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2014-10-03 The danger of having opinions not supported by evidence

posted 3 Oct 2014, 09:53 by Cake Kidd   [ updated 3 Oct 2014, 09:58 ]

Heya everybody, this is my third and last article for today... I need to do some running or cycling, I think, or the day will pass without any exercise at all.

I read an interesting article in “The Transadvocate” about Janice Raymond, a radical feminist acitivist, who is infamous for her writings against transsexualism and the transgender community. For such people, the description “TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) has been coined. The author of the article, Cristan Williams, makes a good point about how Raymond’s actions and publications in the 1970s and 1980s had the effect to delay or to prevent medical treatment for transsexuals. At the current time, we have many studies that provide evidence for both the suffering of untreated transsexuals and how medical treatment can help. With the advantage of hindsight, it is clear that opinions such as Raymond’s caused unneccessary death and suffering. It would be nice if Janice Raymond and others had the honesty to admit this. I don’t know enough of the scientific evidence available in the 1970s and 1980s to judge whether Raymond’s view of opposing treatment for transsexuals was a moral failing at the time – it might have been a simple error in judgement. However, “to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character”.

Oh, and I recently discovered the website of the TranScience project, and read two papers they have published (on brains and hormones). I do like their summaries. They seem to try to collect scientific articles about transsexualism, I would hope that my catalogues of such articles can help with their work.

Take care and enjoy the weekend ☺