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What are Neutrois?

Neutrois is an identity used by individuals who feel they fall outside the gender binary. Many feel Neutrois is a gender, like a third gender while others feel agendered. What they have in common is that they wish to minimize their birth gender markers.

Within Neutrois, there are two types. FTNs (Female-to-Neutrois) seek to lose the physical traits that cause them to be socially read and treated as women. Most demonized of the female traits are breasts, round hips, and feminine voices. Some despise their vaginal regions and menstrual cycles enough to desire hysterectomies, oophorectomies, and vaginal nullification. Juvenile and adolescent sexual abuse can be a contributing factor in this wish, but is not always the case. Other FTNs are not as affected by their pubic regions and are content to dismiss them as irrelevant under clothing.

MTNs (Male-to-Neutrois) seek to lose the physical traits which cause them to be read and treated as men. Most commonly, those traits are facial and body hair, deep voice pitch, rough skin, and crotch bulge. While some may desire being rendered Eunuchs through castration and penile nullification; most gaff/tuck, or train their sexual organs to lie flatter. A special point should be mentioned that Eunuchs are not necessarily Neutrois. Many Eunuchs still identify as men.

Sexually, Neutrois can range anywhere. Some are happily celibate, while others are sexually active. Interpreting with regard to their former genders, Neutrois can be bisexual, gay, lesbian, or straight. Some are attracted to androgynes and other Neutrois. Often they are bisexual by default, as many consider their partner's gender irrelevant.

Current trends in gender treatment and surgical intervention (as outlined in the HBIGDA Standards of Care) leave Neutrois on poor ground. Even though one's body is one's own to do with as one chooses; psychiatrists and surgeons are quick to dismiss the needs of Neutrois patients. Neutrois are often forced to choose either male, or female orientations, before proceeding with treatment. FTNs, most frequently, end up lying to gender practitioners in order to get the physical modifications they need. In doing so, however, they accept treatments that take them too far in the wrong direction.* FTM androgen therapy is a good example of this, and is often required of patients seeking complete breast removal. Unless a hysterectomy, or orchidectomy has been performed, hormone therapy for Neutrois is wrong. It places undue stress on the body, has potentially alarming psychological influences.** It also adds to the list of gender signifiers which the patient was trying to get rid of in the first place. Neutrois are trying to lose gender traits, not gain new ones.

* It may only take as little as one month for permanent voice pitch changes, and body hair growth, to start developing with androgen therapy.

** In FTNs, androgen therapy can cause extreme mood shifts (very stimulated sex drive, quicker temper, and frustration). It can also cause liver damage, ulcerate ovaries and uterus, and increase risks for breast, cervical, uterine, ovarian, and liver cancers. There is some debate with regard to the ulceration of ovaries. Some experts have claimed that persons who develop ulcerated ovaries were already predisposed to doing so prior to androgen therapy. Externally, androgen therapy will thicken and increase body hair growth, thicken vocal chords and lower voice pitch, reduce breast size, broaden shoulders, redistribute body fat, increase clitoral size, and interrupt menstrual cycles. In MTNs, estrogen therapy can also bring about mood shifts (increased sensitivity, crying, and diminished sex drive). It increases breast size, soften body hair and skin, shrinks the penis and testicles, and may cause impotency. Liver damage and increased cancer risks are also involved with feminizing hormone therapy.


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