DR. MARCI BOWERS, SURGEON
After the birth of her child, Dr. Marci Bowers began hormone therapy, electrolysis, and breast development to transition into a woman. She’s currently the leading gender reassignment surgeon (GRS) in the world. She does about six gender-reassignment surgeries a week and has a yearlong waiting list.
Bowers prefers to call the procedure “genital reassignment surgery” because gender resides within a person and GRS matches the outward appearance to a person’s pre-assigned gender. During the film, Dr. Bowers provides a real and upfront explanation of GRS with surgical scenes and a touch of humor—she explains how older procedures left little more than a hole that sometimes even had echoes in them.
She only preforms 1 or 2 female-to-male surgeries a year because “it’s easier to take something away than to build something that isn’t there” and because the quality and advancement of FTM medical techniques are not up to her liking. She also feels that a lot of FTM physical transitioning (narrowing of hips, growth of facial hair, etc.) can be done effectively through hormone therapy.
The graphic scenes of genital reassignment surgery may make some squeamish, but Raval says that it’s one of the first things that people tend to wonder about the physical process of transitioning from a biological male to a female. They wanted to meet the topic head on. “It is a big deal, it is a physical process… and it also shows the extent that some are willing and feel the need to go to express who they are. To not show the actual process would be skirting around a very crucial issue.”
Dr. Bowers says, “People are changing their bodies all the time. Other than genital reassignment surgery, all the surgeries we do were inveted for other people… liposuction and breast surgery weren’t invented for us.”
Interesting note: Marci, who was married as a man, is currently dating Carol, Trinidad’s lesbian golf course manager. Does that makes Marci’s desire heterosexual or homosexual? Discuss.