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April 2021: Stefanie Bode recently had a letter published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung criticising the concept of "gender identity" as being a useless social construction based on sex role stereotypes, the medicalisation of children, the role of the medical industrial complex in this and the affirmative approach and bubble language of the doctor that had written a previous article on this. The letter was a response to him. English translation below.
Response on the guest commentary by Thomas Lempp "Transgender in practice" (F.A.Z. of March 30): I am surprised how much esoteric language has already been adopted by parts of the medical profession as soon as it comes to the topic of gender identity ideology. For example, Mr. Lempp talks about "assigned sex" in his guest post. No, sex is not "assigned" but observed at birth. And that is a simple process in most cases. Someone is also not "raised as a girl" (what does he mean by that?), but someone is a girl or a boy and inevitably becomes a woman or a man. Sex is not changeable.
Also, the mention of perhaps being a "straight ally" as a doctor leads people up the garden path. For it suggests that the medical and fashion labels, respectively, "gender dysphoria" and "transgender" have a kinship with lesbianism and gayness. Lesbians and gays, however, do not want to have anything changed in their bodies, do not negate sex in its bodily form, and even take sex in its conventional meaning as the starting point of their sexual orientation.
The same stomach-ache causes me concepts like the "sexed feeling" postulated by Mr. Lempp. One would like to ask him: Can you describe your own "sexed sensation" without drifting into an enumeration of sex stereotypes? In my five years of training as a psychological psychotherapist as well as in my psychology studies, I never heard of this ominous "sexed sensation". And also in my own life I can do little with this sexist construct.
The belief to "belong" to the opposite sex is not a "developmental variant", but just a belief. It is not based on facts, but on feelings and a postulated identity. Support for children who believe they are in the "wrong body" cannot consist in adopting this belief themselves, but in questioning this belief, which, according to the "affirmative model," inevitably leads to harmful hormonal and surgical interventions. The English say to this: Someone has to be the adult in the room here. But this is precisely what Mr. Lempp obviously refuses to do.
We have to understand that "trans" is an invention brought forth by medical professionals. This does not mean that children and young people do not believe that the label "trans" actually describes their feelings and experiences. It is still an invention. And that's why it doesn't make sense to talk about "trans people." Because what exactly is that supposed to be? I imagine three possibilities here as an answer. Either it describes a symptomatology, in the sense of gender dysphoria, that is, suffering from the sexed body. Then I don't want to reduce these people to this suffering. They remain girls and boys, men and women, despite the suffering, and are more than their symptoms. After all, we don't say "depression people," "anxiety people," or "schizophrenia people" either. Or is Mr. Lempp referring to an identity? If we look at it more closely, however, it is an identity that, first, is based on traditional sex stereotypes, second, is linked to medicalization, and third, normalizes dissociation (detachment from one's own body). All of which is nothing desirable to applaud.
We must also understand that behind the trans agenda is the industrial medical complex (IMK) with increasing profit margins of unimaginable proportions. Doctors like Mr. Lempp are actually sex role doctors. They diagnose sex roles and help solidify sex roles with their interventions. We will see in a few years that this gender medicine is one of the biggest medical scandals in history. Nothing anyone could be proud of having played a part in.
See here our press statement relating to the International Women's Day and our call on the government to include voices of women defending sex based rights in the current consultations on "gender identity" legislation (03/04/21).
See here our statement on the motion of the Greens about an LGBTI hate crime bill (03/03/21).
See here older news.
Current gender identity legislation
The current law on changing first names and/or legal sex in special cases (Transsexuellengesetz- TSG) requires two psychological evaluations. The evaluator does not have to be a licensed psychotherapist, but must be a person who "has appropriate experience with the problems of transsexualism due to their education and profession" (as stated in the law, “die auf Grund ihrer Ausbildung und ihrer beruflichen Erfahrung mit den besonderen Problemen des Transsexualismus ausreichend vertraut sind”).
This evaluation must state that
the person has to "feel like he/she belongs to the other sex",
"stands under the compulsion" to live according to these notions,
and that the person's "feeling of belonging to the other sex" is unlikely to change in the future.
Following the judgement of the FCC in 2011, there has been a reversal of the requirement set out in the original 1980 law which stipulates that an individual must undergo an operation to change the appearance of external sexual characteristics "through which a clear approximation of the appearance of the opposite sex would be achieved" and which also requires the "permanent removal of the physical ability to reproduce”.
The banning of conversion therapy for "gender identity”
The "Law for the Protection from Conversion Therapy" [Gesetz zum Schutz vor Konversionsbehandlungen] criminalises any treatment of children and adolescents that "seeks to change or suppress sexual orientation or self-perceived gender identity". The law also claims that conversion therapy does not refer to "surgical interventions or hormone treatments which aim to express a person's self-perceived gender identity or to meet a person's desire for a more masculine or more feminine physical appearance." The regulation applies "to everyone", including parents, teachers and educators. In the case of social care organisations and legal guardians, criminal liability is limited to "cases of gross violation of welfare or educational obligations.”
In laymen’s terms, the legislation aims to make it a legal obligation to propagate gender identity ideology to children and young people. The legislation criminalises not only questioning this belief, but also the ability to support children to feel comfortable with their physical body and accept it as it is. Treatments which medicalise children and adolescents, leading to chronic on-going health problems, are exempt from actual conversion therapy (e.g. Medical professionals who can “make” homosexual adolescents into heterosexuals).
A further component of this law is the establishment of state "advice centres”. We can assume that this type of "education" will also provide one-sided "advice" that supports the belief in “gender identity”. Shortly before the law was passed, women's rights activists wrote an open letter to members of parliament.
In Germany there are recommendations from specialist organisations, but no actual legal age limits for medical and surgical interventions in children and adolescents diagnosed with "gender dysphoria". With permission from parents, German doctors often remove the uterus and ovaries from 14-year-old girls already. There is also evidence of genital surgery having been carried out on minors by medical professionals who believe in "gender identity" and transgender theory. The administration of highly controversial puberty blockers to children and adolescents has become common practice among medical professionals, despite responsible doctors urgently advising against the administration of puberty blockers.
Medical guidelines for adults, which are also applied by psychotherapists, take a belief-based approach. They consistently and exclusively recommend the affirmation approach. This means that they recommend adopting a belief in "gender identity" and in the idea that a person can be “born in the wrong body”.
The relevant guidelines for children and young people are currently being revised. However, it is a significant concern that their result will be similar. Insecure adolescents and their parents are almost unable to find gender-critical or gender-abolitionist doctors and psychotherapists in this country. The majority of practitioners believe in transgender theory or do not dare to publicly speak out against it.