Thursday, May 2, 2013

A disgusting reality

Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Georgia; Greece; Iceland; Italy; Latvia; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; The Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Romania; San Marino; Serbia; Slovakia; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine.
These are modern European countries. These are the countries that force or coerce transgender people to get sterilized before their gender identity is approved.

There are a few things happening in the world that really bother me. Child abuse is on the top of the list. It was followed by homophobia, denial of marijuana consumption and organized religion. But this... this just tops everything but child abuse in my book. I mean, we're talking about apparently sane people in government, the same people we choose to vote for (or not) who are dictating that a transgender person should be sterilized before any kind of papers that attest their gender are released.

People forcing other people (who have committed no crimes, have no mental disabilities or incurable diseases) to get sterilized against their will. Even if there's no specific, written legislation in this sense. The other option in some of these countries is complete gender reassignment surgery which, incidentally, leaves most people sterile. Not to mention the trauma people go through when they're forced to undergo said surgery. Yet, that's not the worst part - in some of these countries, both sterilization and complete gender reassignment surgery are mandatory.

I'm really at a loss for words at how disgusting humans can get at times. The reason they do this? According to debates, it's so that we won't have to deal with pregnant men. This, of course, coming from conservatives. Finally the European Union is taking steps towards bringing this appalling, vicious piece of European legislation to an end through recommending member states to do something about it. That doesn't change the fact that this has been a constant practice in apparently civilized, progressive countries. And the debate is just starting now with Sweden apparently moving forward to repel this horrendous practice.

It's times like these that make me feel ashamed to call myself human.