Did I need to have this surgery? Wow, that's complicated. The short answer: Yes, I did. The long answer: (Keep reading)
When I responded to the New York Times op-ed piece "My New Vagina Won't Make Me Happy", I was about 6 weeks away from having my own vaginoplasty. I'm now about 12 weeks post-op, and I have a different perspective now that I'm on the other side of surgery.
This past weekend, the New York times published an op-ed piece by Andrea Long Chu entitled "My New Vagina Won't Make Me Happy (And it shouldn't have to)". This column caused shock waves through the trans community for many of the things the author said and the way she characterized different aspects of her experience as a transgender woman.
Here is my response.
With this post, I'm going to get into a medical procedure (surgery) which reconfigures a person's genitals. I'm going to include links to pictures and discuss body parts graphically (in a clinical manner. If you're squeamish or don't really want to see this, please skip this post; it's ok, I understand.