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Felix Conrad once again brings a thoughtful discussion to the fore in treating the subject of the non-transitioning dysphoric male.

To what degree does he, who at times desperately longs for transition, deal with the feelings and the very real possibility that it might not be the best option?

How does he cope when there might be another way forwards and how does he frame his identity in a world that has no place for him?...

http://transcendmovement.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-man-who-wants-to-be-a-woman/


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  1. "I think that many transgender people need to delude themselves as a matter of survival. "

    I agree. Though I think the necessity of delusion is imposed by society just as much as gender roles with which we are uncomfortable. I also think it's possible not to delude oneself, and be happy.

    All MTF transgender people are humans born ostensibly reproductively male. To the extent that physical modification is possible, it is limited. At the very least, we cannot become reproductively female. This makes our life experience different from anyone born reproductively or ostensibly reproductively female.

    And that's okay. In fact, that's good. Our society may not value our experiences right now, but it should. Cultures past have, and ours can.

    Our responses to this situation can be as numerous as the individuals experiencing them. Everyone's identity is a product of compromise between the self and its culture. But we are still the ultimate arbiters of that which feels subjectively authentic to us.

    Personally, I love my life. And I think I'm in touch with reality too. :)

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    1. I can sense that you are Caryn. I am happy for you...

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