Is Gender Reassignment Really What's Best for Transgendered People?

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Undergoing gender-affirming surgery constitutes the most effective and ethical method for transgendered individuals to achieve self-acceptance and lasting happiness.

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  • Gender reassignment is the most effective treatment for gender dysphoria.

  • It is an individual's right to pursue happiness. If that is only achieved through gender reassignment, then this is a valid and ethical form of treatment, as long as nobody is harmed in the process.

  • Each person has the right to determine what is best for their body.

  • There are studies that show that transgender individuals have a brain structure more similar to cisgender people of the opposite biological sex, regardless of sexual orientation. [Zhou, 1995] [Kruijver, 2000] [Swaab, 2004]. Gender identity and behaviour is biologically linked to the brain's structure and can differ from the individual's genetic or phenotypic sex.

  • Gender reassignment allows Transgendered individuals to actualize their true identity.

  • Sex reassignment surgery allows an individual to be perceived as their desired gender by the outside world.

  • Society has a moral imperative to support Transgendered individuals in their choice to transition.

  • A person's sex can never be truly changed.

  • A transgender person has no grounds for claiming they are a member of the opposite sex. Not having lived as their desired sex, they cannot truly know what that is like, and thus put themselves at risk for romanticizing their desired sexual identity in a way that doesn't line up with reality.

  • Gender dysphoria is caused by societal norms surrounding gender. Instead of transgender individuals feeling as though they have to transition to the opposite sex in order to authentically 'live' that gender, we should promote diversity in gender expression, emotional expression, and diversity of thinking regardless of assigned sex.

  • Reassigning someone's gender through surgery comes with many physical risks.

  • If gender and sex are separated, then it seems illogical to undergo surgery; to do so would surely be contradicting the fact that there is a distinction between sex and gender.

  • Gender dysphoria is a psychological delusion. It is unwise to allow transgender individuals to act upon their desire to change genders. We should instead try to correct this impulse.