Ask Matt: Not Trans Enough for the Textbooks?

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Question MarkA reader writes: “I am trying to puzzle out some things about my own body dysphoria and would like to ask you this question about dysphoria in general. Do you think it stems from a physical misrepresentation in the brain or a learned response?

“By physical misrepresentation I mean that the brain is wired in its neurons to perceive one set of genitalia but the body winds up with another set. By learned response I mean that the person perceives their gender as one way (socially and privately) and because their body is not aligned, they eventually develop confusion and despair over their body.

“I am asking because it seems many ‘documentaries’ and such about trans people feature a young child explaining how they wish their penis was gone or something. But how much of that is strictly physical and instinctive and how much is psychological? What would happen if…

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4 thoughts on “Ask Matt: Not Trans Enough for the Textbooks?

  1. One of my sisters just posted a new article, there was another study just recently performed on a few know trans* cadavers, several were MtF, one was FtM, and it had to with another part of the brain rarely researched. It further suggested that the neurological makeup of our brains is akin to those of the cis members of the gender we identify with. I would LOVE to do a live brain scan and have mine compared to those of cis guys to see if the hypothesis rings true there!


  2. But, then again, I ask myself, what about our non-binary and genderqueer siblings? How does this research help them? What if you’re gender fluid? I fear the research might end up working against them, but we who are on the binary need to stand up for them and help tell the rest of the world that their identities, regardless of the science, is as valid as we who have static identities.


  3. Thanks for sharing this. There’s so much that is still unknown.


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