Thailand yesterday imposed a countrywide temporary ban on castrations "for cosmetic purposes" which are advertised on the internet and promise to relieve ladyboys of their testicles for as little as 4,000 baht (£65). According to the Times, the health ministry has written to 16,000 hospitals amid concerns that boys below the age …
"To show it intends to walk it like it talks it, the Medical Council will today rule whether the owner of one Bangkok clinic has breached medical ethics"
Not so much a test case more a testicle case
No... This is definitely a *no* testicle case.
Well, the question begs
Did no-one have the balls to stand up to this?
Mine's the cheap flasher Mac..
Just reading that made me hurt. If you want a sex change no problem go for it, if you believe it will make your life easier, but this is not what castration is about.
It still hurts just thinking about what I just read.
I mean, really, why?
That's business, huh?
You find a need that's not being met and fill it. Bargain castrations.
...mine's the straitjacket
The price of ethics...
It said "the Medical Council will today rule whether the owner of one Bangkok clinic has breached medical ethics in allegedly performing castration on boys under 18 for just 5,000 baht."
Does that mean that ethics would not have been breached if it was done for 10,000 baht?
I'm struggling with this...
"mature enough to thoroughly consider the pros and cons"
'cause I can't for the life in me think of a single "pro".
For some reason I have the urge to watch "The Sopranos".
I see an immediate requirement to send all our lowest of low paedophiles over there - £65? I will be the first to donate to that fund.
and i'll be the second
Sew those testies back on the under age girls, too. Phase three: profits!
There should also be a vomiting icon...
I fear, my friend, that they are already there, albeit for other purposes.... :(
Must be a conspiracy...
...because it can't be a cock-up.
Biting the hand
I'm tempted to ask, "what's the IT angle" - but it's obvious really. What happens to all those testicles? Do they plant them in the ground?
"To show it intends to walk it like it talks it"
lots of John Wayne impressions going around then?
or is that just a private joke?
The reason that it is so cheap is that it's not actually done by surgery. What they do is whip the trousers off, take a couple of bricks and bang them hard together on the goolies.
Doesn't it hurt?
Only if you catch your thumbs.
(The old ones are the best)
I have a hedge trimmer if anyone want's this done on the cheap. Bring two bottles of whisky.
Won't somebody please think of the dog
If whipping the nads off a teenager could damage their health then why are we still talking the pets to the vets for the same treatment??
Did you hear about the one about the blind circumsiser?
..he got the sack
"To show it intends to walk it like it talks"
If I could walk like that I wouldn't need the talcum powder.
Mine's the one with long vent..
Because testicles produce testosterone, which causes masculinisation? It can be the difference between being a pretty waif of a ladyboy, and a butch truckdriver of a transvestite.
Two bottles? There's a bloke down the road who charges half that - mind you, he uses a strimmer.
Tux - The sad look on his face makes me wonder if he's been to Thailand recently.
interesting that an increasing number of trans related stories are appearing on el reg recently
That's why the country's called Bangkok...
The one with the Springbok on the back.
re: Won't somebody please think of the dog
Exactly, the earlier it's done the less they grow / bulk up like male adults.
so if you wnet there with 4,000 baht in your pocket
you'd leave with all your pockets empty!
tux cos he looks like he just sat on his. :o)
So you think its funny do you?
I see from some of the comments that this posses some sort of amusement or entertainment to some, where others don't understand why.
Lets say I know a little about this subject and why people have to do this, its not just the look as the story suggests, the testicles are also where the bodies main testosterone is produced, which is unwanted. It saves having to take suppression drugs, which also can cause complications.
Suffice to say I don't see this as a joke or a laughing matter, find the article and some of the comments actually rather offensive and distasteful, clearly showing a lack of understanding of the problems and prejudice that people with GID have to face.
This is what used to be done to young boys to create the "castrato" voice
It produces a totally unique and quite haunting vocal style
One side point: are there more gender confused people than average in Thailand, and if so, has anyone ever looked into the reason
no, they just aren't as terrified of coming out as they are in the west... or beaten to death as often, stabbed, raped, they have access to necessary healthcare, have basic legal protections and are viewed as being actually human.... which is better treatment then I have seen from some of the comments on el reg lately.
on another note: do they really think this will stop? It will likely just drive the practice underground, radically increasing the risk to those who have it done... and they will still have it done, a $150 orchiectomy is far more appealing to a low income thai person then a $15-20,000 sexual reassignment surgery.
What is better... a low cost surgery being done in a clinic with sterile equipment by licensed doctors... or a low cost surgery being done behind a store with a cleaver by someone who lost their license years ago?
You've got a good point there. clearly you don't want to have that sort or thing done by any old hack.
This reminds me about a recent surgery I heard about. A boy was born to a woman with a heroin addiction, and ended up with no eyelids as a side effect of his mother's lifestyle choice. There was no father to be found and the only other match besides the boy himself was his mother, but her skin was contaminated after years of drug use. The mother signed the consent form and allowed them to surgically replace his eyelids with the skin left over from the infant's circumcision.
Other than being a little cock-eyed, he pulled through.
Can't think of a single Pro?
I can. THEY CAN'T BREED.
I say let'em go for it. Offer it for free.
people who wish to remove themselves from the viable human gene pool (especially during their most viable years), should be allowed to do so. we're heading toward 7 billion on the planet, so we need any help we can get.
Darwin would be proud; also, an award may be in order for the ones who get it done illegally (?) at a discount (or at a premium, for bonus award points), by some incompetent hack (as previously mentioned), and expire from complications.
if it's good enough for Thai
it's good enough for Oprah obsessed, Bend-living, Oregonian "men" getting pregnant. Except the Thai solution requires a bit more commitment than just a self-perception change and forcing your perception on everyone else.
@ Ashley Pomeroy
"What happens to all those testicles? Do they plant them in the ground?"
That's where Dick-taters come from.
re:So you think its funny do you?
Indeed I do.
Itty bitty violins.
Rubber bands are real cheap, Vets used to do cats that way.
Ahh, yes of course, a sense of humor is, of course, reprehensible. Everything should be taken deadly seriously, because that is what God wants us.... oh wait.. no that is the puritan mindset which is obviously not applicable in this case.. hmm.. where are you getting this then?
I'm certain that very few of the people who made jokes actually bear anyone (doctors or patients) involved in this any ill will; they are just making light of a rather unusual situation, because people like to laugh. Perhaps you could do with a good laugh as well.
@So you think its funny do you?
Err.. no I don't, nor do any of the other posters. It's just a man thing, to most men that part of our anatomy is our most treasured (and delicate) posession and the thought of losing them or have somebody interfer with them produces a automatic defence reaction i.e. bad jokes.
How do you know if your girlfreind is ticklish? Give her a couple of test-tickles.
Paris cause.. Do I really need to state the obvious
It a fast way to reduce testosterone, and increase estrogen. Done right there is little risk. Of course this sound a ken to go out and getting a back alley abortion that they are trying to stop.
Stating the bleeding obvious?
"the Medical Council of Thailand... is concerned at the possible health risks to young patients, including adverse affects on physical development ..."
I can think a DEFINITE risk to one (or actually two) bits of their physical development. Happy to go out and advise the Medical Council about this, will they pay my travel costs?
Mine's the one with "Trained Observer" on the back
Third world country
We do things differently over here of course. When men in the west want to castrate themselves they find their are many parties out there more than willing to do the job.
We call it "marriage"
"clearly showing a lack of understanding of the problems and prejudice that people with GID have to face."
What's that got to do with anything? This story was about children having their balls chopped off. I find it disgusting that parents would think that this is okay, whether the child wanted it or not.
To remove equipment from a minor that he and she might find useful later on.
older but not necessarily better
"£65, and it's a snip". Thank you, thank you. Don't clap, just thow money.
So, did you used to be Leon?
i think I know what's going on here...
I think I know why so many (several ACs, Alan Ferris, Joe Stalin, others but I'm too lazy to find the all) is that they are thinking these are men having male genitals removed.
A more accurate view, and one supported by decades of research by psychiatric associations around the world, is that these are women having male genitals removed. What little research that has been done has shown trans people have brain structures similar to the gender with which they identify as. There has been FAR more (and better) studies done into thought patterns of trans people, and they are almost always in the average of the gender they id as.
so if a person thinks and feels like an average woman.... how do you think the average woman would react to having male genitals? or how the average man to female ones?
"It's just a man thing, to most men that part of our anatomy is our most treasured (and delicate) posession[sic] ....." don't think of it like a "man thing", think of it like a "woman thing"... would a woman treasure something that makes her look less feminine, grow hair in odd places, make her boobs flat as a board, makes her take medication that is expensive and hard on her body....
as a side note, re: fertility.... the hormone therapy transwomen take to suppress their testosterone production also leads to infertility after about 4-6 weeks, and that loss is usually permanent after about 6 months. Chances are high that few to none of those affected by this ban would be losing their swimmers as they are already long gone.
Snippets from the East
It's all to do with the market for fat, hairy balding Western blokes that think it is a great blast to go with a feminine character who *cannot* get preggers (and, thereby, make parentage demands on them) !! Despite the fact that Thailand is a major producer of rubber, not much seemed to be used locally !!
Another reason for under-age castration is that the castratee will *not* develop an Adam's apple ( a dead give-away for the older ones ). There are many books and papers written about this subject if you but seek them !!
These are neither men or women having their bits removed... these are children.
that only makes it more traumatic to them. Puberty is hard enough, but the WRONG puberty... a little girl getting a beard, deep voice, growing far taller then their other female friends, seeing other girls developing breasts and other secondary sexual characteristics... it must be horrible, and if they know of a simple, cheap, and safe procedure that will stop that from happening they are going to go for it.
Gender is something that is understood from a young age... boys do this, girls do this. It is often not even consciously taught by parents, teachers or other kids, but it is learned very early on what you are "supposed" to be like. Cisgendered children rarely look at gender roles as they fit in with them (if you are biking with the wind you rarely notice just how hard it is blowing). Transgender people however, often know from a very young age that something isn't right, they may not always know what, but know that something is different. If a transyouth is able to start medical treatment before puberty they are able to stop most of the most problematic physical effects as well as severe mental anxiety. After puberty, the sooner one starts the better job their body can do with the hormones, the longer after puberty that treatment begins the less can be done with hormones and must be done surgically.
As I mentioned above, since fertility is generally not an option for transwomen after a few months on hormone replacement therapy, there is little reason to keep the testes around. The testosterone blockers can cause liver and kidney damage depending on the type used, and the tissue can become cancerous. Once the testes are removed, the amount of estrogen can often be cut by 1/4 to 1/2. It is not really a matter of if, but when something will happen. Removing the testes is the safest way to reduce the stresses on the body.
all this does is drive it underground... banning something like this will not stop it from happening, just stop it from happening in clinics so it will move to the back allies.
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