When the trans becomes tragic, and cool becomes cruel

Dec 4, 2017 by

by Gavin Ashenden:

The sale of Phalloplasties are booming, and it may not be a good thing. Like me, you may have to ask what they are.

It’s an engineered replacement artificial penis. Dr Miroslav Djordjevic, a professor of urology and surgery at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, attaches them.  He’s attached a lot more of them recently. And that is because considerably more people who have had surgery to re-assign their gender, have afterwards regretted it, and asked him to do whatever he can to reverse the original cutting and stitching. So many people in fact, that it is worrying Dr Djordjeciv. And therefore it has also worried the psychotherapist and LGBTQI activist James Caspian who has worked with him.

Caspian’s work has been to help the mind rather than body. He has been helping to counsel people who wanted to change gender. It is a journey or a process he has wanted to encourage. Watching the numbers of people taking this route grow, he was surprised and taken aback to also see a growth  in the numbers of people claiming it had been a mistake, and wanting to change back. Mentally ill at ease with who they were, they had hoped that peace of mind might be achieved through transgendering; but it hadn’t.

Caspian began to do some research into this trans-regret. He signed up to do a postgraduate thesis at Bath Spa university. When his research began to harden up, and the university saw he was documenting the failure of the trans process, they refused to let him continue; they claimed “the posting of unpleasant material on blogs or social media may be detrimental to the reputation of the University”.

A group of women who experienced gender re-assignment, deeply regretted it and tried to change back, wrote a book about their experience called “Blood and Vision.” In it they call to account the people who had encouraged them in their journey gender exploration. They ask why no one helped them find other solutions? They accuse those who had enthusiastically encouraged them of colluding in an experiment that badly damaged them.

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