Facts are good. Here are a few:
First, no-one is saying that a 12 year old should have sex-change surgery until age 18. Not the girl herself, nor her parents.
Secondly, transsexuality is not a matter of “feelings” but of anatomy. Neuro-anatomy, rather than genital anatomy.
I’ll quote Professor of Urology, a biological not psychiatric science, Dr Sidney Ecker on this:
Yes, we gave our presentation to 60 plus psychiatrists from the US, AU, FR, IT, EU, UK, Holland etc.
We spoke for 2 1/2 hours on why cross gender identity was a normal inherited variation of humans. We showed how Transgender Brains think, smell, and hear like the opposite sex. We presented internationally accepted guidelines for hormonal treatment of transsexuals to be published Summer 2009.
Here are my slides and with my participants’ permission I shall send you theirs. We are now in print in the APA Syllabus and soon in the APA Journal this summer. I am checking if we were recorded.
My greatest personal compliment came from Frank Kruijver, from Holland, whose research of the human brain in TSs started it all. He thought we have taken his work very far in our understanding of the human brain.
Hope you can do something with this.
Sid Ecker, M.D.
Note that this girl has the emotional response of any other girl her age, the same feelings, the same modes of thinking, the same sense of smell and of hearing, the same language ability, all things which are as sexually-differentiated as the genitalia. (More so for some people - the Intersexed).
Some of the hundreds of medical papers on the subject - for while it would be unethical to deliberately induce transsexuality in a human foetus, it has been done regularly in animal experiments.
1.DF Swaab, WC Chung, FP Kruijver, MA Hofman, TA Ishunina
Structural and functional sex differences in the human hypothalamus
Horm Behav. Sep, 2001; 40(2): 93-8. Review
- DF Swaab
Sexual differentiation of the human brain: relevance for gender identity, transsexualism and sexual orientation
Gynecol Endocrinol. Dec, 2004; 19(6): 301-12. Review.
3.IE Sommer, PT Cohen-Kettenis, T van Raalten, AJ Vd Veer, LE Ramsey, LJ Gooren, RS Kahn, NF Ramsey
Effects of cross-sex hormones on cerebral activation during language and mental rotation: An fMRI study in transsexuals
Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. Mar 2008; 18(3): 215-21.
4.H Berglund, P Lindstrom, C Dhejne-Helmy, I Savic
Male to female transsexuals show sex-atypical hypothalamus activation when smelling odorous steroids
Cereb Cortex. Aug 2008; 18(8): 1900-8.
This girl was born with parts of her body female, and parts male. Externally, she was apparently normally male. But it soon became clear, in early childhood, that this was not so. Boys and Girls are different, no matter what surgery they may or may not have to change the external appearance. The Church recognises this, when it states that surgery cannot change gender. It can’t.
The trouble is, this child is a girl, no matter what she looks like externally. Brain scans can show that, as can more simple tests.
It’s too early to say whether she’ll be straight, or lesbian, as many transsexual women are. Transsexuality has nothing to do with Homosexuality per se, any more than being left-handed does.
The problem is that having the wrong shaped body, being expected to be homosexual (lesbian) in order to appear “normal” feels terribly perverse and un-natural. It causes immense misery - and in cases where the syndrome is apparent at such an early age, 50% self harm by age 20 if they don’t get treatment for it.
We can’t alter the brain. The differences are at the cellular level, and we’d have to develop nanotechnology to make changes from inside of millions of individual cells to do that. But we can alter the body, imperfectly, to reflect reality. We get a 98% improvement rate from that. That’s why the Church allows such surgery in extreme cases, as stated in a document circulated sub secretum to bishops, but unknown to the laity like yourself. Not all bishops and archbishops have read it, by all accounts, for that matter.
Moreover, the hormonal regime relieves much of the misery, which is caused by a female neurology exposed to a male endocrinology. The usual anti-psychotics and anti-depressants won’t touch this, the cause is different. They may take the edge off though, as some of the misery is caused by the social and religious persecution.
Female to male transsexuality happens too, and may even be as common. But for cultural reasons, it’s not seen as nearly so upsetting in a patriarchal society. Hence it hardly ever gets mentioned, unless a celebrity suffers from it.