“Research studies commonly used all-male subjects. Men with abnormal test results were treated far more aggressively than women with the same results. Women reporting the same symptoms as men were at least twice as likely to receive — no surprise here — a psychiatric diagnosis.”—
Women’s heart attack symptoms are very different than men’s. So for decades and decades, women having heart attacks are diagnosed with psychiatric diagnoses rather than the correct diagnosis of a heart attack. Not coincidentally, women are much more likely to die from heart attacks. Today, some of these gender differences are known, but many doctors still don’t recognize them, and few patients know about them. And basically nothing is known about gender and heart attack symptoms in trans people.
To argue on behalf of indigenous nationhood within the dominant Western paradigm is self-defeating. To frame the struggle to achieve justice in terms of indigenous “claims” against the state is implicitly to accept the fiction of state.
The mythology of the state is hegemonic, and the struggle for justice would be better served by undermining the myth of state sovereignty than by carving out a small and dependent space for indigenous peoples within it.
Taiaiake Alfred, Kahnawake
If you don’t have a copy of Taiaiake Alfred’s ‘Peace, Power, Righteousness - an Indigenous Manifesto’, you need to head to your local bookshop asap. This book is mind-blowing and a great help in forming one’s own thoughts and theories on decolonisation.