An open letter to Atlanta’s Feminist Women’s Health Center on its refusal to treat certain women and its willingness to treat certain men. « Cisnormativity

When you’re a trans person — and especially when you’re a trans woman — you fear the doubt, incredulity, and even horror lurking just under the surface which cis people around you are well known to express when they come into possession of privileged knowledge about your body. This is the kind of privileged knowledge whose discretion should be valued, respected and, most of all, understood no differently than with the privileged knowledge a cis body contains.But it isn’t. That’s why so many medical facilities — hospitals, clinics, offices — bar trans women with the thinnest of equivocations. “We’re not equipped to treat your kind.” “We lack the knowledge.” “We don’t understand your bodies.” “Go see a gender clinic.” “We’re sure there’s another clinic for you.” “You lack ovaries and a uterus.”

All of these say the same thing: “We would rather you die than for us to treat you. We really do know enough — we earned our medical licences somehow — but we’d like to tell you that we’re just not qualified to treat your kind of body or face your kind of person. We’re not being truthful, but we hold the power. Go away.”

via An open letter to Atlanta’s Feminist Women’s Health Center on its refusal to treat certain women and its willingness to treat certain men. « Cisnormativity.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dizzy
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 11:08:12

    It’s not that I like this, it’s that I know it is true. I’m sorry, very sorry, and ashamed of my species, too.

    Transgendered folks are some of the best people I’ve ever met. You’re beautiful. 💋

    Reply

    • womanintears
      Aug 08, 2012 @ 12:03:11

      thank you for the kind thoughts and words Dizzy.

      i’ve done all kinds of things in my life that i thought i could never do and nothing…nothing…could have prepared me for how hard this has been.

      Reply

  2. dizzy
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 12:18:56

    You hang in there! You’re doing great! GREAT! 💋

    Reply

  3. womanintears
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 12:33:50

    i wouldn’t go so far as to say that i’m doing great. i would assert the opposite. i am, however, somehow alive and that is better than it could be.

    Reply

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