Thank you for this essay, it is a very interesting analyze, and it helped me understand things better.
There’s only one thing that I’m a bit concerned about, but I don’t know much about this subject, so please forgive me if this is irrelevant.
___TW : Cis person probably asking a dumb question + English is not my native language so I might not use the proper phrasing ___
I’m in no way comparing my experience as a cis woman to the changes someone who is transitioning could go through, but I’m wondering about the side effects : I was on the pill in my late teens and I experienced a lot of problems due to the hormones, some of them really challenging in my everyday life. Changing the type of pill and the hormone dosage made things worse, and it took a long time after I stopped taking the pill for some of these side effects to fade away (it especially didn’t help with my eating disorders). In the case of people who are detransitioning, would starting an hormonal transition and then stopping also have long lasting or permanent negative effects on the body and the general well being, especially at a young age ? Or is it completely different ?
I do realize that being forced to experience gender disphoria during your whole childhood is probably way more traumatizing, though…