3 years ago
Last edited at 10:41PM on 3/27/2011
By "shemales" I'm going to assume you mean transsexuals and not transvestites (which is slightly different).
It's called gender identity disorder.
People who suffer from this affliction believe they have been born in the wrong body. A male/female transsexual may appear to be a normal boy, physical, tough -- but when they reach adolescence it all seems to go awry for them. The hormones are amiss, their expectations are confused and, often at that time, they become antisocial as they try to cope. They are also likely to show homosexual preferences.
Yes, I've actually met two of them one male/female the other female/male. I may have actually met more than that (as you may have) because it's not always easy to tell and, as one woman told me, "People see what they expect to see."
They come in two varieties: post-operative when they've had had the gender realignment surgery, and pre-operative before that happens. Having the surgery doesn't necessarily change the way they feel about themselves -- it only removes some of the awkwardness of undressing (either by themselves or in a public facility).
I've been fortunate to know one such woman quite well and am privileged that she's had the confidence to share her problems with me.