Gender is the Oppression that Leads to Dysphoria

Artist Nicole Jones writes from experience

I had intended to skip posting today, but then this Medium piece came over my Twitter transom.

Artist Nicole Jones has lived through youthful gender dysphoria. As a happy adult, now she rejects the term.

“The pairing of these two words, “gender” and “dysphoria”, is an insidious and anti-feminist one,” Jones writes.

Gender, a hierarchical construct understood by feminists as oppressive, is inherently distressing. Women and girls, especially, are absolutely right to feel uncomfortable with gender. It has not, nor has it ever been, something that women should strive to feel at ease within.

This distress expressing itself as body-hatred is not new. Transition simply lures young women who reject the strictures of gender to escape their social shackles with hormones and surgery.

But “it is increasingly evident that medical transition is the false promise that keeps women suspended in decades of agony,” Jones writes.

Indeed, high rates of failure and complications turn too many dysphoric women into scarred and damaged simulacra of men.

As in so many similar stories I have read, Jones points to the constellation of influences that push young, gender nonconforming women towards transition: homophobia, pornography, the internet, and well-meaning groupthink.

Read the whole article here before Medium decides to remove it as hate speech.

About the author

Former progressive activist declared heretic by his former movement for refusing to believe that "woman" is a costume or a feeling and recognizing male pattern behavior as male even when it wears lipstick and high heels. Just because you hate something I say does not make it hate speech.
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