Kim Kardashian West, 34, put the question to her step-dad during the episode. She asked if he was dedicated to becoming a full woman.
“Yes,” he replied.
He also provided additional details on his timetable in another conversation with Kourtney Kardashian. “Are you planning on not being Bruce any time soon?” she asked.
“That’s quite possible, yeah,” he said indicating that he would have the surgery in the spring of 2016.
The declaration was news to Kourtney’s half sisters and brothers: Kylie Jenner, 17, Kendall Jenner, 19, Brody Jenner, 31, Casey Jenner, 34, Brandon Jenner, 33, and Burt Jenner, 36.
Kendall was especially surprised by the news, even though Bruce said he thought it was “it was pretty much understood” that he was going through with the surgery.
Kourtney also revealed that the family has long known that Bruce is a “cross-dresser” but they made it a family secret, despite their very public lives.
Bruce’s desire to transition to a woman had been rumored for months, but there were few details on his plans until IM broke the story in January that he would have surgery.
The transition is already evident. The 65-year-old Olympian has been spotted with painted nails, shaved legs, shoulder-length hair and plumper lips. He’s also lost muscle mass and has a much smoother feminine skin.
Surgically, he’s already undergone a procedure to shave his adam’s apple in his throat, known as a “tracheal shave.” Women do not have them.
But Bruce has a lot more surgery ahead of him.
His sex change operation will involve removing his penis and testicles. The skin of the foreskin and penis is usually inverted and used as a flap to form a fully sensitive vagina. The skin preserves blood and nerve supplies.
The procedure, pioneered in 1953, is known as a “vaginoplasty,” according to medical references. Once completed, the vaginal opening is identical, and the degree of sensation about the same, as a biological woman’s vagina.
Bruce will be able to have sex like a woman. For all intents and purposes, he will be a woman at that point, although he said he intends to date other women.
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