When I volunteered, "Ask me anything," Stef, Karen and Emily asked different questions, but my answers are all related.
Stef asked, "I know you have no plans to transition; does that also mean you've ruled out ever trying HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)?"
Karen asked, "A number of times in the past you've mentioned your routine for shaving your face. I've always wondered why you don't look into something like electrolysis for your beard."
If I femulated full-time, I would definitely seek some form of permanent hair removal and I would seriously consider HRT. Since I do not femulate full-time, I consider both to be a luxury that I cannot honestly afford.
HRT is an interesting prospect. I have never had my hormone levels tested, but a therapist suspects my hormone levels may already be on the feminine side. (I will not bore you with all the evidence why this may be so; you can read about some of the evidence here if you are interested.)
If I already tip the scales on the estrogen side, would I need even more estrogen that HRT would provide? I have no idea.
I am hairy.
Besides facial hair, I have a generous amount of body hair, although after years of depilitating, the hair regrowth on my legs is noticeably thinner; the rest of my body, not so much. So, permanent hair removal would be at the top of my to-do list if I femulated full-time.
Which brings me to Emily's question:
Do you ever tire of femulating?
No, I never tire of femulating. However, sometimes I do not look forward to femulating because of the amount of body hair removal that is required.
I try to maintain a hairless body (at least the parts that are most likely to show when I femulate) and I do so by shaving those parts after I shave my face in the morning. For example, one morning I may touch up my arms, another morning my boobs, next morning my right leg, following morning my left leg, etc., etc.
But sometimes, I am not as conscientious as I should be about the maintenance and I face a major hair removal session before I can become the Amazon.
It is time-consuming, messy, and certainly no fun; I never look forward to those sessions.
Actor Brian Charles Rooney (left) femulating as Candy Darling in Pop!
a 2010 musical performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven.
Wearing Adrianna Papell.