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3rd Jul '17 5:06:09 AM stephrose538
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17th Jun '17 11:27:48 PM TheInterlang
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In RealLife, gender reassignment for a {{transgender}} person is a lengthy process involving extensive hormone and psychological therapy. For example, in the United States, most doctors will not administer hormone therapy without a recommendation from a psychologist, and getting genital surgery requires ''at least'' a year of being on hormones and of living full-time as that gender. Additionally, the physical changes brought about by hormones take several years to complete, as with puberty.

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People often refer to the process of gender transition as a sex change, as in "He got a sex change." Though the term often refers to genital surgery, it conjures up images of a single full-body operation that can turn a burly man into a sexy woman, or vice versa.

In RealLife, gender reassignment transition for a {{transgender}} person is a lengthy process involving extensive hormone and psychological therapy. For example, in the United States, most doctors will not administer hormone therapy without a recommendation from a psychologist, who must first spend months evaluating the patient to make sure that they are mentally stable and getting won't have any regrets. Getting genital surgery requires ''at least'' a year of being on hormones and of living full-time as that gender. Additionally, the physical changes brought about by hormones take several years to complete, as with puberty.
puberty. Those who do undergo cosmetic procedures (such as facial reconstruction) do not do them all at once, and they must recover from the procedures.

Trans folks must also deal with other problems both before and during their transitions. It is not uncommon for a trans person to lose some friends or partners after coming out. The results of transition are diverse, and the common saying is "your mileage may vary." Just like puberty, hormone therapy can yield vastly different results for different people, and some may be unsatisfactory.
7th May '17 7:24:18 PM StrixObscuro
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* Semi-averted in ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'': Kei/Megumi's gender reassignment goes fairly easily since she's already genetically female and physically intersexed. However, everyone agreed to go through with it far too quickly and for fairly dubious reasons.

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* Semi-averted in ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'': Kei/Megumi's gender reassignment goes fairly easily since she's already genetically female and physically intersexed.intersex. However, everyone agreed to go through with it far too quickly and for fairly dubious reasons.



* Averted in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' story "A Game of You"; Wanda lives as a woman and appears to be taking hormones but won't get "the operation" because she's terrified of surgery. It later comes out that she was rejected and despised by her entire family, who all want to pretend that the whole "wanting to be a girl thing" never happened. Gender change appears to have been very hard for Wanda so trying to live as a man must have been even harder. [[spoiler: [[BittersweetEnding After her death, she's shown as a happy, beautiful woman in the afterlife.]]]]

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* Averted in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' story "A Game of You"; Wanda lives as a woman and appears to be taking hormones but won't get "the operation" because she's terrified of surgery. It later comes out that she was rejected and despised by her entire family, who all want to pretend that the whole "wanting to be a girl thing" never happened. Gender change appears to have been very hard for Wanda so trying to live as a man must have been even harder. [[spoiler: [[BittersweetEnding [[spoiler:[[BittersweetEnding After her death, she's shown as a happy, beautiful woman in the afterlife.]]]]]]]]
* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' with Xavin, who uses their Skrull physiology to take on a female form in order to woo the lesbian Karolina, but who soon suspects that mere cosmetic changes aren't going to be enough to keep Karolina happy in the long run.
* Played with in ''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century'', where Orlando spontaneously changes gender every few years. While the transformation is faster than medical gender reassignment, it's still a slow process that takes several days and is implied to be deeply uncomfortable to Orlando.



* Averted in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', when Hannibal says that the SerialKiller Buffalo Bill will probably be found to have been rejected by multiple sex reassignment clinics because he thinks he is a trans woman when he really just hates himself.

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* Averted in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', when Hannibal says that the SerialKiller Buffalo Bill will probably be found to have been rejected by multiple sex gender reassignment clinics because he thinks he is a trans woman when he really just hates himself.



* While not as "easy" for the patient as most examples, a dark take in ''[[Film/LaPielQueHabito The Skin I Live In]]'' is similarly unrealistic, as [[spoiler: a surgeon does an involuntary sex change on [[RapeAndRevenge the guy who raped his daughter.]] He also keeps him/her in isolation and uses him/her as a guinea pig for developing artificial skin.]]

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* While not as "easy" for the patient as most examples, a dark take in ''[[Film/LaPielQueHabito The Skin I Live In]]'' is similarly unrealistic, as [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a surgeon does an involuntary sex change on [[RapeAndRevenge the guy who raped his daughter.]] He also keeps him/her in isolation and uses him/her as a guinea pig for developing artificial skin.]]



* This happens to [[spoiler: Mina Rush]] in "[[{{Literature/Kane}} Deep in the Depths of Acme Warehouse]]". However, it was probably magic, as the object that caused the change was [[spoiler: a dildo modelled after the plaster cast of Jimi Hendrix's penis]] found in the said Acme Warehouse.
* ''I Am J'' averts and discusses this. J is a seventeen year old trans boy who discovers early in the book about trans people and transitioning. He begins taking hormones partway through the book. His friend Melissa doesn't quite understand what being transgender means until he throughly explains it. She heard that trans people "have surgery, and then they become the other gender" but J tells her otherwise.

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* This happens to [[spoiler: Mina [[spoiler:Mina Rush]] in "[[{{Literature/Kane}} Deep in the Depths of Acme Warehouse]]". However, it was probably magic, as the object that caused the change was [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a dildo modelled modeled after the plaster cast of Jimi Hendrix's penis]] found in the said Acme Warehouse.
* ''I Am J'' averts and discusses this. J is a seventeen year old trans boy who discovers early in the book about trans people and transitioning. He begins taking hormones partway through the book. His friend Melissa doesn't quite understand what being transgender means until he throughly thoroughly explains it. She heard that trans people "have surgery, and then they become the other gender" but J tells her otherwise.



* Discussed heavily in ''[[Literature/SonchaiJitpleecheep Bangkok 8]]'', where Dr. Surichai brags about his artistry in turning Ussiri into [[spoiler:Fatima]], who is perfectly feminine, but he admits that a lot of time, money, and effort went into this transformation.
* In ''Literature/TalesOfTheCity'', [[spoiler:Anna Madrigal]] went under the knife as soon as the option became available, and by the 1970's, nobody seems to be able to tell that [[spoiler:she is a trans woman]].



* Invoked in an episode of ''TheLoveBoat'' where a woman assumes that a man on the cruise is traveling for a sex change operation because he has a dress in his room (among other misunderstandings) because [[FridgeLogic obviously he would be traveling and living as a man right up until he gets the operation and jumps into womanhood all at once]].

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* Invoked in an episode of ''TheLoveBoat'' ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' where a woman assumes that a man on the cruise is traveling for a sex change operation because he has a dress in his room (among other misunderstandings) because [[FridgeLogic obviously he would be traveling and living as a man right up until he gets the operation and jumps into womanhood all at once]].



* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Who Ya Gonna Call" had [[spoiler: a man with three alternate personalities: a woman who wanted to have SRS, a confused normal guy, and a psychopath who had murdered the doctor]] to prevent his imminent surgery, although he wasn't taking hormones or undergoing any other precursors to SRS. Somewhat averted in that there was a psychologist involved, but the SRS process as presented was heavily compressed.
* Averted in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' in one episode, where they investigate the death of a woman and discover that she is a transwoman in the midst of transitioning to female, and has not yet had any genital surgery. They also meet a well-intentioned back alley doctor who explains how this trope is nowhere close to true in real life, and how the length of the process (both from a medical and bureaucratic standpoint) makes people turn to people like him even though it puts them in danger.
* The sitcom ''Series/{{Soap}}'' had almost the perfect example of this trope. In an early story arc, Jodie (BillyCrystal) decides to have a sex change to please his boyfriend. Despite no real life experience (aside from a bit of crossdressing), no hormonal therapy, no psych evaluation, still looking like what he is (a man), he gets admitted to a hospital to have his outie turned into an innie, and they're apparently quite willing to do it. [[spoiler:He does not go through with it]].
* In the "Nobody's Perfect" episode of ''KarenSisco'', Karen hunts fugitive Louis [=DiNardo=]. Eventually, it turns out that Louis has had surgery to become "Lois". The timeline is a little vague, but certainly not enough time has elapsed for the requirements of ethical SRS medical treatment. While easy, the surgery is also thorough (Lois specifically mentions that she no longer has a penis, and that she "doesn't miss it"), and quite successful. While Louis is played by a male actor, Lois is played by Alexandra Billings, an {{attractive|BentGender}} female actress -- albeit one who [[{{Transsexual}} once was a male]] herself.

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* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Who Ya Gonna Call" had [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a man with three alternate personalities: a woman who wanted to have SRS, a confused normal guy, and a psychopath who had murdered the doctor]] to prevent his imminent surgery, although he wasn't taking hormones or undergoing any other precursors to SRS. Somewhat averted in that there was a psychologist involved, but the SRS process as presented was heavily compressed.
* Averted in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' in one episode, where they investigate the death of a woman and discover that she is a transwoman trans woman in the midst of transitioning to female, and has not yet had any genital surgery. They also meet a well-intentioned back alley doctor who explains how this trope is nowhere close to true in real life, and how the length of the process (both from a medical and bureaucratic standpoint) makes people turn to people like him even though it puts them in danger.
* The sitcom ''Series/{{Soap}}'' had almost the perfect example of this trope. In an early story arc, Jodie (BillyCrystal) (Creator/BillyCrystal) decides to have a sex change to please his boyfriend. Despite no real life experience (aside from a bit of crossdressing), no hormonal therapy, no psych evaluation, still looking like what he is (a man), he gets admitted to a hospital to have his outie turned into an innie, and they're apparently quite willing to do it. [[spoiler:He does not go through with it]].
* In the "Nobody's Perfect" episode of ''KarenSisco'', ''Series/KarenSisco'', Karen hunts fugitive Louis [=DiNardo=]. Eventually, it turns out that Louis has had surgery to become "Lois". The timeline is a little vague, but certainly not enough time has elapsed for the requirements of ethical SRS medical treatment. While easy, the surgery is also thorough (Lois specifically mentions that she no longer has a penis, and that she "doesn't miss it"), and quite successful. While Louis is played by a male actor, Lois is played by Alexandra Billings, an {{attractive|BentGender}} female actress -- albeit one who [[{{Transsexual}} once was a male]] herself.



* Addressed (and averted) in an episode of ''PrivatePractice'', where a patient is told that their procedure will have to be delayed because Sheldon suspects that although the desire for the operation is genuine, there are psychological issues that need to be addressed to ensure everything goes smoothly. [[spoiler: He turns out to be right when the patient attempts suicide upon being given this news, and offers to help them get through these issues so she can complete the process of becoming a woman]].

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* Addressed (and averted) in an episode of ''PrivatePractice'', ''Series/PrivatePractice'', where a patient is told that their procedure will have to be delayed because Sheldon suspects that although the desire for the operation is genuine, there are psychological issues that need to be addressed to ensure everything goes smoothly. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He turns out to be right when the patient attempts suicide upon being given this news, and offers to help them get through these issues so she can complete the process of becoming a woman]].



* Played with in the NOFX song "My Vagina", which is sung from the perspective of a male-to-female transsexual who went through an operation. The singer complains about remembering to put the seat down when she uses the toilet and having to be more thorough in cleaning herself, but considers it worth it to be able to hang out with lesbians.

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* Played with in the NOFX song "My Vagina", which is sung from the perspective of a male-to-female transsexual trans woman who went through an operation. The singer complains about remembering to put the seat down when she uses the toilet and having to be more thorough in cleaning herself, but considers it worth it to be able to hang out with lesbians.



* Aversion in ''HighMaintenance'', a comic centering on a transgender vigilante and her transitioning friend/sidekick. It might help that the writer ''is'' transgender.

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* Aversion in ''HighMaintenance'', ''Webcomic/HighMaintenance'', a comic centering on a transgender vigilante and her transitioning friend/sidekick. It might help that the writer ''is'' transgender.
13th Mar '17 6:08:22 PM HeroicJay
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* After a patch to ''VideoGame/TheSims 4'', partially or even fully changing a Sim's sex - to the tune of dramatic body and voice changes and adding/removing the ability to become pregnant and impregnate others - can be done at a mirror or dresser by any teenage-or-older Sim at any time.
13th Mar '17 5:59:31 PM Nakuyabi
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" (Although, as you might expect from an overnight sex change, Garrison never really looked like a woman, let alone a supermodel.)

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Mr. "[[Recap/SouthParkS9E1MrGarrisonsFancyNewVagina Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" (Although, as you Vagina]]" doesn't specify how much time passes from the operation to "her" first public outing (after which he went home to Mr. Slave the very same night), but it can't have been very long. (As one might expect from such an overnight sex change, Garrison never really looked looks much like a woman, let alone a supermodel.supermodel, though he ''does'' somehow get curvy hips and a pair of breasts as part of his new configuration.)
15th Feb '17 7:32:09 PM Nakuyabi
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* The Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has it even easier in "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS7E22RenaissanceMan Renaissance Man]]" when the situation requires him to impersonate a pregnant Lieutenant Torres: instruct the computer to change him into her, and then adjust parameters to simulate her pregnancy as well.
1st Feb '17 3:01:54 PM Wyldchyld
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* Ted from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' long ago invented a device that allows him to change a person's biological sex (and other features) essentially at will. In fact, his obsession with transforming himself and his friends into the opposite sex could have been seen as [[FetishFuel somewhat creepy...]] until it's revealed that he's gender fluid, and was using the tech to help him wrestle with his own gender identity.
** He actually used the change ray to walk around school as a girl for several days, but [[DudeLooksLikeALady he was already so effeminate as a guy]] that no one noticed.

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* Ted from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' long ago invented a device that allows him to change a person's biological sex (and other features) essentially at will. In fact, his obsession with transforming himself and his friends into the opposite sex could have been seen as [[FetishFuel somewhat creepy...]] creepy... until it's revealed that he's gender fluid, and was using the tech to help him wrestle with his own gender identity.
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identity. He actually used the change ray to walk around school as a girl for several days, but [[DudeLooksLikeALady he was already so effeminate as a guy]] that no one noticed.
28th Jan '17 2:04:18 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Grace Goodkind. While the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Devisor drug treatment]] she got was faster than a conventional SRS would have been, it still took several weeks, and included several additional rounds of plastic surgery to bring it to her desired form - which was not so much female but [[{{Hermaphrodite}} intersexed]] in any case. Furthermore, it came at the end of several years of gender therapy and secret use of hormone suppressants, and the treatment itself was ''incredibly'' dangerous. Grace has stated that the only reason she took such a drastic approach was because she knew how the family would react, and needed to do it as quickly and silently as possible to avoid them stopping her.

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** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Grace Goodkind. While the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Devisor drug treatment]] she got was faster less intrusive and more effective than a conventional SRS would have been, it still took several weeks, and included several additional rounds of plastic surgery to bring it to her desired form - which was not so much female but [[{{Hermaphrodite}} intersexed]] in any case. Furthermore, it came at the end of several years of gender therapy and secret use of hormone suppressants, and the treatment itself was ''incredibly'' dangerous. Grace has stated that the only reason she took such a drastic approach was because she knew how the family would react, and needed to do it as quickly and silently as possible to avoid them stopping her.
28th Jan '17 2:02:45 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Grace Goodkind. While the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Devisor drug treatment]] she got was faster than a conventional SRS would have been, it still took several weeks, and included several additional rounds of plastic surgery to bring it to her desired form. Furthermore, it came at the end of several years of gender therapy and secret use of hormone suppressants, and the treatment itself was ''incredibly'' dangerous. Grace has stated that the only reason she took such a drastic approach was because she knew how the family would react, and needed to do it as quickly and silently as possible to avoid them stopping her.

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** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Grace Goodkind. While the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Devisor drug treatment]] she got was faster than a conventional SRS would have been, it still took several weeks, and included several additional rounds of plastic surgery to bring it to her desired form.form - which was not so much female but [[{{Hermaphrodite}} intersexed]] in any case. Furthermore, it came at the end of several years of gender therapy and secret use of hormone suppressants, and the treatment itself was ''incredibly'' dangerous. Grace has stated that the only reason she took such a drastic approach was because she knew how the family would react, and needed to do it as quickly and silently as possible to avoid them stopping her.
28th Jan '17 2:00:26 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Averted ''hard'' with Generator. She did manage to get a fully successful transformation at one point with the [[TransformationRay BIT-Splicer]], but then later events reversed it, and at the same time made conventional SRS impossible in the future due to her new HealingFactor. Eventually, some doctors found a solution involving a less conventional surgical approach, but it remains to be seen how successful it will be.
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with Grace Goodkind. While the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Devisor drug treatment]] she got was faster than a conventional SRS would have been, it still took several weeks, and included several additional rounds of plastic surgery to bring it to her desired form. Furthermore, it came at the end of several years of gender therapy and secret use of hormone suppressants, and the treatment itself was ''incredibly'' dangerous. Grace has stated that the only reason she took such a drastic approach was because she knew how the family would react, and needed to do it as quickly and silently as possible to avoid them stopping her.
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