In the reading “The Whipping Girl” by Julia Serano, one of the things that she talks about in relation to deciding to physically transition, and one of her reasons for being able to comfortably come to identify as a woman, were what she called “body feelings.” The feelings that one has towards ones body are largely shaped by society, but also by societal expectations of what a particular sex is supposed to be based on visual representations of primary, secondary, and tertiary sex characteristics. It is definitely possible for there to be a trans* person who does not experience negative body feelings towards the body that they have. There are people that are very comfortable identifying as being a woman without undergoing hormone replacement therapy, top surgery, or bottom surgery. There are people who are genderfluid whose gender feelings (and body feelings) vary day-to-day. The question is, how much are the body feelings that people feel rooted in societal sex expectations? Is there so much internalized cissexism intrinsic in society that there is an assumption that a woman cannot truly “feel like a woman” without having a physical transition?