Did I need to have this surgery? Wow, that's complicated. The short answer: Yes, I did. The long answer: (Keep reading)
My perspective is from having MtF hormones and vaginoplasty. There are many other treatments, and people who have had those will likely have very different (yet really neat) answers.
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.
The weeks following my first post-op visit started slowly, with me only able to move around within the apartment at first, then small trips to the grocery or pharmacy.
I'll be getting a bit more graphic in this post, discussing some of the more, er, bloody details. If you don't like blood and other by-products of surgery, you might want to skip this post.
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.