Sunday, February 18, 2018

trans thoughts: redux

I finally put out some thoughts on trans people. See here.

1 comment:

John from Daejeon said...

There's another segment of society who are born with the wrong limbs and must remove them by any means necessary. There was a very good 2003 documentary, Whole, which documented their need to become amputees as they live with body integrity identity disorder.

I remember watching dumbstruck by what I perceived must surely be a form of mental illness. Why else would anyone remove a perfectly healthy arm or leg in a staged accident or blow it off with a shotgun blast?

From the director's website where you can watch for $1.99: "WHOLE takes you into the world of people obessed with becoming an amputee. Some are "wannabes" while others succeed in ridding themselves of a limb.

They are healthy people like Kees, a Dutchman who pretends to be an amputee up to five times a day; Dan, an American who loves to hike and bike in the French Alps; and George, a man so desperate he shot off his leg with a shotgun.

This courageous documentary reveals the impact the obsession has on loved ones, and also examines how medical professionals are dealing with the growing worldwide network of amputee wannabes. It dares to ask questions without obvious answers, questions about body image, cosmetic surgery, and the lengths people will go to in order to complete themselves."