im sure thats true, but the thai lady boys are the probably the best example of this.
But that says you can tell they're still male, people associate transsexuals with the ones that stand out. The ones that fall under the radar are considered to be female (or male if it be the case). Personally I've met some amazing transsexuals that I couldn't tell either way.. so what about them? Sweep them under the rug and not class them as TS? Awesome, well not for everyone.
I'd say you're suggesting a connection between Asian people having smaller frames and being smaller so they're more feminine. Which may be true but it doesn't mean there aren't western TS's that are just as successful, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable considering Asians to be the 'best examples' of transsexuals, they have their fair share of 'noticeable' TS's. :S
shemale=part he, part she, simple, there is no rule saying a shemale must put herself in that possition...
A pre-op MTF transsexual = part she, part he. The slang term for shemale is what I described.
and maybe i got my definitions wrong for transsexual and "GID" but eather way, NOTHING ~REQUIRES~ sex realignment surgery.
Never at any point did I say otherwise, I said "in a lot of cases", which is true. I didn't discount non-ops.
i can speak that out of my own heart, and im sure im not the only one that feels that realighnment is only skin deep: you still have the memerys of a male (or female if your ftm) and you can NEVER get those back, you still arnt compleatly female like, if im correct in saying you do not get menstration (which some might see as good, but if you are the one experiencing this, youll know it makes you diffrent, not a full women.),
So what defines being male or female? what is between your legs or what you feel within your own mind? If a born female has a historictomy and can no longer use her vagina and has her breasts removed is she still female?
What is left that makes her female? Hormones? Which is what a transsexual also has from HRT.
If a pre-op transsexual has a relationship with someone who can't even tell then is she female?? IF you can't tell then it's not even a question?
I really consider the 'not a real women' to be ignorant and insulting.
You'd be surprised how similar the male and female body actually is.. and how much hormones play a part in those differences. TS's can of course store eggs and sperm before HRT, they may not have a womb/testes but they still have the option to have children and a lot do.
theres alot that the surgery can't fix, and some just don't want it, alot more than people expect i imagine.
Yep totally agree what is between your legs doesn't define who you are.
But it is a shame the legal system doesn't recognise non-ops as who they really are.
a big issue i atleast have, is comfert. obviusly some people have problems with transgender people or people who would crossdress or act in a conflicting maner than what their gender demands.
I also think it is sad, I think the general view of transsexuals is that it's a lifestyle choice not something you are born with which it is. It's as prevalent as being blind (1/500) yet being blind is ok and people feel sorry for them, but the misunderstandings of transsexuals results in hate. But saying that I knew nothing about it until a certain age as it effected my life. But I've always had the view point of not understand how people can feel they have a say over other peoples lives like they're god or something when the person in question is not harming anyone or anything.. it baffles me. Hate is silly and pointless.
and with that, youll always be reminded you arnt the sex you were ment to be, i feel that this might be a reason that would drive so many to the surgery, but i personaly see the surgery as skin deep and a mutalation of the body. i might be a female, but i have an appreciation that has grown to me in this male prison.
I don't know about mutilation, maybe for FTM as the results are not always perfect at this point in evolution, but for MTFs the surgery is undetectable by gynaecologists and the male penis has more nerve endings so MTFs have greater sensation from penetrative sex than most born females, on top of a perfectly functioning clitoris. Hardly mutilation IMO :P