Gender Identity

The doctor’s office just asked me what gender I identify with. Weird. 


9 thoughts on “Gender Identity”

  1. Yeah…very weird. You’d think that when you see your doctor (if s/he’s not a psychiatrist or psychologist), your physical body would be the most important thing with regard to treatment, not your identification with a certain gender.

    Speaking of gender, I recommend the following twitter account: (Yes, it’s a conservative account that’s against gender studies, and it’s fairly anti-feminist, but some of the stuff it links to is very funny and very sad at the same time.)


    1. One would think. However, I guess if someone is trans, it might be important to note what hormones they’re taking, how they might be attempting to restructure their body through exercise, etc.


      1. ” I guess if someone is trans, it might be important to note”

        But that’s all stuff that would be discussed with a doctor who would surely not use terms like “identify with”. The way our hostess phrased it, makes it sound like it was the front office asking, which makes no sense.

        And a doctor’s office asking about ‘gender’ rather than ‘sex’ is linguistic corruption and decay.


        1. The paper they gave me said, “We are required by law to ask.” We are not the region where this kind of vocabulary comes naturally to people.

          The reason I went was for a mammogram, so it does make sense to ask if I was born a woman. But there were two questions, “where you assigned the female gender at birth?” (insane vocabulary, just insane) and “what gender do you identify with.” The vocabulary is very tortured.


        2. It’s a good idea to have the staff know someone is trans. Not everything goes directly to the doctor, a lot of stuff gets to the medical assistant or the nurses first. It’s probably prudent they know for example that Jeremy is trans and not be confused as to why Jeremy has an FSH test.
          Some people are dense. I once had a coworker who kept correcting my pronouns because she couldn’t get that the person I was speaking to was a man and a nurse. We went back and forth for two minutes and I got tired of arguing with her. Boy did she have a shock when she picked up the line!


          1. Sure, but just go ahead and ask, are you transgender? Don’t confuse people with complex philosophical issues of what is or isn’t “assigned at birth.’


  2. Since men can get breast cancer (rare, but usually deadly when it happens because there’s little screening of men), transgender people on hormones might have all sorts of unusual medical issues, and God only knows what the medical issues for the intersex might be, I get why mammography is a place where a lot of detailed questions about sex and hormones need to be asked. But phrasing it in the language of identity seems ill-suited to the local culture.


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