Posted by: jonschaper
Posted: 9th Aug 2012
People often judge transgenders without understanding the situation, and have their preception effected by some of the stranger people out there (although we wouldn't judge all white males with the same brush because we know one who is crazy, many people allow themselves to become prejudiced against less familiar groups over extreme examples). The difference between a child being born a male or female has a lot to do with slight variations in hormones. Even after conception, there is a period during which the gender of a child can be effected. There are even some children who require gender assignment when they are born because their genitals could be either male or female. Sometimes the parents make the right choice. Sometimes that child winds up feeling there is something wrong with them and eventually realise they are the "wrong" gender.
Then there are others born with one set of genitals, but are mentally the opposite sex. These are real people who can go through extreme suffering and NOT people who change their sex on just a whim. Some governments help finance selected cases of gender reassignment after psychiatrists determine there is a need for it. I have a good friend who is transgendered. She was born a male, but from the beginning her parents and older brother could tell she was different. Once when she was 8 years old, she was examined by a doctor and found to have very high levels of female hormones. There was a definable physical and mental difference between her and other boys. She always felt like a female, even before adolescence, and could not stand for her male genitals to be touched by anyone. They were foreign to her, and she could not stand any reminder she had them. She was also only ever attracted to men (unlike, say, the "pregnant male" -- one extreme person who may have negatively effected the public perception of the transgendered -- who obviously was attracted to males before deciding to become a male herself). My friend herself is one of the biggest critics of some of these people who become shemales, or do it for some sort of kink, although I personally couldn't care less because THEY AREN'T HARMING ANYONE. You might as well condemn people who get tattoos or piercing or prefer hamburgers to pizza.
Nobody should stand in judgement of entire groups of people unless they first inform themselves or put themselves in the others' shoes for a moment. Reply