Re: Sex Change

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 21 Jul 1997 16:22:26 +0200 (MET DST)

On Thu, 17 Jul 1997, Kathryn Aegis wrote:

> >I don't see why it carries a vested interest in preserving the binary
> >sex system.
> Woof, where do I begin? Most directly, the medical profession exists
> as an extension of the society that it resides in, as evidenced by
> the different medical codes prevalent in various cultures.

OK, I see your point. But the problem is more general than the
medical profession; it is as you say our society which doesn't take
well to deviations from accepted gender and sexual norms. Saying that
the medical profession has a vested interest in preserving the
current state is a bit imprecise; it is like saying the journalists
or the weightlifters have a vested interest in the status quo - it is
the society in general that opposes changes, the medical profession
is just the part which relates to this problem (sex change). So to
really deal with the problem we have to deal with social attitudes.

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