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Paper Genders: Pulling the Mask Off the Transgender Phenomenon Paperback – May 2, 2011
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Walt Heyer became fascinated with people who change genders in 1980 while working in San Francisco. Walt has walked and talked with transgenders and seen the unintended consequences of changing genders. In the 25 years since his psychology studies in drug and alcohol dependence at U.C. Santa Cruz, Walt has worked with people who have a strong desire to put the pieces of their lives back together.
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Having himself gone through the nightmare experience of Transsexuality, in this book, Walt Heyer shows true compassion for the transgendered individual. My hat is off to him.
The author seems to be of an opinion that on some level, every last person who is attracted to his or her own gender/sex is some kind of potential criminal. I disagree, but given the author's soul crushing past, I am willing to overlook that bias. But I cannot overlook the sheer number of individuals with clearly vile leanings (there is no "good" form of pedophilia) who are involved with this movement. When being "right" about one's medical theory becomes more important than the actual results of one's treatment and the lives of one's patients, things have gone off the rails.
If you are someone considering the surgery described in this book, or you love someone considering the surgery described in this book, TRY to get this book into their hands any way you can. Take it a chapter at a time...skip the bits about the dark pasts and associations of the doctors if you must, but pay attention to the numbers...to the facts.
The sheer fact that forces have worked to *muzzle* every possible alternative to this treatment alone should give one pause. A doctor is always free to tell me he or she doesn't feel I require a given medicine or procedure, but in *this* case, the mere mention of reservation is in some areas barred by *law*, even in the supposedly free United States.
The author doesn't say that the surgery described in this book is absolutely never the right choice to make, but he *does* stress that one needs to understand what one is really buying for the huge price and irreversible procedure. Imagine doctors telling you that the only way you'd be happy is if they cut off your legs because you had constant cramps in them, and so you let them, only to find out that some other treatment you could have received would have left you with working legs *without* the pain. You'd want to know about that other treatment option yes? Perhaps try it first? Well you can't, because lobbyists and activists have colluded to see to it that you are never told other options exist. Think on the implications of that. Really think.
I think if anyone is confused about their gender of anything related with it, should read this book. Walt is trying to protect those who suffer in silence with his words.
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