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Here's a funny reply from Handmaiden Strangio:

I had top surgery 13 years ago. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how it was the best thing I have ever done for my survival. I also had orthopedic knee surgery at 14 and often regret it. But no NYTs pieces about orthopedic regret I see

Yes. Because orthopedic surgery to treat a physical problem is exactly the same as chopping off a healthy girl's breasts to further the fantasy that she can magically become a non-woman somehow

A very strangio, nonsensical argument to make, considering she’s a lawyer.

Quite bonkers to compare the two interventions.

Do you feel sometimes that bad arguments are INFURIATING beyond measure? Even more than stupidity sometimes.

This woman is probably not stupid. More likely she thinks everyone else is.

This woman is probably not stupid. More likely she thinks everyone else is.

Probably a little of both. Just because she was smart enough to pass the bar doesn't mean she has a lick of common sense. I've met plenty of idiots who somehow managed to get prestigious degrees

I've met plenty of idiots who somehow managed to get prestigious degrees God isn't that the truth.

I think Strangio is a 'True Believer. Also Strangio's income and reputation hinge on saving the world from reality.

I've been involved with two lawyers and they were both bonkers.

She's not engaging with what the researcher actually said. The researcher said there should be more long-term follow-up after top surgery. There already are and were long-term follow-ups of knee surgery, which would include the patients' subjective opinions of their satisfaction with the surgery. The results of which doctors will use for future medical decision-making and patient information. There doesn't need to be a NYT article about something that's already working correctly.

If everyone is as happy with the surgery as Strangio suggests, she should welcome studies that would get the evidence out there.

[–] mgcullinan 4 points Edited

There’s such a thing as moral stupidity as promulgated by Dietriche Bonhoeffer, a German theologian imprisoned and executed by the Nazis. People could be technically smart but still exhibit vast stupidity. I’m thinking of the BCH doctor(!) who said some babies can have knowledge of their gender identity “almost straight from the womb” or something like that, which is horrifying. Newborns don’t even know that they they are boys or girls. They don’t know anything because they’re newborns, for crying out loud.

The amount of people who say they "knew they were transgender" since age 2 or 3 is ridiculous. Obviously have never been around toddlers before.