McGrane Motivational Differences thesis

2 April, 2012 (16:53) |

McGrane Motivational Differences thesis

This study compared two groups of transgendered genetic males on a number of variables within two factors which the author labelled Arousal and Identity. According to a negative or positive response to the statement “I have taken female hormones for three months or longer” the transgendered subjects were allocated into a Transvestite or a Transsexual group respectively. The study also compared these two groups with a group of genetic women on scales that measured femininity, satisfaction with life and erotic arousal at the use of particular feminine garments and cosmetics. As predicted transsexuals were found to have a higher mean score than transvestites on the scales measuring the variables in the Identity factor and a lower mean score on the scales measuring variables in the Arousal factor. Of the two groups transsexuals were found to be more similar to genetic women. It is suggested that cross-gender behaviour is a more reliable way than self report to clinically distinguish transvestites from transsexuals. Gender identity was found to be more important than sexual arousal in the aetiology of Gender Identity Disorder and it is suggested assistance in aligning gender identity with gender role should be the focus of therapy.

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Comment from Nizar
Date: May 26, 2012, 1:08 pm

The problem here is that there is such a birth coidntion as transsexualism, and tests are starting to show who has it and who doesn’t. It’s not merely a lifestyle choice, and those who suffer from it generally do not like to be compared to people who mimic the lifestyle . Due to the vast amount of transgender misrepresentation of the topic over the last 20 years or so, many people believe all you have to do to be transsexual is dress up, take some hormones, or have surgery. The fact is that you are either born transsexual or you aren’t. It’s like any other birth defect, and those who would take offense at that characterization don’t really get to have an opinion about the medical coidntion. They don’t have it, and what they think about the subject is an outsider’s opinion.This isn’t a gay issue. This isn’t about sexuality. The full time transvestites and drag queens you see in the media are not a type of transsexual. That’s really all there is to it.

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