OK. Fine. Let’s deal with it then. Transgenderism

Guest post

Ami B. Kaplan writes

An article on questions of prevalence and epidemiology of GID appears in the International Journal of Transgenderism in its special issue: “Toward Version 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care” (Volume 11, number 1, 2009). The article was written by Kenneth Zucker and Anne Lawrence, and was summarized by Eli Coleman in his introduction to the special issue:

Formal epidemiological studies on gender identity disorder in children, adolescents, and adults are still lacking and no strong conclusion about its prevalence or incidence can be drawn. The current prevalence estimates that are cited in the DSM-IV and the WPATH SOC(1) are based upon data over 20 years old.  They [Zucker and Lawrence] note, however, that between the 1960’s and 1990’s, there appears to be at least a threefold increase (and as high as eightfold increase) in patients presenting to clinics in Western Europe.  This could be due to increased awareness and seeking of transgender services.  There is also the problem of whom to count.  Individuals who undergo surgical sex reassignment are only an extreme end-point of a continuum of cross-gender identification. We are more and more aware of the myriad of individuals who identify as transgender or gender queer and who represent individuals along the broad spectrum of cross-gender identification.”(p. 5)

So the answer is:  we don’t know.

But according to the table, a very small percentage of people feel sufficiently like a fish out of water that they seek to physically change their body to suit their personal view of what it should have been.

Another interesting statistic, and you would be fair enough to extrapolate that even into those that never take the step to physically change things, is that more women are trapped in men’s bodies than there are men thinking they have erroneously got a woman’s body. Roughly at a 1:3 ratio.

If this was preeminently a natural phenomenon, you’d expect there to be more of a 1:1 balance.  And if it is natural, why is nature putting so many women in men’s bodies?

It isn’t therefore unfair to suspect some societal causes to underlie this phenomenon.

But it is clear enough that we haven’t even defined the subject matter to any considerable degree.  Is cross dressing on the spectrum?  Does dressing up as a woman mean you want to be a woman?  Or … something else?

When you get to the point where a woman with a penis wants to go into a woman’s bathroom to feel like she is a woman, you have to look at the prevalence to see if this is a problem that needs a lot of our attention.

If we take the most positive number from the above table – being One in 7400 people being men wanting to be women.  And let’s assume that there are a few more that don’t dare to speak out about it.  Let’s say one 1000 people are stuck in the wrong body.

That means an average school would have one, perhaps two, at the most three students that feel uncomfortable being in the same toilet facilities as their physically identical peers.

Here’s the odd thing.

Researchers determining the prevalence of homosexuality in nationally representative samples have focused upon determining the prevalence of homosexual behavior, ignoring those individuals whose sexual attraction to the same sex had not resulted in sexual behavior. We examine the use of sexual attraction as well as sexual behavior to estimate the prevalence of homosexuality in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France using the Project HOPE International Survey of AIDS-Risk Behaviors. We find that 8.7, 7.9, and 8.5% of males and 11.1, 8.6, and 11.7% of females in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, respectively, report some homosexual attraction but no homosexual behavior since age 15. Further, considering homosexual behavior and homosexual attraction as different but overlapping dimensions of homosexuality, we find 20.8, 16.3, and 18.5% of males, and 17.8, 18.6, and 18.5% of females in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France report either homosexual behavior or homosexual attraction since age 15. Examination of homosexual behavior separately finds that 6.2, 4.5, and 10.7% of males and 3.6, 2.1, and 3.3% of females in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, respectively, report having had sexual contact with someone of the same sex in the previous 5 years. Our findings highlight the importance of using more than just homosexual behavior to examine the prevalence of homosexuality.  Sell RL1, Wells JA, Wypij D.  – Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, USA

So at the same time, we are sharing the same bathroom and changing facilities that people that are physically the same as “normal” (the prevalent) people that are sexually attracted to us while they are happy with the body that they are in.  Well, all things being equal.

My question is this:   Why is it that we haven’t had changing facilities and bathrooms for lesbians so they don’t have to share facilities with straight women?   And gay men get bathrooms because they don’t have to share with straight men?

In an average classroom, not a school, but a classroom, you are likely to have at least one lesbian and one gay man.   And based on the numbers and transgender prevalence, you might have one, perhaps two in the whole school.

How did we get the the point of needing bathrooms for 2-3 people in a school, when we have had statistically a much better argument for having all the lesbians and gays in their own showers after gym?

If there is any kind of conversation, health funding or community support, it is “how to cope and survive as a transgender person in a straight world”.   It isn’t “how do we change the straight world to ensure 0.01% of us get attention, resources and assistance to ensure we are seen, treated and respected exactly the same as 99.99% of the rest of the world – let’s start with putting bathrooms in schools.

Where does this pandering to the odd and esoteric stop?   There is probably at least one person in an average school that identifies as otherkin.  (You can thank me later for opening up that can of … worms).   Does that mean that schools now need to put in litter trays for people who identify as cats?

Next?

People who are physically a male human but feel they are a female cat.

Why not?

Oh, a mental disorder you say?

 

– tgmentalhealth.comncbi.nlm.nih.gov


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