S&S, Your level head on this subject is refreshing to read -- lots of points you discuss make sense. A few points that stood out -- First of all, I'm not sure really what equates to an advanced soul. Maybe that's my ignorance there. For some folks gender is just more of a blend anyway, who says we all have to fit the binary of male/female? Does that make that person more balanced, or advanced? That remains to be seen. I suppose I was trying to push the point here that there does seem to be some influence in the incarnating soul on the biology of the foetus. As you pointed out, Ian Stevenson demonstrates this theory in his cases of scars/deformities and other abnormalities that correspond to past life wounds or trauma. If a strong gender energy (masculine or feminine energy) were apparent, then that energy imprint could in theory affect the brain of the developing foetus, or perhaps influence the hormonal cocktail in the womb. If you want to go even deeper, perhaps the incarnating soul influences the exact condition at conception, down to the exact spermatozoon and ovum. Who says that these are not orchestrated on a quantum level to which we as little people down here could not even begin to fathom? As to why we might choose a transgendered existence, well, probably the reason is many fold, but your points do make some sense to me. I've often said this is my fugitive life, trying to hide away. My last life ended violently, and I experienced off the scale suffering. I suppose each person's reasoning might be different. There were a few things I had to see for myself in this life that would not have been possible if I had been born biologically male. This sort of existence isn't easy, and I often wonder why the heck I've done this to myself. If I try to be detached about it I can say -- well, never experienced this before so it's something new at least.