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Statistics on the percentage of men who are dealing with gender issues range from 1% to 10%. No one knows for sure, of course. How about women? Reading between the lines it appears that a much smaller number have similar issues. Why is this? I suspect it's because they don't carry the same amounts of shame and guilt that men do about expressing themselves and being themselves however they please. Society seems to give a wide latitude to girls and women. Maybe that's enough?

Statistics on the percentage of men who are dealing with gender issues range from 1% to 10%. No one knows for sure, of course. How about women? Reading between the lines it appears that a much smaller number have similar issues. Why is this? I suspect it's because they don't carry the same amounts of shame and guilt that men do about expressing themselves and being themselves however they please. Society seems to give a wide latitude to girls and women. Maybe that's enough?

  By -- Mar 16, 2022

I have worked with about 50 genetic females (vs 400 genetic males) who were dealing with gender issues over the last 21 years. In many ways the pressures they face by their families to remain female despite a strong desire to transition are similar to those of genetic males who are considering transition. The big difference, and your suspicions are correct, is that many gender dysphoric women can and usually do live primarily as men anyhow. That is, they avoid female dress styles and couple with straight female partners who in turn pretty much relate to them as if they were male. That goes a long way to ease their gender expression deprivation anxiety. The problem, as you have surmised, is that it is often not enough. Knowing that there is a way to permanently masculinize their bodies and function more fully in the male gender role is more then many can resist. That is when they search out for help.

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