I Danmark skal man ikke længere have en decideret diagnose for at opnå såkaldt ”kønsbekræftende behandling”, men man skal opleve ”en markant og varig uoverensstemmelse mellem det køn, man fik tildelt ved fødslen, og det køn, man aktuelt oplever at være”.
Amy Sousa er psykoterapeut og forkæmper for kvinder og børns rettigheder. I den korte video herunder forklarer hun, hvorfor diagnosen ”kønsubehag” – og de bagved beliggende begreber ”transkønnethed” og “kønsidentitet” – er sexistisk, statssanktioneret selvskade.
Se videoen herunder. Under den har jeg tilføjet en afskrift af, hvad Amy Sousa siger.
Her er, hvad Amy Sousa siger i videoen:
“Today I want to critique the diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
I’m going to give you the reasons why this is grounded in sexism, it’s rounded in sexist stereotypes, and it perpetuates sexism in the culture.
I’m also going to tell you why this is a depoliticizing diagnosis, why it represents dissociation from oneself, and it’s a perpetuation of self-harm… The prescriptions used for it perpetuate self-harm.
So I’m going to try and go through it really fast.
I’m going to start off with some of the primary definitions within the diagnosis.
The first thing is ”gender”. Gender is used to denote the public or social cultural lived role of ”man” ”woman” or ”other gender”.
So I’m going to kind of skip over the fact that they’ve used the word gender within their definition of gender, so they’ve made a circular non-definition.
But I’m going to stop and say this is sexism. This is exactly what feminists have been fighting forever. My body doesn’t come with a prescription for a social public role. I can have any public or social role that I want.
The only thing that is my body limits me to is my role in reproduction. I can only be the person who is impregnated. I cannot be the person who impregnates someone else.
But besides that, I can do anything. I can be the parent who stays at home with kids, or um the man can be the parent who stays at home with kids. I can be a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse, a construction worker. So can a man. He can be all of those things. We can have any role that we want. And it is sexist to imply lie that my body comes with a role prescription in the culture.
So that’s the first thing.
Then I’m going to define ”gender identity”.
”Gender identity” is a category of social identity, and it refers to a person’s individual identification.
There has been a proliferation of gender identities in recent years. Of course, there’s been a proliferation. There’s always a proliferation of new identities.
Again, this has nothing to do with my body. it has nothing to do with the kind of body I have. There’s infinite numbers of identities. Human potential for identity is infinite. There is not a limit on ”identity”. It’s an infinitely explorable category, and it’s not defined by the kind of body that I have.
Again, that is sexism. They use words within the definition, like you can have a gender identity of ”gender fluid” or you can have a gender identity of ”gender neutral”. Well why can’t I just be a fluid woman or a fluid man? why do I have to claim that as an ”identity”?
Again, I can be however I want in my body. My body isn’t limited by that.
Now, how are they defining the diagnosis itself?
The diagnosis itself is described as: ”individuals with gender dysphoria have a marked incongruence between the gender to which they have been assigned, and they’re experienced/expressed gender”.
The discrepancy is not the core component of the diagnosis. The core component of the diagnosis is the distress over this incongruence.
Now, first of all, this implies that is to say that you have a marked incongruence between the gender which you’ve been assigned and the gender you’ve expressed.
So I have already said there is no such thing as a prescribed role that my body has. So there can be no incongruence since I can have any identity that I want within the culture, since no role in the culture is off limits to me. There’s no such thing as having an identity incongruent with my body.
Now, one could feel distress with the sexist, narrow, regressive role projection that society places on you. To have that distress would be perfectly natural because having culture define a narrow box into which you must fit in into, that’s uncomfortable. I feel claustrophobic by boxes that I’m forced into. That’s a natural reaction.
Now, for someone who is feeling a lot of distress, the helpful thing to do would be to help them critique the culture for trying to put them into a constrictive claustrophobic box. We should give them a hammer and help them break the box, rather.
What this diagnosis is prescribing is giving you a knife to angle towards yourself so you can fit yourself into a box.
So this has de-politicized you from making a critique of a dysfunctional culture, and it has turned it into a self-attack.
Further, this diagnosis is an empathy trap because every thinking human should be horrified at the notion of thousands of children en masse being chemically castrated, sterilized for life, genitally mutilated, and turned into lifelong medical patients.
That should be horrifying, but instead this diagnosis creates a political empathy trap because, instead of being shocked and horrified at the brutality that is happening to our kids, this is turned into a trap for our empathy where we are meant to feel sorry for the poor gender dysphoric children, and we are supposed to give them gender affirming care, which is a disguise.
That is a manipulative device to hide the brutal reality of the things I just mentioned: chemical castration, genital mutilation, sterilization, and lifelong medicalization.
So anyone who is in the mental health field or anyone who is a thinking adult – anyone who is a parent, a teacher, an educator – needs to stand up and give kids the tools to actually critique this diagnosis. To critique the narrow box that culture tries to confine you in. Break that box.
Do not take a knife and turn it into self-harm.“