Tuesday, September 4, 2012

One of The Girls, or a Third Gender?

Would American transsexual woman endorse a third gender designation? In Pakistan, transgender women have long been considered good luck for both newborns and newlyweds — and perform both at baby showers and weddings. Despite this, they continue to face discrimination in this otherwise conservative Muslim country. 

This year, hijras won a key legal battle to have a third gender option on national ID cards. About 50,000 Pakistanis are classified as hijras like Mehvish. The category includes self-reported transgender men and women, as well as transvestites, hermaphrodites and eunuchs.

Other Asian countries have also moved in this direction.  Would this be an advance or setback for American transsexuals?  

For those that say "I'm a woman just like any other" this would not seem to be an advance.  For those that don't so easily assimilate, it may be.  

What do you think?

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