Gender Dysphoria

a term to replace the outdated diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder, along with the stigma GID imposes on transgender people as disordered. Gender Dysphoria does away with the implication that transgender people are mentally ill.

“Based on the standards to be set by the DSM-V, individuals will be diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria for displaying ‘a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender,'” (Beredjick).

“The newest edition of the psychiatric diagnostic manual will do away with labeling transgender people as ‘disordered’,” (Beredjick).

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transsexual

a person who has the desire to go through the process of transitioning to another gender via hormones and/or genital surgery.

The term was made popular in the 1950’s by Dr. Harry Benjamin. The word transsexual “refers to people who feel a strong desire to change their sexual morphology,” (Stryker, 18).

sex change

the medical process of surgically change someone’s genitals to those of the opposite sex.

The first accessible sex changes for Americans were brought about in the mid-1960’s during the “Big Science” period of transgender history in the United States. (Stryker, 94)

gender identity

a person’s sense of themself as a specific gender (e.g. man, woman, neither, or both).

Typically, people have a sense of agreement between their gender identity and the gender they were assigned at birth. It is possible for there to be a disagreement between one’s sex and gender identity, and if this is the case the person is considered to be transgender. “One’s gender identity could perhaps best be described as how one feels about being referred to by a particular pronoun,” (Stryker, 13).

gender

a socially constructed definition of men and women.

Gender is considered cultural, where sex is biological. The words ‘man’ and ‘woman’ are used to describe gender.  “The social organization of different kinds of bodies into different categories of people,” (Stryker, 11).