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National Geographic -Rethinking Gender- January 2017 page 69 wrote:Vilain alienates some transgender activist by saying that not every child's "I wish I were a girl" needs to be encouraged. But he insist that he's trying to think beyond gender stereotypes. "I am trying to advocate a wide variety of gender expression," he wrote in a late-night email provoked by our phone conversation, "which can go from boys or men having long hair, loving dance and opera, wearing dresses if they want to, loving men, none of which is 'making them girls'-- or from girls shaving their heads, being pierced, wearing pants, loving physics, loving women, none of which makes them boys' " 
crfriend wrote:I remain unconvinced that the entire notion of trans-* is anywhere near as prevalent as some media types would have us believe...
dillon wrote:I think it's a real and under-reported phenomenon, and that there are many who feel it but never entertained the notion, simply from the standpoint of practicality. Some men reach a crisis apex in their middle ages when it becomes a do or die situation.
The fact is, if we can identify and support transgendered kids, then some of their sex characteristic development can be chemically arrested to allow proper assessment over time.
I look on the attention being given to TG issues in kids as a positive, and hope the bigots and naysayers will lose this debate. It is social evolution, in that we are using our God-given intellect, finally, in acts of good and not of social repression, or pseudo-religious malice, or thoughtless, garden-variety negativism.
They are referring to it as GCS or Gender Confirmation Surgery now. I also agree with your views.dillon wrote:The term GRS nominally means Gender Reassignment Surgery, but I think that is a poor name for it. It should be called Gender Reconciliation Surgery,
moonshadow wrote:You know, I was just thinking, had we had known NatGeo was going to publish an issue on gender this January, we should have reached out to them. There have been some interesting threads on this board on that very topic, and while many of us resist any trans label like the plague, like it or not, trans-issues and the discrimination that comes with it, generally has effected all of us in some way or another, even if it's a minor way.
I mean, really, how many of us can say with certainty that we've NEVER had the slightest issue with a social situation involving one our our skirts because, "skirts are for women only"?
r.m.anderson wrote:Wearing cross dressing (skirted) clothing is closely related with the sexual spectrum !
crfriend wrote:r.m.anderson wrote:Wearing cross dressing (skirted) clothing is closely related with the sexual spectrum !
Is it? Really?
Boys like boy things. Girls like girl things. All boys like boy things. All girls like girl things. Boys that like girl things (?!) must want to be girls. Boys that like girl things must like boys.
(1) The number of cross-dressers who are strictly heterosexual range from 72% to 97%.
(2) The number of cross-dressers who are exclusively gay range from 3% to 9%.
(3) Bisexual cross-dressers in the US make up 28% of the cross-dressing population.
(4) The number of cross-dressers who are married range from 78% to 88%.
A 1995 Special Monograph, revised in 2014, sponsored by the European Medical Journal shows that one in ten men regularly wears feminine clothing and cross-dressers live longer, healthier lives than other men. But many wives and girlfriends don’t know their man’s undercover secrets. Dr. Coleman is of the opinion that the 1 in 10 figure is rising quite rapidly and that cross-dressing is currently one of the fastest growing social phenomena in the western world.
77% of cross-dressers simply like the feeling of the material and 48% say it helps them relax and deal with stress. While 69% fear exposure, only 16% experience negative social impact, such as loss of job or relationship; and only 4% had legal problems. 74% have a female partner who knows, approves (43%) and helps them choose clothing (37%).
The incidence of homosexual experience among transvestites (1 in 5) is slightly lower than the incidence of any homosexual experience among non-transvestite heterosexuals (usually regarded as 1 in 3). The incidence of genuine homosexuality and bisexuality among transvestites is considerably less than 1 in 5 and probably close to the normal figure for non-transvestite males of between 5% and 10%.
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