i get mad about how things are framed bc framing
November 14, 2014
i get mad about how things are framed bc
framing is so critically important for how we interpret a message
like, no, the framing doesn’t determine the meaning of the message
but the framing is what will import unstated and assumed assumptions
these assumptions are what makes the message coherent
so, for that hormone blocker post, the unstated assumption that medical interventions are the most critical and important kind for trans kids
is deeply harmful
(because of the pathologizing of transness and white medical models of gender and imperialism)
like… have u seen that stats for the number of trans women who self-harm or commit suicide after they get the Big Surgery?
yes, a lot of conservatives and whatever take this as evidence that GCS (and related technologies) are really mutilation
but the actual interpretation is that
medical interventions (as necessary as they sometimes are)
are insufficient on their own to dramatically improve the quality of life of trans women
so it matters a great deal
that when u are trying to give positive information like
‘hormone blockers are safe for kids’
that you also note that
hormone blockers are not what will make a kid a boy or a girl or anything else.
nor are they a magical solution that will make all of your kid’s struggles with their gender magically evaporate.
parents of trans kids need to be prepared for more than just trying to provide appropriate health care. it is also about the emotional (and social) support.
and, yes, i fully expect that this information is conveyed in any and all info posts. because it matters.