“Transabled”, the next civil rights frontier?

I remember I made a point before that social justice has no end in sight. This was all well and good when Social Justice Warriors were fighting for people who were genuinely disenfranchised and discriminated against unfairly. Gay people, minority races, minority religions etc. These people actually deserved to have their rights fought for. The problem however was that for every person who fought for their rights because they truly cared about them, there were others, who only fought to satisfy their own desire to complain about things. In a sense, they did the right thing, for the wrong reasons. As these groups become more and more accepted, these people are forced to find new victim classes to fight for, and are having to go to more extreme lengths to find these victims. We’ve already seen examples of this with the recent trend of “fit shaming” were SJWs mock and belittle people who are in good physical shape in defence of morbidly obese people. Well, they’ve outdone themselves now with the new victim group they’re looking to fight for.

From National Post

OTTAWA — When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident.

But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn’t bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher.

“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,” he told the body modification website ModBlog.

His goal was to become disabled.

People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.

“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa

“The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”

Do I really need to explain how insane this all is? I really don’t have the energy to go on a big rant, but I’m sure the insanity here is so obvious that it speaks for itself. Then again, maybe it’s not. I actually told several people about this, and some of them acted as if I was some kind of hate filled, human rights hating monster because I thought this was insane. Apparently researching topics like this and forming opinions from analysing the facts as I interpret them is wrong. Instead, I should do like everyone else, close my eyes, and ignore everything that’s going on

You are if you identify as such. Reality be damned.
You are if you identify as such. Reality be damned.

Researchers in Canada are trying to better understand how transabled people think and feel. Clive Baldwin, a Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies who teaches social work at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., has interviewed 37 people worldwide who identify as transabled.

Most of them are men. About half are in Germany and Switzerland, but he knows of a few in Canada. Most crave an amputation or paralysis, though he has interviewed one person who wants his penis removed. Another wants to be blind.

See, this perfectly illustrates why I think it’s ridiculous that transgender people are lumped in with LGB people, because as far as I can see, it has far more in common with this condition than it does with simply being attracted to the same sex. LGB people just have a different sexual orientation. They don’t have any desire to mutilate their bodies.

Photo taken after he got the procedure done.
Photo taken after he got the procedure done.

Many people, like One Hand Jason, arrange “accidents” to help achieve the goal. One dropped an incredibly heavy concrete block on his legs — an attempt to injure himself so bad an amputation would be necessary. But doctors saved the leg. He limps, but it’s not the disability he wanted.

The transabled are very secretive and often keep their desires to themselves, Baldwin says. One 78-year-old man told Baldwin he’d lived with the secret for 60 years and never told his wife.

Some of his study participants do draw parallels to the experience many transgender people express of not feeling like they’re in the right body. Baldwin says this disorder is starting to be thought of as a neurological problem with the body’s mapping, rather than a mental illness.

I like that term. I find that if I use the term “mental illness”  in discussions, it seems to automatically make people uncomfortable to the point where they just won’t listen. “Neurological problem” sounds so much less controversial.

“It’s a problem for individuals because it’s distressing. But lots of things are.” He suggests this is just another form of body diversity — like transgenderism — and amputation may help someone achieve similar goals as someone who, say, undergoes cosmetic surgery to look more like who they believe their ideal selves to be.

See what I mean? They’re actually suggesting amputating perfectly healthy body parts to deal with this issue, rather than giving them psychiatric help. Yet somehow I’m the monster for thinking this is utter insanity.

Look what you've done now you hate filled bigots. You made this disabled man cry by telling him that he's able bodied. Those aren't his arms and legs even though he was born with them, and he has control over them. It's real in his mind and that's more important than actual reality.
Look what you’ve done now you hate filled bigots. You made this disabled man cry by telling him that he’s able bodied. He needs those arms and legs removed because they aren’t really his. It’s real in his mind and that’s all that matters.

In the late 1990s, Scottish surgeon Dr. Robert Smith amputated the legs of two patients at their request. While the surgery involved National Health Service staff, each patient paid nearly $6,000 for their procedures.

How is that not a violation of the Hippocratic oath?

Dr. Robert Smith and a satisfied patient.
Dr. Robert Smith and a satisfied patient.

As the public begins to embrace people who identify as transgender, the trans people within the disability movement are also seeking their due, or at very least a bit of understanding in a public that cannot fathom why anyone would want to be anything other than healthy and mobile.

It’s actually quite obvious why you don’t want to be healthy and mobile. The reason why is because you aren’t mentally well. You need help and compassion, but you don’t need lunatics cooperating with your disorder and actually crippling you.

But this has been met with great resistance in both the disability activist community and in transgender circles, argues Baril, a visiting scholar of feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

“They tend to see transabled people as dishonest people, people who try to steal resources from the community, people who would be disrespectful by denying or fetishizing or romanticizing disability reality,” Baril says, adding people in both transgender and disabled circles tend to make judgmental or prejudicial statements about transabled people. “Each try to distance themselves.”

I don’t think they’re dishonest at all. These people genuinely believe that making themselves disabled on purpose is a logical decision. If anyone can explain how it’s any different from transgender people who wish to go the full on transexual route by mutilating their genitalia, please feel free to explain it to me, because I really don’t see any major difference between the two conditions.

Baril — who is himself disabled and transgender — believes the transgender community distances itself because it has worked very hard to de-pathologize what’s known as ‘gender dysphoria,’ and sought its removal from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Transability is also known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which was only just added to the “emerging measures and models” appendix section of the DSM-5 in 2013. Many transabled people want to see it fully added to the psychiatric bible because it might legitimize their experience in the field of medicine, Baril notes.

Oh I have no doubt that it is a legitimate thing. I don’t believe for a second that anyone would be willing to fake something like this.

What a world we live in -_-


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