This is something I have pondered for some time.
By now I am convinced that the pull towards the other gender is mostly biological in nature but if we feed it through more leniency in societal expression are we averting some transitions? I believe that for some people this could be the case. Make no mistake in that I am completely and ardently pro transition, but I wonder about those who are sitting on the edges of full blown transsexualism and how they could be helped.
Living in two gender roles is challenging. I know because I am doing it but what if we removed that need completely by liberating everyone to be themselves in their manifestation of gender? One wonders. Some of us in this world are born transgender but, judging from what we see in society, it clearly manifests itself in varying degrees of intensity (thank you Harry Benjamin). The liberation of gender expression which will be the next big societal challenge, should help those of us who seem to straddle the fence between man and woman.
Don't get me wrong. By now I am fairly certain that I could live comfortably in the role of a woman but what if what I need more of is plasticity in my gender expression such that I am not obliged to choose a side?
Irrespective of what each of us decides, having more tolerance is never a bad thing and this one area in great need of it.