cell…to say nothing of the ones that claim that they “don’t feel right” about having two arms, or two legs, or what-have-you.

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