It is a disorder, an Identity disorder. The brain is not damaged, it's the mind. Fixing the brain, is not the same as fixing the mind.
For instance: Phantom Limb.
People who have amputated limbs feel their removed limbs. They some times feel it via pain, and sometimes itchiness. But the general feeling is that their limb(s) is still there.
One fairly successful way to eliminate this "itchy" feeling is to gain a prosthetic limb. The itchiness goes away, along with the residual pain. This was how the mind was "fixed." No operation needed on the brain.
Now, do you understand the disconnect in your conclusion?
Furthermore there are few large long term studies out there. Then there's the John Hopkins stuff, which suggests that while most transsexuals don't express regret for their sexual reassignment surgery they are hardly cured. The same psychological conditions exist post op that were present pre op. Since men can't' be made women and vice versa the dysphoria remains. John Hopkins shut down their gender reassignment clinic for fear that they were cooperating with mental illness rather than curing it after following up on post surgical transsexuals.
Not really...a strap-on would not solve the delusion of a person suffering GID.Now, do you understand the disconnect in your conclusion?
Allowing a person to destroy healthy tissue due a mental illness is not compassionate. If the transsexual person has the same psychological problems post op that he or she had pre-op then there's no benefit.
The fact that transsexuals report their surgery was beneficial doesn't mean anything.
Anorexic women are happy to starve themselves to death and may report feelings of happiness while engaging in their unhealthy eating disorder.
awwww...man...I just went back and actually read the last few pages of posts...I wish I hadn't. TMI, joey--even if Ten's egging you on. Sheesh.
Brain does not equal mind. Therefore operating on an organ, that is not the brain, could still be achieving the goal of "fixing the mind."
Actually in some cases it would. Remember when said that surgery wasn't always the solution? Some transsexuals engage in cross-dressing (this would include strap-ons), and some take hormonal therapy without the surgery.Not really...a strap-on would not solve the delusion of a person suffering GID.
Again, surgery would be an appropriate resolution to the problem, as would the alternatives that do not require surgery. Given that substantial counseling and professional advising were given prior to the treatment.