I was discussing this with my mentor recently... what can be more brutal than mutilating your genitals?... for sure theres a very intense feeling or passion at play... castration on one hand has a lot at play with men with relation to family relationships (ever heard of castration compkex and oedipus?) and virilization of women i dont even know...
We concluded that its a hugely complex phenomena that can only be approached clinically, that is to say, on a case by case basis on a deep level... i wonder if there has been research like this? about said groupality
When you talk about mutilating genitals, ie. surgery, you are talking about changing the physical appearance of sex, not about gender.
Yeah i was talking about transexuals... i need to read more about ops original case, since i assumed it was transexual not transgender... bbl rereading thread.
Transsexual at this point is kind of an outdated term. Transgender can mean people who have altered their body physically (through surgery or hormones or both) and those who haven't.
Regardless of accuracy the definitions i know of and use, are:
Transvestite: that dresses in a manner or style that does not coincide with its cultural norms for given genital sex
Transgender: that either identifies or acts in a manner not corresponding to their genital sex
Transexual: that has changed thru surgical means its genital sex.
And I dont understand why transexual is an outdated term, since then we are eliminating the possibility that there are people that change their genital sex for reasons other than their gender identification. One might assume those dont exist, but its still very possible.
I did a quick lookup and Transexual is defined and commonly used as a synonim for transgender, but from an etimological and roots it doesnt make sense to me, probably because in spanish we do make the distinction of "transgenero" and "transexual".