In a cover story for New York magazine published Monday, transgender writer Gabriel Mac detailed “his phalloplasty journey.”
I wrote about the greatest gift I ever got myself https://t.co/1ojBpI0zgJ
— Gabriel Mac (@GayyybrielMac) December 20, 2021
“On the day I heard that my penis would be huge, I sobbed,” Mac started the essay, sub-headlined “I didn’t need a penis to be a man. But I needed one to be me.”
- Mac, a biological woman, went on to describe the painful construction of the appendage and how Mac sang sang a lullaby from the animated Disney movie “Dumbo” to the new member in the hospital.
- The difficult recovery and other challenges were all worth it, not for sex but for personal fulfillment, said Mac: “I’m asexual (yes, you can be asexual and have a boyfriend), and what that means for me is my penis was just for me.”
While many Twitter commentators cheered Mac’s self-revelation, others, like podcaster Katie Herzog, worried that Mac’s past writings suggested unresolved mental health issues.
I read a piece Mac wrote on using psychedelics to treat PTSD a few years ago it was very clear this is a person suffering some deep trauma. I hope the penis helps but it’s hard to imagine this will be the thing he finally, truly needs to be ok. https://t.co/f2AbBcZmm1
— Katie Herzog (@kittypurrzog) December 20, 2021