Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Surveys for FTM folks and their partners!

In case you haven't yet heard the news from Twitter...here are two surveys that are going to offer some awesome vital resources for FTM folks and those who love them.

The surveys are being done by Jamison Green, author of “Becoming a Visible Man” and former President of FTMInternational. According to the survey "He is interested in the sexual health and satisfaction of all transmen, whether or not they have had hormones or surgery, and in the experiences of their partners. He will use the data as raw material for a book, tentatively entitled "The FTM Guide to SEX," plus academic presentations and journal articles to educate medical and therapeutic service providers about trans lives. Collaborating is urologist and surgeon Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic of Serbia. Dr. Djordjevic is interested in post-operative quality of life for all transmen who have had genital reconstruction. Dr. Djordjevic and Mr. Green plan to make professional conference presentations together and to co-author a journal article using the data collected here." If folks have questions about who Jamison is: http://www.jamisongreen.com/

The surveys are designed for FTM or trans men and their partners. Partners do not have to be in a current relationship, and if a FTM person or trans man has been partnered to another FTM person or trans man they may of course take both surveys. In order to take the surveys you must be 18 or older. For these surveys the proctors are using the following definition for FTM or trans man: “a person who was born with a female body--and assigned female or intersex at birth--and who plans to initiate, has initiated, or has completed medical treatment to masculinize his body”, some examples of identities may include FTM, trans man, genderqueer, or intersex man.

Here is the survey for partners of FTM folks and trans men. It takes between 20-40 minutes based upon your life experience. Partners

And here is the survey for FTM folks and trans men. Again, takes between 20-40 minutes based upon your own life experiences: FTM folks

If folks have any questions about the surveys you can direct the questions to Jamison! (jamisong at earthlink.net.)

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As a linguistic note from me personally, I always hated the term "FTM" but hearing it described by Jamison, and by folks such as the Vancouver Coastal Health Transgender Health Project, I'm beginning to develop a new appreciation for it!

From VCH THP's Hormones: a guide for FTMs:

We use “FTM” as shorthand for a spectrum that includes not just transsexuals, but anyone who was assigned “female” at birth and who identifies as male, masculine, or a man some or all of the time. Some non-transsexuals in the FTM spectrum (androgynous people, butches, drag kings, bi-gender and multi-gender people, etc.) may also want hormone therapy, and may not identify or live as men. For this reason we use the term FTM instead of “trans men”.

I disliked "FTM" because I felt it focused overtly on my birth sex as female, what with the "F" coming first and all. Not that I'm ashamed of being born female or that I don't embrace those female years (quite the opposite in fact), but it does get confusing when I'm filling in a form and I have to remember that I'm FTM and not MTF as the letter I immediately look for is "M" for male and not "F" for female. Which is why I've preferred the terms "trans masculine" or "trans man". Except, of course, that excludes anyone who is male identified but isn't masculine or identifies with masculine characteristics but doesn't identify as male.

Clearly, what Jamison and Vancouver Coastal Health are trying to achieve is a space where FTM does not stand for "Female To Male' but instead stands only as "FTM" - meaning someone who was identified at birth as female but who doesn't necessarily identify completely with the identity of "female". So I begin to understand that FTM might become more inclusive especially if we stop associating it as being an acronym for "Female To Male" and begin to see it as an identity of itself that does not need to be explained. It's an interesting possibility!

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