The arguments for transition

It lets you be yourself.

You may become obviously a trans woman. You may become impotent and infertile because of hormones or surgery. You may spend a great deal on transition, on clothes finding a style that works, on hair removal, or on baldness treatments. You may suffer all of this. But it lets you be yourself.

You will still find it difficult to “be yourself” in certain situations. At work, you will probably do some things you do not enjoy doing, with people you do not like- not all the time, but some of the time. You will find places you can be yourself in your own time, such as Doctor Who cosplay, perhaps, channelling aspects of your character you cannot express elsewhere, or extrovert, even exhibitionist tendencies.

You should be able to be yourself with your family, but some families prevent this. Possibly most do, to some extent. That is how we develop blind spots, where we don’t know things about ourselves which others see clearly. We put up a façade to try to fool others, and even sometimes to fool ourselves, and there are parts so deeply repressed that no-one can see them. You should be able to be yourself with a partner.

I don’t believe I have a female spirit, soul or essence. I am a materialist. Professor Brian Cox puts it this way: CERN shows how particles interact. If there were spiritual forces interacting with matter, we would have observed them. Spiritual understandings still explain observed phenomena- “I have a female spirit” is a useful way of putting it, because people understand, but there are better ways of saying the same thing: “I have characteristics seen as feminine in my culture”.

I don’t have a female brain, and nor do androphile trans women. There are certain sex differences between brains, and trans women can have certain female characteristics in their brains, but it is not true that trans women before treatment have clear female sexual dimorphism of the brain, or that anyone does.

Patriarchy through culture oppresses women, feminine and gender diverse people. It is hard for a man to be feminine. So I suppressed my feminine self, which I could only express through cross-dressing, and otherwise tried to hide from everyone.

I am meeting someone for the first time in at least fifteen years, and will advise her not to transition. Don’t make the same mistake I did. “There was a door you did not see”. This is based on the above rational case; but people do not do what is in our rationally chosen best interests. It misses out the other argument for transition- that I wanted to, more than anything else in the world.

It is compulsive. It is sexually arousing. I tend to feel it is sexually arousing because it is compulsive, rather than the other way around, but still. I tend to feel it is compulsive because

It is a way to be yourself!

It is a way to be able to accept being yourself, to be yourself, let down your guard, know yourself, admit yourself, tolerate yourself, stop acting and pretending and feel less that you are wrong and inadequate. It is water in a desert, sunshine and flowers when you have been locked in a cellar. It is the best truth many people can find.

The masculine act is not you. Can you find another way to be yourself other than transition? Transition if, despite the consequences- mockery and prejudice, infertility, and cost and effort- it is the best way available to be yourself.

8 thoughts on “The arguments for transition

  1. “Clare” speaks from ignorance, having transitioned for all he wrong reasons. Predictably, the results of said transition are less than stellar. The vast majority of the posts here are sad transparencies striving to find some saving grace in decisions poorly made.
    Clare has my deepest sympathies and condolences, having fallen victim to the False Narrative of the trans* “community”.

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    • Thank you for your sympathy. Do you think there are ever right reasons for transition? Some transitions work. Yes, I strive for some saving grace, but also seek to understand the social, familial, personal, cultural, natural dynamics behind my decision, and other aspects of being human. Did you like my Doctor Who photographs? What do you think of the other people there?

      Sympathy is welcome, but you’re not much good at nuance, are you? A true heretic might try to propose better solutions.

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  2. I can’t imagine the difficulty of making the decision you’ve made, and every story you share reminds me of how I shouldn’t take the ease of being cisgendered for granted. To be presented with a choice between living authentically in one sense, and living a fully-accepted life on the other seems impossible.

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      • Nor should you use all of your time attempting to please people. There will always be those who will reject you for your lack of authenticity (as they see it) or your complete authenticity (again, as they see it). Whatever authenticity you possess can only be measured as it pleases yourself (as YOU see it).

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