Second Puberty: A Humorous, Informative Guide to HRT
Second Puberty: A Humorous, Informative Guide to HRT
Remember those puberty videos from middle school? We want to make one that addresses the "second puberty" many trans people go through.
Remember those puberty videos from middle school? We want to make one that addresses the "second puberty" many trans people go through. Read more
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What is this project?
Second Puberty is an upcoming edutainment video intended to provide education for trans and non-binary individuals considering starting Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). We'll be using a number of old puberty videos as our inspiration – you know, the ones you saw in middle school that taught you all about the joys of menstruation, wet dreams, and increased body odor – and updating them with essential information about the experience of "second puberty." Second Puberty will touch on both the physical and emotional aspects of HRT, offering an honest, celebratory, and humorous look at the experience.
The Second Puberty team includes experienced sex educators, and will be collaborating with a number of medical professionals and individuals currently undergoing HRT in order to provide a well rounded, diverse look at the wide range of second puberty experiences out there.
Why is this needed?
To the best of our knowledge, no one's ever created a professional video on the subject of what to expect from HRT as a trans/non-binary individual. Furthermore, most of the information that exists on the topic isn't easily accessible or understandable for the general population – it's very dense, with a great deal of medical terminology that can make it difficult to understand at worst (and very, very boring at best). Our aim is to create something that's entertaining and easy to understand – breaking down the experience of HRT in a way that'll make sense for everyone.
Though Second Puberty is primarily intended for people who are considering going on HRT, it will also be helpful for family members, partners, friends, and allies of trans and non-binary individuals as well, allowing them to understand the experience of HRT as they seek to support the trans and non-binary individuals in their lives.
Who's behind Second Puberty?
Lux Alptraum (Producer/Writer): Lux Alptraum is a writer, sex educator, comedian, and consultant, and the creator of the acclaimed sex ed comedy show The Wonderful World of Boning. Past gigs have included serving as the editor, publisher, and CEO of Fleshbot, the web’s foremost blog about sexuality and adult entertainment; editor-at-large for Nerve; a sex educator at an adolescent pregnancy prevention program; an HIV pretest counselor; and the founder of Boinkology, a blog about sex and culture.
Therese Shechter (Director): Therese Shechter is a filmmaker, writer and multi-media storyteller whose most recent film is the documentary How To Lose Your Virginity. Therese also curates the interactive crowd-sourced story collection The V-Card Diaries, a repository of authentic sexual experience, which was exhibited at The Kinsey Institute. Her work has been covered by The Atlantic, Salon, Elle, Jezebel, and the Jakarta Globe, among others.
Ashley Lauren Rogers (Writer): Ashley is a recipient of the ACM Award for Comedy Video for writing the pilot of Marisa and Rocco, creator of Ashley Rogers Does Something Awesome, and Monthly Tea with Madeline Foxtrot, all through Dogtoon Media. Ashley has written articles for Beyond Victoriana and Steampunk Magazine Online, has been a vlogger and a blogger for NerdCaliber.com. Ashley is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Joe Garden (Writer): Joe Garden is a freelance writer living in the Catskills. He's possibly best known for his work at The Onion, where he wrote such articles as "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades," and "Sometimes, Area Woman just feels..." as well as creating the characters of Jim Anchower and Jackie Harvey. He's also written for the Adult Swim website, Vice magazine, the children's cartoon Word Girl, and co-authored three humor books.
Why do you need so much money?
It’s the basic number we need to get the project done. A professional production requires a lot of people to make it work, and we want to make sure those people get paid a fair wage. Money will go to paying actors, writers, a director, a tech crew, and a professional editor, as well as other costs associated with production. And because Second Puberty will be distributed for free, we can't rely on video sales to fund production – so that's why we're turning to Kickstarter.
Additionally, Second Puberty will strive to employ as many trans individuals as possible, including an all trans cast and trans people behind the scenes. Many of these individuals have a difficult time finding work in the entertainment industry; we want to make sure that they're fairly compensated for the work they do on this project.
What happens if you exceed your fundraising goal?
Then we'll make an even better movie! The more we raise, the more cool stuff we'll be able to do: a bigger cast, more locations, maybe even animation.
Risks and challenges
Film productions come with many challenges, including getting the script finished, casting, filming, and editing – that's why we're looking to include as many experienced professionals as possible. Our team includes an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a playwright, a former Onion editor, and a long time sex educator. The more money we raise, the more experienced a crew we'll be able to assemble, ensuring that this production will go off without a hitch.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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