Dr. Drai’s New Fav Show: Orange is the New Black

 

Orange is the New Black cast

Orange is the New Black cast

Hi #GYNEGirls and #Preggos!

It’s me again – Dr. Drai. Your fav OBGYN! Can’t sleep … I’m up watching re-runs of Orange is the New Black. I DVR’ed it! Have you seen this show? If you haven’t, it comes on NetFlix. Anyway, the story is about Piper Chapman, a woman in her 30s who is sentenced to 15 months in prison after she is convicted of an old crime of transporting money for her drug dealing girlfriend. The offense occurred 10 years prior to the start of the series, and in that time, Chapman had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York’s upper middle class. Ladies- that’s enough plot to remind you that if things don’t add up you need to do a background check on your man or woman. The world has changed. You can’t just trust everything you hear.

One of my fav characters on the show is Mrs. Sophia Burset: a transgender woman who went to prison for credit-card fraud; she is the hairdresser for many of the inmates. Outside, she has a son named Michael with her wife, Crystal. Now, that’s a whole lot! That’s MRS. because she’s married. Mrs. Sophie is FIERCE AND is always wearing her “RED BOTTOM” slippers- Rocking couture right? LOL! Have you heard the word Transgender before? Let me give you the Medical “T” on this. Take a seat and open your mind! Ladies – there’s no time to be close-minded with this Medical “T”.

Transgender is a term used for a person whose gender is different from their sex.

You know the difference between gender and sex, right? Let me break it down. Sex is assigned to you at birth – male or female. Gender is how a person expresses themselves- masculine or feminine. There’s a mismatch in transgender people. Transgender people can be transwomen (assigned sex is male but gender is female) or transmen (assigned sex is female but gender is male). Let’s take this even further. Sexual orientation means who the person is attracted to – same sex or opposite sex. Okay, so let’s put it all together.

Mrs. Sophie is a transwoman who is attracted to women; remember she’s married to Crystal on the outside. Technically speaking… Mrs. Sophie is a lesbian.

Teaching point- you can’t assume who a transgender person is attracted to. Some can be what we consider “straight,” gay/lesbian, or bisexual. They will reveal this to you once they trust you and in time. Now you ALL get it right? Good – stop the hate! Ya’ll work my nerves with that! People don’t make choices when it comes to this – they are who they are so just accept them and get over yourself!

Remember, #GYNEGirls and #Preggos, make sure you watch Orange is the New Black.

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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  • Andrea Robinson

    Okay, let me get this straight. Mrs. Sophie is a transwoman because she was born a man but her gender orientation is that of a woman.

    I was under the impression that to be considered a transsexual, the person had to have undergone sex-reassignment (sex-change) surgery, usually after hormone therapy. Has Mrs. Sophia has had such an operation? I think that in order to be housed with the other female inmates, she would have to have undergone surgery or the State would see her as a man — a cross-dresser to be sure, but still a man.

    I think that if she had not had the surgery, the State might see her as a gay man because she likes to dress up in women’s clothing, but I believe that dressing up in women’s clothing does not make her gay. In fact, if she still had her male genitalia, I believe that “he” would be a straight cross-dresser, because this is still a man attracted to women.

    Anyway, I really do appreciate the information because it can be very confusing and I remember a time when I could not keep up with the terminology and basically decided not to try anymore. But I think the definitions of “transwoman” or “transman” are helpful and are easily understood.

    That being said, I don’t see any harm in it and I do believe that people are people. If I can’t even get my roommate to put a dirty spoon in the sink, how could one ask someone to change their whole sexual orientation?

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