I know this blog entry will be wandering a bit off topic from the subject of atheism, but I think it plays indirectly into the larger need to express a comprehensive political and social narrative to compete with the Tea Party Glen Beck religious wacko ideology that threatens to conquer American politics. Moreover, I can't get to sleep without getting this off my chest. So here goes.
Medical decisions are questions of cost/benefit analysis. There is a condition. There is a treatment. Is the treatment indicated for the condition? Are the side effects of a drug worth the benefit it might provide? Why do we give cancer patients drugs that cause crippling anemia, hair loss, and nausea, while we would consider these side effects to be completely inappropriate in say, an acne medication? Because these are comparative questions. It comes down to balancing one side of the equation against the other.
If men have an outrageously higher incidence of heart disease than do women, why do we not castrate every male who has a heart attack? I am certain that if a study was made of the effects of castration on long term prognoses of male heart disease victims, we would find that almost nothing else comes close in terms of improving the odds for long term survival. Why, then, would the very idea of such a study utterly repulse 48% of the humans reading this? Because we, as a society, place a value on male sexuality. (to a very absurd degree, but that is a subject for another blog post)
If, however, you are transgendered, your sexual expression is begrudgingly accepted strictly as a matter of whim. It is considered to have absolutely no value. Accordingly, if you are transgendered, and are on hormone therapy, the first course of action in even the most minor medical events is to withhold hormone treatment. If you are transgendered, and you have a heart attack, you WILL be taken off hormones.
What is it about the sexual identity of a transgendered person that makes it so strikingly less valuable than that of a natal male? Is such inequality justified? If you are a natal male, and you felt a surge of revulsion and fear at the idea of your balls being cut off at the drop of a hat, please understand that I feel exactly the same way about my hormone treatments.
This is what we are talking about when we talk about things like social justice and equality. This is a real world, specific example of inequality with a functioning comparison for measuring it. Compare this to the usual vague screed against the "homosexual agenda" from someone like Limbaugh or Beck, and let me know which one holds more water.