Brothers with ovaries

Somebody died of ovarian cancer and YOU are a bigot because something something language.

The linked article is about transgender waffle, so we recommend a strong cup of coffee and the expectation of having to re-read it a few times to work out what is going on while the nouns and pronouns we’ve accepted as settled for thousands of years are wrestled in to new meaning.

The TL:DR version is, man’s sister decided she was a man, lived that way for a long while, didn’t have medical checks appropriate to her biology, died of ovarian cancer. As a consequence, YOU must change the way you use language to prevent this ever happening again.

Putting the tragedy of the death aside, there’s some unintentional hilarity to be had in the article, such as:

But monitoring requires trans people, in the first instance, to engage with parts of their former self. “For those less-seen cancers there can be that real bodily disconnect and not wanting to psychologically engage with that part of the body,” says Dr Berner.

Which is a diplomatic way of saying, “you can pretend you are something you are not but reality doesn’t care”.

This statement is interesting:

“So some of the national screenings aren’t picked up: cervical screening in trans men – they’re not called. GPs are encouraged to make their own register for those patients. But that doesn’t always happen. Some GPs are not aware of the risk. It involves education on both sides and building a culture of greater trust in the healthcare profession.”

Imagine being a GP with a trans person on your patient list. It’s time for a regular, age-based check up for testicular or ovarian cancer. Do you, A. Call them in and risk this type of reaction or, B. Go to the next person on the list?

As for the “education” needed, one imagines a possible cause of the problem may lie in the fact the trans people demanded their medical records are amended to say the opposite gender to the one they are, biologically-speaking.

To prevent this confusion ever happening again, a charity has been set up. The work it’s doing is vital, really making a massive difference to humanity:

Following extensive work with trans and non-binary groups, the task was to find language and images that would be inclusive of those whose bodies might not fit into typical ideas of chests or breasts. The two charities opted to use pictures of fruit as a guide for what to look out for: changes in size, shape, skin texture, lumps or nipple discharge.

Curious readers might wonder whether this campaign is perhaps not addressing the root cause of the problem but the symptoms instead?

If confirmation were needed, there’s an interesting small detail in the article suggesting denial of discomforting reality is a family trait:

The Duncans do not stage funerals – they don’t believe in them – and so Sean did not have one either. Instead, Duncan is left considering the loss of his big brother. “What could there have been?” he asks. “I’ve never indulged myself in [thinking about] that because that’s where the genuine sadness lies – the missing years. It’s difficult. Grief is indeed the price you pay for love.”

Bill’s Opinion

I have huge sympathy for people who are uncomfortable with their body, it must be a terrible daily struggle to find an acceptable way of existing.

My sympathy ends, however at the point you demand I change my life, including the meaning of language I and millions of others have tacitly agreed to since language existed.

Going along with a pretence you are something you are not may be a kindness we can offer trans people. Extending that pretence into the realms of the medical however, is irresponsible and, ultimately, cruel.

Your inability to engage with reality has consequences, some of which may cause you avoidable harm.

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