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An interesting facet of the Medical Industrial Complex

CW: discussion of transphobia, discussion of injury, discussion of medicine

 

Hello!


I just wanted to talk about something interesting I learned recently from an article* I read for my SexCo final project. 

 

It's called "trans broken arm syndrome". It's what happens when a trans/nonbinary/intersex person goes in to a place of medicine to be treated for a routine or unrelated problem (like a broken arm), and the doctor(s) needlessly focus on their gender identity or sex assigned at birth, rather than the relevant problem. 

 

This can cause harassment, discomfort, and decrease in the quality of care for the person, and often drives trans/nonbinary/intersex folks away from medicine and/or the medical industrial complex as a whole out of fear of discrimination. 

 

I wanted to share this because I didn't know there was a word for this thing that I've experienced. 

 

The article itself is pretty good, and mostly talks about the need to shift medical focus away from assigned sex at birth and towards the relevant sexual property, since we're all so different. It's a great resource for academic backing of a thing that the SIC already does, if you need it. 

Take care! 

 

Grace 

 

*Sex Categorization in Medical Contexts: A Cautionary Tale, Freeman, Lauren, Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal, 2018, Volume 28, Issue, 3
can be found on Summon 

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