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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cured of Gender Dysphoria-What then?

I've known family and friends who've had bouts with cancer. They went through their allotted courses of chemo/radiation treatments, and when they went into remission, their chemo/radiation treatment abruptly ceased. I've had friends who've endured traumatic events so difficult they sought mental/medical help in the form of anti depressants. Prescribed drugs, that once over the worst of their post traumatic event, they and their doctors agreed that they were well enough to move forward sans any further drug treatments. I've known anorexics who were temporarily put on anxiety meds as part of their treatment in aiding them to reshape their views about their bodies and relearn to eat and live again. Standard medical practice not to mention plain old fashioned common sense tells us, when over an illness, treatment for that illness does not continue.

The prime criteria for Gender Identity Disorder (now Gender Dysphoria) has been a diagnosis of body dysphoria that primarily targets body parts associated with sex, such as breast in females and genitals in both males and females. Females with body dysphoria usually hate their breasts being seen or touched and have difficulty in receiving sexual attention from a partner, some even have difficulty in pleasuring themselves. The treatment for this dysphoria is transition, with the supposed goal of using various surgeries and hormones to cure the patient of their dysphoria so that they can feel comfortable with their bodies. But how comfortable does the dysphoria patient have to feel to no longer require drugs and surgeries?

Because if this is dysphoria

then so to is this

In both cases testosterone in some form or other is the commonality. What is interesting with the first group of females is pre testosterone they didnt want to be viewed as women, but post testosterone they obviously desired to be both viewed and treated as women sexually. Clearly none suffering any longer from dysphoria, proud to show their trans bodies in the most sexually graphic details for millions of eyes to see. So now no longer suffering from dysphoria, there would no longer be a medical requirement to perform anymore surgeries or keep them on a high dangerous dosage of testosterone, they are in effect, cured. The internet is littered with tens of thousands of trans females just like those seen here. Internet porn and other public displaying venues housing tens of thousands of trans female nakedness, sexual imagery and pornography are clear indicators of being cured of body dysphoria. Why isnt the medical community ceasing their drug supply to trans females if they no longer feel uncomfortable with their sex/sexuality?? Besides the obvious, financial gain, does the medical community even realize how many trans females are displaying their new found body/sexual comfort for all to see????

I am currently compiling a list of most populated trans female porn and associated sites to email to the most noted doctors of transition, nationally and internationally, questioning their medical ethics on why so many cured trans females are still being treated like they are still ill.

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  1. I also wondered a lot about the penis in vagina sex many FTM's seem to have.
    I understand why you show the porn pics, it's needed to make clear what's really going on. Some might not want to see it, but it's relevant in my opnion.

    Again, I do believe there are people who suffer from body dysphoria in a way that transition is a good option. But for most people who transition in the past decade, it's not needed at all.
    There are other ways to overcome body dysphoria, healthy ways who let you be your true self.
    Transition becomes more and more a lifestyle and a choice. The next cool thing to do. The green grass on the other side.

    Transition is not the solution for most of them. A lifetime pretending something you're not is very hard.
    And as Dirt asdked: when are they cured? The FTM's in the pictures surely don't act like man. I see women acting as women in traditional sex roles.
    What the fuck is going on?

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  2. Out of the 11 photos in the first batch, only 3 of them (the ones involving penetration and that have a man's penis in the picture) could be said to have the female transitioner acting in the female sex role. I don't see how the ones where the female is merely touching herself could be construed as necessarily acting in the female sex role, because that would be really misogynistic to claim that a female was automatically acting feminine just by having solo sex. I'm a butch, and I don't think I'm acting in a female sex role when I'm having solo sex, because I'm not submitting to anyone, I'm only doing it for my own enjoyment, so there's nothing submissive or traditionally feminine about it. quite the opposite, since it's an act only for the female's benefit, where the traditional female sex role is mainly for the male's benefit.

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  3. "Big said...
    I also wondered a lot about the penis in vagina sex many FTM's seem to have."


    Do they really? I've only really come across this in the context of FTG (female to gay male), where the Eldorado is clearly to seduce a "real" gay man. Actually, that's not such a big achievement: you can either go for the kind of man who, with a few drinks inside him, will fuck anybody or anything; or you can target the more politically aware queens, who are required to believe, under pain of political incorrectness, that you too are male. In either case, you're exploiting gay male etiquette, which considers it rather impolite to refuse sex to someone who really wants it.
    If you trawl the pornography websites, you can also find images of FTMs (or just women) fucking men in the arse with strap-on dildos. I have to say I think the argument from pornography doesn't prove very much either way.
    P.S. Big: I'm going to Belgium in June. Want to meet up for a drink/bite?

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  4. Dirt,

    I really don't like the porn photographs.

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  5. i just simply want to know how being transgender can be compared to BDD? i see how someone who isn't trans could think that without doing any research, but how can an entire blog be written with this foundation? It is ludicrous. you say that people only find your blog because THEY are unhappy. take a look at yourself. you say trans people are in denial about how THEY are. take a look at yourself.

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  6. psych teachers should just use you as an example for confirmation bias.

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  7. Petre, I heard many FTM's saying that they like penis in vagina sex and I always wondered about that.
    An FTM once on Youtube had bottom surgery and her vagina was closed. I was surprised about the many comments about that part of the surgery. Many were about sex (putting something in it) and about birth.

    Meeting for a bite or coffee? Why not? ;)
    But Belgium isn't next door, it's a couple of hours to get there.
    We'll see how it goes. ;)

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  8. Big,
    Yes, it might not be realistic, but anyway here's my Belgian mobile number: 0032 476 471557, we can text and see how it goes. I arrive 9 June.
    Of course, Amsterdam is a lot closer to Brussels than Brussels is to Amsterdam (-:

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  9. I think one reason some trans people do porn is to get money for hormones and surgery. Transitioning is not covered by health insurance.

    In some cases, they may even have lost jobs due to discrimination against trans people.

    In America, I think part of the solution has to be insurance covering care for trans people. This would also mean it would be regulated and people would have to see a therapist.

    There is also a huge need for more research on what is going on, who is being treated, why, what other treatments work, etc. Insurance companies might push for this. (Cognitive therapy is a hell of a lot cheaper than major surgeries and a lifetime of hormones.)

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  10. @Big and Petre - Based on on-line blogs, I think there are more and more straight young women transitioning. They are dealing with body dysphoria and come to the conclusion that they are trans and changing their body is the solution. They talk about how being trans has nothing to do with gender and they themselves may be traditionally feminine in certain ways. They consider themselves to be gay men, although some talk about being asexual gay men.

    Alt - Actually, there are some experts who compare gender dysphoria to BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) and BIID (body integrity identity disorder). One theory about the cause for gender dysphoria is that the brain has the wrong body map. Ramachandran is a famous biologist who compares gender dysphoria to phantom limb syndrome. http://www.systems.neurosci.info/CentralPlas/Ramachandran_2000.pdf
    http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/jcs/2008/00000015/00000001/art00001?token=00431ec160055d65d81cb0405847447b496e2f4273446f5e2067527d3375686f23d

    If this theory is correct, being trans is like people who feel that they should have their leg amputated, etc - BIID. It might be possible then to fix peoples brain maps at some time in the future.

    This is only a hypothesis with very little evidence at this point, but it is something scientists are thinking about.

    People with gender dysphoria feel uncomfortable with their body and want to change it. This sounds very similar to people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), except that people with gender dysphoria want to change more of their body and the goal is to look like the opposite sex. It may be that the two feelings have a similar root.

    The treatment for BDD, is not to get surgery. It is cognitive therapy to stop obsessing over flaws in your body. I do often wonder if this would work for people with gender dysphoria - I have never seen any studies where this was tried and compared to the traditional treatment of changing your body.

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  11. Petre, I would love to meet, but Belgium isn't gonna work. It would take me hours to get there. BUt I like the thought. <3

    @ Anon above me,
    I often compared it with people who wants to get rid of certain body parts. I believe that we have a blueprint of our body in our mind. And when that blueprint is different then our body, it can be problem.
    That's why I do think that transtition is a good option for those who really suffer from this.
    But I also think that most of the people who transition do it for the wrong reasons.

    Cognitive therapy might help, it's worth a try. I've never seen studies too, but I bet they must have tried it somewhere somehow.

    Body dysphora get less worse by age, I heard many women say this. It's a matter of time and it does get better.

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  12. I think one reason some trans people do porn is to get money for hormones and surgery. Transitioning is not covered by health insurance.


    A lot of things aren't covered by health insurance, but people don't turn to porn to pay for it.

    I think one reason some trans people do porn is to get money for hormones and surgery. Transitioning is not covered by health insurance.


    This could be true, but it goes deeper than this, and there are other underlying issues at play. Pornography and "transitioning" are part of the post modern neoliberal backlash against feminism.

    I know they don't want to hear it, but transgender activists have always had a cozy relationship with pornography. I don't know how I would properly describe it. I'm not talking about individual MTFs or FTMs because I'm sure some of these people find porn offensive. Rather, it's the whole of trans politics that has never considered pornography problematic in the least. Every year at the Trans Philly Health Conference there are representatives from the sex industry. There is no way that the transgender community and trans activists as a whole are ever going to bite the hand that feeds them.

    About the only people who have consistently spoken out against pornography are feminists who transgender activists have no use of and often mock and ridicule.

    I hate making generalizations, but where there is porn or sex work, there is transgender.

    Germany is now the 'bordello of Europe'

    "The Pascha brothel in Cologne, for example, services an estimated 800 men every day. The 12-storey building, open 24 hours a day, is the biggest whorehouse in Germany, with 126 rooms as well as a restaurant, beauty salon, boutique, launderette, tanning studio and several bistros. About 150 women work there, supported by 90 other staff. An entire floor is dedicated to transsexual services.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/germany-is-now-the-bordello-of-europe-20140114-hv8by.html#ixzz331x7MQT9

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  13. As to the porn photographs, I wish dirt would delete them.

    "What is interesting with the first group of females is pre testosterone they didnt want to be viewed as women, but post testosterone they obviously desired to be both viewed and treated as women sexually. Clearly none suffering any longer from dysphoria, proud to show their trans bodies in the most sexually graphic details for millions of eyes to see. So now no longer suffering from dysphoria, there would no longer be a medical requirement to perform anymore surgeries or keep them on a high dangerous dosage of testosterone, they are in effect, cured. The internet is littered with tens of thousands of trans females just like those seen here. Internet porn and other public displaying venues housing tens of thousands of trans female nakedness, sexual imagery and pornography are clear indicators of being cured of body dysphoria. "

    One theory and observation...

    After the shock of the porn photographs wore off, I sort of understand where dirt is coming from. FTMs prior to "transitioning" say they feel alienated from their bodies and don't "identify as women". It's my understanding that "gender dysphoria" involves a certain distancing or dysphoria that involves a disconnection from one's body. In essence, they feel as if they are trapped in the wrong body, or a deep sense of discomfort with their bodies. Look at the porno photographs of FTMs who are being penetrated sexually like any other porn performer. They don't look like they feel any bodily dysphoria.

    How can FTMs say they feel utter discomfort and distress over their bodies when they make porno pictures with their bodies splashed all over the internet for millions of people to see.

    This is what I think is actually going on...

    Pornography is destructive to all women and this includes FTMs. It could be that FTMs turn to porn because they hate their bodies. I think this is the crux of the issue. I argue that pornography and FTM "transitioning" are part of the neoliberal, post modern backlash against feminism.

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  14. These females are not transsexuals. If they had dysphoria they wouldn't parade their ugly selves in front of the webcam like that. I bet they were sexually abused as children which explains why they're disgracing themselves in public like that. This is why I don't identify with transgender or genderqueers.

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  15. If you don't remove this post with those pictures of sick freaks I have a feeling your cancer will come back.

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  16. Dirt...I just don't get where you're coming from.

    Why the hell would anyone who automatically wanted to perform or be in a 'submissive' role sexually automatically be acting 'feminine' and where possibly do you draw the link that 'receptive partner' = female so evidently these transmen are really just women?
    Aren't you all about getting rid of the roles and straight jacket?

    Could indeed be a generational gap...or perhaps my being part of the BDSM community or both...but I just don't get what you're trying to highlight/prove here.

    I've read and re-read your blog and while it's interesting to ponder most of it makes little sense to me at all.

    Are there people whom are portraying trans or jumping to the trans conclusion for stupid or faulty reasoning? Absolutely.

    But to assume every female-bodied person is doing so out of internalized misogyny/homophobia etc is ridiculous.

    I suppose I'm what you call a 'trans female'. Have I ever had penetrative sex either with a partner or solo? Yup. But to me it's just making use of the biology to get off. I don't have a prostate and not up for the risks of anal sex...so why not use what I've got?

    That's all I see here. People engaging in sex that they want (for whatever reason they want it) and making use of their biology. It's everyone else overanalyzing and judging. Like 'omg you're a man who wants penetrative sex...evidently you're just really a woman!' say what?

    So what if someone performs for an audience?

    This might just be a generation gap thing because I just don't get what the big deal is.

    See victims and oppression where you want...but that doesn't always mean it exists.

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  17. Will you guys stop complaining about the pictures? You're on a blog about people changing their bodies. It comes with the territory.

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