It’s hard to say which is more disturbing — that a troubled soul who couldn’t afford a sex-change operation decided to give a new meaning to “selfie” or that The Learning Channel UK is now airing a show titled “Self Surgery.”
According to Metro, the victim (star?) of the series’ — er, maiden … episode is Arizona native Jadis Argiope. Since Argiope, who self-identifies as a female, lacked the financial resources needed for a sex reassignment, she decided to go the DIY route despite being wholly aware of the risks:
It was almost like a bomb, where you don’t know where to snip, and if you do it too wrong or too early you end up bleeding to death.
The show features graphic footage of Argiope’s misadventure into “bomb defusing.” Which turned out pretty much as you’d expect. Argiope ended up enduring 30 hours of emergency surgery, which saved her life.
So does the story have a happy ending? That depends on whether you consider gender identity disorder a manifestation of body dysmorphic disorder, as some psychologists do. One spokesman from this camp is Joseph Burgo, who writes:
At the risk of offending the politically correct LGBT crowd, I will state my personal view that Gender Identity Disorder involves the same process [as body dysmorphic disorder]. The experience of profound shame (resulting from an emotionally catastrophic infancy and early childhood) is equated in the person’s unconscious mind with her anatomical gender. This usually occurs at a very early age, often before language develops; it is for this reason that the transgender person will argue that she has “always felt that way.” For all intents and purposes, she has. On an unconscioius level, she early on came to believe that she was actually a boy trapped in a girl’s body; in later life, she convinces herself that surgically altering her body is the solution to her psychological pain, her depressive feelings, her sense of being an
[O]n a factual basis, there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the theory that people are “born into” bodies with genders that don’t match their emotional, psychological genders.
In one especially extreme form of body dysmorphic disorder, the patient believes that various of his limbs does not belong to him and feels he would be happier living without them. He will view an arm or leg as something evil and foreign. A typical self-diagnosis might read:
I knew as long as I had this limb on my body it would continue to poison me. It was like a demon, a monster, someone hunting me down, so I had to get rid of it one way or another.
The above passage is a statement by Jadis Argiope in which the word limb was substituted for testicle.
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