It’s been a month since my previous post, but during that time I’ve been working on my story and that has been going well. I am going to spend more time here writing it as I curl up on the couch in the den with a pair of headphones hooked up to my TV, with earbuds underneath so I can listen to my computer at the same time.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, we’ve been hit by heavy snow and winds.
Phil must have saw his shadow after popping up from the ground. Coincidentally, Superbowl XLVIII fell on this very same day. Of course, he made this prediction at seven in the morning. This means we’ll have six or more weeks of winter. I’m not sure how many of you are superstitious, but it’s kind of interesting nonetheless. Anyhow, I digress, so I’ll go ahead and get down to business.
While I was writing my story and collecting resources to cight, I noticed that a lot of people, especially teenagers and preadolescents were coming out as transgender. The number of transsexuals have been rising, and no one knows why. Is it due to prevalence in popular culture? This has lead me to suspect that many say they are transgendered, but when they begin the actual treatment, they would regret their changes or any irreversible effects that were caused by medical interventions. As an optimist in the science of transhumanism, I believe the day will come when nothing will be permanent any more. There’s been advances in speculative stories about using nano, pico, and femtotechnology that would physically change your body, so that stem cells would not be needed to regrow the organs and transplant them. In some stories the stem cells only work with male-to-females, all the way down to the chromosomes, but if it were to be applied to female-to-males, the procedure would kill them because the Y-chromosomes would not be able to be converted from one of the X’s. However, many of these stories do not have bibliographical references to let the reader know that this is true. I have been looking at these things whilst writing my own. I also learned about medically-induced comas that could be used if the body changes too fast and the patient is in great pain. That would be like Rip Van Winkle. While the brain is deeply unconscious, the body changes. When they wake up, they would feel as if they were reborn, which in some cases is true. In other circumstances, the body changes while the patient is conscious and alert. In these situations, the patient’s mind and thinking patterns have time to synchronise with the body, but a comatosed patient would have to wait until after they changed. The question then becomes, are they really sure they want to be the person they dreamed of being?
Let’s think about the kinds of motivations that make people want to change. Crossdressers who say they want to change from male to female say that their bodies sexualise females before their minds do, and they end up giving into these arousals. Some feel that females are dominating their society, and if they feel they are more dominant in certain areas they feel they would be one of those people to break the stereotype associated with masculism. A person who has prolonged persistence that they are in the wrong body has the proper thinking patterns as a female, so the changes will usually have little or no consequence on the patient than if it was done with crossdressers. For these reasons, the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care state that a prospective postoperative transsexual should take a certain amount of time taking the real-life experience. This is where the person must live full time as their preferred gender role and learn how to deal with experiences as they start to build their self-assurance. A lot of parents feel that their children are making a big mistake because they fear that if they change their mind, there would be no turning back. As stated in a story I read recently Living Transgender has lots of costs, not just in finance but in many other things. There are a lot of problems in being the person they are inside. For instance, do women who want to be men feel they want to change just because they want to avoid rape and abuse, or do they feel that way ever since their infant personalities have been developed? i know several people who have successfully transitioned without plastic surgery, as stated in my story. In fact, people implant technology just to treat diseased tissue, but looking at the bioethics, do we change healthy tissue just for aesthetic and cosmetic purposes? What if we had future technology that could use the healthy tissue as a host to change the structure without actually having it removed.
Let’s look at what someone has written about what they feel is not necessary from a real-life experience. Here’s what one person has posted. I have been giving this some thought. In my story, I used the concept of oneirology as a way to help the protagonist decide if they really want to be female before they actually get there. As you all know, living in the opposite sex has a completely different, if not similar, set of sensations, as well as brain structure to allow more emotions to flow through. What if we could interveen by using technology to help influence a person’s dream, give them a virtual reality experience that uses the person’s memories, sort of as an age regression technique to build the foundations to a memory the person will never forget. Would it help a prospective transsexual say, ‘No, I don’t want to change. It’s too overwhelming and confusing for me’? If that was the case, everyone would save a lot of time than if they have said that after their sex-reassignment surgery.
Although I may be jumping too far ahead into the future, there is no doubt that this could benefit thousands of people, but still there is a strong opposition and controversy over these things. The question is, why is there such dispute? It’s mainly because of religion that dominates society, and the ignorance people have about science, and things people see in science-fiction media in popular culture, which many is not true. As fascinating as these techniques can be, a lot of it remains questionable. What would we use to control what a person dreams? Do we use mind-uploading and mind-reading technology to manipulate someone’s memories, or do we use hypnosis and our brains’ ability to recreate sensations based on similar sensations it has recorded?
Having said that, I hope that we can get there sooner than later, as I know there are people anxious to transition in a natural and biological method so that they can continue reproducing as before. Let’s continue to help educate the people we talk to in hopes of eliminating stigma surrounding these issues.