Laneia’s Team Pick: Balls Out

Casey Plett’s McSweeny’s column, Balls Out, is a funny, honest take on being a “dude” with a propensity for wearing women’s clothing. Casey is taking estrogen and testosterone-suppressors and will likely transition to being a woman within the next year. I feel like this latest piece, The Young Man’s Guide to Wearing and Shopping for Women’s Clothes for the First Time, is very relevant to your / our interests.

Here is an excerpt from Step 8:

“WARNING: Do not under any circumstances go to the dress section. Do not look at the dress section. Do not think about dresses. Men gather fat in their belly, women in their butt and thighs, therefore, skirts will probably be the easiest for you to pull off. There’s also the broad shoulder factor. So stop looking at the fucking dresses, unless one of the following three apply: a) You are tiny of frame and weight (in which case Step 8 may not apply to you, also, you are an asshole.) b) You are rich in self-esteem. c) You have a lot more Xanax in your pocket. “

Don’t miss the first six parts of Balls Out!

Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and you're the reason she's here. She's 37, has two kids, two dogs, one cat, one Megan, and some personal essays.

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17 Comments

    • This tends to happen to me a lot on autostraddle. Somehow it’s so easy to get trapped in a vortex of lesbians, kittens, and making your own suspenders, which I am about to attempt right now even though I should be working on my 15 PAGE research paper.
      Thank you, autostraddle, for every single day, giving me new reasons to procrastinate.

  1. This. Is. AWESOME. I actually laughed out loud while reading this, while recognizing all of those anxious moments of heart-stopping “Is that clerk/customer looking at me?” and “I can’t do this!”. It has taken me YEARS to get comfortable enough and confident enough to brave the men’s section for the shorts, boxers, and pants I really want.

  2. This is fantastic! I’d actually been feeling weird for a while about reading so many blogs by trans men despite being in the process of going the opposite way, so it’s nice to finally find a trans woman’s blog that I like/identify with.

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