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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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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434813223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434813220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is good for anyone just starting out and who has little or minimnal knowledge of resources. Also recommended for those who are ambivalent and unsure of a course of action to take.
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.
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What I most appreciated about this book was the author's positive and encouraging tone, and her constant stress that there is no one "right" way for a transgendered person to be, that it is okay to cross-dress occasionally, or to transition to living as a woman full-time. Similarly, with GRS (genital reassignment surgery), it is okay to go that route or not, depending on one's wishes. She only lapsed one time into unnecessary judgment, and that was a disparaging remark she made about some "shemales" who practice prostitution. I don't really care what Ms. Seeley thinks about prostitution, and I think her disparaging remark about it detracts from her otherwise very accepting, encouraging and open-minded book.

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.
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I don't know that I'd call this a complete guide per say. But it's a great place to start if you or someone you care about is thinking changing gender or is TG and just wants to find out more about the process. It's an easy read and really liked the authors easy going attitude.
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In this book are personal ideas and facts gathered from the journey. It is a personal outlook and it contains a lot of great information, but the thing to remember is it is not a roadmap for your journey. It is not a checklist where you have to check off all the boxes, you have to figure out what is right for you. What others do and are having success with may not apply to your circumstance so be aware you make your own decisions and have to have a better understanding of your life and your circumstances. It is a fine book, well written and has much to offer as ADVICE, and advice is not commands or orders. the thing about advice is you can take it and you can choose not to take it. Proceed with caution, weigh and measure, consider the options and consider the consequences. You will not go wrong with reading this book or having loved ones read it to understand more.
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I've been exploring my gender issues for a few years, and I've found that reading about other people journeys/experiences provides me with signposts along my own way. The author does a great job of explaining all the options while encouraging the individual (without judgments) to do only what makes them genuinely happy. The author outlines the process of full blown 'transition' as well as detailing all the steps along the way, but she also stresses the importance of being happy and listening to your inner voices along the way. The author also does a good job of explaining how and when to talk with your spouse, family, friends, employer and colleagues about your transition. Every individuals transition is different and is their own experience. The author utilizes her own setbacks (health issues that arose from taking hormones) and the decisions she reached (no Sexual Reassignment Surgery for her) along the way to illustrate the importance of making well thought out decisions. The author encourages the reader to have fun along the way (trying different clothing/hair styles, etc.) while learening to trust their 'gut feelings'/instincts about who they are and who they want to become. As she puts it so aptly "No point in going through a sex change operation only to find that you are not happy with it."
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.
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