Archive | December 9, 2015

The Medical Ethics Dilemma That Is Transgenderism

There Are So Many Things Wrong With This

When I first started reading about the “transgender” rights movement, one early response I had was “you all have got a serious troll problem.”

Several years down the line, this thought still seems appropriate, in that any real clinical criteria for gender dysphoria have been divorced from legal developments protecting “gender identity.”

Outside of the context of a clinical condition, “gender identity” doesn’t mean anything. While it would be a worthy project to work to give personal presentation more legal protections, to the extent that doing so did not enable predatory behaviors, “gender identity” protection does not rise to this bar, and in fact reinforces rigid codification of personal presentation as it applies to males and females.

The “transgender” rights movement falls down in other ways as well. Treatment with artificial hormones is a kind of poisoning, and genital surgeries often have complications, or fail entirely, and are not effective…

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Michelle Goldberg: The Trans Women Who Say Trans Women Aren’t Women

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michelle goldberg slate From Slate:

The Trans Women Who Say That Trans Women Aren’t Women

Meet the apostates of the trans rights movement.

By Michelle Goldberg

Last month, a 42-year-old English accountant who goes by the pseudonym Helen Highwater wrote a blog post disputing the idea that trans women are women. Helen is trans herself; in the last few years, she says, she has taken all the steps the U.K.’s National Health Service requires before it authorizes gender reassignment surgery, which she plans to have in 2016. Yet she has come to reject the idea that she is truly female or that she ever will be. Though “trans women are women” has become a trans rights rallying cry, Highwater writes, it primes trans women for failure, disappointment, and cognitive dissonance. She calls it a “vicious lie.”

“It’s a lie that sets us up to be triggered every time we are called he, or…

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Yule cookie – Toffee Bars

Toffee Bars

2 cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or ½ cup butter and ½ cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 oz of milk chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugar
Add egg and vanilla
Mix well
Add sifted dry ingredients mixing just enough to combine
Spread in shallow 10×15 greased pan
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cover with 6 oz of melted milk chocolate
(Grate on sheet immediately)
Then sprinkle with nuts
Cut into bars immediately and remove to wire racks

Makes 50 1×3 bars