On Magically Changing Genders
Poof! You’ve just magically changed genders. What’s next? Well, what happens next can vary a lot, depending on a number of factors. (For the purposes of this essay, we will only deal with male to female transformations). First, did you want this to happen? If you were a typical guy, and happy being one, this transformation represents the biggest challenge of your life.
The only non-magical equivalent might be losing your male parts suddenly in an accident or due to disease. Suddenly, one of the fundamental ways you defined yourself - as a male, has been changed, and you are left trying to navigate the fallout. Whether you succeed depends a great deal on your resources - both external and internal.
Dealing with the internal resources first, how adaptable a person are you? When faced with great stress, can you keep going? Without this ability, your chances of success drop considerably.
Secondly, what kind of external resources do you have? Do you have family, friends ? Are they able to believe in your transformation, and will they stand by you? Your chances of success increase greatly if you have this kind of support.
On the other hand, you may have wanted this to happen. If you at least fantasized about being a girl or if you always knew you were one, this transformation is the answer to a prayer, right?
Well, not so fast. There are a few other factors to consider.
One of them is your new appearance. In most stories, a transformed person finds themselves beautiful, sexy, and often their own dream-girl come to life. But is that a given?
For example, you could find yourself female, but grossly overweight, or maybe with the face not even a mother could love. Would changing genders under those circumstances be worth it? I suspect that even for a true transsexual, they might hesitate to accept such a trade-off.
Another issue you must face is your identity. Did you acquire female I.D.? Can you get some easily? If the answer is “no”, you are in for a rough ride.
Imagine trying to get a job without a social insurance number, or proving you’re a citizen without a birth certificate, Very suddenly you could become a “non-person”, and have a rough future ahead.
Another problem to deal with will be your wardrobe. If it didn’t change when you did, you will need to replace it, but how? In a lot of stories, a female friend/girlfriend/wife will assist you, but what if you don’t happen to have one handy? And what if you don’t also happen to have a large budget available to purchase a new wardrobe?
You might be stuck for months or even years having to buy one or two items at a time, depending on how much cash you have on hand at the time, and have no one but sales clerks to give you advice on what styles or colors work best for you.
In short, magically changing genders can pose as many hurdles to overcome as changing gender the mundane way. But these difficulties can be met, and overcome, if a person dedicates themselves to the task, and is lucky enough to have help.
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