I don’t disagree with what you’ve written about sexism and misogyny, but I think an important point missing here is that many people detransition not because of regret that they’ve undergone hormone treatment (or surgery), but because they find that society will not accept them as their true genders. I don’t have data on whether this reason for detransition is more common with transfeminine or transmasculine people, but it’s important to emphasize. Serano has a good article talking about detransition (among other issues) here:

I also think it’s important to acknowledge and respect that some female-assigned people who want to go on testosterone do not have a male subsconscious sex, but nevetheless do sincerely want the physical qualities associated with (typical) cisgender men. I know your example of “Testosterone should not be taken just because you are into women, like to play sports, and hate how big your breasts are” was kind of flippant — I doubt there are people who would seriously consider going on T just for any of these reasons — but ultimately I think anyone who wants hormones and has no medical contraindications should be able to get them, no invasive questions asked, as a principle of bodily autonomy. The same applies to surgery; cisgender people get all sorts of body alterations done to themselves — some irreversible — without having to undergo therapy beforehand.

Thanks for clarifying that you live in Denmark. Very different situation in the U.S. when it comes to health care.

Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, photographer, blogger. Pronouns: they/them/their. funcrunch.org, patreon.com/funcrunch

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