In my previous post on the DSM-V proposal it is quite clear there are distinct differences between DSM-IV and DSM-V. One of the biggest differences is DSM-IV basically described transsexualism as GID while in the DSM-V Gender Dysphoria describes transgenderism and fits a wider spectrum. By simply replacing and between primary and secondary sex characteristics with and/or they have effectively opened the door for many others to qualify as "mentally ill" under the new classification.
Those of us born transsexual should not wish any harm on any others and that includes all of those under the transgender umbrella not transsexual. The problem is by blurring the lines and including those that are not transsexual they have made it more difficult for them to admit there is a cure for transsexualism. There has been a concerted effort among the transgender crowd to deny transsexualism is a medical condition because if transsexualism is medical then what are they, mental?
If there is a cure then one cannot be transgender forever or a "trans" woman or a transgender woman or even a transsexual woman. If there is a cure then you are simply a female and a woman and since they fail on the female side it is in their best interests for this to remain non medical.
If a condition is medical then there is normally a cure of some sort. even those born intersex have medical intervention that can let them be normal members of society in the sex they should belong to. The big problem is again the use of the term "gender" which is ephemeral and may last for a hour, hours, a day, or a week, or a life but gender can be fluid and is cultural while sex is physical and relates directly to both primary and secondary sex characteristics. It is funny how those silly little items like sex characteristics are such a bugaboo to the transgendered.
It is why they want to redefine what female is so a penis qualifies and why they see nothing wrong with a pregnant man nor do they see anything wrong with a "woman" impregnating another woman with a penis. It is classic misogyny and maybe the worst misogyny is the man getting pregnant.
Those of us born transsexual understand clearly what we need and it is SRS. We need to be physically female and the transgender loons love to throw around the comments about what is between the legs does not define what a woman is but I hate to be the bearer of bad news , it really does define who is female and who is male.
When I was a child, an adolescent, and in my early 20's my identity issues were off the charts. I knew I should be a girl and I was deeply depressed and resigned to not allowing myself to grow into a man. These problems eased as I started hormones around 14 and ended on a day in late January 1971 when I had SRS. I do not have sex or gender identity or dysphoria issues so that means I have been cured of all symptoms. My nightmare ended that day. That is a medical solution and not a psychological solution.
The problem with the transgendered is they see their condition as something they enjoy. To the vast majority of them it is about the clothes and the femulation and faux appearance as female. It is transient or ephemeral and gives them pleasure and release from whatever anxieties life brings them. For some it is a fetish and for others it is enjoyment but it neither case is it life threatening. The only depression they feel is when the wife finds the clothes and throws them out or will not let them dress or worse yet if the wife rejects them and then they whine like pathetic little men about not being understood. That is pitiful and not a symptom of a medical condition but of a social condition or a fetish. It does not make them bad people but it certainly does not mean they are the same as those born transsexual.
The new wave of transgenders is the older ones in their 50's and 60's. They suddenly decide they want feminization as the testosterone levels lower and before you know it they were always "trans" and of course wanted to be girls their entire lives. Unfortunately for most they have a blog history that says otherwise. Does it make them bad people? Absolutely not but neither does it make them experts on what it means to be female and a woman but do not tell them that.
The DSM-V received a lot of input and none of it was from those representing transsexuals but from transgender activist groups pushing the same rights and the same diagnosis for themselves as transsexuals. Thus, we now have painless transsexualism where someone can decide on Tuesday they might like to be a girl and within 6 months learn a narrative and fool a therapist. It is a sign of the times.
The problem with all of this is transsexuals will be hurt. As bad as the DSM is it was used to get some help under medical insurance and some honest activists are worried the new DSM will give even these Insurance Companies and avenue to deny care plus with everyone claiming that SRS is not the cure for transsexualism it makes it easier to deny those that really are transsexual the help they need. This is apparent in Britain where children are left with absolutely no avenue for help other than traveling to the US or finding benefactors like my friend and me.
Kenneth Zucker and Ray Blanchard on the Gender Dysphoria working committee for the new DSM certainly have never believed transsexualism is a medical condition as have minions like Anne Lawrence.
I hope all the transsexuals out there and those born transsexual understand that the chance of transsexualism being given a medical classification diminishes as long as transsexualism is lumped with the transgender condition because there are few transvestites and cross-dressers that want to be cured. All they want is the same rights as women so they can play their penis power games in a dress.
The chance for medicalization is slipping away and the sad truth is it was deliberate and our so-called allies watched and grinned while it has and is happening. The simple truth is they cannot argue for medicalization of transsexualism because it opens the rest of the transgender umbrella occupants up to scrutiny which they cannot stand up to.