ThisMadScientist wrote:I took this Human Sexuality class at school last year and basically there was a research/statistic that showed that of people who change their sex permanently, only about 1/3 of them actually become happy about it, and a lot of them in the long run commit suicide. It was pretty sad reading about it.
Changing their gender isn't going to change how society reacts to them. Even for the most liberal, we do have preconceived ideas of biological gender. It's like the world of competitive individual sports. Does anyone really think a female-from-male contestant doesn't necessarily have a competitive advantage of the biological differences in muscle performance between men and women? Men are naturally faster while women may have better endurance (on a general level).
Granted Serena Williams can beat a lot of men in tennis but that would be amateurs and not the likes of Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, etc. Sure there was that legendary match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King but their drastic age difference was an equalizer.
The point I'm stressing is that despite the outwardly appearances many of us still consider these transgender as their biological gender. And scientifically, it would be true. Outwardly, there are cross-dressers who look more feminine than Jolie.
Going into relationships, transgenders may have a harder time since an average heterosexual wouldn't want to date an outwardly female but who was originally a man. And a homosexual may have the same attitude but likely to a much lesser extent (as there still is a stigma within male heterosexuals having sexual relationships with another man).
That dynamic may not be a factor at all (I'm not sociologist here). I'm also thinking all the inner turmoil growing up with those gender conflicts can't be purged either. Trauma has a way of lingering well after the source of the problem is gone.
As an aside, there is a recent finding that women with cats have a higher tendency for suicide because of the parasite in cat feces that can infect the cat owner. The parasite can migrate into the brain where it affect the owner's emotional state.
I wonder if this is a chicken-or-the-egg question of which precedes which. Are depressed women more likely to own cats? Or does the cat ownership (via the parasite invasion) affect the mental health of the owner?