Argument #1: He/she’s not a woman/man because penis = man, and vagina = woman.

One of the most archaic of mindsets when it comes to defining trans* folk… and usually one of the first things someone chooses to attack when trying to delegitimise their personal experience, this is what is believed by most people who think that being transgender is “wrong” or “against nature”.

My biggest defense in this discussion is just the fact of, what about a hermaphrodite? They have the body parts of both a man and a woman… and they still end up choosing a side to be on in the long run, because in most cases they just want to be seen as one gender or the other.

The most daft thing people like to reply to this is, that they “don’t count”. That they are a special case to be accepted to be the gender they chose. Oh okay, so let me get this straight… hermaphrodites are a small percentage of people with a birth defect and it’s ACCEPTABLE for them to say they are the gender they think they are, but transsexuals are a small percentage of people with a birth defect and it’s UNACCEPTABLE for them to say they are the gender they think they are. This particular reasoning here is all kinds of messed up, is it not?

Let me clear this up right now as well… being trans* is nothing more than a birth defect. It is NOT a choice, and I can promise you that not a single trans* individual want’s to be in their position, and just want to be seen as the gender that their brains are. They were born with the sexually dimorphic brains of the opposite gender than their bodies leading to something known as Gender Dysphoria (GD). It’s by it’s definition, a birth defect, plain and simple. Something that started in the womb due to the presence, or lack of, androgens in the brain’s development stage. The only real fix to this is to match their bodies to their brains with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). You can’t change their brains, it’s not possible without maybe expensive, and risky brain surgery… even then, it’s not possible to make a part of the brain bigger or smaller without serious repercussions. They have also tried to up the dosage of the hormones of the gender their bodies are to try to fix the problem… and that just leads to greater sense of dysphoria. This is proven. Just like how, if you were to start giving a cis male HRT with female hormones, that individual would not like it at all and you would probably create GD in that person because that’s mis-matching their bodies to their brains! Look at Alan Turning… he was sentenced to chemical castration using estrogen because he was gay, and being gay was illegal during his time. He killed himself, and this was most likely because he couldn’t deal with this dysphoria. This is why the suicide rate for trans* folk is something like 41% (I would say also because most trans* are rejected socially to the point of ending their lives, because we are social creatures and NEED acceptance in said society).

Now, let’s look at what happens with changing the body on HRT. In both cases, MtF and FtM, after about 3 years the body of the individual is now pretty much the gender related to the hormones they have been taking. Hormones do A LOT to the body to change it, with too many to list here, and if curious to read up on these changes, then you may find comprehensive lists here: For MtF, for FtM. Now, add surgery (if desired), and now you have a gendered body that matches the brain of the individual with GD.


The verdict? The PHYSICAL GENDER of the individual DOES NOT have anything to do with the MENTAL GENDER of said person. It is NOT okay to assume otherwise, and it is seriously disrespectful to try to tell someone who they are, when they are telling you otherwise. I KNOW who I am, you DON’T. I am not delusional, nor am I just seeking attention. I have a therapist and two doctors that prove my sanity, and I am just trying to get you to accept me for the gender that I mentally am. It’s personally unfair for you to say I am a man, when in fact I am a woman. I am putting my health at risk, and am putting myself through many painful procedures to change my body to match my brain… I deserve the civil respect from you to properly call me by my proper pronouns and name.

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2 Responses to Argument #1: He/she’s not a woman/man because penis = man, and vagina = woman.

  1. Well if feminists don’t understand your argument its probably just because they have a defective lady brain. No wonder we were banned from the sciences for so long! BRB my spouse cannot optimize his sandwiches with his man brain so I must do it for him.

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    • Talking about having a hard time understanding someone… if I was not mistaken you are trying to say that women’s brains are defective? Where do you get that from? You sound so condescendingly sexist with your comment.

      When I talk about differently sexed brains is because there is a sexual dimorphism of the brain… men and women have slightly different brains, and trans people have seen to have brains that are closer to their “Gender Identity”, than their physical sex.
      http://transcience-project.org/brain_sex.html

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