RedZoneTuba: Repo Man: RedZoneTuba: I'm trying to understand..."Gender" is not an obvious physical trait, but it IS genetic and you are born with it (otherwise, a 3-6 year old could not "know" it). The external manifestations of gender are apparently your desires and associated behaviors (how you want to dress, what you want to play with, etc.). Putting these two things together, then, I can only conclude that gender-appropriate dress, toys, actions, etc. are all genetically determined.But I've been also told in no uncertain terms, by many of the same women telling me the facts about what constitutes a transgendered person, that the last statement above is sexist nonsense.My brain hurts.This is a bit of a thorny issue for the strict social determinists. But they are a tiny minority now. Looking at cases like Jazz, and David Reimer, it isn't that being born a boy or a girl makes you want to dress a certain way or play with certain toys, but that you are aware of being male or female, and want to dress in a similar fashion to those you identify with, and engage in similar activities.Can you expand further on "those you identify with"? It can't be via looks because they would look quite different from the transgendered individual. It can't be from deep conversaions with other 3 year olds. If it is from their dress, actions, etc. then we're back to my dilemma of saying gender-appropriate dress, actions, etc. are both genetically determined AND sexist nonsense at the same time.You are not suggesting some extra-sensory "aura" of gender identification, are you?
Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a Neonatologist that specialized in special needs babies. While I'm not a Dr, I did end up in the health care field and work 24/7 with my special needs kiddos.
tinfoil-hat maggie: BronyMedic: they actually can look the role they feel. It's the reason the Europeans will begin in childhood with SRS.It was my understanding, forgive me if I'm wrong, SRS sexual reassignment surgery, that's the actual reconstruction of the genitals and that only happens once the child reaches 18 at the earliest. Although HRT hormone replacement therapy should begin before the secondary sexual characteristics are formed.ie right before or at puberty.