October 1st, 2004

[paddies] kinney default

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First time poster, long time lurker looking for opinions on the following:

I'm writing a paper for Health class on the mental disorder of my choice. In reading through some lists available online, I noticed that Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is listed under common mental conditions. That sparked my interest, since gender is a topic I'm already quite familiar with. However, I had two questions:

1) Is gender identity disorder/gender dysphoria recognized by the queer community (or more specifically, portions of the trans community) as being a valid explanation for gender issues? I've rarely heard the topic addressed in the context of mental illness, and don't know if a consensus exists.

2) Even if it is largely agreed upon that gender issues stem from mental illness, do I really want to present it that way? I attend a racially homogenous, hetero-normative parochial school for girls, and to say that they would have no grasp of concepts relating to queer and gender studies is an understatement. I'm not sure I want my explanation of pre-op FTMs in the same boat as an analysis of borderline schizophrenia.

Thanks.