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  1. Ignore whomever calls it wishful thinking! Before I had Breast Augmentation (at the same time I had genital grs) I used to wear protheses and that’s what I called them!

  2. Maybe because a leg is considered necessary for normal body function and a penis and breast aren’t? I don’t know.

    Since the definition of prosthesis is an artificial device to replace or augment a missing or impaired part of the body, I would think that the word should apply to breasts and penises, since they ARE body parts. Of course, there’s always the issue of who gets to decide which parts are missing …

  3. Maybe because a leg is considered necessary for normal body function and a penis and breast aren’t? I don’t know.

    I don’t think this formulation is fair to people living with disabilities–not that you buy into it yourself, mind. And it doesn’t seem as though society is willing to see women without breasts, or men without penises, as normal.

    I think that it’s a question of right. A prosthetic leg restores something that human beings are supposed to have. OTOH, if transition is considered unnatural, packers and artificial breasts are not restorative and therefore not prosthetic. A prosthesis is also supposed to allow the person wearing it or using it to function through it, and it may be deeply frightening for people to think of a transguy using any kind of member, or a transwoman allowing an intimate to touch any kind of breast.

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