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Lana Lawless, transgender golfer, sues LPGA over birth rule

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A transgender golfer is suing the LPGA over its requirement that all competitors be "female at birth."

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Lana Lawless claims the policy violates California civil rights laws.

Lawless, a 57-year-old police officer who had gender reassignment surgery in 2005, was the winner of the women's long-drive world championship in 2008 (with a 254-yard drive into a headwind), but was barred from competing this year because the Long Drivers of America has changed its policy to conform to the LPGA's.

"It's an issue of access and opportunity," Lawless told The New York Times on Tuesday. "I've been shut out because of prejudice."

She is seeking to prevent the LPGA from holding events in California until the policy is changed, as well as an unspecified amount in damages from Long Drivers of America and two of its title sponsors.

Mianne Bagger, a Danish athlete who competed in the Women's Australian Open in 2004 was the first pro transgender female golfer and has toured professionally in Europe and Australia.

Although several sports organizations have changed their rules, the LPGA's remain the same.

By Cindy Boren  | October 13, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
 
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Whatever happend to, "a woman can do everything as well as a man"?

Apparently not?

Posted by: sbf845 | October 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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Gender reassignment????

This provides further proof of the WaPo's political correctness as being able to pick up the clean end of a piece of s**t.

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Posted by: adjjones | October 13, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I understand what "gender reassignment surgery" means. Fairly neutral language, although sex-change operation is more commonly used. But think about it. If you call it a sex-change, then you are conceding that Ms. Lawless has actually changed her sex. That hasn't really happened. She's just had surgery that makes her look like a women, and she wants to be identified as a woman. An x or y chromosome test ought to be the gold standard for legally determining a person's sex, although it's not perfect. It's all about trying to be fair in athletic competition. Too bad Ms. Lawless was born a man. She's entitled to change her sexual identity through surgery, but she's not entitled to change the rules of golf. In other words, go pick on somebody your own size.

Posted by: dparks2 | October 13, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is becoming a freak show

Posted by: pgr88 | October 13, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

This is utterly absurd. Lawless has a prostate. No ovaries. Case closed.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | October 13, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

oh for chrissakes you cow lana...

leave while you can still hold up your head.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | October 13, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

What kind of world are we living in? I think dparks2 is right. If this person wants to play in the LPGA, then "she" needs to get the rules changed, if "she" can. There is no discrimination here. To quote Fowler: "Those who would use gender when referring to sex, are engaging in a jocularity!" "She" was born a "he". Tough luck.

Posted by: cgindc | October 14, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

This lunacy was spawned when we started to make beleive that cosmetic surgery in any way impacted someone's sex, or gender. Biology doesn't respect cosmetic surgery or fashion choice.

If he wants to play golf, let him compete with the rest of the men.

Posted by: concernedcitizen3 | October 14, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Gender identity isn't always as simple as checking the chromosomes and gonads. What if someone has some extra bits? A lot of intersex people do (or did, before they were subjected to surgery as babies who had no clue how they'd feel when they reached sexual maturity).

While it is true that a male-to-female transsexual MAY have an advantage over other women, it's really case by case, just like it always is. One could argue that a 6 ft. 160 pound woman who was born female has an unfair advantage over a 5'3" post SRS transsexual, so even using rigid gender definitions is arbitrary.

Personally, I'm fine with everyone competing together, so why not just use size and weight classes the way boxers and wrestlers do? They're just sports, after all. Or why not just let everyone decide whether to compete by size classifications, with less prize money, or go for the top prize money regardless of size or gender.

Posted by: carlaclaws | October 14, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Life is tough. I wanted to play professional football, but I was born too small and was never able to overcome my genetic inheritance . It never occurred to me that I could sue someone about it.

Posted by: robert17 | October 14, 2010 3:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: concernedcitizen3 "This lunacy was spawned when we started to make beleive that cosmetic surgery in any way impacted someone's sex, or gender. Biology doesn't respect cosmetic surgery or fashion choice."
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It has nothing to do with the actual cosmetic parts of the surgery. Gender reassignment is also a complete flip-flop of hormones. No more testosterone, the same amount of estrogen as a genetic woman. The physical advantage men have is gone once you remove the hormones that give men higher muscle mass and lower body fat. Even the heart muscle shrinks a bit. By about 1 or so years after hormone therapy starts (and once the testis are gone)that individual has no physical advantage left. There is some questiopn about hip angulation for runners (specifically sprinters), but that would not affect golf.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | October 14, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"Female at birth" is a measuring stick. I am curious as to what other measuring stick Lana wants them to use. She is clearly NOT female by any scientific definition.

Posted by: kieran2001 | October 14, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Schnauzer wrote: "By about 1 or so years after hormone therapy starts (and once the testis are gone)that individual has no physical advantage left."

But consider the shoulder size in winning a long-distance hitting contest. That fugly brute should have to compete against Tiger Woods, who by the way is Thai not black.

Posted by: Religulosity | October 14, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately there are many gender anomalies classed as intersex; classification of just male-female is no longer valid. Studies done in the Netherlands have shown that male to female transsexuals have brain lobes identical to females.
The mean spiritedness of the American right wing as demonstrated on this blog is always amazing to me.
Some of the language is similar to that I heard 40 years ago - "born black, that's tough".

Posted by: roscym1 | October 14, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

kieran2001:
"Female at birth" is a measuring stick. I am curious as to what other measuring stick Lana wants them to use. She is clearly NOT female by any scientific definition.
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Wow. What a breathtaking combination of utter ignorance and complete certainty. Are you always this infantile?

Posted by: uh_huhh | October 14, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

If Ms. Lawless still has male characteristics such as more upper body strength than most women wouldn't it stand to reason that Ms. Lawless has an unfair comptetive advantage over the other players that were actually born female?

Posted by: honeylamb | October 14, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I think "female at birth" is completely reasonable for competition in the LPGA. Seriously, Lana has an advantage over the women because she was born male. Even if she didn't have a strength advantage,the rule is completely justified and appropriate.

Posted by: hebe1 | October 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm a female golfer. I do play with men. My male friends tee off from the men's tees and I tee off from the ladies tee's. With all due respect, Lana Lawless is physically a man. She has surgically changed her appearance to look like a woman, but she is a man. I would expect her to tee from the men's tees and compete with the men. That is not discrimination.

Posted by: suckermc1 | October 14, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Unless you think it's fundamentally unjust for a sports league to limit its participants to one gender or another, there's nothing discriminatory about the LPGA saying you have to be a women to participate in its events. Lana Lawless is a man. Changing your name, having sex reassignment surgery, undergoing hormone therapy and dressing differently doesn't change one's gender. It's a ridiculous lawsuit and I hope it gets tossed out.

Posted by: Eric12345 | October 14, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the ignorance and prejudice displayed hereand wouldexxpect better from readers of the Post.

This is a pre natal birth defect. Sometimes chromosomol and at least resulting from the brain failin to masculinize prenatally.

Nature makes mistakes frequently. Perhaps we should't repair cleft palates, defective hearts or conjoined twins.

AS the first transsexual Army officer and teacher I understand the prejudice that a woman who underwent SRS experienced.

I have spent half my life as a woman (30) years. My anamoly was chromosomol with xx chromosomes (female).

Thank goodness we have developed the technology to repair birth defects surgically.

If I didn't tell anyone they would never know and even at 60 am more attractive than most other women.

Posted by: mjorbach1 | October 14, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Do we have a civil right to elect to "reassign our gender" and then compete unfairly? I'm not understanding why Lawless won't compete with the men, he is a man. Gender and sex are not the same. We can represent ourselves as whatever sex we want, changing one's gender is a different story.

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Posted by: oneshopping26 | October 14, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Let her play. She won't win. She's still a guy at heart. She'll hit driver off every tee and try to reach every par 5 in two. She'll also have to fight the urge to drink 4 beers at the turn and then wee behind every bush on the back 9.

God bless her.

Posted by: ADNova | October 14, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Libs, this is what you get when you enable mentally ill people rather than treat them.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

For those who say "female at birth", how do you define it? Let's stipulate that gender dysphoria is psychological. How, then, does one deal with such things as androgen insensitivity disorder, 5-alpha reductase deficiency, etc.? I would point out that people with these disorders appear to be normal females, and that they have XY-chromosomes is only discovered when working up failure to have periods, or even waiting until they marry (heterosexually as far as the two are concerned) but find they can't have children.

It's not surgery alone, but suppression of androgenic hormones, highly associated with muscle development.

It would be one thing to call this a liberal or a mental illness matter if the complainer demonstrated any significant knowledge of the biology and medicine involved. Of course, people are always freer to be absurd when anonymous. Why did newspapers, always insistent on signed letters to the editor, start to fly to anonymous comments? Why?

Posted by: HCBerkowitz | October 14, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but if you want your penis removed because you cannot deal with what you were born as, you are mentally ill. Like if a black person bleaches their skin and has plastic surgery because they think they are white, they are also mentally ill. If If I think I should be a dolphin and have a fin grafted onto me, i'd be mentally ill too.

Libs, you need to stop enabling mental illness. I know it's hard for you to think logically, but enabling is BAD for people.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

scoran this has nothing to do with politics moron. this is all the wapo, and the evil commie "liberals" fault. Go find a brain somehwere tard.

Posted by: red2million | October 14, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Too many lawyers. Maybe we need some career reassignments.

Posted by: tslats | October 14, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. But the solution is simple. The PGA should start the TPGA for transgender players.....so they don't feel left out like "Ms." Lawless.

She wasn't really a cop named Officer Lawless, was she? lol

Posted by: steven09 | October 14, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey libs, it is YOUR fault, because your political correctness changed transgenderism from a mental illness to something to enable... The doctor performing the surgery should be behind bars. THe doctor prescribing non necessary hormones, should be behind bars. Yet you enable mentally ill people, it helps you sleep at night think you have "done good", when all you've done is basically given heroin to a heroin addict. You liberals are codependent, and enable people.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Libs, you need to stop enabling mental illness. I know it's hard for you to think logically, but enabling is BAD for people.

Posted by: scoran | "

doof you can't "enable" mental illness. It's there. Period. Simply a question of manifestation.

And categorizing a wide range of actions and responses into one term and sweeping everything related to that one term under the rug by simple association with that term, why that's classic liberalism...shame on you, you right-wing poser :)

By that logic we should dismiss everything that you say simply because you're a conservative, GW was a conservative and GW was such an idiot. Obviously conservatives are idiots also because they voted for GW.

Unfortunately sexual discrimination is a legitimate basis for a lawsuit. Of course the issue of whether this is *legitimate* discrimination or not is entirely unclear. But that's what lawsuits are for. Stop harassing this citizen and others for exercising their legitimate legal rights as Americans.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 14, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes you CAN enable mental illness. Allowing someone who is mentally ill to have their genitalia removed and to take hormones to become womanlike is enabling their mental illness. TREATING their mental illness would be teaching them how to accept who they are.

Of course, common sense to a liberal is a foreign concept, since you can only reason emotionally, not logically.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Political correctness on steroids (or is that hormones?).

Posted by: impeachemall | October 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

scoran those statements are all your opinion. You call "transgenderism" a mental illness. Obviously the law doesn't concur. You can blame whomever you want, but there's not much legislation that gets passed in this country without support from both sides. Personally I think wanting to change your gender sounds crazy to me, but since I've never experienced those feelings I don't believe I'm in a position to judge anyone who has. It's America, if someone wants to have a sex change operation and they can afford it, I don't have a problem with it. I'm not a republican so I don't mind other peoples' business. I will say I find it to be quite ironic and hilarious that you'd call anyone an enabler. i'm guessing you voted for the chimp, and every single person who voted for those un-American elitists enabled them to ruin our country. biggest case of "enabling" in the history of the republic. Your kind enabled them to invade a soveign nation that was minding its own business because you guzzled down the kool aid and went back for more. More than once I've seen articles about memos circulated by republicans thanking their lucky stars that they could so easily pull the wool over the eyes of huge numbers of people. It's not rocket science, most "republicans" are uninformed, mindless sheep who choose to believe an alternate reality. Luckily you have people on your side whose purpose is to create and perpetuate that alternate reality. Where are the death camps? What about the "reeducation camps?" Gee, I'm still waiting. Are you the one who called yourself a palinite? Well come on skippy, where's the death camps sarah the mindless skirt said were coming? Where are the reeducation camps? How come we're still allowed to read the Bible when we have a muslim who was born in another galaxy in the WH? I loved hearing all of you whimper and whine about the bushies, when after ONLY 7 YEARS you figured out what the rest of us who think for ourselves already knew. Do it again geniuses, vote for people you'll be crying about in a couple of years.

Posted by: red2million | October 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I would make a comment but I can't stop laughing, this is too funny!!

Posted by: weaverf | October 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I would make a comment but I can't stop laughing, this is too funny!!

Posted by: weaverf | October 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

mjorbach1 wrote: Ihave spent half my life as a woman (30) years. My anamoly was chromosomol with xx chromosomes (female).
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Will one of you detractors please explain how being born with a penis and two X chromosomes constitutes mental illness?

Also, kudos to you, mjorbach1, for having the guts to post here, and to make the difficult decision to transition.

However, I would like to point out that many intersex people are (physically) comfortable with the way they are; possibly because they see this whole gender thing as the red herring it really is. While many intersex people welcome the availability of SRS, many others do not believe they have a "birth defect." Perhaps if we weren't so rigid about gender and sex roles, and if we didn't go cutting up infants before they were old enough to have a gender identity, more trans folks would be comfortable as they were.

I do get the "phantom genitalia" thing - the feeling that something is supposed to be there but isn't. If I felt that way, I'd certainly want to have surgery to correct it. But that's not every trans individual.

Posted by: carlaclaws | October 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

In the immortal words of Austin Powers, "She's a MAN, baby!"

Posted by: Regis09 | October 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the irony of it all!

For years, popular culture insisted that there were only two sexes, defined by genitalia, and if there were any "mistakes" it was best to fix them as soon as possible.

Then a combination of better science and personal struggles led us to understand that there are many points along a gender continuum, at a minimum, and that there can be differences between physical, social, and psychological gender.

Lawless the policeman takes advantage of this new outlook to become Lawless the policewoman trying to use the law to force the LPGA to follow the OLD popular culture concept that there are only two genders and they are identified by genitalia, so that she can compete as a woman. That takes balls. (I am tempted to make further puns about irons, fairways, etc., but you all wood just get teed off.)

Posted by: j3hess | October 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

good one regis09!

Posted by: red2million | October 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

This is a pre natal birth defect. Sometimes chromosomol and at least resulting from the brain failin to masculinize prenatally.

Nature makes mistakes frequently. Perhaps we should't repair cleft palates, defective hearts or conjoined twins....
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Being born with a XX or XY chromosome is not a defect the way being born with a cleft palate or conjoined to your twin sibling. Clearly, people are supposed to have their lips fully formed and not be joined at the hip to another being. It's not a mistake in nature if a human being is born with a penis or a vagina. Stop comparing apples to oranges.

Posted by: Soguns1 | October 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"You call "transgenderism" a mental illness. Obviously the law doesn't concur..."

Posted by: red2million | October 14, 2010 1:11 PM
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It still is a mental illness according to the APA. I don't know why you brought the law into this subject when there is no law against being mentally ill.

Posted by: Soguns1 | October 14, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@ red2million

Jesus, what the hell does what you write have to do with the topic, of a transgender golfer and the PGA? You can't rant all you want about Bush in another place. This is what I mean about PC weenies. They are offended by everythying. Calling a mentally ill person mentally ill is "bigoted" to them... Well, if they are a darling of the left. Saying OCD is mental illness, well that's fine, OCD isn't darling status group. But trannies? Heck, want to cut your penis off, hey, feel free to, in fact, I'll make sure one day tax payers have to pay for it! You shouldn't have to seek mental help to help you cope with your issues, you should just cut it off!!!

Libs, PATHETIC. Enabling wimps.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, there is no law against being mentally ill, and there is no law saying that mentally ill people must get treated. But with liberals, they are so OFFENDED by reality and truth, that they go bezerk when you call someone they consider a darling to be mentally ill. Not being able to accept what you were born as, is a mental illness. It would be different if they were a hermaphrodite and had to decide one sex or the other if they were going to have some kind of surgery done. But that's not the case here. It's simply people who wish/think they are the sex they are not. If I thought I was a bird, you'd call me mentally ill, and rightly so. Instead of enabling these people with surgery and hormones, society should offer them help to cope an deal with what they actually are.. The left needs to stop denying reality and then enabling the mentally ill. They won't though, because they need perpetual victims.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of sexual or gender orientation, the requirement IS completley reasonable, legitimate, appropriate, and un-biased.
I'm sorry Lawless wants to compete in the LPGA, but, regardless of her current gender, she WAS born a woman and that is in violation of the requirement.

Are those on Lawless's side thinking that the requirement is discriminatory and unfair??? How????

I feel for the pain and heartache Lawless and others go through. I can't stand to think of being trapped in the body of the opposite sex, as I'm sure Lawless and others have felt themselves trapped, however, there are NO LEGAL grounds for this law suit.

She is getting publicity though!

Posted by: hebe1 | October 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scoran "Libs, this is what you get when you enable mentally ill people rather than treat them."

Wow, you are an idiot with no idea what you are (trying) to talk about. Thanks for letting us know you're a moron. What kind of narrow little world do you live in?

Posted by: fluxgirl | October 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe "she" is filing a groundless claim because she's mentally ill?

Seeking publicity is s sign of narcissism which results from personality disorders.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you are an idiot with no idea what you are (trying) to talk about. Thanks for letting us know you're a moron. What kind of narrow little world do you live in?

Posted by: fluxgirl | October 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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Typical liberal debating pattern. You can't counter argue any point I make, and make an ad hominem attack. What other mentally ill people would you rather enable than treat?

Should suicidal people be given handguns? Would you buy soap and extra sinks for someone who had OCD and compulsively washed their hands?

Now try to counter argue, attack my argument, and not me personally. can you do this?

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Couple questions for liberals re: trannies.

(1) Ignore age, say if there was an important need for the draft, and they drafted even 65 year olds. Would "she" not be able to be drafted now she "she" is "female" since women are not subject to the draft?

(2) Did "her" car insurance rates drop as a result of her sex change from male to female, given that insurance companie charge men more than women?

Kind of funny now the left isn't outraged when things advantage women over men, but when there's a trannie involved, you can't avoid the issue.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Libs, this is what you get when you enable mentally ill people rather than treat them.

Posted by: scoran
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You're exactly right scoran. That's why we're going to stop enabling you right this minute. We will work on getting you committed somewhere that can help you with your illness.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | October 14, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Scoran,

What hormones are, or are not, "necessary" in 5-alpha reductase deficiency? What's the current mainstream opinion on estrogen replacement therapy? When should low testosterone levels be treated? Aromatase inhibitors suppress hormones; should this be illegal?

Anonymous posting...mentally ill. I have just as much right to call it that as you do spray the accusation. It's hardly liberal or conservative.

Apropos the draft: if there is a draft, healthy men, women, and transgender people should be subject to it.

Posted by: HCBerkowitz | October 14, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

You're exactly right scoran. That's why we're going to stop enabling you right this minute. We will work on getting you committed somewhere that can help you with your illness.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | October 14, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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Another ad hominem attack. How about a counter argument? i'm not the one who cannot accept that I was born male... You can insult me all you want, but you're the ones enabling the mentally ill.

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

scoran if you read my first response to YOU i said, politics have nothing to do with this article. YOU are the one who turned it into a political debate, so if you don't want to talk politics, don't start blaming "liberals" because you are one person out of a few billion who consider being transgender a mental illness. Can you scan and post your Masters in Psychology for us since you're obviously sucn an expert? Don't dish it out if you can't take it son. and since YOU insisted on calling "liberals" "enablers" I shot back that you and your ilk enabled bush to ruin the country. but you're a typical repiglet, I get that, hypocrite, and constantly calling the kettle black. I doubt there are many who agree with your assessment. I'm not sure what it is in your makeup that causes you to feel so threatened by a transgender person. They don't bother me one way or another, but again, I'm not a republican so I don't insert myself into every single personal aspect of the lives of people I don't know, and they whine and cry about "big government." If you're threatened by Lana, I understand. But gee scoran, isn't that at least bordering on mental illness?

Posted by: red2million | October 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

...don't start blaming "liberals" because you are one person out of a few billion who consider being transgender a mental illness. Can you scan and post your Masters in Psychology for us since you're obviously sucn an expert?...
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mental_disorders_as_defined_by_the_DSM_and_ICD#G

I think it's fair to say that an overwhelming MAJORITY of people think Gender Idenity Disorder is a mental illness. (And rightfully so.) This is coming from a person who considers herself a liberal.

Posted by: Soguns1 | October 14, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I still have no idea why PC people are so offended by the term "mental illness". People who have depression, OCD, bulemia, etc have mentall illnesses and nobody is "judging" them, yet a PC wiener will throw fits, call you a bigot, if you describe someone who clearly is mentally ill because they cannot accept what they were born as, as mentally ill. Why doe sthe truth offend PC wieners so much?

Posted by: scoran | October 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Scoran, I have no more problem with someone being mentally ill than physically ill. Mental illness, however, is not a matter of "cannot accept" something. Gender dysphoria is by no means the only situation where one cannot accept. You cite OCD, where someone clearly cannot accept and overcome the compulsions from which they suffer. Bulimia is one of the class of body dysmorphic disorders.

You seem to have no problem accepting those as illnesses, but you treat gender-related issues as different. In scientific, not emotional, terms, why? PC has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: HCBerkowitz | October 14, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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