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The Transgender Companion (Male To Female): The Complete Guide To Becoming The Woman You Want To Be Paperback – November 7, 2007
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Jennifer Seeley is a transsexual woman. After losing both parents to cancer, she woke up and realized that life was short and it was only hers to live, and decided to let her true self out and start her transition to becoming a woman on the outside (she already was inside). Along the way, she overcame shyness, extreme insecurity, and found a new found confidence and sense of empowerment and a true sense of joy and peace from finally being herself. She had to "learn as she went" on her transition due to the lack of practical information out there on transitioning. She also made some mistakes and noticed that a lot of transgendered woman she knew were doing some things that were unhealthy or unnecessary even in their quest to be a woman. In order to share what she learned, she wrote "The Transgender Companion" to help all transgendered women (of all varieties) to have a practical, step by step guidebook to follow. She wants every transgendered woman (from crossdressers to transsexuals and everything in between) to learn to appreciate who they are, find what path is right for them, and have a healthy, safe and enjoyable transition to just being themselves - whoever that is.
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However, for most transwomen who have gained knowledge and have a plan ( path) to trasitioning, it is too basic.
The author provides her viewpoint of transitoning which is not shared by all in the community while balancing it with the presentation that we all prioritizing diufferent things at different times.
For all of us though, it does provide a excellent boost to the confidence of anyone who is trans and helps with self esteeem and with our all important self image.
In general I think she does a good job of covering, if briefly, all the important topics related to male-to-female transitioning. I do think that at $19 the book is somewhat overpriced given that it is only 198 pages. I also think the book could have been strengthened by adding a bibliography or Recommended Books & Videos appendix.
I also would have appreciated more information about the GRS (or SRS) surgery and its aftermath, particularly some information about the percentage of transwomen who end up non-orgasmic afterward. While Seeley did show the down side of having the surgery, she did not really indicate any corresponding down side to *not* having the surgery, and this reader would have appreciated more than 2-3 pages on this important topic.
From my own discussions with at least one pre-op transwoman, hormones can reduce libido. One woman told me years ago that she was always cutting back on her hormones so that she could experience the libido she wanted, but it was a delicate balance because the hormones gave her more the bodily characteristics she desired. Ms. Seeley opted not to stay on hormones due to a medical complication, but for the majority of transsexuals post-transition who *do* go on hormones, this is undoubtedly an important issue that warrants some exploration in a book like this.
I realize the book is a very *personal* perspective, but to me, the subtitle--"a Complete Guide to Becoming the Woman You Want to Be"--warrants a more in-depth, at times *less* personal approach to some of these subjects, particularly so in the case with SRS/GRS.
Despite these caveats, Ms. Seeley's consistently encouraging, permission-giving tone is very constructive, and this is a worthwhile read for anyone considering transition.
I came away from the book thinking that every male who decides to integrate the feminine into his life in some way undergoes a 'transition', whether they be a part-time cross dresser 'coming out' of the closet socially or a transsexual undergoing SRS. For some folks that transition may be simply making internal adjustments to the way they relate to people, for other folks that transition may also require making external adjustments (in varying degrees) to the way they present themselves to the world.
im well read, i have trans-friends, i go out regularly.
My message is this, if you have any question at all about yourself in regard to gender, BEFORE you do anything else (except perhaps buying some pantyhose or whatever) READ THIS BOOK-----i kid you not when i say it would have saved me a ton of money (shrinks, hormones, more shrinks and stuff too personal to go into anywhere but my book, which i swear i am going to finish).------m.