I just posted this on tumblr, and felt like I should post it here as well:
I feel like there are literally no options for a person who is gender neutral to change their body to suit themselves.
Considering the fact that I myself identify as gender neutral, I’ve taken the time to look things up when it comes to my own country and gender-related surgeries. Note that these are the NORWEGIAN rules and ways around the subject, since that is the country I live in.
To be allowed to sterilize yourself, you must either A: Have a medical condition that says you should, or B: be 25 years of age and in talk with your doctor.
Now, I’m not saying that I don’t get it, because I do. Over 60% of the females who undergo sterilization regrets it later on. But if I wanted to be in talk with my doctor now, and have the surgery next year (I’m 20, by the way) I most likely wouldn’t be allowed because I’m not considered Transgender, which would be more relatable to most doctors here, if I’m Gender Neutral. I’m not saying it’s hopeless, because it most likely isn’t, Norway is kind of “accepting” that way, but it would be a hell of a road.
To have chest reduction or chest surgery, whatever you’d like to call it, you’d either A: Have to have spinal and neck pain due to the weight of your breasts, B: be through and through Transgender (which takes AGES to process with your doctor and psychologist) or C: you are/have suffering/suffered breast cancer.
Again: I get it. Gender Neutrals aren’t so outstanding in our society, though I’d like to argue that there are a lot of us, only some of us don’t think of ourselves this way, or are merely content with how our bodies already are.
I myself didn’t come to terms with my Gender Neutrality before I was 18, mainly because I didn’t have a term for the feeling, nor did I really understand what I was feeling.
It’s hard enough for a Transgender to be taken seriously and getting the green light for the operation that they’ll need (operationS actually, mind you.) so you can just guess how easy it’ll be for someone who’s Gender Neutral. (I keep capitalizing it, don’t ask me why)
I’m not saying that the barriers for Transgenders are gone here, ‘cause they’re unfortunately not. It’s sadly hard for the people in power to completely grasp the concept, and a lot of them frankly don’t want to grasp them. (Fucking props to the ones who do though, you guys are awesome.)
But the barrier for Gender Neutrals hasn’t even been scratched at yet.