First time I hear that term - "grok". All right than.
That I don't understand it viscerally is something I will absolutely grant you.
Even then, obviously, the potential to harm is there if it happens for someone who shouldn't have gotten the procedure.
And the guard against that, on your own point, is: "no one is getting the surgery without having been on HRT for at least six months and getting a letter from a psychologist stating that the surgery is appropriate for the patient".
Isn't it exactly what I'm arguing? Medical advice anchoring when the procedure should happen is a wise procedure? To prevent it happening when it shouldn't?
If that anchor is efficient in greenlighting the procedure only when it is due, I expect it should have a low regret rating. Because other non-emergency procedures rarely, if ever, have that meticulous procedure behind it.
I would like you to elaborate on your rebuttal, because I'm not getting precisely where the disagreement lies.
I'm going to try to be as respectful as possible here... so bear with me, but I'm also going to be honest and blunt:
I don't know man, trans people itt are saying that barriers to unfettered surgical transitioning already exist, not even taking into account the financial requirement or the ability to get time off to recover.
People routinely get surgeries, ones that can be just as dangerous and taxing on the individuals body, so i don't understand why you've decided that trans specific ones are the ones that you need to be concerned with when it comes to regret, not least because other forms of surgery carry higher levels of regret, specifically from cus people.
Maybe medically transitioning provokes unconscious, uncomfortable reaction in you, if that is the case, which i genuinely believe is possible for a lot of cis people, then you need to ask yourself why gender affirming care for trans people causes this sort of reaction and if it's indicative of any sort of underlying discomfort with transitioning in general.
If it is, you need to interrogate those feelings, because from personal experience, these can often go hand in hand, it's something i still struggle with and i bet if you ask any other trans person they'll also bring up their battles with internal transphobia and how it shapes their attitudes towards medically transitioning.
I want to stress this point; having those feelings doesn't make you an intrinsically bad person, it's how you deal with it that does; any advocation to further restriction to transitioning kind of gets my back up and it signals to me that that the person advocating for it, no matter the degree, hasn't done the homework on why trans people seek out these options to begin with.