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Notes Gender Roles And Identities Gender Identity “Disorder” (GID) Gender Identity “Disorder” (GID) Gender dysphoria – when gender identity does not match anatomical sex; the person feels trapped inside the wrong body. Awareness often occurs in childhood, with boys outnumbering girls 7:1 prior to adolescence. Adults with this condition are referred to as transsexuals or transgendered persons. Male-to-female transsexuals outnumber female-to-male transsexuals 2:1. Most are heterosexual in relationship to their gender identity. Transsexuals Differs from transvestism (cross-dressing for sexual arousal); GID is a gender identity issue. Causes are not well understood but male-to-female transsexuals have a hypothalamus more similar to a female’s than to a male’s. Parent-child interactions may also play a role. Sex reassignment surgery follows a long period of psychotherapy and living as the other sex. Psychotherapy alone does not “cure” GID

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