A candid, and entertaining audio interview (This American Life) with Griffin Hansbury, who started life as a woman, but began taking massive testosterone injections seven years ago, and now lives as a "man". It’s just 17 minutes long, and quite amusing. You won’t find any real science here but it remains an interesting glimpse on how by just jacking up the T, her brain lit up, and her view of the world was turned upside down in a matter of days.
The most striking change was this incredible boost in her sexual desire. Where as before she would fantasise and embark on constructing a long inner verbal narrative around the women she would find attractive, she now simply objectifies, and lusts after their beauty. Everything she now touches turns to sex. She describes how she can now see that even cars can be sexy - their artful forms. She described herself as previously being very much a butch feminist but has now even been called a misogynist because of her newly found desires, and behaviours. She now identifies as a “post-feminist”, and describes her inner battle between what she was told to think as a feminist, and her now newly found powerful lust.
She claims that she even found a new interest in science - that she finally understands it for the first time. Slightly tongue-in-cheek but, again, a real shift in the way she perceives, and interacts with the physical world. The BP interviewer thought she was setting them back 100 years for saying that - but it is what it is.
She now finds she cannot have a good cry anymore, that she can’t befriend women with the same closeness as her prior self. She even found that being a man is difficult for it means being in a constant battle or contest. She was now also continuously physically challenged by other men - she discovered to watch her words - she discovered competition.
Despite some vestigial female wiring, testosterone alone changed this hamster’s views on nature vs. nurture for good.
This American Life: Testosterone - scroll right down the page to find “ACT 2”, and play it from there.