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  •  stupidity vs. subject-specific ignorance (3+ / 0-)
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    I think that transgender issues are one of those rare things that many mental health professionals are generally ignorant of. It is certainly the case that trans people spent much too much of their time having to educate those in positions of power/whose professional position is to help them.

    But there is a distinction between stupidity and ignorance that is important to make. One is incurable and the other can be overcome. A big part of trans advocacy involves educating those around us. It's not the way it SHOULD be, but it is the way it IS.

    "All politics is personal"

    by laurustina on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 09:04:05 AM PST

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    •  Many people are educable; but shrinks are not (0+ / 0-)

      Their "education" prevents it. They truly believe that their naive attempts at classification of human diversity represent some sort of eternal underlying reality, rather than evanescent social labels.

      I've experienced a lifetime of oppression from shrinks and "school psychologists". Even as an adult we are not free from them, because you need a "diagnosis" from them to get surgery. (And we used to need a "diagnosis" to get hormones, but the Internet and offshore pharmacies changed that.) For decades, they were in the business of denying hormones to people they didn't think would turn out to be attractive heterosexual women. Shrinks are gender police.

      And I for one do not feel an obligation to educate our oppressors. This is like trying to educate your domestic abuser husband. You cannot educate someone who holds unjust power over you. Our progress comes on the mass culture front -- through media images and high profile people like Chas Bono or Lana Wachowski. It comes on the legal front by working as an activist. It does not come from futile attempts to "educate" individual idiot shrinks.

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