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Transsexualism continued....


Which is the medical phenomenon of transsexualism proper, affecting approximately one in 30,000 males, but only one in 100,000 females. This desire to assume the opposite sex is distinguished from transvestism and gender dysphoria in that it is never the result of sexual desire, and it goes beyond the craving to remove one's own physical sexual characteristics to a wish to adopt those of the opposite sex.

If this desire remains constant for two years or more and is not abated by counselling, then the only medical treatment available is 'gender reassignment surgery' - the sex-change operation (those who have gone through it are labelled 'post-operative transsexuals'). This operation (or, more specifically, series of operations and long-term hormonal treatments) was for a time universally believed to improve the quality of life for those who go through it, but on the basis of some now controversial research done at Johns Hopkins University in the USA, there is increasingly a move to reject gender reassignment as merely a surgical attempt to solve a largely pyschological problem.

Furthermore, the sex-change operation can only alter a person's physical sexual characteristics, and not their DNA and the chromosomes which make them biologically male or female; so the process only actually serves to produce individuals of indeterminate gender.

Theologically, the process is ethically problematical in that it questions the decision of God to create an individual as male or female.

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A Psychological Syndrome
A Medical Phenomenon
Biologically Confused Gender

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