What does it mean?
Some people may describe themselves as:
- born in the wrong body
- a woman trapped in a man’s body
- a man trapped in a woman’s body
These terms all attempt to communicate how someone can feel a sense of intense “wrongness” about their body. This is one way that people can experience gender dysphoria.
Simplified view of gender
"Born in the wrong body" is a word that describes people using a view of gender that is deliberately oversimplified.
Words like this can:
- make it easier to explain your situation to people quickly
However, words like this can also:
- reinforce problematic ideas about gender
- make people think that you do not properly understand gender
- imply everyone feels either like a woman or a man
- imply that what someone's body looks like is the gender of that body
- imply everyone who wants to change things linked to gender has a clear or stable sense of gender identity
- imply everyone who wants to change things linked to gender has a gender identity that doesn’t match the gender they were assigned
Think carefully before using this word to describe someone or a group of people - they may not wish to be described that way.
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