In the past few days, we welcomed in nearly 200 new members in to PINKessence. An amount mainly due to a promotion that Dr Kathy Rumer is running to promote her FB and PE Pages by giving away a Free Top Surgery to one lucky winner for simply clicking "LIKE" on her pages. Seems simple enough, right?
Of those people joining PINKessence in the past few days, the majority of them are TransMEN.
There are two things I find very interesting about this... let me explain.
First, I find it very interesting that the guys "get it" and have swarmed in to participate in Dr Rumer's promotion for free top surgery, and that only a [handful?] of TransWomen have even bothered to read the original post for the her Promotion of Free Top Surgery, must less even go over and click "LIKE" to be entered to win it.
Its interesting because I see 100's of TS women daily, talking about how they would love to have their Breast Augmentation done, or other surgery, and yet, many haven't or wouldn't lift a finger except to raise doubt and suspicion over the credibility of the Promotion, myself, Dr Rumer, and this website.
Could this just be the hormones?
The Second interesting part about the influx of TransMen in PINKessence, is the balance it brings to our site. I'm already seeing many people interacting and sharing, and that warms my heart.
I think something has been missing from PINKessence, and IMO, its the guys, and what they bring to the table.
Many of the TS Men have shared their stories over on Dr Kathy's FB Fan Page and her other FB page "Rumer Cosmetic Surgery" some very heart felt and powerful stories. They are also reaching out to me personally, and it has been truly overwhelming!
I want to make sure that all the men are welcome and that PINKessence remains user friendly to TransMEN who serve as our brothers and ally in PINKessence. That we respect and "listen" and allow them to educate us, too.
PINKessence is one of the first places that many gender expressive and trans-identifying individuals come to "open up" or "come out" online, thus we serves as an on-ramp for many into the TG community.
As such, we need to remember that PE members represent THE FULL spectrum of all LGBTQI communities, and when we get into a large concentrated bunch, opinions, idea's and values will vary on many different issues -AND- those idea's don't represent "the whole" of the membership of PINKessence's Social Network. Each user's experience on PE will be as engaging and unique, depending on WHO you interact with, and how much you participate and contribute.
I titled this Blog "What Do TransMen Know, That TS Women Don't", but maybe I should have titled it "What TransMen DON'T know, that TS Women Do?" as a question to myself.. cause that is really what it is.
How can nearly 200 TransMen flood-in response to a promotion for the need of Free Top Surgery, if only a chance at it, yet, with nearly 5000 TG M2F members in PINKessence, and 3000+ friends on my Facebook, only a [handful?] of TransWomen bother to even exert 3 seconds of their life to CLICK on "LIKE" for a chance at winning either a FREE Top surgery, or a CREDIT of $7000 to have ANY other Gender Confirming Procedure done?
This has me asking other questions in my mind.
Some of you have wrote to me personally on the side [All TG Women] questioning the authenticity and creditability of Dr Rumer's promotion for Free Top Surgery, and Dr Rumer's creditability.
Someone actually referred to this promotion as a "Blue Light Special"? Hmm, I don't think anyone that has been unemployed, or struggled through a divorce, or other financial hardships of transition COULD understanding what many TS people have to do to fund their top surgeries, let alone, feed and shelter themselves.
Could it be that for someone that has lived a large majority of their lives as a privileged male, with a job, and savings, etc, a promotion for free surgery is like seeing an ad for Buy-4-tires and get a free rotation...
For the TransMen who have NOT had the advantages of Male privilege and face much higher prices for their transition cost, could it be they see a golden opportunity?
What Do TransMen Know, That TS Women Don't?