Monday, March 09, 2015

Court Bans Military From Referring to Manning as 'He'

Chelsea Manning , the U.S. Army soldier serving 35 years in prison for leaking a huge stash of state secrets, has won a small but significant victory in her bid to transition to living as a woman.

Manning challenged the military's ongoing refusal to refer to her as a woman, and won. A court order from the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals instructs the military to refer to the soldier in all future official correspondence either using the gender neutral "Private First Class Manning" or employing the feminine pronoun.

As a result, the military is henceforth forbidden from referring to Manning as a man.



Anonymous said...

IT. There problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Well Considering he never acted like a Man. I would suggest refering to the Prisoner as Prisoner.

Use the Name, Luke said...

I like 6:18's solution.

Of course, genetically, Prisoner is still a man. Hacking away functional organs doesn't change that.

Johns Hopkins University was the first hospital to do such surgery. After following up with patients starting in the 1970s, they stopped doing those surgeries because they found that it didn't help the patient, and statistically causes more harm than good.

From this article (behind a paywall) by Paul McHugh (former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins):

“We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into "sex-reassignment surgery"—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as "satisfied" by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn't have the surgery. And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a "satisfied" but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.

“It now appears that our long-ago decision was a wise one. A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription….

“At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. "Sex change" is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

Anonymous said...

I prefer "traitor".

slinky said...

Different streaks for different freaks.

Anonymous said...

I agree with ANON 3:06 PM


Bird of Paradise said...

Its beging to sound a lot like the infamous 9th Circut Court

C. S. P. Schofield said...

I think "Use the Name, Luke" is spot on. Setting aside questions of loyalty, this person is clearly deeply troubled, and the modern insistence on pretending that ""Gender reassignment" is possible isn't helping. Now, maybe the silly bastard would be a lawbreaking moron if he wasn't laboring under this societal delusion, but he is.

I think he should be called "The Patient". He is clearly a danger to himself and others, and should be kept under observation.

Was for the so-called doctors who perform gender reassignment butchery, they should treated as what thy are; opportunistic swine preying on the mentally disturbed.

Hanging's too good for them.