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The (somewhat criticized and challenged) terms gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder indicate a sense of inappropriateness about one's assigned sexual body and the associated gender role.

On the one hand, it is a state of discomfort and malaise regarding the biological sex, giving rise to a feeling of inadequacy and extraneousness. On the other hand, it also means experiencing extraneousness regarding the gender identity allotted to one's sex. By gender identity, we mean the sexual perception of oneself and of one's behavior, acquired through personal and collective experience, which makes individuals able to relate to others (as bearers of a recognizable, clear, and shared gender identity). In other words, it is the recognition of the implications of one's belonging to a sex in ...

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