Overlapping bell curves – A couple standard deviations from “cis M” and “cis-F” distribution means, there is an overlapping region where gender presentation ceases to be “hetero-normative” and becomes “deviant.” Let's note here that Einstein is deviant as regards intellectual distribution, but he's arguably not “pathological.”
The hetero-fascist hegemony of the normative gender dyad asserts, “Gender deviation is pathological, perverse.” This same hegemony asserted homosexuality was pathological and perverse until 1974 when it was removed from iDSM. We seem to be making progress inasmuch as the DSM 5 moved “us” from a “Gender ID Disorder” to “Gender Dysphoria.” The rationale attached to this revision is that the medical hegemony and insurance companies need a diagnostic code in order to provide medical care. Medical care infers a pathology. We're still “sick.”
Michel Foucault asserts infinite paradigms of sexual/gender expression. We are not bound by some teleological dyad – maybe for reproduction, but not for ontological identity. And so I assert, “We are not sick, not perverse, not broken, not pathological, and we don't need to be fixed.”
The only “regret” I would have about transition (in a surgical/hormonal context) is that I would buy into a hetero-fascist paradigm of rigid gender-role stereotypes.
Sort of agree, but I don't know why you have so much against HRT, no one is forcing you to take it, in fact they make you jump through rather a lot of hoops to get it without self-medicating, but until you've tried it I don't think you should knock it, because it can really really help you mentally/emotionally even if you have no intention of presenting as a female.
I'm not automatically 'sick' in a pathological psychological sense no, but if I could really think and feel a hell of a lot better biochemically, then I'd feel rather stupid for refusing to do so out a sense of personal injustice or holding on to some kind of personal academic ideological framework that no one else really seems to care much about.
Or as someone once told me, 'Dude you just need to get laid, if you want a sex change, get a sex change..'.
Yeah, like it's that fucking easy, like it isn't something I've pondered for getting on 20 years before finally deciding on..
I feel really stupid now for not finding out more about it years ago, but I had always previously believed that Transsexuals only actively sought HRT to develop external secondary sexual characteristics, no one ever mentioned getting psychological/emotional relief and better bodily integration from the HRT alone.
But then, I spent 15 years sneakily visiting fictionmania etc, and not reading actual forums for transsexuals by transsexuals, so I really had a rather distorted view of the whole thing and lots of personal mental barriers to break down before I was brave enough to actually go and talk to my GP about it.
Eventually I realised that, well duh, I'm not that poor nor do I have so much responsibility that I have no options but to keep hiding, and the laws are now in place to protect us and let us change all our official documentation and even get married, and hopefully I'm smart enough that I can still manage to get a good-enough job as a trans woman, and if I ever want to feel consistently better and actually be able to go where I want and do what I want to do, than that is probably something that I actually need to do, and really the big problem is the public perception of people like me, more than it is with the existence of people like me, because we are often really smart and awesome people, who just happen to have been born with the wrong genitals and chromosomes for our personalities and desires.