Natacha’s talk at TRED 2011. The bulk of this presentation is a witty response to Az Hakeem’s 2010 paper Deconstructing Gender in Trans-Gender Identities. Natacha herself deconstructs three central arguments present within the paper:
1) Trans people can be prevented from having genital reassignment surgery through group therapy.
2) Gender is becoming less rigid for cis people but more rigid for trans people.
3) Sex is “real” and scientifically verifiable, whereas gender is not.
The talk concludes with a brief reflection upon the work of Kenneth Zucker and the “normality” of trans and intersex phenomena.
Az Hack has an article in the current edition of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment published by the Royal College which appears to be repeating the assertion that group therapy is an alternative to physical treatment:
This article describes a special adaptation of group psychotherapy as a psychological treatment for people with a variety of gender identity disorders. It can be used as an alternative to or concurrently with hormonal and/or surgical interventions for transgender people. It is also suitable for individuals whose gender identity disorder remains after physical interventions. The article draws from a UK specialist pilot for such a treatment service and describes the explicit aims of the psychotherapy, the specialist adaptation of therapeutic technique required and observed thematic features relevant to working in this specific field.
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