The eyeball test

Jude Doyle on typically superb form:

Headlines like the WaPo one are the natural end result of a media framing that treats trans people as a “debate” or an “ideology” rather than human beings. We’ve been abstracted into ideas, and now, people think they get to weigh in on whether or not we deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Trans lives are not ideas, and trans questions are not abstract questions. They’re often very specific, and bodily, and (above all) personal: What shape I want my chest to be, which medications I take in the morning, which bathroom stall I use. No-one else can make those decisions for me, and no vote can determine which decisions I should make, because I am the one who will have to live with the consequences.

To make it simple: If nine out of ten Americans agreed that you should stick a pencil in your eye right now, you would still have the right to refuse, and to keep both eyeballs. No-one can force you to injure yourself based purely on their belief that you should be getting hurt.



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