I never really understood 'alternate gender alters' like the 'ish' has a purpose but?? Why are alters of a different gender in their own category idgi
because trans people are weird and need to be explained lmao
i mean they do talk about it like there’s a Purpose. male alters in DFAB systems as an internalization of 'this is happening because i’m a girl’ or of stereotypes of ‘men are powerful’; female alters in DMAB systems due to being sexually objectified or [insert weird bullshit about homosexual feelings].
every single attribute of an alter needs to have A Specific Reason + the shittiest ideas about gender
i still find it hilarious that our therapist kept expecting our roster to include a girl/woman with the body’s birth name. haaaaah.
(there’s like one author we’ve read say something along the lines of “hey, trans people can have DID! and their treatment might include becoming more ‘gender-deviant’ so don’t flip out!”. her name is Margo Rivera and we haven’t read much but she seems cool. interested in the feminist politics of DID, is a therapist to LGBT folks with DID, etc.!)