Caitlyn Jenner has finally done it; she has cut off her manhood to become the woman she always wanted to be, but couldn’t. In her new upcoming book Secrets of My Life she says, “The surgery was a success and I feel liberated.” The book will be released April 25th.
According to her publisher, “In THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE, Caitlyn reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, and the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood.”
Formerly known as getting a “sex change,” the procedure is now called “Sexual Reassignment Surgery” or SRS. People who have completed SRS are sometimes referred to as transsexed. The term transsexed is not to be confused with the term transgender or transsexual, which may also refer to people who have not undergone SRS, yet whose anatomical sex may not match their psychological sense of personal gender identity. Confusing? If you think your sex life is confusing, try being transgender or transsexual. We applaud her courage.
So what actually goes down down there during sexual reassignment surgery? First, the penis is removed. For trans women, genital reconstruction usually involves the surgical construction of a vagina, by means of “penile inversion,” which is using some of the penile tissue to construct the new vag.
According to Brownstein and Crane surgical services, “In penile inversion vaginoplasty, the testicles are removed (orchiectomy) and the scrotal skin is used to make labia majora (labiaplasty). The nerves to the the sensitive glans penis and the corresponding skin is preserved and used to make a clitoris. The skin of the penis and, in most cases, skin grafts from the scrotum are used to make a vaginal “vault.” The urethra is shortened and placed in the female position. Sensitive urethral mucosa is placed in between the labia minora.”
“Penile inversion vaginoplasty is typically a one stage procedure, they say, however, occasionally secondary procedures are preferred to maximize the aesthetic appearance of the vulva.” And the big question everyone wants to know is can you have an orgasm afterwards? One woman who went through the operation told Vogue “As a woman it’s hard to reach that point,” which is a bit sad. But Jenner says in her book that she is now truly happy and writes “I was tired of tucking the damn thing in all the time.”
“I am going to have an enthusiasm for life that I have not had in 39 years since the Olympics, almost two thirds of my life,” she says. Plus, she got $4 million for the book deal, which is a good deal.