"Making the Masculine Emerge": Notions of "Therapy" and Pathology in the Hormonization of Trans Men

Cleiton Vieira Rozeli Maria Porto About the authors

Abstract

The paper describes notions of hormonal "therapy" related to the medicalized situations through which transsexual men move in the constitution of gender transitions. Among the accesses and practices of self- administration of testosterone esters (cypionate and/or propionate), these subjects trigger the idea of "therapy" - either to avoid or reiterate it -, leading us to reflect on the current classification of transsexuality as a mental illness. Ethnographic research was conducted among trans activist groups with in-depth interviews in 2014 to 2015.

Trans Men; Testosterone; Hormonal Health; Mental Illness; Identity; Health Anthropology

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