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(Above) A stellar photo spread of 14 well-known transwomen published by the short lived C*ndy Magazine in 2014

 

 

This website covers various aspects of male-to-female transsexualism, now usually referred to as Gender Identity Dysphoria (GID).  It was developed in the years around my own transition in 2000 and there have been no major changes since 2004, although I occasionally made small updates, corrections or additions in areas of particular interest to me.  I have also reluctantly removed some pages and information of a personal or controversial nature - views and opinions that were the norm in the late 1990's are often now considered unacceptable.  

The site was launched during an extraordinary period around the turn of the millennia which was truly transformational for transsexual women.  In 2000 the Internet had hundreds of small websites [admittedly often amateurish] published by transgender women on free hosting platforms such as Geocities, which collectively contained a huge amount of helpful information.  Fast forward 20 years and these time-consuming websites are sadly long gone - replaced by thousands of social media accounts such as Instagram and Facebook, and easy to make videos on YouTube and TikTok.  The content these is often very benign (or get banned!), and heavily focussed on getting lots of views and likes.

Whilst this website is largely historical in nature, I hope that it contains some information that may still be useful and helpful. 

 


The use of Latin terms such as trans and cis is appropriate given the Roman fascination with hermaphrodites  

Terminology

The articles often use words such as transsexual and transwoman, which have largely been replaced by the term transgender.  The prefix trans is a Latin noun meaning 'across', 'beyond' or 'on the opposite side'.  The articles use trans in the context of people making changes to their physical characteristics (hormonal and surgery) and lifestyle in order to match this to their selected gender.

A significant development since c.2014 is the use of the prefix cis, e.g., in words such as ciswomen, cisgendered and cissexual.  Cis is actually another Latin term, meaning 'on this side', and is increasingly used in the context of women (usually but not always genetically XX) who were assigned a female gender at birth, and whose bodies and their personal identity have always agreed with this.  It does make sense as an alternative to awkward phrases such as "genetically XY women" that I have resorted to in some articles. 

I support the recent substitution of the term Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS) for the very inaccurate term Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) that dates to the 1950's, but due to age of the articles they do extensively use the abbreviation SRS.

 

The March of Time

It's impossible exaggerate how much things have changed since 2000.  For example, in 2020 I was watching TV when I realised that two commercials in a prime-time ad break had featured female models who I knew were MTF transgender - one was for a shampoo brand and the other was for a fashion retailer.  Twenty years ago either ad would have resulted in a major story in a Sunday newspaper! 

In 2000 there were about 60,000 post-GCS women in the entire world - and most had used a few dozen surgeons (each performing between 50 and 300 procedures a year) whose individual merits were intensely debated within the trans-community.  Fast forward to 2020 and a million post-GCS women is probably an underestimation. Thailand has overtaken the USA as the 'market leader' due to the low price and generally high quality of the surgical procedures performed there.  Once small clinics in Thailand have now grown into specialist hospitals which each perform up to 3,000 Gender Confirmation surgeries annually (over 90% on foreigners) - more than were being performed in the entire world twenty years ago! 

Probably because of the huge increase on the number of transwomen, they are no longer constantly featuring on afternoon television shows or in a tabloid newspaper expose.  Transwomen are no longer rare freaks.  Most people (particularly in younger age groups) now personally know someone who is transgender - a family member, classmate, friend, work colleague, etc.  This is changing attitudes to the extent that going deep stealth after transition is no longer the goal of every transwoman who can pass convincingly as a woman. 


In early 2014, 22-year old male model Andrej Pejic had gender confirmation surgery, returning to work as female model Andreja.

Other developments since 2000 include:

  • EU directives prohibiting any discrimination based on sex or gender being adopted in national laws. [A legal case taken by Caroline Cossey in 1989 played a huge role in starting this process] 

  • In many countries a transwoman born with a male birth certificate can now legally marry as a woman.  Some faiths/orders (e.g. The Church of England) will now perform a religious marriage ceremony if the couple identify and marry as a "man and woman".

  • The acceptance by the modelling industry of transwomen as female models, led by Andrej (now Andreja) Pejic and Lea T

  • A much greater willingness by the medical profession to pro-actively treat young transgender children under age 18 - take a bow Kim Petras

  • Medical advances - both surgical and endocrinological.  Medical barriers have fallen and the announcement of the first pregnant transwoman and mother is a case when rather than if

  • In 2000 male-to-female (MTF) surgical procedures out-numbered female-to male (FTM) procedures by roughly 3 to 1, but in 2020 many clinics were performing more FTM than MTF operations.  The FTM transition of actor Ellen (now Elliot) Page woke up the media to the fact that not all transgender people are transwomen, and indeed transmen may soon be in a majority.

 

Finally ...

I'm always delighted to hear from readers, contrast experiences, and perhaps attempt to answer any questions.  My email address is annie.richards@hotmail.com.

Important Notes:
1.
I'm not a qualified medical professional and the contents of this website are merely based upon my experience and research.  It does NOT in any way constitute Medical Advice.
2. Please contact me if you are featured on this website and wish to be removed.  Whilst I will usually do this, in a few cases I have declined to act when the information or image is clearly in the public domain and relevant to an article. 
 

Treatment of Young Male-to-Female Transsexuals Female Hormone Treatment
Breast Development in Transsexual Women Breast Augmentation for Transsexual Women Sex Reassigment Surgery Options for the Transsexual Woman
Orchidectomy for the Transsexual Woman Stealth and the Transsexual Woman The transwoman and transition
The Transsexual Woman and Work The sexual orientation of transsexual women Marriage and the MTF Transsexual
Transsexual Preganancy Lactation in the Transsexual Woman The Transsexual Woman and Motherhood
Average Body Size Differences in the Male and Female Skeleton What is Female Physical Beauty?
 
 

 

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