You do realize the DSMV diagnosis is dependent on body dysphoria, right?
Felis F. Catus
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Hey Felis! Haven’t seen you in a while. Oh wait, silly me, that’s because I blocked (or muted?) you on Twitter after you started sounding like a broken record, repeating the same phrases over and over again: “your track record of citing hate groups blah blah blah.”

Last I checked, feminists aren’t a hate group. Neither is academia. I think these are usually my main sources, directly or indirectly… I think you’re still hung up on that one time where I linked to an article by Zack Ford, who was citing the testimony given by some teenage girls in a court case, where there was no reason to believe the testimony given in court to be faked so naturally I assumed it to be true (and still do so), but after finding out that the ADF was involved in the court case you decided that this equated to me “citing hate groups”. Several leaps of logic there… Anyway. Let me respond to the parts of your post that have substance:

You do realize the DSMV diagnosis is dependent on body dysphoria, right?

Firstly, which DSM V diagnosis? The only one relevant to our topic that exists in the DSM V is “gender dysphoria”. This is not the same thing as “gender identity”.

Secondly — and I don’t have the full DSM V document but only a DSM V Gender Dysphoria Fact Sheet so my information may be incomplete — as far as I understand even the diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” does not require any explicit discomfort with one’s sexed anatomy. To quote the fact sheet:

Gender dysphoria is manifested in a variety of ways, including strong desires to be treated as the other gender or to be rid of one’s sex characteristics, or a strong conviction that one has feelings and reactions typical of the other gender.” [Emphasis added.]

The hypothesis of “gender identity” on the other hand rests strongly on the third point in that list: a strong conviction that one is “mentally” a woman or a man, such that every person can find themselves to “identify as” a woman or a man after a bit of soul searching, and it would, the logic of “gender identity” goes, prove that they are, as a matter of fact, a woman or a man, regardless of their anatomy.

Thirdly, if you’re halfway affluent in transgender discourse, you should probably know that to say that “genuine” transgenderism is defined by the presence of sex dysphoria (or body dysphoria as you call it) is considered exclusive and hateful of those transgender people who indeed don’t experience any sex dysphoria. If you attempt any sort of distinction between “true” transgender and “transtrender”, you are a “truscum”, the thinking goes.

Oh and I would very much love to have you provide some of those scientific and political reasons.

The TranScience Project has a page on so-called brain sex which summarizes all existing research on the topic, concluding that no clear conclusions (such as “transwomen have female brains”) can be drawn. Far from it. I’ve provided this exact resource in the article you’re commenting on. Haven’t you fully read the article before commenting with vitriol? (Full disclosure: I sometimes do that myself actually! Don’t always have time to read everything carefully to the end before calling out some BS in it.)

As for the political reasons, you’re free to read from the rich radical feminist literature on the topic. I can recommend “Unpacking Queer Politics” by Sheila Jeffreys. You can also listen to women / radical feminists on Twitter who dissent against transgender politics, or read some of the many blogs they have on the topic. I’ve also tried to make a succinct summary of the problems “gender identity” ideology brings into feminism myself a while back to organize my own thoughts; it can be found here on this blog. It has many unsourced claims though; I might work on that one day.

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P.S. you’re free to comment on my posts, but if you slander me one more time by falsely claiming that I “cite and legitimize hate groups” like the ADF, I’ll block you from commenting. I’m a person who has been severely hurt by the same ideology they preach, so I don’t feel that I have to tolerate that sort of slandering. Otherwise, thanks for tickling my brain and holding me up to scrutiny.