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[–] sensusquaeram 84 points (+84|-0) Edited

I'll extend this claim to surgery.

When trans people say their confirmation surgeries are "lifesaving" it's an ableist insult. Many of us would be dead without critically necessary, literally life-saving invasive surgery. These procedures are expensive, risky, and have long recovery arcs, and we would not be here without them.

[–] hexchromosome 75 points (+75|-0)

I remember a group of 'non-binary' women and 'trans men' were complaining about the wait-list for mastectomies because preference was given to women who had breast cancer. They were saying the same thing about being denied lifesaving medical care. I already knew they were a self-centered bunch, but my jaw was on the floor at that.

[–] ramani 38 points (+38|-0)

I saw a TiM (from England, I think) post this on Twitter. He was called out for it, but he never backed down! It was like watching a sociopath in real time!

[–] JustWantToUnderstand 8 points (+10|-2) Edited

Abigail Thorn? The Princess of Terf Island who ate Contrapoints while they were still alive and skinned her face off to wear as a mask? That English TIM?

[–] Jellyfishes 45 points (+45|-0)

Even worse: in trans people's case there was never anything wrong with their body, but when they get the surgery they develop health issues, like fistula, necrosis, hair inside urethra, uterus atrophy, arm injury (for TIFs).

[–] sensusquaeram 21 points (+22|-1)

Exactly. Confirmation surgery is experimental and high-risk by definition.

[–] EvaDemeter [OP] 37 points (+37|-0)

I agree completely, and also with surgeries that improve quality of life. Plenty of people can't function without joint replacement, for example, yet we're led to believe that trans surgery is more important than someone's well being and ability to work and participate in activities they love. Because of course, these people would kill themselves and people in excruciating pain are just not important.

[–] sensusquaeram 24 points (+24|-0)

Mobility is a hugely important health issue -- the ability to move safely, perform activities of daily living, transfer in/out of a wheelchair (if possible). And, like you said, effective pain management -- also hugely important. There should be no argument about the priority these issues already have in healthcare.

And yet, here we are.

[–] Tnetennba 15 points (+15|-0)

Hah! I wish it was important to the medical industry. They brush off my inability to walk properly with disturbing ease.

[–] shewolfoffrance 9 points (+9|-0)

I read a few tweets from trans identified people during the lockdown about how massively unfair it was that their cosmetic surgeries were postponed indefinitely. The narcissism was...well, not unbelievable exactly, but still irritating.