When Jewel Shuping had a psychologist pour drain cleaner in her eyes to blind her, the reason she gave was precisely the same justification given by transgender people who have their genitals surgically removed.
“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” the 30-year-old says.
Shuping, a sufferer of Body Integrity Disorder, remembers that she fantasized about being blind from the age of 6, acquired a white cane in her teens and had learned Braile by the time she was 20.
In 2006, Shuping finally found someone to help her realize her dream, which is when the psychologist poured drain cleaner in her eyes.
“It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” Shuping says. “All I could think was, ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.’ “
After waiting 30 minutes before going to hospital, doctors were unable to save Shuping’s eyesight, which gradually declined over the next 6 months.
Despite the fact that her sister and mother completely cut off contact with her over the incident, Shuping says she has never been happier.
“The ethics of whether it is OK to take a normal person and make them disabled….I think you can make an ethical case that if you conceptualize this as treating a condition then it’s OK to do it,” according to Dr. Michael First, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University.
According to her friend Alan Chase, the fact that Shuping chose to blind herself with drain cleaner is a “really inspiring story” and she has “contributed a lot to the blind community”.
Chase is completely correct. Following in the footsteps of the stunning and brave Caitlyn Jenner, Jewel Shuping could become the next civil rights icon.
Just as transgender people were once treated as mentally ill for wanting to slice off their penises, Shuping’s story illustrates how society’s judgment of pouring drain cleaner in your eyes as a negative thing is merely another form of vile discrimination.
Based on this premise, people who accuse Shuping of being mentally ill and making the wrong decision are bigoted, intolerant, and hateful.
The notion that Body Integrity Identity Disorder is a mental disorder at all is also incredibly ignorant.
Why shouldn’t people be encouraged to pour bleach into their eyes and hack off their limbs if it makes them happy? And why shouldn’t taxpayers be forced to pay for it, as they are in the United Kingdom for sex-reassignment operations?
Until we embrace the fact that pouring drain cleaner in your eyes is merely a different way for a person to express who they truly are, it’s arrogant to pretend that we are building a progressive society.
Now that the battle for transgender acceptance has been won, pouring drain cleaner in your eyes should be heralded as the next social justice movement, and anyone who questions the logic behind that should be publicly shamed and outed for the intolerant bigot they are.