Are transgendered people merely fetishists, or are they really born in the wrong body?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes. Opposed to true-transsexual persons (who are wrongly lumped with TGs), TG persons tend to be mostly fetishists and recreational cross-dressers. Sexual motives among this group are common. Transsexuals are the ones born in the wrong body. From my 16 years of experience or so in dealing with TSs and TGs, only a portion of those who go on to get surgery actually are TSs. There is an adage saying that if you are not a TS before surgery, you will be one after.
In any therapeutic situation, there are 2 groups of people. There are those who do whatever for therapeutic reasons to relieve pain/suffering, and those who do it for pleasure or addiction. It is best explaining in terms of the pairs of conflicting desires we all have. For instance, we all have the need for intimacy and the need for privacy/respect. They are opposites, but we need both, and people tend to gravitate to one or the other. In this case, the opposing pair of relevance here is the need to be free of pain vs. the need to seek pleasure. For the TS, the need is to be free of the pain of being TS and correct that to live as any other "normal," mainstream, mostly non-LGBT woman. For the TG, it seems to be more as a means to seek pleasure and the emphasis is more on sex or clothes than on correcting the conflict and becoming whole. A TS woman transitions to fully female because her very survial depends on it, while a TG partially transitions because he wants to. Likewise, there are people who take pain pills for pain, and there are people who take them to get high.
What confuses a lot of people are the fact that TSs and TGs were lumped together for years, and the terms were misused nearly as far back as they were coined. Then researchers like Bailey came along and came up with terms that had nothing to do with true-TSs. A true-TS can neither be autogynephylic nor androphylic since their motives don't revolve around sexuality nor running from it. The terms don't really fit TSs but would fit TGs better. A person lives as a woman when they are not to either run from or justify their attraction for other men, or to run from or justify their heterosexual-oriented fetishism. The message behind their partial transition is "I get to do this because I'm a 'woman'." Similar is true with TG chasers who don't want postop TSs nor other women. They are often gay or fetishists too, and they justify that to themselves by dating TGs and not ordinary gay folks nor those into fetishes.
There is no such thing as "gender reassignment," just genital correction. Gender refers to the invisible qualities of a person and who they are, not their genitals. The correct term is sex-reassignment since the physical sex is corrected, not their essence.
Trans-people is short for transgender people, and most TGs are not born in the wrong body nor suffer a medical condition.
Bill's answer wrongly describes transsexualism using the term transgenderism. Transsexualism is the medical condition and having genitals which don't match who you are. TGs don't have a birth defect, since nature intended them to be men or something in the middle, and not women. They simply have the desire to dress or live as women, even though it runs counter to their inborn masculine brain-wiring and being.
Chucky Bee's link is anti-TS, pro-gay propaganda. ALL true-TSs want surgery because they are women inside, while all TGs are MEN who rarely get surgery (or never get it for the right reasons). TS is a type of mainstream, gender conformist person, while TG is a type of queer and gender variant person.
- Bill CLv 79 years ago
No, they are not fetishists! Being transgendered is described as a disorder where the physical sex does not match the psychological sex. A person's psychological gender, that is, the gender they see themselves as, is in the brain. In most people, that gender matches the genitalia. But in a minority, it does not. Medical science has no way to change the gender identity in the brain. So the only solution they can offer is to alter the physical sex to match the gender identity.
By the way, there is a fair amount of literature available online to explain this in detail. There, you can read what the experts say, rather than getting people's opinions.
- JessicaLv 79 years ago
There's more than enough evidence to back up the statement that trans people really do suffer from a medical condition. "Born in the wrong body" is an extreme simplification of the problem, but it's a real physical problem with a real physical solution.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Imagine at this moment your body is suddenly transformed into a woman's body but nothing else changes. You would still feel like a man right? That's how trans people feel.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
Yes they are born into the wrong body but that doesn't mean they are a mistake, I think the mistake is when we fail to recognize the beauty and mystery of God's infinite creativity.
Its not for you or anyone else to understand, its for them only, & if you dont get it, your not suppose to because your not in there shoes.
I'm not transgender in the slightest, but based on my freinds who are they actually feel that they ARE the other gender, it's definitly not just a fetish
Two words; gender reassignment.
Do you know of any perverts who are as willing to submit themselves to body-changing, possibly even life-changing procedures?
Obviously, it's a much more serious issue to them than a mere fetish or fad.
- Anonymous9 years ago
The short version.