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[–] BogHag 18 points (+18|-0)

You can push yourself further into dysphoria. You can feed it. It's a lot like disordered eating in that way

[–] v_o_la 8 points (+8|-0)

I think gender dysphoria is exactly like anorexia nervosa in that there exists, at any point in time, a very small population of people who are strongly predisposed to experience it without the influence of social contagion. Their suffering may be eased or exacerbated by their environments, given different explanations by the culture (e.g. anorexia mirabilis), treated or not treated depending on the opinion of the medical establishment, but the root anguish is specific and deep and flows predominantly from the self.

That said, there's a far greater number of people who are indistinctly uncomfortable but not completely sure why, and many of those will look to their peers to find the "right" outlet for their pain. Hence the rise and fall of cutting/eating disorders/transition among teenage girls.

In practice, of course, it's impossible to separate the first population from the second, since you can't drop people into different hypothetical realities. And those who belong to the second population can hurt as deeply as those of the first, even if they hypothetically wouldn't have starved themselves in an environment where that wasn't the thing to do.

[–] Jinera 1 points (+1|-0)

Thank you this was a very insightful post for me on to better understand social contagion.

[–] yikesforever 13 points (+14|-1)

Gender dysphoria does seem to be contagious though. Spend time with other gender-specials, and think a lot about yourself... you're on the road to gender dysphoria.

[–] Roseelesbian [OP] 12 points (+12|-0)

I think that's more about social contagion & Peer Pressure. Being around gender specials makes you think more about how you align with gender stereotypes and roles and therefore you start to question your gender, but that's different than gender dysphoria.

[–] femmefem 2 points (+2|-0)

I think its the ever-changing goal post. It's no longer "do you genuinely feel like you were castrated at birth" vs "do you feel uncomfortable being hyper sexualized in a patriarchal society"

[–] Zola 3 points (+3|-0)

they pretend this statement is transphobic but switch to their male selves when it helps them avoid sexism