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A photographic exhibition at the Hammer Museum, University of California Los Angeles, shows a comparative study between teenage girls and adult male-to-female transsexuals 

Last year, I was nominated for the Stonewall Journalist of the Year award. This seemed fair enough since I write prolifically about sexuality and sexual identity. But I guessed that Stonewall would not dare give me the prize, because a powerful lobby affiliated with the lesbian and gay communities had been hounding me for five years. Six weeks later I, along with a police escort, walked past a huge demonstration of transsexuals and their supporters, shouting "Bindel the Bigot". Despite campaigning against gender discrimination, rape, child abuse and domestic violence for 30 years, I have been labelled a bigot because of a column I wrote in 2004 that questioned whether a sex change would make someone a woman or simply a man without a penis. Subsequently, I was "no platformed" by the National Union of Students Women's Campaign, a privilege previously afforded to fascist groups such as the BNP. As a leading feminist writer, I now find that a number of organisations are too frightened to ask me to speak at public events for fear of protests by transsexual lobbyists. 

The 2004 column was about a Canadian male-to-female transsexual who had taken a rape crisis centre to court over its decision not to invite her to be a counsellor for rape victims. Feminists tend to be critical of traditional gender roles because they benefit men and oppress women. Transsexualism, by its nature, promotes the idea that it is "natural" for boys to play with guns and girls to play with Barbie dolls. The idea that gender roles are biologically determined rather than socially constructed is the antithesis of feminism. 

I wrote: "Those who ‘transition' seem to become stereotypical in their appearance — f**k-me shoes and birds' nest hair for the boys; beards, muscles and tattoos for the girls. Think about a world inhabited just by transsexuals. It would look like the set of Grease."

Gender dysphoria (GD) was invented in the 1950s by reactionary male psychiatrists in an era when men were men and women were doormats. It is a term used to describe someone who feels strongly that they should belong to the opposite sex and that they were born in the wrong body. GD has no proven genetic or physiological basis. 

A review for the Guardian in 2005 of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals by the University of Birmingham's Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility found no robust scientific evidence that gender reassignment surgery was clinically effective. It warned that the results of many gender reassignment studies were unsound because researchers lost track of more than half of the participants. 

The past decade has seen an increase in the number of people diagnosed as transsexual. There are now 1,500-1,600 new referrals a year to one of the handful of gender identity clinics in Britain. About 1,200 receive treatment on the NHS with the rest going private, Thailand being the main country of choice. The largest clinic, at Charing Cross Hospital in London, saw 780 new referrals last year. The NHS carried out some 150 operations in the last year (up from about  100 in 2005-2006). Apart from Thailand, the country with the highest number of sex-change operations is Iran where, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. When sex-change surgery is performed on gay men, they become, in the eyes of the gender defenders, heterosexual women. Transsexual surgery becomes modern-day aversion therapy for gays and lesbians. 

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Anonymous
July 6th, 2012
1:07 AM
Julie Bindel...as the mother of a clearly transgender child, developmentally disabled in fact, and so not influenced to be who he determines to be by any other means than what his mind tells him (that is where the TRUTH of one's identity is), it absolutely pains me to read your article that I come to by happenstance. Seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what transgender IS. Do you really seriously believe that anyone "chooses" SRS treatments to get their jollies? You are the one that needs your head examined, if you do. ...can you even imagine what it is like for them to live life without gender conforming bodies? Continued reading makes me wonder what is your ultimate point...pretty scary. Yeah, and I'd considered myself a feminist for a pretty long time...I admit similar naivety in the past, short long winded intolerance, up to my most recent conviction concerning my son...do you really have to have one to know one?? You with the religion here, get off it!! Does God tell you personally what his plan is by divine intervention?? Consider that such diversity is the plan and Jesus turned away not the least of these.

Eileen North
April 25th, 2012
6:04 AM
Dear Julie,The BBC star Andrew Neil has broadcast the fact that "The European Court also overruled a British Law restricting forced marriages seemingly on the grounds that the right of men to a family life overrided the right of young women to be abducted. Please could you find out which Political Party set up this Law,please? T

Bloom Fjeld
April 20th, 2012
3:04 PM
Well, it's good to see so many intelligent comments here to contrast with the article. I'm an androgynous girl in a male body. I'm also a feminist. (And I'm attracted to girls, so you can screw the idea that I'm transitioning to "correct" my sexuality). I understand that transsexuals often conform heavily to gender stereotypes (not me, I'm incredibly anti-stereotyped), but if they want to do that, then what business is it of yours? There ARE girls who are naturally feminine. And to suggest that all transsexuals conform to such stereotypes is stereotyping in itself. How about a world in which everyone is allowed to be whoever they want? If I want a sex change to get a female body, while being utterly myself, completely androgynous, I'll do it. I'll wear men's suits if I want to (I plan to)! And if I wanted to get a sex-change so I could wear f***-me shoes and birds' nest hair, then I'd do that too. Yeah, your article is pretty unintelligent. But honestly, it's disgusting what that poster wrote about you; the one you mentioned.

Anonymous
April 11th, 2012
9:04 PM
What crap !

Anonymous
March 19th, 2012
7:03 AM
So, you either had sex or competition with a trans woman; and you didn't like the outcome -- I'm betting it was competition.

Sheena
March 17th, 2012
7:03 PM
I can't say that I'm surprised by this artcle, only that I thought we, as a whole, were getting past all of this. Every person has the right to be happy regardless of what one person or group or organization defines as happiness. I fail to see how your issues as a feminist are the issues of transgendered people. Their decision for surgery or therapy or what ever they feel is necessary to live a normal life has only to do with them; their happiness. One persons decision to have SRS does not necessarily have anything to do with YOU. It has everything to do with THEM and what will make them happy. The world does not revolve around Julie Bindel or Feminists...just so you know.

Yoshi
February 24th, 2012
1:02 AM
Exactly like the person before me, i came to read this article via a picture i clicked; and just like the person before me, i, too, would rather see myself as a guy although i have a female body. i haven't started any hormone treatment yet and don't know if i will, i'll see where counselling will take me first. the view presented in the article was indeed interesting and i don't agree in some points. there is something important, or at least important to me, that bothered me at the beginning already. it says that the stereotypes presented my (most) transsexuals are against everything feminism stands for, that is, they present long outdated gender roles, that mtf-transsexuals tend to be chliché girls and vice-versa. i really hope i am able to explain my point here, since english is not my mother tongue. but i thoroughly disagree here. as i said before, i myself am transgendered, and yes, i wish to be a boy. if i had the option to wake up tomorrow and have a male body, without anything else changing in my life, i'd definitely take the chance. and oh, i do enjoy some 'male' activities such as online gaming, i dislike romantic movies, etc etc, the usual clichés. but i also love to put on makeup, i enjoy art, i love to dance, to write, and i am mostly into boys. i'd just rather do all that as a boy. so, am i any less transgendered now, because i act too girly at times? or am i "just gay"? i don't say i oppose everything or even this one thing that was said in the article. i just mean, yes, there are stereotypes, always have been, always will be, among humans. but each and every person is different, that goes for transsexuals as well as non-transsexuals. just saying. oh, i just saw that other people commented on the same subject. i'll post anyways. nice to see i'm not alone here though :)

Nia
February 23rd, 2012
4:02 AM
I came upon this article by accident, via a pic I clicked. It caught my interest so I read it all the way through. I was right there with the author all the way until the last page where she dropped the bomb of instilling HER personal ideas on the entire world. I'm a biological female and I know I was meant to be a man - If I ever decide to make that change, or if I don't, its MY choice and has nothing to do with the 'feminist' point of view. Yes, its a sticky situation with trans-men who still retain their penis to be in a female only environment, especially prison, but that is not a down fall of gender reassignment, its a down fall of the society of not yet perhaps creating a third type of jail (or fourth) that encompasses those who are in between sexes, by choice or by birth - let us not forget hermaphrodites now!! This Julie author can't get her mind around those born with both sexes... her clain cannot hold up there either! I just want to say everyone needs to evolve to the next level already. Get over your own tiny opinions and let the rest of the would be who THEY are for themselves.

Spike
January 2nd, 2012
2:01 PM
I don't understand why the author has committed so much energy to a subject that doesn't affect her. I get it, your against Gender Reassignment Surgery. But its not your body so why does it matter? If living as a woman every day truly makes me a happier human being then why should you even care? For that matter what right do YOU have to make any judgement on how other people live their lives? I find it distressing that so many people spend so much time hating things that don't even interact with their lives.

triple A
November 8th, 2011
12:11 AM
I do respect each and everyone's opinion but going back to the basic in the beginning after God created the world, He created a Man and a Woman for them to take care of what He created. why can't we accept the truth that our Creator is perfect and all that HE has done are in the right time and in the right place. ? For me, undergoing such kind of operation like changing male organ to female is like embarrassing our Creator. It means we have shamed God instead of thanking Him for giving us life in this world. As what i have read during college days, a phychologist says that a male who wanted to become a female only feels satisfaction phychologically and not emotionally. They felt that they are a complete woman but it is only on their minds. it is only but an illusion a fairytale like but if they will only decern more deeply there will never be a true happiness inside because you know the truth.

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