Purging: Something Every Girl Does Along the Way?

Does "Purging" seem to be a necessary "stop along the way" in helping us identify our true selves?

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  • #90993
    Shawna Layne
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    I’ve read many posts about ladies having “second thoughts” about her lifestyle or transition path; and as a result throwing out hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars worth of beautiful clothes, makeup and accessories…only to IMMEDIATELY regret the decision and begin anew. My question is: is this something that every girl does at some point in her life? Is it a necessary – albeit DIFFICULT – life lesson in helping to define who we are to ourselves – with the lesson ultimately being that purging the physical things doesn’t purge who we really are?

    Your thoughts and opinions would be very interesting to me.

    Hugs!

    Shawna

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    • #115490

      Absolutely Yes, my last purge a few years ago lead to much internal exploration and ultimately my understanding of being Transgender.

    • #115486

      I’ve read many posts about ladies having “second thoughts” about her lifestyle or transition path; and as a result throwing out hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars worth of beautiful clothes, makeup and accessories…only to IMMEDIATELY regret the decision and begin anew. My question is: is this something that every girl does at some point in her life? Is it a necessary – albeit DIFFICULT – life lesson in helping to define who we are to ourselves – with the lesson ultimately being that purging the physical things doesn’t purge who we really are?

      Your thoughts and opinions would be very interesting to me.

      Hugs!

      Shawna

      The best part about purging is that feeling you get when you know you have failed/ weeeeeeee

    • #115414

      It is not necessary, but it is extremely common. I’ve fallen in that trap a couple of times, and I regretted it almost instantly. The only thing it really accomplished was to set me back a ton of money replacing everything. On the plus side, I got to update my wardrobe, and find even more clothing, makeup, wigs, lingerie, jewelry, etc. that I could try.

      I made a decision after my last purge that I would just get a storage locker and put everything in there if I ever felt like I needed to purge again. That way I can just put everything away for a while and come back to it when I inevitably came to the conclusion that the purge was a bad decision. I lost a lot of stuff in the last purge that I dearly wish I still had- especially some gorgeous dresses I would kill to have back.

      Now I have much more then I had then, and it would take winning the lottery to replace everything I have now. Fortunately I am so much more secure in my femininity now that I can’t foresee succumbing to the social pressures that caused me to purge before. I’m actually planning a purge right now, but not the bad kind. I have a ton of clothes that I no longer wear that I need to get rid of to make way for my new clothes. This purge will not be me trying to deny my femininity, but me making room for all the new stuff I’ve bought since embracing my femininity!

    • #110450

      I don’t believe it is necessary, but I have certainly done it a few times.  But, that is not so much because it is necessary.  It is because I grew up in a culture that has a problem with us.  A kid growing up in a cutlure with no such hangups wouldn’t ever need to purge.

    • #110203

      I voted yes as most I’ve met have done so at least once. A common comment is that they dress as a fetish to masturbate, feel terrible afterwards, purge, replace everything and more, then repeat it.

      I sort-of purged once but that was because I’d brought overpriced tat from a well-known cross-dressing store in the UK and nothing fit or looked presentable on me. Then I had a big mental breakdown and I heard Natasha asking to be given a chance. Within a few days I went into a regular store and brought several items after trying them on. I was terrified in the queue to pay, but slightly disappointed when the assistant didn’t bat an eyelid.

      Never even thought of purging since.

    • #109825
      Anonymous

      Purging is not necessary.  However, for those who have doubts and questions about themselves and what they should or should not do, it can be part of life’s journey.

    • #103343
      Anonymous

      I have purged twice, like many here, and regretted it. The reasons were out of fear that family would find those clothes and it would confirm, in their mind, I am gay. I’m cis, but in the 70’s and 80’s, there was only gay and straight. Every time they threatened to abandon me if I came home gay I knew I must not be faking masculinity well enough. My kindergarten teacher decided it would be a good idea to mention my gender dysphoria issues to my mother, so thanks to that teacher, I am enduring a lifetime of skepticism from my parents that I am still not prepared to turn into a certainty. My father is more assertive against transgenders than ever these days, making me withdraw even deeper. I love him too much to lose him over something that shouldn’t even be an issue. I don’t plan to purge again, though; just pack things up out-of-sight for a while if necessary.

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      • #110108
        Anonymous

        Danielle,

        So many similarities in our stories.  The 70’s and the 80’s were not progressive thinking years.  I was born in 1952, and by 1957 my father regularly taunted me as a mommies-boy.  Maybe my kindergarten teacher told my parents I was girl-like, because I was, and only played with the girls.  Very early on my mother started protecting me from my father; which I am not sure helped very much.  My brothers and sisters taking my fathers lead shunned me, taunted me, and literally never played with me.

        I best decision I made at the time was to avoid my father.  He was fresh back from WWII shortly before my birth, and he held daily line-up inspections of the 6 kids.  He was a decorated war hero, and spent a winter behind enemy lines in the Ardennes.  I came to understand that he was as broken as anyone and had serious PTSD.

        Early on I had to stop looking to both my mother & father for any type of validation.  I turned 18 and was in the military 2 weeks later; this was my first big purge.  I purged every family member from my life for many years to come.  Over the years I have on several occasions purged friends and residence by performing a snap-move.  Overnight I would be in another city and / or state, never to seriously look back.  This would usually happen following a “discovered” event, one that spread through my community.  With regular social interactions, like at a gas station, becomes a demonstration of disapproval of me…SNAP-MOVE!!

        The military was surprisingly nice.  I was stationed overseas during Vietnam, and while on station lived out of a foot locker.  My bunk, my locker, a gun rack, and a ruck sack:  no girls clothes in there.  I didn’t try to hide girls clothes, but I never could hide that I was girl-like in nature.  But that wasn’t the nice part: the nice part was 30 days paid vacation a year.  I would save up my time and money and go somewhere, usually tropical.  Hawaii was a great place to get girled up, so is the Caribbean.  Once I spent most of a month in a hippie commune on the Big Island in Hawaii.  GIRL…GIRL… I GAVE IT SUCH A WHIRL!!  That was in 1973.  This time and every time before and after: out went all the clothes, sometimes just a few pairs of panties and a skirt or two, but sometimes some really nice stuff.

        After Vietnam I went to college and joined ROTC.  I had the GI bill, but college was expensive even back then.  Over the years of undergrad, graduate, and medical school I had a few friends that didn’t understand, but were tolerant.  I always asked them for girl’s cloths or make-up for any present they gave me.  With time these things would also be purged.

        I left ROTC, graduated from medical school, got married, and re-entered active duty as a Captain (O-3) all in one month.  Now is 33 years later.  I maybe had three pairs of panties all during that time; which eventually were purged, not out of fear of discovery, but I just wore them out!  Panties: the closeted girl’s go-to garment.  Again as in Vietnam, I couldn’t really not have a girl like personality; but I always really liked that part of me.  My wife withdrew from me.  She called me a pervert.  She scheduled sex with me on a calendar.  For three years I was allowed to have sex on Wednesdays at 3 PM.  Years later; that was more sex then I have had since.  On multiple occasions I tried to purge my wife:  when I got back 1997 after a year in Bosnia; I threatened her with a divorce if she didn’t get a job, she got a job.  When I returned in 2004 from a year playing Iraqi-Freedom, I asked for a divorce.  I never realized how hard it is for a medical professional to purge a wife.

        PURGING:  I have purged so many things; friends, family, home-towns, jobs, whole communities, even furniture if it starts to carry sadness as part of what it experienced with me.

        I came out in 2019.  I only purged once since then, and that was because the clothes weren’t what I wanted any more; So I brought all new clothes right away:  That was the most beautiful purge of my life.

        Now I spend too much money on clothes.  Interestingly enough: when I came out, I came out like a rocket ship.  I hid my Transgender-woman status for less then one month prior to coming out.  I then came out to my wife, put on my prettiest girls clothes and visited all my neighbors, all my local stores and gas stations, my favorite bars & restaurants, the bike shop where our bikes are repaired; introducing myself as Lukcia every time.  NO MORE PURGING!!!  I no longer feel a need to purge my wife; but that’s OK, she is soon to purge me!

        So, purge forum participants:  EMBRACE THE PURGE!

        How about: MAY THE PURGE BE WITH YOU!

        I have come a long way from “Fear Purging”, through “Social rejection purging”, all the way to “I need new clothes purging”

        I really enjoyed writing all of this to you.  These forums make me think about who I am and how I got here.  I often feel like I stepped into being Lukcia a little bit more after I share something of myself.

        LOVE
        Lukcia Patricia Sullivan

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        • #110319
          Anonymous

          Hi,

          Lukcia again.  My earlier post is from June the 8th.  On June the 10th my wife purged me.

          She got a lawyer, a mediator, and a list of what stuff is hers when she leaves.

          She informed me that she didn’t have time right now to divorce me, but to consider us divorced.

          Do you know what I did?… I cooked her a fabulous dinner; Mediterranean Lamb Shanks with eggplant tajine.

          She can’t live with Lukcia, and I can’t live without Lukcia.

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          • #117245

            Hi Lukcia

            Just read the June 10th post. I hope you are still doing OK and the shock had dissipated a bit. Sometimes Girl you have to seem selfish and put yourself first if you don’t then things break often badly. I’ve been there.

            My advice is to come out and embrace Lukcia for as much of the time as you can. The longer you take the more painful it becomes – I’ve heard this and my ‘coming out’ was telling people to going full-time socially in six weeks. Work was longer as the Company had a policy in place so colleagues knew but I presented male until I could present female without looking (and feeling) stupid. Get working on your voice early and it’ll make everything else easier.

            Good luck to you girl I don’t regret my change one bit.

            Natasha xx

             

    • #94088
      Cathy
      FREE

      I’ve had 2 major purges. I think they are common on this journey. I don’t believe that I will ever purge again. I can now see that some people would not have any purges if they gain acceptance of the self early on.

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    • #94050
      Cynthia S
      CHAT CREW

      Necessary? Absolutely not. I have never purged which is why Narnia(aka Cyn’s boutique,aka my wadrobe) is so extensive. but is purging commonplace? Absolutely yes.
      Cyn

    • #93799
      Anonymous

      ive purged i think2 times i did it just before meeting my future wife when i came out to her  she asked me what happened to my fem wordrobe and stuff  i told hrt i got rid of everything she said that i should not have done that then started getting fem stuff for me.the second time was after she passed away front leukemia. i lost my mind and everything i owned i so regret it.

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    • #92604
      Anonymous

      The answers in this thread really make me think.  I have purged 3 times if you don’t count the first, where sadly my wife stumbled across my somewhat limited wardrobe.  For me I think each time I have purged, my urge to replace what I have lost has just become stronger.  BTW I have always used clothes banks, which somehow makes me feel better knowing that the clothes I am losing are going to benefit someone else.  I wonder if the increased desire and urgency to replace what I have lost is in fact confirmation that I need to move forward and begin a more permanent life as my female self??

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    • #92509

      There are so many good replies to this query!
      I think that “Purging” happens, whether it is because of shame, fear, denial or even a thoughtless act of loyalty.  In happening, “Purge” highlights a problem or is a sign of the big transformation to come.
      In early forms of medicine, taking care of toxic conditions associated with digestive stagnation or ingestion of “bad” food was often in the form of purgatives (they make you force it out one end or another).  In our transformations, including our unfolding of our truer selves and that gender form, I think it is those moments of reaction to pain, fear or what have you that we reject or throw away a symbol of ourselves or our feelings in hopes that disassociating with it will make the uncomfortable or even traumatizing things stop.  When it becomes clear that it no longer works, we mourn or regret hurting ourselves in that way and appreciate the innocence and beauty that those things really represented.  Perhaps, sometimes those things weren’t fitting but we attached a meaning to them, all the same, and it took panicking and tossing them out before we could find a better suited medium to takes it’s place.
      Perhaps this is why “Purging” is needed.  Perhaps we let go to be shown our truer selves and the things that may symbolize more accurately our happiness.

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      • #109947

        Shame, fear, denial, and thoughtless act of loyalty…think I have thrown my stuff away for every single one of those reasons. I think it was different when I simply looked at it like a bad habit, a fetish…something I could throw away. Not so much anymore…Haley ain’t going anywhere😉

        Haley😘

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    • #92475

      This is a good question. I’m not sure if it is a necessary stage, but I’ve done it a couple of times. I think I mainly did it because I believed “it was just a mid-life stage” I was going through. Well, I was wrong in that assumption, and maybe that was something I had to do to get where I’m at now. I’m seeing a therapist who is helping me with these issues.

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    • #92460

       

      Hi everyone,

      Purging, I can’t count the number of times I have purged, because my wife would find my sash or

      catch me in a pair of panties. I did it to save my marriage, and then I would hate myself even more then

      did already. I move and play being happy, and I happy in my life, at least with my wife and kids, not

      realizing how unhappy I was with me. I played this game a lot of years to many until late 2019, and that is long story for another time.                                                                                                                          But to answer the question I purged a lot of time and came regret it every time.

      Love and hugs

      Timmie

       

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    • #92416

      Hello everyone, to purge or not to purge that is a question that most of us had? But why?

      Personally I think it stems from shame or at least mine was from that. Shame of not fitting in? Shame of not being a manly man? Shame of criticism? All these and more. But what stems the shame? My guess again is fear, because with out fear there can be no shame.

      Now I have also purged lots of things and not all related to my female self.  I actually purged all my Role Playing stuff in an attempt to move into the real world, but was it shame? Maybe a little as I really knew I needed to grow up. But did it work?  Not really as I still play games with the kids and sometimes think longingly of my old roleplaying days.  But why??? Maybe a regret or guilt from the loss of so much of self and things? But why be guilty? Is fear once again at the root? Fearful on giving up on one’s self, dreams, etc?

      Can it be that fear is my issue? Your’s as well? But how to get past the fears? or to remove them? We all know fear is sometimes useful. The person who was not afraid of a gunman never lived to tell the tale. Should we even get past them? I recall the old StarTrek movie where Spock’s brother brain washes people by removing fear and pain of one’s past. Of course Kirk saves the day by needing his pain and fear as it make’s him who he is?

      Fear it self seems to have power when it involves trauma. Any PTSD person can tell you this. There are some ways to cope with PTSD, the eye thing, drinking, maybe cognitive therapy, even the crazy Scientologists might have the cure. Could the same help people like me who has shame based fear? Personally I am a bit crazy and believe Qi Gong and witchcraft hold my answers. But who really knows and I am sure there are as many answers as there are people in the world.

      Well that s my rambling thoughts for the day.

      Miriya

    • #92317
      Anonymous

      I don’t know that purging is necessary, but it is probably common.  I base that on my own experience as a CD (I purged twice.  Fortunately, both purges were done early on, before I had accumulated much in the way of feminine clothes, shoes and accessories.) and comments from many others who also purged at one time or another.

    • #92313
      Autumn
      FREE

      Thank you all for sharing your responses to this question. Reading your replies has left me feeling a sense of empowerment. I’ve never considered purging any of Autumn’s clothing. I began purchasing clothing for her online and have never looked back. For me, it has always felt really good to buy the type of clothing I’ve wanted to wear for so long. It feels even better when I put it on. This past year I purchased more items for Autumn than ever before, and I know that this trend will continue into the new year. One of the gifts I bought for Autumn for Christmas was a pendant consisting of three different colored maple leaves bunched together on a long gold chain. I came across it while shopping for jewelry and knew I had to have it. When I put it on…I can’t describe it. How good I feel being myself, what that piece of jewelry represents for me and who I really am in my heart. I love it so much that when I go to bed, I hang it from a thumbtack holding a small poster of Freddie Mercury on the wall right next to where I sleep. Freddie is sitting on a ladder, and the caption reads, “Be Yourself. No matter what people say.” The multicolored maple leaves hang to the right of Freddie and the caption. I glance at it as I drift off the sleep, and when I wake up I look over at that symbol and smile. The symbol of Autumn. Who I really am in my heart.

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    • #92312

      The only purge I did when I started transitioning was getting rid of my “guy things”. I have never looked back.

      I feel zero impulse to ever present as male again.

      Now, I have culled my closet a few times to clear out stuff that didn’t fit me well or were early poor choices in style or color. But I don’t think that’s the same thing.

      I did have some nice well worn button down guy shirts with great patterns that looked good on me en femme.  I’ll confess that I regret getting rid of a few of them.

    • #91101

      Hi ladies , i purged once and hated i did that ever since , and i will never do it again . Like said here only some male stuff , not leslie’s things , she would get very mad at him . By the way , him is getting weaker all the time , its Leslie’s life now , stand back and here her purr . Love to all and lets live to the fullest and happy Thanks Giving girls . Leslie

    • #91094
      Margaux
      CHAT CREW

      I never ‘purged’ in the traditional sense because I didn’t start my journey ‘crossing’. What DID happen though, was/is that every milestone I make in my physical transition, the more of my ‘male’ wardrobe gets purged. I’m pretty much full-time femme nowadays and only have a small fraction of my ‘boy’ clothes left. It’s a huge liberating feeling to let those old jeans and shirts go to make room for cute new things…

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    • #91084
      Emily Alt
      UNITY

      Necessary? In a perfect world purging wouldn’t ever be considered, much less acted upon. Being in denial may lead oneself to purge. I certainly did many times. Things are improving for us and I believe purging will happen less often.

    • #91070
      Anonymous

      Maybe we purge because we find ourselves in the wrong situation to take our dressing/transition to the next level. When I was younger and I purged it was usually because something made me feel guilty about dressing in private as the real me. Possibly I heard a person of authority talking about how men dressing in women’s clothing were perverted. Or possibly because a significant other came to close to finding my cache of female clothing.

      Gender dysphoria became so strong at the age of 60 that I was forced to come out to my family for the sake of my sanity. After that I chose to never purge again.

    • #91021

      I don’t know that purging is ‘necessary’ – it is common though and I know I’ve done it on several occasions.

      The odd thing is, I don’t really know why? I mean, I told myself it was to avoid any possibility of getting ‘outed’ when I really had to have people in my flat while in ‘male mode’. But, in reality, I could have easily sequestered my stuff where folks wouldn’t have seen them and it wasn’t as if they were going to conduct a forensic search of my home!

      All I do know is that I usually only lasted a day or so before I started building up my collection of lingerie once more and after that a steady stream of clothes and make-up would find their way to me.

      I guess Shawna’s last point might be true – in the end, the cost of replacing the items and the sadness it brought me in those periods when they were gone really stopped the purging and made me accept living as woman wasn’t something I had any real control over. I guess, many years later and in a slightly different stage of life, I’m learning that lesson all over again.

      Thank you for a thought provoking question.

      Rachel x

       

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    • #91016
      DeeAnn Hopings
      AMBASSADOR

      Purging happens because people think that Out Of Sight = Out Of Mind, but it doesn’t. MANY have said that the feeling/urge comes back worse than before, so there is no net gain; only a new loss of $$, €€, ££ or whatever…

      For the record, over 8 years, I have never purged…

    • #91015
      Dawn J
      AMBASSADOR

      I’ve come close, a couple of times, Shawna– but my wife beat me to it. This was back when I had very few items of feminine attire– mostly lingerie. I know that she was trying to get rid of me (Dawn) for the sake of the marriage, but I don’t think the purging had an impact, one way or the other except that I got resentful of her. Why should she get to be the only one, in our relationship, to be pretty & express her femininity? Now, I have more clothes, shoes, (makeup) etc. than my wife & my male persona put together. And I’ll be darned if I’m going to dump any of it.

      • #92950
        Hippie
        FREE

        Look I may not be a regular member. My home is Crossdresser Heaven. But as a CD I spent many times shopping then guilt hits and then I’m purging everything.

        I think it was my way of coming of coming to terms and battle many years of guilt.

        I come to you as a crossdresser that been fully open since about the age of 30. I not going tell my age now, because a lady never tells their age. But I’ll you this I’m no spring chicken any more.

        And my purging days are long gone and in the past. Now I have the problem of owning too much.

        I’m Hippie Here and I’m Hippie on CD Heaven

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