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The researchers measured autistic traits using the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), and compared AQ scores from five groups: 61 transmen, 198 transwomen; 76 typical males; 98 typical females; and 125 individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS). They found transmen had a higher average AQ than typical females, typical males and transwomen, but lower than individuals with AS.
Simon Baron-Cohen interpreted the results as follows: "Girls with a higher than average number level of autistic traits tend to have male-typical interests, showing a preference for systems over emotions. They prefer not to socialise with typical girls because they have different interests, and because typical girls on average have more advanced social skills. Both of these factors may lead girls with a higher number of autistic traits to socialize with boys, to believe they have a boy's mind in a girl's body, and to attribute their unhappiness to being a girl."
Regardless of sexual orientation, men had almost twice as many somatostatin neurons as women (P < 0.006). The number of neurons in the BSTc of male-to-female transsexuals was similar to that of the females (P =3D 0.83). In contrast, the neuron number of a female-to-male transsexual was found to be in the male range. Hormone treatment or sex hormone level variations in adulthood did not seem to have influenced BSTc neuron numbers. The present findings of somatostatin neuronal sex differences in the BSTc and its sex reversal in the transsexual brain clearly support the paradigm that in transsexuals sexual differentiation of the brain and genitals may go into opposite directions and point to a neurobiological basis of gender identity disorder.
Originally posted by lordtyp0
This is fairly classic faulty logic. Same premise as the "Recruitment via abuse" and "She is only a lesbian because she hasn't been had by a REAL man" that leads to conversion-via-rape attempts.
Autistic tests are geared with expectations on a given normal range. IE: It accounts for normal gender roles and in the west-judeo christian upbringing etc. etc.
The Trans girls score more in line with boys and therefore hit a score on the autism scale-ie: emotional detachment compared to a normal girl.
That is to be expected. Not to mention the fact there is alienation from upbringing causing a lot of guarded reactions as well.
In short: There is absolutely nothing credible here.
Originally posted by TransJenny
Yet another study about us done by people who have no concept of the hell that trans people go through
As a male to female transsexual myself I can categorically say that my own experience goes against this attempt at labeling us all in yet another compartmentalized bit of nonessential crap..
I have ALWAYS been a girl even if not externally, and a very flirty, sociable, girly one at that!!
My family kind of guessed
And it was complete hell to get to the stage i am at now..
The only difference between myself and a natal woman is that I cannot give birth.. And there are many women who cannot do that either but no one says they have autistic traits!!