Baked potato bean bag with butter pillow
Baked potato bean bag with butter pillow
Just filled out my health insurance forms!
yeah!!! fucking around with health insurance forms!!!!
I hate when people complain about “oh health forms are spumoni they want my biological sex instead of my gender!!!!” or “they only have male or female!!!”
There’s a reason for that, you meow fucks, and they’re referring to biological sex
Different health risks are present in different sexes, and whatever gender is in your head does not change the fact that if you were born female, you have a higher risk for certain cancers and osteoporosis, and if you were born male you have a higher risk for heart disease and often a shorter lifespan than a female.
In other words, your biological sex is an important factor in health and health insurance, and your special snowflake status doesn’t change that.
Coulda said it nicer but it’s true; it’s about health.
No. There gets a point where nice doesn’t work. There’s too many spumoni ass angsty teens on here that are gonna get themselves seriously hurt or sick because they wanna be a special fucking snowflake. Lemme tell you a thing. Doctors don’t give a flying fuck what you identify as. All they want to know is do you have two X chromosomes or an XY? Because cancer and lupus and certain medicines don’t give a flying fuck what pronouns you use. This is about your fucking LIFE. stop being angsty for TWELVE SECONDS because when you’re in an ambulance or going into cardiac arrest or whatever the situation may be, it’s ESSENTIAL that you get your head out of your ass long enough to tell them your BIOLOGICAL SEX that you were BORN WITH. It literally may save your life.
there is so much that’s fucked up about this post + its responses that it’s laughable. i ALMOST didn’t know where to start. a cool friend wanted me to get on this though and i couldn’t resist the opportunity to get educational.
First off: even from an *extremely* simplified view of biology where ‘male’ = having a penis and ‘female’ = having a vagina, not everyone fits into these categories. Asking only about whether a patient has a penis or a vagina without providing a a third option is irresponsible because atypical genitals are actually strongly related to the body’s internal composition and can be indicative of medical issues that affect the body’s overall health.
People classified as intersex are effected almost exclusively by a host of medical problems. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia can lead to “salt wasting”, where the body doesn’t produce the hormones needed to control the body’s salt levels, which leads to illness that can be fatal. 5-alpha-reductase deficiency, which presents in ‘ambiguous’ genitals and is a cause for doctors classifying a patient as intersex, is a risk factor for both testicular cancer and germ cell tumors. Klinefelter’s is a risk factor for autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, breast cancer and venous thrombosis.
Beyond that initial technical gripe, biological gender isn’t as closely linked to genitals for humans as it is for most other species. Humans are FAR less sexually dimorphic than other species, and physiologically there is such a substantial overlap between ‘male’ and ‘female’ groupings that from a biological physiology standpoint genital-based differences are next to insignificant. The physiological differences between a penis and a vagina, and the hormonal differences that typically relate to having them, won’t usually ‘save someone’s life’ if they are “in an ambulance”, let alone “having cardiac arrest”.
Actually, on the note of cardiac arrest: because diseases that gain a reputation for being prevalent to a single gender end up receiving less research, less needed diagnoses and less treatment in others. Heart disease, which became medically associated with maleness as a risk factor, is the number 1 cause of death for women in the United States every year. In recent years there has still been less funding for researching prevention and treatment in ‘females’ than in ‘males’.
Who knows how many diseases we’re downplaying and misdiagnosing in ‘male’ and ‘female’ populations because we’re making an over-exaggerated correlation between genitals + endocrine systems and the overall functioning of the body?
Also: someone noting that they’re transgender on a medical form is important. The exclusion of gender options on medical forms is part of a large-scale ignorance toward trans people and their medical care, something that prompts many trans people to avoid seeking healthcare altogether. Hospitals need to become more aware of trans patients and cater to their needs as they do with other populations in their community. If what you’re concerned about is saving people’s lives it might help to start with making sure they feel comfortable seeking care during a medical emergency rather than attempting to handle something major on their own for fear that they might end up like Tyra Hunter, who was left to die after a car crash when emergency teams discovered that she was transgender.
Beyond social implications, many trans people are on hormones, or have had surgeries related to their gender, which alter how their body’s endocrine systems work and would be VERY relevant to any doctor or hospital team treating them. For a trans woman on HRT, doctors being aware of her estrogen treatment and medication’s she’s taking would be far more relevant than knowing she was assigned ‘male’ at birth. No physical measure of transition guarantees that a trans person will be ‘male’ or ‘female’ in medical records. Trans men and trans women in the US and similar countries also face difficulty confirming their gender in government documents.
The original post is a mess. Thinking that ‘penis/vagina’ is of extreme relative relevance + that noting being transgender on a medical form is unwarranted attention seeking is ignorant as hell. Lol
Karla Ortiz's poster for Iluso (event)
Karla Ortiz, Quiet Swarm, 2013 (?)
To The Other World - Karla Ortiz
Currently up at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, California is the three person show “Lore,” which features brand new pieces by Karla Ortiz. Karla is joined by Sam Wolfe Connelly and Nimit Malavia for the well curated show as all artists have pristine grasps on darkness and the unnatural, albeit very different approaches.