I don't understand why the woman would refuse an F designation if she is a transsexual. Isn't that the goal?
Probably because in Hindu culture, definitions of male and female genders are tied to making babies. Anyone who doesn't is categorized as "third gender
." Only women who bear children are considered real women. I find this definition of womanhood extremely patriarchal and sexist, but it's what has molded Hindu attitudes toward transgender, which has been openly acknowledged for thousands of years. Meanwhile, the modern West has just discovered the subject.
However, one aruvani
in Tamil Nadu has protested against the Hindu gender classification and asserted that she is a woman.
"Don't call us eunuchs or Hijras or by other 'names'. We like ourselves to be called as females....Yes we are transgendered females," says Aasha Bharathi, president of Tamil Nadu Aravanigal Association.