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Is Your 5-Year-Old Transgender?

kgsnccc Wrote: May 22, 2012 5:54 PM
Before the psychiatrists cart this little one off to get "medical treatments" we should ask if the parents or someone else close to this girl has given her the idea that boys are superior or that they would have preferred a son. I know what it's like to be a girl in that situation and the damage it does from a very early age. Before my birth my father told my mother not to bring any girl babies home -- it was supposedly half joking, but it wasn't funny, and we had to live with the truth behind it. At one point he made me wear boys' shoes, boy's clothes, and even suggested boys' underwear (because they were made to last and were more comfortable he said) and praised me only when I DIDN'T throw like a girl. There may be more to this story.
K'ssandra Wrote: May 22, 2012 6:28 PM
Absolutely! And a good therpist would look for that kind of information in the process of treating the child. But I don't personally believe that what you describe has anything to do with true transgenderism. I totally rejected stereotypical female behavior and interests for many years during childhood and adolescence. During that time I often thought that my life would be easier if I had been born male (little did I know) but I never, not even once, thought of myself as anything but female.

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