Transgendering: blurring the boundaries of gender. Lorber Handbook of gender and women's studies pp. McKenna, Wendy and Suzanne Kessler. SAGE Knowledge. Have you created a personal profile? Login or create a profile so that you can create alerts and save clips, playlists, and searches.
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Please log in from an authenticated institution or log into your member profile to access the email feature. Transgender'is a complicated and contested term, whose meaning has considerable historical and situational specificity. This chapter considers the various meanings of transgender over the last thirty years and relates these meanings to some theoretical questions that have emerged from various academic and non-academic discussions, especially as they suggest directions for feminist inquiry. Transgendering radically deconstructs the meaning of gender categories and presents feminist scholars with possibilities for linking theory and practice.
The move was instituted by students to make the document more welcoming to those who, although biologically female, do not CQ Press Your definitive resource for politics, policy and people. Remember me? Back Institutional Login Please choose from an option shown below. Need help logging in? Click here. There are three dilators: a small blue one, a medium green one, and then the big orange one. We — the other girls and I — called the big one Thor. To be honest, I'm never going to see a dick as big as Thor. You start out with the two small ones, lube it up and stick it in.
There are five little white dots on the dilator, and you have to try to make it so that you can get the fifth dot in.
You want to have as much depth as possible. I had a breakdown on day four post-surgery. I didn't know you had to dilate so many times a day, so that really sucked the life out of the next month. How was I going to get through the school year having to dilate? I remember crying and being really upset. I normally feel older because of everything I've had to go through, but it was one of the first times in a long time that I felt like I was 20 and the other girls were mentoring me.
Because they were older, and their pain either was not initially as bad as mine or they were better at dealing with it than me, they helped talk me through it. The first couple of months were still really hard. I resented my vagina a little bit.
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I was so stiff and sore. I had to dilate four times a day, 30 minutes each, two hours apart, so I didn't leave the house most days.
I felt trapped, and it was terrible. I didn't get to see my friends.
But I did go to Washington, D. It felt like a doomsday situation. I was trying to see the best of it, but I was thinking about my rights as a trans woman under the Trump administration, and the fact that they might go backwards. I need protection under the law from discrimination, and I felt like his election was a green light for bigots.
After the first month, when the pain started going away, and I was down to dilating three times a day, I started to love my vagina. She started looking like a vagina instead of a little mess of skin. I freaked out for a long time about my vagina not being normal, but I think it's just something all women go through, like, "Oh no, my labia are too small.
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I remember one of the therapists who wrote me a letter of recommendation told me a story of this woman who got her vagina something like 25 years ago, and it had this smell that she didn't think anything of, and then she lost her vagina. She had to have it removed. So that really worried me. Now, almost a year and a half later, my vagina looks like every other person's vagina, but with two faint scars on either side where the incisions were that are still healing. When I don't shave, you couldn't tell at all. I've shown a few of my trans girlfriends, and a few of my cis girlfriends, either pictures or in person, for science, and they've all been pretty shook.
Having the surgery has given me confidence. I always had anxiety that people could see my bulge.
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I'd be scared to wear bathing suits. I wear leggings all the time. And I feel safer. Now, I have the same problems that cis girls have, like, "Oh my gosh, I've got to shave more" — not, "Is someone going to tell I'm trans and then literally murder me? There's so much violence against trans women and I didn't want to be another statistic. I don't identify myself as trans on my dating app profiles because it just brings out the creeps, or turns a lot of people away, and I would like people to see me as the woman I am.
In a lot of ways, it starts with trans porn, which is very objectifying and misogynistic. I was like, "Oh well, I don't have one. I will tell people if I were to start dating them, but I feel like announcing it upfront gives people preconceived notions that, once they'd met me, would go away. I do feel, in a lot of ways, that the surgery did complete my transition, but I'm still trans. That's not gonna change because I got surgery.
Not acknowledging that would erase my whole experience. For the first five or so times, it hurt, but touching myself felt super normal. I even tried to finger myself before I had surgery, because I just really felt a connection with having a vagina. I would sort of push my dick in a little bit. And there's this thing where you can finger a trans girl in the socket where the testicles descended, called muffing. I tried it once and it was weird, but some girls like it. What happens for trans women, when you're on estrogen for long enough, is that your orgasms start feeling different even before surgery.
The difference is that when you have a penis and you're full of testosterone, it's a very quick, concentrated sort of situation — five seconds max, after the ejaculate comes out, you're done. But now, and even after being on hormones for a while, it would be 10 seconds. Female hormones increased the orgasm time and it started being more full-body.
After the surgery, l think I've had at least one multigasm — like 30 seconds. I recently had sex for the first time with my vagina. Especially after going through the surgery, I didn't want to mess up anything. He didn't need to be, like, Prince Charming, but I wanted it to be someone I could trust in a safe environment, and it was.
I was emotionally ready and it was something I wanted.
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It hurt and felt good, and it took a while to get it in all the way. I think it takes time to create that comfort. I know that it can work. I am so fortunate and so privileged to be able to have my vagina, and to have that comfort in my body. One of my close friends doesn't make enough to afford the surgery. I remember how much pain it was for me to live with a penis every day. For me, it was only three years or so that I really was in anguish, wanting and waiting for the surgery.
For some people, it's 30 years. It's very depressing. We give grants toward electrolysis treatments and other services people need in transitioning. Until fairly recently, it was super taboo even within the trans community to talk about it. I think a lot of trans people are so aggravated giving the class to cis people, that they don't want to get into the advanced class with trans girls. So many famous trans women don't talk about it, because they say it's private. But what about all the trans girls that want the surgery?
Who are they looking up to? There's no one. The only super-prominent trans woman that I've ever heard talk about getting surgery was Janet Mock. It means a lot to me. Her first book really helped me get through. I've been very open about my whole journey, my whole transition. I hope that by sharing my story that I can help in some small way to normalize trans people and the process of transitioning.