Filipino Ladyboys; definitions & differences
Here are a quick few words about names and differences:
In Angeles City you might hear ladyboys being referred to as Billyboys; the term is not considered particularly offensive but neither is it particularly appropriate to use it with people you are not familiar with so, if talking to a ladyboy, I’d avoid the term and stick with ladyboy.
In the Philippines first language, Tagalog, the term Bakla is commonly used. Again it is not really appropriate to use it with someone you don’t know.
I think that one of the main differences with Thai ladyboys is that Filipinos are not granted access to hormone replacement treatment (HRT) early in life.
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Prepubescent usage of HRT by Thai transsexuals is very common and
produces a more feminine bone structure, softer skin, softer voices and
so on, but there’s little chance of a prepubescent child in the
Philippines, whether male or female, being granted this treatment.
impact of this on the child’s later development does lead to all the
problems that you might expect; Filipino ladyboys tend to look
distinctly more masculine than their Thai counterparts.
This is not to say that there are no feminine ladyboys to be found, there are, but they are fewer in number and there is a larger proportion of them that do have a clearly more masculine look compared to Filipina women.
The problem for Filipino ladyboys is further compounded by the fact
that the expertise in gender transformation surgical procedures is far
less developed than in Thailand, and it is far more expensive.
This is a
formidable problem in a country where the average income level is one
of the lowest in Asia, and a lot lower than in Thailand.
result is that, where it is commonplace in Thailand to see ladyboys that
have undergone breast and hip implant operations (and even the full
vaginoplasty operation is not uncommon), these things are much rarer in