Four Reasons To Stop Saying “Gender Dysphoria”
(continued from https://fstdt.com/QMJZZ9.QX4B3C )
The diagnosis and concept of “gender dysphoria” itself is 100 % intertwined with today’s gender identity ideology. It is inconsistent to condemn the latter and preserve the former as right and valid. The label is so strongly connected to the gender industry, that we put a woman in danger of undergoing harmful chemical and surgical interventions, once we use or repeat the term “gender dysphoria” in reference to her.
4. The label of “Gender Dysphoria” others women
When feminists use the concept of “gender dysphoria” to explain other women’s distress, they define them as having a psychiatric illness; this is not only pathologizing, but also othering, in declaring someone is fundamentally different from us - something is wrong with that woman and must be either fixed or tolerated.
As feminists, we know that it’s perfectly healthy, and indeed useful, to feel uncomfortable with sex roles and sex role stereotypes. We know that it is normal - albeit not desirable - to not feel at ease with one’s female body under male supremacy. Furthermore, in referring to these women as “people with gender dysphoria” we reduce them to these experiences and contribute to them identifying with an apolitical sexist psychiatric narrative.
Instead of othering women, we could point out the commonalities in our experiences. When we de-pathologize women who claim to have “gender dysphoria,” we help them to understand that their experiences make perfect sense in a misogynistic world and that there are always alternatives to self-harm. The advice given by Elie and Nele here goes in this direction again. They recommend women to search for role models with similar bodies and observable nonconformity to sex role stereotypes, in addition to developing a feminist awareness and to questioning internalized sex role stereotypes.
Use clear language to address the practices of transgenderism
If feminists want to attack the ideas and practices of transgenderism, it’s time to refrain from using the misogynist psychiatric concept of “gender dysphoria” and start criticizing it instead.
Instead of relying on diagnostic labels, specifically describe the behavior and experiences of the women and men involved.