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My physiognomy 
looks like a frog to me.
A gaping mouth exhibits
the look of one that ribbets.
And both of my bulging eyes
appear to be seeking flies.
But lacking a lengthy tongue
I guess I remain among
the species with homely mugs
that cannot subsist on bugs.

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I wish there was a "like" button. Very good poem. 


~ Rikki

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jae bear

 Extremely good poem, I had to read it several times, it’s so elegant you miss it if you don’t pay attention, excellent work!



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      I tend to agree with @Willow on this.  I suppose it all boils down to your understanding and your definitions to both terms.  Both gender and sex can mean the same thing.  For instance. Your gender is male. Your sex is male.  However if you add the prefix Trans which means loosely. “The other side of”. *Wiki It puts the terms more in prospective for me.   I view a MTF or FTM as Trans-Gender.  You are moving from one gender, male, to the other side of male, which is female.   The word sexual has a different meaning then the word sex.To me Sexual is a desire.  Sex can be the “act of” or your gender.  It seems to me trans sexual is my “sexual desire” moving way from my original desire.  In my case born male from females to males.  Now in my case specifically I consider myself a trans gender women or MTF.  I however desire women still so I do not consider myself transsexual.     
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      Try workout bras on e-bay. Not very sexy, but not obvious, even under a T-Shirt. And "Tee-shirt bras." Seamless cups.
    • Maid In Bedlam
      Thats a good point Willow.   I can understand in this day and age how the lines between Transsexual and Transgender are now blurred by the current state oi world.   To simplify as possible. So i do not go on with a 100 page essay. (yes those regular reading of my posts will know i can without comeing up for air)   However in my personal opnion. transsexual would be associated with someone that wants to completly transform and travel from one sex to another. Regardless of the sacrifices that may need to be made to reach that goal. where Transgender would be used for a person who only identifys there gender as oposite and would not consider gender dysphoria a condition they associate themselves with.   Im quite old school and like my distance from the transgendered mindset   Im not saying its wrong to be transgendered but i do believe its a diffrent state of being.   As far as children are concerned. I would personally aire on the side of transgender. As you pointed out. you cannot associate there state of mind to a sexual attraction to the opposite or same sex. However. I will say. I Knew i was diffrent at about 7 years of age or there abouts. But could not say i was transsexual. But knew i wanted to grow up female. Just like many others. I did go to bed at night and prayed i would wake up a girl.   I was Transsexual and even if i would not consider it in my current life. My transition finnished and now i am accepted as a woman in society and by myself. This was as i mentioned above what i always wished for before i went to sleep in my childhood    
    • Laura76
      MaryMary, Jackie C and Jani,   Thank you for your insight and recommendations. I will use them all. And Thank you VickySgv, I will be watching your videos tonight.   Any if there are additional recommendations that come to mind please send them.   Again thank you all, Laura76    
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      Cis or trans, a guy is still a guy. He wasn't all that far off. You're not really lying if you're being true to yourself. I tell people I'm a woman. That's true. I just need a couple of renovations to get my body caught up to the rest of me.   What a peculiar thing to strike up a conversation about. I admire your restraint. Depending on the day, I might have let him have it.   Hopefully, he'll learn better manners as he gets older.   Hugs!
    • Susan R
      Rachel, This hit me like a brick wall...eerily similar to what I stated in my “Life Changes” email I sent to my family as I was coming out.  It was the trigger.  sometimes it takes something like this to wake us up and really acknowledge our reality. Kudos to you for recognizing your truth.  I‘m sure it was as difficult for you as it was for me.   Here is a the way I stated it to my family from my email.   ”I started doing more and more soul searching and when I  found out that [our brother] had died, it really hit me hard. I realized life is  short and we aren't going to be around much longer. If we want to  share our lives with those we love, now is the best time to do it.”   My wife too!  Your story and mine are very similar.   Susan R🌷
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      @Maid In Bedlam@ShawnaLeigh  The two terms were in fact Transsexual and Transgender.  Transgender is currently considered to be the most correct term.  We have gender dysphoria,   not sexual dysphoria.  The definition of gender verses sex.   would a child determined to be transgender at a very young age be more attracted to "the opposite sex" than someone who figured it out well after puberty, a young adult?  Would the young adult who had some sort of experience be more attracted to "the same sex"?  Is there any correlation?   Willow  
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