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Dzuunmod
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The paper where this story ran has ridiculously long URLs on its website, so if you want to look at the whole article, you need to copy the URL from below, and paste it into your browser. If you're too lazy for that, though, I'll give you something of a rundown.
http://www.globeandmail.ca/servlet/GIS.Servlets.HTMLTemplate?tf=tgam/common/FullStory.html&cf=tgam/common/FullStory.cfg&configFileLoc=tgam/config&vg=BigAdVariableGenerator&da te=20020528&dateOffset=&hub=national&title=national&cache_key=nationalĄt_row=2&start_row=2&num_rows=1

A woman from Canada's West Coast province of British Columbia had her mentally disabled son castrated when he was 20. This was in 1997. The woman, Sandra Crockett, says she doesn't regret it.

The operation, however, was performed without her son's consent. By court order, he's only known by his initials, A.R. The woman says that her son's disabilities are very severe. He can't read or write, or hold down a job. Moreover, she believes that he couldn't look after children, and if he were to have a child, and subsequently have it taken away from him, she says, it would be very traumatic for him.

She also says that the operation was meant to curb the extreme agression that he displayed at the time.

I think her actions are extreme. I wonder if she consulted anyone from the medical community before charging ahead with this. I wonder if she consulted numerous people from said community. I wonder if a vasectomy (far less invasive still somewhat bothersome to me) was considered.

Any reactions?

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Beppie
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That is absolutely wrong, in my opinion. As you pointed out, a vasectomy would have served the same purpose. As for the man's aggression, surely there are medications for that, without having to resort to the extreme of castration.

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Just an aside: http://tinyurl.com is a good place to go if you want to avoid those humongous URLs. This one reduces to:
http://tinyurl.com/87q

Cool, isn't it?


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cupcake
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I actually asked some questions about this a while ago on another board...

There was a more in depth story is a Canadian mag I was reading.... Saturday nigth or something like that.

He has the mental capacity of a 4 year old. She did consult with umerous doctors, that's why she's not the only one named in the charges. She's the only one fighting it.
And he was becoming more and more violent by the day due to high testosterone levels.

S'about all I know.


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Dzuunmod
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Thanks for that, Kite. That's pretty neat.

And cupcake, although I'm sure it's hard to deal with a developmentally disabled child, I'm equally sure that there are other ways of going about it than having him castrated. Maybe it's just that this is the first I'm hearing about it, though.

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kythryne
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Seems to me that if high levels of testosterone were to blame for behavioral probelems, a testosterone blocker should've been tried, at the very least. MtF transsexuals take testosterone blockers all the time as part of hormone therapy during reassignment, and it doesn't take much of a dose to drop the normal male levels of testosterone down to what would be a normal level for a female. It stands to reason, then, that it would be possible to at least reduce the abnormal levels.

And on top of that, I'd have to agree, it seems a very drastic step to make.

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(edited because I can't read, evidently.)

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Oh, I'm not saying it wasn't very drastic action to take!

I'm just filling in some of the facts taht weren't mentioned, s'all.


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Dude_who_writes
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Maybe it's just me, but... it seems as though this mother enjoys a sense of full control over her son, and castration allows her even more so. Maybe that's just the vibe I'm getting.

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