americangothic wrote:...I've also had an amazing number of private messages thanking me for that piece of art....for being brave enough to post it in the "naked" section instead of in some "dirty pictures" file, or for making him/her so beautiful and "warm" "approachable"..."not scary"... I suspect that these messages only come from the bravest of the brave and that there are many more who are scared to say anything at all.
This sort of thing confuses me, what would they exactly be scared of? The people here seem fairly tolerant of various deviations from the norm, so why they expect to be ostrasized for appreciating a piece of art?
While I've know many transgendered persons, I know only one intersexed person, though not very well. He identifies as male. At some point in his life he was assigned to be female by a doctor as a child, though apparently still had his male genetalia? I'm honestly not sure how sex assignment surgery goes in the case of intersexed children. Anyway, he lived many years as a woman, even getting married and having a child. At some point, he realizeed though that inside he was more masculine than feminine and when through therapy and surgery to become a man. And apparently, he still does have his actual male genetalia rather than having something "Constructed" for him.
Reguarding society, it seems to me that people are much more accepting of female to male transgendered people than male to female in the case of instances where it is known that the person is transgendered. When dealing with people who don't know, female to males also have an easier time passing as genetic males it seems.