Commit 0d92ba91 authored by n1x's avatar n1x

DIY Hormones edits

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......@@ -21,11 +21,11 @@ The most salient point I take away from Maggic's project (academic postmodernist
>The difficulty of figuring out purity and dosage for a layperson naturally lead to concerns about the risky side effects of overdoses or accidental doses of impurities. A lack of *regulation* also runs the risk of laypeople massively increasing environmental hormonal pollution, with detrimental effects to plants, animals, and us.
>(emphasis mine)
Being that the author of the article and Maggic herself are both likely cis liberals who don't know what being trans is like, I feel I need to spell out in precise terms why I find the article and Maggic's project so appalling and disappointing. To go back to my blog post, "Trans Nihilism":
Being that the author of the article and Maggic herself are both likely cis liberals who don't know what being trans is like[^2], I feel I need to spell out in precise terms why I find the article and Maggic's project so appalling and disappointing. To go back to my blog post, "Trans Nihilism":
>Regardless of whether or not a trans person passes, gets SRS, goes the whole nine-yards to get to the other side of the binary, to be trans will always mean to live a double-life, a contradictory one. On the one hand being a woman, on the other hand being trans; one or the other depending on which mask one wears. Passing perhaps, but always reminded of their transness by having to take hormones and take other steps to grasp this shadow of the person on the other side. The trans person’s existence is never fully realized, but always in a state of _transition_.
In other words, being trans means to have your entire existence defined by your access to whatever healthcare (if any) you feel is necessary in order to mitigate your dysphoria. Cis people don't have this problem, because their bodies already naturally produce the hormones they want. They have already effortlessly decoded and taken ownership of their hormones. For trans people, it is the opposite: The hormones we naturally have are a poison for us, permanently shaping our bones and genitalia and ephemerally shaping our soft tissues and influencing our emotions in ways that we hate. Every moment that we aren't on HRT, we are losing time for a life we have not yet even lived. In almost all cases, we've already lost our childhood, and every moment after puberty that we aren't on HRT is further poisoning our bodies in ways that we will never be able to reverse.
In other words, being trans means to have your entire existence defined by your access to whatever healthcare (if any)[^3] you feel is necessary in order to mitigate your dysphoria.[^4] Cis people don't have this problem, because their bodies already naturally produce the hormones they want. They have already effortlessly decoded and taken ownership of their hormones. For trans people, it is the opposite: The hormones we naturally have are a poison for us, permanently shaping our bones and genitalia and ephemerally shaping our soft tissues and influencing our emotions in ways that we hate. Every moment that we aren't on HRT, we are losing time for a life we have not yet even lived. In almost all cases, we've already lost our childhood, and every moment after puberty that we aren't on HRT is further poisoning our bodies in ways that we will never be able to reverse.
Now add to this that the hormones we need, that cis people get for free, are being held hostage by the pharmaceutical industry. One of the most vile examples of the state and capitalism colluding to exploit desperate people by artificially making it impossible to afford medicine without insurance and artificially forcing anyone who wants to compete with this multi-billion dollar industry to re-invent the past 100 years of medicine. The possibility of being able to synthesize your own hormones, or at the very least buy them from other, skilled people selling an open-sourced version at a fair price without the need for insurance or getting past any gatekeeping, is for hundreds of thousands of trans people not just a nice dream for academics and journalists to wax about. It is a very real need.
......@@ -38,3 +38,6 @@ Imagine if you will the feeling of being a precarious millennial whose access to
Maybe then you'll understand why DIY hormones are not just something we could have, but something we must have.
[^1]: It's common in the trans community to call buying your own meds and getting your own blood tests without having a healthcare provider walk you through all of this "DIY", but the fact that this is the common sense for DIY HRT just speaks to how truly dismal the state of affairs is for trans healthcare. And really healthcare in general.
[^2]: It's possible that I'm wrong here, but typically people jump at the chance to say "As a [oppressed minority]...", so I feel like this is a fair assumption to make.
[^3]: Of course as always, this isn't necessary for someone to be "really trans" or whatever
[^4]: Again, someone doesn't need to be dysphoric to be "really trans".
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