- Gender identity disorder
Gender is not identical to sex. The categorization of a person according
to sex is relatively simple: someone is either male or female. Gender
depends on whether someone is judged by himself or by others to be masculine
or feminine. When gender and sex are not the same, this is called a
gender identity disorder. People with this disorder often already know
at a very young age that they 'have the wrong body'. Some girls want
to be a boy and some boys want to be a girl. This last group is more
common than the first group. Fortunately, this problem can nowadays
be solved by a sex-change-operation in combination with taking hormones.
Because there is a lot of resistance against this 'transformation' in
some countries, the operation can not be done everywhere.
Remember a transvestite
is not the same as transsexual. A transsexual likes to dress as a member
of the opposite sex occasionally. A transsexual feels like someone of
the other sex and wants to behave like someone of the other sexes permanently.
Homosexuality is not directly related to trans sexuality. Transsexuals
are often born 'straight'.
Young children like to discover things and are open to a lot of things.
Girls sometimes play with typical 'male toys' such as cars or robots,
whereas boys sometimes play with dolls. Parents are sometimes shocked
by this behavior, although it is perfectly normal. Usually this behavior
is over when people reach puberty.
When boys or girls have strong feelings of belonging to the other sex
in puberty, there might exist a gender identity disorder. When parents
react properly and with acceptance, a lot can be done to solve the problem.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case.