Does it seem kind of weird that this is all about creating a vagina? What about dong-building? In theory, it's a coin flip which set is the correct one, right? Nope!
"In the words of doctors who perform these surgeries," Emily says, "'It's easier to dig a hole than raise a pole.'" Ostensibly, you're trying to reduce gender confusion, but you've got a pretty good chance of fucking that right up. "What if you 'feminize' the body of someone who grows up to be a man? He probably would have preferred his micropenis to no penis at all. Even if we could be sure that someone with indeterminate primary sex characteristics would grow up to be a woman and want to have penis-in-vagina sex ... it would still be better to wait until the person was physically mature and perform a vaginoplasty then. The results are great when performed on adults -- it would ensure better outcomes on all levels."
For those assuming the kid will just fall into whatever role their squishy parts dictate after infancy, well ... not so much.
That is, as long as the person grows up to feel that they should have the default bait and tackle in the first place. That's not always the case, and it's one more thing doctors steadfastly refuse to understand.
Allison likes their clitoris just the way it is, giving their doctors something else to be thoroughly baffled by.
"You mean the patient doesn't want a knife taken to their genitals? This looks like one for the journals."
"My gynecologist would ask me, 'When are you going to get this fixed?' They would say to my parents, 'Don't you want her to grow up and be able to find a good husband someday?'" That might seem weird, because men aren't known to assess potential partners by clitoral size (and they're not exactly Allison's type anyway). Allison explains, "Parents are obsessed with their kids' genitals for some reason, like if their child doesn't have the prettiest clitoris, she's never gonna fall in love."
If a prominent, user-friendly clitoris is supposed to be wrong, who on Earth would want to be right?
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