Hi Angelique Barbey,

Thank you for your response. Everyone is of course different. I know some cis males who reportedly never masturbate. But taken as a whole, many trans women/femmes do masturbate and because of bunk theories like autogynephilia they feel invalidated over what amounts to a very natural physical process. In fact, I have friends who came to the realisation they were trans through bondage. Similarly, there is a long history in the trans community of distancing themselves from their sexuality because it is clinically seen as preverse. I guess I wanted to write this just to be like, “hey, if this happens, don’t worry about it.” I personally never do it any more :)

I’m trans, a PhD candidate in Gender Studies, and a researcher.

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