professor xx, over at in our words, just posted an interesting reply to a question regarding where medical transition falls in comparison to other ways people modify their bodies.
i totally appreciate the response he gave, but i approach this topic [which i think about a lot] in a really different way.
personally, i don't see medical transition as fundamentally different from any other modification i do to my body. it's something that i want to do and so am going to do it. same as eating a particular diet, working out regularly, cutting my hair in particular ways, or anything else. just because i exercise a lot doesn't mean i am fatphobic. i chose to exercise because i like the body that it gives me. i choose to medically transition because i like the body it gives me, too [amongst other things]. if other people choose to not exercise or choose to not transition, that's their decision, and i would hope/love that they are able to make those decisions based on what they want for themselves.
also note that just because i like the body that medically transitioning is giving me, that does not mean i disliked the body i had before. i like both of them, i just happen to like this new one better.