Gender Identity Disorder?

During my Developmental Psychology course last semester, we actually visited this topic. Yes, it shocked me too. I can’t say that I agree or disagree with this label. I don’t like labeling people as disorders. I don’t like telling people what they can and cannot do with their body. Honestly, for me to be in favor of abortion but say someone cannot change their physical appearance would be hypocritical and putting my nose where it doesn’t belong.

I do find it concerning when someone feels so uncomfortable in their body that they believe they have to change it. Someone who is transsexual, will have the mindset of one gender, and the body of another. In other words, they think like a woman, but look like a man, or vice versa. To be transsexual means to make a full transition from one gender to another. This gender must look and act a certain way based on the majority of society’s perception of gender roles. This raises a serious question; is trans-sexuality a disorder, is it based on insecurity, or is it something else entirely?

Is someone allowed to identify as a man, but look like a woman? Does the body truly need to match the mind? Is it possible, that my own “masculine” attitude is just my personality, and that my body is fine as it is right now? Is trans-sexuality really trans-sexuality? Is it a mental illness? Is it based on how we treat each other? Could it be all of these things, or none of them?

There are plenty of theories by psychologists that explore the mindsets of men and women and how they differ. One theory suggests that the fetus sometimes develops with a male or female body, but later develops a brain which thinks as an opposite gender. Given how messy the human gene pool is, it wouldn’t surprise me if we managed to genetically scramble something again. I think it is safe to say that the human race successfully broke genetics. This theory is sometimes used as an “explanation” for homosexuality as well.

Speaking of homosexuality, no wonder it bothers people when someone has a mind and body that don’t match. People nowadays seem to have a big issue with a woman who acts “masculine” and a man who acts “feminine”. What are your definitions of masculinity and femininity? Do you think wearing pants is a manly thing to do? Do you believe having long hair is a girly thing to do? Do you believe boys play sports and girls play with dolls? Or are you less uptight about someone else’s lifestyle, and would rather let someone be as they are?

Answer me this in the comments section: Do you believe transsexuality is a gender identity disorder? Why or why not?

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