The surgery is part of treatment for gender dysphoria in transgender people, where a person experiences distress due to a mismatch of their biological sex and their gender identity. It is also sometimes referred to as gender identity disorder GID , transgenderism or gender incongruence. Caitlyn Jenner revealed she "underwent gender reassignment surgery in January " in new memoir The Secrets of My Life.
Another patients were under the Trust's care but not currently ready for surgical procedures. NHS gender identity clinics offer transgender health services but people will usually need to be referred by their GP.
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GP referrals for gender dysphoria treatments are usually followed by an assessment by a psychiatrist or another specialist doctor before treatment begins. On average, the waiting time for a sex change therapy is nine months for adults and half this time for kids. When the Guardian invited readers around the world to unburden themselves about their own housework battles, their complaints overwhelmingly confirmed this picture, often despite the fact that neither partner had really intended things to work out that way.
Dig deeper into the numbers, and things look worse: according to some studies , in heterosexual households where the woman is the main breadwinner, the more she earns, the less her partner will contribute to the housework.
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And, of course, to the extent that women scale back their career ambitions in order to focus on domestic matters — childcare plus housework — this inequality at home perpetuates inequality at work. It would be easy, and perhaps not totally unfair, to explain this as another straightforward case of men acting like entitled jerks.
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But the daily experience of tussles over housework suggests that something more complicated is going on. In one US survey , some women said they were more likely to delegate tasks to their children than their husbands for precisely this reason.
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Researchers argue that this probably explains the tendency for men to do less housework, and women a greater proportion, as the woman takes on more of the breadwinning: both sexes, subconsciously disturbed by their violation of traditional gender norms, start acting hyper-conventionally to compensate.
But the situation leaves even well-intentioned men in a fix. Fail to repaint the stained ceiling.
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Never make the bed. Men in the UK, for example, now devote 24 minutes more a day to housework than they did half a century ago, while those in the US do an extra Much of that is taken up by cleaning and laundry, although this is down to minutes, from minutes in The CTUR research looks at nationally representative samples of men and women of all sexualities, aged between 20 and Sometimes I walk around with the baby just picking things up and putting them back where they belong.
As a neat-freak, I take no pleasure in the idea of embracing the mess, but I fear we may have to.
We tend to assume there must be some way of organising life so that our homes stay orderly, without women being held back in their careers, or resentments starting to fester. That was the answer.
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It would be a very good thing if men were to start shouldering their share of the housework burden. But it would be an equally good thing if men and women alike could put down some of that burden, stick it in the cupboard under the stairs, and forget about it. If the patriarchy is so invested in the cleanliness of our carpets, let it come round at the weekend and vacuum them itself.