Dr. Joseph Berger might have to perform an exam on himself
Someone who uses terms like “psychotic” loosely should probably be met with a lot of skepticism. And the fact that he won’t even recognize that there are people who want to be the other gender because that does, to them (Including myself), make them happier. We haven’t made nearly enough scientific advances to be able to say why this is, but to claim “psychotic” is a bit too much, don’t you think? I mean, that would make us fall within the purview of people who needs to be committed. And i think anyone who knows a transgender knows that psychotic isn’t exactly a good description.
But yea, the fact that he’s against protection for a minority just seals the deal, doesn’t it? Let’s say transgender people were psychotic. Would that make it ok to be against something that would protect them from discrimination (Which there is plenty of, not just against transgender, but also the mentally ill)? I think not. Assuming it is a mental disorder (Which i am highly skeptical about), i think it makes no sense to discriminate against people with mental disorders. I don’t know why i need to tell all this to a person who is supposed to be educated, but apparently, i do. So there you have it.
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A Toronto psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Berger, is saying that trans people working for equal civil rights are just appealing to people’s emotions rather than stating scientific facts.
Berger says that terms such as terms such as “gender expression” and “gender identity” are ambiguous and without basis in science. He says trans-identifying people are ‘psychotic or simply unhappy’ and surgery isn’t an appropriate treatment.
Berger: “The medical treatment of delusions, psychosis or emotional happiness is not surgery. . . . . I have read the brief put forward by those advocating special rights, and I find nothing of scientific value in it. . . .”
Berger has been making these comments in an apparent opposition to a Canadian federal bill (C-279) that would offer protection to trans people.
No doubt there is going to be a firestorm over this. I for one, think that if…
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