What is the Difference Between Transsexual and a Shemale?
Transsexual vs. Shemale?
To the layperson - these two creatures are on and the same and by some definitions - that's correct.
Alas, calling most transsexual's a shemale is considered insulting.
So what's the difference?
Before we get to that…
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Variations in Transgender Expression: An Introduction
What is the Difference Between Transgender and Transsexual?
What is the Difference Between Transgender and Gay?
What is the Difference Between a Transsexual and a Shemale?
What is the Difference Between a Transvestite and a Crossdresser?
What is the Difference Between a Transsexual and a DRAG Queen?
Transsexual vs. Shemale
What is a Transsexual?
A transsexual is a transgender person - starting from either a male or female platform - that’s determined through therapy and/or their own reflection they were clearly born in the wrong body. They usually have plans to change their gender via “transition” - or have already done so.
If you are diagnosed "transsexual" - your transgender desire is of utmost importance to your happiness and well-being and you're intently dreaming of completely changing your gender. This desire and frustration usually starts at a very early age and is something we're born with from the start.
Additional There's a number of TS (transsexual "types" you might hear about - based around where we are in the process of changing our gender)
The two most common, include:
A “pre op transsexual” is a transsexual whose usually already living full time in their new gender but who hasn’t yet had the final / bottom surgery = also known as GRS / SRS.
A Post-Op Transsexual is a transsexual whose already completed “bottom surgery” - GRS. 99.99% of the time she’s been living full-time as a woman for an extended period. Generally-speaking, post-op transsexual women are amongst the most well balanced & evolved transgender women - since they’re now past much of drama associated with being transgender. However, that’s not always the case.
What is a Shemale?
Almost every transgender gal has been called a "She-Male" at some point in her trans-female journey. For me, it most often occurred back in the days of trans night clubbing - or any other time I was around relative newcomers to transgenderism. However, a shemale is a distinctive member of the transgender family. I define a "she-male" as a "full time" t-girl - usually with breast augmentation - that is preoperative (still has a penis) and works in the sex industry.
The term was created by the porn industry to market pre-op & non-op transsexuals as a new type of pornography. It’s proven very successful. “Tranny Porn” continues to be one of the few remaining thriving sectors in that industry. Lots of trans-women working as paid escorts also use the term to describe themselves in order to leverage interest by paid dates.
However, calling a transsexual woman a “she male” is considered a derogatory term - its akin to calling her a prostitute.
Thus, in summation:
A Transsexual is a transgender person whose driven to transform their gender to the opposite of both. This is often a long, grueling and overwhelming process. A "shemale" is a term that was created by the pornographic industry to describe those transsexual women who have not yet had final genre-reassignment-surgery (still have a penis down below). A huge sexual interest and following has been for transsexual women from shemale XXX video's - but it often causing a gross misunderstanding about transsexual love reality.
Additional Main Chapters in this Area, include:
What is Transgender?
Introduction to Transgenderism
How to respect a Transgender Person
Men Dressed as Women
Urban Dictionary: Transgender Terms
Urban Dictionary: Transgender Slangs
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