Can she fuck off forever? I couldn’t believe she actually said that, checked her FB, and wow, she was moronic enough to say that.
ThAnKs ArIeLlE U CuReD DySpHoRiA No NeEd 4 TraNsiTioNinG NoW
I attempt to keep this blog fairly free for trans issues, but I think this is important. Arielle Scarcella calls herself a trans ally, but this is what she talks about. I want to make something very, very clear: trans people by definition suffer from sex dysphoria. This is characterized as an intense disconnect between the brain of the individual and the sexed characteristics. Dysphoria is to a certain extent individualized per person (as in the disconnect is there but manifests differently. This can be inability to perceive the parts in question, intense discomfort when seeing the parts, and a range of other symptoms that all boil down to “WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS”), but do realize that to be trans you must have dysphoria. If you do not have dysphoria, you are not trans.
Moving on, it is possible to be trans while not having primary sex characteristic dysphoria. Sometimes that dysphoria will develop over time, other times not. I, for example, experienced minimal dysphoria up until puberty. I describe my childhood as largely agendered because to me it was. Upon development of secondary sex characteristic, the dysphoria came in full swing. And I am not alone in this. Other people do not follow the narrative of knowing they were a boy/girl since birth.
That being said, most trans men are going to experience bottom dysphoria. I can only speak for myself here, but I take the “ignorance is bliss” mode in an attempt to alleviate it. This means I will not acknowledge what I have in my pants, I will not think about it, and I will not take pride in it. So when a semi-prominent youtuber makes a video such as “Vagina Pride” in reference to trans men and acts as though the dysphoria is caused through either
- Misogyny or
- A lack of pride in our genitals
it spreads nothing but misinformation and does outright harm. So long as people think transitioning is a choice rather than a medical necessity trans people will have to continue to pay out of pocket for all medication and surgery that we need to survive.
This whole concept is, in fact, transphobic. It rests on the belief that trans people choose to be trans and that transitioning is a choice. This is a fundamental and ultimately harmful misunderstanding that can and does make life very difficult for trans men and women alike. Scarcella and any trans men who collaborated with her on this have shown themselves to be actively harmful and spreading misinformation about the trans community.
Also: this is why saying “Some men have a vagina; get over it” is a bad idea. You are extremely likely to trigger a trans man’s dysphoria.
Trans men do not need vagina pride. All trans people need safe and affordable access to medical care and legal protections against certain trans-specific issues.