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Becoming a Woman: Striking Side-By-Side Portraits of Teens and Transgender Women

Charlie-White photography

As part of a multi-year project called “The Girl Studies,” Charlie White photographed teen girls between the ages of 12 and 14 side-by-side with male to female transgender adults. In each image, the paired individuals stand out against a non-descript background, making their similarities in appearance all the more evident. Ultimately, the mini-series is a comparative study of two paths toward womanhood, one biological and the other surgical/chemical in nature.

Photographer and filmmaker Charlie White has had his work exhibited internationally since 1999. Currently, he lives and works in Los Angeles.

Charlie-White photography

Charlie-White photography

Charlie-White photography

Charlie-White photography

This post was contributed by Megan Ramirez.

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  • The Denver Diamond

    If my name is kristy and I want to be called amanda please call me amanda even though it is not what I am. It is treating me in the manner I wish to be treated. Unless you dont mind people calling you little bitch instead of your chosen name. If some one wants to be referred to as one thing that in no way demeans or belittles you or another person to not do so is extreme disrespect. Calling me kristy would be insanely disrespectful.

  • The Denver Diamond

    Basically it is about treating people they way the want to be treated. We should all try this. Treat every one how THEY want to be treated and they should all do the same for you.

  • Jay

    Firstly, most people I have met who want to be referred to as something other than their real name or a nickname have some problems anyway, generally they don’t know who they are in more ways than just their name and I often believe they are just trying to slap a new name on the same old troubled person in the hopes it will help them. If it does, good for them I guess, most cases I’ve seen it doesn’t. However, There is a pretty big difference between calling someone an insult, and calling them their actual name unless they had particularly cruel parents. We could all make up new names and false identities for ourselves, but you know … a lot of us are still reasonable people who are okay being ourselves and just don’t wanna be forced to play along in someone elses delusional ego building roleplay.

  • The Denver Diamond

    Nope nope nope. You call me by my real name after I specifically asked you not to do so IS an insult. The reason why it is an insult is because if I have requested that you call me something that does not in any way demean you or others but you refuse to do so you have shown complete disregard for me and how I wish to be treated. It is an indirect way of telling the person “I dont give two shits about you or your thoughts or your feelings I am going to do what ever the hell i want, call you what ever the hell i want and there is nothing you can do about it”

    It is about treating people the way they feel comfortable being treated. And guess what, My name is nicole but if you call me that there is a good chance i will scold you. I was heavily picked on and people used that name to do it. It might seem like a normal name to you but for me it is not, it is a badge of shame. Changing my name has not changed WHO i am it just makes me feel better to never hear the name Nicole again. I told you this as a way to say it is not up to you to make the judgement of what a person should be called. Every one has their reasons and every one has their demons and i think it is cruel to not call a person by a name that they wish to be called by. There is a REASON behind everything people do and those reasons are not always clear to any one else besides the person with the reasons.

    Dont be deliberately disrespectful in an attempt to push your views of who they are on to them. Who they are is up to THEM to decide, not up to you or me.

  • Jay

    I’m sorry you are the kind of person who is so weak you let others make you uncomfortable with your own name. People tried to pick on me for my name too. Guess what? It’s still my name, I own it and I smacked a few heads to keep it. You are quite obviously one of those troubled people I mentioned earlier. Grow a pair, get out of your victim mentality and don’t redirect your anger at others because you are not happy with yourself, ya wimp.

  • policywank

    Bigot.

  • Charles

    Its something how THE ONLY place these transgender bimbos feel that they are meant to be the opposite sex is in THEIR HEAD!!!!! If they were to have a relation with the opposite sex LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO BE , then they would emd reproducing…LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO BE!!!!!! Get that thru yall “freak of nature” way of thinking, NO COMMON SENSE brains!!!!

  • Northernbaygirl

    The bigotry and ignorance in some of these comments makes me shudder, people have the right to live their life in whichever way they feel is best for them (obviously as long as this does not involve anything that would pose a threat to others). Live and let live folks.

  • Sascha616

    cis or trans women are women. I totally know what you’re saying here and it is a constant facepalm through the back of the head and then some. I would not care less what ‘gender’ anyone, then again I’m inter so have the best/world of both and neither ‘world’. It blows people’s minds, people who are queer, trans, cis, whatever do not get inter and want me to choose a side. NOPE. Sorrynotsorry.

  • lagrange1772

    They do, you tool.

  • AntiPoliticallyCorrect

    there is a world of difference between a woman who can’t have children do to fertility issues and a “woman” who never had a uterus or ovaries. this isn’t rocket science. There is science and biology based logic for these labels. they aren’t a novelty. stop with the semantics. same reason why a hermaphrodite isn’t a man nor a woman.

  • Lorra Allen

    it was also meant to be that humans possess some level of intelligence….perhaps you may want to educate yourself on exactly what transgender is and stop being such a pervert and assuming it is about sex

  • The L

    there’s no meant to be. there’s only is and isn’t. capitalizing it doesn’t make it true. However let’s say there is a “meant to be”. Wouldn’t these people who can’t reproduce, yet have existed for thousands of years be exactly that? Meant to be? Food for thought for an uneducated bigot.