fuckingthemonotony asked: Hi. You seem to have gift to explain things in simple, easily-understandable way, so I would be interested to hear you explaining the difference between body dysmorphia and sex dysphoria, since many people seem to mix them and mistake one to another. To me, it seems some gendefluid people think they are experiencing dysphoria when they have body dysmorphia. Other than that, thank you for standing up for people with transsexualism, it is highly appreciated.
Body dysmorphia is an extreme dislike of one’s body, or a particular part of it. The person believes their body has a serious defect of some kind, when it does not. It can have different reasons for it, but it is not in itself gender related. It is a mental illness; the perceived defects are not really there.
Sex dysphoria is the result of the brain’s sex and the body’s sex being opposites, most likely due to a wrong influx of hormones during pregnancy. It creates a ‘mismatch’ between the brain and the body, and the brain rejects the sex characteristics as part of the body; this creates the feeling that the body is “wrong” and causes pain. It is entirely gender related. It is not a mental illness, it is the result of something going wrong during early development.
I’m no expert on body dysmorphia, but I think it’s correct to say it is usually the result of psychological and/or environmental factors, such as trauma. Those things cannot cause transsexualism, only the mismatch between brain and body does. Another difference is that while body dysmorphia may focus on a sex characteristic, it is not about gender the way transsexualism is. A girl with body dysmorphia who hates her breasts doesn’t hate being female. A trans man who hates his does so because it is a female sex characteristic, and the brain rejects it.