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    • August 19, 2017 8:35 AM BST
    • Oh My.

      Joined: September 27, 2003. To Many years ago.

      I do know when I did I was under the impression it was for the duration. It was called Trannyweb then. I can fondly remember my old friends  who I met here. We was truly as thick as thieves. Alias time marches on and the bonds we had were severed . Sarah, Nena, Clair, Julie to name but a few. I miss them dearly and hope they have good lives and are wiser for there experiences. I would still like to reconnect but i doubt I ever will. I don't know if it would be the same. We have all grown up and have our own lives and i would assume the values we had have very much changed

      I Know mine have.

       

      Would I forget them? Heavens No!

       

      I can remember what it was like then. For me personally. Married In a relationship where fussing and fighting and her violent obsessions were the norm. No one cared in my life if I lived or died. That was my feeling. Trannyweb was one of my Saviors. My line into the part of my brain that was happy and safe. I wasted my youth and my then future. On the lies I told myself. The Trannyweb i knew was my secret place. The place where  I knew the demons in my life were not allowed. No bitterness's or judgements,  My place to make a stand for what i believed was inside me. I was trapped inside my own pain. But Trannyweb was my escape. I felt like some kind of stranger in my own life. The site i knew helped me find the answer.

       

       

      Cutting my very long story short. I had a new dawn for myself. My Chance to live again.

      No longer living with the harlot i called a wife.

      I left my Home and my past. I escaped from the world of sadness.  I Wanted to reach my Utopia. The place i could truly call home.

      I now have Have a most wonderful new partner She took my hand and showed me love. Healed my eternal pain. Her voice gave me hope. to which I ended the desperate war within with going full time few years ago. Been on Hormones now for 8 months. Its fantastic even if i left it till late being now 50+.

      I have my own little business which will never make me a millionaire but it pays for me to have some independence. However I  am trying to line up a meeting with a corporate so who knows.

      I guess the reason i only visit on occasion now is because of as i said values change. Plus on a different note because i started again i now live stealth. Very few know my past in fact only 3 know of the world i had. Not including my Children who know and support me. I couldn't ask for more.

      Im considered a woman by society and that's how i see myself.

      Ive become the girl of my dreams. Just an older version.

      The Sun shines on me again and the flowers i spy are pretty.  I Now believe in life and love. Part of that was because of Trannyweb. It gave me the hope to believe there was something more. I will always hold the site in the back of my mind as a enduring friend.

    • August 7, 2017 8:59 AM BST
    • Hello Maryanne,

      I'm sorry I've just seen your message on this thread today, don't know how I missed that, must have been away.

      Very sad to hear about Gloria, I met her when she and Robin visited Manchester, in fact several TW girls met up that weekend and had a great time, like many of us regularly did in those days. It was wonderful to meet 2 of our members from across the pond, and Gloria was indeed larger than life, and great fun to talk with.

      To this day, Gloria and Robin hold the record for the longest distance traveled to get to a TW/TGS get-together!

      Such a shame. None of us are getting any younger...

      xx

    • August 7, 2017 12:18 AM BST
    • Golly gee Sandy - as Little Auful Annie used to say.
      I got to quit procastinatin. Officially I've been a member since 2001 but with old Tranny web  we were rolling along before that. I remember it well. Katie's pot o' gold was running out and I scrapped the membership fee together some how and became a lifer.
      I  was teaching at the time (now retired) and I got my pick-me-ups from reading the jokes format/ I also vividly remember the
      Procrastination meeting which never was held.
      Hugs xxxooo
      Gracie
       

    • July 19, 2017 2:38 PM BST
    • I'm sorry I didn't see this until now.  In fact I didn't know until MA phoned me to tell me the news about Gloria.  I'm very sorry to hear of her passing.  She was a real character, a prolific poster and here all the time for years and years.  I met her in the flesh once when she came over to visit the UK from Baltimore in the US, with our other old friend, Robin Webb.  But mostly I knew her well as the larger than life character she put across on our old Trannyweb site.  May she rest in peace.

      Katie  :(

    • July 6, 2017 1:23 PM BST
    • it is with regret to inform that Gloria Glover who appears in the TW logo at the top of this  thread passed away at 4am this morning in hawaii after a stroke. She was one of the first US members to visit the UK for our trannyweb nights out in manchester and became a good real life friend.

    • July 21, 2017 1:07 AM BST
    • Hi Alice, thanks for the comment, that's a really good way of putting it "eye of the storm" thanks for that. And yes that is me but had my hair and face done proffecaily by a freind of mine, I don't looks that good every day haha. Aspecialy not with 5 0'clock shadow every other day haha

    • July 20, 2017 10:24 PM BST
    • Hi Jessica,

       

      Welcome.

       

      The thing about our parents is that we want to please them and make them happy.  Thats natural.  Also, home is about routine and what you know.  It is safe.  So you are in a safe place, with people who love you and it is a place where you have lived as a male for some time.  It is a safe routine.  This is very attractive given the uncertainty you face in the future.  As Donna says, enjoy it.  Think of it as a calm eye of the storm.  Life isn't easy, nore is trying to be yourself.  If that is you in the photo, then I would say you look very pretty and natural.  I can see the girl more than I can imagine you as a boy.  But no matter what I say, or your parents or anybody else.  Be true to yourself.

       

      Thats all I have.

       

      Alice.

    • July 20, 2017 9:42 AM BST
    • Hi Jessica,
      You are no more confused than most of the people around you,Trans or otherwise.You are making sense to me , because you can describe and sense your situation.Overall you seem to be expressing an apprehension for your future, which is quite normal, given the often abrupt transition from Uni life to ......building an engagement with a much wider life including work.Maybe it's just a time to take big deep breaths and enjoy the Summer,look around you at all the other people who have their own confusions and compromises.their own Dysphorias.Just give yourself Time.It actually can take quite a while for a Transgendered persons Personality and identity to develop.You will be alright

    • July 19, 2017 3:09 PM BST
    • Hello everyone,

      I'm new to the site so don't really know what I'm doing but here gose.

      Need to start this off with abit about myself.

      So for the last 3 and a half years I've been liveing on campus at my university, while there I started liveing as a girl full time, and felt really happy, made some amazing Freinds, and had the best time of my life, "even if I was shitting bricks every time I stepped outside as myself"

      I'm not going to go into too much deitlas about this part as its a long story and complecated, but when I go "home" to mum and dad I protend to be a guy agin. I have told them I'm trans but they think it's a phase. ATM it easier to just keep acting for them, it's something I'm working on overcomei h but will take time and a plan.


      Now my coure at uni dosent require me to be on campus, and all my loans are payed up my class and I, have all gone back to our homes.

      The thing that really has me confused ATM is my Gender disphoria, it would hit me a fair bit at uni and I would fall in and out of depression now and then due to it.

      But since I've mived back home my disphoria has gone away, not 100% but I'd say around 90%, I'm not "happy" but I'm ok, hard to explain. This is the longest I've been with out a wave of disphoria hitting me, and it kind has me freaked out. I've never questioned wether or not I was trans before but now the idea is slowly creeping in, and I'm just confused about everything.

      Mybe it's just to do with life right now, before I moved home, I was content, I had rutines and knew what was going to happen later down the line, I could be myself 100% and had freedom.

      Now I'm back home things are very Unknown, I'm haveing trubble finding jobs, I don't know what I want to do in life or what I can do, I won't be able to live on my own with out a job and it will be years before I can afford that even if I had a one.

      Mybe it's because of this major shift in my life that's has brought this confusion on, like my mind can only handle so much at a time and has but my trans stuff on hold for now "or mybe that's complete rubbish" I don't know

      Sorry if this is just mad rambling of a confused girl, but I don't have anywhere eles to vent really, I'm just looking for advice or info, I'm I going mad? Is this kind thing normal etc


      Sorry if I'm not makeing scenes here it's hard to get my thoughts clear.

      Feel free to ask me whatever I'm very open :)
      Thanks you.

    • July 18, 2017 10:27 PM BST
    • Donna said:

      "I believe there is a deeper better humanity, that can save us from the ills of hand me down misconceptions..."

      Beautifully put. I believe that too.

      xx

    • July 18, 2017 9:37 PM BST
    • God I hope your right Donna.  I lack faith in humanity, well faith generally, but I wish for your view of humanity rather than mine.

       

      Alice

    • July 18, 2017 11:03 AM BST
    • Expressing yourself as Transgendered ,especially late in life can mean being reassuring AND boring.I sometimes think this is my case, Reassuring in the sense that I am not going to make big waves for the people closest to me.I reassure them that I will be there for them and am not going to desert them.Boring in that I present my transitioning as normal behaviour and not a thing to get panic stricken or all "prophet of doom about what others will think and say".I believe there is a deeper better humanity,that can save us from the ills of hand me down misconceptions and approach life uniquely in the moment to get that empathy of how to to do good.

    • July 17, 2017 10:49 PM BST
    • Michelle, as Crissie mentioned, many people live between the "gender binary" appearing at times as male and/or female.  In fact, gender is NOT binary, only sex organs are, and they are two completely different things.  To be "gender fluid" is totally cool and in many societies, both now and in the past, being a "two spirit" was reverred!!!!  

      So I'd suggest that one ought not allow society to "label" you based on archaic and insane religious,scientific (lately this seems to be the same) "norms" and live your life and express yourself how YOU see fit.  To do otherwise shortchanges an individual of their very essence and tends to step on their soul negatively!

       

      It's your life girl...go for it as we only get one shot at it...might as well do it right!!! (smile)

       

      Traci xoxo

    • July 17, 2017 11:39 AM BST
    • http://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/9870/cns-brain-male-feminisation

       

      http://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/7790/synopsis-of-the-etiology-of-gender

       

      click the links to take you to original threads

    • July 16, 2017 11:02 PM BST
    • For some of us, functional in dual genders doesn't necessarily mean 'happily' functional. It may mean that for one reason or another, we can't let go of one. BTW, could you point out the original thread? I missed it somehow. Thank you.

    • July 16, 2017 6:41 PM BST
    • Michelle. you don't have to understand the technical terms, even I don't understand everything, its good enough there are logical reasons given, and explanations even if it does appear complicated.

       

      You commented on the original thread, I understand that you have a dual gender problem, you appear to function hapily in either gender, for some of us the need to be one gender far outweighs our need to alternate or remain the gender we were born, dual gender is not being a transvestite or a fetish, the needs fluctuate, perhaps through a person brain being balanced between two genders, it does'nt devalue a persons right to be who they are one day or the next.

    • July 12, 2017 1:21 AM BST
    • some of our Not as well educated and dont indwer stand what is written

      Yes im ONe of them

      i read but give up on them for the longnne sand the jamble of with out paragraph breaks

      The coputer does this to safe space but make i hard to read with losing ones place

    • July 11, 2017 9:36 PM BST
    • Cris,

      You have always been such good fun here, being able to mix surreal, comedy, sarcasmn and then knowledge and useful information into different threads each day. Yes I do not always comment on all of your threads or have read all of your threads but that is because some of them I do not have the slightest inclinkling of the subject at hand.

      Keep going Cris, you care where most do not

    • June 30, 2017 9:54 PM BST
    • I'm reminded of the words from the song "Waste" by Phish...

       

      "Come waste your time with me"!!!! (smile)

      It's actually a pretty song...

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg2tVuXXkpk

       

      Traci xoxo

    • June 30, 2017 6:44 PM BST
    • This thread should be renamed 'Reassuringly Boring' to affirm how essential the content is.
      There's frequently a bit of turmoil here, so nothing at all wrong with calm, measured information.
      Rachel x

    • June 30, 2017 6:04 PM BST
    • I always love readying your posts. They are detailed and help me see new truths thta I hadn't seen before. Once in a while I disagree and maybe should post my thoughts in order to create more discussions and activity.

    • June 30, 2017 11:59 AM BST
    • Sometimes I do have uncertainties, am I wasting my time, I know not everyone wants or needs to know the why's, taking a more relaxed approach, just accepting their situation and enoying it.   Perhaps it's my childhood experiences, they are always there in the background of my mind.   seems like I have for ever had the need to say I told you so and for those who have experienced the same sort of events, perhaps the information I have learned over the years, will enable them to shout out ''I told you there was a reason and I am not some little pervert''.

    • June 30, 2017 1:17 AM BST
    • If it's comments you want GF, careful for which you ask! I've been known to be almost as zany as you! *giggles*

      Keep dojng what you do Crissie...you cannot put a price tag on the information, experience, and knowledge you generously share with all of us!  There's you and then there are the rest!!

      Love ya girl!!!

      Traci xoxo

    • June 29, 2017 9:40 PM BST
    • I do not find your posts boring.  There is a lot of detail in the ones that I have read.  That said, I will try to leave more comments.

       

      Alice

    • July 14, 2017 11:02 PM BST
    • I did'nt soley rely on the TFM  related report, further investigation lead me to other sources, I actually had my own brain scanned at the gene clinic in Cambridge the report  in my case, was, whilst there were minor abnormalities, it could  be noted in their opinion that it made no significant difference, to my own gender disorder, even though I had previously been diagnosed with reifensteins syndrome.

       

      The thread I started. refered to above goes into more detail and shows significant differences in the brain scans of trans people compared with those of 'normal' natal males and females. veering to the opposite of birth gender.

    • July 14, 2017 12:29 PM BST
    • Thinking of the Past,I can identify in myself a lot of pain when I was confronted with induced stress in male dominated work environments.This would have a lasting effect on me as it seemed I could not escape my reaction.I am glad to say that in the present,having had HRT ,and GRS the set up for want of a better word is more coherent,my reaction to stress and the feeling of what I can do is connected.

    • July 14, 2017 12:05 PM BST
    • Thanks for sharing.Cris mentioned scientific research with TFM, which to my knowledge refers to Testicular Feminised Mice,.This is a Laboratory construct in which Scientists wishing to make test in a gender neutral subject,will use a species of mice with the TFM trait.The idea of using a gender neutral construct in Science now seems flawed,but I am old enough to understand why in previous decades it was considered valid enough.The TED talk was an interesting start point,which reflects a more open approach,removing the need for rigid constructs in Science.From a personal point of view I can relate to the idea that understanding our personal individual environment of Stress ,Gender Dysphoria, and Brain development can make sense of our behaviour.

    • July 12, 2017 9:55 PM BST
    • Yeah, thats what I thought.  The Ted talk on this one was interesting, but as I said, I didn't agree with her conclusions.  But it is interesting research anyway.

       

      Alice

    • July 12, 2017 9:54 PM BST
    • The scientific literature has already come to a consensus on the existence of cognitive sex differences, especially with regard to spatial ability. Both neural/hormonal and social factors contribute to those differences. See Diane Halpern's "Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities".

      Stereotypes, including gender stereotypes, are mostly accurate. So saying that some view or conclusion is a gender stereotype is not a real criticism. See Lee Jussim's "Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy".

      Finally, let's assume the real reason why women have bigger corpus callosums is that they have smaller brains. Does the relation between sex and corpus callosum size cease to exist? No. Women on average will still have larger corpus callosums and all the (presumed) behavioural/cognitive characteristics associated with it.

       

      If you look at the sexual dimorphism from an evolutionary perspective, this makes perfect sense. In early human societies, men went out to hunt while women stayed in the village (with very few exceptions).

      The traits that made men more successful were those that allowed them to be better hunters and warriors: so coordinated action, perception of environmental opportunities and dangers. For the women in the village, their success is more dependent on "politics" and relationships. Instead of organizing hunts, the successful woman is one who is well liked by people and use strong communication skills and wits to solve problems (and not braun since they will lose to the stronger males).

      Thus over time, as the traits that marks a successful man and woman differs, it makes sense that there should be sexual dimorphism in brain structures.

       

      Which in turn is a probable and logical cause for some brain structure difference in male to female transexuals.

    • July 12, 2017 9:51 PM BST
    • Sexual Hormones and the Brain: An Essential Alliance for Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation Garcia-Falgueras A, Swaab DF Endocr Dev. 2010;17:22-35

       

      The fetal brain develops during the intrauterine period in the male direction through a direct action of testosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hormone surge. In this way, our gender identity (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and sexual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. However, since sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place in the first two months of pregnancy and sexual differentiation of the brain starts in the second half of pregnancy, these two processes can be influenced independently, which may result in extreme cases in trans-sexuality. This also means that in the event of ambiguous sex at birth, the degree of masculinization of the genitals may not reflect the degree of masculinization of the brain. in fact in the examination of male to female transexuals the brain composition would suggest varying degrees  uf under masculisation vegring on the near total feminisation. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender identity or sexual orientation

       

    • July 12, 2017 9:49 PM BST
    • 1. Introduction The role of the androgen receptor in CNS masculinization or the absence of same in male feminisation 

      The medial posterior region of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTMP) and the locus coeruleus (LC) show opposite patterns of sexual dimorphism. The BSTMP in males is greater in volume and number of neurons than in females (male N female) while in the LC, the opposite is true (female N male). To investigate the possible role of the androgen receptor (AR) in the masculinization of these two structures, males with the testicular feminization mutation (Tfm) were compared to their control littermate males. No differences were seen in the number of neurons of the BSTMP between Tfm and their control littermate males, while in the LC, Tfm males have a greater number of neurons than their control littermate males. These results show that the AR is involved in the control of neuron number in the LC but not in the BSTMP. Results based on the LC suggest that when females have a larger brain area than males, masculinization in males may be achieved through the AR, with androgens perhaps decreasing cell survival. 

      Sex differences in the mammalian brain have two main characteristics: they often occur in neural circuits related 
      to reproductive physiology and behavior and they are seen in two opposite morphological patterns In one 
      pattern, males have greater volumes and/or number of neurons than females (male N female), while in the other, the opposite is true (female N male) Existing evidence suggest that gonadal androgens are involved in the development of sex differences in structures that are larger in males than in females,

       

      Cristine:- So is it safe to say the percentage difference between the number of neurons BSTMP M to F and F to male affect the degree of GID and could possible result in dual gender identity when more or less balanced? with no predominate influence.

      http://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/9870/cns-brain-male-feminisation   This thread contains more information and pictures of a transexuals brain compared with that of a male brain. 

    • July 12, 2017 9:21 PM BST
    • The idea of the male/female brain is one of the cornerstones of many transgender articles and is backed up by a lot of science.  However, I have come accross these two articles that offer another slant.  I am not convinced that they reach the right conclusions, but have a look and see what you think.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYpDU040yzc&feature=youtu.be

       

      https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/30/brain-sex-men-from-mars-women-venus-not-so-says-new-study

       

      Enjoy

       

      Alice

       

    • July 10, 2017 11:43 AM BST
    • Ah! Saw the picture! While nowhere near blind I am fantastically shortsighted so I always magnify stuff on screen to between 110 and 130%. It makes things definitely more comfortable for me, especially when I am writing long stuff in Microsoft Word! Else I eventually find myself with my nose on the screen and a stiff back.

      It's great you found a way to work this magic in a handy way; sometimes even if computers have the right tools they can be too clunky for effective use ... My old netbook was a clever little chap, but not very handy in that regard. My current laptop allows you to zoom in and out with one move on the touch pad, which is great, but, go figure, it only works for some programs, not all. And sometimes it works arsy-versy and the move for zoom-in makes you zoom out which tends to cause explosive "language" events, ahem. :)

       

    • July 10, 2017 10:20 AM BST
    • Katia V said:How fascinating, I was wondering about this very topic weeks ago when we first talked. I didn't know how you could manage, and was a bit shy to ask! :) Although computers and the internet have their dangers they are also such fantastic tools, I can't get the chauvinism that often is shown towards technology (although I live like a luddite for many things, I am not a gadget maniac). I am not into comics, but I love to write and play around with digital pictures. I'd be lost without my laptop. :)
      Thanks Katia.
      The computers in the 80s and even the 90s were useless for me as I couldn't read what was on the screen unless the monitor is almost the size as the one I have now.  At school I hated using the somputers as I had to use one or another visual aid to help me read what was on the screen and even then I still had problems as the letters and numbers were still difficult to read and was giving me headaches just loking at the screen.
      At the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford in Britain, I discovered software which made it easier to read, not only on the swcreen but different colours.  Some people have different conditions and had to use different colours for foreground and background, for an example blue on green.  White on black was sxomething I was use to and had problems reading.  On my first time on the interent in the 2000s there was a way to change the size of the screen which actually helped but was a bit of a pain to size down to watch videos or see pictures.  But it was better than the 80s and 90s though.
      Now with this compute rand my preivous computer, I find it easier as today computers have a section for people with hearing or visually impairements as I have said.  I will take a picture of what the magnifer size is so you have some idea of what I am talking about.  When I first discovered this site, I also discovered the magaizine, Frock and used the magnifying application and I actually could read it.  Had to get use to zooming in and out to turn the pages or to have a look at the pictures but that was alright and very easy to do.  That's how come I know I can read comics and online publications like Frock.
       

    • July 10, 2017 5:57 AM BST
    • Yes, computers are very capable in certain areas and can outperform humans. But at present, they are used as a tool by humans in a similar manner as a hammer is used to drive nails. After all, a hammer easily outperforms a human in this particular task. The same is true of using a vessel such as a cup to hold water; it works a lot better than cupping your hands together. However, a computer is different in that its functionality intrudes into the thinking arena, or at least what I call pseudo-thinking. Will it surpass human intelligence? Perhaps--after all, human brains are required to fit within our skulls, wherea computers can be made much larger. However, there is one essential quality of the human pyche that may be hard to synthesize with a machine: motivation.

    • July 9, 2017 9:09 PM BST
    • Yes, I agree with you Tracy, the development of computers is itself developing so fast, it is hard to predict what may happen in the next few years.

      Kubrick, lol, I suppose it's a flaw of my intellect that I find him so tiring? a couple of years ago some friends offered to introduce me to his wife (she has a holiday home in our village), and I politely declined.... can you imagine the awkward conversations, ".....sorry madam, but your husbansd's work regularly puts me to sleep, he might as well have been called Stanley Valium for all he ever did for me...." I don't know, I am not very suited to society I guess, lol.

      No I understand how visionary and unique his work is (or at least some of it), but it's just not my brand of visionary.

      Well, what can I say.  :)

       

       

    • July 9, 2017 7:18 PM BST
    • Matt, I agree with you 100%.  But if you follow developments in the field, you're seeing that people are working to develop that "intuativeness" necessary to rival humans.  It just takes immense processing and storage power and speed.  New technologies in the chip field are giving those developers hope that they are much, musch closer than ever before to achieving this.

      Traci xoxo

    • July 9, 2017 6:59 PM BST
    • AAh but the main issue with AI is it cannot make the intuiative leaps that a person can at the moment it would still go through a,b,c,d etc. but a person if they saw the pattern could be a,c,e,h etc.. You only have to look at the issues with driverless cars to also see that AI still has a ways to go & even today with coding a computer wants everything in a specific order where as a person as long as it works you are fine with it. Just my 2 penneth's worth.

      Ideally if you are looking for a comic strip to look through then Misfile would be the 1 I'd recommend. It is about a young man that due to a filing error by angels in heaven wakes up one morning but is a girl who has her male memories & likes but is in a grils body.

    • July 9, 2017 5:40 PM BST
    • LOL Crissie!!!  

       

      Katia, Kubrick will test your "intellect" always, or so say the numerous "pseudointellects" wandering the planet.  It is what it is...you know what you're going to get.  He is/was genious in his own way.  I truly think "2001" was brilliant considering when it was made and the subject matter he worked with.  Eyes Wide Shut was really "out there" and it was like watching a train wreck in that you cannot take your eyes off of it regardless of how slow or disturbing the scenes.  Then of coure, you could always close them and catch up on needed sleep!  LOL

      Maybe you shoulld have watched "2001" under the influence!  (grin)  

       

      Traci xoxo

    • July 9, 2017 9:41 AM BST
    • Kubrick... saw most of his movies, but nothing, Kubrick and I don't get along. Fell asleep 3 times during The Shining, suffered through 2001 to the end, but gosh, it cost me! lol I thought I should like Eyes Wide Shut, hell there was Tom Cruise and Venetian masks, it should be easy on the eyes at least, I thought, but no, just not my cup of tea. There is something about Kubrick and flogging a scene to death....

      As AI gone rebel go I prefer the Matrix, or even Battlestar Galactica. Hell, Number Six can mistreat me any time she wants :-)

       

    • July 9, 2017 9:28 AM BST
    • Traci you are wonder woman xxXxx   The rest is a bit before my time.

    • July 9, 2017 2:27 AM BST
    • I'm so old that Clockwork Orange and 1984 seem like ancient history!  LOL  I've seen the evolution of technology first hand working with IBM 360s for massive batching of data to create phone bills in NYC in the early 70s.  This led to electronic switching which replaced enormous mechanical switches.  Ultimately, they were able to miniaturize the processors and chips to where growth was exponential in terms of speed and capacity and this happened, it seemed, about every two or three months.

      We all know what today's devices are capable of and I had a growing fear over the years that humans would become so dependent on technology that it would one day render us "irrelevant" in both the workplace and in nature's "food chain".  With today's advent of AI (artificial intelligence) being as sophisitcated as it is, and with continued exponential growth in that field to where now massive computers are teaching themselves, we just might one day see scenarios play out similar to "Hal" the computer in Stanley Kubrick's "2001 Space Odyssey" written by a very futuristic Arthur Clarke and released in 1968.  OMG, if you haven't seen this brilliant piece, it is one of the all time classics where it becomes "man vs. machine" or basically, AI gone wild!  That was 49 years ago and so resembles things evolving today!!!  

      A side note was many who went to watch this movie dropped LSD beforehand for the imagery, art, music, and story line were mind blowing!!!  We'd all go back to discuss the meaning of what we just witnessed for hours fueled by the effects of this psychedlic hallucinagen.  But one does not need drugs to appreciate this wonderful masterpiece...and truly, the more you watch it, the more real it gets!!!

      Oh, I went as "Wonder Woman" to more than one Halloween party back in the day!!!  I soooo wanted to be her!  (grin)

      Traci xoxo

    • July 8, 2017 10:18 PM BST
    • How fascinating, I was wondering about this very topic weeks ago when we first talked. I didn't know how you could manage, and was a bit shy to ask! :)

      Although computers and the internet have their dangers they are also such fantastic tools, I can't get the chauvinism that often is shown towards technology (although I live like a luddite for many things, I am not a gadget maniac). I am not into comics, but I love to write and play around with digital pictures. I'd be lost without my laptop. :)

    • July 8, 2017 9:59 PM BST
    • As a kid, I loved to watch live action or cartoons of certain DC and Marvel charactors even though I never read comics.  Some of these heros were Batman (Adam West), Spiderman, Yulk, Superman and Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter).  During the 80s I have tried to read comics but because I was born visually impaired and had difficult in reading comics.  The only way for me to read any comics were to use 2 visual aids.
      One of the visual aids was basically a pair of glasses which had couple of magnifiers suck on the lenses.  This helped me to read small print and the other visual aid is basically a monocular (small telescope).  The problem was that if I stopped reading and then I would lose my place and had problems in knowing which panel to read, espeically if I use the monocular  And this is why I don't read comics, which is a shame.
      My favourite male comic book charactor is Batman, although I consider the Tim Burton Batman films the best and Micheal Keaton is the best live action Batman and love the TAS (The Animated Series), the Justice Leage and Justice League Unlimited cartoons andmy favourite female charactor is Wonder Woman.  This is espcially because of the Lynda Carter live action series.
      But now I can read comics.  I can do this via the computer and internet.  How you may ask?  Simple.  The computers nowadays have various applications that can help people with hearing and visually impairments.  For me personally I use the magnifier which helps to zoom in and out whatever is on the screen, which makes it easy for me to see and read stuff, like for an example comics.
      I have already read part of Guyver a Japanese Manga comic and now have found a website,  http://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Wonder-Woman-1942, to read Wonder Woman comics or any others that I might be interested.  Yes having a computer and access to the internet could be dangerous, for an example, hackers who may steal your ID, passwords, credit cart details, etc.  But it can useful to find be useful if you are visually impaired/blind when you want to read comics and couldn't to it before the invention of PCs and internet.

    • July 3, 2017 10:22 PM BST
    • Yes, there is a big difference between physical intimacy and emotional intimacy. It is emotional intimacy that I seek and it is physical intimacy that I have a problem with. With the physical intimacy being an issue its hard to get attached to people knowing that they like the physical and I can't do anything for them. It feels unfair for them. I'm giving it a try though with somebody that I recently met. I'm optimistic that it will be okay.

       

      Also, thanks for the hug.

    • July 3, 2017 10:01 PM BST
    • I think that as people we tend to get mixed up on the idea that love and sex are the same thing.  What you descibe is a need to be loved.  This is not the same a sex at all.  We all need to be loved.  Imagine, during your childhood being held by a parent or other loving figure.  Sex doesn't come in to it, it is just about the need to be loved unconditionally for who you are, not what you can do for somebody else sexually.  Emotionally you need contact with other human beings and the feeling of being cared for and cherrished for yourself.  That is not sex.  

       

      So the feeling sick thing may not be shared by everybody (Other than a bit of self hate on my part), but the need to be loved?  Universal.

       

      I am very sorry to hear that your wife passed away.  If I could hug you I would, but accept an emotional, written hug instead.

       

      Love

       

      Alice

    • June 30, 2017 11:35 PM BST
    • I've never enjoyed sex. It was more of a chore than anything else. Even when I was living as a women previously sex was never enjoyable. However, I do like being close to somebody. Holding somebody, or being held, is very enjoyable but that's about my limit of physical intimacy. There's no chance that things will go beyond that. It feel physically sick even thinking about it.

    • June 30, 2017 11:18 PM BST
    • Sorry to hear of your loss, Cynthia, I am not asexual, I enjoy sex, but something more important is to be held while I sleep, it makes me feel safe and loved, 

    • June 30, 2017 10:28 PM BST
    • As you may or may not know, my wife passed away 6 months ago. Our physical relationship died much earlier, thankfully. This left me questioning my sexual attraction and what sort of partner I'd like. No matter who I think about I can't stand the idea of being sexually intimate. Like, I don't want people to touch me in a sexual way and I have no desire, repulsion actually, of doing physically intimate things to somebody else. I don't think this will change either after "the surgery". I'm just curious if there are others out there like me, who are asexual. Who would like an emotionally intimate relationship but are replused by the thought of a physically intimate one.

    • June 25, 2017 2:27 PM BST
    • The thing is, I do not feel like a trans person at all. I (mostly) like being male in my day to day life. But somethings about are definitely non-conforming. It was only recently that I discovered I prefer feminine clothes, especially panties over boxers (to the point where I nearly feel unformfortable in boxers now... but I where them for work time) I love painting my nails (color on toes only to avoid issues in public). This is a confusing time for me because most of these feelings and desires are brand new to me. However, my annoyance at my scrotum is not new but thinking about getting rid of it is. The after effects of not having the testerone production are what make me the most nervous. But there are also benefits, less body hair growth and less of a chance to develop male pattern baldness! 

      What other benefits are there that can come about after getting rid of them?