Wonderbolt wrote:wumpus wrote:Just out of curiosity, has anyone really looked into sexual development in in utero?
Presuming you're talking about sexual development of the brain, then yes, I've looked into it a bit.
Good. But my point was more in terms of the title "Transexuality as an illness?" and the assumption that any "treatment" that relied on post-puberty "patients" was probably not going to work.
Wonderbolt wrote:wumpus wrote:My (likely out of date) understanding basically states that human brains (and the rest of the body for that matter) start out as female, but will turn male if hit with a burst of testosterone while a fetus (at presumably the right time). Additional changes happen at puberty when the male produces his own testosterone.
Have you looked up digit ratios (specifically, the ratio of 2nd and 4th digits)? Essentially, a smaller 2D:4D ratio is correlated to higher exposure to testosterone in utero. The second digit tends to be shorter for both males and females, but the difference in lengths is generally greater in males. A correlation has been found between digit ratio and male-to-female transsexualism.
My assumption was that simply establishing more or less normal hormone levels for the gender in question would likely avoid most common transexual situations. I suspect that no data is available now, and it would take roughly a generation to determine if that really is the case.
Wonderbolt wrote:wumpus wrote:I can only hope that nobody tries to pick the gender before birth and then simply re-assign later if "wrong". From what I can tell, the technology is here long before the world's various cultures can deal with it.
I'm not sure what you're trying to say here. Can you elaborate?
Actually my original idea was that widespread "treatment" of such situations would be treating a rare condition with a "treatment" that would have a profoundly effect if the original gender determination was incorrect. I then worried that there would be enough places that would do so much to avoid "sissy boys" without a care of the effect on girls. The other idea was the proverbial "frustrated jock father" who wants a quarterback kid or a skating/dance/gymnastics mother with similar desires (who will get a kid oriented more or less in that direction regardless on how it helps the kid everywhere else in life). Hopefully my "sources*" dumbed the whole thing down enough that it takes way more than a testosterone patch to have these effects.
* basically brain explanations that handled this type of thing more as an aside than anything else.