- Jan 15, 2013
- United Kingdom
It's not a factual contradiction, but it's a clear change of emphasis. Saying "someone has transitioned", and "someone has started their transition", very clearly imply different degrees of advancement down that process.That's not a change. It would be a contradiction to call someone cis if they transitioned and remained transitioned. Calling them cis inherently means they began transition and then changed their mind. Adding the word "started" doesn't change the meaning.
They only said "A is better than B" if you strip out literally all of the context and caveats. You're meant to read it with them. That's the reason they're there.I've properly represented their position. You just fail to understand words if I say them, apparently. They said basically "A is better than B", and you've somehow deleted out most of the sentence to get to "they want to do A". Perhaps you should try reading with more nuance.
Not without context and caveats, I don't. I do believe that its potentially less harmful for a cis child to go onto puberty blockers than for a trans child to be denied hormonal treatment altogether.You agree with my description of the "researcher's" position.
Yet I wouldn't sign up to "transitioning a cis child is better than not transitioning a trans child", because that statement gives a very obviously different impression, and could be applied to far more extreme interpretations.
18 is not the age we wait for because of the secondary physical characteristics of puberty. The maturation of the brain goes on perfectly well in kids who are on hormone blockers.The arbitrary part is the age. For simplicity's sake, I'm going to say 18, though that number could be higher or lower depending on what and where specifically something happens. Why do we wait until 18 to let people do things for themselves? Because it's an approximate timeline where individuals are reaching physical maturity. We give people the length of adolescence to grow into physical adulthood before they start making serious personal decisions. If you block puberty, you prevent the individual from reaching their physical adulthood, which makes waiting for age 18 a completely arbitrary timeline.
There's a word I wish I hadn't just learned! Yay!phallometrics