Over at The Intersection of Madness and Reality, Rippa has a post up about
Months after a botched castration attempt, a Virginia inmate wishing to be a woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the state failed to provide adequate medical care because it won’t perform a sex-change operation.
Ophelia De’lonta, 50, says she needs the surgery to treat her gender identity disorder, a condition in which people believe they were born the wrong gender.
“This is not something that I have any control over,” said De’lonta, who was born Michael Stokes. “This is just how I was born.”
De’lonta, who developed breasts with the use of hormones won under a 2004 court order, has tried self-surgery several times in the past. Her urges had been kept in check in recent years with the help of hormones and other treatments.
But De’lonta, who has perfectly plucked eyebrows and wears make-up, snapped on Oct. 8 when a jail guard at the all-male Buckingham Correctional Center referred to her as “he.”
“I screamed ‘She, dammit!’ becoming so overwhelmed it was hard to breathe,” said De’lonta (source)
I was pleasantly surprised to see that other than making sure to mention what Ophelia was convicted of, the article used the correct pronouns throughout. I am very used to seeing cissexist language in the media. The truth of the matter is that once someone gets locked up, society is content to pretend that they are no longer human and deserving of basic rights. This is what I saw when I read Rippa’s take on Ophelia’s struggle. He wrote:
OK, so now that I got that out of the way. Umm, so like, what the fuck is this bullshit?? No seriously; the fuck is up with this man threatening to cut his dick off in prison?!! OK, so you you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body and you’d like to have a sex change to clear up your gender identity issues.
OK, yeah, I support that. Shit, I’m down with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and all that. But nigga you’re in fuckin’ prison! You don’t threaten to cut ya schlong off yourself because you can’t take the being a man thing anymore; and when they take the razor away, you friggin sue them because they refuse to oblige your request for a sex change? Seriously, a sex change?!!
Excuse me, but err, umm… can I get an order of Negro please with a throat-chop on the side for this brotha? Clearly he has lost his rabbit-ass mind.