In a blog post about transsexuals in the workplace, Anonymous brings up the issue of how education and class privilege thwarts the search for good statistics. In other words, two things are wrong here (and it’s not social justice or anything like that, at least in this post). First, the statistics about various transsexual procedures that we have are not representative of the larger transsexual population, as these procedures are only affordable by those with jobs or disposable income and thus we don’t know anything about transsexuals without jobs or who are poor or uneducated. Second, available role models of successful transsexuals are limited because educated, affluent post-operative transsexuals are not generally willing to participate in surveys or to be trans* their whole lives.
What does this mean? I’m sure socialists would say that this is expected from a free-market medical system and that centralized health care for all would generate not only good healthcare for all transsexuals, but also really solid data. Activists might say that it’s a shame that successful transsexuals tend to fade into society and out of the dual eyes of statistics and role models, thereby depriving society in two ways. I myself do not feel guilty for having the resources to make this transsexual transition, but I feel incredibly lucky to have the funds and the job and the education to make sense of it all. I would probably argue that more information, more education, and more general social acceptance of transness is called for, and we do that best by living well and serving as good, stable role models for others. What do you think, dear readers?