Skip to main content

one foot in front of the other...

This morning I went to the passport office very early as my son needs to have one if we are to enter the States for a few days in early August.

As I waited in line, a transsexual woman who I estimated to be roughly my age, walked past. She looked self assured and comfortable in her own skin and if it weren’t for slight vestiges of facial and corporal masculinity, she might have escaped my detection.

I admit to feeling a slight pang of jealousy as she walked by and I could not help but imagine that, as hard as getting there must have been, her demeanour showed a self assuredness that I found quite admirable. She had (at least on visual inspection) arrived at a place where I had not: complete internal peace with her gender identity.

It made me realize that there remains work to be done for me as the ebbs and flows of my disphoria continue to have me think different things on different days. This is why I know I am not yet there. I want desperately to settle into a permanent state where I no longer need to reflect on my gender. I, perhaps unrealistically, want the disphoria to stop.

But will the management technique of liberal gender expression only encourage me towards eventual transition?

One thing is for certain: suppression has never worked for me and it’s too late to go back. It’s too late to put the proverbial genie back into the bottle.

I am trying to understand now how I did it for all of those years before. How was I able to carry the load of suppression all the way through to my 40’s with only bi-yearly mini cross dressing binges? Was it the increased testosterone in my body or was it the distraction of raising 2 young children while repairing an older home?

I have no answer.

I can definitely now relate to the stories of older transgender people which I read about when I was younger. Their websites were candidly explaining to me how they waited so long to be themselves but could not or would not admit it until they had their own personal epiphany.

But here I am still reflecting on the idea that transsexuality at its core is a disorder. One is not born a woman and performs a correction but instead something happens to you (most likely in your mother’s womb) that leaves you with this imprinted condition upon your birth; this disconnect between body and mind which you are left to grapple with. I deeply wish that science had indeed found a genetic marker or some brain abnormality that could provide definitive proof that there is something measurably different about transsexuals. Having this type of proof would be far more reassuring than the exclusivity of trusting your own instinct. Because your feelings can be manipulated into thinking you are something you are not. At the same time I understand that my way of thinking could block my own self acknowledging that I myself could be a full blown transsexual.

I have no problem with the idea that type V and VI transsexuals are positive when they say that they are women. They believe it with all of their heart because it is only this type of conviction that would allow you to modify your body in such a radical and unthinkable way. Their continued mental health hinges on physical transition. At that point, the argument of whether you are or are not truly a woman is rendered irrelevant in light of radically improved life quality. The burden of proof having been met, they have done the right thing and have literally saved their own lives.

Are there mistakes made sometimes? Yes but they are usually screened out in within the confines of the formal screening programs that are put in place. Assuming you are dealing with a reputable therapist who works hand in hand with a hospital gender program, the chances of error are greatly diminished.

I sometimes feel that by virtue of my own personal road blocks, it will take me some time to uncover who I really am at the core. I just have to give myself a break while I am doing it and let God continue to work in my life to repair my damaged psyche.

Comments

  1. As you surmised, "transsexualism at its core, is a disorder": a congenital disorder most likely the result of androgen disruptive chemicals, or possibly even stress on the mother during pregnancy.

    The point is that something did affect the development of the fetus. Just like Agent Orange, diethylstilbestrol, or excessive levels of lead in drinking water, some chemicals are known to cause birth defects.

    You are also correct in understanding that properly diagnosed, transsexualism can be successfully treated and essentially "cured" by the proper use of HRT and SRS. When it is misdiagnosed, as a result of professional incompetence or outright fabrication on the part of the patient, results can be disappointing or even tragic.

    Your "stuck in the middle" situation typifies the trans-gender condition. You are trying to somehow "express" and reconcile, a cross gender "presentation", with a male body/sex. A difficult task indeed.

    As for who you are, you seem to be pretty convinced of that already. The difficulty is that the consequences of that realization are pretty dire.

    As always, you have my best wishes and hope for your future.

    AQV

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Correction: Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals, (EDC's).

      Delete
  2. They are indeed dire I am afraid....

    ReplyDelete
  3. Joanna -

    First, let's assume that the innate wiring in our brains indicates to us (internally) that we are women. If that is so, I'm not sure if it can be "corrected" - it is as much a part of our natures as hyper intelligence with low social skills is part of the nature of a child with Asperger's. We can learn to live with it. Or, we can alter our bodies and/or presentation to fit what is inside our heads.

    So - let go of the need to be either male or female. Take each day one at a time, and pay attention to your feelings. What scares you most (a need for transition) may be the least fearful thing once you let go....

    M

    ReplyDelete
  4. Marion. I address this comment to you with all due respect and no intention of offence. I understand that you have "an interest in dressing as a female". However, I do believe that the condition which causes Joanna such great angst is a cat of a totally different color.

    Life itself is a terminal condition. Managing gender dysphoria, at the level at which Joanna and others like her experience it, is like managing a terminal cancer with pain medication. It can be done, but it is no easy task, and is most certainly not a cure.

    Personally, I do not believe one can "let go of the need to be either male or female".

    ReplyDelete
  5. I agree with both of you or would like to. I am highly disphoric and am doing my very best to let go of the idea of being perfectly male or female. By trying to think along these lines I hope to avert transition. I do very much appreciate what you are both trying to say. I do also think that paying attention to my feelings is very important.....

    ReplyDelete
  6. Just for the sake of this discussion, let us posit that a "T-gene" is suddenly discovered. How would this change your situation today? Would you walk into your local SRS specialist, plunk down $15-$20k and get yourself a brand new shiny store bought V-Jay Jay?

    Would that "cure" your GID?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think it would only provide me with some more certainty that I wasn't deluded after all. I am not certain it would change my way forward necessarily. It would take me off the fence a little and yes it would maybe lean me more towards the idea of transition without automatically sealing the deal.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Amazing! Despite all the downside which remains the same.

    ReplyDelete
  9. But essentially nothing changes.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I never said I would transition. My goal remains to avoid it at all cost. I am not convinced that the downside is so bad however, its just that its too late for me...

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm sticking to my management approach until it no longer works....

    ReplyDelete
  12. It seems to me that you are still in the evaluation and contemplation phase. Sometimes it is easier to think of the upsides and sometimes the downsides of any decision tend to overwhelm.
    We make all sorts of decisions every day...some major...most minor. Sometimes you just have to keep taking things one day at a time.
    Good luck,
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  13. "Life is what happens to us while making our plans for the future" --Unknown

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wiser words were never spoken....

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

"Oh please its 2016!"

I have mentioned before that I have a lovely young couple living above the unit next to mine. Well the other day as I was getting in the door, she and I overlapped for the first time with me dressed as a woman.

We had a nice conversation and at some point I mentioned the obvious which was that I had told her future husband that they might see me in a different guise from time to time so they wouldn't wonder about who the strange woman was. She just looked at me almost rolling her eyes while smiling from ear to ear and said:

"Oh Please it's 2016!"

For the record she was also very complementary regarding my choice of attire.

I could care less at this point in my life what people think but it is still lovely to see the millennial generation's freedom of spirit and acceptance so lacking in previous generations. Yes they have their own foibles, as does every generation, but this area certainly isn't one of them.

the pseudoscience behind gender dysphoria

The real science as to what causes gender dysphoria still awaits.

Harry Benjamin was on to something except he didn’t have the scientific evidence to back up his suspicions hence, like a true scientist, he negated to draw conclusions. His hunch, based on treating so many patients over his lifetime, was that one is born with a predisposition to be gender dysphoric.

However, with inconclusive brain scans and no DNA marker (as of yet) we are left with believing the word of people who need help and only want to lead happy and productive lives.

The best we have been able to muster since Benjamin's death in 1986 was to amass statistics on who gets a boner imagining themselves as a woman which is in equal parts pathetic and disappointing. For this is not really science at all but is instead playing with interview data that doesn't point to anything definitive or conclusive. I have dealt with this problem at great length in my blog.

The whole thing started with Kurt Freund's obses…

looking past cross gender arousal

Jack’s latest Crossdreamers post got me thinking about cross gender arousal and how it could be avoided; also whether it even matters. This with particular focus on the inability to relate of someone on the outside looking in.

You see, sexuality is a very complicated thing to begin with and when you then add gender identity ambiguity it becomes a recipe to really confuse someone.

So imagine that you are a little boy who identifies as a girl but then along comes puberty and short circuits everything by having the sex you identify with also be the sex you are attracted to. For in essence this is what happens to all all male to female gender dysphoric trans persons who are attracted to women.

So I ask myself: can I imagine a scenario where this inherent contradiction would not produce sexual confusion? The answer is that I cannot.

I am in the unique position, like many of you, to have experienced an early identification with the feminine become sexualized later on. This brought confusion…