[t]he diagnostic criteria for GID produces a fiction of natural gender in which normal, non-transsexual
people grow up with minimal to no gender trouble or exploration, do not crossdress as children, do not play with the wrong-gendered toys, and do not like the wrong kinds of toys and characters.
Further, it is a question that brings into relief and goes on to challenge what Valentine refers to as the "visceral imagining [by non-transsexuals] of SRS performed on their own bodies." In other words, Valentine casts non-transsexual
resistance to SRS as a form of visceral empathy that is normalizing at its core--a sense of "I would never do that to me!" Questions of "appropriate" agentive acts and the institutionalization and medicalization of such acts are key components of Valentine's exploration.
Prange, a judge on Texas' highest court ruled that a marriage between a transsexual woman and a non-transsexual
man was in fact a same-sex marriage and therefore invalid: "can a physician change the gender of a person with a scalpel, drugs and counseling, or is a person's gender immutably fixed by our Creator at birth?...
[c]lothing, coiffures and cosmetics, body building, hair transplants, electrolysis, and surgeries are all used by transsexual and non-transsexual
members of society to make ourselves more perfectly fit society's sex, gender, and sexual ideals.
More transsexual couples are networking at regional and national conferences and on the Internet,(24) and meeting couples that have remained legally married even though one in the couple underwent genital corrective surgery.(25) There are many such legal same-sex marriages in the United States today.(26) If such a marriage is challenged, the non-transsexual
should sue, alleging that all the non-transsexual
spouse did was remain true to the marriage vow.(27)
Transsexual identity is, almost by definition, that which is spoken by others; Bornstein points out what all transsexuals know, that "virtually all the books about gender and transsexuality to date have been written by non-transsexuals
who, no matter how well-intentioned, are each trying to figure out how to make us fit into their world view."