In this unit, we have seen the extensive medicalization of gender. The Sexual Politics of Sickness explains that physicians thought the natural state of a woman is being sick. “Diagnosing Differences” showed that being transgendered is stated by the DMS as a mental disorder. These medicalizations discriminate against transgendered individuals and women by implying that being who they are isn’t normal.
What’s more frustrating is that this discrimination is hidden under the disguise of scientific facts. Physicians used Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to argue that only males varied, and women’s inability to vary caused her natural state of sickness. The DMS is used to diagnose all transgendered individuals as having a disorder. It seems that medical professionals use scientific findings to propagate their own personal view through manipulation of data. Or they just blindly trusts scientific finding that fit their personal bias without questioning its validity and/or understand that further research needs to be done. Manipulating scientific research to discriminate against others is extremely dangerous because they are more accepted by the public where the general view is that all conclusions based on scientific findings are true. There is a quote in “Diagnosing Differences” that summarize the situation very well: “A little knowledge is very dangerous.”
Ophelian, Annalise, and Anne Prewitt. Diagnosing Difference. San Francisco: Floating Ophelia Productions, 2009. Internet resource.
Ehrenreich, Barbara, and Deirdre English. Complaints and Disorders; the Sexual Politics of Sickness. Old Westbury, NY: Feminist, 1973. 111-54. Print.