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Difference Between TV and TS

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So why do many people find it difficult to distinguish a TV from a TS? Well, it’s reasonable. It’s really a little complicated whether one is a TV or a TS, especially if you use the concepts of gender orientation, gender identity, and the like. No wonder many individuals immediately consider both terms as one and the same, but first, a TV is a transvestite, whereas a TS is a transsexual.

In the simplest of terms, a transvestite is someone who cross-dresses. This means that if the person is a he, then he wears the clothes of female individuals, and vice versa. The reason why this person cross-dresses varies; it may be because of sexual compulsion, a feeling of fetishism, or merely the asexual nature or want to look like the opposite gender. Cross-dressing in this situation can involve one or all of the following. The person can just wear make-up or do some change in hair styling, or just wear the opposite sex’s clothing. If ever the cross-dressing is partial, then this is when he or she is classified as only a cross-dresser, and not a transvestite.

On the other hand, there are some individuals who have the feelings of being trapped in another body (the wrong one). This person has far more intense feelings of longing to completely become a member of the opposite sex. He or she also wants to be acknowledged as part of the gender he or she wants to become. Because of this intense need, these individuals often go as far as undergoing surgical procedures to literally change their sexual organs.

All in all, it has been perceived that transsexualism is the ending point of all these sexual crises. The crisis often starts with a simple cross-dressing incident, and then it may evolve into transvestism; later becoming transsexual. There are also lots of factors to consider about why this phenomenon happens. For one, it may start as the simple interest of wanting to know how he or she looks when wearing the clothes of the opposite sex. Later, it may develop into the complete need to become part of the opposite sex (transsexualism).

In summary, the difference between a TV and TS are as follows:

1. A transvestite merely wants to wear the clothes of the opposite sex, while a transsexual really wants to become a member of the opposite sex (physically).

2. In transsexualism, there is the presence of a more intense need or longing to become someone of the opposite gender, whereas in transvestism, there may be no need for a complete change of body at all.


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  1. “All in all, it has been perceived that transsexualism is the ending point of all these sexual crises. The crisis often starts with a simple cross-dressing incident, and then it may evolve into transvestism; later becoming transsexual. There are also lots of factors to consider about why this phenomenon happens. For one, it may start as the simple interest of wanting to know how he or she looks when wearing the clothes of the opposite sex. Later, it may develop into the complete need to become part of the opposite sex (transsexualism)”

    First off, in the case of Transsexuals it is not a sexual crisis, it’s Gender Identity. A small but important Distinction especially in a world filled with disinformation that it is intrinsically a “sexual fetish” in its nature. While this could be said of SOME (not all) TV’s it would be incorrect to say this about TS at all.

    Other than that you are pretty spot on and I appreciate you taking the time, compassion, and energy into explaining this to people who are looking for valid information in a world of bad information.

    Perhaps, on the proposed question, I may be able to shed some light from my own personal experience.

    As far as the evolving nature sometimes seen in someones transitional process, I would attribute this to the person often coming out of a state of heavy denial as they make the first steps to finally letting who they truly are manifest itself. This can be a VERY scary time, filled with uncertainty , and in some cases, breaking down the wall of illusion you’re previous life of conformity has brought… I feared from a very young age my life would be hell going through Jr high, I feared the rejection that may arise from loved ones, I feared for the life I might lose by “letting on” I might be different and enclosed myself , my mind, and any “feminine” attributes I could see in myself, into a little box in my mind and did my very best to block it out and try to change who I was from the inside out. To be the Boy everyone seemed to think I was….. It seemed to be working for a while, but needless to say this is a dangerous, and harmful thing to do to yourself…. If only I could turn back time…. Needless to say it was counter productive and only served to cause me much more problems than it averted. It created a life full of abject fear, unending fear, isolation, unhappyness, and depression. ….
    Add this all up, and “coming out” becomes very very scary, and the “evolving” nature of coming out, is basically taking one very tentative and fearful step at a time.. Combine that with a general lack of knowledge on the subject…some TS don’t know they are TS, Because they themselves may not be familiar with the terminology… When I was growing up, and until I learned a lot more on the subject, I didn’t know. I grew up around so many misconceptions and as far as I knew then, everyone seemed to think that of you like guys and like to dress like a girl or wanted to be a girl, that mean you were gay or a confused gay person…. how wrong they were! I wrong I was! It took me years and years of meeting the right people, people with actual knowledge on the subject. We could not afford a computer, so I didn’t get my first one till I was 18 or 19 severely limiting my information. I am now 35, and have been living as a woman fulltime and on HRT for about 11 years now. I have never been happier.

    Sorry for the superlong comment, lol it just started flowing out more and more as I went on :P

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