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Friday, August 16, 2013

True Transsexuals?

I am interested in interviewing True Transsexuals. If you transitioned solely because of severe dysphoria, meaning you werent uncomfortable BEING female, you didnt hate being female, but you were uncomfortable LOOKING female. Therefore you transitioned to look in a way that you believed would be comfortable for you. So the only changes you made were to ease your dysphoria. You still use your birth name, you still identify as female, you still use female pronouns etc. In short, your transition was about your body, not social transitioning.

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  1. In what manner would the individuals that you'd like to speak to have transitioned? If they are still "living as female," meaning female name/pronouns, etc, then I assume you mean that these individuals have undergone some sort of physical transition but no social transition?
    I may fit this bill.

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  2. This doesn't make any sense, if you were so miserable with your body that you medically transitioned, why on Earth would you identify as female? I'll never take hormones or have surgery [knock on wood] or wear weird things like a binder, cause its a sin.

    But when I have the financial ability, I'll pay the money to legally change my name.

    In a perfect world, I would have been born with a Y chromosome, have a boyfriend and do occasional drag. But I'll have to leave that to another lifetime.

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  3. I am interested in interviewing True Transsexuals. If you transitioned solely because of severe dysphoria, meaning you werent uncomfortable BEING female, you didnt hate being female, but you were uncomfortable LOOKING female. Therefore you transitioned to look in a way that you believed would be comfortable for you. So the only changes you made were to ease your dysphoria. You still use your birth name, you still identify as female, you still use female pronouns etc. In short, your transition was about your body, not social transitioning.

    Dirt, I'm extremely confused as to this paragraph. I thought this blog was about not changing your body to fit into some preconceived notion of femininity or masculinity. Are you now saying that you support "transitioning" (surgery and hormones) for "gender dysphoria"?

    In short, your transition was about your body, not social transitioning.

    What exactly does this mean?

    If you transitioned solely because of severe dysphoria, meaning you werent uncomfortable BEING female, you didnt hate being female, but you were uncomfortable LOOKING female.

    Dirt, please explain what "LOOKING female" means.

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  4. Why would someone walk around with a beard/ masculine chest and call themself "Tiffany" or "Katie"? That wouldn't make them "True transsexuals".. that would make them f'n crazy.

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  5. @ Cole How do you know there's another lifetime? Why not live for today?

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  6. What is a "True Transsexual"?

    If there are "true transsexuals", does this mean there are transsexuals?

    I don't think there are any "true transsexuals" because there really isn't any way of determining who is true and who is false other than what they say.

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  7. Dirt... After reading this post, now I'm sure of it ---> you're an idiot.

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  8. Your criteria almost matches my spouse, but not quite.

    Ze uses gender neutral pronouns.

    :)

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  9. "Ze uses gender neutral pronouns."

    I'm getting so sick and tired of "ze" gender neutral bull****.

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  10. Cynthia Lee, transgender is a curse upon the female sex....

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  11. If I may, it seems to me that I have taken something different away from this than previous commenters.
    I think that at some point in the comment section of this blog recently people had come to some sort of consensus that dysphoria is a real thing, although not necessarily biologically determined and not quantifiable in any way that would absolutely necessitate medical intervention for the person in question to physically survive.
    So, if dysphoria is a real thing, and there are really female individuals who experience dysphoria, and take physical steps to placate this dysphoria but refrain from calling themselves trans or referring to themselves as male or pursuing social transition, perhaps this is the type of individual that Dirt is asking about.
    I am a butch female. I experience dysphoria in relation to my physical sexual characteristics, both primary and secondary. At one point in my life I pursued medical transition in order to placate this dysphoria. I ceased testosterone treatment after 8 months almost three years ago now, and I no longer view gender as an "identity" or something that can be separated or differentiated from one's sex. When I stopped testosterone usage, it took me awhile to come to those conclusions as I was clearing my head and trying to look at the world with fresh eyes.
    At this point in my life, I still experience dysphoria, although it has waned some through the years. I combat this dysphoria through physical modification of my body in a very deliberate manner. I am an avid bodybuilder and I honestly believe it is mostly through this very focused body modification that I am able to work through some of my body issues. I was able to deduce through a lot of thinking and working through my issues that some of my dysphoria was related to feeling small, and weak, and soft, and that I related these ideas to being female. These days, I doubt anyone would say that I was small, or weak, or soft, but I still see these qualities in myself and they bring out dysphoria. Now, muscle size and overall physical build are seen as female/male differentiating factors largely because of sexism and culture, so I'm working two-fold to mold my body to what I want and to continue telling myself that I am female and that nothing will change that and that it is *okay* for me to be female and to desire the aesthetics that I desire. I take supplements for bodybuilding that will increase my endogenous testosterone production for the same reason that any bodybuilder takes these supplements. I no longer feel that increasing my testosterone is important because of "physically transitioning," it is just important because that will help me build the physique that I desire. It is not a male physique, because I am not a male, although my desired physique would probably look "male" to most untrained eyes.

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  12. I also experience dysphoria in relation to my primary sexual characteristics. It is not so much that I dislike my vagina. I understand it's utility and it functions in a way that allows me to orgasm, both solo and with my partner. However, I almost aways experience what can only be called a "phantom penis." What can be done about this? Absolutely nothing. I have figured out ways to work around it (I strap or pump and use my given genitalia for almost-insertion) and to work with these feelings (I talk to my partner), but there is nothing that will change my body in a way that will fit with what "feels like" it should be there. I have experienced this from a young age (4 is my earliest memory of it), and consistently. From the beginning of my sexual experiences I was "stone" largely due to discomfort with my given genitalia and a feeling like I was "missing" what I "should have." It is only through a lot of patience and love from my partner that I have been able to use my given genitalia for sexual encounters - before this I have been stone or I have strapped but no one was allowed to touch me.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, it seems that Dirt wants to talk to people who experience physical dysphoria and have taken physical steps to alleviate this dysphoria but have not taken to calling themselves trans or pursuing social transition. These individuals, of course, would have much in common with our Butch foremothers, for whom transsexuality would not have been a conceivable option in any way, so they had to figure out ways to work with their bodies to come to some sort of level of comfort.
    Dirt, I hope that I have not overstepped.

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  13. good point! If it really was about sex they'd have no need of the gender changes. And yet strangely, most of them do entirely the opposite and choose not to have surgery.

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  14. Live and let live:-)

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  15. To 'anonymous' who said: Live and let live... when we are talking about children, and teens, and the ability of people to promulgate dangerous ideas on the internet (e.g. you must take hormones and cut off body parts in order to 'feel better' and 'be happy'), it shouldn't be a question of 'live and let live' and that we should keep our hands off it. The internet has made this into a trend and even a fetish, in my opinion and that is truly dangerous.

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  16. Then ban the internet !

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  17. anon@August 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    That is a brilliant answer...to a real problem. Congratulations. You're clever.

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  18. When i was a kid there was no internet it was home from school out side to play inside for a couple of hours tv then bath and bed ..

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  19. You know, this is actually a really fascinating concept to me and one that I have never, ever heard of...

    Maybe it does have a lot more to do with society than to do with bodies...

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