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"I've always felt that some of my own sur...

2012-09-06T16:57:49.941-06:00

"I've always felt that some of my own surgeries that I had no choice in violated me deeply -- but through a little too much interaction with radfems I've shied away from calling it rape-like out loud, even though I always have called it similar in secret. (Since every harm is supposedly so profoundly different no one can understand anyone else without stepping on toes, according to some folks.) I don't think I'll be not doing that any more."

As a victim of child sexual abuse, I can assure you that I do *not* find it offensive to have forced surgery be compared to rape. The thing that messed me up about the abuse was that very personal things were done to my body without my free consent. If someone decided to forcibly alter my body surgically, I imagine it would feel similar to how the sexual abuse I suffered felt. So I have no problem with you drawing an analogy between the two.



I just learned about this yesterday, in reading an...

2007-01-13T14:12:00.000-06:00

I just learned about this yesterday, in reading another blog. I can only find one explanation for what they did to Ashley. The eugenics advocates who funded and encouraged Nazi Germany are still at work, and Ashley is their next "experiment", to see if human society will tolerate such inhumanity. I've been furious ever since I read about it. Never Again!



Thanks so much for this post

2007-01-11T15:24:00.000-06:00

Thanks so much for this post



Thank you for drawing the parallel between surgery...

2007-01-08T15:14:00.000-06:00

Thank you for drawing the parallel between surgery like this and rape. I've always felt that some of my own surgeries that I had no choice in violated me deeply -- but through a little too much interaction with radfems I've shied away from calling it rape-like out loud, even though I always have called it similar in secret. (Since every harm is supposedly so profoundly different no one can understand anyone else without stepping on toes, according to some folks.) I don't think I'll be not doing that any more.

Thanks.



Great post. It was especially nice to hear you te...

2007-01-07T22:10:00.000-06:00

Great post. It was especially nice to hear you tell about your sister and her sexuality. They do understand. I know my son does. People think because they have a low IQ, that nothing goes on. In reality, the understand a lot. Thank you for sharing all of this.



To build on what connie is saying, I have to wonde...

2007-01-07T21:30:00.000-06:00

To build on what connie is saying, I have to wonder why they're voluntarily going after something completely unnecessary with no way to ensure themselves that things will turn out okay - and really no way of understanding very well exactly what impact this will have on Ashley. If she's depressed - how will they know?



Your writings are really helping me understand mor...

2007-01-07T11:40:00.000-06:00

Your writings are really helping me understand more about disabled people. Thanks.



Wow. Your very strong post got me to thinking... ...

2007-01-07T10:43:00.000-06:00

Wow. Your very strong post got me to thinking...

What if the "Ashley Treatment", designed to prevent *inconvenient* bodily functions and possible future disease leads to depression. I wonder if Ashley's parents have thought of that? Since Ashley can't articulate her feelings, they may never now. Gee, they might now want to consider putting her on antidepressants - just in case. And well, since we know the use of antidepressants in young people can sometimes lead to thoughts of suicide, perhaps she should be given mood stabilizers to prevent that. Oh, but such meds could lead to extreme weight gain. No matter, there are meds for that too...

I'm feeling cynical here, can you tell? The point is, where does one draw the line? Before the initial invasive *treatment* perhaps?



"Well, rape is a violent act directed towards some...

2007-01-07T04:27:00.000-06:00

"Well, rape is a violent act directed towards someone's sexual self. Given that definition, how can we honestly say that these surgeries are not a form of rape?"

This really hit very close to home for me.