Another group of people affected by Human Genital Mutilaion (HGM). A male to female transsexual’s surgically reassigned genitalia relies on tissue containing nerves from the original glans and foreskin …
Stephanie is an Intactivist and a trans woman. In her coming out monologue she talks about her genital mutilation as an infant to raise awareness of how forced infant circumcision harms trans women. She says:
“Another thing I struggle with happened when I was an infant. Something happened to me that I did not consent to that will forever decrease my sexual pleasure both pre and post sex reassignment surgery. The euphemism used was “circumcision” but I think female genital mutilation is a better term as it effects me as a woman. I feel absolutely violated. I feel that this will impact me sexually today and in the future. I am angry about this and yet many are upset when I talk about this. I lost my best friend in January over this topic.”
When changing anatomical sex from male to female, the testicles are removed, and the skin of foreskin and penis is usually inverted, as a flap preserving blood and nerve supplies (a technique pioneered by Sir Harold Gillies in 1951), to form a fully sensitive vagina (vaginoplasty). A clitoris fully supplied with nerve endings (innervated) can be formed from part of the glans of the penis. If the patient has been circumcised (removal of the foreskin), or if the surgeon’s technique uses more skin in the formation of the labia minora, the pubic hair follicles are removed from some of the scrotal tissue, which is then incorporated by the surgeon within the vagina. Other scrotal tissue forms the labia majora.