“The Business of Being Born” and “Diagnosing Differences” both focused on how the medical profession has a very narrow view on pregnancy and transsexuals respectively. While some physicians may hold these views due to monetary or other selfish reasons, other physicians just might be uninformed. For example, there is a consistent belief in the medical field that midwives are uneducated and inducing pregnancy is for the women’s benefit and there is little exposure to other views, so the medical students hold on to these views as facts and may unintentionally harm their patients. Similarly, since the DSM is held in high regard in the psychiatric field and it identifies transexuality as a disease, it can mislead metal health professionals into believing so and cause their patients emotional pain. So I believe it is important to reach out to the current physicians and medical students and educate them on alternative approaches and views on issues such as birthing and transexuality individually and with organizations. Of course this won’t always work. Many individuals explained in “Diagnosing Differences” that since some of their experiences with psychiatrists have been so frustrating, they decided to lie to them that they felt their transxuality is a disease. And many feel they are not obligated to educate physicians on what they should already know. However, I think personally trying to educate physicians can lead to greater benefits for yourself and others around you.
Epstein, Abby, Amy Slotnick, Paulo Netto, Ricki Lake, Madeleine Gavin, and André Pluess.The Business of Being Born. Burbank, Calif.: New Line Home Entertainment, 2008.
Ophelian, Annalise, and Anne Prewitt. Diagnosing Difference. San Francisco: Floating Ophelia Productions, 2009.