Great thread with informative and civil discussion for the most part. Have been lurking for some time and wanted to get some clarification on something I have been wondering about if anyone can answer:
Based on the discussion that has been going on so far, it seems like most of us feel that gender, sex, and sexual preference are all fluid but separate things. My understanding of gender is that it is the state of possessing traits typically attributed (seemingly arbitrarily) to one sex or the other and that it is basically a cultural and social construct. Given these assumptions, for those of us who feel that they may have the mind of someone of the other gender, how does this in some cases lead to wanting to alter one's sex? Is there a direct connection between feminine and masculine character traits and female and male anatomy?
I am genuinely curious and would like to hear about your experiences with this. I have been considered non gender conforming for most of my life but have never really felt any desire to change my body based on what our culture sees as man or woman. Obviously I can understand wanting to have a different body if one prefers the physical features of the other sex or simply wants to be seen as a certain sex by others but I guess the connection to a masculine or feminine personality isn't exactly clear to me. If gender is a spectrum, shouldn't any combination of behaviors and traits be acceptable for female or male?
Sorry if this seems like an ignorant question. I recognize that the gender binary is deeply entrenched and can't just be ignored but I am curious about the emotional aspect of this.