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Lecture 4

FMST 210 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Gender Role, Genderqueer, Gender Variance

Family Studies
Course Code
FMST 210
Maria Weatherby

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Appropriate Therapeutic Care for Families with Pre-pubescent Transgender/Gender-Dissonant Children
(Research Study #4)
Vanderburgh, 2009
To be discussed November 1st
1. Why does Vanderburth (the author) conceptualize the transgender transition process in pre-pubescent children
as a social transition rather than a physical one? Be sure to clarify the difference between a social and physical
transition in your explanation.
- . Physical transition is not necessary for a pre-pubescent child, whose
hormones have not yet modified their bodies in the direction of adult male
or female.
- strictly social process, a change of gender role and possibly gender
- For adults: includes medical interventions such as hormones and/or surgery.
2. Does the term female affirmed replace the term (a) male-to-female or the term (b) female-to-male?
3. Why does the author prefer to use the terms female-affirmed and male-affirmed?
Using such terminology in referring to trans children allows recognition of the fact
that these children have never identified as the gender assigned them at birth and
are therefore not moving from one gender to another, but into an affirmation of the
gender they have always known themselves to be.
In their mind they never identified as their biological sex
4. Define gender dissonance? And provide an example.
An experience of some degree of difference between body and identity, in the
realm of gender
A female-affirmed child may identify as a girl and still enjoy athletics, for
A difference between body, biological sex, and mind, gender identity
Josie was experiencing gender dissonance, I’m a girl and I have a penis
5. Why does an experience of gender dissonance not necessarily translate to what is referred to as gender-
variance? Be sure to clarify the difference between these two terms in your explanation.
Gender variance: Gender-variance is a cultural construct; the norm from which the
behavior is varying isn’t a constant from culture to culture, or from one time
period to another within the same culture
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