FtM and MtF, the two faces of the transition
Today, more women than men are transitioning - or rather, more girls than boys - reversing the proportions of the past. But the two phenomena, apparently different, do not escape the phallogocentrism and the normative nature of the male gaze. The fight against gender stereotypes must be intensified. Above all for the good of minors

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The phenomenon of transition appears changed profoundly in the last thirty years. The main change - although not the only one - concerns the biological sex of the people who decide to transition, today more females than males.

Once upon a time FtM, from female to male, were an absolute rarity. The proportions were roughly one FtM for every one hundred MtF, and even then they were two worlds anthropologically different and distant from each other. Today FtM constitute the clear majority of early transitions - 7-8 cases out of 10– and the reading criteria must be updated.

An important difference: while among MtFs the use of hormonal therapies and surgery - castration - is increasingly rare in favor of a self-identification that keeps the body intact (self-id) FtM very frequently resort to chemical support and double mastectomy top surgery (much less frequently to the construction of a male pseudo-sex).

On a symbolic level, however, both types of transition tell the same story. It is always about the erasure of the female body.

In the case of FtM, a real one escape from the destiny of being women understood as disempowerment, loss of freedom, renunciation, subordination, misery. The movement is the same as emancipated and - in a subsequent phase - of anorexic (see here). As they often say detransitioner, More than being men, it's about stopping the process of becoming women, with all that entails. The goal is “escape from the burning house" (see here).

In the case of MtF it is instead a matter of replacing biological women with their own "new" bodies of pseudo-women, autogynephilically and cosmetically reconstructed, when they are, according to the canons that are linked to the most consolidated ones gender stereotypes, that is to say pandering to the demands of the male gaze.

That of the FtM is almost always a political gesture of resistance on which, therefore, it is possible to intervene politically: work with detransitioner it is in fact a predominantly political job. The case of MtF instead presents itself as a predominantly intrapsychic movement.

Apparently therefore the FtM and MtF transitions appear as symmetrical, equal and opposite movements, somehow "compensated": escape from the feminine in the first case, desire to be part of it in the second. Actually both movements do not escape the scope of the normative male gaze which denies female freedom and imposes the cage of gender stereotypes. In other words, both ways we remain within the confines of phallogocentrism. The phallus remains the ordering principle.

Feminism has always fought against gender stereotypes and this battle today must be resumed and intensified, above all for the safety of girls and boys. The increasingly widespread use of puberty blockers, which anticipates and spreads the phenomenon of transition like wildfire, producing irreversible damage in the bodies of perfectly healthy and never "wrong" minors, has radically changed the scenario and requires maximum attention.

Girls and young women, who today are the main target of propaganda, must be saved from the brutality of these ultimate practices in the wake of emancipation. Emancipation means freeing oneself from slavery, escaping from domination. But being a woman is not slavery, it is the patriarchy that, in order not to collapse, cannot help but understand us as subordinate.

It's about convincing girls and boys to escape oppression, resisting within themselves, and about "unspeakable fortune of being born a woman(Luisa Muraro).

Marina Terragni


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