PAPER GENDERS: Pulling the mask off the Transgender Phenomenon
Make Waves Publishing, Carlsbad, California
Paperback: 130 pages
Price: AUD $29.95
GENDER, LIES AND SUICIDE: A Whistleblower Speaks Out
Make Waves Publishing, Carlsbad, California
Paperback: 152 pages
Price: AUD $29.95
by Walt Heyer
Reviewed by Peter Kelleher
Walt Heyer’s books are only available through his website, www.sexchangeregret.com
NB Above prices do not include P&P from the U.S.
In the September 24, 2016, edition of News Weekly, I reviewed the novelised biography of Walt Heyer. In Kid Dakota, Heyer recounted the story of his life from abused toddler to troubled cross-dressing adult to transgender female and back again to the true Walt Heyer.
In the two books up for review here, Heyer takes on what he characterises as the sex-change cartel and those who gain from it and what they gain. That is, he exposes what is in effect a co-dependent relationship between those who facilitate the sex-change phenomenon – psychologists and surgeons on the one hand, and the activists and media in collusion on the other – and those who insist that surgery is the only route at the end of which they may find a measure of happiness – that is, the transgenders themselves.
For those familiar with popular books on psychology, the word “co-dependent” will leap out, as it is a term that describes the pathology of the relationship between unequal and abusive partners. Some domestic situations fit this pattern.
It is particularly apt in this context. Heyer describes how blithely psychologists involved in the matter will write a letter recommending sex-change surgery for a patient. Two 50-minute sessions, during which the topics are voice, makeup, how to walk as a woman; anything but even a superficial examination of what would bring a person to the point of wishing physical mutilation upon himself – or, sometimes, herself.
Then the surgery itself, which is little more than the opportunity for the surgeon’s self-aggrandisement and monetary enrichment.
Meanwhile, the activists have the ear of the media and have manipulated psychiatric and medical groups into submission. They have had such successes as enforcing a change of definition in the psychiatry community’s central reference text, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The entry under “Gender Identity Disorder” was, under pressure from activists, changed to “Gender Identity Dysphoria”.
“Dysphoria” is, being a word not in common usage, a term used to soften up the reader and distract him from the hard fact that it really just means “disorder”.
In Paper Genders, Heyer takes the long view, reviewing the political landscape in relation to sexual matters, beginning with the thoroughly discredited yet still regent Alfred Kinsey. As is the way with pseudo-science, its maleficent echoes ring down the decades long after the alarum has been found to be false. The fact that Kinsey put transgressive sexual matters into the popular culture resonates today more than that the man himself is now known as a “statistician” in Mark Twain’s acceptation of the term (lies, damned lies, and statistics) and a sexual predator.
Heyer then ranges over the last century or so of quack surgical remedies to situate sex-change surgery within a continuum of bizarre and now thankfully abandoned surgical practices.
He takes us through the incredible career of Dr Walter Freeman, known as the “ice-pick doctor”, who was a pioneer in the procedure of inserting an ice pick into the frontal portion of the brain, going in through the tear duct, and waggling it around until the “patient” showed evidence of passivity.
This procedure, the most famous recipient of which was Rosemary Kennedy, JFK’s sister, was lobotomy.
The other practice worthy of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” that Heyer writes about from surgery’s closet of historical horrors, is the intervention against insanity that involved the pulling of teeth. One Dr Henry Cotton, at work in the 1920s and ’30s, became convinced that the bacteria that caused syphilis lodged in the teeth and that he could cure the infection, and prevent the insanity that syphilis can lead to, by pulling out the infected teeth.
Cotton conflated syphilitic insanity with all types of insanity, and quickly moved from pulling infected teeth to pulling all teeth, and on to removing other organs as he found his interventions did nothing to cure his patients’ insanity.
Cotton, it seems, made himself an instance of Einstein’s dictum on insanity – that it can be defined as doing the same thing again and again after it has been found not to work – by doing the same thing (essentially) again and again, even as he moved from extreme to extreme. There is a certain poetry, one might say, in that insanity eventually claimed him and that he pursued it to its logical conclusion: he pulled his own teeth.
These selections from the darker corners of medical history (to which eugenics might be added) testify to the fallibility of a science in its earlier development as much as to the temptation to hubris of its practitioners. And to these Heyer, rightly in my opinion, adds the purveyors of bodily mutilation that we know as sex-change surgery. Not to mention the lifelong poisoning of the healthy system that puberty blockers and hormone therapy represent for every person, many of them pre-pubertal children unlucky enough to fall into the hands of these latter-day snake-oil salesmen.
Heyer’s second book, Gender, Lies and Suicide: A Whistleblower Speaks Out, covers much of the same territory related to the dangers of transitioning. Here he makes use of his blog conversations with people who have contacted him expressing their regret at having gone through sex-change surgery.
In dealing with the astonishingly large number of transgenders who attempt suicide, Heyer here cites the clinical finding that 90 per cent of people in the general population who commit suicide have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance-abuse disorder. Then he asks why that statistic should not apply to transgenders.
The answer he gives is that to acknowledge the possibility does not forward the activists’ political agenda.
He writes: “The reasons are very simple:
“1. The LGBT agenda rules the social and political climate. They don’t want the word ‘disorder’, much less the phrase ‘mental disorder’, associated with their agenda.
“2. Individual transgenders reject the idea that they could have a mental disorder.
“3. The medical community that caters to transgenders rushes to treat them with hormones and therapy.
“4. Suicide is hushed up, unless it can be blamed on bullying or discrimination to help the activist agenda, even though they are not the prominent causes of suicide.”
Heyer also touches on the unrecognised suffering that the families of those suffering gender dysphoria go through, not least because the activists’ and promoters’ view is that they should be celebrating their child or sibling or parent’s decision to transition from their natal gender.
All in all, both books are eye opening and very readable. Heyer’s righteous anger is palpable. And not the least proof of the rightness of his position is the almost complete silence on the subject, at least as available from Amazon, in available books. Nearly every other book that a search for “transgender” on Amazon brings up is a “how to” screed: proving that the field has been cleared of the activists’ opponents, all knitted up in silence. Walt Heyer’s voice echoes like a prophet’s in that silence.