What happens to a transsexual when she has transitioned, is living in her target gender, and then begins to think she’ll never fit in, never feel safe, never be recognized as her target sex? In the transsexual community, when you turn around and begin undoing all your work on transition, it’s called “de-transitioning,” and it’s not a course of action that anyone seriously wants to entertain. Here’s a blog post from gallinggalla, who analyzes de-transitioning in light of the cultural oppression that we all feel because of rigid gender roles.

http://gallinggalla.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/detransitioning/

What I find interesting about gallinggalla’s post is that she realizes that the cost of de-transition is not only the return of GID, but also an acknowledgment that gender and sex-role oppression would still be with her.


This is the original post, which doesn’t capture the oppression of gender

What happens to a transsexual when she has transitioned, is living in her target gender, and then begins to think she’ll never fit in, never feel safe, never be recognized as her target sex? In the transsexual community, when you turn around and begin undoing all your work on transition, it’s called “de-transitioning,” and it’s not a course of action that anyone seriously wants to entertain. Here’s a blog post from gallinggalla, who asks herself whether she should de-transition or not.

http://gallinggalla.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/detransitioning/

What I find interesting about gallinggalla’s post is that she realizes that the cost of de-transition is the return of GID, and I would certainly agree with that. While some might be able to weigh the GID against a better physical fit with social norms in a personal kind of social/psychological cost-benefit analysis, the thought of going back is, to me, a nightmare.