I’m really not surprised. One of the things I’ve theorized is that FTMs get a “better” experience out of transitioning than MTFs (for a variety of reasons). One of the most notable is the idea of male privilege. Time Magazine reports on a new study about the differences as to salary disparages between men and women. The study used FTMs and MTFs to see how their pay changed after they transitioned. FTMs earned more as a result of transitioning. The increase for FTMs isn’t huge at 1.5% but the decrease, a whopping 32%, is significant.
At the least, it shows a preference for FTMs to transition than MTFs (and it may tie in some stereotypes by people and society). This would be the one thing that the study couldn’t eliminate. Additionally, there was no indication in the article as to the breakdown of race (the reality is that race does matter in the work place). The end of the article had an interesting comment:
It also suggests that if you’re thinking about changing sexes, you should carefully consider the economic consequences.
Uh.. right. People transition just for the heck of it?! Seriously, economic consequences are huge on most people’s minds (e.g., costs of hormones, surgeries, name changes, new clothes, etc.) but it shouldn’t be the foremost reasoning to make this decision.
So what do you think?