ErikTaurean saidI watched a great show on National Geographic last night on the show Taboo about transgenderism. It was very eye opening and enlightening, particularly who non western cultures have been embrasing it far longer than western cultures.
Saw those episodes too. One thing that worries me though is the rise of cheap sex change clinics in countries like Thailand. The worrying thing is that they don't require their patients to undergo extensive psychological testing, which results in a higher number of 'regrets'. And those people give true transgenders
a very bad name hence some of the reservations we see now.
It's a very touchy subject, even more so because RealJock DOES have an FTM population, even if most of you seem to be unaware of that. It's always depressing to see gay men with transphobia, so please keep in mind that you are talking about PEOPLE, not merely a psychological phenomenon.
And while I disagree with SeaSon's verdict of counseling being more effective as a 'solution', I do see that point that it's probably a result of the strict gender-division in almost all the current societies. But that's not going away any time soon. Not until we actually have the technology to make gender irrelevant.
We are affected by our genders and sexual orientation deeply, whether you realize it or not. It can never be something you can just dismiss as illusions in our current stage of civilization.
And anyway, if it makes them happy and it's not hurting anyone, who the hell are we to stop them?
And yes, like LapinBlanc suggested there are several very good transgendered-themed movies out there - start with TransAmerica.