@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
The practice of castrating young boys before puberty in order to retain a feminine singing voice first appeared in Italy in the mid-16th century, after the Catholic Church prohibited women from singing in a religious setting.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
During the late 18th century, a religious sect emerged in Russia that preached self-mutilation of primary and secondary sex characteristics in order to attain spiritual purity. Skoptsy men underwent castration, and Skoptsy women underwent FGM and double mastectomies.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
The Skoptsy accepted runaway criminals into their cult and provided them with new names and false identification documents. They actively recruited children, who were also castrated. To achieve this, Skoptsy members severed ties between the children and their families.
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@WomenReadWomen
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a month ago
During a religious ritual, castrated Skoptsy men were dressed in women's clothing and paraded through the village in fools' caps. The men who chose to socially lower themselves by becoming a degraded parody of a woman in this way were promised a path towards sainthood.
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@WomenReadWomen
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The Skoptsy were able to recruit children into their self-mutilation cult owing to the fact that “the appearance of virtue among the Skoptsy aroused the peasants’ admiration”, and their “repetitious recitations… exerted a powerful force” that created a “dependency”.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
In modern times the Skoptsy have become the namesake of a male sexual disorder called the Skoptic syndrome. A “persistent preoccupation with castration or penectomy,” is listed as a form of gender dysphoria found in the DSM IV section 302.6.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
Sexologist (and child sexual abuser) John Money is credited with inspiring the coinage of "gender identity". Writing about Skoptic syndrome, Money uses the phrase "genital eroticism," which resembles the term "genital fetishism" used by modern transactivists.
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@WomenReadWomen
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a month ago
“Some men... derive sexual excitement from the idea of being castrated or otherwise having their genitals mutilated. This desire is still present in modern populations, as evidenced in the large membership in message boards on the Internet related to the topic.”
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
The hijras have a long and complex history on the Indian subcontinent. “Hijra” used to be translated in English as “eunuch”, although recently transactivists and academics in the field of queer theory have sought to include them under the broad category of transgender.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
Hijras are often involved in the sex industry. Furthermore, a feminine male who takes a “receptive” role in sex with a man will often identify as a kothi. Kothis often dress as women and act in a feminine manner in public spaces and use feminine language to refer to themselves.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
Not mentioned in the Wikipedia entry on hijras is their well-documented practice of abducting young boys, castrating them, and selling them in the sex trade.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
Castrati were rarely referred to as such, and instead were sometimes called evirato, literally meaning “emasculated.” By the early 1700s, an estimated 4,000 boys were castrated annually and only 80% of them survived. The average age of a castration subject was eight years old.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
Castrati, like all eunuchs, tended to be affected by osteoporosis at a young age owing to the decrease in bone mineral density as a result of the lack of sex hormones. Children placed on “puberty blockers” experience similar effects.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
On November 24, Swedish news outlet Svt Nyheter reported that Ricard Nergårdh, a medical professional at the Karolinska Institute, stated that the use of drugs euphemistically labelled “puberty blockers” were in fact a form of “chemical castration.”
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
One of the drugs most commonly used on children as a “puberty blocker” is given to adult men convicted of sexual offenses to chemically castrate them. It is also considered a possible treatment for paraphilias (fetishes), but experts still debate its efficacy in reducing libido.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
UPDATE: Since publishing this article, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has released a document which implies they will include male eunuchs under the definition of transgender. Comments are open to the public until Dec. 16
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
This is erotica from The Eunuch Archive, the site that @wpath linked to in a document that suggests these men will be included under the transgender label. It is filled with sexualized violence, some involving sadomasochism and young children.
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@wpath
WPATH
a month ago
We are excited to announce that the Public Comment Period for the Draft WPATH Standards of Care 8 is NOW OPEN. Review the Draft Chapters and leave your feedback for the SOC8 Committee by Thursday, December 16:
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
More disturbing content found on The Eunuch Archive, involving the sexualization of castrating children. @WPATH believes these men are oppressed and represent "transgender and gender diverse" individuals.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
In 2008, researchers surveyed men at the Eunuch Archive. “The majority (52%) of wannabes selected sexual fantasy as their origin of interest in castration. More common was the slave metaphor, ‘as a slave it would allow a greater focus on serving the pleasure of the Master.’”
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
The website , a subscription-based platform that offers BDSM erotica for men on the theme of “forced feminization”, offers information on chemical and surgical castration. It refers to feminizing hormones such as estrogen as “girl juice”.
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@WomenReadWomen
Women's Voices
a month ago
One purported benefit of removal of the testicles is that by reducing testosterone production overall, men seeking to “feminize” their bodies can spare their liver and kidneys by decreasing their hormone intake. This fetish is discussed widely across transgender forums.
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