Sorry for the serious post being first but someone just really upset me on a blog.
She has a particular point of view and is one of the politicos involved in the histrionics between those transsexuals not upset with the use of the term transgender and those totally offended by the use of transgender. She quite obviously belongs to the totally offended side which is her right.
If you disagree with her myopic view of the world or tick her off you will be moderated and your posts will be deleted. She is decidedly biased against anyone she perceives as elitist when in reality she is the elitist. Ask her a hard question and be banned. Open discussion is not part of her mantra. She is correct and anyone who even disagrees partially is the enemy.
The Transsexual Phenomenon
The above link is to The Transsexual Phenomenon written by Dr. Harry Benjamin and was the first true study of us. I am surprised how few have read it. I am stunned how few actually understood it. I am staggered by how many have misinterpreted it and misquoted it or twisted what was said.
I guess I will date myself right here and now. Harry Benjamin was my doctor and my friend. He saved my life and in 1970 -71 asked me to talk to a Dr. Ethel Person as part of a study and I agreed although I am inherently distrustful of shrinks but I found her pleasant and quite nice and we became friendly.
When the study was published I was stunned to be honest. I was part of the study and I knew two others who were part of it and friends of mine. We never talked about anything mentioned in the study directly. We talked about our lives as children until the current time and at the time I was 24 and had close to enough money for surgery. In point of fact Harry might have been more upset by the study than anyone.
Person-Ovesey Study Synopsis
Aria Blue uses the study to support her view of young transsexuals (children) who may or may not have been effeminate and I believe her misguided belief that she is this type of primary transsexual Person-Ovesey portrayed which is neither homosexual nor heterosexual as a child which is a baffling concept but driven to get a sex change at all cost. I believe they had a total of 20 participants in the study. Harry had 150+ in his book. Who understands it better? Driven at all cost does not fit many older transitioners so where does the study fit them in?
I am posting this to refute what they found because as one of the participants in the study I walked into her office and asked her where I fit in late 1974 and she said Secondary because I liked boys so I was a homosexual transsexual where by Harry's definition I was a Type VI high intensity transsexual and according to Harry the study was bogus. My avatar is exactly how I appeared to her except I was better clothed.
They based the Secondary categorization on the fact I confused a lot of people over my gender beginning by age 10. I was never flamboyant or openly feminine. At the time I did not know my T level was measured as a child and never exceeded 20 which along with genetics fit my appearance. I was exceedingly shy and withdrawn because I was bullied and Dr. Person was never informed how early I started hormones which was very early. I did have a boyfriend starting at 14 but I NEVER mentioned him to her primarily because I had no memory of him. I told her I realized at around 11-12 I was very attracted to boys despite the fact they often hurt me. I told her how I just wanted to meet a nice man and get married and have lots of sex. I wanted sex badly.
She did ask me about a picture of me taken with a noted guitar player when we exited a club in 1970 when it appeared in a local New York paper after we had begun meeting and I told her he was just a friend and it was the truth at that time. She was privy to the few pictures of me as a child and based on this and a comment from Harry that Liz, my nickname, was a very intense transsexual as a child and driven almost beyond reason to changer her sex I was defined as a homosexual transsexual.
She never asked me once if I had ever had sex with a man and we met pre and post surgery. This was intended to be a very narrow focus study and both Person and Ovesey were more interested in homosexual males and their relationship to transsexuals than in a distinct definition of or categorization of transsexuals.
Aria Blue uses the definition change for primary and secondary as an example of the transgender community blurring the "true" definition of transsexuals when it was done primarily to follow the Type V and Type VI definitions clearly defined in Harry's book. Aria Blue is not afraid to hatch the chicken before it was ever an egg to fit her view of herself and the world.
In the future she might be better to choose a more relevant and accepted study and she quite nimbly avoids the simple fact the Person-Ovesey study correlates closely to Blanchard and his fellow loons beliefs in several key areas.