Is a person born wanting to be a different sex, or does it just happen? Does someone wake up one day and say, “I think I want to change my sex”? Some people believe that it just happens, that one day a person just does not want to be the sex that they were born. Others say that a person is born with those feelings and that they just develop over time. Some say that they don’t act on those feelings during adolescence because of the stigma attached to being transgender, and the fact that kids are cruel. The fact that they don’t act on the feelings until later in their lives is the reason why some say that wanting to be a different sex just happens. Personally, I believe that a person is born knowing that they were born the wrong sex and that they keep these feelings hidden until they are comfortable enough to act on them.
A person knows what sex they were born. A person knows if they were born the right sex or not. I believe that a three-year-old boy knows that he was born a boy physically, but feels inside that he should have been born a girl. Will the little boy act on these feelings at his young age? He might by playing dress-up with other girls. Of course, his mother is going to think that he is going through a phase. She is not going to think that her son wants to be a girl. As the little boy gets older, he still knows that he wants to be a girl and he might not act on those feelings as much, since he doesn’t want to get made fun of. To his mother, this proves that it was “just a phase”. In his late teens, he might start to act like a girl and dress like a girl. His mother would think that this just came out of the blue, like he just decided one day to be a girl. However, that is not the case. He knew since he was three-years-old that he should have been born a girl.
When asked the question “Do you think that a person is born wanting to be a different sex and has had those feelings for a long time and never acted on them until they felt comfortable to do so? Or do you think that it just happens one day?” there are a vast array of answers. Upon interviewing two people, the answers were basically the same. While interviewing my mother, her answer was “I think nature determines what sex we will become. I think society also shapes us to be “normal” and true to the sex we are born. People probably have those feelings in-vitro, where something changed during their creation.” (Patricia interview). While interviewing my friend, Eleni, her answer was “They are born like this, children know their parts and they know their sex and they know that something is wrong. They had those feelings for a long time.” (Eleni interview). I completely agree with their statements. I agree because I truly believe that from birth, a person knows if they were born the correct sex or not.
Some people say that there is a biological reason why someone feels that they were born the wrong sex. “Some people are born with XY chromosomes, but are unable to respond to testosterone and therefore develop bodies with a vagina and breasts, rather than a penis and testes.” (“FAQ About Transgender People” 1 ). However, some people say that there is a medical reason why someone feels that they were born the wrong sex. “Some speculate that fluctuations or imbalances in hormones or the use of certain medications during pregnancy may cause intersex or transgender conditions.” (“FAQ About Transgender People” 1). Others say that there are psychological factors as to why someone feels that they were born the wrong sex. There really is no one reason that causes people to feel like they were born the wrong sex.
I honestly believe that a person is born knowing if they were born the right sex or not. An example of that would be the Lifetime movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, directed by Agnieszka Holland in 2006. It is a heart wrenching true story about a boy who believes that he was born the wrong sex. He was born Edward Araujo Jr, but he liked to be...
Cited: A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story. Dir. Agnieszka Holland. Perf. Mercedes Ruehl and JD Pardo. Lifetime Movie Network, 2006.
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Patricia A., and Eleni. Personal interview. 29 Nov. 2012.
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