December 12, 2015

"But she still suffered from what one expert describes as 'the cosmic toothache' that plagues people with severe, persistent 'gender dysphoria.'"

One line from a very long NYT Magazine article titled: "'A Whole New Being'/How Kricket Nimmons Seized the Transgender Moment."
Peering under the sheet that draped her that early October morning at a hospital outside Philadelphia, Ms. Nimmons bade farewell to what she called “my friend” — that “extra part” for which she was pronounced male at birth. Tattooed on her right forearm was her birth name, “Jerome,” complete with quotation marks.
ADDED: The comments at the NYT are extremely critical of the use of taxpayer money for this surgery.

26 comments:

Hagar said...

The Chinese eunuchs of the empire were caatrated by amputation. They were obliged to wear diapers and their presence was easily detected by their odor.

Sebastian said...

"But she still suffered from what one expert describes as 'the cosmic toothache' that plagues people with severe, persistent 'gender dysphoria.'" Now who could have predicted that? It's a cosmic mystery. I mean, wouldn't snipping off a penis take care of most problems? What, you think deeper insanity is at work here? Surely not. Any remaining problems are clearly due to our heteronormative culture. Gender dysphoria is socially constructed, so lets deconstruct it and all will be well. It will, won't it?

Real American said...

You ARE a male. Chopping your cock off doesn't change that. Stop denying science and get real professional help. The rest of us shouldn't go along with the delusion.

Fernandinande said...

her birth name, “Jerome,”

Why would anyone name a girl "Jerome"?

Michael K said...

Ick !

Laslo Spatula said...

Sarah's mind slips wistful into the past, to that One Hot Summer in 1957 in Madison County...

"Miss Sarah, have you noticed anything funny about Jeb lately?"

"Funny?"

"Yeah. I went into town to buy some mouse traps and Jeb at the counter was all dressed up like a Woman. He even was wearing stockings."

"Yeah, my Mandingo, I have noticed. Everyone in town has noticed, but we all pretend not to notice. Sometimes it is best left to pretend not to notice things."

"So does he think he is a woman now?"

"I think so. He tried to join the Ladies Gardening Committee, but he was rejected, of course. We tried to be polite, like you are with Retards and the like, but it obviously hurt his feelings."

"That must be tough. As the only Negro in Madison County I know what it's like to not be accepted."

"Well, my Mandingo, Jeb is still White, so he is still accepted some. We just don't let him near the Children. After that barn incident with Jeffrey and the little Clancy boy we have to be real careful of the weird ones."

"What does Jeb's wife think about all this?"

"She sure has been reading her Bible more. And rumor has it that she is having relations with the Chink who runs the Laundry, but we pretend not to notice."

"It seems like you have to pretend not to notice a lot to live in this world, Miss Sarah."

"It makes it easier for everyone."

"What would happen if I pretended to be White?"

"My silly Mandingo, you might as well ask a Retard to Teach School. Besides, the town folk would lynch you for even trying."

"Couldn't the town folk pretend not to notice?"

"Oh, Mandingo: you can't not pay attention to Negroes -- you take your eye of them even for a moment and then they go raping the white women."

"I'd never rape a white woman, Miss Sarah."

"I know you wouldn't, my Love: you being the docile kind of Negro only makes me love you more..."

I am Laslo.

David said...

Hommeicide.

The Gold Digger said...

societal attitudes toward “transgenderalism,” as Ms. Nimmons calls it,

Wow. Condescending much?

Gahrie said...

The more we indulge people's "sicknesses", the sicker people get.

chillblaine said...

Genital reconstruction paid for by Medicaid. The only time she ever had psychiatric intervention was following a suicide attempt. Perhaps the medical necessity of the taxpayer -financed procedure could have been mitigated with compassionate therapy. Otherwise, the underlying pathology that led to her suicide attempt is going to go untreated.

sydney said...

I suspect Michael Jackson had a chronic "cosmic toothache" as well, but that doesn't make what he did to his nose healthy.

Laura said...

"'I’ve never had no lady look between my legs before,' she said."

Sexual abuse as a child? Move along, nothing to see here -- though adult sexual abuse is thoroughly described and documented in the article -- as if the pedophile cocoons the transgender butterfly.

"New York was caught flat-footed by the new demand for transgender medicine and surgery, though the Mount Sinai Health System is set to open a Center for Comprehensive Transgender Health this winter, and plans to bring in outside experts to operate and to train and proctor its surgical team."

Do tell. Capitalism works?

"In the end, you can’t discriminate against your own child. You either get on the bandwagon or you get off.”

Never a third option is there?

Birches said...

Just how did this impoverished, disenfranchised person manage to get breast implants and hormone therapy for years and years? Weird.

Birches said...

But not enough money for HIV treatment. Weird.

Birches said...

Just finished the whole thing.

Shocker: Surgery doesn't fix life for person with low impulse control. Person can't even follow post-op instructions. Shocker.

toxdoc said...

I know 4 transgender folks (all male to female) who seem to be as miserable with their lives as the were when male. Yet I know plenty of homosexual men and women who seem happy in their lives. I tend to agree with chillblaine. I don't think gender reassignment is going to really change MS Nimmins' life for the better.

Leora said...

Who knew Gore Vidal's "Myra Breckinridge" would be his most historic work.

Quaestor said...

I suspect Michael Jackson had a chronic "cosmic toothache" as well, but that doesn't make what he did to his nose healthy.

The worst aspect of Nimmon's castration and Jackson's horrific surgeries is the fact that trained physicians indulged the fantasies of unwell minds, excised healthy tissue, and accepted money payment as if their evil deeds were actual treatments. These mountebanks and charlatans laughingly flout the sacred principal, Do No Harm.

Asclepius will have his revenge.

jr565 said...

Bring it on home,
Bring it to Jerome.

jr565 said...

I heard about a transgender male/female who also thinks he's a six year old girl. Even though he's actually 52 years old. That is his truth though, so can we really judge his age?
Well actually, we can. 6 years is a definitive thing measured in days. 6 years would be 365 x 6 days of living. Having a feeling that you are six doesn't make you so.
You might be young at heart, but it doesn't make you young in actuality, if you are a senior citizen.

So we are now arguing what is true, objective reality based on facts, or subjective reality based on feelings. I think therefore I am may prove my existence, But if I think I am an elf, it doesn't' mean I get to curve reality to match my perceptions. Or that i need to make others assume that my perceived realities are actually objective facts.
They are not. You are not a 6 year old girl if you are 52 year old man. I am not an elf if I am a human being, and a person born a man is not a woman.

jr565 said...

toxdoc wrote:
I know 4 transgender folks (all male to female) who seem to be as miserable with their lives as the were when male. Yet I know plenty of homosexual men and women who seem happy in their lives. I tend to agree with chillblaine. I don't think gender reassignment is going to really change MS Nimmins' life for the better.

Well, part of it, I assume is that those suffering from dysphoria have a profound self conscious about their flaws. If you get a penis fashioned out of your vagina, you are then going to have to deal with the insecurities of a fake penis. Will your lover understand? Can you satisfy them sexually? Will they think you are a freak.
Because a penis fashioned out of a vagina is a barely functional thing. Either its fashioned out of your clitoris, so would be the equivalent of a micro penis, or its a fake phallus that needs a pump to get an erection and has almost no feeling.
Why would you be happy or satisfied with those fake genital? If you were not happy because you had a vagina, you still wouldn't be happy if you had a fake penis. Because you'd always know it wasn't a real penis.

Ken Mitchell said...

"dysphoria" means "unhappiness". If he thinks that surgery is going to make him happy, he's as deluded about that as he is about his gender.

When did people stop actually caring about the insane, and start trying to pander to them?

Jupiter said...

At one time in the not-so-distant past, respected members of the medical profession would pop your eyeballs out on your cheeks, stick the surgical equivalent of an icepick into the sockets, and rip up your forebrain (Don't worry. The eyes are easily re-inserted, and are not damaged). This procedure, known as a pre-frontal lobotomy, was considered therapeutic for certain behavioral disorders. I daresay, if we are willing to allow that behaviors are symptoms of diseases, it then follows that what removes the behavior treats the disease. See One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Mutilating people's brains in this fashion is now regarded, rightly I think, as criminal. But I suspect it is the only kind of surgery that is likely to eliminate that "cosmic toothache".

wildswan said...

I love the way men who want to be women think that women aren't critical of each other. We don't criticize football skills or drill handling skills so we don't criticize. That's what they think. We just dress up and do our hair and gossip and throw balls wrong and nobody cares and that's it - so easy to be a woman if you are a man. I wonder if women can be reassigned to being a man-woman - I mean we are half way there because we are there physically; it's just the expectations that need to change so that we just dress up and do our hair and gossip and throw balls wrong and nobody cares and that's it. Though who would be looking after the men and the children and the home and the old and the sick and earning money on a job while we were being men-women? but maybe what it would be is you get a shot and you don't care and then you wake up after awhile rested so it's like a vacation where they take away your cell phone. But what if someone got sick and needed me and they didn't tell me because I was being a man-woman and getting my hair done over and over every day all day long to match the dresses I was buying all day and returning the next day after the party where there was no one to meet except other man-womans who had no story to tell because that was wiped out. So we all sat around saying "what a pretty dress" and trying to guess if there was a real man-women there and ... Yikes, I'm getting like Lazlo.

n.n said...

Not simply transgender or role play, but transsexual or object transformation. This guy is not merely homosexual playing dual gender parts, but extremely confused about his identity and therefore unstable. Not only does he exhibit a dysfunctional behavior, but his psychosis poses an immediate threat to his mental and physical health.

Peter said...

I'm still waiting for the quality research that shows those who have sex-reassignment surgery for "gender dsyphoria" have better outcomes than those who don't.

Let alone that in general, attempting to make the external world conform to one's delusions must ultimately fail. Or that physicians who amputate healthy body parts are engaged in malpractice.

Although if you want to contemplate something that does truly qualify as a "cosmic toothache," it would might look like this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigeminal_neuralgia