‘Gender Confirmation Surgery’: What’s in a Name? | Loren S. Schechter, M.D., F.A.C.S.

‘Gender Confirmation Surgery’: What’s in a Name? | Loren S. Schechter, M.D., F.A.C.S..

Hi Constance… I just referred to this in a comment over at Dani’s blog, which hopefully I handled in a graceful and kind way.

I thought you all might enjoy reading it as well.




6 thoughts on “‘Gender Confirmation Surgery’: What’s in a Name? | Loren S. Schechter, M.D., F.A.C.S.

  1. Yes! Read it. Get it.

    “For me, most if not all the other names used for the procedure — or, more accurately, the family of procedures — suggest that a person is making a choice to switch genders. From the hundreds of discussions I’ve had with individuals over the years, nothing could be further from the truth. This is not about choice; it’s about using surgery as one of the therapeutic tools to enable people to be comfortable with their gendered self.”

    What is your feeling about the use of “gendered self” at the end??

    • ah HAH!!!! You got it!!!!!!!! Omg…hope against hope that someone would notice that!! I have been laying back in the tall grass on that…and will write a post in some months hence about that very notion: what is self? Is there a “gendered self” or is there just a self with gender? I have thoughts about this that I believe will unleash a veritable SYMPHONY of silence…giggles…crickets will sing in the night…cus it will have lots of philosophy and high falutin thought in it about existential self, essential self, consumeristic self, and other selves…why it may even border on a post regarding self of Sybil-esque proportions! (tongue in cheek chuckle inserted here).

      Seriously, I plan to write on that, whether I post it or not will be pending phone calls… ( ❤ )

      As to what he means? I think it is his code for speaking of a person in relation to their gender. And I do think it is necessary to have some sort of term for this. Lots of people spend their entire lives without any thought as a “gendered” self. The wonder and miracle of such an existence towers over me, for whom gender has been a tormentor every conscious day I can think of, save those years of dissociation when it was just grind the teeth, hide the pain and fear, and try not to listen to the evil singing.

      So yeah, in his shorthand for the article’s purpose, I had no issue with it cus it got our minds where he wanted us to be for the purpose of understanding why surgical options are legitimate and necessary options.

      And I love that you saw a diving board and not a parking lot tire stop.!

      • Yes, for sure. I hadn’t thought of it that way and when I read it, it just sounded tinny to me.

        At the pool.
        Climbing the ladder to the Big One.
        And Stepping off with eyes open ❤

        • *Charissa closes her eyes, sees Dani in a white one piece suit with ruffles round the hips, pink noseplug strap round head, goofy flowered bathing cap on, neon green flippers, standing at the edge of the high board and waving wildly, gladly and the good kind of skert before she jumps and screeches all the way down as her tummy stays above only to be grabbed seconds later by her heart so she stays all together when she hits the water…and has a much needed snorty giggle*

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