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Feminized: Aligning Your Inner And Outer Selves

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An illustration of a femme-presenting person with a long ponytail looking into a mirror they're holding in their arms at their smiling reflection. The illustration is in various shades of pink and underneath it at the bottom left is the episode title: "Feminized."
Charnel Hunter

Anita revisits a conversation with folks who've undergone facial feminization surgery as part of their gender confirmation process. FFS is a set of bone and soft tissue surgical procedures that reshape the forehead, brow, jaw and more. They share what the surgery meant for them, plus a medical anthropologist helps unpack who gets to decide what femininity looks like.

Meet the guests:

  • Emma Ward, songwriter, producer and community manager, shares her experience of facial feminization surgery
  • Eric Plemons, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, discusses some of the history of this set of procedures and how we define a "feminine" face

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Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.