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Even then the p a r e n t s of the child might themselves b e u n c o n v i n c e d b y medical advice. S o that a child might well b e r e a r e d in the o p p o s i t e - s e x p a t t e r n . Of c o u r s e , with t i m e , the true biological sex m a y b e c o m e clearer a n d efforts m a d e t o change the " s e x " of the child. In s t u d y i n g such p r o b l e m s the first difficulty lay, p e r h a p s surprisingly, in designating "true biological s e x " since even the physical correlates o f sex are n o t always in h a r m o n y .

T h e m o s t interesting figure is that 2 5 % o f this g r o u p are either scientists or professional engineers. A c c o r d i n g to S e x t o n ( 1 9 7 0 ) these o c c u p a t i o n s ought to be a s s o c i a t e d with strong masculine identification. S o m e degree of selection m u s t b e s u s p e c t e d b u t there is in fact no evidence that the s a m p l e c o u l d have b e e n unrepresentative in terms o f occupations. T h e inference seems to b e that there is a bi-polarity in the gender role-taking o f the transvestite.

If he doesn't he will b e called a " s i s s y " a n d , if p o s s i b l e , licked into shape b y parents a n d society. He will later learn the social behaviour e x p e c t e d of a p e r s o n o f his biological s e x , h o w t o m a k e his presence felt with others, the w a y in which a m a n behaves in social g r o u p s a n d so on. A t one e x t r e m e o n e can argue that this p a t t e r n o f developm e n t is irrevocably d e t e r m i n e d f r o m c o n c e p t i o n . If conceived mal e then the distinct p a t t e r n o f male personal a n d social behaviour m u s t develop.

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