Anonymous sent: what do you think about transgender people? people that identify as a different gender but don't have dysphoria with their bodies. are they harming transexuals with dysphoria? i've heard that they steal and destroy hope from transexuals but i'm not sure how i feel about it. which position has the best outcome for everyone? i'm leaning towards let them identify as whatever they want but it could be because i don't understand how it's harmful?
i’m by no means qualified to cast any kind of definitive judgment about this so I can only give you my personal opinion. if you want to know more about this from people more involved who share similar-ish views to me and actually are transsexual, check out toplioncub, truscumself, and theotheropinion on tumblr. if you’re interested in the science side of transsexuality, here’s a good archive of relevant articles, compiled by a transsexual/transgender woman scientist: http://aebrain.blogspot.co.nz/p/transsexual-and-intersex-gender-identity.html
this got INCREDIBLY LONG and is a little bit rambly, but i hope you find it interesting, anon.
tl;dr: it’s harmful because it’s egregious, common misinformation.