After reading Animals Trans, Queer Ecology, and How to Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time. I decided to talk to some of my co-workers about what they knew about animal Trans and how they viewed ecology. I found it very interesting how little they knew about what animals are transsexuals, but they like me before these articles were kept in the dark by the social norms. It made me remembered while I was in school the examples of animals that they would tell us to be like. The examples that came to mind were of course the goose that was brought up in Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time, and the other would be wolves. I find it funny that they would teach us that wolves are single pair-bonds because that has long since been proven false, but yet as a culture we still cling to this idea that wolves committee to a single monogamous pairs. I find that fact alone to be very revealing because it shows how committed our culture is at trying to maintain the false idea that we are the norm by committing to a single mate for the rest of our lives.
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Anne-Fausto Sterling discussed the idea of five separate sexes rather than the traditional two sexes in her essays, The Five Sexes, Why Male and Female are not Enough and The Five Sexes, Revisted. I think she makes a valid point, because whether people agree with it or not, there are many transgendered people living in our society today that are forced to deal with living in a world that at times, has no place for them.
Although we rarely see transgenders as public figures, I couldn't help but think of Chaz Bono, the transgendered son of Cher, who just happens to be currently appearing on the television show, Dancing with the Stars. Of course, being the first transgender to appear on the show, and quite possibly to appear on any show of this magnitude, Chaz was confronted with much controversy. Many people had issues with Chaz being on the show, mostly because they didn't understand him. Like with much of the discrimination in the world, it all came from ignorance. People didn't like the fact that he was acting as a man, dancing with a woman since he was born female. This is something that Fausto-Sterling would probably have a lot to say about because she would point out the fact that people are forced to fit into traditional male-female roles, which leaves someone like Chaz unable to find his identity. I think having someone who is a transgender on such a prominent show is a positive thing, because through all the criticism, people can learn and see that although people are different, we can all relate to each other in some way.
Drawing from "The Five Sexes" reading by Anne Fausto-Sterling, we have learned how the societal assumption that there are only two sexes has justified the fabrication of these social constraints. Recent advances in medical technology now allow physicians to identify the majority of intersexuals at the moment of birth.
The Surgical Abuse of Intersex Child, a TLC story, illustrates firsthand the controversy between transgendered children and gender corrective surgeries. Patrick was born with a penis, testicle, ovary and fallopian tube. The doctors involved in Partrick's condition informed his adoptive mother Elena of his potentially cancerous testicle. During the biopsy, doctors removed his testicle with no form of consent and no evidence supporting a cancerous testicle. The doctors took away his natural ability to produce testosterone for the rest of his life.
This action is a manifestation of society's desire to only allow for two sexes: male and female. Some surgeries may be necessary in regards to health complications, although the majority are simply for aesthetics. Many intersexuals complete multiple surgeries throughout childhood in order to shape their bodies to be adherent with the sex binary. This practice produces adverse effects on the patient and alternatives to this practice need to be explored. Some argue waiting to perform any surgery that is not medically necessary until after the child is old enough to assist in the decision making process. But what age is one old enough to be exposed to the idea? Furthermore, how do you justify the age of reason? What do you believe should be the better practice concerning intersex children and society's pressure to perform gender "corrective" surgeries?