Madeline talks candidly


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  1. She’s amazing! I kept finding myself smiling from ear to ear as I watched her speech. I also wanted an EZ-Bake oven and didn’t get one for the same reason that they were for girls. I also wanted a GI Joe but was refused because it was too much of a doll, and dolls were also only for girls. Both of those memories provide evidence to me that as a young child I must have expressed my gender to my parents. Too bad they’re both long deceased since I’d certainly like to ask them about this now.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this video. I’d never have found it otherwise.

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    1. She is as articulate as she is credible Emma and a fine ambassador for trans people

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  2. Madeline has mentioned introspection and spiritual meditation which are perhaps the most difficult aspects of transition but the most essential. As I see it, the physical aspects are important but without the mindwork, I wonder if it is ever possible to reach a point of self-acceptance.

    Joanna, thank you for posting this.

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    1. And yes the mindwork is absolutely essential whether you transition or not 😉

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  3. I enjoyed this video and appreciated her outreach and being an open book to take questions.

    But I didn't like how she lumped in crossdressers as all fetishists. She comes across as extremely intelligent so I was quite surprised and disappointed at that characterization from her.

    While she is certainly helping the trans community with her outreach, that comment doesn't help others on the gender spectrum.

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    1. Unfortunately it's not a simple black and white but many crossdressers do fall under the fetish driven camp. As I have written here often many who are really trans can also misidentify as crossdressers hoping that's all they are which is what I did. The issue is are you driven by the desire to wear the clothes or by identity. That's the question we all need to answer.

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    2. Right, I totally agree CD is not black and white. And do agree there are some in that aspect where it is a fetish. I just didn't like how Madeline completely blanketed ALL CDs as fetish. A bit too Blanchardian for me.

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    3. I agree with you but must point out that trans people who are on that fence would do well to maybe stay away from that terminology of crossdresser and all its baggage (if there is more for you than the clothes). Yes, it is not fair for transwomen to do this but the reality is that its a far cry between a man who wears clothes on weekends and them. Its an issue that keeps cropping up. Unfortunately some feel that self defining involves stating who you aren't instead of who you are :).

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