In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jewel Shuping is finally happy. With the help of what was described as a “sympathetic psychologist,” Shuping, 30, fulfilled a lifelong dream in blinding herself with drain cleaner. Shuping says that she always wanted to be blind and is now overjoyed to be disabled. It is the latest example of what is called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) where able bodied people disable themselves. What is even more astonishing is that there is no indication of any discipline of the alleged psychologist who performed this harmful practice.
Shuping says that the tried previously to blind herself in 2006 and spent her childhood staring into the sun to try to become blind. By 18, she was walking around with dark glasses and a white cane. By 20, she was fluent in braille.
She said that she finally found a doctor who agreed to blind her by giving her numbing eye drops and then drops of drain cleaner. She recalls the painful procedure with joy as fulfilling her longtime dream. A hospital tried against her will to save her eyes but they were unsuccessful. Indeed, she said that she was enraged when she woke and could see the television but soon her eyes failed entirely.
Shuping is now studying for a degree in education and says that she wants to help fellow blind people. Her only regret is that she wishes that she could have seen her father’s face again and now he has died. That could raise a challenging question of the suitability of a person for a teaching position (if she seeks one) after engaging in self-mutilation.
She insists “I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth . . . When there’s nobody around you who feels the same way, you start to think that you’re crazy. But I don’t think I’m crazy, I just have a disorder.”
This strikes most of us as a form of mental illness and the question is why a psychologist would participate in the mutilation of a patient to satisfy her craving to be blind. Obviously, such a doctor should be stripped of his or her license but there is no indication of any effort to identify the doctor. There is also the question of whether such action should be prosecuted as a crime. Many of us believe in the right of people to take their own lives but this is a case of someone who is clearly mentally ill seeking assistance with a mutilation of their body. Yet, there are clearly tough lines to draw here. After all, we allow people to engage in extensive piercings, branding, and blood lettings for recreation or style. Some are effectively permanent changes like the cutting of the tongue of “Lizard man.” Yet, this is a disability which imposes social costs for the community. The one thing that I am confidant about is that any doctor who participated in this action should not be treating patients of any kind. Shuping may be lying about the doctor but it seems hard to believe that someone could do this without help (at least not in both eyes as opposes to one eye given the pain, even with numbing drops). It is not impossible but, given her account, I would think that there would be an effort to determine the truth.
89 thoughts on “BIID: North Carolina Woman Blinds Herself (With Alleged Help Of Doctor) To Fulfill A Lifelong Dream To Be Disabled”
I vote for butting out of other people’s business.
see related washingtonpost.com link… Women’s Shoots Self to Realize Life Long Dream to be Dead.
319 million peeps.
rsa I hear ya. 319 peeps hear ya. they can have their conversation… in Lala land. but for disques and Google correct we r the 99.999. don’t give up.
“Happier,” “healthier” and “fixed” are all arguable points when it comes to sexual reassignment surgery, and differ from patient to patient. Long term, many gender dysphoria patients end up feeling as though they are NOT “fixed” after sexual reassignment surgeries. Many are not happier in the long run, once the emotional high of finally getting hormones and surgeries wears off, and the reality that they are now in for a lifetime of unpleasant medical upkeep sets in — and the realization that despite all the surgeries and medical treatments they have undergone and will continue to undergo, they will never truly become their desired sex. Additionally, underlying psychological problems often remain when the patient believes SRS is their magic bullet for happiness. They are also not healthier, as the cross-sex synthetic hormones cause all sorts of serious medical problems such as cancers, heart disease, chronic urinary tract infections, etc.
Google “srs regret” or “detransitioning” and you will find many heartbreaking stories of those who — too late — found that sexual reassignment surgeries were not the ticket to happiness they had hoped for, but rather did not solve much of anything. Many comment that once they began having regrets, they were bullied by the transactivist community to keep quiet. In fact, the bullying to remain quiet about SRS problems and regret kind of reminds of the tactics Scientology and other cults use to keep their unhappy members quiet. An internet search for “transgender cult” brings up another set of very interesting reads.
Beldar, You need to educate yourself on the new DEA regulations vis a vis RX’s for opiates that went into effect last year.
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