Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Castrate The Dirty Trannies

image I was reading Questioning Transphobia today and came across a story about mandatory sterilization of trans bodies in Sweden.  According to The Local this new legislation would make it mandatory to remove testicles and ovaries in each case of sex reassignment surgery.  This amounts to forced sterilization making pregnancies like that of trans man Thomas Beattie impossible.

This is not the first time that it has been suggested that certain bodies undergo castration.  It has been well documented that eugenics programs in North America castrated those considered to be mentally deficient, Native American women, and Black women without consent.  What these bodies have in common is that they are marginalized bodies.  Many prominent eugenicists promote racial and genetic purity without acknowledging that the perceived faults that they are critical of, stem from a direct result of the systemic social discrimination against the targeted bodies in question.

In the case of someone identifying as trans, eliminating their ability to reproduce will not reduce the amount of trans identifying people in society.  Trans people are born into CIS families, a fact that is over looked in this fear led legislation.  Just as you cannot raise someone to be gay, you cannot raise someone to be trans. It is either a part of their identity or it is not. A trans identity is just as naturally occurring as a CIS identity.

This proposed bill is the very height of CIS privilege.  This legislation amounts to nothing more than trans hate.  To assume that one group of people has the right to control the biology and reproduction of another is beyond arrogance and discrimination, it is dehumanizing.  That it even needs to be confronted as such symbolizes the degree of privilege CIS bodies operate with culturally.  If trans people were to suggest that CIS bodies should be castrated because they were somehow abnormal they would be dismissed as ridiculous. Just because a group of people are a minority within society does not mean that they are unfit to parent. Gender fluidity cannot and sh0uld not be used as an excuse to violate human rights.

You know I am done putting this nicely...I have been writing this post trying to politely to refute trans hate but you know what...This is just FUCKING WRONG, PERIOD.  Take your head out of your ass, deal with your bigotry and fear, and then come to the realization that no one has the right to demand that another undergo castration because you, that's right you have issues.  Don't even give me the bullshit line about your concern for the children either. They are always used as a convenient excuse as to why abortion is wrong, or gay adoption is wrong, but when it comes right down to it people don't really care about kids or so many of them wouldn't be living in poverty and without access to education, and health care...but it is all about the kiddies right?  So final thoughts, forced castration is wrong..I can't believe I even had to say that in the year 2008.


10 comments:

Birdseed said...

While you're totally right on the principle, effect, associations and implications of this legislation, I'm not sure it's motivated by anything other than unimaginative, heteronormative beuraucratic rigidity. We've got a lot of that in this country, and the comments I've seen from officials have been along the lines of "We can't have a registered man giving birth to a baby, how would that work with our official census register?".

August said...

Excellent blog. Thank you so much for bringing attention to these issues! I've added you to my blogroll.

Danny said...

Informative as usual.

We've got a lot of that in this country, and the comments I've seen from officials have been along the lines of "We can't have a registered man giving birth to a baby, how would that work with our official census register?".
Very often that is the defense to justify opposition to many things like this and gay marriage. Behind religion one of the biggest things gay marriage opponents like to claim that gays want to marry to abuse benefits like insurance and inheritance.

And just like with gay marriage people that promote trans hate are just plain straight up wrong.

Ebony Intuition said...

"It has been well documented that eugenics programs in North America castrated those considered to be mentally deficient, Native American women, and Black women without consent. "

A really good book that talks about all the things the America has done to stop black women from reproducing is "killing the black body" by Dorothy Roberts

Renee said...

I'm not sure it's motivated by anything other than unimaginative, heteronormative beuraucratic rigidity.
Regardless of the motivation it is plain and simple wrong.

sardonic sister said...

really stupid question: what is a CIS??

Renee said...

CISEXUAL: sex and gender are aligned, therefore you have vagina and feel like a woman...or another term which I don't like is biowoman.

Lisa Harney said...

I think biowoman feeds into essentialism - so yeah, I hate seeing it too. Also "biological female" or "biological male." It makes me feel I have the scarlet letter.

Thanks for posting about this - something a lot of people don't think about is how for a lot of people, parenthood is desirable and normal. Cis society doesn't see parenthood as desirable and normal for queer people - for trans people, in this case. When I started transition, the fact that I didn't have any children was considered to be a factor in favor of my transition, as if having children would taint my femininity.

But what people don't address is that trans people have to live in a world where we can't be given the ability to produce sperm or carry babies as would be appropriate. We're just not supposed to have kids. We're not seen as worthy of reproductive rights (just look at the reactions to Thomas Beattie).

And yeah, such a eugenic history there. I was reading this blog several months ago. The entry that disturbed me most was this one.

"Two of the major organizations leading the pro-choice movement, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) opposed the CESA guidelines to end the sterilization abuse of women of color, arguing that they restricted white, middle-class women’s access to voluntary sterilization (Roberts 1997: 300)."

Renee said...

@August I find even though this article was about trans bodies even bodies that fall under the category of CIS (sorry about the terminology) are often considered problematic when it comes to parenting. Look at the difference between Angelina Jolie and Eryka Badu for example. It seems that unless you are a white privileged female in western society your motherhood is never really validated. Some groups notable middle class straight women may achieve a form of social acceptance but they are never truly recognized as valuable for being mothers.

Elena said...

We linked to this in a post on teh CA NOW blog: http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2008/08/transwomen-are.html