chapter  19
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MALE-TO-FEMALE FEMINIZING GENITAL SURGERY

Hisrorically, there is a long tradition of self-castration and self~mascu[ation. often associated with cerrain religious beliefs and ceremonies (Roscoe, 1994). However, there are rePOrtS of self·inflicted castrations and penile amputations from the 16oos, which were done for personal reasons, to give desperate people subjective relief. Self·mutilation in transsexual persons is not uncommon to· day, especially among those who arc incarcerated, Ilr otherwise feel hopeless (Brown, 1995; Farmer, 1994; Krieger, McAninch, & Weimer, 1982).