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Because they want to give you a fighting chance. If the DNC hadn't have run an obvious con-artist, liar and thief as their candidate, Cuccinelli's vote might not have decreased much, but the DNC vote would be far larger. This was a vote against Fanatic SoCons. Even thieves are seen as preferable.
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ZoeB2 Wrote: Aug 21, 2013 1:30 AM
Regardless of what you think should or should not be... the evidence says 2 things. 1. Reparative therapy is snake oil. No more effective, no less. 2. In many "therapies" it's *Poisonous* snake oil - it kills some kids.
So exactly how is an anatomical issue a "mental illness"? It used to be thought of as one. We know better now, have done for nearly 20 years. Prenatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol(DES) in males and gender-related disorders:results from a 5-year study Scott Kerlin. Proc. International Behavioral Development Symposium July 2005 That study showed a 500-fold increase in rate of transsexuality when the developing foetus was exposed to cross-sexed hormones. It's obvious that most commenters here are clueless. Not surprising, this is fairly specialised stuff. What *is* surprising is that so many are making claims about "scientific reality" when they haven't bothered studying biology past the basics.
So - how would you deal with a child who's Intersex? One of those with "ambiguous genitalia"? There's a couple in every school - they just try not to publicise it because of attitudes that are, well, like yours. Based on the idea that this is some Left vs Right issue.
Er... maybe you should read up on it first, study the issue. White matter microstructure in female to male transsexuals before cross-sex hormonal treatment. A diffusion tensor imaging study. - Rametti et al, J Psychiatr Res. 2010 Jun 8. CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that the white matter microstructure pattern in untreated FtM transsexuals is closer to the pattern of subjects who share their gender identity (males) than those who share their biological sex (females). Our results provide evidence for an inherent difference in the brain structure of FtM transsexuals. A lot of this stuff isn't subtle - there are effects on sense of hearing and smell, for example, that you don't need MRI or PET scans to detect. Male-to-female transsexuals show sex-atypical hypothalamus activation when smelling odorous steroids. by Berglund et al Cerebral Cortex 2008 18(8):1900-1908; ...the data implicate that transsexuality may be associated with sex-atypical physiological responses in specific hypothalamic circuits, possibly as a consequence of a variant neuronal differentiation. Before accusing others of "denying the reality of human biology", perhaps it would be a good idea to study a bit beyond the 101 course. There's literally thousands of papers on this subject. Please go look at *some* at least. A good start would be: The treatment of adolescent transsexuals: changing insights. Cohen-Ketternis et al, J Sex Med. 2008 Aug;5(8):1892-7. Professionals who take responsibility for these youth and are willing to help should yet be fully aware of the impact of their interventions. In this article, the pros and cons of the various approaches to youngsters with GID are presented, hopefully inciting a sound scientific discussion of the issue.
BS in biology? Good, then you'll understand this. Male–to–female transsexuals have female neuron numbers in a limbic nucleus. Kruiver et al J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2000) 85:2034–2041 The present findings of somatostatin neuronal sex differences in the BSTc and its sex reversal in the transsexual brain clearly support the paradigm that in transsexuals sexual differentiation of the brain and genitals may go into opposite directions and point to a neurobiological basis of gender identity disorder. And this A sex difference in the human brain and its relation to transsexuality. by Zhou et al Nature (1995) 378:68–70. Our study is the first to show a female brain structure in genetically male transsexuals and supports the hypothesis that gender identity develops as a result of an interaction between the developing brain and sex hormones And this Sexual Hormones and the Brain: An Essential Alliance for Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation Garcia-Falgueras A, Swaab DF Endocr Dev. 2010;17:22-35 The fetal brain develops during the intrauterine period in the male direction through a direct action of testosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hormone surge. In this way, our gender identity (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and sexual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. However, since sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place in the first two months of pregnancy and sexual differentiation of the brain starts in the second half of pregnancy, these two processes can be influenced independently, which may result in extreme cases in trans-sexuality. This also means that in the event of ambiguous sex at birth, the degree of masculinization of the genitals may not reflect the degree of masculinization of the brain. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender identity or sexual orientation. You'll also know that "very rare" means 1 in 60. One in 300 males aren't 46,XY for example.
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A Sobering Lesson For Fathers

ZoeB2 Wrote: Jun 16, 2013 1:54 AM
Thanks for the reminder, Dr B.
Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success (Gelder & Marks, 1969; Greenson, 1964), particularly in the long term (Cohen-Kettenis & Kuiper, 1984; Pauly, 1965). Such treatment is no longer considered ethical.
"we know that the surgeon cannot give one the "Y" or "X" chromosome," Counterexamples : Bone marrow-derived cells from male donors can compose endometrial glands in female transplant recipients by Ikoma et al in Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Dec;201(6):608.e1-8 & Transplanted human bone marrow cells generate new brain cells by Crain BJ, Tran SD, Mezey E. in J Neurol Sci. 2005 Jun 15;233(1-2):121-3 : These show that a bone-marrow transplant recipient's entire bodies gradually become genetically identical to that of the donor due to cell turnover. Even the brain. Even the reproductive glands. XX can become XY or vice-versa. So what? Chromosomes don't determine sex.
"Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success (Gelder & Marks, 1969; Greenson, 1964), particularly in the long term (Cohen-Kettenis & Kuiper, 1984; Pauly, 1965). Such treatment is no longer considered ethical. " They don't believe in this science stuff, any more than they believe that men with 47,XXY chromosomes can exist. It's against their religion.
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