I know my thoughts on here are disjointed. I may end up joining them together into a coherent theory about the rise in trans women and the rise in men liking trans porn despite not having those tendencies when they were younger (i.e. During puberty). I speak from my experience and I understand that it's only anecdotal and doesn't "prove" anything, but I think that I have read enough about other people's experiences and know my own experiences, and from that I can draw some sensible trends. That doesn't mean I have all the answers or that I'm "right" because human psychology is too complex to reduce to hard truths, like you can in physics or chemistry. The most we can show is that if you are exposed to certain things, you're much more likely to behave in a certain way. That also means that you can most likely change your behaviour if you're not happy. It's just that as humans we hate to feel we're wrong so we like to rationalise our behaviour or pretend it's out of our control. It's weird but as people we prefer to think we're right rather than realise we're wrong and make an attempt to be happy by changing our behaviour. Onto my next thought for the day. Some trans "women" are simply guys trying to trap straight guys. I'm not saying this is the case for all trans women. My evidence for this is an experience I had with a trans woman. I met a trans woman who was quite feminine when dressed up. "She" obviously made quite an effort and dressed well, used makeup, and had a naturally feminine body, feminine mannerisms, etc. She was the only of two trans women that I actually "liked" as a woman. I met her three times, and in addition to having sex, we talked quite a few times. She ended up admitting she was developing feelings for me and that she wanted to meet me dressed as a man. He told me that he dressed like a woman because that attracted straight acting guys, which was the type of guy he was into, but that ultimately he wanted to be himself... Which meant being a guy. I was honest and told him I liked his feminine persona and that I wasn't into guys. He begged me to just try it once, and that the sex would be the same. I felt bad for him. I couldn't even feel angry that he trapped me because I understood he just wanted to be with someone he was attracted to, and being a skinny effeminate gay guy didn't get him the type of guy he wanted. He was disappointed that I didn't want to see him again but he was also understanding. I'm not saying he's representative of trans women. What I am saying is that in many cases, what we are attracted to is an image of something, and that image is one we have constructed in our head, and which has been fed by other people for their own purposes. I was attracted to a persona, not to a person. And he was putting on a persona to attract someone, but ultimately he wanted someone to like him for who he was. It was a fucked up situation but it wasn't anyone's "fault". It was just that we were both living in fantasy worlds that we had constructed and the fantasy shattered once we tried to merge the real world and the fantasy world.