GENDER IDENTITY THEORY / REINCARNATION Hey folks, Here's a post I've had stewing for some time. Feel like getting it out there. First, I'll discuss some of the science and my findings behind transgender issues. Science is now exploring that our minds are 'gendered' through the examination of brains/brain scans of transgendered individuals. (https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan/) This is still a relatively new finding, but basically what they are seeing is that transmen brains resemble more biological male brains, and transwomen's brains have more atypical brain that is neither fully masculine nor feminised. In a small community in the Dominican Republic, there are children who are born as girls, who grow a penis and testicles at puberty. They are known as the 'Guevedoces' (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34290981). Because they are born looking like girls, they are socialised and bought up as girls, because physically they were thought to be girls prior to the formation of their penis and testicles at twelve years old. Despite this, a high proportion of the individuals felt themselves male, they preferred playing football, doing male activities, resented female clothes, and roles etc. Once their penises/scrotum developed, the majority assumed their male identity. Simon Baron-Cohen, the director for Autism Research at Cambridge University, has been exploring the differences between 'Male' and 'Female' brains. (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2003/apr/17/research.highereducation) His findings suggest that hormonal/biological influences in the womb play an in important part in how our brains work. His findings have found that, on average, women score higher in the emotional range, and lower in systematic thinking and men, on average, have been found to follow an opposite trend. It's interesting to note that folks with Autistic/Aspergers have been found to have what is known as an extreme male brain -- very low on empathy, and higher than average systematic thinking. You can take these tests through various websites which will show you where you may fall on the empathy/systematising scale. I have a low empathy, high systematising brain, and have for years wondered if I have high functioning Aspergers. This is something that I have no diagnosis for. They have found that a high proportion of FTM (female-to-male) transgender people have Autism. This again favours the reason that our brains are influenced on a pre-natal biological level in how we think and feel internally, and how that affects how we identify on a gender scale. How does reincarnation influence our gender? Reflecting on how reincarnation comes into play with this. Of course, this is just a theory, but here's a few ideas I have. Already we see similarities of physical appearance/manners across lifetimes, as the soul who is inhabiting the body seems to have an influence on the physical manifestation of both the developing foetus/and or chooses parents/genetic circumstances that will match up with the soul's characteristics. This could even extend to gender. By looking at Dr. Ian Stevenson's cases of cross-gender incarnations, he frequently mentions gender dysphoria as a problem, at least in the early years of the case(s). He also mentions that it is not frequent for souls to switch genders.That seems to suggest that incarnating souls have a gender preference. Now that gender dysphoria and transgender issues are in the wider media, I wonder if more and more transgender folks will no longer feel the need to conform to societies expectations of what role they should pursue.