As I've said, "feeling like a woman / man" makes no intuitive sense. I don't feel like any gender, I understand that I'm female and the common term for that is "woman".

However, the feminine "role" has always chafed. So in that regard, (I think) I can understand dysphoria.
If I was born 10 years later, I think I would be strongly tempted to consider myself "really" a man, especially during my teenage years.

Although I (now) appear very feminine, in some ways my personality is closer to an aspy-male than a typical young woman.
That, combined with the restrictions by my religious upbringing, discomfort with the sexual attention I was now receiving, and a growing fear of male strength - I was envious of boys/men.

I wonder what I would have done if I had been told this was a mutable characteristic.

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