The Issue Of Medical Practitioners

1076 WordsMay 9, 20165 Pages
Medical practitioners have a history of not accurately reflecting the understandings of people who trans gender, dating back to the 1800s when they upheld the sexually dimorphic model that states that everyone has “one true sex” (Enke, lecture 2/18). Even in the early 1900s, medical professionals advised trans people to take hormones more closely aligned with their designated sex at birth, as it would help them “feel better”. However, medical treatment of people who trans has improved dramatically over the years. Now, in the 21st century, there are laws in place to prohibit discrimination against people who trans. In order to get from that point to this point, it took growth in both the trans community and the medical community. Medicine mimics society just as society mimics medicine, and as the trans community grew more forthright and educated from those within its community as well as the medical field, the medical field grew more understanding of people who trans. It is all a cycle. In the mid-twentieth century, Christine Jorgenson became the first publicly known American trans woman to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Christine initially referred to herself as a “homosexual with a large amount of femininity”, before she knew the language for what she actually was (Meyerowitz, p. 59). She claimed that she needed desperately to live as a woman and later claimed that her “condition” was “an error of nature” (Meyerowitz, p. 61). She was initially sent to a psychiatrist
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