Christine's experiences (1960's and 1970's and the 2000's))

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Christine's experiences (1960's and 1970's and the 2000's))

Postby Christine Parker » October 25th, 2015, 10:55 pm

My teenage years (the Sixties (it was illegal back then):
http://www.seahorsesoc.org/resources/articles/secretlove.html

The seventies (Getting out there as a young woman):
http://www.seahorsesoc.org/resources/articles/secretlove2.html

The mature 21st Century cross-dresser:
http://www.seahorsesoc.org/resources/articles/oldercrossdresser.html
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Re: Christine's experiences (1960's and 1970's and the 2000's))

Postby Kate » October 28th, 2015, 10:52 pm

Great reads Christine. It is amazing how much society has changed. Those of us expressing ourselves or transitioning now are extraordinarily lucky compared to those who have gone before even only 10 or 20 years ago.

I hope that the Twenty Teens get better and better for you :)
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Re: Christine's experiences (1960's and 1970's and the 2000's))

Postby Christine Parker » October 28th, 2015, 11:43 pm

Kate wrote:I hope that the Twenty Teens get better and better for you :)
I will reach 70 by then. :cry:

As one wiser and older than myself (our Founder, Rosemarie) has often said:

"As you get older, you look less attractive, but look more authenic."

My own more verbose comment on the genders over the passage of a lifetime is:

If you had a little boy and little girl with the same hair style and same clothes, it would be hard tell what sex they were.

Similarly, if you have an elderly woman and an elderly man dressed the same in similar clothes and similar hair styles, it may be hard to immediately pick which sex they are.

It is in the reproductive years that the differences between the sexes is most obvious and profound. No doubt that there is an evolutionary basis for this, i.e, that the human race continues to procreate, because of the erotic attractiveness of the opposite sex.

Obviously, somewhere along the line, some of us got our wires crossed and we became attracted to ourselves as the other gender.

Just me theorising....
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Re: Christine's experiences (1960's and 1970's and the 2000's))

Postby Kate » October 30th, 2015, 4:55 pm

A not unreasonable (and certainly more gentle) explanation of Doctor and Blanchards theories surrounding Autogynephilia. Also not necessarily the only interpretation of their findings (i.e. arousal associated with dressing in many TG particularly MTF though it does also occur in FTM). An alternative theory to explain the observation, common to many CD's AND TG/TS, of arousal associated with dressing is that the arousal is not the origin / cause of the gender incongruence but is actually a symptom / consequence. That is the gender incongruence (dysphoria if you like) exists first, this is supported by the fact many TG's describe dressing well before any physical sexual maturity. As the the TG matures and goes through puberty their body undergoes the changes associated with that thus exacerbating the congruence. When the TG dresses they are able to alleviate the congruence, and are able to feel more complete and happy. Unable to rationalise this feeling of completeness with the reality that they have the body and live as their birth gender the brain "displaces" the happiness into the limbic system which turns it into an arousal and "eliminates" it.

Also just another theory but it matches up a little better with the common early history of dressing prior to sexual development (and please, don't give me that crap about babies and toddlers imprinting on their primary caregiver as a sexual mate / mother suckling complex. Freud has a LOT to answer for :x ) as well as the apparent reduction in arousal experienced by individuals who are able to express their true felt gender even before hormone intervention.

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