Originally Posted by border
What sort of pornography do you like? It seems to me that most transgendered and lesbian porn is made for straight males, and probably might not appeal that much to actual TGs and lesbians.
Not a big fan of porn. When i do its usually straight porn.. but sometimes a guy in a gay porn will catch my eye lol Transgendered porn doesnt really cater to me though.
I've heard several people claim that the majority of crossdressers are actually heterosexual males. Is this true? Supposedly this revelation was in the Kinsey Report, but I haven't seen it corroborated anywhere reliable.
Could be. Some people need an outlet for their feminine side. Its sad that any sign of femininity is considered a sign of weakness or whatever for guys. Most crossdressers i know do it mostly for this kind release and also for sexual gratification.
Originally Posted by i_am_ben
I've always wanted to know how much does transitioning roughly cost? Is any of it covered by insurance/government? (I suppose the latter question varies on country)
Here are things to consider.. therapy, hormones, electrolysis, facial feminization surgery, sexual reassignment surgery, ongoing care for the rest of your life. What the final cost is depends on what needs doing and what you are willing to pay for. Some girls are lucky enough to not need facial surgery.. others are fortunate to have very little body hair so the need for super lengthy electrolysis is absent. If you had to get everything, figure around $50k. The price could go up much higher depending on the quality of the doctors.. it could also go a little lower in the same way.
Originally Posted by Wrath2X
OK answer this question only if you want to:
Do all of you girls want to get the operation or are you perfectly happy being pre-op?
Perfectly happy being pre-op? No but there are some times when i think i can make live with it. Havent had that thought in a while though. Right now its full transition for me. Things can change, however.
Originally Posted by mernst23
Not TG but supportive of the cause and had a question. I understand the value of HRT, but in the case of alteration surgery, does sex lose it's pleasure? Obviously MtF and FtM are very different types of surgery, but it was always my understanding that the surgery will essentially destroy the nerve endings necessary to experience an orgasm.
There is a chance that orgasm via what was once penile tissue will be lost. As surgery techniques get more advanced the chances go up though. im not really well versed on ftm stuff but from what ive heard from a couple people, they dont have much too worry about when it comes to sexual pleasure afterwards.
Originally Posted by Zaptruder
Does anyone know what might be some of the biological causes behind transgenderism?
I mean, males and females are derived from the XY and XX chromosome respectively... but what's the biological basis for identifying so strongly with your 'non-biological' gender, when the X or the Y aren't present?
Is it a hormonal thing?
Or is it perhaps a personality type thing?
All of this is like asking what makes someone homosexual as opposed to heterosexual. Who really knows? Theres some evidence that it may be genetic.. there also some that it might be environmental.. its probably a mix of the two.
I mean in the sense that most people don't have a mental default, other than the fact they were born into their male or female body... or to put it another way, if you were to displace the mind of the person (of most people) into a body of the opposite gender, they'd simply identify with the body's gender... but some, at the ends of the bell curve, in someway identify with a specific gender irrespective of their body type.
To put it another way, I like most males have fantasized about the ability to adopt the body of the opposite gender for a day... if you were to ask if people would want the ability to morph at will between the two genders, I think many would be intrigued by the idea; and without strings, would probably accept it.
But that isn't the same kind of mindset shared by been transgendered? Or is it a less severe form of that mindset?
If you could change your body or you just found yourself in a different body how do you think you would view yourself? As a woman or as a man in a womans body? i dont really have any other answers for these because they are generally unanswerable :lol
Do transgendered people exist on the similar scale to the kinsey scale? Where homosexuality isn't on or off, but a spectrum?
Now you are getting a little weird :lol Afaik the Kinsey scale applies to everyone.
Also, how do we differentiate between people that simply wish to engage in roles, activities and behaviours, traditionally considered gender-opposite (in the case of guys, staying home, taking care of the kids, wearing dresses, etc, in the case of women, before the 1950s, going out starting a career, etc) and people that associate strongly as the opposite-gender, independent of these things?
Its up to the person to figure out their identity, not me.
Is a gay-man that also cross-dresses a tg without realising that he is? Or does he also need to feel the urge to have breasts, mother a child (knowing that this is a biological impossibility, irrespective of what surgery can do), etc?
Youd have to ask them :lol Just because someone dresses up in different clothes doesnt mean they always view themselves as being in the wrong body. Some people just do it to have fun.. see drag performers.
Speaking of which... what urges do people that believe themselves to be TG feel, before they come to realise that they are TG? Does mothering a child rank among any of it? An attachment to breasts?
For me, yes. ive often found myself mothering animals.
Sorry if these questions are a bit too much... I simply seek to understand the boundaries of what we consider to be innate parts of gender differences (outside of the physical differences), and what parts of gender identity are social constructs that can vary from culture to culture.
No worries :lol Trying to answer your post felt like talking with someone speaking a million miles a minute though :lol