This Burlesque Star Spent A Cool Quarter Million Dollars To Get Her Body To Look Like This

Submitted by: fancylad 5 months ago in Lifestyle


From Sonia Estal: Burlesque goddess Cassandra Cass stuns audiences with her jaw-dropping performances and endless confidence – but her life has not always been so glamorous. The 33-year-old was raised as a farm boy by an overbearing father, and was disowned by her family when she revealed her desire to become a beautiful woman. When she was just 18, Cassandra packed up her car and drove 1,500 miles from Iowa to Florida, where she stumbled across the burlesque scene and decided to unleash her own inner diva. Her transition and subsequent plastic surgery cost over $250,000, and Cassandra has had almost every cosmetic procedure possible, including numerous breast augmentation surgeries and bum implants. Now a successful Hollywood performer and actress, Cassandra is encouraging other people to stand up to discrimination and follow their dreams.
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Male 15,270
My first thought was "Eww.. " but I guess she's got a great positive attitude with resilience and determination.

Conclusion: I bet she would make a great person to chat with, if you aren't fighting with inner sexual insecurities yourself.
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Male 756
I used to be able to just say that 'I like girls'. By which it was implied that I 'don't like boys'.

Now I have to explain that I like girls and that I dont like boys and I dont like girls that were once boys... Its getting too difficult. Good thing I am at least half way to departing this broken world. Good luck to you all.

Back in my day, a girl that acted like a boy - tomboy. Didnt need to have a Strapadicktome, it just was what it was.

There was a word for a boy that acted like a girl too. They didnt need to undergo a 250 gram weight reduction either.... (well probably an overall weight increase - good boobs are heavy :p)

FTSIO!

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Male 756
stifler You know what, I know what is going to be said here - so I will reply to me to save you all some time..

I dont care what you are and if you like boys or girls. I honestly dont care, lets just go and have a beer.

What I dont get it the pointlessness of the total operation - you do not have a set of working balls so that counts you out of the evolution of society. Might as well save your money for that beer. And vise-versa. If your pussy doesnt work, you wont be contributing either. Save your money for butt checkups, its probably cheaper :-P


There - that should have just about offended everyone.

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Male 4,948
stifler BICURIOUS SQUIRREL with large nuts seeks companion for moonlit walks and daytime romps through the forest canopy. Humans with an open mind and good hygiene will be considered.

~bats eyelashes at Stifler~
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Male 756
squrlz4ever Now I have a semi lob on ;p
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Male 4,948
stifler LOL... I'm just messin' with ya.  :)
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Male 6,156
You mean to say that Human sex organs are interchangeable??? Weird!
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Male 6,156
They fake? :-(
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Male 469
I'm going to ask an honest question and I fully expect the internet to rip into me but how is being transgender different from a body dysmorphic disorder? 

I have done time studying in psychiatric wards and people there have wanted to remove limbs because they felt like they needs to be an amputee. I met a man who cut out his testicles because he believed them to be the root of his aggressive sexual desires. I met a woman who often believed that she was a cat and tried to seek out surgery for it.  My mind draws a parallel between these people and the transgender community in that they all firmly believe that they would be happier as someone or something else. 

So the question is why do we draw the line where we do as a society? Are all these desires acceptable? I realize that transgender suicide is a legitimate problem, but the people mentioned above are also in the high risk category. Is assisting all these people in assuming their desired appearance the right thing to do?
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Male 2,528
toetagmodel2 
You're confusing Transgender with Transexual. The two aren't entirely the same.

A Transexual is a person who has gotten, or is in the process of getting their genitalia surgically changed in an attempt to "become" the opposite sex.

But Transgender, which is the word that you used, is simply a person who identifies with the opposite gender. Like a person who was born male, but truly feels that deep down he is a female.

The irony of Transgender is that unlike sex, which is determined by your biological makeup, gender is social construct that imposes definitions, expectations, and often regulation on individuals based on their sex. It's where the term "gender roles" comes from.

This leads me to the ironic part. One of the LGBT community's primary goals is to accomplish true acceptance by doing away with social constructs like defining and limiting "gender roles", but for a Transgender to truly feel that they identify as another Gender, they first have to accept those very gender roles they claim to want to do away with, thus perpetuating the exact social construct that allows them to be oppressed.

Basically, they are telling the world that all Genders should exactly equal, but that they themselves feel that they are being classified as the wrong Gender. Which begs the question "How can the two genders ever truly be accepted as equal if even Transgenders themselves cannot get past the established boundaries society has established for said genders?"
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Male 4,948
RobSwindol Good point on the distinction between transgender and transsexual.

I'm less onboard, however, with the rest of your comment. I've just visited a few LGBTQ websites that list the movement's goals and, contrary to your assertion, none of them listed as a top goal the doing away with gender roles.

Generally speaking, it's probably a bad idea to speak of people in the LGBTQ community as if they are of one monolithic mind about anything. Take gay men: Some want to exude femininity, some want to exude masculinity, some want to be somewhere in the middle. When it comes to transgenders, yes, I'm sure some would like to see society retire traditional gender roles--while others positively revel in them. About the only desire I think it's safe to ascribe to the LGBTQ community as a whole is the desire to be treated fairly and given the right to live their lives as they see fit. And in point of fact, all of the LGBTQ goals I saw online were focused on matters of discrimination and the reform of laws that enable it.

In short, I think a basic misunderstanding underlies your comment. The LGBTQ community doesn't want to do away with traditional gender roles. They just don't want traditional gender roles imposed upon them.
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Male 756
squrlz4ever You probably stumbled onto it right there in your first paragraph.

" none of them listed as a top goal the doing away with gender roles."

Exactly - they cannot do away with that, otherwise there wouldnt be something for the LGBT to make a Song and Dance About!

If they did get rid of it, it would just be another operation like fixing a broken arm. (Even though it still wont fucking<>work)!

Did you see what I did there! XD
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Male 4,948
stifler I... I think I saw what you did. And I have to say I find your exasperation with transgenders rather humorous. But I'm not sure I really understand your position or the position of one or two others in this thread all that well, frankly.

Perhaps that's because the woman in this video is completely different from the one transsexual I know of. The transsexual here is all in-your-face fabulous and appears to be happy. But not everyone can be--or wants to be--a Las Vegas showgirl.

The transsexual I know of--she's a coworker of a friend--is probably a lot more typical. She's shy; a little awkward; and one gets the sense she's been on the receiving end of a lot of insults about her appearance and gender choice. (She isn't as convincingly female as the transsexual here; no wonder, since she hasn't spent $250,000 on surgeries.) She tries to keep a low profile and I'm quite certain that if she could somehow have avoided going through the whole transgender experience, she absolutely would have.

I don't think most transgenders are choosing to feel the way they do. I think most of them are simply struggling to find a way to be happy.
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Male 5,470
toetagmodel2 
you can't draw a line anymore, that's the point: you have to just accept.  people want to do whatever they want, and that means things are going to just get more and more wicked, since that's the nature of humankind's flesh, and ego. 

The chance to draw a line was lost by rejecting enough of the sound teachings of history.  Teachings which aimed for people to continually aim for higher levels of excellence and righteous for humankind's spirit.  They were allowed to be pushed aside and became overwhelmed and overshadowed by a sea of those for fleshly desires and vices.
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Male 8,550
monkwarrior "you have to just accept"

Actually, I don't. 

You're free to consider yourself male, female, trans, cys, a two year old in diapers, a cat or a fucking meat popsicle.  I don't care.

I am still free, though, to call you mental. 


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Male 469
monkwarrior I am ok with the all or nothing approach on either side of the argument, I'm just looking for intellectual consistency and asking questions. 

I am curious what is your preferred strategy to reform or otherwise deal with these people?

Historically, you will have to admit the "transgender" population has been treated with disdain, exile, and even violence.

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Male 8,550
toetagmodel2 Name me a part of the population that has not, as some time, been treated with disdain, exile, and even violence?

Herd mentality results in others outside the herd being treated with disdain, exile and even violence. 

Is it right? No. Is it going to change? No.  Once you normalize the next atypical, there will be another atypical people will get upset about.


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Male 5,470
toetagmodel2 i don't have a strategy to deal with these people.  the problem is deeper rooted in our world, the best anyone can do is continue to aim for the high levels of excellence and righteousness, and then hope and teach that people understand the dangers of focusing on fleshly desires more than spiritual ones.
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Male 4,948
toetagmodel2 Interesting questions. A basic approach might be to ask, Would the body modification help the person live a happier and more productive life? That would sort the desires to self-amputate out of the mix. In terms of the whole transgender thing, it looks like all we have to go on is the statements of the subject. I just checked, and according to what I found, there's no physiological way--no brain scan or blood test--to tell if a person was born with a male or female brain. If there were, this whole thing would be a lot easier, wouldn't it?
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Male 469
squrlz4ever That's the way of psychology though. While the rest of medicine has advanced, it remains a poorly defined field with diagnoses based on symptomatology. There is no test for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder either. It is based on clinical presentation. 

To your point about enhancing a person's life, would it not be ethical to castrate or amputate a person to alleviate their discomforting obsession? These are people who live every day convinced they are physical freaks. What if removing a leg would allow them to stop perseverating?

(What we do know is that the person's chromosomes are XX or XY (or XXX or XXY etc). (This is a very important medical fact that won't be changed by surgery and hormone treatments. Diagnoses of medical conditions and suggested treatments are based on genetic makeup.)
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Male 4,948
toetagmodel2 Agreed regarding the softness, if you will, of psychiatric diagnoses versus most non-psychiatric ones.

In terms of the ethical question you pose, I'd say there's a distinction. Were I a psychiatrist (and to be clear, I'm not), I'd probably be supportive of a patient who wanted to undergo a sex change only if I were reasonably certain that the operation was correcting a biological error. That is, I'd have to be convinced that this man, for example, was erroneously born with a woman's brain and identity.

To that end, I'd want some testimony and evidence (1) that the person has always, from childhood onward, felt he was a female trapped in a male body, and (2) that the person is not suffering from other psychiatric disorders that could be skewing his judgment in the matter (Munchausen syndrome or body dysmorphic disorder, for example). If conditions 1 and 2 were met, I'd feel the operation was correcting something that was out of order and, therefore, ethical.

By contrast, I could not be convinced that amputating a healthy arm from a mentally-ill man, simply because he wants to be rid of it, is a correction of something that was out of order. His thinking is out of order, not his limb.

Taking off the limb would not only violate the Hippocratic Oath (First, do no harm), but it also flies in the face of another basic principle: Doctors have to act on what they perceive to be sensible and right, not what the patient desires--particularly if that patient is mentally ill.

Think of the legal exposure: The limb is amputated and a month later, the patient is cured of his mental illness. Now he and his lawyer are confronting you in court and want to know why you listened to the rantings of a mentally-ill man and had him disfigured for life.
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Female 172
squrlz4ever If they could examine the neuroscience behind it, personally, that would be interesting.  But I would think that the findings would always be suspect due to the political nature of the topic (think climate change).

Unfortunately, I find this descriptive of science/scientific method/empirical evidence in general currently to the determent of us all (to go a little off topic).
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Male 469
datastrom Could you clarify by what you mean by the use of scientific evidence being detrimental to everyone?
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Female 172
toetagmodel2 Scientific evidence isn't detrimental in the least.  It's the attack on scientific theory that causes concern.  Had someone brought up evidence supporting a theory explaining various mental afflictions there are growing groups who would try to undermine the findings for their own causes, good or bad.  That is my concern.
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Male 469
datastrom Ah I think I see what you are saying. Too bad politics, religion, and actual science always seem to be intertwined.
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Male 39,948
datastrom There will one day be a brain scan to determine sexual orientation. The anterior hypothalamus in the brain which deals wish sexuality is larger in men than women. It has been observed that homosexual men have a smaller one, like women.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1887219 
I wonder if lesbians have a great big honking one ?
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Female 172
Gerry1of1 That's really interesting Gerry.  A friend a few years ago suggested the same idea based on similar research.  It would be interesting to follow up on that to see if there is any more conclusive support for it.
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Male 4,948
Gerry1of1 Whoever keeps downvoting Gerry's comments, may I ask Why? In this comment, he gave information--link included--that really helps the discussion at paw.

I try to downvote comments only if I think the information provided is wrong or if the commenter has been rude for no reason. I'm not perfect, but that's the standard I try to follow.
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Male 39,948
squrlz4ever Thanks for the support but there are people that are just resentful of my stunning good looks and large member so they down vote me.  It's okay, they're still ugly and short.
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Male 6,156
Gerry1of1 Gerry I typically up vote everything you put in as long as I do not grossly disagree with but can you lay off the short comments you might offend everyone who is 4 foot or shorter (Tasty tree rodents included)
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Male 39,948
thezigrat Exactly what part of you is 4 foot ?
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Male 6,156
Gerry1of1 I can proudly say my genticals for one. ~does a High5 (In my case a high 3)~
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Male 4,948
thezigrat LOL! I just snorted, incidentally. Yes, squirrels can snort. Thank you for asking.
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Male 3,213
Oh blah, blah, blah. Sex change aside, this chick sounds like a psychological nightmare and addicted to surgery.
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Male 1,416
so you are saying sonia went to miami fla, hitchhiked her way across the usa, a hustle here, a hustle there....
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Male 6,156
spanz She walked like a woman but talked like a man...
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Male 6,077
spanz Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side...
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Male 8,550
skypirate aaaannnnd this thread just became entertaining.

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Male 9,767
fancylad the title of the video kinda fucks up your "plot twist". ;)


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Male 550
She looks pretty good all things considered. I guess until the vast amount of prejudice against anyone not deemed to be straight down the middle, they kind of have to make a bit of a show of themselves.  
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Male 2,528
I'm all for equal rights of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community. But god dammit, why is it that everything has to be about them now?

If you want to be accepted as equal, you have to start presenting yourselves as equal, which means not everything has to be about you.
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Male 39,948
RobSwindol Of the 5 posts today only 1 was lgbt related. How does 20% add up to EVERYTHING is about gays?
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