Machine Man 1992 said:
Transgendered people have brain chemistry that makes them think they are the opposite gender of what they were born as.
Actually, transgendered people identify with neither side fully, hence the conversation in another thread about them referring to themselves as 'they' instead of he or she. Not important. You have questions, Jack has answers.
...Ehm, not really, no. I've met a couple of transgendered people who'd disagree with that, myself included.
I identify fully as a guy, I just know that I am also physically female, and that until I (hopefully) am able to have that fixed, I will allow people to think of me, and refer to me as a female. I know some disagree though (not that I've met any of those), it's a wide term, but still.
Machine Man 1992 said:
So I've tossing this moral/philosophical question around and I figured I'd share it with the Escapist for the purposes of engaging in a Socratic exercise:
Transgendered people have brain chemistry that makes them think they are the opposite gender of what they were born as. Now, lets say scientists come up with some revolutionary treatment that alters the brain chemistry to match the person's birth gender. Essentially they can "cure" trans people of being trans (i.e. They would identify as the gender they were born as), removing the gender confusion and likely sparing them a great deal of hardship.
Should this cure be administered to all people who are trans? Why or why not? Should they be given a choice to live as they are, or are we under moral obligation to correct this quirk? Trans people often live hard lives, not just because of hate crimes, but also the daily confusion and secondary mental disorders like depression. Is it right to forcefully (or even strongly encourage) administer the cure if it means letting them live healthy lives amongst the majority? But even if it was for their own good, is giving a cure like that right?
I want to hear your opinions on this matter.
I'd say no. On one hand, I (blah blah, trans, blah blah, I reply to way too many of these threads and I have no idea why, someone help me ;_
can certainly see the benefits, growing up not being aware of it, yet clearly feeling that just about everything was off has screwed me over in a couple of ways. However, I'd still like the choice, and, in the end, at this point it wouldn't matter too much either way. I'm one more evaluation away from being able to get hormones and so on (
if I can fool them into thinking I'm not insane
). However, if it had happened while I was a child, perhaps someone noticed even if I didn't, then... hm. Actually, still no.
Choices are good, that's why so many people want them in games.