The latest version of this comes from, of course, the kooks at Shame on You Transgender Edition. "Michelle" Spicer, who seems to have become he most prolific poster among those spewing ignorance on that blog starts off with this bit of drivel…
Have you ever noticed that when you are talking to a transgender woman that she is always 100% sure beyond doubt that she is making the right decision. She very well may be making the right decision, but it is not possible to be 100% sure about anything. We are humans and we have doubts, it's just part of human nature. Yet in order to toe the line in the transgender community, she is forced to maintain an impossibility to secure her position in the transgender hierarchy.Now, I cannot speak to the experience of that non-existent entity known as a "transgender woman," but I would assume that, as usual, Mr, Spicer is referring to some random transsexual he has encountered. Now, by the time a transsexual has reached the point of beginning transition, he or she has struggled through years of self-doubt, misery, and even self-hatred in some cases. Most of us have suffered at least some form of abuse at the hands of others. By the time we finally transition, we are generally quite sure we are doing the right thing. But, something that has been lost along the way is the concept that transition is a trial period. That is why it is, or at least should be, called the Real Life Test. If it turns out to not be the right choice, there is always the possibility to go back. Of course, now, many kooks attack anyone making that decision. Simply put, you have doubts, or if you don't need to transition to survive…then don't.
And again with this stupid "hierarchy" stuff. Bunch of guys finding something to compete over. There are no degrees of being a woman, and if you are a transsexual, then don't worry about the imaginary "transgender hierarchy," unless, of course, you really do want to link yourself to a bunch of guys in dresses…in which case, well, maybe you should think long and hard before you decide to have surgery after all…because there is no going back.
But then Mr. Spicer takes off on a really stupid tangent that should leave no doubt that he is not remotely transsexual…
I recently posted an article about hormones and I mentioned that hormone replacement therapy does not always cause sexual dysfunction. There was no end of transwomen ready to swear that they lost sexual function not only from the first time they took hormones, they lost sexual function on the way home from the pharmacy! Loss of sexual function happens over time and there are many transwomen who remain functional right up until the surgery. But you won't hear any of them standing up to say so, they are simply not allowed too. Not unless they want to risk losing face in a community that has little cohesion and offers even less help. Why do we have to keep up these pretenses? Why do transwoman have to argue about stealing the pink blanket from another baby hours after they were born in an effort to "out trans" the next transgender woman. The arguments are ridiculous and can make us look like delusional fools.Okay, this bit of tripe is bad enough…but I checked out the article he refers to, and who led to the above is even worse….
Estrogen will kill your sexual function. More often than not this is certainly not the case. Your sex drive may change over time but your actual sexual function should not be affected until such time as you chose(or not) to have Gender Reassignment Surgery.Okay, first off, it does not happen instantly. That much is correct. In my case, when I started out, I was on .5 mg of Estinyl (Ethinyl estradiol) which would be about the equivalent of 7.5 mg of Premarin, plus an injection of Depo Estradiol once a month. It took about 6 weeks for my, uh, sexual function as Mr. Spicer puts it, to cease. Oh, and after two to three months I asked my doctor to move me to more regular injections of Depo Estradiol, so he switched me to every two weeks. Now, whether or not you lose the ability to have an erection and ejaculate (orgasms never went way) is dose dependent. I imagine, like most male crossdressers, Mr. Spicer wants to keep having erections. I was overjoyed that they were gone. That is one of those significant differences that separates transsexuals and those who are "transgender." Most men in dresses want to keep their penis, uh, fully functional.
Clearly, Mr. Spicer did not like being confronted with the truth. He no doubt has a doctor with enough savvy to put him on an appropriate dosage for a crossdresser. Of course, you probably wouldn't tell the patient that, since many crossdresser, while easy to spot, are not always willing to give up that fantasy that they are "really" a transsexual, even though they want to keep their penis. Then again, he may even have one of those doctors who follows the ridiculously low dosing regimen of the Clarke Institute, which basically puts patients on low dose birth control pills, and then claims that hormones have little, if any, actual effect on male patients. Uh…yeah, and I imagine some of them are quite happy with that. But no the transsexual ones.
If you take a proper dose of estrogen, you will see changes over time. You will have breast development, which can be as variable as that of women born women. Some have more than others. You will see some changes in facial features. Again, this is variable. It depends a lot on what you had to start with. In the case of Mr. Spicer, I don't know how long he has been on hormones, but the pictures I have seen of him are not promising. You will also see some fat redistribution, and you body will take on a more feminine shape. Again, variable. I know one very well known transgender extremist who sports a beer belly any redneck could be quite proud of. What some would call Dunlap's syndrome. (My belly, done lapped over my jeans…) I don't know how much of that is how that person dresses, and how much is hormones (or the lack thereof), and how much is simply genetics, but that person does look kind of odd.
The bottom line is, hey, if you want to identify as "transgender" fine…be transgender. Just stop claiming stuff like how you are just as much a woman as anyone else, and how you are just like a transsexual…. Just stop trying to tell transsexuals they are transgender, because I got news for you…if you buy into the crap Mr. Spicer spews, you almost certainly aren't.