4 preconceived notions about transidentity

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    4 preconceived notions about transidentity

    Trans identity implies being aware that your identity differs from what you are assigned at birth. But, is there any proof that transgender people suffer from gender dysphoria? Also, how true are the claims that transgenders want to be like cis genders, and that fashion trends affect trans identity? Likewise, that the transgender phenomenon occurs only in the West. To learn more, this page explores these four preconceived beliefs about trans identity.

    Transidentity is a fashion phenomenon

    Does fashion have anything to do with transgender identity? Yes! In western societies, the binary gender idea is male and female. Their clothes are designed for either a man or a woman. Fashion designers make clothes for these two genders only.

    Therefore, fashion is one way a person can convey their gender identity. Yet, gender can be fluid. For instance, a transgender woman is a male that identifies as a woman, while a transgender man identifies as a man. The implication is that they would dress according to their new gender orientation.

    The transgender issue only exists in the West

    There is proof that transgender have existed earlier in history in Asia. In Indonesia, the Sulawesi had priests of kings called the Bissu. These male priests had the mannerism of women, dressed and spoke like them, and had a carnal relationship with male husbands.

    In Thailand, male and female princesses and princes wore the same kind of clothes. It was the British who created a strict difference in dresses for males and females. Initially, nothing like that existed, and today, there are those uncomplimentarily called ladyboys. So, Transgender became an issue when western culture restrict gender to two, males and females.

    Transgender girl doing a portrait

    Transgender people want to look like cis-gender people

    Trangenders are human and cannot wish to express their gender by pretending to be cisgender when they are not. The transgender definition only stands to disprove that notion. Trangenders are proud to remain transgenders because that is the only way they would find meaning and live to their full potential. They may decide to have a breast enhancement and genital reassignment surgery or live without surgery.

    Transidentity is a medical issue

    Occasionally, a transgender might experience psychological pain resulting from a lack of harmony between the sex they were assigned at birth, and what that individual believes should be their gender identity. Medically, that issue is called “gender dysphoria.” Not all transgender suffer from that condition, and so it is not a general problem of trans identity. That is not to deny that a transgender suffering from this condition dislikes everything linked with the gender at birth.

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