It has just happened again. It happens every time.
When I have a debate with allegedly progressive radfem (or leaning) “trans-critical” bloggers on medical ethics, sooner or later they want to show me that SRS does not work and/or is unethical. And they always – no exceptions – end up citing the same group of doctors or alleged doctors: McHugh, Zucker, Bradley, Fitzgibbons.
This time the link is connected to McHugh’s “great work” in ending SRS at the John Hopkins clinic, and the comment is here: http://culturallyboundgender.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/the-only-thing-you-need-to-know-about-the-aims-of-feminist-trashing-transactivism/comment-page-1/#comment-264
And then they say that an anti-trans alliance between radfems and fundies does not exist… Actually, perhaps it really does not. Perhaps they just search for SRS-critical medical material and always find that same group – because there is no other. The group is as marginal as NARTH, in fact directly linked to NARTH.
At least McHugh and Fitzgibbons are linked to the Roman Catholic organization. Some information on McHugh: http://endablog.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/transsexual-hating-pedophile-defender-paul-mchugh-to-headline-human-identity-gender-and-sexuality-speculation-or-revelation-conference-in-charleston-sc/ . In particular:
McHugh is also known for his work defending Catholic priests against sex abuse charges. He was a founder and board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, and he was named to a lay panel assembled by the Roman Catholic Church in 2002 to look into sexual abuse by priests, which led to protests from victims’ rights groups.
“McHugh, after all, is the man whose report to the court in one case stated that a defendant’s harassing phone calls were not obscene — including the call that detailed a fantasy of a 4-year-old sex slave locked in a dog cage and fed human waste. At least eight men have been convicted of sexually abusing Maryland children while under treatment at the “sex disorders” clinic McHugh runs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine — abuse the doctors did not report, citing client confidentiality. When Maryland law was changed to require that doctors report child molestation, the clinic fought it and advised patients on how to get around the law.
The Roman link runs so strong that I am starting to think transactivists should have a parade on July 12. (For those who don’t know, this is the date of the Battle of the Boyne, celebrated in Northern Ireland by the staunchly anti-RC Orange Order).
The vileness of Roman Catholic “ethics” on transsexuality, driving McHugh and his successors, seems to know no bounds. In an article purporting to prove SRS being unethical by Fitzgibbons and others, http://couragerc.net/Transsexual_Issues/Sex_Reassignment.pdf , they actually say:
Some HT [homosexual transsexual] males—either before or after SRS—engage in sexual activity with a heterosexual male without informing him of their true sex. There have been tragic incidents in which their partners have reacted violently to the revelation.68
The article they cite as 68 is:
So for them, wanton murder is a “tragic incident” that the “HT” person apparently brought on themselves by engaging in certain activity. This in an article about ethics. “I rest my case”.
Oh, and “HT”. You see, McHugh is the real author of the theory commonly billed as Bailey or Blanchard, which describes transsexuals as either repressed homosexuals or “autogynephiles”. He did not coin te latter term but had pretty much everything else covered. Of course the Blanchard apologists would rather not make the link to Roman fundies so blatant, so they do not publicize this fact.
That group is the entirety of “medical” opinion that stands against the mainstream. The mainstream is represented by WPATH and supports SRS as clearly clinically beneficial for properly diagnosed transsexuals. The scientific reason for including transition treatment (following proper diagnosis only) for transsexuals in state-funded medical systems is as clear as any other major operation.