Stereotype-based fears over the effects of HRT

Trans activists say that becoming trans is not based on stereotypes, yet previous posts have shown time and time again that gender stereotypes are a motive for transitioning, e.g. a male thinking he must really be a female because he did not like to play sports as a child. What role do stereotypes play in transitioning itself?

Many transgender people believe that a MtF’s brain is meant to “run on estrogen”:

A few months later, I’d begun to experience the physical and mental impact of the hormones, and with it a new sense of clarity, peace and happiness. The chronic aches in my joints and pains in my stomach that had been a staple of my life since puberty dissipated. My mind and body began repairing themselves. It’s as though my brain was meant to run on estrogen my whole life.

Other transgender people claim their brains are  meant to be like female brains. What do they mean by having a female brain? The concerns that they raise about what neurological and psychological changes they will experience after taking hormone replacement therapy is revealing as to what they think women’s brains are like.

This Reddit user believes that sexual reassignment surgery lead to becoming a worse driver and wonders if HRT and SRS damage driving skills. Poor driving skill is a commonly held negative stereotype about women.

Women are stereotyped as being worse than men at logic, reasoning, and scientific skills. It’s  not  unusual to find comments  from Reddit users afraid that taking female hormones, i.e. becoming more “like a woman” will lead to the deterioration of these skills, or to find those who feel those skills have indeed changed:

This user is concerned over the potential loss of logic and physics capabilities
Some feel their skills have already changed due to hormones. This user believes they have become worse at physics and gained increased verbal skills
This user is concerned over losing interest in science or losing a sense of “righteous fury over the injustice in the world.”

Males dominate the business world (and thus are stereotyped as better at business), and we see concerns that HRT will damage one’s business skills or make them poorer at managing money:

Concern over losing business skills
Concern that HRT affects the ability to manage money

Then there are downright bizarre concerns over the effects of HRT, such as worrying it will change one’s sense of humor:


A reply to this user explained that their personality did change on HRT- they became less interested in talking about ideas, became more easy to manipulate, and became more empathetic:


Sounds an awful lot like stereotypes of a vapid woman…

These concerns are both bizarre and insulting to women. But the concerns they hold are revealing about what they believe women are like, which in turn is revealing about their understanding of gender and motives for transition.

4 thoughts on “Stereotype-based fears over the effects of HRT

  1. “… there could be some kind of placebo effect going on …”
    Placebo effect is all of it.
    They’re behaving as they think a (stereotypical) “woman” would do, b/c after HRT they think they’re closer to the (stereotypical) version of the gender they “want to belong”.

    Dysphoria is a a though thing, but there are other serious mental and/or physical problems that people have to face without trying to kill themselves or trying to redefine their own existence as individuals.
    The mental and physical problems are challenges that can only be overcome by facing them, instead of redefining oneself.

    The proliferation of trans-people in society is more a social problem than an individual one (due to gender dysphoria).
    Those who fall into the trans-activist “solution” of the problem – HRT & surgery – are not helping to solve, but to perpetuate it.

    Trans-activism is weakening humanity and perpetuating patriarchal values.


  2. As a woman this kind of comments are as you said downright insulting and it makes me furious. Your interests and personality does not define your gender and vice versa. You are either born as a woman or man. Period


  3. This is the most offensive thing I’ve seen yet. So telling. If they think women are such morons why do they want to be women?

    Clicked through to one of the links and saw someone being reassured their interests wouldn’t change and to stop buying into gender stereotypes. Err… this entire ideology hinges on fifty year old gender stereotypes!


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