What does it mean to be a transsexual? How do different groups, like psycholgoists and feminists, define transsexuals and how do we define it among transgendered persons? Less than a decade ago I, before the internet became big, I struggled to find information about transsexuality. Most of what I found was elaborate explanations by feminist and psychological theorists.
The psychology behind transgender
What is TRANSSEXUALISM? definition of TRANSSEXUALISM (Psychology Dictionary)
Transgender is generally used as an overarching term for a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies along the gender continuum that are in opposition to or in divergence from the gender role woman or man commonly, but not always, assigned for life at birth. It includes three main sub-categories: transvestites who periodically dress in the clothing of the opposite sex: transsexuals sometimes known as people with gender dysphoria who have or wish to have sexual reassignment treatment to become the opposite sex; and transgenderists who cross gender boundaries but who do not wish to have such treatment. According to The Gender Trust, male to female transsexuality is estimated at about 1 in 10, of the UK population and female to male, about a quarter of this. A transgender symbol, a combination of the male and female sign with a third, combined arm representing transgender people. Designed by Holly Boswell in North Carolina. A popular variant of Holly Boswell's symbol. Designed by Nancy Nangeroni.
The study of the causes of transsexuality investigates gender identity formation of transgender people, especially those who are transsexual. Transgender people have a gender identity that does not match their assigned sex , often resulting in gender dysphoria. The most studied factors are biological, especially brain structure differences in relation to biology and sexual orientation.
Based on my personal experiences and background in psychology, Madeline Wyndzen offers some thoughts and questions to help others also struggling with gender dysphoria issues. Chances are, if you're reading this page, you probably have some kind of gender-related issue. This page is a list of questions and thoughts I have put together to help you clarify your feelings.