Sex therapist Dr. Carol Clark explains what transsexuality means.
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Transsexuality Explained On behalf of tvlesson.com, I'm Dr. Carol Clark, a sex therapist with drcarolclark.com. Let’s talk a little bit about what is transsexuality. Transsexuality is that the far end of the transgender spectrum. Transsexuality is when the brain sex does not match the body sex. Before we’re even born, our bodies begin to develop into either male or female. And those are called the primary sex characteristics. Someone who is a boy has a penis. Someone who is a girl has a vagina. As we reach puberty, we develop our secondary sex characteristics. Girls develop breasts. Boys develop deep voices and big shoulders. And when our brain sex does not develop in the same way as our body sex then that’s called transsexuality. A transsexual is someone who believes in their head that they are the other sex from what their body is showing. You can imagine how painful this is for someone. This is something we generally take for granted unless we have problems with it ourselves. A transsexual is presenting to the world as one sex when in their head, they are another sex. Think about all the times in your life when you are out in public, when your meeting someone and your responding to them and they are responding to you based on how you look, the sex that project. And think how confusing and painful that could be when in your head you're the other sex. A transsexual is faced with some very difficult choices. First, they need to tell their parents, their loved ones that their brain doesn’t match their body that this person that they have been presenting as is not really who they are. And next thing, they have to make decisions about changing their body because we found that it’s not really possible to change the brain. All we can do is change the body. And that’s a little bit about transsexuality. On behalf of tvlesson.com, this has been Dr. Carol Clark. Thank you for watching.