Porn, dopamine and autogynephilia

transwomanThe Guardian has an article about how the brains of male porn addicts actually change in response to watching porn web sites. This article is also highly relevant in the context of autogynephiliac men, for a couple of reasons:

  1. It describes neural desensitization to dopamine, or in other words the way that in addiction, the brain develops a tolerance for things that used to make it feel good — thus requiring ever-higher levels of stimulation
  2. It describes the impact of the ever-more-extreme porn web sites on the brains of porn addicts.

Instead of (or in addition to) the porn references, think about this passage in the context of autogynephilic cross-dressing:

Until recently, scientists believed our brains were fixed, their circuits formed and finalised in childhood, or “hardwired”. Now we know the brain is “neuroplastic”, and not only can it change, but that it works by changing its structure in response to repeated mental experience.

One key driver of plastic change is the reward centre, which normally fires as we accomplish a goal. A brain chemical, dopamine, is released, giving us the thrill that goes with accomplishment. It also consolidates the connections between neurons in the brain that helped us accomplish that goal. As well, dopamine is secreted at moments of sexual excitement and novelty. Porn scenes, filled with novel sexual “partners”, fire the reward centre. The images get reinforced, altering the user’s sexual tastes.

Many abused substances directly trigger dopamine secretion – without us having to work to accomplish a goal. This can damage the dopamine reward system. In porn, we get “sex” without the work of courtship. Now, scans show that porn can alter the reward centre too.

Once the reward centre is altered, a person will compulsively seek out the activity or place that triggered the dopamine discharge. (Like addicts who get excited passing the alley where they first tried cocaine, the patients got excited thinking about their computers.) They crave despite negative consequences. (This is why those patients could crave porn without liking it.) Worse, over time, a damaged dopamine system makes one more “tolerant” to the activity and needing more stimulation, to get the rush and quiet the craving. “Tolerance” drives a search for ramped-up stimulation, and this can drive the change in sexual tastes towards the extreme.

“Crossdressers” of the ’90s — now likely full-blown trans activists

I reckon that autogynephilic cross-dressing, and the “transitioning” that seems increasingly to be the norm with male transgenderists over the past 20 years, is a reflection of both dopamine desensitization, and the thousands of web sites promoting transsexualism. There seems to be a synergy between the two. Society’s manufactured “acceptance” and the media’s promotion of the “gender identity” agenda have made this latest brand of misogyny even more widespread.

Autogynephilia has an obsessive component to it. It is an addiction. The “natural history” (if I may call it that) of autogynephilia’s course bears strong similarities to that of drug addiction, from “just once” to the eventual ravaged body. At first, it is relaxing and feels good. Soon, simply cross-dressing + masturbation secretly at home is no longer enough, he must now go shopping while cross-dressed. He must now try to get his wife or girlfriend involved with his fantasies. He must leave his family behind to follow his transgender destiny. He must keep experimenting and pushing limits and finally decide he is a transsexual and needs unnecessary and dangerous major surgery, and absolutely must must must have his balls chopped off, maybe even obtain a fake vagina and fake breasts and perhaps even “facial feminization surgery” through massive medical manipulations. He must now viciously and violently attack any woman who suggests that he is not actually a woman, in addition to any other vicious and violent attacks he may be making on women. Over time, the simple pleasures no longer suffice. Everything must be taken past limits that previously seemed extreme.

Until we had the internet, I think most autogynephiles never got very far in that progression. The fact is that nowadays, most male transvestites will eventually “transition” to a fully Frankensteinian man-made fake female, pumped up with estrogen like a Thanksgiving turkey and going through horrifically intense surgical procedures despite starting out with a healthy body.

Cross-dressing and “sex-change operations” were around, of course, long before the world wide web became popular in the mid-1990s. However, with the rise of the web, and as autogynephiles began making numerous web sites about their faux-female follies, the incidence of men making the leap to actually “transitioning” and taking hormones and having various surgeries (or just announcing they are now “women” without these) has increased dramatically. Transgenderism has ejaculated itself full-force into mainstream misogyny, and it is probably difficult anymore to find a supposedly-normal-heterosexual male who doesn’t at least have a little stash of lingerie and some red high-heels.

In the late ’90s, when the Web was somewhat new:

  • There were tons of “personal experience” web sites on Geocities, Tripod and other free web site services, each packed with pink fairy sparkles, seizure-inducing flashing hearts, daisies, roses, unicorns, cotton candy and other demonstrable proofs of being a woman trapped in a man’s body. These feature exceptionally narcissistic transgender ruminations, and grotesquely embarrassing photography.
  • There were several major sites in which deviant fetishists provided validation and indoctrination on every aspect of becoming a tranny, from finding gigantic women’s shoes to lying to doctors in order to get hormones to wig shopping to “choosing a surgeon.”
  • There were sites in which the insane, corrupt “physicians” running the high-class neo-vagina joints posted dozens of photos of their handiwork in mutilating ordinary male genitals and converting them into perpetually-half-healed fuck-holes to nowhere.
I guarantee you, by now this guy has taken it all the way.
I guarantee you, by now this guy has taken it all the way.

All these years later, there are vastly more transgender web sites, message boards of every kind. Transgenderism is actually being promoted from the White House down to kindergarten. Men who in the old days might never have gone beyond wearing women’s panties under their jeans while chain-sawing an ancient redwood tree or shooting a beautiful elk in the mountains are now glued to their screens choosing surgeons for “the operation.” The whole mass media has become an inescapable, hyper-dimensional tranny-porn & self-hatred movie designed to entice everyone into transsexualism, men, women, children, anyone.

All dressed up to go stand by the Coke machine.
All dressed up to go stand by the Coke machine.

Dopamine desensitization in autogynephilia and the proliferation of tranny-oriented web sites in the past 20 years has led to a dramatic increase in the incidence of men “transitioning” into fake women.

This increase has led to the manufactured societal “acceptance” of “gender identity” and other novel forms of misogyny.

Article originally written in December 2013.

UPDATE, March 2014: (emphases added): GRS-stats (2010)

The number of gender reassignment surgeries carried yearly on the NHS[the UK’s National Health Service] has tripled since 2000, figures show. In 2000, 54 surgeries were carried out, compared with 143 in 2009, the Daily Telegraph reports. Since 2000, a total of 853 trans women and 12 trans men had state-funded surgery to change sex. However, the true number of transgender people is estimated to be far higher, as many do not wish to undergo painful or complex surgery, or are unable to access it. The average age for trans women to undergo surgery is 42 and only one NHS operation has been carried out on a person under 21 in the last nine years.
SECOND UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2015: I don’t even want to think about how many surgeries they’re doing nowadays, including on teenagers. Massively more, I am sure.
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9 thoughts on “Porn, dopamine and autogynephilia

  1. You are as close to right on this as can be. This is one of the real undercurrents of all of this AND NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT IT. I have firsthand experience with this (autogynephilic partners) and this is exactly what’s happening. There are also issues of trance and hypnosis occuring, aside from actual hypnosis audio and video, related to the delivery system of the phone/computer. The “virtual” aspect of this movement have been entirely undiscussed. The behavior of trans*activists these days is similar to the porn-addicted. Many of these people have spent their entire lives playing video games, chatting, commenting, trolling, and now they’re all on Tumblr and Twitter, reacting to every single shot of dopamine with threats of violence and cries of exclusion/phobia. It’s all connected. Thank you for this fantastic website!!!

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  2. I completely agree that it’s the complicated chemical processes in the brain that trick trans people into feeling a sense of “identity.”

    I experience something that seems so real to me but I know my life will not be better if I transition. I will not pass as a cisgender female. Maybe had I transitioned earlier, than I could live my life as a passable “woman” (though it would be unbeknownst to me had I transitioned early in life – I would be the same autogynephile I am today).

    I was SHAMED as a child and went into the closet. I think SHAMING autogynephelles accomplishes nothing except to make that person hate themselves.

    I think even though other people judge, it would be better to grow up and transition than bear the burden of feeling like a freak (without transitioning – for wanting to transition and yet being shameful and aware of the autogynephilic roots).

    With that said, and knowing I will never pass…

    I am too ashamed to transition (which despite the childhood wounds i’ve experienced to do shame – could lead to a better life in the future hopefully).

    PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO STOP DESIRING BEING A WOMAN.

    I NEED TO KNOW THIS!!!

    I don’t want to be constantly drawn towards transition yet also fearful of it and never going through with it yet always fearing I will be sucked in to that path.

    I DIDNT ASK FOR ANY OF THIS.

    And because of that (and the childhood shame which may be a gift for the future – IF IT LEADS TO ME BEING CURED OF THE AUTOGYNEPHELIA), I do not IGNORE the dopamine brain processes that cause this like so many trans people do.

    However, I don’t know how to stop them.

    I don’t want to be addicted to fantasizing about being a woman to a level parallel to that of a cocaine addict where they simply “have to get their next fix”

    I know many people think autogynepehia isn’t real but if it is and it’s what’s driving this than surely their must be a cure?????

    I NEED HELP. PLEASE HELP ME.

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    1. Contact Walt Heyer. He should know someone who could help you. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14688/ Walt Heyer was a transgender woman and “is an author and public speaker with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Through his website, SexChangeRegret DOT com, and his blog, WaltHeyer DOT com, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result.”

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