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Sabrina Conte's Final Presentation on Differences Between Transgender and Transsexual

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Transcript of Sabrina Conte's Final Presentation on Differences Between Transgender and Transsexual

Transgender Transsexual What are some differences between transgender and transsexual? Sex Gender Biological gender assignment at birth Gender is the social construction of
masculinity and femininity "gender as the content with sex as the container"(Delphy 1993, 3) being taken for a man or a woman sense of self as a man or woman being feminine and/or masculine Key Terms Gender Identity Disorder defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as being "characterized by strong and persistent cross-gender identification accompanied by persistent discomfort with one's assigned sex" (Kirks & Belovics, 2008, p. 30). Cross-dressers Drag Kings and Drag Queens Intersex Individuals who pursue hormonal and/or medical approaches to alter their appearance...in order to ensure that their biological characteristics or appearance corresponds to their mental social identity (Belovics et al. 2008, 31) in black and white With shades of grey "a person [born] with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male." (http://www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex) According to www.isna.org, it is common for doctors to attempt to correct an intersex child's body - through surgery or hormone treatment - to match the gender assignment decided upon for that child. According to Kirks & Belovics (2008, p. 32) accepted medical treatments include:
hormone treatment
psychotherapy/counseling
sexual reassignment surgery an umbrella term for individuals whose gender identity and/or expression is different from the sex assigned to them Individuals who wear clothing and/or makeup considered by the culture to be appropriate for another gender but not one’s own (Beemyn, n.d.). [Crossdressers] who present in public... ...often for entertainment purposes.
(Beemyn, n.d.) Gender Status Gender Identity Gender Display when the "content"
doesn't fit the "container"
or vice-versa FTM (Female-To-Male): an individual who was born a biological female and transitions male MTF (Male-To-Female):
Individuals assigned male at birth who now identify as female In "Beards, Breasts, and Bodies: Doing Sex in a Gendered World" Dozier interviews a sample of FTMs. He found two motivating factors influencing their decisions to make changes to their physical appearance. According to Dozier, noted changes after being socially recognized as a man included "being treated with more respect, being allowed more conversational space, being included in men's banter, and experiencing an increase in women's fear of them" (2005, p. 307). 1. to become more comfortable with their bodies and for congruence between identity and appearance. 2. to change social interaction so that it better validates their gender identity. Trans people all experience an imbalance within their gender identity, gender status, and/or sex.

Transgendered people make changes to their appearance and in their behavior to align their gender display and gender status with their gender identity.

Transsexuals do as much along with the use of medical procedures to align their physical bodies with their internal genders. Let's review... it includes... Gender & Sex
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