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I am someone very extrovert and talkative. My manners and behavior is one of the major factor that betrays me. I exaggerate a bit too much when I am in public and act like I am constantly excited specially when I am with my female friends. The way I walk is like I'm a top model constantly doing catwalk and this, a real female never walks like this, neither can I walk like a real guy nor can I walk like a real genetic female.

Do you know an e-book or website who guides MTF transsexuals on mannerism and how to behave like a genetic female?

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 08:29:29 am »
If there's a café in a mall somewhere, you can sit down with a cup and quietly peer out over the people walking around, you can pick up a lot of information that way.
Just don't "stare" at people for too long or you might get in trouble.



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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009, 09:57:10 am »
As Miniar said: Observe, observe, observe. 

Once I started transition I found I would watch women more intensely.  I would see an attractive woman and try to puzzle out what it was that made her attractive - clothes, manner, posture, hair, makeup, features, figure, etc. - and how much of that would fit my age and size and shape.

But also as Miniar said: Don't stare; just watch.

I also ask for advice from my women friends.  I tell them I was never a 13 year-old girl, so there's a lot I never learned.  They've been helpful, but a lot of what they do they do without realizing it, so they usually can't help a lot.

Relax into yourself.  Don't try too hard.  Let that woman inside you come out, and you should be fine.

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 10:33:48 am »
To add to Miniar and Kate's good advice, it sounds as though you may be trying too hard. Don't force it.
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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009, 10:37:16 am »
I got sent to a class to learn how to walk like a girl when i wa sin Jr high, I regret it but Dad didn't want to be embarrassed in front of the bishop for confirmation.






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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2009, 04:48:09 pm »
Do you know an e-book or website who guides MTF transsexuals on mannerism and how to behave like a genetic female?

How does a genetic female behave?  My mum behaves different than my nan; my cousin's total tomboy & my fiance's sister's a girly girl. 

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 05:25:21 pm »
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I exaggerate a bit too much when I am in public and act like I am constantly excited specially when I am with my female friends.

Sounds like a lot of women, especially young ones.


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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 05:45:14 pm »
Maybe watching models and how they walk will help. Then take it down a notch since you are not on the catwalk. Many women walk like they are on a forced march. Not at all femme. I try and do not if I pass or not. Also I have noticed some ladies use their hands and gesture alot while talking.

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 11:12:23 pm »
Like others have said relax, be you.  It will come.

 Hum.. Walking.  Guys swing their shoulders when they walk and not their hips.  Girls swing their hips  and their shoulders don't move.  Blend,  look and walk as other girls do.  It does that time to unlearn one way and do it another way.  Guys elbows are away from the body.  Girls keep the elbows closer to the body.  Very general infomation, but there is no set pattern that works for everyone. 

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2009, 12:33:09 am »
I'm 6 foot and solidly built, but must be doing something right 'cos my best GG friends Mum said "How does Steffi manage to walk so gracefully?"  ;D :icon_cool:  I was delighted of course!

All of what Beni said is true.

* Walk upright (regardless of your height! - men often lean forward and often slouch.)
*Wear heels, ( - but not so high that they make you unstable...... maybe 2 inches at first. I've talked to several GG's about this and even they feel clumpy and inelegant in clunky heels)
*Don't set out to waggle your ass - that only happens on the catwalk.
*Men tend to splay their feet outwards and place them a few inches apart:-
Imagine a line about a half-inch wide...... as you step, keep your feet straight ahead, point your toes and try to put your feet down so that the instep touches the line.
 - to do this, you'll need to rotate your hips slightly and that will give you that feminine swing, but without overkill.Men walk from the thighs, women from the hips.
*Men walk onto their heel and roll that forward onto their toe - womens feet hit the ground much flatter, with the toe touching down only slightly later than the heel. ( except some women in trainers or very flat shoes who walk in the male style)

*Notice how women also swing their free (bagless) arm and by how much.
*Women often grip the strap of their shoulder-bag. Notice that when they make a fist, they tend to not curl their fingers in as much as men do, therefore leaving their fingernails visible - which is the best way when your nails are longer and nice if you've taken the trouble to paint them.
* Women not only gesture with their hands a lot more whilst talking but also do it more at face level, whereas men tend to keep their hands lower.
*Women use more facial expressions whilst talking and also a little more lip-movement.
(....my Speech Therapist's last exercise was to have me saying phrases like "Ruth's red-rose root was ruined" ...... the point being to not simply make the "R" sounds using only the tongue and with the lips fairly flat, but to include a slight lip protrusion as if going "oooo" .  She required me to make a similar lip movement on "We wish you well on your way to Weymouth) 

I paraphrased several of these from a website - can't remember where and some people may argue the finer nuances of some of it.
An important point with all of them though is to be subtle. It's just the natural way women do stuff - overdo it and you come across as either Camp or Caricature.
Try to eliminate the male ways rather than overdo the female ways.
 - and as others have said, watch women.
 
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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2009, 12:50:24 am »
I wrote a somewhat lengthy article about this some time back and I think that it ended up in our wiki.  So, please take a look there.  It's just advice.  You can do what ever you want.

But to be short.... slow down, enjoy your walk.  Don't plod with your feet and try to put your forward foot slightly in front of your lagging foot.

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2009, 12:51:52 am »
How did you learn how to act like a genetic male? What did you learn?
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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2009, 03:01:12 pm »
I'm 6 foot and solidly built, but must be doing something right 'cos my best GG friends Mum said "How does Steffi manage to walk so gracefully?"  ;D :icon_cool:  I was delighted of course!

All of what Beni said is true.

* Walk upright (regardless of your height! - men often lean forward and often slouch.)
*Wear heels, ( - but not so high that they make you unstable...... maybe 2 inches at first. I've talked to several GG's about this and even they feel clumpy and inelegant in clunky heels)
*Don't set out to waggle your ass - that only happens on the catwalk.
*Men tend to splay their feet outwards and place them a few inches apart:-
Imagine a line about a half-inch wide...... as you step, keep your feet straight ahead, point your toes and try to put your feet down so that the instep touches the line.
 - to do this, you'll need to rotate your hips slightly and that will give you that feminine swing, but without overkill.Men walk from the thighs, women from the hips.
*Men walk onto their heel and roll that forward onto their toe - womens feet hit the ground much flatter, with the toe touching down only slightly later than the heel. ( except some women in trainers or very flat shoes who walk in the male style)

*Notice how women also swing their free (bagless) arm and by how much.
*Women often grip the strap of their shoulder-bag. Notice that when they make a fist, they tend to not curl their fingers in as much as men do, therefore leaving their fingernails visible - which is the best way when your nails are longer and nice if you've taken the trouble to paint them.
* Women not only gesture with their hands a lot more whilst talking but also do it more at face level, whereas men tend to keep their hands lower.
*Women use more facial expressions whilst talking and also a little more lip-movement.
(....my Speech Therapist's last exercise was to have me saying phrases like "Ruth's red-rose root was ruined" ...... the point being to not simply make the "R" sounds using only the tongue and with the lips fairly flat, but to include a slight lip protrusion as if going "oooo" .  She required me to make a similar lip movement on "We wish you well on your way to Weymouth) 

I paraphrased several of these from a website - can't remember where and some people may argue the finer nuances of some of it.
An important point with all of them though is to be subtle. It's just the natural way women do stuff - overdo it and you come across as either Camp or Caricature.
Try to eliminate the male ways rather than overdo the female ways.
 - and as others have said, watch women.
 

I am going to write I disagree with alot what is written here.  This is good advice if you want to come off stilted...which is not good.  First off the wear heels advice is probably the worst peice of advice you can give.  You really need to pick footware according to your height, If you are above 5'7" it would probably be a better idea to stick with flats.  Secondly I know plenty of women who slouch, its not really that big of a deal.  In fact alot of this is frankly not the best advice to be taken.  There is better advice out there on this subject.  Maybe I just happen to be one of those women where transition came naturally and did not have to overthink this stuff, but really the key is to be comfortable with yourself as female and not to overgeneralize women and thier behaviors (which is a problem with some trans women).  Those younger folks I know who have assimiliated well I have noticed are the type that feel just as comfortable in sneakers, jeans and t-shirts then a dress and heels.  It is best to define yourself and who you want to be.  You would probably actually assimilate much better.  There is alot more flexibility to express oneself as a woman.  If you take a more stilted approach as supposed to acting naturally, it draws attention. 

My best advice is to have alot of female friends who are not trans, it is better to acculturate than really anything else. 

 


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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2009, 03:30:49 pm »
I am on another site that is all about how to's.  Makeup, walk, mannerisms, the whole what you need to know.  It is run be a very nice lady by the name of Lucille Sorella.  You can Google her.  She has passed on a lot of good info.  Everything she has given me is on my hard drive.


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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2009, 06:18:16 pm »
Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?

easy.  get away from trannies & observe other women.
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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2009, 08:22:27 pm »
Oh well...... it's no surprise at all that some don't agree with what I said.  :)
 - most of it was paraphrased from my Speech Therapist and from - among others - Transexual.org who say
 "There are major differences in body language between men and women. From time to time it will appear to converge because some men have innate feminine traits and some women have innate masculine traits. In General though, transsexuals need to have a slight stereotype in order to be unmistakenly taken as a member of the opposite birth sex ......."
Quote from: Shelina
The way I walk is like I'm a top model constantly doing catwalk and this, a real female never walks like this, neither can I walk like a real guy nor can I walk like a real genetic female.
Hence my remarks, aimed at toning it down, yet presenting something that is clearly female.

Most of the young girls who live near me slob around in T-shirts, jeans and trainers - but then they're GIRLS to begin with...... Sinead O'Connor looked beautiful with a shaven head, but I wouldn't recommend it as The Look for a transwoman trying to pass......
I just think that if one is stuck with a male physique and somewhat masculinised features then having body language which - whilst not being overdone - is unambiguously female is one of the things that you can do to help.

There are LOTS of women who dress and walk like guys - but they're not guys trying to come off as women, are they? ;)

Stilted ??? ...... if it's stilted then you're definitely doing it wrong    ;D

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My best advice is to have a lot of female friends who are not trans, it is better to acculturate than really anything else.
Yes, certainly agree with that.

Anyway....... I put my two cents in and I'm not interested in arguing so won't post in this subject again    :)
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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2009, 11:17:23 pm »
Get around genfems and watch listen and learn. Also, DONT OVERDO IT! You're not a cartoon drag queen and you're not a 13 yr old girl, so don't act like either.

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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2009, 12:38:13 am »
For me, one of my biggest problems was having my legs spread apart as I walked, so at first I would force myself to keep my legs together as I walk and it would hurt and sometimes, Yes I did forget...But then I would remember and do it again. Finally now about 97% of the time, I walk like a female. =]

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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2009, 01:16:10 am »
One huge thing is to remember is that you are not required to "act" like a man anymore, which is something most all men are constantly conscious of, lest other men think they're being "sissy" or god forbid "gay". Once you realize you're a woman and it's okay to give up pretending to be a man, the rest will pretty much come naturally.
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Re: Mannerism: HOW to behave as a genetic female and not as a tranny?
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2009, 02:53:04 am »
Be confident.

I stand five foot 9 inches tall (175 cm) and I'm, um, err, heavier than I like to be but don't look it.  We'll go with 145 pounds (call it 66 kg).  I am pretty darn femme.

That is to say, I wear heels (typically about 3 inches), and I wear dresses and skirts more often than my jeans (I don't own any pants). I wear makeup. My avatar is about the usual level of it (actually a little less of late, since its summer).

I'm not the best role model since I usually present cleavage and I'm fairly confident in my appearance and appeal.

earlier someone posted a few tips from a site.  I encountered that site as well, lol.  I will go ahead and second them.

Walk is important -- perhaps the best advice I know of is to walk with your hips, not legs or your back.  Relax a little -- let your upper torso rest on your hips and swing your leg when you step from the thigh, not the knee.

turn your wrists a bit forward.  Feels really weird at first, iirc.

When you swing your arm, let most of the swing happen below the elbow.

um, lol, its strange -- I can show someone in person really well -- but writing it out is hard.

but, in the end, what matters is your confidence in yourself.  The old saw about "never let them see you sweat" is really very true: if you are nervous or worried, people will pick up on that.

Tension was my personal problem -- I tend to store it in my shoulders and was always hyper sensitive about them so I over reacted and kept them too stiff.

Be relaxed :D

and, on a personal note, avoid trying to catch snowflakes on your nose...

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