Why Passing as Male is Important (via FtM Doctor)

This post by FtM Doctor evoked many different feelings for me and it feels really quite a raw and in-my-face subject for me at this still early stage in my transition. For me right now, it’s incredibly important to me that I am experienced by others as male as this is congruent with what I feel inside. It doesn’t always happen though and sometimes I shrug it off and try and reflect on what it was about me in the moment that gave away I am not an XY male. Other times I get hurt or angry. Occasionally I want to hide away until my body morphs enough and I have had the chest surgery that I really need to feel freedom with my body and fully be myself.

I’ve got more thoughts to add about this in coming weeks as it is such an ongoing thing for me and most transguys I expect, especially early on.

Passing as male is important to me, but it’s not as important to other transsexuals. There’s lots of reasons why many people don’t go to such a great effort to pass. Not everyone wants to be stealth. Being stealth is a trans-term for living in a way where as few people as possible know that you’re trans. Passing means that you can ‘pass’ for a person who was born male.  You can ‘pass’ and not be stealth – it’s quite fun actually, as it involves s … Read More

via FtM Doctor


About Sam Feeney

I am a counsellor, trainer and LGBTQI community activist. I write about my journey through life as a someone who lives and breathes gender and sexual difference and who cares passionately about creating powerful and sustainable radical social and political change.
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One Response to Why Passing as Male is Important (via FtM Doctor)

  1. Z says:

    Dear Sam

    Really glad that my post meant something to you, I remember that stage when passing was everything, and now passing is something I just take for granted. But it used to be everything.

    To be honest if someone thought I was a woman now I would be really shocked and upset, but I can relax because it just doesn’t really happen any more.

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