ABSTRACT

This chapter considers body projects in relation to the three organizing themes, social bodies, sexual bodies, and phenomenological bodies. It aims to help us understand how transmen are creating new standards of being trans men, as they disrupt the old ones, by illustrating how transmen negotiate their bodily aesthetic. In relation to the bodily aesthetics, after the union of artifact and body, the new form extends gender normative expectations and theoretical limitations. The feelings, expressed as "difference" by most of the transmen during the interviews, were clarified later in their narratives as experiences of incongruence between their sense of self, their phenomenological and social body, and their ascribed gender role. Gender non-conformity at this age was viewed as a problem that required medical intervention. The processes of trans-sexing and of body projects start with feelings of difference and disidentification, which initiate the questioning of identity, gender, and their bodies.