I didn't want to hijack Cerise's interesting post on CD myths so I thought I'd add another "myth" and then an observation....I am a 60 something person who has lived with gender conflict since I've been aware, maybe age 3 or so...trust me when I say that there was not much information nor support available, plus no internet then. Not to mention a societal mind set that was far more rigid in their ways than today's relatively tolerant world.
That said, another myth commonly used a long time ago was that CDs preyed on our youth. (No more than priests, coaches, or other factions of the male population) Also, girls used to be arrested for just dressing as the "wrong" gender, which actually leads me to a hotly debated topic which I'd like to revisit, the frequent criticisms of the people who decide to transition late in life! (NOTE: This is NOT an indictment of the attitudes and words of the PE members and guests, but rather from a compilation of comments from other bloggers and sites)
Sure, for a person like myself, having today's resources would make it appear a much simpler path to reach my goals and dreams. It wasn't quite so mapped out in the "old days". Growing up in an era when it was OK to "beat the girl out of the boy" virtually eliminated 99% of any young boys and men who were beginning to think about themselves and gender. If you survived that and made it to the "outside"at last, then there were the laws to contend with. It was "open season" on anyone who ventured "out" femme in all but the hippest communities, and they were few and far between. The result of these dynamics was a generation or two of girls just like the ones who have made the successful journey today, but were absolutely stifled, stopped in their tracks unable to live their lives in peace. Most opted to just go along with what nature gave them, married, raised families, and tried to live productive and useful lives.
But as we all know, "it" doesn't go away no matter how hard you try to push it away and move on. Fortunately in this age, we have improved information, science, and the histories of so many that have "made it". Net result is that more older people finally have reached a position in their lives where it is finally possible to go forward. Compared to the time when they were first wrestling with their conflicts many years ago, their circumstances now allow them the opportunity that was denied them in the past. The late transitioners ought not be frowned at, but embraced into the open arms of the younger "already there" girls...just a thought...